I woke up at 4 am and hit the road around 5:30 am. After 4 long hours we finally arrived to St. Petersburg! I was the only one in the parking lot, Taylor and Alex’s tour bus was there though. I went off to a cafeteria across the street. I had a coffee and sat there for a while. Then I saw Julia sit on a table outside, then David came after her. I decided to go ahead and talk to them (I get nervous when it comes to talking to people, because my English accent is funny and I say stupid things when I get nervous, lol I’m not kidding, it’s extremely awkward.) Well, I came up to them and said “Hey, are you guys Julia and David?” David said yes and asked my name, David stood up off his chair and hugged me (I pretty much died because he pressed me so hard against his chest. oh lord jesus) and we started having a little talk, they loved my accent.
After that I saw Hope and Ashley walking by the venue and I joined them. Hope was freaking out because Hollywood Ending was about to arrive. And so did happen, the white van made its way through the parking lot. I was kinda freaking out inside because Cameron is so freaking cute. We stayed there for a while and then Tyler (HWEnding singer) came over to say hi, he hugged each one of us (he smells like heaven) and of course Hope was dying again. A few minutes later Justin (the bassist) came over (god he’s so fine I swear) and talked to us for a long while, he even sat on the grass. It was really nice. Tyler was there too. They’re such down-to-earth people, I LOVE that! Cameron came to us and said hi for a sec, we took a picture with him and then he left. Danny did the same but we didn’t get a picture with him.
We were exhausted and starving but didn’t want to leave the place because we wanted to be there for R5’s arrival! So I also was desesperate and wanted to see Taylor Mathews, I was complaining about it, like “I just want to see Taylor! where is he? Come out of the bus already you…” and then I turned around and saw Taylor coming out of the venue. I almost died. He just waved at us and smiled. He seemed kinda tired, I don’t know.
Sydney, Sabrine, Hannah, Aubrey and Brooke were there too. Then, the moment we were waiting for finally came, R5 tour bus entered to the parking lot. I was trying really hard not to freak out because Justin was there and you know, I didn’t want to creep him out. So I swallowed my fangirl screams and smiled at the tour bus. lol. Then, Riker, Rocky, Mark, Andre and Ross came out of the bus, we were kinda far from them, they were like at the other side of the parking lot.
We stayed there for a couple more hours and waited until they open the doors. Abby and I stayed around for a while trying to hunt R5 but we didn’t succeed. They were like hiding or something. :(
When we were in line, Mark and Andre were checking our names for the VIP, so when I said my name Andre said “oh, you’re the claudia from twitter” and I was like “yeah that’s me” And then Mark added “we’ve heard a lot from you Claudia” (I STILL DO NOT GET OVER THIS)
So we went in for the soundcheck party and Q&A. I was lucky enough and got to sit on the first row because it wasn’t necessary to sit on the assigned seats (THANK HEAVEN) So I was right by Riker’s side. Ryland was there checking mics, and running around along with Garron. They were waiting for a few more VIP people to get there. Some girls started taking pics with Ryland and before I knew it there was a line of people waiting to get a picture with him. So I took a picture with Ry and then another one with Garron.
The few VIP people hadn’t showed up yet so Ryland got on stage and told us to ask him questions. So yes, it was the very first Ryland’s Q&A. It was fun, I got some clips that I’ll be uploading later. Then, R5 showed up on stage. Riker was right in front of me. He looked at me but I just looked away because I’m just that awkward. They started with the Q&A, I raised my hand and Riker picked me (aksjdhsahgdahsdags) This is exactly what happened:
Me: “Can I teach you how to say something in Spanish?”
Riker: “Sorry, what?” (yeah, he probably didn’t understand my funny accent)
Me: “I’m gonna teach you how to say something in Spanish”
Riker: “Oh ok”
Riker: “con… conmigo?”
