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October 23, 2009

Please a deer….maybe…maybe not…

Where the hell is my car…this happened last time I died in a fatal car accident. Damn!

October 2nd 2009

Gah! Damn, no free wifi here. Bastards! So i have to play catchup when i can. So far shear awesomeness. Girls rock, TCV most amazing experience. What TALENT!! and today is festival day 1. COLD out. yikes! No worries got my poncho and scarf. Yes, cute…i know. Stay Tuned!!

October 3rd 2009

OMG!!!! The most amazing night EVER!!!! Kings of Leon have the coolest fans and funniest fans ever. Side splitting good times. Have we talked about anything else besides the boys and the g-friends, umm no. All with Love though. Except of course for Nate’s passion for shuffleboard, affectionately referred to as Grandpa Followill in our circle now.

Sara Watkins and John Paul Jones was our first stop. I missed Lo Anthem but thats ok. We then moved over to the Avett Bros. So awesome and cute then on to Walkmen b4 heading over to Dr. Dog. Walkmen were awesome, I think I saw my girl crush Johanna in the background while watching the big screen but I’m not sure will confirm later.

Quik stop at the Austin Kiddie Limits to use the diaper toilets and to get in a good wiggle to “poop in the Potty” type songs with all the “mohican” sporting future rock stars. Next stop Dr. Dog where we caught the last 4 songs but there best songs if u ask me. LOVE my  homeboys.

Liz and I then got some soda’s and sat on the lawn for a smoke and a good long chat and solidified our love for each other. Seriously love my Lizzy. What kindness, witt, energy and just all around awesomeness. May u all be as lucky as me to meet her.

Got a text from Stacey “at barrier Matt side get ur ass up here”. About 20 minutes b4 Thievery Corporation came on we barreled thru to the front to b with our gals. FYI if anyone asks Fels is my daughter and it was very crucial I got to the front to be with her. Worked like a charm.

Thievery corporation really entertaining.

OK It’s time to head off to the Festival again and see my felice bros. It’s pouring out but it’s all good. I have my geek rain gear. I’ll be back to fill u all in on the KOL experience!

CT

October 2, 2009

KOL concert was so cool to be that close. Took in all their little gestures and dance moves. They did I Want You and Matty totally brought that song home. Really cool, loved it.

Had to open up that can of whoop ass cause a tool arrived and was annoying everyone. Apparently it was his world and we were just living in it. So close to the chick in front of him she needed to take a pregnancy test after. Eventually he found some other girls to hit on farther back and left us alone.

Of course there was also the annoying chick who barreled her way thru in front of everyone but I can’t say anything about that cause 2 seconds later I did the same thing to be closer to my gals. Cold Desert came on and yeah, I’ll say it-makes me cry every time I hear it live.  Caleb just sounds so beautiful singing that song.

To all our other KOL pals; ACL girls totally represented at the concert. Not one arm was down the entire time. We were hopping up and down in unison from beginning to end we all had the aches and pains the next day to prove it. As off key as (or me specifically) we were; every song got our full on vocals and no doubt every word CORRECT!

As soon as Caleb said “it’s about to get better” I knew that meant Eddie was coming out. Buzz talk around me was that Pearl Jam were already in town. Had to happen! And how sweet it was! Eddie walked on stage and put his head on Calebs back, gave him a bum tap with his tambourine and a kiss on his back. They rocked the house and Eddie had a smile on his face the whole time. Best KOL experience ever.

Earlier in the evening we were lucky to have a Jessie spotting on side stage, we were able to get her attention with our overzealous hand waving and got air kisses and waves in return. Very sweet of her and definitely made the Jessie girl crushers (who no doubt would yes, like a shower with her..tweeters get that) over the moon! Sorry Doctor, only makes me love u more for having good taste in women.

We were glowing from the experience all the way home, spent our shuttle ride reviewing our pics and video and some awesome stuff from the ladies to come. We certainly all slept very well that night.

Next up Bon Iver review…holy shit!

Oct. 3 2009

Rainy ass day. Off to the Festival with Liz and Jodi. The rest of the crew is staying back and exploring the city for the day. I cannot miss Bon Iver. My second favorite band. Justin got me through a very depressing winter and all I want is to see him live. Totally missed Felice Bros. but I just saw them in Aug. so it’s cool. Next up Grizzly Bears. Really talented live-I love there new album. I’m sitting on my WTC poncho and blanky hovering under my umbrella, tweeting-texting-talking on the phone while I wait. FYI you can tweet while there are no bands on but phone goes dead during performance. weird.

Torrential downpours are killing me. Bon Iver is doing his own set up on stage. Dudes got some major hair issues. He should really make a stop at Followill House of Hair next time he’s in Nashville. Thinking the Pixie may look good on him.

