April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby LauraK » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:27 pm

A slingshot might've done the trick! :lol:
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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby kellysouthpaw » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:33 pm

Okay all, I'm here! Tired as all get out - but I'm here!

Let me just say - there are NO words.

His beard TOUCHED me. His beard was TOUCHING MY FACE.

That's all I can manage to eek out right now. I need some time to gather my thoughts and my pictures. But I'm here, and I will be posting shortly 8)

P.S. The panty story is this - during Business Time, two girls from the ORCH pit (one of the last rows though I think), came up to the stage and started trying to figure out how to get the panties on stage - because by this time the security people were ON THEM (they were lining the rows of the ORCH pit on the main aisle). The girls were shouting and pointing at Jemaine, as if trying to get Jemaine to call security off, and he just laughs and says, "Don't you bring ME into this." So the girls took something (I couldn't see what) and placed it on the stage, and Jemaine doubled over his guitar laughing :lol:. Then the girls were escorted out - and Bret said and waved "goodbye!" Please bear in mind this was DURING Business Time. Jemaine was caught in this scuffle right after the first chorus before going up to brush his teeth. After they were escorted out he seemed to have totally forgotten where he was. "Now...where were we. *makes brushing teeth noise* We're both just upstairs now...brushin our teeth. That's all part of the foreplay..." etc etc.

Then, during the 11 pm show, Jemaine brings up that they've had a "major graduation" here in Detroit, from warm sweaty boxers in Seattle last year, to bright orange frilly panties this tour. "Very rock n' roll, Detroit" Jemaine says with a smirk and a nod (as Laura said!)

That's all I can say for now, I've gotta upload these pics...

P.P.S. I have it from a VIRY reliable source (Jemaine himself - I overheard him say this), that he will be shaving his beard today (to quote he said, "Ah yes *rubs beard* I'll probably shave it tomorrow") so, any ladies in the next few shows hoping for some major Jemaine facial hairiness might be disappointed
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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby LauraK » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:44 pm

Kelly, I PM'd you a pic of you and Jemaine hugging, but didn't want to post it w/o your permission.

How are you feeling today? I got 4 hours of sleep....still kind of floating on a cloud of Conchordian happiness....... :love:

Glad you made it home fine and can't wait to read your account! :D
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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby kellysouthpaw » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:47 pm

I got it thank you! I love it and will post it with my group of pictures if that's okay?

I'm so tired right now but I can't really take a nap because I have so much I want to write and say and savor before going to sleep. I showed the pictures to my mom and when she got to the one with Jemaine and I she went, "Awwww" like she REALLY meant it. She and my sister both seemed SO surprised that they would come out and meet fans, but so impressed that they did!

I don't know if I can make it til tonight to go to bed, I might eek out a short snooze between now and then. But I can sleep in as long as I want tomorrow.

I'm just so afraid that the more I sleep - the more I'll forget. Do you think you could send me the audio to foux de fafa and anything else you may have recorded? I think your pics are lovely, by the way

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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby LauraK » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:35 pm

Aw, of course post that pic with yours! I can't wait to see the one where you're both looking into the camera. :)

I'm so glad to hear that your Mom was impressed by the guys! My Mom said she can't remember seeing me so excited about anything. :oops:

I know how you feel about the forgetting...I have bad brain-fart in the best of times as it is......darn thyroid.

Ummm....I'll send you the audio to Foux De FaFa if I can figure out how. Pics I'm pretty good at but audio.....I've never sent it before.

Thanks- there were a few more but they had that Jimmy-Hendrix-crazy-stretchy-light-thingy going on, so I left them off! Kinda psychedelic. :rolleyes:
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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby LauraK » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:38 pm

Oh, I remembered one more little thing, thanks to Kelly. When the lights went down and the voice came on the introduce Eugene, I was all "That's Bret! It's Bret!" like an idiot, :lol:

Silly to get so excited over his voice but there it is. I was expecting Jemaine, since I'd read he intro'd at a lot of the other shows. I wonder how they decide who's doing it on any given night? :)
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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby kellysouthpaw » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:43 pm

Also - the only video I have is of Jemaine talking to "that girl" from the m/g, but I think there's some of his laughing in there which is what I really wanted to get. I had to stop after a few minutes because my battery went from green to yellow and I didn't want it to die on me before getting my picture with Jemaine.

