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A few months ago, I entered a contest at my favorite radio station to win tickets to see Green Day, and I actually won! After feeling like it was forever away for ages, the date finally arrived on Friday. What better day to see them than on Saint Patrick's Day? I was wearing green for more than one reason.

There was never any doubt who I would take with me: my awesome niece, who is a huge GD fan.

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The show was in Worcester, which is much closer to me (and easier to get to) than Boston. Willow met me at my office, and we drove to downtown Worcester and parked in the garage located conveniently next door to the venue. I had a gift card for a restaurant that's across the street from there, where we had the cheese & charcuterie board. It was quite delicious!

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I had only been to the DCU Center once before (when it was still called the Centrum), many years ago when I saw Paul Simon (with Willow's parents). It's a pretty large place; we were on the second level to the right of the stage. Close enough to see what was going on, but not close enough to see the performers' faces. But hey, free, so I'm not complaining!

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The opening band, whose name I cannot remember, was actually pretty good. Punk, young, and energetic. You could definitely hear the influence of GD, along with the Ramones and a bit of the Alarm. The drummer was relentless, going directly from one song to another. He reminded me a bit of Dave Grohl. At one point they did stop, and the singer said that the first show he ever went to was Green Day, and it changed his life. Indeed.

And then the main event began. I have always liked Green Day, but now I love them. What an amazing show! Great light show, sparks and bangs, flames (flames!), and the music was so, so good. Billie Joe was so great. He talked a lot, urging us all to unite and stay together, fight the good fight, encouraging everyone to sing along. He totally had the crowd in his hands. Three times (three!) he brought someone up on stage with him; all three were kids in their 'tweens, and they all killed it. The first and second kids he brought up to sing, and they were both great, especially the second one, who ran around the stage and leapt off the steps that went up to the drummer. The third one was the youngest, maybe 11, and he played the guitar. Billie Joe showed him what to do, and he totally nailed it; he then proceeded to run around, playing back-to-back with the bassist and generally acting like a rock star. Best night of his life, I bet. And then Billie Joe told him he could keep the guitar! Everyone cheered.

Green Day at the DCU Center

I stood for nearly the whole show, dancing to the music. I did have to sit for a bit because my back was unhappy about standing on concrete for so long (it's still a bit sore today), but the show was so full of energy, I didn't feel tired till nearly the end. Definitely the most energetic show I've ever been to. I was afraid I'd be the oldest person there, but there were a few old fogeys like me in the crowd, and we all smiled when we caught each others' eyes. Rock & roll is ageless. Even punk. If you're at all a fan, I heartily recommend seeing Green Day live. One of the best shows I've ever been to.

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Feb. 1st, 2015 03:45 pm
lizziebelle: (Elvis)
I won tickets to see a private performance by Billy Idol at the Foundation Room in Boston, part of the House of Blues, through my favorite radio station this week. I invited my friend Michelle to be my plus one, and today we headed into Boston and had an amazing afternoon.

There were probably 75-100 folks there for the show. The room is quite small, and decked out in couches and coffee tables, chairs, and a really great old carved wood and stamped metal bar. It's a really cool place, with lots of interesting details scattered around.

Billy and Steve Stevens, his guitarist, did an interview first with the host, one of the DJs from the radio station. Then they started playing, and did not disappoint! They sang six songs, all acoustic, and all awesome. "To be a lover" is now my fave song of his, I have to say. Wow.



The pictures didn't come out great, because the lighting was not very good in there, but I don't care. The show was wonderful. Billy still has it. His voice is as great as ever, and I never realized how amazing a guitarist Steve is.



After the show, they lined us up to get our pictures taken with him. They put us in groups of six, and said no selfies or signing anything. In & out. But I turned to Billy and took his hand, told him that it was a great show, I loved his book, and he's a really good writer. His face lit up, he smiled, and said "Thank you!" That just made my day. My week. Oh hell, my month. Billy Idol looking me in the eyes and smiling will always be a high point of my life. I've been a fan since the early 80's.

I've been bursting into spontaneous giggles ever since I got the email telling me I'd won the tickets. I'm still giddy. What a wonderful experience. I don't go to a lot of shows, and I don't like big crowds, so this was just perfect. There aren't a lot of famous people I'd really care to meet, but I'm so glad I met Billy and got to tell him I'm a fan.
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I logged a lot of miles this weekend. Today, I hit 123,456 on the odometer, and pulled over to document it.

