April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

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April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby SheWolf » Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:58 pm

Where are all the Atlantan FOTC fans? Don't be shy. Post your experiences here.
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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby Nancy » Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:18 am

Yes, where's JulesJules? We haven't heard how her charity event went, and I know she's going to the Atlanta show.

The Fox is a great theater - I did Rumors there, and went on for the lead, which was very cool. It's a lovely theater.
Can't wait to hear stories - the last thing I heard was that they were singing Albi. :albi:
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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby kellysouthpaw » Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:42 am

I'm interested to hear about the camera policy here - because the one I'm going to is the Fox Theater in Detroit, so I assume what goes for the Fox in Atlanta will go for the Fox in Detroit - since they're owned by the same company.

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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby tvldiva » Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:33 am

Nancy Hillner wrote:Yes, where's JulesJules? We haven't heard how her charity event went, and I know she's going to the Atlanta show.

The Fox is a great theater - I did Rumors there, and went on for the lead, which was very cool. It's a lovely theater.
Can't wait to hear stories - the last thing I heard was that they were singing Albi. :albi:
(Always fun to use the Albi emoticon. :wink: )

Yes, a beautiful theater and still one of my favorites. I saw lots of great shows(musicals to concerts) there when I lived in Atlanta. It's a very guilded lily, to say the least. The interior walls are painted as if it was a palace in the desert. The ceiling is ever changing, from day to night with sparkling stars. (At least that's how I remember it.) Very grand and worth the price of admission just to experience.

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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby Venus » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:47 pm

First of all, Happy Easter everyone! :D

Just did a little search for some info on the show. The main news seems to be the fact that Bret got carried away towards the end by running off stage through the crowd, giving people high fives and not returning back on stage :lol:.

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Flight of the Conchords show review
When: 04/11/2009
Who: Kristen Schaal, Flight of the Conchords
Where: Fox Theatre

We had a good quick dinner at Bookhouse Pub, then made our way to the theater. Thankfully getting will call tickets was no problem, and we went in. Unfortunately I screwed up buying the tickets so two of us sat together and one friend had to sit by himself in another section. The seats were great though (well, the pair of seats). They were dead center and only a few rows from the stage; I'd never sat that close at the Fox for anything.

Kristen Schaal opened the show, and she was pretty good. I think she's better used as a funny actor, but she made me laugh pretty good a few times. She is funny, but I just feel that a little of her stand-up goes a long ways. Either way, she was good and had us warmed up, then introduced the band immediately at the end of her set.

They opened up their set wearing weird silvery jackets and funky homemade helmet looking things and played "Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor" complete with drum machines. The set was great with lots of laughs during the songs as well as during the in-between chatter. I had heard that at previous shows yokels had yelled out song requests, and they did at this show as well; beginning very early on with someone screaming "Freebird!" Jemaine's cool reply was: "we didn't write Freebird, so we won't be playing that one." The random yells and requests kept being shouted at various times. At one point someone from the balcony yelled something, to which Jemaine slowly shook his head and then added "undecipherable." One person took it upon themselves to simply scream "Season Three" and the guys said "okay, now we'll perform season three on stage here for you." He slipped into his best Rhys Darby impression saying "okay guys" to a huge laugh. Bret added his own Murray impression this time adding "band meeting." He called the roster out, and then said "Atlanta?" and the crowd screamed "present!"

At some point they did remark that it was amazing for them to be "in the fabled lost city of Atlanta, thought to be lost beneath the seas." They estimated that Atlanta was at a minimum one league under the sea. To round out the people-yelling-things-out portion of this review, at one point a guy screamed "Men At Work." Bret found it funny and actually tried to play a tune that no one recognized. Jemaine asked him "what was that?" "I was trying to play 'I Come From a Land Down Under.'" They both tried once or twice and Jemaine at least got a few lines out right up to "vegimite sandwich," to some of the loudest applause of the evening. He added an anecdote that Colin Hay the writer of the song had once taught the Conchords how to play the song. They were at a show in Canada for a, what he called, "Southern Hemisphere Extravaganza," and Hay taught them the song, while Bret sang the wrong words back to Hay.

