Dont know why, but uploading these videos from the show has been painfully tiresome & challenging.
Here is 1 of the 2 I have.
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.
The all too early, late musician & actress Aaliyah sort of summedit up best.
For the last two days I put in a combined 10+ hours out for Twilight. Not a single thing to show for it...besides frustration.
Day 1 I saw NOTHING of the cast. Just 3-4 production vehicles go into the underground parking lot & never be seen again. For 3+ hours they stayed in there & never came out. That is odd. So I gave up early that day, went home & licked my wounds knowing that I cant do that bad again next time.
So yesterday I went later in the day.
On the plus side, I did see Peter Facinelli (twice), Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz (three times), Jackson Rathbone & Ashley Greene.......but I had NOTHING to show for it. No autographs and not even 1 single photo. Seems the cast was unwilling to oblige any interaction requests yesterday, even to the point of Kellan on his return (2nd interaction) speed walking past us & 4 fans, without trying to stop or even speaking a single word.
I havent gotten a single autograph from the cast in over a week now (oh, I did basically take like 5 days off...I guess thats part of it). I know eventually the seal will be broken & this little slump will be forgotten. Thing is, I need to get back out & try again or else that slump will just hang over my head.
So I am dusting myself off- listening to my prepping up music to get me pumped up to get out there again....and will probably leave within the hour to try again.
Round 3 ding ding.
EDIT- Round 3 has been cancelled by intense rains & lightning.
Just going to sit here & punch things for awhile.
Since their arrivals a few days ago, the Eclipse cast has been all over the place...and so far, I have had only moderate luck with them.
The night they came in, I of course had abysmal luck & should have been hungry to go back out & redeem msyself.....so what did I do??? I slept in Tuesday & didnt even leave my block all day. There was some luck had by some that did go out, but it never enticed me to try.
Wednesday came & again, I didnt jump out of bed & rush down there. Even after getting a phone call around noon from another hound saying he just got Taylor, I still took like 3 more hrs to get down there. Less than half an hr after getting there though, I had success.
We saw Nikki Reed briefly enter the hotel in workout gear, she told us she would get us in a few minutes.
When she came back out a few minutes later, she was with Taylor Lautner. They walked in the opposite direction were were standing, but we tracked them down quick enough. They both stood there for a good couple minutes signing multiple items for each person there. A person from http://www.twilight-gossip.com/ was there videotaping them & said he was going to post the video soon (havent checked to see if he has yet). I went away with 4 Taylors, 2 Nikkis. I could have had more frome ach, but I wasnt prepared for that.
Maybe an hour went by & they were returning. Again. Like before, they stopped and signed, mostly for the same people. They talked again, and this time I had a video going & asked a couple questions to Nikki. I will post that video when I have more time & less of a headache. After that, they went on their way into the hotel & we would have a very long lull after that.
Kellan Lutz went out for his daily jog, but none of us saw him leave (remember what I said about difficult to cover the place?). A couple paps saw him on his return, but for the mostpart he was unnoticed. Not long after we briefly saw Bryce Dallas Howard from a distance going in, but not enough time to get her attention.
There would be a couple hours of nothing, till my friend & I were off on an non-Twilght related venture & ran into a scruffy looking Jackson Rathbone by fluke on Robson street. Jackson was still cool as before, signing everything, talking up a storm. Once he left, we decided not long after that to pack it in for the night as Thursday was going to be busy.....or so we thought.
Thursday came in with me feeling weird. I slept a LOT that night, but just wouldnt get up. Two or 3 text & and a call later I finally rolled out of bed in early afternoon & headed downtown based on info that the non-Twilight based person from the night before was out & should be returning imminently. That never happened. So I wasted 4-5 hours down there instead of hunting for Twilighters. I then decided I was going to go home & did.
Once home, I had JUST opened the door to my room when my phone rang & was given info that a considerable portion of the cast was out to dinner together. So I left the house. They were where I was told, but with no back up to help me, I was wasting my time. I stood out there & saw what I believe was the back of Kellan leaving, but without anyone to cover off for me, I couldnt pursue. Another dud. I am still pissed about it & probably why I have a bit of a headache, since I camt downtown on this hot info & was shocked no one else (at least 6+ people knew it) didnt bother to put in the time either....almost as if everyone expected me to scout it out & let them know when action happened.
So its already Friday now. I need to get up a normal time tomorrow...but probably wont.
When I first started this site, it seemed every minor mention of Mr. Edward Cullen would get this site an instant couple hundred or more hits.
Added another shorter, less interesting JR vid for all of you.
I guess since I recently proclaimed him the nicest actor I ever met, a pic of him had to be a give in eh? This is from after his 2nd 100 Monkeys show at the Backstage Lounge, signing for fans and smiling like only Jackson does.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.