The one with he and I came out SO good. Well, HE looks good :oops: seriously - I was such a bumbling goof...but still I'm considering getting it as a 5x7 and frame it :lol:

Just waiting on these pictures to upload then I'm going to write out my review...

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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby bjp4444 » Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:37 pm

....for what it's worth, here is my media all taken from my blackberry. not the greatest in the world, but not the worst either.

my photos from the show (with the first and the last being my favorites. who can deny bret on fire?):

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=1 ... =732425468

sugalumps on video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mil18eKpgEg

who likes to rock the party?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0qTmCKWjTI

as for more on the show, i found it hilarious that i had about 15 requests for people to take pictures with me in my sweet red penguin sweatshirt. apparently, people thought it was funny; i only wish i had a photo with it!

i even caught jemaine checking it out a couple of times at the beginning of the show. so no complaints there. i was actually thinking about deliberately getting up for the bathroom and beer to see if i could get some conversation out of it; why wear it otherwise? ha. but still a great buy, in my opinion.

i wish i could have requested albi when they asked for requests (a long story about a friend who was at the show, but gave here dog an unfortunate name before she knew of said dragon), but there were too many other people yelling things.

if that's heckling, i am afraid to see what it's called at other shows i have been to. it was very, very light. with a show like that, i think it definitely puts people in a conversational mood, so i think a little yelling/heckling is a good thing. it leads to improvisational humor that can lead to special unique moments in a show; i wouldn't have got my second video or the chance to hear some men at work without it. if it gets crazy, then yeah, shut it down. but last night was not bad at all.

again, it did seem a little rushed, but i can understand since it was after one when they finished, and to be honest, they seemed a little tired/slaphappy at the end. but no worries.

also, thank you woman who was sitting next to me and left/moved around the second song. you gave me much more room for my legs, my tall beer and my poster. domo arigato.

again, sorry i was not able to say hello to anyone, i actually didn't know where everyone else was sitting (forgot to check that seating chart). but thanks again kelly for the opportunity to make the switch to the late show with my class / opera calamities.

best moment of the night? cellotape. always nice to hear the song you quoted in your mom's eulogy! =)

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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby kellysouthpaw » Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:56 pm

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:
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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...
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Staaaaaaaannnaaaaaaaaaaa (which I really enjoyed by the way)
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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...)
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I'm not sure what song this is from – I apologize for the partial head cut-off :(
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One of the best pictures I got from the show:
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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 – meet and greet time.

It was a gorgeous night out – 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. “Hey guys!” he came out – 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, “I'm coming out, I'm gonna come out”. Laura, her husband, Michael and I stayed behind on purpose. People kept asking Bret where Jemaine was and he kept saying, “I'll bet he's coming out. I think he's coming out guys”. I just focused on seeing Bret. He truly is gorgeous in person – and so friendly. He'd just walk up to a couple of people and be like, “Heyyyy you guys!”. 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, “Ooooooooh. Ouch. Uch!” Well when we were outside he was like, “This seems like a safe part of town!” and everyone was like, “It's not – it's not!” (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, “They said that! They DID say that, really!” like we wouldn't believe him :roll: Then he came to us. I don't want to steal Michael's thunder and recount what happened to him – 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, “T...r...u...z...f?” and I said, “Yes, exactly like that”. So he wrote something then said, “Hmm” like he was figuring out what to say, so I offered, “maybe something heartfelt...but not weird” then felt like kicking myself when I heard him kind of nervously laugh. So he wrote away for a few minutes and then said, “There you go!” and then I asked if I could have a “photo” (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, “Photo op! Sure!” and Laura took this lovely picture :)
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So Bret finishes up and goes back inside – 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 – just caught me off guard. I was a little gun shy after sounding so goofy after talking to Bret (re: “heartfelt but not weird”), 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 – 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, “Sure!” 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, “Would you like anything special?” and I looked down at my camera all embarrassed like, “Maybe a hug picture? If that's okay?” and he was like “Yeah okay!” 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 – it was a little scruffily but oddly soft for a beard :hrm: Michael took this awesome photo of us, I think I'd like to get it blown up and framed:
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And then Laura took this picture at the same time from a slightly different angle:
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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 :lol:), and “Where did you learn to whisper like that to where you pronunciate so perfectly?” (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 :lol:

