Meet and Greet Analysis

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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby SheWolf » Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:56 pm

After reading all of this stuff maybe the reason I wasn’t nervous or disappointed was because I had nothing to say to Jemaine anyway so it wasn’t like I had anything to screw up. I’m not the sort to gush or compliment so I wouldn’t be comfortable saying “hey, great show” or whatever. At last year’s meet and greet whatever we talked about just sprung up naturally in response to stuff that was going on.

I’m trying to think of good Bret anecdotes for nonch but I’m coming up short from this year so if you’ll allow me a trip down memory lane I can tell you about how I turned Bretero briefly at last year’s M&G.

I was chatting with a random fan when I heard my name being called, shouted actually, I turned and saw my friend with her arm around Bret and the security guard with camera in hand. Apparently, my friend had called me a few times but I didn’t hear so Bret & security dude chimed in. I was all discombobulated to see Bret peering right at me with big, brown, sweet doe eyes and in my haste I dashed over and put my arm around my friend when Bret leaned over and said (I can’t emphasize how sweet his voice and eyes were) “are you sure you wouldn’t prefer to be over here?” then I note his extended arm and I was like duh of course. So I moved over so that my friend and I were sandwiching Little B. For some reason he had a death grip on my waist. For such a delicate looking guy he’s got one helluva grip. His fingertips were ramming into my ribs. At this point the camera was out of memory so I blurted out that my friend hadn’t bought a memory stick so the camera only held 16 pictures. Bret giggled a little. I had to extricate myself from the grip to give the guard my camera & when I got back into the pose Bret wasn’t gripping me tightly anymore. When it was over there was an awkward moment when we just looked at each other and then he thanked me for coming to the show. He’s such a gentle, sweet, laid back doll. The next night I went to the meet and greet in NYC and most of my memories are of Bret, watching how well he worked the crowd and how friendly and generous he was with everyone. I know I've posted this link a gazillion times here but in case nonch or newbies haven't seen it there are some nice Bret moments here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebearess ... 954297754/
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby vmh » Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:47 pm

kellysouthpaw wrote:
vmh wrote:My biggest regret at the Vegas show had nothing to do with the meet and greet after the show. It was what happened before the show.

I posted the full story back in the Vegas discussion but I'll briefly share what happened again here. Before the show, I was walking around the casino while waiting for other WTF! members to show up and I pulled my camera out to take pictures when all of a sudden, Jem and Nigel came walking past me. I froze. I wasn't expecting a chance to meet them. They walked down the hallway, into the entrance of The Joint so after quickly pulling myself together, I followed them into the venue. Nigel must have went inside because I only saw Jem standing near the merch table. A couple that spotted him must have had the same idea as me because they went inside and got to him first. They talked with him for a few minutes and took pictures while I tried to act as nonchalant as possible. So after the couple started to walk away, I thought "Here's my chance!" It was perfect. No other fans. The only other people in the lobby were guarding the merch table. But instead of approaching him, I just stood off to the side and watched him walk inside. I blew it! I don't know what the hell happened. :cry:

I had a second chance after the show though. I am lucky! But to screw up the first opportunity? Why?! Why?! Why?!


But you probably don't even realize how much Jemaine appreciated this. Meet and greets are one thing - they are prepared and willing to go out and meet everybody waiting. When you approach them before the show or sneak around to the other side of the building because you've been tipped off they're sneaking out another way - that's kind of low. I mean - the guys will always oblige, but I'd want to know that they wanted to meet with fans, not that I was encroaching upon them during their "me" time you know?

So I think he probably really appreciates that you left him be before the show 8)


Good point! I wouldn't want to intrude on him during his down time. But he seemed to be in good spirits when he was talking with the other fans so I figured it'd be okay if I kept him for just a few minutes longer. Oh well!
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby Faith » Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:14 pm

Bad Atom wrote:
kellysouthpaw wrote:I'll share my Bret story just for Nonch :)

So when Bret got to me, I asked if he'd sign my poster. He used my back as a table and started scribbling, then I hear him stop and kind of go, "Hmm" like he was thinking of what to write. So...like an IDIOT I say, "How about something heartfelt" then immediately mentally kick myself in the arse and blurt out "-but not weird!" then mentally kick myself in the arse HARDER. He kind of nervously laughs and goes, "O...okay" and starts scribbling some more. Then I ask if I could get a picture and he says, "Sure! Photo op!" and Michael takes the picture (or maybe it was Laura - it's all such a blur). Later when I look at the poster I see that Bret wrote:

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Laura took your picture with Bret because that's when I was on the phone with Matthew.
And hey, I thought "heartfelt - but not weird" was funny. :)


I think the Oh in front of your name made it very heartfelt, but not weird.

