London Apollo - May 17 - Tour stop #12

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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby Venus » Thu May 20, 2010 11:31 am

Meet and Greet

I waited outside the Apollo keeping an eye on the stage door with minilea and Rachel. At first there were over 20 fans who waited for over an hour but then that dwindled to about 10 fans since I suppose people had to catch the last train etc.

Arj was the first to come out after about 2 hours. He said, "Good to see it's all ladies out here tonight" but he failed to see the only guy there so he apologised and said "oh sorry, I didn't see you there." :lol: He then hung around to talk to all of us. Rachel summed up our encounter with Arj pretty well. He talked about the after party that was going on backstage which he wasn't impressed with and just described it as a gathering of old friends and said that we were more interesting. He also talked about seeing Jude Law backstage and commented on how good looking he is, "No homo but he's so dreamy!" :lol: We then discussed Jude Law and Sienna Miller's relationship status. We talked about the show and he compared our crowd with the previous night's audience. He asked if we were attending any more shows (I guess he's used to seeing fans attending multiple shows!) so I met a girl who will be sitting in the same section as me and will also be seated in the front row for the May 25th show.

Other than Rachel and minilea, I got to speak to a couple of other fans who were waiting for a meet and greet. There were a few fans from the US who had been to the show the night before and waited for a meet and greet which didn't happen so they were quite anxious for a meet and greet this time round. I have to say that a couple of the people who were waiting around looked quite familiar because I think I've seen them in photos with Bret and Jemaine whilst they were touring the US. They were very friendly and seemed like a very dedicated bunch. Whilst we were talking to Arj, a car drove past with Matt inside who waved. One girl was sure it was Jemaine so she was quite worried that he had just left but a few of us reassured her that it was Matt (further evidence that Matt is channelling Jemaine and is now even deceiving fans :P).

After he finished talking to us as a group, I walked over to Arj with minilea. I shook his hand and introduced myself. He was incredibly friendly and I liked the way he crouched down a little to ask what my name was. We took a photo and then I asked him to sign my FOTC S1 DVD. He asked me to spell out my name and thought I said 'B' instead of 'V' so he paused and said, something like, "it's okay, I'll write something else" so he wrote "Be well", wrote my name on top of it to me and signed his autograph. When Rachel asked Arj to sign her uke he said, "I better not mess this one up". :lol: He was very patient with all of us and took photos with everyone and we managed to get a group one with him before he left in a taxi. He told us on a few occasions including just before he left that he was unsure whether Bret and Jemaine were going to come out or not and we told him that it was okay and we enjoyed his company. :)

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Bret, Jemaine and Nigel came out not too long after Arj left. Bret and Nigel came towards our side first and that's when Rachel asked them to sign her uke which led to them taking turns to play it. When Nigel first started playing Rachel's uke, Jemaine shouted over to Nigel something like "Sing a song, Nigel". :lol: Here's the YouTube video again:



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After that, I spoke to Nigel first. I asked him to sign my WIUO- The Dreaming EP. He opened the CD case to take the booklet out and seemed quite touched that I had the CD. He asked me where I got it from and I said Amplifier. He took out the booklet and signed his autograph near one of the pictures in the booklet. Another fan next to me and I told him how much we enjoyed the CD. I then told him that it would be great if he could perform with the other members of the ukulele orchestra here. I wasn't expecting to hear that they actually had plans to perform in the UK in June for 'Toast' which he described as a New Zealand Festival which takes place in London where everyone practically gets drunk. Their flight was going to be sponsored but the company sponsoring them pulled out so they can't make it anymore which is a shame. I also told him that WIUO inspired me to learn to play the uke and he was like "aww, that's great" and we talked about ukuleles becoming more and more popular. Nigel was so nice and very easy to talk to. We even talked about the Apollo's marquee. He found it quite amusing that FOTC had their name in lights in the marquee but the rest of the building was covered with huge posters of Ricky Gervais. :lol: We laughed and agreed cos I was looking forward to hopefully seeing huge posters of Bret and Jemaine on the Apollo but there weren't. :P I took a photo with him, thanked him and then moved on to Bret.

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Bret signed my FOTC S1 DVD and I decided to ask whether there was any chance of a live tour DVD. He paused and said "No, you've seen it all live now!" quite animatedly throwing his arms around (aww!). I have to say that I'm still not fully convinced for some reason but maybe that's just my wishful thinking. :P I took a photo with him and then took a pic of him with minilea. Minilea told him that she came from Manchester and knew she had a long drive home asked whether I was from Manchester but I told him that I live in London. Afterwards, I asked him to sign my Video Kid CD. When he saw it, he said "Oh, wow" and signed it as follows:

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I asked him whether he has any plans to release any more solo material and he said that he didn't know but he may do. I told him that I'll look forward to whatever he does next so he smiled and said something along the lines of "Yes, I'll be around doing stuff!" with a big grin on his face. So sweet! :D

Unfortunately, I didn't get to spend that much time with Jemaine but it was okay cos I was able to speak to him more in Birmingham whilst I previously didn't get a chance to speak to Nigel and only spoke to Bret briefly last time round. Minilea and I walked over to him just as their tour manager was actually going to take him away but he told her that he hadn't spoken to us yet so he made sure that we got his autograph and had our pictures taken with him. :heart: I asked him to sign my Season 1 DVD. After he signed his autograph, he pointed to the image of himself on the DVD cover and said "that's me!" and wrote that next to it on the cover with an arrow. :lol: Whilst he was signing it I said "great show tonight" to which he replied "oh, thank you." I asked for a picture which minilea took and thanked him.

