d_trektone_w: (chrysP)
Although I'm not a fan of Lenny Kravitz, I tried for and got tix to a special event where he'd be doing music. The pass was for two and [livejournal.com profile] keker (with whom I had a lovely evening on Tuesday, dining at the vegan Japanese place, Cha-Ya, in San Francisco, followed by ice cream at Bi-Rite -- still love the Salty Caramel) came along for last night's "concert." Venue: The Fillmore, where I'd been just five days before to see Suzanne Vega w/[livejournal.com profile] singular_girl.

([livejournal.com profile] uoggb: if you lived around here I so would've asked if you wanted to see this. Would you have?)

It turned out to be tedious at times. There was recording to be done and we were asked to sign a release. We stood around inside after standing in line, having arrived a half hour before the requested time. I was a bit afraid of the large stacks of speakers to each side of the stage (possibly four times as many as for the SV concert), so was relieved as we got to the middle front, approximately two layers of people from the barrier, between the speaker stacks.

We were encouraged to be lively, clap a lot, smile, be loud as appropriate and have a good time. "Television" was mentioned several times. Our wristbands had "Wal-Mart soundcheck" and various assistants milling about had "AXE" in big letters and "Lenny Kravitz" in much smaller type on their black t-shirts.

As I said, I'm not a fan of LK. I don't dislike his music and he seems accomplished from what I have seen. Although I can appreciate that he's gone down an interesting path, career-wise, it's still one of "rock star" which, I admit, he fully brought to this show. His band had a goofy stereotype of a glam rock bassist, but the drummer was posturing in fun all over the place and was hot, too.

While we waited, I asked Christine if she knew many LK songs. Aside from his cover of "American Woman" I hadn't been able to dredge up more than a bit of melody from any, though I could give song and album titles. Christine apparently knew more bits of songs, but we pretty much, well, acted.

This isn't to say I didn't enjoy the musical interludes between the set-ups. Even though much can be done post-production, LK's performance had all the strutting, posing, and attitude one sees in such things, but he either acted well or was very much in the moment. His vocals seemed a bit muffled (we might've been too close to the stage and away from the full effect of the speakers) and his guitar-playing, though not integral to the overall sound as far as I could tell, was proficient and confident. He did a couple of songs from his new album first and then treated us to a few hits. If you see me in the "Let Love Rule" audience scenes, I really am mouthing those words, the only ones I know from that song.

There was a somewhat low IQ Q&A segment after the musical performance and people had been pre-screened to step up to the mike. However, after LK responded reasonably well to the question of the most influential female singer to him (Aretha Franklin) and there was a slight lull, I shouted out "You should do a duet with her!" and he said he'd definitely be interested, or something like that. So I had a moment w/Mr. LK - hee!

I guess I'll be on the lookout for the tv or whatever showing of this event. I understand there was a similar one several days before in L.A., so maybe scenes from both will be mixed together. Catch me on YouTube? We'll see.
d_trektone_w: (calla)
On separate nights I saw Vanessa Carlton (last Thursday) and Suzanne Vega (Monday). For some reason I'm finding I'm losing interest in doing detailed concert reviews, but here goes:

Vanessa Carlton )

Suzanne Vega )
d_trektone_w: (orchidO)
Last Friday bf2007 and I went to the True Colors concert

Two weeks ago I went to a solo performance (trans-person), a panel discussion (Queers Under the Influence of Beats), the annual Pride Concert, a reading/booksigning and then the Parade.
Choruses )
Domo Arigato, Mr. Panozzo )
Parade and festival area )
The chicks and Andy )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUcoU21wSH4

Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun show!
d_trektone_w: (Default)




6/30/07: What a bad voice post. Then again, it was very noisy. [livejournal.com profile] mat_t's transcription was very close. LOL! I believe I actually said,

"Is this on? I'm at the True Colors Tour concert and Rosie O'Donnell just hit the stage! Hee!"
d_trektone_w: (The End)
On Sunday I took mom to the extravanganza in celebration of The End, the final installment in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

Lemony Snicket was absent, but Daniel Handler and Stephin Merritt stood in for him ... )

"Jojishoji," Sunny said, which meant something like, "I don't believe that abridging the freedom of expression and the free exercise thereof is the proper way to run a community."

Page 223, The End, by Lemony Snicket.
d_trektone_w: (chocHeart)
Banjo. Autoharp. Dobro. Erasure. )

The fans were fairly respectful, pretty much staying in their seats, but by the end of the concert (that had no intermission) many of us (yes, me!) were jumping up and down to "A Little Respect." Another memorable Erasure show!
d_trektone_w: (noble)
These were alternate Subject lines I was going to use:

the show and a pic(k) )
And another guy not far behind me exclaimed, "I love you Alan!" which prompted the Brokeback response. The same guy later shouted "I love you Séan!" Fickle San Franciscan.
d_trektone_w: (orchid)
I had started an lj entry about movies I saw before and during my year-end vacation. Really. It'll happen. A post about the "Lestat" musical is forthcoming as well. My life hasn't been devoid of fun, but these other things keep cropping up. Various Cindy memories will be posted.

Mom update: tingly/numbness on her left side comes and goes. Dr appt tomorrow -- not soon enough.

Tonight I'll be seeing The Kinsey Sicks. Their show, "I Wanna Be A Republican," is supposedly being filmed for a documentary or something. So me and my new haircut (and the person I'm going with to the show -- more on that later) may be coming to a theatre near you.

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