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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby deliriumtree » Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:16 pm

Since you're lacking data details for atlanta I will fill that in, even though I'm late lol. About 2 hours on the dot wait time and people.... too many! and hard to say. The purple arrow shows about where the first barricade was (where Jem was), the teal is where the second was (where bret was) so there's a second line facing the one I was in.
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I've been reading other posts and I noticed people were talking in line (was that right for all of you?) It was rare that anyone talked in my line. Just facing forward creepily for two hours in almost total silence lol. When the guys came out people that weren't in front of me suddenly appeared out of nowhere, shoving into the cramped space between that wall and the bus. In my mind it seems like a zillion people but I know that's not right. Maybe 100-200?

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SheWolf wrote:It would be my privilege to be the wind beneath WTFers wings. With god as my witness no WTFer will ever be be remorseful after a meet and greet again!

:wave: Sign me up!

Me too please! Like some sort of big sister/big brother program for lone WTFers.
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby vmh » Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:28 pm

eorious wrote:
vmh wrote:I felt embarrassed when we tried to get that group shot of us and Arj and Arj was like, "WoaaH! Triple flasher!" :lol:

Aha! So it was you who took that picture! I've been wondering ever since. Did it turn out? If it did could you send it to me?


It came out super blurry. I think I may have deleted it or I might still have it uploaded on my computer. I'll check when I get home and if it's still there, I'll send it to you.
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby LauraK » Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:23 pm

SheWolf wrote:After reading all of this stuff maybe the reason I wasn’t nervous or disappointed was because I had nothing to say to Jemaine anyway so it wasn’t like I had anything to screw up. I’m not the sort to gush or compliment so I wouldn’t be comfortable saying “hey, great show” or whatever. At last year’s meet and greet whatever we talked about just sprung up naturally in response to stuff that was going on.

I’m trying to think of good Bret anecdotes for nonch but I’m coming up short from this year so if you’ll allow me a trip down memory lane I can tell you about how I turned Bretero briefly at last year’s M&G.

I was chatting with a random fan when I heard my name being called, shouted actually, I turned and saw my friend with her arm around Bret and the security guard with camera in hand. Apparently, my friend had called me a few times but I didn’t hear so Bret & security dude chimed in. I was all discombobulated to see Bret peering right at me with big, brown, sweet doe eyes and in my haste I dashed over and put my arm around my friend when Bret leaned over and said (I can’t emphasize how sweet his voice and eyes were) “are you sure you wouldn’t prefer to be over here?” then I note his extended arm and I was like duh of course. So I moved over so that my friend and I were sandwiching Little B. For some reason he had a death grip on my waist. For such a delicate looking guy he’s got one helluva grip. His fingertips were ramming into my ribs. At this point the camera was out of memory so I blurted out that my friend hadn’t bought a memory stick so the camera only held 16 pictures. Bret giggled a little. I had to extricate myself from the grip to give the guard my camera & when I got back into the pose Bret wasn’t gripping me tightly anymore. When it was over there was an awkward moment when we just looked at each other and then he thanked me for coming to the show. He’s such a gentle, sweet, laid back doll. The next night I went to the meet and greet in NYC and most of my memories are of Bret, watching how well he worked the crowd and how friendly and generous he was with everyone. I know I've posted this link a gazillion times here but in case nonch or newbies haven't seen it there are some nice Bret moments here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebearess ... 954297754/


SW- that would have made me Bretero, too. What a sweetie! I looked for the pic you described but don't see it. But I LOVE the one of you, your friend, and Demetri! No offense to her at all intended but crop her out and just go with you and D- the faces you're both making go together so perfectly! :lol: It made me smile and giggle a bit...
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby nonchalant obsession » Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:56 am

SheWolf wrote:I’m trying to think of good Bret anecdotes for nonch but I’m coming up short from this year so if you’ll allow me a trip down memory lane I can tell you about how I turned Bretero briefly at last year’s M&G.

I was chatting with a random fan when I heard my name being called, shouted actually, I turned and saw my friend with her arm around Bret and the security guard with camera in hand. Apparently, my friend had called me a few times but I didn’t hear so Bret & security dude chimed in. I was all discombobulated to see Bret peering right at me with big, brown, sweet doe eyes and in my haste I dashed over and put my arm around my friend when Bret leaned over and said (I can’t emphasize how sweet his voice and eyes were) “are you sure you wouldn’t prefer to be over here?” then I note his extended arm and I was like duh of course. So I moved over so that my friend and I were sandwiching Little B. For some reason he had a death grip on my waist. For such a delicate looking guy he’s got one helluva grip. His fingertips were ramming into my ribs. At this point the camera was out of memory so I blurted out that my friend hadn’t bought a memory stick so the camera only held 16 pictures. Bret giggled a little. I had to extricate myself from the grip to give the guard my camera & when I got back into the pose Bret wasn’t gripping me tightly anymore. When it was over there was an awkward moment when we just looked at each other and then he thanked me for coming to the show. He’s such a gentle, sweet, laid back doll. The next night I went to the meet and greet in NYC and most of my memories are of Bret, watching how well he worked the crowd and how friendly and generous he was with everyone. I know I've posted this link a gazillion times here but in case nonch or newbies haven't seen it there are some nice Bret moments here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebearess ... 954297754/

I had to highlight a few of my favorite bits.

