Hey guys! Sorry for the wait, but as M-DOG said, last night's show was truly amazing! I went with 3 friends, Sara, Emily & Val. My friend, Sara, is from Portland (visiting this weekend for the show) and she couldn't believe the difference in audiences. It's a smaller venue of course, but we're quite laid back and tame compared to many other US audiences (I guess I'll see for myself in Seattle tonight!) As M-DOG said they had to "coax" us to yell things and even then it was mainly cheers. A few people shouted song requests when they asked us what to play, and one woman yelled "Voulez vous couche avec moi ce soir?" but only after a bunch of people requested "Foux De Fa Fa" (to which, of course they replied "yes, get a backstage pass from security and we'll sleep with you after the show" LOL!) VERY strict with cameras though, so I didn't even attempt. Polite Canadian audience + small venue = good times for all! The guys did quite a bit of banter about their previous time in Vancouver, which of course got some good laughs. They did loads of older songs - maybe 3 or 4 new ones tops!
The stage at the Centre is curved and they had the orchestra pit barricaded off. My seat was front row on the far left where the stage and barricade met... perfect placement for Sugalumps! Speaking of which, Jemaine came right over to me and of course put his sugalumps in my face and pointed me out yelling "I see you looking at my sugalumps!" then searched for any other female in my area (we were few). Then he goes to stand on the barricade, which is totally unstable and it starts to move so me and the guy next to me grab it while he's standing on it. Jem was wearing the two-toned shoes I love too! Woo!
Arj was out talking with fans outside when we exited the theatre. It was raining so everyone was huddled under the overhang that runs the length of the theatre. We waited a bit and edged our way over and started chatting with Arj. He said he'd love to spend more time in Vancouver, but would be back prolly in the new year. He left to talk to more people and the next time we saw him he was loading all his luggage onto the bus. After a bit Nigel came out and loaded some stuff too. The crowd thinned out a lot as people got rides, taxis and eventually walked home. About 30-45 mins later a security guard came out and told us to form a line (which we really had done anyways due to rain) and then the guys came out. We were standing middle of the line, so we just waited our turn. People didn't really hang around after they had met the guys, so the group kept shrinking.
Bret made it to us first. He looked very tired and was motoring through.... we didn't keep him long. (he finished up the M&G quick and got into the van and drove away) Bret asked Sara's name and started to sign her poster "Sarah" automatically. When Sara said "Oh! No 'H' actually" he looked up at her all worried like he has ruined her poster (prolly felt a connection since he gets 'Brett' all the time) We automatically said in unison "That's OK we can switch!" He looked at me and I said "I'm Sarah with an H!" He said "really?! You're kidding!... What are the odds?". We told him we'd be in Wellington this July and he ended up signing her poster "See you in Wellington". When he went to sign my poster he kept questioning my name. I told him I had ID if he didn't believe me. LOL! He said we'd have lots of fun in NZ. We got a photo, thanked him and he continued on his way (poor guy, so exhausted) Bret is a good hugger. Squeezed me good:
We waited a bit as Jemaine was making his way down. Everyone in front of us was gone except one dude who was chatting with him about Calgary Stampede. Jemaine kept looking over and we'd make eye contact but I kept looking away. Sara was cracking up at our awkwardness. The dude left and Jemaine swiveled over, looks at me and kinda does this little crouch with "finger-guns" to me and said giggling "I recoknise you from myspace!" I think I covered my face and said, "yeah... a couple people have recognised me from myspace. It's... weird." He laughed and Sara piped up "She's famous online!" Jemaine said with a smile "Oh, we can take you down if you want." and Sara yelled "NOOO!!!" I think I told him people might be very upset if that happened. I asked him to sign my poster and when he un rolled it he looked at what Bret wrote and exclaimed "Is that your real name?!" (like he was really excited to learn my real identity) I said, yeah, you can write that name or anything you want. He said "I just wrote my name... did you want me to write something else?" (Yeah) He paused...."umm... What do you want me to write? I'm drawing a blank". I said I dunno and asked Sara what he should write. "It's dandy time!" she said. Jemaine laughed and scribbled on my poster. Next I asked for a photo. He put his arm around me and I said, "can you please make your left hand into a 'C' shape?" He looked confused so I dropped my stuff and made a heart sign. "Like this" He giggled and as our photo was taken a group of girls behind us all said "awwwww". (
After Sara got her photo, I thanked him and raised my hand for a high five and he said "Oh Yeah!" and high fived me, then turned to high five Sara too. (High fives all around! Yusss!
At this point it had stopped raining so we went to look for Nigel to say "Hi" and pick his brain about places to see in Welly. (We totally spaced when talking with Jemaine.) Nigel was standing kind of in front of the front entrance talking to a guy so we waited off to the side. When the guy left, Sara went over and and introduced us and told him we were fans of the WIUO. He asked how we knew of them and we said we had friends in Welly who kinda introduced us to them. Then we told him we were heading down next month but would miss their Winter show. He told us they'd be touring North America next year sometime. He wasn't sure if they'd make any Canadian dates, but if they did, Vancouver would be one. We chatted about other projects he was working on back in NZ, places to go in Welly (Havana's, Matterhorn, Cuba St. etc.) for a good 10 mins and noticed Jemaine had just finished up with the last fans and came right over to our little circle (Me, Sara, Emily, Val, & Nigel) and said! "I recognise ALL you guys!" giggling again. Nigel said right away, "These three girls are going to be in Wellington next month, but won't be there for the uke orchestra show". "That's good timing" Jemaine said, laughing. We continued to chat a bit about places to go and see, then the security guard tapped Jem on the shoulder and said he was going to leave if that was ok. Jemaine stepped out of the circle, thanked him and saw him off then returned to the conversation. By this time we were the only ones out on the sidewalk. We must of talked for a good 10 minutes about skiing and wineries and historic villages. Nigel and Jemaine seemed quite relaxed and in very good spirits... almost like they didn't want to get back on the bus! (don't blame them. They've been driving for 2 days straight). We eventually said our goodbyes, waved and headed back home.
I'm SO glad I decided to chat them up about Wellington and it wasn't weird at all. AND that we got to have actually conversations with them. It was one of those "one off " nights that won't happen again, but I reckon it had a lot to do with the vibe the Vancouver concert goers were giving off... they seemed quite comfortable. It was a flippin' fantastic evening, I'm still grinning ear to ear. All the guys are so gracious, sweet and friendly.