Oct 19, 2016

The Hollywood Vampires!

Wow, this seems like ages and AGES ago, mainly cos it was BC, and also because, well, it WAS ages ago.........
I decided that, even though this was not a 'proper' Alice gig, as it were, I would like to see it anyway, so I made plans to go to Grona Lund, Sweden to catch the show there. Having been to the venue before, I knew what to expect, so I booked the hotel next door, and set off on my journey. But when I arrived at Gatwick I realised I had forgotten my phone...duh....OMG, How ever will I manage???
Anyway, having travelled by car, plane, bus, another bus and shanks's pony, I eventually arrived at the POP hotel - Home of the Abba Museum. Wow it's so close! Abso perf as my daughter would say.......

How dare all these people arrive before me
Y'know what? at £40+, I think I can live without the T shirt
I unpacked and decided to go over to the venue about 2 pm. I thought that would be ample time to get a spot on the barrier, but when I arrived it was already about 5 deep, owing to the Johnny Depp Effect I guess......pah. Luckily I had arranged to meet up with FB friends Tamara and Sarah, and they were already at the barrier, although right round at the side. Which was perfect actually, as it was on Tommy's side. The stage is a bit high, so it's hard to see more than about half of it, but the guys always come over to the side, right to the edge, so  it's a good spot to get decent pics, and catch stuff.

So we waited, and had drinks, and went off for walks, and sat in the sun, (got myself a bit of a tan!) and waited etc etc etc...............at some point late in the afternoon, Patrick who Steve and I met ages ago, spotted me and came over to say hi! Was very happy to see him, it's been a year or more. I love the Alice fan community, it's like there's nowhere in the world you can go without seeing someone you know! Made a few new friends too. Love it.
Ridiculous ride goiing on behind us. No Thank You.

Eventually 8 o'clock came around and they came on stage, Alice looking so gorgeous in his frilly white shirt and long black vampire jacket. Gotta say Johnny D looked a bit scary.....I guess it's that thing with famous good looking people, they always seem to try and make themselves look as ugly as possible sometimes....
Kyler came out with his camera and took some great pics as usual - I got one of him at last! He gave me a very big hug, which made my day.

Johnny came over to our side of the stage quite a lot, and sort of leered at everybody...Hah, I think he thought he was smiling, lol. He's quite creepy really......He kept doing this kind of  low key 'waving' his fingers at us whilst still playing the guitar thing.


 I think he WAS actually playing his guitar, rather than just pretending just for show like, but you never know. Joe Perry , Tommy and Bruce Witkin were also there as backup, y'know what I mean....
On the whole, I got the impression he was rather enjoying himself, maybe he always wanted to be a rockstar rather than an actor. But now he's so rich, he can do what he wants.........well, good luck to him I say. I didn't do the VIP meet and greet, as it costs a whopping $1500, and I can live without meeting him......makes Alice's VIP seem very cheap, although I always thought they were reasonable anyway.

Alice of course was the ultimate showman, And, as he was not in 'Alice' mode, he talked to us quite a bit, introducing songs, even explaining them, and of course, telling us about the Hollywood Vampires in LA. I know lots of Sick Things don't like him doing the covers etc, but I've seen Raise The Dead 19 times, so I gotta say it was a refreshing change to see him singing different songs, at last. Lots of my 70's favourites, Suffragette City, 20th Century Boy, Pinball Wizard, My Generation, Rebel Rebel, Train Kept A Rollin', Come Together, plus loads of tracks off the new CD, even Whole Lotta Love, which I though I love, I didn't think would happen! It's my fave track off the CD, but without Brian there for the vocals, Alice did a pretty credible job, I gotta say. A few new songs too, like Raise The Dead, My Dead Drunk Friends and Johnny Depp's Bad As I Am. And some Aerosmith stuff too! Not that they ever appeared on my radar, but good nonetheless.

                                     TOMMY TOMMY TOMMY!

Various guitar picks sailed past me, Alice had only one cane......or it might've been a whip,  but that never went anywhere near me either, hey ho. One of JD's picks landed in the flower bed, I made a mental note to check it out later but was pre-empted by a number of other people, so I ended up with nada. Such is life!!




