FIRST- BE WARNED!!! I have a massive head cold, and a mild headache...so excuse me if I get some details out of order, or forget something you thought was notable etc etc.
Its not everyday the poorest postal code in Canada gets a notable celebrity playing a show it the area. Last night was that rare exception.
Of course 100 Monkeys were at the Rickshaw Theatre last night & played to a fairly packed show. Funny side story. I pass this theatre almost daily & till I heard Jackson Rathbone & his bandmates Ben Graupner, Jerad Anderson & Ben Johnson would be playing there I mistook it for a usually abandoned building. I have seen it open maybe 5 times ever & It doesnt even have a name displayed anywhere. I was more suprised when I got inside & saw not only was it a 2 level theatre style venue with seats, but that it had a standing & seating room of around a 1,000...but I'm getting ahead of myself here.
I showed up around 6 PM & waited at the back for Jackson to arrive. Shortly after being there I heard a soundcheck & was aware the band was, at least, partially there already. Some of the band members came out & left to go get food. No Jackson though.
About an hr or so later they returned & saw 2 fans & myself back there. When they arrived Ben (I believe Graupner) chatted breifly with us, remembered both the pair of fans & myself from their previous tour of the Vancouver area. The couple asked if he could get them tickets, and he happily obliged. He then asked me if I wanted to go, I said, I'll certainly go. A few minutes later the manager (without his trademark Banana suit...currently looking for a new banana suit as the old one was deemed no good anymore :( ) came out with 3 tickets & it was official, I was going to the show.
I had about 45 mins to an hr to kill, so I went home (a whole 4 blocks away) & dumped some stuff off & recharged my phone some. When I got back I saw the same couple still in the alley. They said Jackson hadnt arrived yet. So I waited with them. It was much darker now than when I left and rats were in abundance in the alleyways...and I'm not talking about L.A. Rats or the local rats. Eventually sometime in the first bands set a security guy came & said Jackson was already in. This would later be verified by a fan who went inside & said she saw him in the upstairs room that was sort of a "backstage" area for them...despite being infront of the stage up 2 levels. I headed inside after getting the disappointing news.
The show had 2 opening bands. Neither I heard (well, actually I heard part of the middle band, but I was focussed at that time on other things...which it turns out was foolish.) By the time the 100 Monkeys were set to take the stage I was already sweaty. It was ridiculously hot in the theatre & everyone was at the very least a bit sweaty. At this time its probably a good time to point out, of all the Twilight based events I have gone to, tonights crowd had the highest percentage of hot women I have seen at one yet. There was still some stereotypical Twinocerouses lurking about, but for the mostpart, the most aesthetically enjoyable crowd I have seen at one of these Twilight hotspot events.
I have to say, I never actually noticed what time the 100 Monkeys got on stage, but it turned into probably an hr to hr & 1/2 set. The band all took turns playing different instruments, Jackson played guitar, bass, drums & keyboards at different times. The other bandmates did as well. In typical Monkeys fashion, they did an improvised song...about Acorns tonight. They kept a good pace & were certainly giving a strong effort. They did a song right before their encore thanking all their fans for being there, which was kind of cool. Of course they squeezed in talking about Spencer Bell at the show & told everyone there if they didnt know who he was, to google him. I knew about this already as they told me last time that they would like me to make a donation for Jackson signing all our stuff to the http://www.spencerbellmemorial.ning.com website. I actually promised I would at the time & so far have failed to step up, last night was a good reminder.
If I dont talk about cast members at the show I am sure I will hear it from some random fan....so here it is. Nikki Reed & her bf Paris Latsis were seen in the overlooking private box at the side of the stage. Elizabeth Reaser was there as well. The one that blew me away & unfortunately I didnt know till after the show. Stephanie Meyer was also there.
Nikki & Elizabeth left only a few songs into the set. I didnt notice when Stephanie left, since I was unaware she was even there.
When the show ended I instantly headed for outside. 1- to find Jackson & the band. 2- to get fresh cool air. It was sweltering in there.
Outside 30 or so fans waited around the back, while 10-20 waited out front. Band equipment was making its way out for ever. It was then that I learned Stephanie Meyer was in there....I then noticed later, she was in some of my pics. If I had only known sooner. Eventually band members from 100 Monkeys started to leave & then I saw the flashes go off...it was Jackson. He spent little to no time leaving & was hurried into a minivan, and quickly wisked away. Jackson didnt interact with fans, which is VERY rare. I was shocked.
A good show. I took lots of pics & videos. Vids will be uploaded in a little while.
Yesterday was a long & ridiculously stupid day where a local photographer (after I shockingly defended him earlier in the day on twitter) chose to drag ME and others names thru the mud...while KStew got called a bitch by an associate of one of his workers.
Of course if you are in the twitter world you know already about Kristen Stewart getting called a bitch by a female outside the venue. But that aside, yesterday had other things worth blogging about.
The day started for me doing a run thru the downtown core. When I got there, I found nothing happening anywhere. So I went to the airport for the much publicized Peter Facinelli flight. On his flight was also Ashley Greene. They arrived to a moderate amount of paps & autograph hounds. I managed to get 2 Facinellis, but Ashley declined requests, which was understandable as her hands were full with her dog carrier.
After following them back downtown, TO A NEW LOCATION. My friend & I were quite taken aback to see they no longer were staying where the rest of the cast were. For a week or so its been assumed but not proven, that some cast had moved out. Yesterday I saw for myself this seems to be true.
From there we did a tour of the area, before heading out to the Bobby Long show.
By the time we showed up, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed & Paris Latsis had shown up to the show. I had tweeted that Jackson was there. Based on info I was given, it turned out to be incorrect. Just those 5 seemed to be there.
When the show ended the staff of the Backstage Lounge went in& out all the exists to try & shuttle the cast out of. In the end they picked a door & the cast speed walked out. But didnt try hiding. Robert & Kristen came out first, with Kristens manager. They got in the back cab...which was a mistake, as they were boxed in by the front cab which was going to take Nikki, Paris & Elizabeth. They sat there for what seemed like an eternity, before finally being able to get away.
Rob did not try too hard to hide himself for once. Instead, he took to just leaning on his hands & had this sad look on his face that actually can make you feel sorry for him, despite the fact he has a life 99% of the people would trade for. I found it funny the cabby seems to have a similar look....or maybe he was watching the metre thinking "I hope we never get going" lol.
I didnt even notice till after the fact that Kristen was in the first pic I took. Both Rob & her were wearing baseball caps. A change from the hoodie wearing days they seem to usually have. Too bad that damn truck was in the way though.
The evening had little in the way of big moments, but it was an event that Rob & Kristen were at none the less.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.