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LJ, one day I'll remember to post things when they happen and not days later. So like, hi it's t-minus omg it's Christmas this weekend, I am not prepared, holy shit.

This is what happens when you are profoundly stupid and keep thinking you have another week. LOL NOPE. I need to write out a list of shit I need to do for the next couple of days and maybe get a few things on track.

But then, there was this weekend, which involved homoerotic tales on the big screen (Sherlock Holmes I AM SO GLAD I STAYED UNSPOILED, THAT WAS MAGICAL), an entertaining dog who needed all the attention, LOTR behind the scenes viewing, a visit to a tattoo parlor (my second time watching one of my friends getting tattooed, and oh, the hilarious conversations we had), and oh, yesterday, I got to see this guy perform at a concert for a little over 100 people and it was pretty damn awesome.

There were cupcakes, and vodka, and I got some AWESOME video of the whole thing although SIGH not the whole concert because I haven't taken off all my Disney photos on my memory card so I could only record about 20 minutes.

AND I'M SORRY BUT I GOT TO HEAR DARREN AND CHUCK PERFORM TOGETHER. That's all I never knew I wanted for Christmas. ;_;

This is probably the best picture I took using my phone since I didn't have the flash on. Some people had like, super serious cameras and got way better pictures than me.


Joe's Pub is a great little venue. It was a Toys for Tots charity affair announced the day of the event and because my weekend was weird and while I was in Manhattan Friday night, I actually headed home to sleep Saturday night so I was on a subway platform freezing my ass in the morning when [livejournal.com profile] ccmskatechick texted me about the details to the concert: only 100 people get in, you can buy 2 tickets per person, costs $10 and a toy to get the seats. And turned out that it was assigned seating, so fuck yeah, because Darren's standing room only concerts? I am NOT doing that again.

I don't know what factors came into play; that it was such short notice (I think details came out Friday night about the concert and nothing was announced until right after 9:00am Sunday morning and they started selling tickets at around 10:30am), that it was in Manhattan so only local NYCers could have a shot at tickets since you had to go to the box office, that idk, most of his younger (read: obnoxious) fans weren't going to rush in and buy a bunch of tickets for all their besties, maybe all of the above, but the vibe of the crowd was SO CHILL. Me and my crew of two were seated in a second level area so we had a great view over everyone's heads, and while my knees were crushed against the wall, it was just perfect.

Some people were seated right in the stage, which would have been a super awkward place to be, the performers can see you and when you're asked to participate, like "clap your hands" and you don't, the performers can see that.

(Sidenote: getting to and from Joe's Pub was just pure lols. I actually met up with K and J while they were waiting on line in the AM since I took the N down to 8th Street and after I gave K money, I bid them goodbye to drop off my bag and chill for a while at Team Dogsitting Adventures). Then I headed back to Joe's Pub a bit before 1pm since that's when everyone was being let inside of it only to get into a taxi that was going the most ridiculous route and just made it to the place while K & J were at the doors, like a couple of minutes away from being seated. I would feel bad if I was like line cutting or something but hey, assigned seating, fuck yeah.)

The Parents Criss were seated at a booth in front of us (just off to the right) and omg they are the most adorable human beings on the planet. Because there was a 2 drink minimum, I had 2 cranberry vodkas in preparation for being embarrassed at bad behavior but there was none, which I'm still amazed about. So this meant that after the concert was over, when I went down into that lower seating area to say hello to someone I had been chatting with on Tumblr (she was worried she wasn't going to get to see the performance and through a lucky conversation with Darren's manager, she managed to get in at the last moment, which is great for her, she's really nice), anyways, I had a "lol drunk!Reg is an idiot" moment where I had to pause to let Mrs. Criss pass by as she was making her way out of that area and oh how hard I had to resist saying "your hat is awesome."

Because really, she was wearing an awesome hat. I DIDN'T make an idiot of myself though, so success.

