Cut Copy!

Today I had the immense pleasure of meeting three of the four members of Cut//Copy. They are SO sweet and kind. I gave a little box of pendants to Dan before the show, and talked to Ben and Tim afterward.

Thanks for an amazing evening, boys! 😀

Adventures in Seattle

What a fantastic weekend!

I got to see my lovely friend Marci on Sunday, which was a treat. I hadn’t seen her in way too long. She even treated mom & I to coffee and dinner! We went wandering around shops, and talked a bunch, and had a great time. I’ve missed her :}

Monday, mom & I borrowed dad’s Garmin and navigated ourselves to Seattle Center for some time-wasting and sight-seeing before the doors to Key Arena opened. I brought one of my Doctor Who figurines with me just to be a dork. My friend JC and I are doing a kind of ‘roaming gnome’ type thing, taking our Doctors to random places and photographing him. It’s amusing to us geeky, moronic people. 🙂

We wandered a several-square-block area, looked at the sights, took pictures, marvelled at the price to go up the Space Needle, had dinner at McDonalds, took more pictures of the different colours of EMP. Last time I was there, the SciFi museum wasn’t in that building – will have to visit one day! 😀

Eventually we ended up back at the entrance to the arena, and listened to the pre-recorded ‘You Will Be Searched for Weapons and Alcohol’ message about 20 times before they opened the doors. We followed everyone else to the merch table, where mom graciously purchased a shirt, a programme, and a keychain for me. The programme is much more fun than last tour’s. More pictures, and I love the colours.
We found our seats, and sat. I took another picture of the Plastic Doctor with the stage in background.
The opening group, Peter Bjorn and John, was pretty fun. I couldn’t hear the bass guitar at all, and the rest of the mix wasn’t that great either. But the guys were having fun, including going out into the audience to dance around and sing.. they got a good reaction out of that 😀

After their set, I decided to try and find out where my friend Stephen was. I sent him a txt, and he told me what seat he was in, which was on the floor, so I had to do a guesstimate count from front row. I spotted someone I thought may have been him, and sent another txt. Sure enough, after a few seconds, I saw the tiny guy on the floor reach into his pocket and check his phone. *lol* I waved at him with my pink scarf, and he came up to meet me. Was lovely to get a hug from him. 😀

Depeche Mode. They thoroughly kicked my ass. The set list was really great (I didn’t write it down though).. I remember they opened with In Chains, then Wrong. They have so many albums and so many great songs now, I don’t know how they choose what to play. The live version of Come Back was So.Fucking.Spectacular. It rocked so much harder than the recorded version, and I absolutely LOVED it. The heaviness of the songs is thanks in big part to Christian, the drummer, who basically takes their rockin songs and beats you over the head with them.
The graphics were totally different this time, and pretty entertaining. I particularly liked the Enjoy the Silence bit – it gave me quite a giggle :}

Martin was beautiful to behold in his full silver attire. Silver 3-piece suit, silver glitter bracelets, silver shoes, and body glitter on every bit of skin showing. Certainly couldn’t ignore him! *lol* But ohhhh, his voice. Martin sounded better than I have EVER heard him, recorded or live. He was confident, vibrant, spot-on, and absolutely brilliant. The audience treated him like a god when he did his beautiful long notes… I melted a few times there.

Dave – Dave made me smile the entire time. Just the fact that he’s out there, and doing these shows, and still having a good time. Many people don’t seem to appreciate the fact that he’s been rather ill lately. HELLO, he had a fucking TUMOUR removed. And then he pulled a muscle… and yet here he is, maybe with a little less vigour, but still twirling and smiling and shimmying and doing all the things Dave does. I seriously had a tear in my eye for a moment watching him.
I could tell, though, that his voice wasn’t quite happy. He was a bit flat going above a certain pitch. Plus, he was having a little trouble hearing his monitors. Come to find out, his doctor has ordered 48 hours vocal rest.. so tomorrow’s show is cancelled.

So yes, I enjoyed the concert. They did a wonderful job of reminding me just how much I love them.

I was bummed after the show that I hadn’t opted to use some of mom’s gift money to order the LiveHereNow recording .. but I found out when I got home that I could just order it on the website anyway. It still takes them almost a month to make the tracks available.. hopefully it will be mixed well.

Photos from the show can be found on DM’s blog site (I didn’t bring my camera)..
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Howard Jones!

Howard Jones is such a sweet heart.

His show this evening was phenomenal. The last two years, he has done all acoustic. This time he had a short acoustic set and then a longer one with two other musicians, and electronic. He played some new tunes, and revamped some old ones to add a bit more power. He even covered the Killers song ‘Human’! It was absolutely gorgeous with Howard singing.. his voice is well suited to the song.

This time I had my real camera, and got a LOT of really good shots, especially during the electronic set, because we were standing at the stage and I set the camera on the stage & pointed it up at him, zoomed in. I love my camera.

Just a few of the 160+ shots I kept:
One . Two . Three . Four . Five . Six

At intermission before the electronic set, the guy next to us said “hey! You went to Milwaukie!” – it was Mr. Bjorn, one of our teachers. LOL He was there with his wife, and they were rocking out. So funny to see him at a concert… :}

At the beginning of the second verse of one song (I can’t think of the title to save my life, but it’s an oldie) he started to sing, and the mic died. He smacked it a few times, tried it again, swore, waited for a techie to come out with a new mic – and no techie. Howard was not a happy man. He pointed at his bandmates to continue the song and keep the audience busy, and went backstage. It took another 2 full minutes for a techie to come out with a new mic – absolutely crap. Poor Howard. But he came out and started where they had left off, since the other two people had continued the song pattern. It was kind of scary seeing Howard upset.

