It was a chilly Friday evening high in the mountain-town of Big Bear, CA., and people from all walks of life had gathered. What brings everyone out to brave the cold, you may ask? One of my all-time favorite bands, P.O.D. They played the venue, called The Cave, for the first time ever. My excitement level was off the charts. Not only was I eager to see the band, I was quite interested to see the venue that is a renovated movie theater.
I waited in line for the doors to open, and listened to the conversations around me. People were telling each other why they love P.O.D. and opening acts Core 10 and BossFight. Others were telling stories of the first or last time they saw the bands and how stoked they were to be seeing them again. The pure joy of hearing good, live, music had brought us together. The anticipation level was growing as the time for doors to open grew closer and became palpable throughout the crowd. Not only was I eager to see the band, I was interested to see the renovated movie theater venue. Walking in to see the intimate stage, I knew this was going to be a heart-stopping show.
First was BossFight, a punk band out of San Diego, CA. This three-piece group got the crowd warmed up from the cold outside with their in-your-face style, and set the blazing tone for the rest of the evening.
Next, was a band I had heard about, but was not familiar with. Core 10 took the stage and yanked immediately. They kept my attention and I found myself jumping around with their incredible beats. I was blown away by the talent I was watching. Keep an eye out for more information and an interview with this super talented group of guys.
As the crew started changing the stage, I could feel the exhilaration of the crowd increase. The lights went down and the roar of the attendees got louder. The moment we had been waiting for was upon us.
P.O.D. took the stage and, as always, rocked our faces off. They performed a mix of their biggest hits, along with deeper tracks, and even a couple of new ones. EVERY person in attendance was more than just happy.
From the sound of the sneak-peak we got of the new tracks, the upcoming album P.O.D. is working on is going to kick major ass.
Every time I leave a P.O.D. show I feel better. P.O.D inspires fans to be more grounded and reminds us to promote that in others as well. With lyrics like “Let’s live like there’s no tomorrow/and love as if everyone believed,” how can I not feel that way?
It was a great night and I can’t wait until next time. For now, remember to be good to each other and do your best to make the world a warmer place.