One of the really annoying fan-things about Darren's concerts is that his most hardcore fans tend to shout over him and drown him out when he's singing, especially if it's one of the songs used in the Starkid musicals. Or like, scream over him doing Teenage Dream, which is a fucking travesty since he does a very nice piano arrangement that isn't the original pop version OR the Glee version. So like, I was concerned about that but the venue was SO small and with Darren's family and friends in the audience, I hoped people would calm their tits and behave reasonably. While there were obvious Starkids in the crowd and some of Darren's um, Street Team people, I guess is how they could be called, there were like, some regular folk too. There were probably more dudes at this performance than I've ever seen (or heard about) before. Like, congrats bros, you finally got to see DCriss live before all the ladies snatched up tickets.

On my immediate right side were two hipster dudes. F'reals.

He had two of his local friends doing mini-sets before him, Theo Katzman and Charlene Kaye. I like Charlene a lot, she's very sweet and did a very sweet cover of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Theo blew me away, he's fantastic on guitar. He even came back to help backup Charlene and Darren during a couple of songs. I wish them both the best. As I was leaving, I had Charlene sign the poster (we got posters as well) when I saw her standing by the merchandise table. I'm sure if I was more sober, I would have said something awesome but I just told her how much I enjoyed her performance and that I had a good time seeing her at Rockwood and at her Don Hill show.

I wasn't going to stand on the crazy line to have Darren sign the poster because a) my WTF conversation with him on Easter is too perfect to ever need to talk him to again and b) I had to go back to my dogsitting duties.

There was a thing where I was carrying around cupcakes from Billy's Bakery, first as an "I'm Sorry" to Stef for making her wait around that morning for me and my Darren Criss concert nonsense and then to K and J for taking forever to get back to Joe's Pub. I left them with a few cupcakes and then later found out they gave them to Darren, and apparently he was appreciative of them. Damn straight, BIlly's Bakery makes AWESOME cupcakes.

As for the music, Darren sounded great. He'd performed at a charity benefit the night before at Lincoln Center and man, his voice is just doing all kinds of wonderful things. Whoever has helped him with vocal training deserves all the cookies. All the songs were great, though I do admit to skipping out during Coolest Girl (it's a little played out for me) as omg too much booze=bathroom ASAP. He fucked up his song Jealously so bad that he just basically mocked it by the end, which was entertaining, but yeah, pretty obvious he wasn't thrilled with screwing it up.

But he did I Still Think and Stutter and DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GET A RECORDING OF STUTTER WITHOUT THE FANS FUCKING SCREAMING ALONG? My camera missed the last 20 seconds of it but basically I got a recording of Stutter without the damn Starkid singalong. Motherfucking A++.

Strange day, GREAT day, hell of a way to end/start the year. 2010 ended rough with a few glimmers of hope on the horizon, 2011 has been filled with amazing experiences and wonderful friendships.

Sorry to get all squishy, but like, whether we've known each other for years, or have only just become friends, I am just so fucking grateful for y'all. Seriously.

Date: 2011-12-19 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stoney321.livejournal.com
Dude that picture! You had awesome seats. (OMG, I am going to H2$ in Jan. and I am TERRIFIED that there will be morons in there making it obnoxious and I hope they are drug out of the theater if so.) I can't bring myself to go to a concert of his because of the reasons you've given for his more...vociferous fanbase. =/

I NEED SHERLOCK IN MY LIFE. Come on, mid-week.

Date: 2011-12-19 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
I am so, so lucky. Seriously. Our seats were center of the venue right at the front edge, with a slight elevation so that I didn't have to look up nor did anyone walking back and forth block my view, it was perfect.

He has SUCH overzealous fans, zomg. I'm going to see H2$ for opening and closing night and I posted a rant when the news first came out, all YOU BEST BEHAVE YOURSELF. I know the stage door will be a nightmare (and I am not planning on doing that, sorry, but it's fucking January. And, no). I've pretty much lol no'd when the Starkids did their Space Tour thing because Darren joined up for the NYC shows and I really cannot stand the Starkid fans, they behaved so poorly at Irving Plaza that I had to get drunk to deal with them and wound up chatting with a bouncer dude as I was standing next to the VIP area we were standing next to (we went to the balcony) about the fans because, goddamn, they were so fucking bratty.

