I’ll admit it. I was skeptical. I am skeptical. I hear things associated with you or Twilight and immediately write them off. It’s not fair, it’s not right, but I’m just being honest here. So when I watched that interview with you and Rachelle (sad!) where she mentioned hearing about Laura Marling from Nikki Reed who heard about her from YOU, I didn’t consider checking her out. And then there’s The Brit Pack- your buds: Sam, Bobby & Marcus. I unfairly wrote them off from the moment I first heard of them.
I am groveling at your feet apologizing because Laura Marling is my new “Patty Griffin” (don’t worry, Patty, I’ll be back- I just need a new album- how ’bout a repeat of Rain?) and Bobby Long is incredible. I don’t have opinions on the other two yet (well, I have opinions of course, but I’ll keep them quiet till I see them live) Forgive me!? I will never write-off things you say again (false- I probably will)
I wanna tell you about my experience with your good ol’ friend Bobby Long. Share this with others as advice on how to have the best experience possible:
1. Make sure the act you are going to see is actually good. Even if you follow all my advice from here on out and the situation is ideal, if the band isn’t good, you’re gonna be miserable (unless you’re really drunk- and in that case- just run up on stage and start hitting the snare) Case and point: This show that I went to in May (which was worth the misery because of all the amazing LTR gals I got to hang out with!)
2. Go on a Tuesday night. Cuz then it’s more difficult for people to make 2 day treks across the country, camp out in front of the venue & be in really bad moods all evening long (Listen lady- it’s not my fault you haven’t peed in 14 hours and your breath smells like day old McDonald’s flapjacks) Less people will be there- no one is there to be out till 4 am cuz they have to work the next day- it’s just a chill, relaxed evening.
3. Go with a good friend. Calliope came with me. I’d share a picture, but Calli, the only picture that turned out is the one we took with that drunk girl who asked to join us. And sadly she looks better than the two of us combined.
4. See the show at a dive bar. Cuz at dive bars, during the opening acts, you and your friend Calliope can order some food and sit at the front bar, two seats down from Bobby & his manager who are, of course, drinking Heinekens.
5. It helps if the act you are going to see is an attractive, British male. See picture to right for an example.
6. It helps if the act raps Will Smith songs in his cute British voice. It was the “Fresh Prince of Bel Aire” theme song of course! We were in Philly!
7. Make sure to enjoy the moment when he sings the song that first made you love his music (Thanks to my bday mixed CD from Lula) In this case it was “Left to Lie”
8. Drinking a lot of beer will help you to ignore the few ‘typical’ fangirls who do sneak in, drive the distance & brave the dodgy area in which the show is held. Cuz while there were no “Bobby Long” tattoo stories to report or any Twilight t-shirts (that I saw- and I have Twi-dar, so I don’t think I missed them), you can rest assured that the crazies were there… just on their “best behavior” that night.
So Rob- so far I dig your taste in music (ew, I just said ‘dig’) and I like your friend Bobby. We’re off to a good start. What do you want me to do next? Come on over to your hotel room and give you an innocent massage? Done.
All of the above is true. And the night was great- It was chill, relaxed and much less 2nd-hand embarrassing than the 100 monkeys! A few more observations:
-Phil, his manager, sat on the stairs leading to the slightly raised stage. Just lounged. Bopped his head to the music. And then he must’ve thought, “Bugger (don’t English guys say bugger?), I’m thirsty. I’ll have to squeeze through fangirls to get to the bar. And look at Bobby there- 6 bottles of Heineken & a shot. I know. I’ll steal a bottle. While he’s singing. I’ll grab two of them” True story.
-Bobby has GREAT merch- cute T-shirts with birds. Loves. However, that, to me, would be like sporting a Twilight Shirt. Not.gonna.Happen
-Like Robbie, like Bobby. Looks like Bobby wore the same shirt three times this week! NY, Philly, TwiCon. Brit boys rule.
After the jump- more Brittish hottness!