Here we go - this is going to be a comprehensive review - pictures and text at the same time
BEAR IN MIND - The usher sat on the end of my aisle, so I had to be super secretive about the pictures. I had the LCD screen covered and I don't have a viewfinder on my camera, so these were taken blind basically...so...be gentle on the blurriness / heads cut off, etc.
So - the guys come out with the robot getups on. Picture of some big delicious hands here:
During some banter here
I believe this was when they were trying to figure out if all of Detroit was in the theater...asking about the population of Detroit...
Staaaaaaaannnaaaaaaaaaaa (which I really enjoyed by the way)
Reenactment of a Stana molestation (interjection here - during the 8 pm version of this song, it is also mentioned that Stana will molest everyone in your family - Bret: even your pets - Jemaine: *laugh* yes - and sometimes will molest you with your pets - using your pets...)
I'm not sure what song this is from â€“ I apologize for the partial head cut-off
One of the best pictures I got from the show:
Some funny banter from the 11 pm:
Nigel: What a viry handsome audience you are, Detroit
Jemaine: Did you hear that, Detroit? Nigel LIKES you! -raises eyebrow-
Okay â€“ meet and greet time.
It was a gorgeous night out â€“ probably mid 60's at 2 in the morning. We waited for maybe 40 minutes before Bret came out. There was a big fence partition between us and him. â€œHey guys!â€ he came out â€“ very bouncy and smiley. He started walking along the fence and girls were putting their stuff under the fence to get him to sign it, but he just said, â€œI'm coming out, I'm gonna come outâ€. Laura, her husband, Michael and I stayed behind on purpose. People kept asking Bret where Jemaine was and he kept saying, â€œI'll bet he's coming out. I think he's coming out guysâ€. I just focused on seeing Bret. He truly is gorgeous in person â€“ and so friendly. He'd just walk up to a couple of people and be like, â€œHeyyyy you guys!â€. It was funny because during the 8 pm show he said during the show about everyone he told about their upcoming visit to Detroit kept saying, â€œOoooooooh. Ouch. Uch!â€ Well when we were outside he was like, â€œThis seems like a safe part of town!â€ and everyone was like, â€œIt's not â€“ it's not!â€ (Personally, I felt perfectly safe as long as I had people around me). He recounted for them what he said in the 8 pm show and then felt the need to affirm, â€œThey said that! They DID say that, really!â€ like we wouldn't believe him
Then he came to us. I don't want to steal Michael's thunder and recount what happened to him â€“ but it's awesome, so I can't wait for him to tell it! Then Bret got to me
I asked him very sheepishly if he'd sign my poster and he was more than happy to! I allowed him to use me as his table. He asked what my name was, so I told him, then spelled it. After I finished he kept naming random letters, â€œT...r...u...z...f?â€ and I said, â€œYes, exactly like thatâ€. So he wrote something then said, â€œHmmâ€ like he was figuring out what to say, so I offered, â€œmaybe something heartfelt...but not weirdâ€ then felt like kicking myself when I heard him kind of nervously laugh. So he wrote away for a few minutes and then said, â€œThere you go!â€ and then I asked if I could have a â€œphotoâ€ (because that's how he'd been saying it all night, even asking people after he signed stuff if they wanted a photo as well), and he said, â€œPhoto op! Sure!â€ and Laura took this lovely picture
So Bret finishes up and goes back inside â€“ then another 20-30 minutes and Jemaine comes out. Again, Laura, Tom, Michael and I hang back. The crowd REALLY thins once Jemaine starts getting through them. I took a small clip of video just because I wanted to remember what he sounded like just in talking to people (lame of me, I know). Jemaine is skinnier than I thought he'd be. I thought he'd be a bit larger - -shrug- no big deal or anything â€“ just caught me off guard. I was a little gun shy after sounding so goofy after talking to Bret (re: â€œheartfelt but not weirdâ€), so I had no idea what to say to Jemaine. My shyness just worsened...yuck. I REALLY wanted to compliment his shoes, but when I saw him and he finally got to me, my mind literally went blank. I asked him (again, VIRY sheepishly) to sign my poster, then offered my back if I needed it â€“ he said he'd be fine. He even had his own sharpie). Then I asked if I could have a picture, he laughed a little (I assume at my shyness) and said, â€œSure!â€ I think he either was touched by my painful shyness or he felt sorry for me, but either way he looked me straight in the eyes and said, â€œWould you like anything special?â€ and I looked down at my camera all embarrassed like, â€œMaybe a hug picture? If that's okay?â€ and he was like â€œYeah okay!â€ So then he got in this weird...stance. Like he opened his arms way out and stuck his legs far apart. I had no idea how to hold onto that so I just put my arms around him. And where do our faces land but side by side. I felt his beard on my face â€“ it was a little scruffily but oddly soft for a beard
Michael took this awesome photo of us, I think I'd like to get it blown up and framed:
And then Laura took this picture at the same time from a slightly different angle:
There was this girl who was like Jim from S2. Asking SO MANY questions. No doubt she'd had too much to drink. She just kept talking his ear off while he was trying to help people. Asking him what he took at college (to which he admitted he flunked out of theater/film college), asking him what literature/philosophy classes he'd taken (because his lyrics in HvR were so genius, she said...he said something about them just being from not being able to sleep at 4 am or something
), and â€œWhere did you learn to whisper like that to where you pronunciate so perfectly?â€ (I'm not even making this up). She also made some comment about how Jemaine was a genius just like John Lennon. She was...DRUNK
When I got back to the hotel all I wanted to do was sleep â€“ and since I had to be up at 7:00 am to be on the road by 7:30 (I had a bridal shower at noon to be at), and at this point it was going on 4 am, I went to sleep for a few hours. When I woke up, the first thing I thought of was, â€œIt's overâ€ and it felt like I had been shot through the heart. Such a horrible, horrible feeling. I am doing better now â€“ but it'll probably happen again. I miss these guys. Before Jemaine left us to go back to the bus he said, â€œWe'll be back...we'll be backâ€ and I felt so much happiness when he said that. I sure hope so guys, I sure hope so