I purposely have not watched the HBO show yet, preferring to get the DVDs and watch them all at one time, so I had not heard any new songs that debuted there, nor did I read up on their other performances because I wanted to be able to experience new songs live, in person. One of my favorites was about a man named Stana. Jemaine explained that he was the exact opposite of the similarly spelled Santa. "Where as Santa comes down the chimney once a year and gives you presents, Stana comes down the chimeny once a year and molests you. What day is that, Bret? What day of the year does Stana come down the chimney and," at which point Jemaine broke character for the only time making himself laugh at the thought.

One of my favorites was a song about Jemaine's ex-girlfriends. "Sugalumps" ended their main set. The encore followed with another few songs including "Business Time." There was loud demand for a second encore, which they granted. Jemaine said "this must be annoying for the people that don't want to listen to any more songs from us. If you are bored, feel free to leave at this point, but we're going to play some more." They played a song that I was unfamiliar with about love keeping people together (better than using super glue, Jemaine pointed out). They got the crowd to participate helping Bret sing the chorus that went something like "Brown paper, white paper, the sticky side of love" or something close to that effect. Towards the end they stood up from their instruments and started the crowd clapping over their heads in rhythm with the song. They quit playing and the crowd continued the clapping and singing along with Bret. Bret quit singing but the audience sang the chorus again at the appropriate timing. At this point Bret was visibly surprised. His head popped up and he looked at Jemaine and pointed to the crowd smiling and saying something. It was obvious he was shocked that the crowd had kept the time of the song and were still singing the chorus. Then he hopped off the front of the stage and started going through the crowd giving out high fives. Jemaine jumped down and shook the hands of every one in the front row one at a time, but then he hopped back up to the stage. During this Bret took of running up one of the aisles and presumably out of the theater. Everyone in the audience was standing and still clapping in rhythm. A woman with a headset came out onto the stage looking for the guys, and saw Jemaine. You could see them talk and then Jemaine just walked off stage. The woman shielded her eyes from the lights looking out into the crowd and then got on her walkie-talkie. It was obvious no one knew where Bret had gone to and they were trying to find him. Meanwhile the audience is STILL clapping and STILL singing the chorus in time. Then the lights go on and the house music starts playing finally putting an ending on a very bizarre last song. The crowd demands two encores, then the band ends the song by not finishing it and just leaving in different directions without a final comment to the crowd. It couldn't have been a more fitting finale.


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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby Carol » Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:17 pm

Wow, kinda bizarre! But sounds like a great night in Atlanta! (I'd forgotten the Stana banter! Jemaine wiggling his fingers as though molesting! And using both Satan and Santa. Good to be reminded of it.)

I suppose Bret was eventually found?
I think it's so cool how they change up what they're doing from town to town--and make an effort to relate TO each and every town.

Atlanta got SelloTape as a show ender. :( Nah, I shan't complain. The Nashville show was SUPERB!

Where are our other reviews????? My guess is, the attenders from last night are still savoring the moments. Either that or FOTC stayed the night and they're all hanging out somewhere together! :hrm:
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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby Venus » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:16 pm

Surely there must have been at least one crazy fan who followed Bret out of the arena to see where he was going? :lol:

Loads of clips have been uploaded here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/rnattis

A couple of videos have been uploaded here too:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ash2262

And this guy's take on Bret and Jemaine being aware of their own sex appeal made me laugh. Bret stroking his beard? Right :lol:

Concert Review: Flight of the Conchords Rock The Lost City of Atlantis

“Welcome to the lost city of Atlantis. We were just driving around in our submarine.” Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie brought their A-game with hilarious banter and songs. They opened up wearing robot suits and went into “Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor”. Then they went into their banter. As the night progressed, you could tell they both knew their sex appeal as Jemaine slowly unbuttoned his shirt and Bret stroked his beard. I love how they combine their songs and throw in obscure pop culture references. During one of my favorites of theirs, “Jenny”, Bret sings “We watched a movie. It was weekend at Bernie’s 2″ and Jemaine responds with “Ah yes. What a hilarious premise for two movies.” And later in the show, a fan screamed out “Men At Work” which caused Bret and Jemaine to attempt to play some of their songs. They told an anecdote about how Colin Hay had taught them the song in person, and Bret sang the wrong words.

The highlight of the night was the Bowie banter into “Bowies in Space”. As usual, they talked about the time they time warped back to 1970s to see David Bowie. Jemaine goes on a tangent and says “And as usual at parties, I end up in the bathroom with the crying ladies. In this particular bathroom, a young Tiny Turner was crying and the older-also-time-warping Tina Turner was telling the young Tina Turner to not get back with Ike. She looks at me and ask me what to do and I kind of think that I should say ‘What’s love got to do- Go to do with it?’ but I thought no. And this was before she had made that song.”

They also folked out with a new song called “Stanta” about an evil man who “unlike santa who comes down your chimney once a year and gives you a gift”, he instead “comes down your chimney once a year and rapes you”. The song ends with Stanta running into an exact replica of himself, and Jemaine sings “when you run into you, what would you do?” and he explains they become lovers and start a farm. Fair enough.

Other songs they went through were “Mutha’uckers”, “Think About It”, “Demon Woman”, “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The world)”, “Hurt Feelings”, “I’m in Love with a Sexy Lady”, “Carol Brown” and “Sugalumps”. They played an encore with “Business Time” and “Sello Tape”.

Their new album with songs from the second season is titled “I Told You I Was Freekie” and is supposibly still being released this Tuesday the 14th of April as planned.

This entry was written by Tim, posted on April 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm, filed under Music and tagged atlanta, concert review, flight of the conchords, fox theatre. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.



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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby LauraK » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:30 pm

Another one-of-a-kind show! :D I sure hope Jemaine hops off the stage and shakes hands with us in the front row. :prayer: But please don't flee, Bret....we want you to stay and say goodnight. (He probably gave his "people" a heart-attack!) :o

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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby kellysouthpaw » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:06 am

I can't wait! *giddy*

These stories are so fabulous!

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Postby ASmallTurnip » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:44 am

I talked to a friend of mine last night who was at the gig, and she loved it. Before the show, she emailed me:

"I'm going to try and restrain myself, but...I'm fairly certain I will emit a Beatlemania-esque squeal when Mr. McKenzie appears on stage. J [her fiancé] will just have to deal. He's a closet FOTC fan, too, so he's fairly tolerant of my love -- but he always gets confused and accuses me of crushing on Jemaine. I'm like, "Sweetie, no, it's BRET you have to worry about." (Not that I don't love Jemaine -- he just doesn't have the same effect on my ladybits.)"

Ha! Well, apparently it was a terrific show all round, and Kivrin said that hearing Bret utter the words "turgid grooves" pretty much made her year (I told her that if I ever start a band, I'm totally going to call it The Turgid Grooves). She said they were onstage for a full two hours, and that Jemaine played some exquisitely dirty licks on his "rockenspiel". Which is like a glockenspiel, but WAY COOLER. :yawinkle: Anyway, I'm delighted to hear that it was as great a show as it could be, and the surreal ending was a divinely appropriate finishing touch. :D Yaaaaaaay! I'm so pleased to hear that everyone's having a great experience.


Venus wrote:They also folked out with a new song called “Stanta” about an evil man who “unlike santa who comes down your chimney once a year and gives you a gift”, he instead “comes down your chimney once a year and rapes you”.