Everyone’s pushing and we are in sardine mode ready for the band, a good 45min b4 he goes on. As horrible as this space invasion is, the best part is u get to meet and talk to the people around you. Met a cool girl from Saudi Arabia and her friend. Funny pair. Bon Iver draws a really young crowd. A LOT of college students.

So fucking hot standing here wrapped in plastic. I’ll admit the rain feels good tho. Finally I rip off the plastic crap and just accept the fact i’ll be drenched.

AMAZING! What a talent! He fuckin played a zillion instruments at the same time. Played some new stuff but when he played Re:Stacks all was well with the world. so so good. and such a great crowd.

6pm- Jodi and Liz were soaked to the bone and headed back early. I made my way back to the hotel and decided to just crash while the rest of the crew went on to dinner. My legs were killing me and the thought of getting back on that bus just wasn’t appealing to me. Alone time much needed then- pretty much asleep by 8pm.

Awesome day!

Oct 4, 09

Sunday, last day of festival. SO fucking HOT! Sarah Edser just tweeted me from the festival grounds saying it is a complete mudbath. Crap! This is Pearl Jam day! I originally was going to just wander around and then stand in the way back for Pearl Jam cause I really wanted to see Dan Auerbach but changed my mind cuz I really wanted to experience Pearl Jam with Fels. She’s such a huge fan and had so much history and memories good and not so good, I wanted to be there with her and for her.

First stop B52s. Really wanted to see Black Joe Lewis but that didn’t happen. After that headed over to Heartless Bastards. Erika Wennerstrom has the most awesome voice. Poor Jen had to hear me say that 1000 times, but hey man, it’s that good needs to be said 1000 times. Lost the ladies but ended up with a much better spot so all worked out.

From there we dragged our feet thru the mud and got some reinforcements in the form of sno cones and water. Met up with Liz and Fels and headed down to Livestrong Stage to get prime seating for Dead Weather, and PEARL JAM!!!!!!!!

More to come…

CT

Continued

We wormed our way through the mud to get as close to the barrier as possible. We ended up in a pretty good spot just left of the stage but right up front. We had a good crowd around us. Lots of friendly people which was surprising since we had heard that Pearl Jam crowds were notoriously rough.

The Dead Weather were awesome. Allison Mosshart is gorgeous, talented, sexy disturbed and scary, thus making her the coolest chick in rock n roll. Jack White brought it on drums and vocals and how he stayed unsweaty is beyond me. Allison was drenched.  Excellent performance and Jack made it a point to thank the interpreter at the end of the show. They then all took a collective bow for the crowd.

By now the ground was like quicksand and it was really hard to find relief in the night’s heat not to mention everyone’s body heat. Every once and awhile a slight breeze would come off the water behind us but it was fleeting. A couple of times I thought about high-tailing it out of there cause I just couldn’t take it but I stood my ground. Not so much cause I was determined but more so because my feet were stuck like suction cups in the mud. Security was passing around water bottles which I sucked down and shared with about 20 other people around me. I think I must have sweated out any pending bug I could have caught cause I haven’t gotten sick yet.

Pearl Jam was late coming on, or maybe it just felt like they were late. I was just about to burst out crying when Eddie stepped on the stage and much like KOL 2 nights b4 all pain and anguish mysteriously disappeared and all was well with the world. Eddie put on an awesome performance and he truly is a spectacular entertainer. Such humbleness and graciousness. His audience interaction is really impressive. He ran along the barriers and high 5’d everyone and was covered in mud just as he promised he would be during his hello’s at the beginning of the concert.

The best part for this Kings of Leon fan was watching Eddie’s personal tambourine boy throw them out to him as Eddie tossed them to the crowd.

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All-in-all the music and festival experience were amazing. I loved the music and that part will always be memorable to me. Will I do it again, maybe not a 3 day thing but I loved the atmosphere and the experience of meeting people while crammed together. Thought that was pretty interesting. Would I do some things differently, absolutely.

Thanks for reading. I’ll be doing a Kings of Leon Houston review on my main page. Check out pictures below.

Entrance to Festival Grounds
Entrance to Festival Grounds
A Grizzly Bear watching The Grizzly Bears...hmmm
A Grizzly Bear watching The Grizzly Bears…hmmm
Bon Iver in the rain
Bon Iver in the rain
Kings of Leon-Caleb
Kings of Leon-Caleb

Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
KOL Jared
KOL Jared
Eddie and the Kings
Eddie and the Kings
Pearl Jam, EDDIE
Pearl Jam, EDDIE
Dead Weather, Jack and Allison
Dead Weather, Jack and Allison
Jared ACL
Jared ACL

Houston Oct. 6 2009

October 14, 2009

Laundry with Harry
The 3hr drive to Houston is pretty uneventful and a visual bore-fest but an easy enough journey. I finally saw my first Longhorn which was quite exciting. I practically sent my sleeping passengers through the roof of the car when I screamed, “Look Longhorns!!!” Hey man, I never saw them before or at least ones with skin.