Last night was the most fun I've had in a long time. I got to Jim's house around 4:30, got changed & made up, and we hit the road. Drove around the theatre district for a bit before finding a parking space, and hit the pavement searching for a place to grab a bite to eat. We ended up at this cute Thai restaurant around the corner from the theatre, where I had crispy pad Thai (yumminess!). We then headed over to the theatre to wait for our pals, and to see & be seen. Laurie Cabot was there, holding court (both before and after the show), along with a large percentage of the Boston-area Pagan community. I believe Loreena McKennitt is the unofficial official favorite musician of Pagans everywhere (it's a well-known fact that her music *must* be played at all Pagan gatherings), and we were all out in our finery (I wore plum velvet for the occasion) (where else to wear such things besides festivals and Loreena McKennitt concerts?).

The Wang theatre (I refuse to call it by its corporate name) is magnificent (even Loreena commented on it); one could get a neckache looking up at the paintings and decorations on the ceilings. It's the perfect venue for her.

What can I say about the show, except "Wow!" It started with just Loreena and her harp, singing "She moved through the fair," and segued right into "Gates of Istanbul" (which is my favorite piece from the new CD). The set was gorgeous, with a burnt-velvet-looking backdrop, hanging lanterns, a Byzantine-looking arch, and a scrim in front with an arched cut-out. The lighting was fantastic, lots of rich colors and spots. Her musicians are unbelievable; during "The Bonny Swans," the guitarist and fiddler were playing off each other, and she was clearly enjoying it as much as we were. *That* is why one goes to see music live. I get chills thinking about it. All of them were in top form, all playing off each other, all enjoying themselves immensely.

Loreena was much looser and more open than the last time we saw her, and seemed to be genuinely happy to be there. She unfortunately (and perhaps inadvertently) encouraged the audience to speak to her, which unleashed a chorus of loudmouths to do just that (and was the only drawback to the experience). I really dislike when people do that. I was taught to respect the proscenium, separate performer from audience. Maybe in a small club, but not in a place like that. But I'm ornery that way. *g*

There were two sets, with all the favorites (some of which were arranged in new and interesting ways), and I enjoyed when she shared stories about the songs (did you know that "Bonny Portmore" is about a tree?). She did two encores, the first of which was the "Huron Beltane fire dance" (I don't remember what the second one was).

After the show, we hung out again in front of the theatre, catching up with old friends and enjoying the wonderful night air. I went back inside to write down the set list (and wished I could afford the DVD). They had the DVD running, and it occured to me that Loreena resembles Helen Mirren quite a bit; they could be sisters, or perhaps cousins.

After a bit, we went in search of a place to have a refreshing adult beverage, and found this really nice Indian place with an empty bar, just waiting for us. They had some very interesting, inventive, and yummy cocktails ([livejournal.com profile] spinningwheels- I have three words for you: clove infused vodka). We all tried something different, trying each others' drinks, and the single-malt that Toby decided he had to try. I don't remember what it was (it was one I've never heard of), but it smelled very peaty and was quite smooth. We closed the place (it wasn't *that* late, maybe 11:30) then hung out on the sidewalk for a while, watching the twenty-somethings in their little dramas, and cars not getting out of the way for an ambulance (what is up with *that*?). Then we broke off into our little groups and headed for home.

I watched a bit of Saturday Night Live with Jim, for the first time in years. It hasn't improved much. The bit about marble columns was funny for a few seconds, but ran on too long on one joke, as is the wont of that show. It's probably just as well that I can't ever stay awake for it.

Jim was late getting up this morning, so I went for a walk down to Curry College, which is just down the street from his house. It was a lovely morning for a walk! This weather can stay as long as it likes. Then I went to Dunkin for bagels and decaf, and we sat out on the deck and read the paper. It was a really nice morning.

Glad to be home now; I'm resisting taking a nap (I'll never get to sleep tonight if I do), and playing Loreena CDs. I should head out and enjoy this weather some more (gotta find that sunscreen). Have a lovely Sunday, and I wish you were all with me last night (some of you were)!
lizziebelle: (grania)

123456
Originally uploaded by LizzieBelle Too.
I logged a lot of miles this weekend. Today, I hit 123,456 on the odometer, and pulled over to document it.

