Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekend plans…and beyond!

More ticketsI got a couple of pairs of tickets today, for the Dropkick Murphys and Ghost Brothers. It’s shaping up to be a really fun summer and fall! This should do it for concerts for a bit...unless something really good comes up, and I’m talking to you, David Bowie! I think it’s unlikely that he will tour, although he might do a show or two in New York or something. Based on what I’ve been reading, I’d be very surprised if he takes on a full tour, but if he comes to Chicago, we’ll be there!

It will be a low-key weekend for us, mostly involved in doing some outside work and taking care of Nutwood. However, Saturday evening is spoken for: a bite to eat and a cool beverage at BW3 and then the new Star Trek movie! I’m excited...I’ve been hearing pretty good things about it, and I loved the previous Abrams’ movie.

There will probably be some grilling involved on Sunday. It will be nice to have a weekend spent mostly at home, because the following two Fridays are concerts and hotel stays. Smash Mouth at a local casino, and then a Chicago trip to see The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World! I am beyond excited for that, as you can probably imagine! Gonna be craaaaaazy!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Beth’s Music Moment: “(You Will) Set the World on Fire” - David Bowie

BowieAbout a week after it came out, I wrote about the amazing new Bowie album, “The Next Day.”

I listened to it nonstop for two weeks, and although I’ve been on a Stones kick for a while for obvious reasons, I’ve been listening to this album again for the past week.

The entire thing is just fantastic, and the more I listen to it, the more I love it. My favorite track is the one in the title of this entry. It reminds me a little of “(Cat People) Putting Out Fire” in its rock anthem-ness. It is an absolute scorcher of a song, and I cannot get enough of it. Props to the person who did the fan video posted here. Very cool visuals!

1. Bowie’s voice. Holy shit, that ethereal voice!! As someone once described Jim Morrison’s voice, it is “a fist in a velvet glove.” It’s all cognac and cigarette smoke and a caress on the cheek and a finger up the ass. It is nasty goodness, and his voice on this track just SOARS.

2. At around the 1:25 mark in this video, he absolutely chews through the lyrics. When he says, “We are in the wat-uh,” it just makes me feel crazy. CRAZY.

3. The guitar solo around 2:10 is smokin’ hot. That sustained note is just INCREDIBLE.

4. Things really start building around 2:40, and when he yells “You will set it on fi-yaaah!” at 2:50, it’s like a freakin’ climax. After listening to it a couple of times today when working out, I actually said, “Ohhh, David!” haha

This whole song is one big aural orgasm. It unleashes my Inner Lizard. As Rolling Stone said, “Holy shit, David Bowie.”

If I still smoked, I’d have a cigarette right now.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Ghost BrothersI was able to get online right when presale tickets went on sale this morning, and scored front row seats for “Ghost Brothers.” Yeah, baby!

At this point, I don’t know if the people who did the soundtrack will be part of this tour, but if so, we’re talking Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, and...Elvis Costello (!!!). But even if it’s not them, I’ve loved John for many years, and I will enjoy hearing this music.

In the afternoon, I got an email from the Morris that said their presale would be tomorrow, so I got in on the pre-presale! That was because I follow Mellencamp on Twitter.

Then I messaged the guy who is doing the State Theater renovation, Drew, asking if they were doing a presale for Rocky Horror. He said yes, both via a website and at Brew Werks (housed in the State Theater building), but if I let him know how many tickets I wanted, he’d set them aside for me. How super cool is that?? Thanks, Drew!

You know, I’m kinda starting to dig this whole social media thing. I think it might have a future. haha Seriously, I love being involved with this stuff and getting early notice about things like this. People are amazingly cool about helping if you have a question, or reaching out to fans and offering them a little extra, a little early. For an unabashed fangirl like me, it can be a lot of fun. One of the coolest moments of my life was getting a shout-out from Peter Coyne, the lead singer of the Godfathers, in Chicago. He said hi to me—onstage!—and told the crowd that I was one of their biggest fans. He was right! I thought it was very sweet of him to do that, as well as sending me a t-shirt and a signed CD. I got to chat with him later and there is a picture out there of me sitting on his lap. :D I even got to dance with Del Bartle, the guitarist. Seriously, just super nice guys.

Anyway! I’ll stop gushing now, but it was a good day. Not just for entertainment purposes, either. After a chilly spell, we’re back up to 80°, and it was a beautiful, sunny day. After my workout, I had a wonderful afternoon listening to music and sunning myself on the deck. I love this time of year so much!

Do I need to turn down the happiness level a little bit? It’s at 11 at the moment.

Stop it, South Bend!