I can't get enough of these stories everyone. These tidbits and insights just make my day. Thank you so much for sharing that, SW. Loved your pictures, too. I've never seen them. It looked like a MOB! Very, very different from my one and only Meet&Greet experience.
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby Carol » Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:28 am

Oh wow, reading these accounts again makes me miss the guys so badly!
My account is over in the Nashville thread and I simply am too lazy to rewrite all of it.

Main points were: Bret being so very, very accommodating to everyone. Also, his gushing over slut_angel's poster that I'd brought for them to sign.
Also when Jemaine said, "How do I know what you want unless you ask me?" really sticks in my head. (Okay, you'd have to go read the Nashville thread because that might not be verbatim. I'm old, remember? lol)
Also, Bret's using both hands to turn me around and then back....
Jemaine cupping my hand with his as he signed a shirt for me.
And mainly, the EYE CONTACT! To be looked directly in the eyes by them! Well.... :thud: They are the stars and yet, when you speak with them, they make you feel like YOU are the important one. That's just amazing to me.
And when I said to Jemaine (he was totally alone at the time) congratulations on his marriage and the birth of his son, the sound of his voice and the look on his face will NEVER leave my memory.
(LauraK, seems like we both had that experience with him-but I was first! hehe)

We had no barriers. The guys just mingled amongst the throng who had waited over two hours for them. And they came from a totally different direction than expected. Most fans were by the stage door. My daughter and I were not. They came out practically right in front of us. But we waited to speak to them. And it proved well worth it. As for the wait time-everyone just talked together and had a good time. Almost a party atmosphere. (If you're prone to partying in cold, rainy post-tornado weather!)

I just hate that it was probably the nasty Nashville weather that caused Bret to fall ill and not be able to do meet and greets for the next week or so. (Kinda his fault though for running all over town for two days! :whistle: ) Strange, the rains stopped immediately when the guys emerged from the auditorium to greet us. The power of the Conchords knows no bounds!

Regret? Not giving either of them the gifts that I had prepared for them. I was just too uncomfortable (shy?) to hand them over!

Embarrassing/silly moment? When I asked Jemaine where Kristen was and he said he wasn't sure and I blurted, "I really wanted to meet her!" which in my ears sounded as though I wanted to meet her as opposed to him! "Yeah, she's great," he answered, but then stood on his tiptoes looking over the people and said, "Humph, I don't know where she went. Sorry." Kinda funny, but kinda embarrassing too!

I'm just so thankful that they were both so generous with their time. To have spoken to each of them more than once, was just something I never thought would happen. I won't forget it. Nor will I forget sharing it with my daughter. That was the best!

Biggest surprise--how totally gorgeous Jemaine is! Just ain't nuthin' like bein' up close and personal with the J-dog!
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby LauraK » Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:01 am

Carol- *high-five!* You know he has to have heard congrats from more than just us.....but how sweet was it to see how truly affected he is when hearing it, eh?? :)
We also have the not-giving-the-gifts thing in common. Next time!!

They're both soooo good with the eye contact....wish I had a more photographic memory. Couldn't even have told you Jem's eye color at the time, i don't think, even though I got to look at them a lot. I studied his facial hair a lot.... :oops:
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby Carol » Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:29 am

I studied his face a lot as well. In fact, I think I "fell into his face"!

Yes, he truly did seem very appreciative of the comment regarding his family. I hesitated to say anything, knowing how private he is, but he was alone and I was discreet. Plus by the time I spoke with him that time, I was more at ease. (Realized he's just a guy. Well, not just a guy, but you know what I mean.)

He only had a bit of stubble in Nashville. (Ha that reminds me of the "stubble, followed by" ....beard forecast someone had on here!)

And I'm right there with ya girl-next time there will be gift giving! :yawinkle:
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby funny schipperke » Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:31 am

I love that this thread turned into M&G reminiscing, and I love love love hearing everyone's M&G stories!
Even though it makes me sad, because I've never met the guys, it makes me so happy to hear about what sweet, nice guys our boys are and so generous with their fans. Just makes me love them all the more. :heart:
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby DaMango » Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:54 am

funny schipperke wrote:I love that this thread turned into M&G reminiscing, and I love love love hearing everyone's M&G stories!
Even though it makes me sad, because I've never met the guys, it makes me so happy to hear about what sweet, nice guys our boys are and so generous with their fans. Just makes me love them all the more. :heart:


You are so right, their kindness makes them even easier to love! (Not that it was difficult to begin with...) I was surprised that they came out for a M&G in Seattle, because the weather was so awful, and they had a show in Portland the next day. Maybe they felt sorry for us losers standing out in the rain, LOL! My favorite part was when sweet Bret put one very dedicated fan on the list to get into the Portland show, because she didn't have a ticket! When she told him she had been to 11 shows, he said that she deserved to get into the concert, and he totally made it happen! Even though this wonderful gesture was for someone else, I just basked in the glow of his awesomeness... :love:

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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby SheWolf » Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:02 pm

LauraK wrote:SW- that would have made me Bretero, too. What a sweetie! I looked for the pic you described but don't see it. ...
Oh that's coz it's in the Philly set. Here it is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebearess ... 921985664/ I look mean and weird but it's the only pic I have of me and Bret together last year.

LauraK wrote:But I LOVE the one of you, your friend, and Demetri!
I guess you mean Todd Barry.

nonchalant obsession wrote: It looked like a MOB! Very, very different from my one and only Meet&Greet experience.
It does look like a mob but it wasn’t. There were about 100 people all squished onto a NYC sidewalk coz the street was in use. There was about same amount of people the night before in Philly but it seemed much more spacious coz the meet and greet was on blocked off street & we had space to move around.

Carol wrote:And mainly, the EYE CONTACT! To be looked directly in the eyes by them! Well.... :thud: They are the stars and yet, when you speak with them, they make you feel like YOU are the important one. That's just amazing to me.
Ditto that. They both seem to give you their undivided attention. They don't seem distracted. They are very intensely focused on you when speaking to you, particularly Jemaine.

Carol wrote:Biggest surprise--how totally gorgeous Jemaine is! Just ain't nuthin' like bein' up close and personal with the J-dog!
Agreed. I think TV and pics tend to exaggarate his features somewhat. In person he's more classically handsome :yawinkle:
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby Venus » Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:14 pm

SW thanks for sharing your account and pics of last year. That's so sweet that Bret suggested that you went over to the other side and squeezed you. I particularly love this photo of Bret-y :lol:

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Carol wrote:Jemaine cupping my hand with his as he signed a shirt for me.


I remember when I first read that in the gig thread and thought that was particularly sweet. Aww!

And mainly, the EYE CONTACT! To be looked directly in the eyes by them! Well.... :thud: They are the stars and yet, when you speak with them, they make you feel like YOU are the important one.


This is one of the things I love reading about! I can only imagine what it would be like to get direct eye contact with any of them. It also shows how genuinely interested they are in each and every one of their fans.
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Re: Meet and Greet Analysis

Postby sarahendipity » Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:16 am

April 6 Tampa - YES
April 7 Coral Gables, FL - YES
April 8 Orlando, FL - YES
April 10 Nashville, TN -YES 2+hours, 100-125 people?
April 11 Atlanta, GA -YES
April 13 Washington, DC - NO
April 14 New York City - NO
April 15 New York City - YES. About 1 hour. Small group.
April 17 Boston, MA - NO
April 18 Upper Darby, PA - YES 45 minutes, 125 people
April 19 Kent, OH Kent -YES
April 21 Toronto - NO
April 22 Toronto - YES 25 minutes for Bret, an additional 20 minutes for Jemaine, 100 people
April 24 Detroit, MI YES! 30-40 min for Bret, then another 25-30 min for Jemaine. 40-45 people
April 25 Bloomington, IN -YES
April 26 Madison WI - YES 25 minutes , 40 people
April 28 Chicago, IL - NO
April 29 Chicago, IL - YES 1 hour 20 minutes, 19 people
April 30 St Louis MO - YES
May 2 Milwaukee - NO
May 3 Minneapolis - NO
May 5 Dallas, TX - NO
May 6 Houston, TX - NO
May 7 Austin - No
May 10 Vancouver, BC - YES
May 11 Seattle, Wa Jemaine and Arj, 1 hour,50-60 people
May 12 Seattle
May 13 Seattle - YES
May 14 Portland, OR - YES About 1.5 hrs, and maybe 30 people*
May 16 Denver, CO - NO
May 17 Salt Lake City, UT - YES. 45 minutes to an hour for Jemaine only. 30 - 40 people.
May 19 Phoenix, AZ - NO
May 20 San Diego, CA -NO
May 22 Santa Barbara, CA - NO
May 23 Las Vegas, NV YES Approx. 2 hours, approx. 20 people
May 24 Los Angeles, CA YES Approx. 3 hours, approx. 15 people
May 25 Berkley, CA - NO


The M&G in Seattle on May 11 was only Jemaine, and a security guard announced it would be photos only. When I got to meet him, he recognized my husband and I from the night before in Vancouver, and graciously signed my poster. He was only doing photos because he said he forgot his Sharpie, so it's a good thing I had one with me!


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