Last night was the most fun I've had in a long time. I got to Jim's house around 4:30, got changed & made up, and we hit the road. Drove around the theatre district for a bit before finding a parking space, and hit the pavement searching for a place to grab a bite to eat. We ended up at this cute Thai restaurant around the corner from the theatre, where I had crispy pad Thai (yumminess!). We then headed over to the theatre to wait for our pals, and to see & be seen. Laurie Cabot was there, holding court (both before and after the show), along with a large percentage of the Boston-area Pagan community. I believe Loreena McKennitt is the unofficial official favorite musician of Pagans everywhere (it's a well-known fact that her music *must* be played at all Pagan gatherings), and we were all out in our finery (I wore plum velvet for the occasion) (where else to wear such things besides festivals and Loreena McKennitt concerts?).

The Wang theatre (I refuse to call it by its corporate name) is magnificent (even Loreena commented on it); one could get a neckache looking up at the paintings and decorations on the ceilings. It's the perfect venue for her.

What can I say about the show, except "Wow!" It started with just Loreena and her harp, singing "She moved through the fair," and segued right into "Gates of Istanbul" (which is my favorite piece from the new CD). The set was gorgeous, with a burnt-velvet-looking backdrop, hanging lanterns, a Byzantine-looking arch, and a scrim in front with an arched cut-out. The lighting was fantastic, lots of rich colors and spots. Her musicians are unbelievable; during "The Bonny Swans," the guitarist and fiddler were playing off each other, and she was clearly enjoying it as much as we were. *That* is why one goes to see music live. I get chills thinking about it. All of them were in top form, all playing off each other, all enjoying themselves immensely.

Loreena was much looser and more open than the last time we saw her, and seemed to be genuinely happy to be there. She unfortunately (and perhaps inadvertently) encouraged the audience to speak to her, which unleashed a chorus of loudmouths to do just that (and was the only drawback to the experience). I really dislike when people do that. I was taught to respect the proscenium, separate performer from audience. Maybe in a small club, but not in a place like that. But I'm ornery that way. *g*

There were two sets, with all the favorites (some of which were arranged in new and interesting ways), and I enjoyed when she shared stories about the songs (did you know that "Bonny Portmore" is about a tree?). She did two encores, the first of which was the "Huron Beltane fire dance" (I don't remember what the second one was).

After the show, we hung out again in front of the theatre, catching up with old friends and enjoying the wonderful night air. I went back inside to write down the set list (and wished I could afford the DVD). They had the DVD running, and it occured to me that Loreena resembles Helen Mirren quite a bit; they could be sisters, or perhaps cousins.

After a bit, we went in search of a place to have a refreshing adult beverage, and found this really nice Indian place with an empty bar, just waiting for us. They had some very interesting, inventive, and yummy cocktails ([livejournal.com profile] spinningwheels- I have three words for you: clove infused vodka). We all tried something different, trying each others' drinks, and the single-malt that Toby decided he had to try. I don't remember what it was (it was one I've never heard of), but it smelled very peaty and was quite smooth. We closed the place (it wasn't *that* late, maybe 11:30) then hung out on the sidewalk for a while, watching the twenty-somethings in their little dramas, and cars not getting out of the way for an ambulance (what is up with *that*?). Then we broke off into our little groups and headed for home.

I watched a bit of Saturday Night Live with Jim, for the first time in years. It hasn't improved much. The bit about marble columns was funny for a few seconds, but ran on too long on one joke, as is the wont of that show. It's probably just as well that I can't ever stay awake for it.

Jim was late getting up this morning, so I went for a walk down to Curry College, which is just down the street from his house. It was a lovely morning for a walk! This weather can stay as long as it likes. Then I went to Dunkin for bagels and decaf, and we sat out on the deck and read the paper. It was a really nice morning.

Glad to be home now; I'm resisting taking a nap (I'll never get to sleep tonight if I do), and playing Loreena CDs. I should head out and enjoy this weather some more (gotta find that sunscreen). Have a lovely Sunday, and I wish you were all with me last night (some of you were)!

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