He seemed to be having a lot of fun the rest of the show though, being all smiles and joking around as usual. He was talking about how the three of them were a trio, but when you say “trio” you usually think of a jazz combo. He started thinking aloud of new words for them, like “trio electronic” or “the electronic troix”, and one guy behind me yelled “electrio!” Howard liked that one. “Yeah, that’s it! Electrio! ..and we can all go on an Electronisy together.” *lol*

After the show we stuck around for a while, and sure enough, his manager came out and told us few stragglers that we were to meet up in the foyer. Howard appeared shortly after for autographs. No pictures with him this time, as they were leaving tonight and didn’t have the time. But, when it was my turn in queue, he grinned and said “Hi! How are you?” lol. I said “wonderful!” and asked how he was doing, and he shyly said “oh, I’m great!” He signed my tour book while I voiced the usual “thanks for coming back to Portland, it was lovely to see you again” stuff, and he quietly answered “yes, thank you, glad you came..”. When he was done signing, I put my hand on his shoulder and told him to enjoy the rest of his evening. *lol* I’m such a dork. But he smiled sweetly and said thanks.
It’s so cute being right next to him.. he’s not too much taller than me, and just a little bit pudgy. :} His eyes are a very interesting mixture of grey/hazel.. really pretty.

All in all, it was a fantastic evening. I’m so glad Howard loves Portland, and the Aladdin Theatre in particular – the staff there are generally really nice.
Howard just finished a new album, so he’ll probably be back in less than a year. Hee!

Duran Duran!

So, those who follow me on Twitter or Facebook will have seen my periodic txt updates during the Duran Duran show tonight.

I didn’t bring my good camera because I didn’t want to risk it if they weren’t allowed – miffed to learn cameras were allowed. Oh well. My cell phone got a few OK ones, at least until it got dark, then it started picking up too much stage lighting and the guys just look like blurry apparitions.
Also, I don’t have my microSD card adapter with me in Seattle, so I have to look at the rest of the photos when I get back home.. I e-mailed two of them to myself at .25 each. 😛 The pictures are crap – I was close enough that I could see Nick’s eyeshadow, but the pictures make it look like I was a mile back. Bleh.

I saw the guys pull up in their black Suburban, and I could make out Simon in his vest through the fencing. Pretty soon they arrived onstage. Simon’s shirt was really nice, it kind of had dip-dyed sleeves. Everyone looked really great.

Our seats were quite close, 5th row back, at the right corner of the stage. I had a great view of Nick – yaaay! Poor fellow has a broken foot somehow – how did that happen?

At the beginning of Notorious, a bunch of people stormed up to the stage and stayed there.. the security staff didn’t bother making them leave. However, they didn’t let anyone else up, which sucked. I stayed back at my Section D Row D (heh, DD) seat and tried to take photos from there.
At one point during the song, John sauntered over to my side of the stage. He looked like he was already having a really great time. 😀 (You girls may notice something about Simon there… sheeze. *lol*)

Simon did a bit of talking between songs, and during songs, incredibly cheeky. Moreso than the last time I saw them. Someone threw their panties onstage and simon said “oh dear, aren’t you a little cold now?” *lol*

At one point, Simon started talking about “we like to bring some old stuff out of our wardrobe of music sometimes.. and sometimes we pull out a skeleton. Well we found a skeleton, and put a little meat on its bones. It’s the first time this band has ever played this song on a stage. ….. should I announce it?” *SCREAMS FROM AUDIENCE* “…. The song is… Election Day.”

I just about lost it then. Election Day!!!! The boys playing an Arcadia song on stage for the first time EVER – and the song was SO excellent. I can’t even describe seeing Simon singing that song about 25 feet from me. Just .. pure bliss.

We had a few good JoSi moments…

Toward the end of the main set I had slowly sneaked my way out of my assigned area and across the aisle to an empty space closer to centre, and front row. The pictures came out slightly closer, but not much. I could see Simon’s eyes sparkling.

The encore started with Dom playing a familiar tune on his guitar, and then Simon slowly walked out – wearing black trousers, white shirt with black buttons, white tux jacket, and bowtie. Again – I almost lost it. *lol* A View to a Kill – the coolest version I have ever heard. It started out quietly and simon’s voice was very chilling against the faint synth noises. I wish I had a recording of it.

During Planet Earth, John yelled “Alright you fuckers, get your hands in the air!” *lol*

The setlist (I actually noted it in my phone this time!):

Wild Boys
Union of the Snake
Nite Runner
I Don’t Want Your Love
Save a Prayer
Red Carpet Massacre
Election Day (still can’t believe they played this!!)
Come Undone
The Reflex
The Chauffeur
Do You Believe in Shame
Ordinary World
Hungry Like the Wolf
A View to a Kill
Planet Earth
Girls on Film (w/ Freak Out!)

As they were about to leave the stage, Simon did the usual announcement of who plays what, he screamed at us WHAT’S MY NAME?! and we answered SIMON! over and over – he clearly loved it, of course. Then when everyone was named, he said “and we are Duran Duran: the band designed to make your breasts bigger!!!”

They walked away to much drunken screaming…
Goodbye til next time, boys.

I got my new favourite DD shirt.. will post a pic of that and more photos of the show once I get them all off my phone.

Sorry for the boring description, I’m not good at stories… just know that I have died of happiness. 🙂