We set all of our equipment down near the bottom since the ten or so other classic rock bands are near the top. They all are conversing with each other up there so I suggest to the band that we go see what the rest of the bands are going to be playing. Since I would hate it if one band did the same song as we were doing, because if that happened then the judges would probably pick the one that did the best on that song.
"Should we split up? We'll cover more ground if we do that." Ruby asks.
"Nah," I say, "We have plenty of time to talk to all of these bands and then some, look," I point to the stage, "The judges aren't even here yet."
"Let's go to that band over there then," Astrid points to a group of flamboyantly dressed people, they all have the same hair color, platinum blonde, except for one, which I would take as the leader, who has half of her long wavy hair black and the other side platinum blonde. Odd but whatever. We ask the leader, who we later find out is named or nicknamed rather, Beans.
Well Beans told us that they were going to be doing "China Grove" by The Doobie Brothers.
"Cool beans, Beans." Ruby says with a smirk.
Beans glares at her and Ruby sorta freaks out, repeatedly saying sorry and then their whole band starts cracking up. I saw right through that little game, acting like you're mad at someone but really you didn't really care, you just do it to get a laugh out of it.
We leave them be after that and walk up to a few other bands. About four or five are doing either Beatles or Paul McCartney songs, I would only assume to try and impress him. We keep asking around and it seems that nobody else is doing a Boston song so I guess that's good. So we just go back to our equipment.
The winners are determined by this: there will be five bands picked from each denomination and from then on it will be pretty much like American Idol, except the people have no say in the votes, it's just the judges determination then. But in Atlanta, there will be four voted off of each denomination leaving one in each, each denomination will have a representative band at that point. Sooooo then it will be a battle of the denominations then and that will determine the winner. There's only eight denominations in this competition and those would be pop, classic rock, alternative rock, hard rock, blues, latin, country, and classical. When the winner of our regional wins, they will go to L.A. for the Nationals. But, I don't think it goes any further than that. At least I hope not.
At last, the lights go dim, and my father comes back from signing us in and getting us popcorn and drinks. He hands out all of the drinks, and we all sit down. A single ray of light hits the stage and an announcer guy says hello to the crowd and welcome to THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS ahhhhhhhhh. Haha, fun...
For some reason we stand for the national anthem to be played, I don't know why but I don't question it. Oh wait, I just did... IN MY MIND. After that is over, Ronnie comes out to the stage smiling and waving in a dark sort of manner, the hard rock crowd goes wild and I just laugh. Next is Chris, the Coldplay singer, there's a larger rumble of applause this time, mainly from alternative but I also cheer.
And Finally the OTHER moment we've all been waiting for, when Paul FREAKING McCartney walks onto a stage and stuff like confetti shoots down and there is the loudest applause yet and when it all dies down I scream out really loud, "I LOVE YOU PAUL!!!"
He sees me, waves, then laughs, and takes his seat at the judge's desk.
After everyone is settled back, the announcer calls, "LET THE GAMES, BEGIN!"
They start with the hard rock denomination. So they must be going clockwise and since we're the closest to the stage on the LEFT side, that means we'll be LAST.
"All the more suspense," Ruby says with a wink.
"I think I'm going to have an asthma attack even though I don't have asthma but whatever." I say making that indifferent look with my lips. The :/ look, Ya know.