When I got back to the hotel all I wanted to do was sleep – 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, “It's over” and it felt like I had been shot through the heart. Such a horrible, horrible feeling. I am doing better now – but it'll probably happen again. I miss these guys. Before Jemaine left us to go back to the bus he said, “We'll be back...we'll be back” and I felt so much happiness when he said that. I sure hope so guys, I sure hope so :pray:

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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby LauraK » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:35 pm

Brandon- awesome video of Sugalumps! Thank you for getting that! At the very end when Bret was all thrust out, that's when I got my particularly horrendous pic...oh, How I wish that had come out! He was right in front of us! Then after he collapsed on the stage and the lights went out, I could sort of seehim scurry off.....I don't know how they get off the stage without tripping on something. I know I'd fall flat.

I so wish we'd run in to you- your sweatshirt sounds great.

The heckling was light, huh? I didn't feel like it was rushed, just that the time went by too quickly. And then we had no shame at the end, huh? Does every crowd yell "NOOOooooooooo!" when they say it'll be the last song, in the sad, plaintive way that we all did?? :lol: Thank goodness for the encore.

Your pics are terrific- I like the second one from TMD, probably cuz we can see Jemaine's face so clearly. Very good pics. That Bret on fire.....it looks like someone doused him in gasoline and set him ablaze! :o

Did it seem to you like lots of the crowd were singing along to the chorus in Sellotape? Maybe cuz we were so close but it didn't seem like it to me. I hope I'm wrong though, and Detroit represented! I loved when they called us The Supremes! (Was it the Supremes?? I already caught where I said Greg when I meant Jim.... :oops: so wouldn't be surprised to be wrong!)
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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby Bad Atom » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:41 pm

I'm glad that picture turned out so well, Kelly - I didn't want to ruin your big moment! You may have thought you were being all giggly and flustered, but trust me, you were fine.

As for that lady... I hope I ruined all her pictures by standing behind them and giving her a dirty look. :) He was very classy dealing with her, though.

Now hurry and send me your pictures and I can finish my own recap! :D
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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby LauraK » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:48 pm

Kelly!!

Great account of the night! You sure didn't look nervous- I so love your picture with Jemaine:
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That definitely needs framin'!

You got some awesome pictures!

Psssst....you didn't tell us what Bret wrote on your t-shirt and whether it was weird or not.
:o :yawinkle:

We had a lot of interested taxi's driving slowly past wondering what was up with this strange group standing on the side walk at 2 in the morning, and maybe some of them might need a ride.....

I felt like you did only it was today driving over to pick up Jacob from my cousin's. ALl of the anticipation and build-up........over. And that was sad.

BUT...it was so worth it! If anyone's on the fence about seeing them- jump off! Get ticket and do it! So much fun and meeting them was the sweet frosting on an already delicious cake. :prayer: :supz:

Jacob loves his picture. I need to get a frame for that, the poster, and my hug pic. :) It's my desktop.
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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby bjp4444 » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:50 pm

well, thanks. it's just the one from "boom" fame. nothing too special. ha. but it had the intended effect among the masses.

i knew the lumps were coming, so i thought it might be nice to try out the video camera. if i got kicked out that point, i wasn't too worried about it, you know? and yes, i think every crown is the same.

perhaps rushed is the wrong word to use, it just seemed quick. it's not a complaint, just an observation.

i just like the first one, as it gives an ominous look to the robot costumes. also, i suppose i just caught the lighting at the right time on the other.

i couldn't really tell on the choruses. i was just happy to hear it. and yes, it was the supremes.

probably going to get my poster framed (or frame it myself) and call it an event. good times.

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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby LauraK » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:51 pm

Michael! I'm hoping Kelly got a pic of you- my son wants to "meet" you. :) I think he was equally impressed by the fact that I met you as he was with the fact that I met Bret and Jemaine. No kidding....he loves video games and wants to learn how to program them.

Looking forward to your account now! :)
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Re: April 24- Detroit, MI (11 pm)

Postby kellysouthpaw » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:20 am

Oh - DUH! Bret wrote "Oh Kelly - I miss you! - Bret McKenzie *flying guitar logo*"

Jemaine just signed his name :D

I'm about to PM you Laura so watch for it :)


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