Kamas' Shrink the Giant charmed the crowd. Photo: Cinday Cassity (Rockstar's Girlfriend Photobooth)
I arrived at The Gallivan Center about 15 minutes before the gates opened, finding lines everywhere. There was the regular line, the fastpass line, the VIP line and the will call line, and approximately 12,000 people all spread out across both 200 South and Main Street, a lot of them, like me, looking for the line that they belonged in. After searching for that line for a bit, I finally got in, heading right away to the row of food vendors and buying a personal-size pepperoni pizza and a Coke from Pogi’s. After inhaling the little pie, I studied the lineup and the schedule as I sat waiting for the opener, a band from Kamas called Shrink the Giant. Looking through the lineup, I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed. It seemed like a bunch of retreads from previous years (Eve 6 and the two headliners, Neon Trees and The Used) mixed with the “flavor of the week” type bands (Awolnation and Grouplove). I was, however, looking forward to seeing Imagine Dragons, because of all of their recent hype, and I had a certain measure of interest in Dead Sara. Other than that, I honestly wasn’t looking forward to much.