Well, I have just about recovered from this, so I guess now is a good time to start writing about it. I would like to think that I can remember all the different shows, and what happened where, but, given my sieve-like memory I'm not too hopeful......I will try my best not to get stuff mixed up, but if you were there and remember different, please feel free to shout a comment at me. Actually any comments AT ALL would be nice, even shouty ones.
The first thing I had to do of course was buy the tickets - and thanks to a presale on AC.com, and a nerve wracking 6 hours on the computer, I managed to land 3 front row and one 5th row tix for the seated venues, two standing for Wolverhampton and Edinburgh, and a mistakenly bought seat for Wembley. It was a good seat, though, and they wouldn't let me change it, so I decided it was ok - might even get some good pics cos they perhaps wouldn't notice my camera and then ban me from using it ( a recurring theme, throughout the tour........). Then there was a lot of thumb twiddling, checking bank accounts, and harassing my poor husband until I had bullied him into letting me buy two, yes TWO VIP tickets, ( for the 2 standing venues, oh HURRAY, no bloody q'ing all day hopefully, I'll get in early, lucky me!!!!).................( Huh....more on that later)
|Ballad Of Dwight Frye|
Then there was a lot of planning, hotels, car parking (I am paranoid about knowing where to park before I get there), and route planning. Luckily, my knight in shining armour, one Steve Coleman, volunteered to not only pick me up, but also to bring me home again on various occasions, and also drive ALL THE WAY to Scotland, bless him. Gotta say this made my whole tour so much easier, don't know whether he really understands how much it meant to me - I loathe driving/parking/route planning, yuck yuck yuck. THANK YOU STEVE XX.
The first 2 shows, Cardiff and Wolverhampton I did manage to drive myself there and back. Met up with Sarah from Bristol, who had a VIP at Cardiff and also brought along her daughter Asia who is a teeny bit younger than my Sarah - who I wish would show some interest in coming to see Alice with me. But she likes Ben Howard, duh. Maybe next year.
So I met up with Sarah and Asia outside the venue, and we hung around a bit, went to the pub oppo, and then came back to hopefully meet up with Ryan Roxie, who had posted on FB about his 'Parking Lot Tour' - and at 6.30 prompt, he showed up out the front with Chuck and Tommy! They were great, signed stuff, posed for pics, sold us Beasto Blanco Tshirts and Roxie 77 box sets, and were generally all round charming.
|Ryan Roxie - gorgeous or what!!|
|Tommy Tommy Tommy is so sweet|
|Sarah Tommy and Asia|
|Duff Mckagan enjoys the show from the best seat in the house|
Duff Mckagan was ok, Ugly Kid Joe were AMAZING, frontman Whitfield Crane made everybody (except me and Janice, Asia and Sarah...) get on their feet, he had so much energy, he jumped off the stage and over the barrier at one point, and then climbed up on the seat next to me........I was so afraid he was going to shout at me to stand up, lol, I just kept my head down!
I like having a seat. It means I can go to the loo, and the bar to get a drink without losing my precious front row place........ And of course as soon as Alice came on, we were all up anyway! And rushing to stand, uh, a foot away from the barrier.....................(we got there in the end!)
None of the advertised pyro accompanied Hello Hurray that night, apparently someone pulled the wrong plug at the wrong time, and TBH the sound wasn't brilliant either.................and the band were a teeny bit untogether.......................no snake......................................and the setlist had too many covers in it.................................
|Fireworks like wot it shoulda been|
There's been a lot of negative feedback on the forum about the covers issue, (and an FB vote on what songs we'd like Alice to sing) but fortunately The POWERS THAT BE actually do read it all, which is good to know so things did change along the way. But this was the first UK night, so we got five of the six originally scheduled (one was dropped for......a surprise!) I know some people were unhappy with this particular show, but the thing is, I've been waiting for this tour for what seems like ages now, and was so happy to be there, that all the nit picky problems didn't really seem to matter any more.
|Gimme gimme gimme|
The surprise track was ......'He's Back' - I was SO excited when he played this, mainly because it was great to realise that we, as fans, could have some input, however tiny. .........(over a 1000 people voted for this on the aforementioned FB page). Kyler got dragged off during it by the Man in The Mask! I think the whole thing was bloody brilliant, even though I didn't vote for it. (Blue Turk,anyone?) FrankenAlice was back for Feed My Frankenstein, just after Alice was strapped to a metal thing and disappeared in a cloud of smoke.
|Alice Does Lennon|
|Ryan and Ori do the tango|
|Welcome To My Nightmare|
|Gimme the sword|
|Sarah does the balloons|
Watch this space.
|A little speed is all I need. . . . . . .|