I.....haven't seen this bit. I wasn't there to hear it myself. I don't entirely trust this dude's particular take on the Conchords (Venus, as you rightly pointed out, he's a little off). So, grain of salt. But. If it happened as reported, I have to softly confess that I gots issues with dis.

I don't think rape is off-limits for humour - I frankly don't think anything is. It can't be. Laughter is undoubtedly the most powerful weapon against the evils of the world, and I know all of us can get carried away by the moment and push a joke harder than we would if we had a moment to think about it. But I would say that if you're going to make a light-hearted joke about something potentially risqué, you gotta make sure it's funny. It's got to be worth the laugh.

There's only ever been one other moment when I have been eyebrow-raisingly unamused by the Conchords, and it was a supremely unsuccessful rape joke made many years ago in a live performance, and it never appeared again in their act. And for that, I was really, really grateful. I don't think you have to have had personal experiences with rape and violent sexual abuse to realise that it's probably not worth making a ha-ha over unless it's a genuinely great, paradigm-skewering joke. It's just not. I quietly hope they let this one drift gently off to pasture.

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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby Carol » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:53 am

If I remember correctly, Jemaine didn't use the word "rape" in Nashville. I believe he just said "molest". But that's not really funny either, come to think about it.
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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby girl_with_bangs » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:00 am

Its practically been a year since I first got into the Conchords. Oh, I'll never forget it. I finished directing a play that I loved, I was recovering from hand surgery, I was just so depressed and not finding any interest in any new plays, books, music.... Until... I downloaded FTOC on Napster... I heard ''Foux de fa fa'' and I have been hooked ever since.

I live in Tallahassee and ATL is only about 4 hours away.
I broke my neck 3 years ago and I use a wheelchair. So.... I lucked out in the ticket dept... 2nd row, left.

I was sooo nervous about my tickets. The staff at Fox were really lovely and they showed me and my friends about the theatre. I had no IDEA how great my seats were until we were graciously escorted by an usher to 37-40 BBB. Where. We. Could. Touch. The. Stage!

Being in the 1st 2 rows holds a special meaning for FTOC fans, as we all know. We do so at the risk of being impregnated by a certain Hiphopapotomus. However, Jemaine did not utter those potent lyrics, so I think I'll be OK. ;D
I've never been so excited about anything.... My god!

The show opened with Jemaine’s unmistakable baritone voice welcoming us to the show and informing us that we audience members were the luckiest people ever, living or dead. ‘’The show… is that good.’’

And with that he introduced Kristen Shaal. The audience went bananas for her as she bounded onto the stage, like a little girl high on pixie sticks.

She was wearing a white ruffley tank top, sparkiliy gold knee length shorts, and gold ballet flats.
There were still people yelling ‘’Mel!’’ throughout her set, and she made a cute joke about Mel and her sounding completely different.

She was phenomenol. What a sharp eye the guys have for talent.
Her stand up opening act was filled with a series of plays. One was an antidrug play from her repertoire that she last performed in 7th grade where she went from shy, quiet drug free girl to [one hit of ‘’the marijuana’’ later] a freefalling addict over a period of 3 weeks. Her use of props was spectacular! She did a play about a mattress, a love triangle involving a pot, a wooden spoon, and a lid [that seemed like a true story]. Her set ended with her rehearsal of a scene for an audition of a Law and Order SVU episode where she played a 16 year old girl, on her bday, at work, while eating Etemann’s chocolate cake receiving terrible news about her best friend… It was one of the most hysterical physical comedy bits I’ve ever seen. I am a Kristen Shaal fan forever.


She got such a huge response from the audience. She was just great.

The guys came on stage and the audience went berserk. They had their adorable home-made robot looking helmets on and they rocked out ‘’Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor’’. I was delighted to see that we were seated, like, 10 feet away from Jemaine!!! I was so flipping happy.