State Theater Rocky HorrorSeriously...just stop being so fun already! Stop tickling me! hahahaha

Not one, but TWO more things to add to the calendar. I mentioned “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” coming in November. I was able to obtain some VERY IMPORTANT insider information (okay, it’s available to anyone who is paying attention to this), and I will be getting tickets in the presale tomorrow morning. In fact, I need to get to bed soon so I can get up and get the password and get the tickets.

I also learned tonight that the fabulous State Theater in downtown South Bend will be showing “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on June 8th, doing an earlier show for teens and young adults, and then a midnight showing for the rest of us depraved individuals. We had heard rumors of this, and we (Ken, Shane, Matt, and I) agreed that we wanted to go. To give a little background, the State was built in 1919. It was the premiere theater in downtown South Bend, and when downtown sort of dried up and died, it entered a period of decline. It operated as a nightclub for a while, then was sold to some religious group who didn’t have the funds to rehabilitate it, and...finally! A Notre Dame graduate, Andrew Elegante, saw the potential there, and has been working like a bastard to develop it, renovate it, and once again make it a happening place.

Downtown has been experiencing a bit of a renaissance lately, with lots of great restaurants and nightspots opening. The Morris is doing great business, and people seem really interested in seeing the State once again being a downtown destination. We are proud supporters!

I haven’t seen Rocky Horror since college, and Ken has never seen it, so this should be a blast.

Look out...I’m breaking out the fishnets!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Getting Wicked

WickedLast evening we headed to fabulous downtown South Bend for a fun evening.

We met Shane and Matt for a bite to eat at Madison Oyster Bar and had a few pitchers with our yummy dinners. I really like MOB (or as Shane and Matt and I like to call it, MadOyBa). The owners and staff are always so nice and attentive and the food is reasonable and good. It’s kind of dark and atmospheric and just a fun downtown place. I saw the server who attended to us last time we were there and bought our table of eight a round of shots. I asked her name, and said she was so great when we were there last and she said she really appreciated that. Samantha, you rock!

After she walked away, Shane looked at me and said, “You’re such a whore.” We all totally cracked up. This came from some recent nasty comments I’ve gotten from She Who Shall Not Be Named. Of course, she left a comment on my flip-off picture, so I guess she named herself, huh? More about that in a moment.

Anyway, we had a fun dinner, chatting about that whole ridiculous mess and plenty of other things. It had been a while since we’d been able to get together, so it was great to see them and get caught up. Shane and Matt, you guys rock, too!

Then we headed over to the also-fabulous Morris Performing Arts Center, where the final show of this season’s Broadway Theater League is playing: “Wicked.” I wasn’t quite sure that I would completely enjoy this...I tend to prefer shows that have harder-edged music, like “Rent” or “Rock of Ages.” But I’m happy to say that I was just blown away. The set visuals were just stunning. The scene in the picture I’ve posted here came at the end of the first act, and I was like, “Oh my goodness, this is so cool!” The performances were fantastic, and I loved the whole storyline of how the wicked witch got that way. I’m sure many of you have seen this already, so I’m not giving any spoilers away when I say that she was more than a little misunderstood. The interaction between her character and that of the good witch was sweet and wonderful.

Stones tickets editThis was really top-notch, and a great way to close out the season. Great job, Broadway Theater League! I’m so glad we got season tickets, because these shows have really been a blast. Next season will also be great: “Bring It On: The Musical,” “Jersey Boys,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” “West Side Story” (I have always wanted to see that!), and although it’s not part of the season ticket package, Green Day’s “American Idiot.” Wow! I also just found out that the tour of the John Mellencamp/Stephen King collaboration, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” will be making a stop at the Morris in November. I am very intrigued by this, although I have few details yet. My sisters got season tickets for BTL next season, too, so that will be fun. Oh, and we upgraded our seats, so we moved up nine rows! We’ve also got Cubs tickets for August, concerts coming up for Smash Mouth at one of the casinos in Michigan, the Dropkick Murphys here in town, and I believe I’ve mentioned that we have tickets for a this little band out of England that some of you may have heard of. [wink] It’s shaping up to be a fun and busy year! There will be a couple of vacations and some Notre Dame games in there, as well. Whew. No rest for the wicked. Hey, nice callback, Beth!

We had a very pleasant lunch with both of our moms today, and when we got back to our place, Ken’s Mom stayed and chatted for a while. She got to see our orioles, the hummingbirds, several other birds, and we saw two baby raccoons out back. I was happy she got to see a little of our wildlife, and she really enjoyed it!

As for the recent “unpleasantness,” SWSNBN seems to have crawled back under her rock...for now. All I will say (some of you know the details from Facebook, but I’m not going to post them here) is that it must be a real bummer to be so bitter and joyless, and to hate someone as much as she seems to hate me. What a way to go through life. I hope I never get that way, but I don’t think I will, because that is just not in my nature. Thank goodness!


Flip off
This picture goes out to a really “special” lady. You know who you are, you kooky gal!