since I received Red Jumpsuit's demo cd. I was sitting in my car in a line of traffic leaving a Fall Out Boy concert... and one of the guys (it happened so fast I dont even remember who it was) ran up to my car, knocked on the window and handed me and my 2 friends the cd's. We were all kinda thrown off by it and made a "huh" face when we read the name: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. No clue what it meant, but the 1st song on the cd caught our attention... Ass Shaker (which is now called "In Fate's Hands"). We decided to give it a listen... I was completely sold on it. My friends thought there was too much screaming but I found it to be perfect!
A number of Warped Tour shows w/ lots of candy necklaces & candy fights with Elias, and small venues... Fast forward to today... I've now seen the RJA boys over 20 times and in over 5 states. I've also been lucky enough to be able to call some of them friends. I recently ran into Jon in New York City (random considering we both live in FL) at my friends show, Farewell and Powerspace. When I walked by him, of course I recognized him... but it took him a second. He realized who I was, grabbed my arm and attacked me with a hug. Small talk led to a bunch of girls going crazy. Jon invited me to Angels and Kings with him (which is owned by Pete Wentz). Kinda funny since FOB is what brought us together.
A month later, I'm guest listed to the acoustic show with my friends Between the Trees who were opening for RJA. Once again, attacked by hugs from Jon, a few "hey, don't I know you?" comments from the other guys and Staci and I bonding over animals. I met Casey, their tour manager. Nicest guy ever!! I got the hook up for a photo gig because of him!
One month after this, I'm on stage for RJA's Bamboozle performance and got some great shots. It was amazing to see them go from playing in small venues in Jacksonville and orlando, to playing for thousands of screaming fans at the Giants stadium in New Jersey!!
They are the most deserving people for this kind of success and I wish them nothing but happiness in the future. I know I'll be seeing them plenty of times after this, but it's been fun watching their journey. I hope some of you reading this will be asa lucky as I have been to experience some of this with these guys.
- Caitlin <33