Their banter was just so spontaneous and charming. Especially their reactions to the audience. I loved when Jemaine shouted ‘’Shut up!’’ followed by a his bemused ‘’You know, not an angry ‘shut up’, just… after the show… we need to have a… conversation.’’ They are really such sweet guys.

Bret and Jemaine tried to keep their between banter low key. Bret asked us [the entire audience] if this was the first time we’ve all come to see a show at the Fox. It was ju hilarious how interested he looked out for our response.

Nigel, their celloist was just fantastic! He added a lot to the numbers and their banter. One point Jemaine asked Nigel, if he considered himself ‘’a philharmonic or symphonic orchestra member’’ to which point Nigel just stared at Jemaine blankly. Later, the guys had an impromptu band meeting and decided they wanted some alone time on stage and politely asked Nigel to leave. A dejected Nigel took off his weird, tie on a wire and slinked off stage.

I never heard "The Ballad of Stana"! It was a treat to hear a song I was unfamiliar with. It was hysterical and reminded me of a lost Johnny Cash number.

At one point during Bowie, Bret exclaimed an overzealous Bret- ‘’Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. David Bowie!’’ Jemaine acted all embarrassed an was afraid that the show in theory was more amazing than it actually was. LOL. ‘’That would be pretty amazing if David Bowie came out now, wouldn’t it? No, he’s not coming.’’

Bret took off his jacket and Jemaine took off his button up shirt to reveal a short sleeve button up shirt. Self consciously, Jemaine buttoned up a top button, afraid he was revealing to much. The audience squeeledl

One point Bret attributed the audience squueels to us the audience trying to think of what to say next. Like how normally in conversation you think of what to say next and you go ‘’Uhh…’’ we were just shrieking. Lol.

Jemaine busted out the ‘’rockenshpeel’’ for ‘’if you’re into it.’’ Seen here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCvpfqjx0aQ
He got really into it.

It was so neat to see different versions, acoustic of their songs. LOVED the slow R and B take on SugaLumps. It ended with Bret and Jemaine slowly jamming out to it in front of us ecstatic audience. Even funnier was to see their shyness about being sexsymbols. Just so adorable http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF8hfyh15W0

They sang my favorite, Bus Driver’s Song when they came back for one of their 2 encores. It seemed like only a handful knew it. They did a beautiful job. I think it must be everyone’s favorite now.

They ended with the epic ‘’Pencils in the wind’’ and BOY—the audience really got into it. We sang the reprise really well—so well, that during an impromptu band meeting, Big J and Little B decided we were a safe enough audience to jump off stage and interact with!

Bret went audience right and took off. Jemaine went through the middle audience, then towards me and my group.
I was thinking ‘’This is NOT happening. Try to keep singing.’’
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
Jemaine. Touched. Me.
He gently grabbed my right hand, then my left. It was just so sweet. His hands were cold!

It was an unforgettable night. The best ever. These guys are legends, so talented, sweet, and sincere.

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Re: April 11 Fox Theater Atlanta

Postby ASmallTurnip » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:02 am

Carol wrote:If I remember correctly, Jemaine didn't use the word "rape" in Nashville. I believe he just said "molest". But that's not really funny either, come to think about it.

"Molest" I can absolutely live with - it's a word with a lot of psychological wiggle-room, ya know? It has certain connotations, but it basically means to bother someone. David Bowie says it's Totally Fine. Go forth and molest, boys! :yawinkle:

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Postby ASmallTurnip » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:07 am

girl_with_bangs wrote:Their banter was just so spontaneous and charming. Especially their reactions to the audience. I loved when Jemaine shouted ‘’Shut up!’’ followed by a his bemused ‘’You know, not an angry ‘shut up’, just… after the show… we need to have a… conversation.’’ They are really such sweet guys.

Holy Moses, what a write-up! Thank you SO MUCH for that! The bit about the need for a little conversation kills me.

We're really, really pleased to have you around here, Girl! Now I'm off to go goggle at your videos - ah, I love lazy Sundays.