Me: “Yes, I will marry you”(‘casate conmigo’ means marry me in Spanish)
And after that I totally forgot what happened. I think Rocky or Ratliff said “oh man she tricked you” lol idk, I need to see Ashley’s video, she recorded the whole thing. I do remember that he laughed and mumbled something but I swear I don’t remember, hopefully I’ll get to find out on the video.
Then they played That Girl, (Mcfly song) which in my opinion is one of the best covers they’ve played. Their voices sound like a freaking chorus of angels. I got a video of it.
We got in line for out M&G pic, we took a normal one and a funny one, I held Riker’s tie (hehehehehehe) and when we were done I gave him a bracelet, he wore it for the rest of the day. gotta love riker.
After that, we went downstairs to get some merch, and then I went to the bathroom, fixed my hair and stuff. Then I went back in, and patiently waited for the concert to start.
Alex Aiono came first, everyone went up to the front, I was happy, well I think we all were happy because we were really close, but then some bitchy security guards made us back off and said we had to remain in our assigned seats. I was pissed, even though my seat was in row D (pretty much the 4th row, really close btw) because my friends were in the back and I wanted them to enjoy the concert too. That’s not fair, people who paid VIP deserve to be in the front rows.
Moving on, Alex danced his butt off on stage, he did pretty great! Then Taylor the hottie Mathews started his performance. Again everyone tried to get the front and we jammed along for about 2 songs, I got like 2 pictures of David Fertello, he posed for the picture btw, haha, and then thosesecurity guards came back and yelled at most of the people. Then it was HWEnding’s turn, they rocked the place, Tyler touched Hope’s hand and I think he sang to her as well, they played like 5 songs. I’m now a HWEnding fan, plus they’re really nice and talented guys!
Ok, so FINALLY R5 showed up on stage, everyone started screaming at the top of their lungs. They began with Falling 4 U, I was dancing and jammin’ out like there wasn’t tomorrow. Ross noticed me and smiled, he could perfectly see me because luckily my seat was in the aisle so I pretty much stood up in the middle of the aisle a.k.a right in front of Riker. He pointed at me in I Want You Bad (I WAS FREAKING OUT TBH) I kept on dancing and singing, they had so much energy and I was really having fun.
Before Crazy 4 U, Riker said that he’d give his bass pick to whoever got the craziest! And well, I danced my but off while they played Crazy 4 U, and SUCCESS!! I went up to the front and Riker handed me his pick. LIFE MADE.
The concert in general was beyond AMAZING. I had the time of my life. I enjoyed it even more than the last concert (The Fort Lauderdale one)
I got in line again for the signing, I bought Aileny’s merch (she couldn’t make it to the show :( so I bought her some merch) , I took a picture with Mark, he was just standing by the line. Then I went through R5’s table, (there’s a video of it) I told Riker I was the girl who tweeted him the Wishing I Was 23 cover, Rocky just said WHAT UP to me, lol, Ross high fived me because he knew I was “the girl who was rocking out”, he said “the crazier the better” Rydel just said hi and smiled while she signed my picture with R5 from the last concert, Ratliff commented on it, he said something about his own smile, idk, he’s so random I love him! haha. And then I headed to Taylor’s table, he tried to sell me his EP but I swear I only had 5 bucks and he sold it to me anyways, yayy! We took a picture, and he hugged me really tight, I can’t help it, he’s so cute. And when he looks at you in the eyes all you want is to hug him and keep him forever. Sorry I’m just having terrible Taylor feels. Then I headed to Alex’s table, I got a pic with him and another one with his DJ.
And finally, the HWEnding guys were at the end of the room, I hugged all of them and took a picture with them.
It was by far the best concert I’ve ever been to. Can’t wait to see them again!
R5 soundcheck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N25_RmIiwk8
signing session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N25_RmIiwk8
Taylor Mathew’s cover of We Found Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbvbOSPSBJU
Shut Up And Let Me Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzjPMnN_SQk