Overall, it was a lot less intimidating than I expected. Rather than a huge crowd of hard-rockers, it was a moderate crowd of assorted geeks and nerds like us. Nobody was mugged, trampled or otherwise injured, so I call the evening a success.
I was amazed by the enthusiasm of the other fans. We just bought tickets on a whim because the event was in the neighborhood, but some of these other people were practically modern-day camp followers, crossing state lines and some even the Atlantic just to be in Baltimore. Some were following the tour down from Philadelphia. There was one guy from France wearing a Delain t-shirt and at least four old concert armbands. Somehow we felt like we weren't talking the experience seriously enough.
The venue was so small that there wasn't really a bad place to stand, but we managed to be almost right up front. The only downside was that after waiting all night to see Kamelot and lead singer Tommy Karevik (definite eye-candy), the moment they walked out on stage a sudden thicket of camera phones sprouted overhead along with the distinct oder of at least sixty sweaty armpits. Fortunately, that didn't last forever, and there were so many other people taking video I knew I would have several good clips to choose from on YouTube this morning. I found this one which pretty much accurately describes our view.
Dave bought a t-shirt and I came away with a hoodie. We got home around 1 AM and felt very irresponsible. :)