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(Rhys is the one who drew the "meetings" thought bubble coming out of Jemaine's head & signed it last summer after one of his shows)

Yet again, it was another incredible night filled with much joy and laughter. I had a blast during the gig and I'm so happy that I was able to meet them after both of the shows I've attended so far. It was totally worth missing the last train home for! I can't praise them enough for being so considerate towards fans and generous with their time. I'm really looking forward seeing them again live from the front row at the Wembley gig next week.

Roll on May 25th! :yay:
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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby LauraK » Thu May 20, 2010 2:01 pm

Oh Venus...another excellent account! :D What a night, eh? When it seems they can't be any nicer- they are. :thumb:

I think it's sweet how Bret thinks Prototype is "rare." :heart:

Where can we see the pics of you w/ all of them? :eyelashes:
(I did see you w/ Arj...)
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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby closet jemainiac » Thu May 20, 2010 2:06 pm

LauraK wrote:Where can we see the pics of you w/ all of them? :eyelashes:
(I did see you w/ Arj...)

yis please!

Great write up, Venus! :D

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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby minilea » Thu May 20, 2010 2:35 pm

Love it! Reading your write up Venus makes me grin again, just as big I did all the way home! :D I adore the guys for the time they spent with us all and the amount of effort they made. :clap:
If I can find a decent Wembly ticket then I'll do it all again, with it being the last uk gig! :wink:
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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby mockingbird » Thu May 20, 2010 2:44 pm

What a great story! Thanks Rachel and minilea. And can I just say I LOVE Arj's jacket! Does it actually light up?? Awesome.

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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby LauraK » Thu May 20, 2010 2:45 pm

I think that's s built-in reflector strip...it does seem to glow with the flash!
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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby Aimee » Thu May 20, 2010 3:51 pm

Wow Venus! Awesome write ups of the gig and meet and greets :clap: I'm so happy you have been able to go to the shows and write up such detailed accounts for us--I really appreciate it :D

Thanks to Rachel and minilea as well. All of your perspectives put together make such a great total picture!

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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby rachel » Thu May 20, 2010 6:07 pm

mockingbird wrote:What a great story! Thanks Rachel and minilea. And can I just say I LOVE Arj's jacket! Does it actually light up?? Awesome.


The flash just made the releftors glow, which I metnioned to him and he said "oh yeah, it's military made, so they can track you whilst you run through the forest as they can make it light up" and a girl we were stood with believed him and said "oh my, really?" to which he replied "... no" :lol:

Another great write up Venus and lovely photos *right click, saves*
I'm still surprised that the video has over 350 views and that if you type my name along with fotc it pops up (which is how my dad found it). Little things, eh?
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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby mockingbird » Thu May 20, 2010 7:10 pm

rachel wrote:
mockingbird wrote:What a great story! Thanks Rachel and minilea. And can I just say I LOVE Arj's jacket! Does it actually light up?? Awesome.


The flash just made the releftors glow, which I metnioned to him and he said "oh yeah, it's military made, so they can track you whilst you run through the forest as they can make it light up" and a girl we were stood with believed him and said "oh my, really?" to which he replied "... no" :lol:

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Re: May 17 - London Apollo - Tour stop #12

Postby Nancy » Thu May 20, 2010 7:21 pm

Once again, a great report, Venus.
Minilea, my fingers are crossed for Wembley!
Rachel, I enjoy watching you in that video so much! IYou looked so at ease with them! It amazes me that both Nigel and Bret were noodling to a song popular in the twenties. I could watch that video all day, as they work out those chords.
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Re: London Apollo - May 17 - Tour stop #12

Postby minilea » Thu May 20, 2010 10:38 pm

:lol: Arj has the jacket halo on all my pics!

Thanks Aimee, although Venus and Rachel have really done all the hard work retelling the wonderous events of Hammermith! And thanks Nancy! I've got my beady eye on tickets right now! Unfortunately not face value but my dedication to the boys is over-ruling my heeeed! :roll:
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Re: London Apollo - May 17 - Tour stop #12

Postby Venus » Fri May 21, 2010 3:21 pm

I'm glad you all enjoyed reading my account. My recaps are incredibly long so apologies to those who are put off by it. :lol: I guess I could go on and on about them for ages! ;)

Yes, it was my camera's flash that caught the strip on Arj's jacket!

I'll put up the pics I took with them and a a few others soon. Probably on facebook though. ;)

It would be brilliant to see you again rachel and minilea if you manage to get tickets for Wembley. Let me know when/if you manage to get tickets. :)
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Re: London Apollo - May 17 - Tour stop #12

Postby edmedmoped » Sat May 22, 2010 10:57 am

Hellohello I'm new here.

What a gig! Highlights for me were the brilliant rendition of Inner City Pressure, the singalong, Bret taking pictures of his sugalumps and the line in Hurt Feelings: "That motherf*cker's been simmering for an hour 45!".

I saw Arj lurking at the back of stage during sugalumps; he seemed uncertain to when he should come on, but I think he got his cue eventually!

I saw Jonathan Ross and family driving away once I left, and I also saw the person that went onto stage to try and get a setlist :worry: .

It seemed like they must have been running out of time on the night. Songs like Jenny and Hiphopopotamus seemed rushed and as I saw from the setlist earlier in this thread, they had some more songs lined up, but oh well!

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Re: London Apollo - May 17 - Tour stop #12

Postby Venus » Sun May 23, 2010 12:07 am

Hi there, edmedmoped! Welcome to the forum. Feel free to introduce yourself here. :)

Haha, oh yes I loved that part in Hurt Feelings as well! Yeah that girl was eager to get a setlist by running across the stage but then completely bottled out. :lol:
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Re: London Apollo - May 17 - Tour stop #12

Postby Nancy » Sun May 23, 2010 4:02 am

Hey there, edmedmoped! :wave: Glad to have you here. Tell us more about yourself on the Intro thread, as Venus suggested. I look forward to seeing you around these parts. :D
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