The good thing about theatre is that bad behavior gets punished. I look forward to people complaining if they get their asses thrown out, especially the ones that will be STUNNED to learn that video recording everything is not kosher, unlike his concerts, where he often jokes about everyone putting his songs on youtube. (And he's fully admitted he goes on youtube sometimes to look up stuff when preparing for performances, ha it's a research tool for him.)

I should give you my details in case of fun meet ups. I'm pretty sure he'll spend part of his time in New York doing one off gigs, especially with his friends and they'll be last minute notice kind of deals. I dream of him doing 21+ places, and he tends to show up at those kinds of places when he joins it on duets with Charlene.

Sherlock was so good. I won't say a word because I do not want to spoil things and you will be amazed at the things they did in this movie. Gosh.

Date: 2011-12-19 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stoney321.livejournal.com
I might have the Mon. night free when I'm there with [livejournal.com profile] flaming_muse - I'm going to see Sleep No More (which I am super excited about) and plan on holing up in their bar afterward, fun meetups are BOSS.

I don't know if I'm going to do stage door or no - part of me wants to chat him up to put on HDJM, and part of me just wants to stand next to him and see if I'm taller, lol. (I'm 5' 6")

GAH CANNOT WAIT FOR SHERLOCK. Every time I see a commercial I get excited. I love RDJ. LOVE.

Date: 2011-12-19 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
OMG Sleep No More. I can't even say "I hope you have an awesome time" because I KNOW it'll be awesome, there's just no question about it.

Spoiler alert, he's definitely taller than you unless you're wearing heels around 2 inches. My sister K is about 5'7" and I when I spoke to him, I marveled at how he was the same height as her. He also has a weird tendency not to stand up straight, which is kind of adorable, he's always just *hips cocked, shoulders slightly slanted* And he's incredibly thin, I think that isn't as obvious from pictures/video, he's a very thin guy.

RDJ is magic but Jude Law is frankly kind of perfect too. I think Jude Law IRL is kind of gross but he's so damn charming and kind of a badass as Watson.

Date: 2011-12-19 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frogy.livejournal.com
I've got full audio from yesterday's show in one huge chunk here: http://www.mediafire.com/?4pa3e5qldswmtfo. Darren starts about 50 minutes in. There's a few minutes of between-set background noise between Charlene and Darren so if you're trying to jump ahead and hear that, you're on the right track.

Date: 2011-12-19 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
Cool! I did get all the audio I wanted from my camera, it picked up things just beautifully, so I have everything I wanted, including his duets with Charlene and Chuck.

Date: 2011-12-19 05:04 pm (UTC)
ext_41564: (glee - blaine)
From: [identity profile] shighola.livejournal.com
Dude. I'm so glad someone I know went to this and that it was not overrun with screaming fangirls.
*shudders with memories of the Irving Plaza show*

Once I saw all the hoops involved to get tix I decided to pass. Most especially cuz Arsenal was playing Man City at 11am and there was NO WAY I was skipping the game. But I'm glad it was chill and you had a good time. I'm gonna need to see that video at some point.

Date: 2011-12-19 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
Yeah, I mean I ONLY got tickets because K got in line so quickly. And hey, you had priorities. Arsenal > that short dude. ;-)

I'm going to try to upload the rest of my videos tonight. Do you have a youtube account? I set the vids to private so I can add you to the videos so you can watch them. I wasn't filming it to get perfect picture quality, it was all about the audio and it totally delivered. I got his entire fuck up of Jealously from start to finish, I recorded I Still Think, New Morning (with Chuck), Skin & Bones (with Charlene, and the banter beforehand, the story of them filming the video for that song), Stutter, and at least one other song.

I know most everything is out there on Tumblr but a lot of the videos I've watched so far had less than stellar audio and some background chatter, mine are pretty good so far.

And if you don't have a youtube account, I'll make them unlisted and email you the links.

God, Irving Plaza, what a stunning show of When Fangirls Go Wrong. Sad, sad thing.

Date: 2011-12-19 11:03 pm (UTC)
ext_41564: (glee - gossip)
From: [identity profile] shighola.livejournal.com
I think I have a youtube acct? I fail, I know, but I don;t really do anything there except watch videos. My acct should be my email address, but if that doesn't work just send me a link. thanks!