We got to the hotel; a Holiday Inn Express situated a mere block from the Toyota Center and complete with laundry facilities and each room equipped with microwave, fridge and coffee maker, you couldn’t ask for more.

Thank God for the laundry facilities because everything I owned was filthy. I gathered my wash and headed to the laundry room. The door had been propped open by a tiny vending machine Tide box so I kicked it out of my way and let the door slam behind me.

2 Young fella’s gave a knock at the door, no doubt the alleged door proppers, so I let them in and they manage to grumble out a “thanks”. They both start examining the contents of the dryer and as one held their industrial size Hefty bag the other proceeded to fill it with the dried clothes. As they conversed I detected a British accent and thought, hmmm, could this be…

I continued stuffing the washer with all my crap, hoping to get the most out of a $1.00 wash and then tried to tackle the obviously jammed laundry detergent vending machine.
“God Damn it you Mother F*cker,” I less then mumbled.
Finally I turned to the abandoned Tide prop box and said the the young Brit.
“is this yours,”
“Yes, but we aren’t using it, you can have it,” he replied.
“Aw, thanks, you rock!” oh God yes I did say “you rock”, ugh.
As he and the other dude left (tall blonde a bit grumpy), I thanked him again and he responded, “No worries!”
I’m sure it was more out of fear of the cursing crazy woman trying to beat up a vending machine that he gave me the detergent but it was very nice of him.

So that was my laundry encounter with Harry McVeigh, the lead singer to White Lies. The band that opened for Kings of Leon. Unfortunately I’m sure it was a bit lost on me because I know a lot of other people who would have appreciated the encounter as I don’t really follow them but I do think they are talented.

For all the people who search “how tall is Harry McVeigh” and end up on my site, I can tell you not very. I’d say somewhere between 5’6 and 5’8, but he is adorable, skinny, and has flawless skin. Much cuter in person.


The show

So one of my travel partners was able to hook us up with somewhat better seats then we had and best of all they were free. So I had posted earlier in the week our original tkts on Craigslist and was able to sell all 4 tickets. One of the girls who purchased 2 tkts was a royal pain in the ass. She showed up in major Hooker shoes and made me wait around while she called friends after the original person bailed on her. She actually called me and said,

“Hey Bitch, I’m in my car reapplying my makeup…”

“Bitch, Who you callin’ Bitch, I ain’t your Bitch-Get your ass out here and pay for these Goddamn tickets or I’ll go Bitch all over your face! You ain’t that cute.”

I didn’t actually say that but if I were a hardcore white trash scalper I imagine that is what one would say.

So we head over to our seats and the Kings pretty much deliver the usual polished performance with the added benefit of King of the Rodeo. Caleb was animated and made a comment referring to the fact they were all there just to hear Sex on Fire. He also commented on how they needed to head out to get to their next gig or else they’d play as long as we’d like. Really, how far is Dallas anyway. History has shown comments like this usually mean we are getting a shortened set list or no encore. Prepping us I would say.

Between songs there were some discussions between Nathan, Caleb and Matt, which at that point Caleb checked his watch. (Dude, did you just check your watch, come on! Seriously!) Nathan went right into Trani at that point. About one verse in Caleb stopped the music and claimed he didn’t know the words and then went into Slow Night So Long. They ended with that and came back for an encore for two songs as opposed to their usual 4. (and a tease with the first few chords of Sex on Fire by Caleb as if he was going to play it again, cocky bastard!)

All-in-all it was a good show and The Toyota Center is really impressive. They are good to their fans with 4 songs in an encore so I’m a bit jaded since I have seen them 5 times this year and know that they can really deliver an amazing show. I do think that every song was spot on though. I have no doubt the Houston fans really enjoyed the show.

So that’s it for me, there are only a few shows left on their tour and to be quite honest I think I’ve had my fill. I am looking forward to next year but hope they take a nice long rest and enjoy their time off. I hope Nate and Jessie have the wedding of their dreams and a fabulous honeymoon.

Just a message to the boys, thanks for the music, regardless of what people say about any of it, including me- you guys are talented and have a special gift and I think the music world really needs and needed something unique and original to break through-you are a band with staying power. It may seem trivial, this “worshipping” behavior of a band but in essence it goes beyond that. You’ve created a community, and personally I’ve found interest in music again that’s been lost for a very long time. You have also helped me develop a passion I didn’t know I had in writing. So I thank you for all of that.

Oh and one more thing-if this Dubai thing actually happens, I think that’s the coolest thing you could ever do! Have a blast!

xoxoxoxo
Christinawhite lies

NATHAN in his Nakey shirt

NATHAN in his Nakey shirt

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Now playing: Kings Of Leon – Trani
via FoxyTunes

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