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Postby JulesJules » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:09 am

I'm here! I was there! It was great!

We had dinner at The Varsity (best greasy food in Atlanta) and then went straight to the show. The camera policy is quite simply a no-camera policy, posted on the tickets, posted at the venue, and announced over the PA. I didn't bring a camera, but obviously some did!

I've never seen FOTC live before, and I went with my teenagers, 16 yr old daughter (a Bretophile before last night, now a confirmed Jemainiac) and 15 yr old son (huge fan of the show and of the BBC radio show). They had never been to the Fox before last night, which must be some form of child abuse on my part. It's an absolutely beautiful theatre and an iconic landmark in Atlanta.

Our seats were a bit farther back than I would have liked, but there isn't a bad seat at this venue, so all was well. Kristin was very funny. She does this bit with a mattress that was hysterical. I won't go into it any more in case she is at an upcoming show and I don't want to spoil it. Her act was probably about 30-35 mins and we laughed a lot.

As someone else said upthread, the guys came onstage immediately following her and opened with Too Many Dicks, wearing their robot helmets. Don't quite know why they were wearing them, but it was funny. Sadly, the glitter codpieces weren't in use.

One of the things I was worried about were morons talking or shouting a lot, but it wasn't too bad at this show. Yelling Freebird is, IMO, quite rude. Most times, it's done to piss a band off, because really, nobody does Freebird. Jemaine handled it and some of the other shouted requests quite well.

There was one point in the show when Bret was beginning to tell a story, and Jemaine said "everybody be quiet and listen, because this is a good story." He said it good-naturedly, but then he noticed/heard someone close to the stage talking and he said "Now what did I just say?" and it was very funny and got a good laugh.

The Stana song is hysterical!! For the record, he said that Stana molests you, not rapes you. A minor point, but an important one.

I think my favorite songs of the night were "Hurt Feelings", "Business Time", "Jenny", which I didn't like before but now that I've heard it live I really like it, "Stana", "Demon Woman", and "The Bus Driver Song".

When they left the stage after/during Cellotape (or however you spell that word), Bret entered the audience first, then Jemaine, and I was watching Jemaine and didn't notice what happened to Bret. Jemaine didn't venture beyond the first few rows, and climbed back onstage and exited the stage within a minute or 90 seconds or so. It was quite a strange ending to the show, but that is appropriate, is it not?

Before their final encore, people had actually statred leaving the theatre en masse, which I thought was nuts because the house lights were still out. I told the kids we weren't leaving until the house lights came on or we got the old "Elvis has left the building" announcement. That's why Jemaine said what he did about their continuing to perform being an annoyance to those who wanted to leave. It was pretty funny but I think a lot of people had actually gotten out into the lobby by then and missed the very end of the show.

There was a bit of excitement that went on in the 2 rows in front of us. There were 2 very drunk women seated right in front of me and my daughter and they talked, loudly, the entire freaking show. We were able to ignore them for the most part, but the poor people seated in front of them were hearing everything they said and asked them nicely, the first few times, to please keep it down so everybody could enjoy the show. They weren't even talking about the show. They weren't even listening. Frankly, I don't know why they were there. They wasted 2 tifckets and took up 2 seats that someone who actually gave a crap about the show could have used.

It escalated as the evening went on, and I really thought that there might be fisticuffs. I'm not kidding, and was thinking how very strange it would be to have a fight at a FOTC show. I mean, the crowd just isn't a duke-it-out kind of crowd, you know what I mean? But the drunks became quite nasty and beligerent the more they were asked to be quiet, and the people asking were asking in a less nice manner, which I completely understood. After an hour, they were finally tossed out of the show. Very strange, because from my place in the theater, everybody else was just having a good time and listening and singing and laughing.

Well, there was this one guy who yelled out, several times, "I love you!", and he wasn't yellling it at Kristen. :P


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