So, it was all over much too soon. Sarah and Patrick were  off to the Grand Hotel, where Alice was staying but I'd had enough    and I wandered the 100 yards back to my hotel, collapsed in a heap, and had a very good sleep. Managed to get up in time for brekkie, I love a hotel breakfast, and there was lots of bacon and dinky little pastries, plus the usual ham and cheese, and lovely bread so I made the most of it. And I made a cheese and ham sarnie for lunch too!

Seeing as the hotel was the home of Swedens ABBA museum, I thought I would have a look. But they wanted £25 for it, so, I decided that seeing Agnetha's blue pants and Benny's lovely white catsuit was not really worth the cash, so I decided to go and see Gamla Stan, the Old Town instead. The ferry from the hotel went right across the bay, direct to it, so I hopped on and disappeared into a maze of winding streets. What a brilliant place!! I pretty soon found a great cafe to sit and people watch - one of many that day! My flight wasn't til late so I didn't have to rush, the weather was gorgeous, so I had plenty of time to explore.


He gets everywhere

Since I forgot my phone, I wrote a journal as I went along, actually better for blogging purposes, as I have a record now all these months later - this doesn't happen when you're  online the whole time.................I am a little bit tired of lugging my suitcase around, it does have wheels but all the streets are cobbled which is a bit tedious after a while.
So I sat in many coffee shops, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and asked for black tea with milk......it often took several attempts, and the I often ended up with Earl Grey, which I love. But the Europeans don't really get it, you have to put the T bag in before the water, guys, honest....

Saw the Grande Hotel as I was crossing a bridge, this is where Alice was staying, bur, as I'm sure he's gone by now, I decided not to bother with a visit. Some lovely shops enticed me in and I bought a few things inc a beautiful glass lantern, no idea how I'm gonna get it home, lol. Missing my phone................................... even though I am enjoying some lovely fresh orange juice, accompanied by a really bad accordian player........

I caught the bus just down from the Royal Viking, where Steve famously walked straight past Alice and Sheryl last year, and ended up at the airport far too early as usual. And my flight is delayed by 20 mins, gah. I toyed with the idea of having a glass of vino, but it was £11..............OMG, forget it!!!

Except that 2 hours later, I am so bored, and, getting through passport control, I discover that it is only £8.50, so I have one ^_^

Still missing my phone.................... 

Mar 28, 2016

Thunder and Lightning

I hate this time of year. Bugger all happening, the weather is so SHITE. Every year since about 1980, I have dreamed of spending Jan and Feb in Fuerteventura, I guess it will have to wait til I retire......which I hope is SOON.

Anyway, Steve and I needed a gig to go to in Feb,but as I said, bugger all happening, and I tried SO hard to find something interesting for us to go to - to no avail. And then, right out of the blue, I get an email from Planet Rock - 'You have won tix and a Meet and Greet with Thunder at Colston Hall, Bristol, on Tues 16th Feb'
Well, knock me down and call me skittles.
I often enter Planet Rock random competitions these days, mainly because I once won tix and a M&G with Alice back in those post cancer days, when I was looking for something to live for.... and it seemed like karma when it happened. Certainly, it precipitated my immediate post-chemo rejuvination in the form of almost total participation in anything concerning Alice anywhere local (and beyond, even including Vegas))!

ANYWAY, I was ecstatic! I mean, Thunder are really good and I knew it would be a great gig!! And it filled that February vacuum for me and Steve.
But.......... these things are always better than they seem right?? And so it turned out......... Steve couldn't make it ......and....well, I ain't gonna go without my gig buddy. So, luckily,  I happen to have a couple of mates who were keen to go, Nick even knows Danny, and I knew they would be so happy to get tix. So I offered them to him and his girlfriend and I think they had a great time !!

Dec 28, 2015

My Alice Lego prezzie is still hanging around...

From 'Alice' on his website. That'll be the admin then.

'Going thru my carry on during the drive to Manchester for tonight's show with Motley Crue. You never know what's lurking in the bottom of my bag. Sometimes it's a knife, but occasionally It's a toothpick. Maybe it's Pepcid AC. Life is a gamble so who knows. Anyway I found this guy stowing away. Got this as a gift at a meet and greet recently. I've been turned into all manner of toys and things lately, but you really haven't made it in life until you've been turned into a Pez Dispenser. I'm WAITING!!!!!'