Date: 2011-12-20 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
I'll try when I get home tonight, it took FOREVER for all my vids to upload and I should probably give them proper titles and everything.

Date: 2011-12-19 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ccmskatechick.livejournal.com
This plus 1 ;D (and then times it by a few hundred)

So so SO grateful it all worked out for you to join us. This was just too amazing of an experience all around. It makes me YEARN for all the excitement that January is going to bring us.

Mastering of this puppy starts today.

Date: 2011-12-19 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
God, I am not prepared for January. The emails shall have to happen, what with figuring out what events we shall do (from, where do we have dinner to where do we have alcohol, lol) and all that jazz.

So excited for the mastered collection!

Amazing year. And, though we've known each other for what, like, just over six months? I am so happy at all the wonderful things that came your way, even though it took far too long for them to come to you.

Date: 2011-12-20 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a2zmom.livejournal.com
Sounds like a fantastic concert. Nothing like a tiny venue to see someone you love.

Date: 2011-12-20 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
I've already sort of cheated and had that great small venue experience because he did duet on a couple of songs with Charlene Kaye at 21+ places when he was in NYC for whatever reason. But this was a whole concert and I've always wanted to experience it, so I'm so thrilled I went and for a good cause.

Date: 2011-12-20 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whenidance.livejournal.com
My camera missed the last 20 seconds of it but basically I got a recording of Stutter without the damn Starkid singalong. Motherfucking A++.

You are so my hero.

Wish I could've been there with you all and cannot WAIT for January!!!

Date: 2011-12-20 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
Stutter is so damn good. And SO MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU CAN HEAR THE WHOLE SONG.

omg January. You're here for closing weekend, yes?

Date: 2011-12-20 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whenidance.livejournal.com
YES!! the 19th-25th. I'm hopefully getting in early enough on the 19th to hit up charlene's show but I'm flying standby that day, so who knows. wish I was coming for opening too still, stupid work!

Date: 2011-12-21 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
I like how I didn't even know about Charlene's show. I'm paying attention!

Excellent, I shall expect a flurry of emails re: Things What We Are Doing.

OH HI YOU HAVE SUBJECTS TOO

Date: 2011-12-21 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whenidance.livejournal.com
I only paid attention because I was placing bets she'd have one on the 19th right when I get in because she and Darren do these things to me. Sure enough, my plane gets in at 7. FAILLL.

(Thanks JetBlue for letting me hop on a plane earlier for free!)

And yes, all of the emails :D

Re: OH HI YOU HAVE SUBJECTS TOO

Date: 2011-12-21 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
See, I was an inconsiderate ass for a long time in SPN fandom and I LOVE this layout so much that I kept it as my comments page. I only changed it out when I saw enough people complaining about custom lj pages. Now it's a measure of sanity against LJ's fuckery.

lol it's not like I'm able to finish any fic lately and no one reads my fic on lj anymore. SIGH.

Oh man, that is some unfortunate luck. I hope you make the earlier flight so you can see her perform!

Re: OH HI YOU HAVE SUBJECTS TOO

Date: 2011-12-21 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whenidance.livejournal.com
What are you talking about, you have to finish that Amazing Race fic or I'll bug you until eternity.

(Like I'm one to talk. Um.)

Re: OH HI YOU HAVE SUBJECTS TOO

Date: 2011-12-21 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regala-electra.livejournal.com
I've been poking at the TAR fic for the past couple of days. I realized I have to actually plot it out since it's like, GOING AROUND THE WORLD. I'm going to do a few more updates to my outline and maybe email it to you for some feedback/ideas.

I can't just skip to Kurt/Blaine fucking at Le Hudmel Residence while everyone is downstairs watching the episode (by everyone: Burt, Carole, Finn, and Blaine's mom) because they're visiting the family and promised they'd watch the ep only y'know, sex is awesome, and when they come downstairs, they realize that Kurt's impromptu I'm mad we can't have reunion sex because we don't have the necessary supplies AND we're tired rant was actually KEPT in the episode and Hello Awkward City, Population: Everyone in that room.

But that's a thing I get to write. This fic may kill me but I want to see if I COULD write it and finish it. Eep.

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