Ok! Here are my humble pics and videos. Unfortunately, even from the 4th row, my camera is not very good. Still, I want to contribute this thread, so here ya go! I haven't written a full report, and I'm not sure if I will because everyone's already said all of the important things. I will say that I love how these guys call it like they see it. They took digs at the hotel, the city of Las Vegas itself, and of the lack of concert attendees. It was disappointing to see so many empty seats in the front few rows, and whole sections of the theatre blocked off. I took a quick little video of the venue, so you can see for yourself. I swear, you could hear crickets chirping in the upper levels of the theatre. Also, it seemed like a lot of people just went to show so that they'd have something to do on a Saturday night. Not to say there weren't hardcore fans in the audience (come on, we were there!), but there was definitely a lack of energy. And don't even get me started on security!!! I couldn't believe it, the lady on my side of the stage didn't laugh ONCE during the show! The only time I saw her crack a smile was when she caught someone filming, and she'd run back to her seat and tell the guy next to her. Anyway, enough trashing on her. I got my revenge when I asked to to take a photo of our group after the show, up against the stage. She was shooing us out at the time, but I asked her to take the photo as if to say, "We're not leaving until we get a picture." LOL!
Some highlights for me were the new songs, especially Jemaine's guitar solo on "You Don't Love Me Anymore". To die for! I also liked the use of Little Red on Albi, it made it even more whimsical (if that's even possible). Also, I really enjoyed Bus Driver's Song, audience participation on Epileptic Dogs, and their overall good spirits. I'd never seen Jemaine smile so much, so it was wonderful to see. He would hold his silly smiles for a long time, as if to invite us to take a picture. Take that, security!!! Oh yeah, Bret grinding an empty chair was pretty awesome too, I just wish it had been on my side of the stage.
Anyway, it was a great evening, despite no M&G. I asked Arj at intermission if he'd hang around after the show, and he told me that they had something going on after the show, so it would be the least "meety greety" night. So, at least we had a heads up. It didn't stop us from hoping though.
I noticed that Ryche hasn't shared the "chance encounter" story, but I was there too, so I'll say a little about it. As we were leaving the restaurant after dinner (at 1:30am ) We walked thru the casino to get back to our hotel. (It was all in the same building.) Ryche noticed Eugene out of the corner of her eye at a slot machine. Across the walkway, there was a tall skinny white guy watching people play at the craps table. Ryche was sure it was Bret, but I wasn't sure, because there were a lot of guys of that description hanging around Vegas. Well, Ryche was correct, and Kristen was standing next to him. I didn't want to bother them, so we hung back and didn't say anything. Then, Bret turned around because a guy came up and shook his hand, and then took a picture of his girlfriend next to Bret. Ryche then had her special moment, which I'll let her share. Kristen turned around and saw us, and I waved to her. She said hi, then said to Bret that they should go. They called Eugene over, and they headed out. It was a very short encounter, and I didn't even say hi to Bret, but I felt pretty awkward about it. (As I told my travel mates over and over. Sorry. LOL) I have terrible anxiety, so all I could think was that we bothered them and scared them off. Truthfully, we were just a group of people in the same place at the same time, we certainly weren't stalking or looking for them. Anyway, I'm over the anxiety now, I just hope they didn't think ill of us. I wasn't planning on asking them any questions, or saying what I wanted to say at a proper M&G, I just wanted to say a quick "hello and great job" before heading back to the hotel. Oh well, it is what it is, and I'll stop talking your ears off about it.
Ok ok, enough talking, on with the videos! Sorry they are so short, but you already know about the security situation. It's just a shame that I had to stop some of the videos mid sentence or phrase. The staff was so inconsiderate! Here's a quick glimpse around the theatre:
OMG you got the couple of seconds were Jem takes off his glasses during the band intro, Mango! I was praying that someone captured that in video or photo form. I'm so glad my gasp of happiness wasn't audible on your video though.
Haha, my internet is pulling in and out right now, and I'm trying very hard to get my last Hollywood video up, so I'm not able to watch those vids right now, Mango. But I bet you can hear me go, "OW OW!" when Jemaine says he's a bad dog...I couldn't help myself.
Red wrote:OMG you got the couple of seconds were Jem takes off his glasses during the band intro, Mango! I was praying that someone captured that in video or photo form. I'm so glad my gasp of happiness wasn't audible on your video though.
I jut saw that as I was uploading the videos! I'm glad I caught it too.
When Clark Kent removes his glasses, he's Superman! So when Jemaine takes off his glasses, does he become Action Fighter??
LauraK wrote:Your vids are awesome, Mango!! Damn those camera nazis! I loved everything you put up for us! I can't wait to see the pics but especially the group one!
Dang right! They were all up in my grill, but I kept sneaking vids, because I know how important it is to catch the "golden nuggets" that occur during these performances. Not only did I want to preserve the memory for myself, but I was thinking about all of you wonderful folks who couldn't be there. You were missed!
Not to mention, the guys know that we take pics and videos, and they certainly don't seem to mind. In fact, I don't think they'd have nearly as many fans if it weren't for YouTube.
LauraK wrote:! I can't wait to see the pics but especially the group one!
But the group one will be posted in the members only forum though, right...?
Actually, I was going to say that I needed everyone's permission before posting the group photo, because I know that not everyone wants their photo made public. Not to mention, I'm pretty sure my photo isn't the best one anyway.