Great to hear that this little guy I gave to Alice at the Plymouth M&G back in October is still around. It appeared on Instagram a little while ago with the above text.

Now, we all know that it isn't Alice texting this stuff, so I am wondering who had the nerve to go through his bag, and see what he was carrying!

I s'pose he had to be giving permission to do so, but I am still left wondering who the hell is posting this stuff??  Alice has always hated computers and the internet, and I can't see that changing this radically in the near future, so........who are you?

Having said that, I am mighty pleased that my little prezzie made an appearance on Instagram in Alice's name, even though I am sure he had bugger all to do with it.

Thank you stranger, whoever you are.

Nov 30, 2015

Beasto Blanco, and The Gig That I Missed........duh

As probably my last gig of the year, I was very much looking forward to seeing Chuck and Calico and the gang in Edinburgh at Bannermans, a place I've heard great things about, but never been to.

We were going to drive, but somebody mentioned something about booking a flight and hotel together so I looked it up online and managed to snag us a deal - flight and one night hotel for about £100 each! Bargain!! Driving up alone is about £80-£90, so not only would this be quicker, it's actually cheaper.

The flights were even at sensible times, 4pm up and 4pm back. Perfect.What could go wrong?  Well,  read on.

After long experience of allowing 'plenty of time' and then running through the airport in a panic before they go without us,  I set off for Steve's early and we went straight off to Southampton airport. Unfortunately, I forgot all about the toiletries in-a-bag-thing, and so they insisted on searching my whole case for any stray bottles of dangerous shampoo or moisturiser. And then Steve's....as my 'accomplice', he was obviously a suspect too.
But we eventually made it in not-too-bad time, and even had the front row seats on the plane - leg room at last!

Having no idea where we were in relation to our hotel, we got a taxi from the airport - £26 later, eeek, we found ourselves at the Tune Hotel. Now, I have booked cheap hotels in the past and been horrified at where I ended up (well only once to be fair, any of my girlfriends reading this will, I'm sure, remember the toenails-in-the-bed hotel in Oxford), so it was with relief that we arrived at our hotel, oppo the Haymarket train station, and discovered it was small, but perfectly formed.
Another taxi later to the famed Bannermans took us past the Edinburgh version of the London Eye, and a scary chair plane ride a la Grona Lund and also a German Christmas Market that we planned to visit before going home.

What a great pub/venue! If only I had availed myself of some of their lovely food! But, no, in my excitement at meeting up with lots of familiar Alice friends and meeting some new ones, I gaily sank several glasses of vino with no thought to the consequences.

Two supports came and went. The fourth glass came and went. We went in. Beasto, sans Calico came on. Wow, they were brilliant! I sat on a corner of the stage, and I swear I would've been ok if I'd stayed there, but, 4 songs in, Calico's minder led her on to the stage and kicked me out of my spot. 5 mins later, I had to go out and sit in the bar, where I fought sleep for about 30 seconds, but succumbed in the end and sank senseless into the corner of one of their comfy sofas. My last thought was 'I'll never live this down'...........

I was woken up by everybody coming out after the gig. After lots of embarassing pics I expect. And no, dear friends, I don't want to see them :) Just hope I wasn't snoring my head off, lol .

Feeling much better by now, we went back into the hall and I managed to take a few pics, better late than never I guess......

Back at the hotel, I crashed into bed, and 2 secs later, it was time to get up. So after breakfast in the hotel restaurant, (uncooked bacon, euwww, it's gotta be crispy) we went out to explore. And it's sunny!! And warm!! So we went off to the German market, which was the biggest I've ever seen, and bought Christmas pressies, and thought about the mulled wine, but decided mebbe not....... And then we got the tram to the airport, a much more reasonable £5. Thought we had plenty of time (as usual) but ended up running for the gate (as usual).

This time our seats were at the back of the plane. And then, an hour and bit later we were back in Southampton, searching for the car, and paying the silly overnight fee of £33.
And it's all over. And I missed it!!!

Note to self....It might be time to give up the 4.30am start job, and then mebbe give up wine. But mostly, give up the 4.30am start job........:(
Am abso gutted I missed most of the gig, but heyho, that's life. Looking forward to next time.

And waiting for the blackmail demands......................(dear friends, you know who you are. Please delete those pics NOW........................................... :) THANKS )