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01 September 2011 @ 01:29 am
Hell yeah, Patrick Stump, part 2: Now with pictures  
So, hey, I got to see Patrick Stump last night at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale. Can we say "yay?" Yay! I headed over to the venue pretty much right after work, but the crowd was varied enough that I didn't feel excessively out of place in my work clothes. There was a good line when I got there, especially considering that it was a Tuesday night and we were all waiting in the heat (easily 100 degrees at that time of early evening).

Because so much of the audience was underage, they designated almost all of the space to be all ages. Unfortunately, this meant that my usual lurking space was blocked off. WOE IS ME AND MY FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS! Here is the picture I piningly took of the place between the bar and the stage that I like to stand:

With everything so all-ages, there was very little space on the bar side that had an actual view of the stage. I stayed there for a while anyway, more out of force of habit than anything else. The openers were all pretty decent. I frankly didn't get the name of the first opener. He was a little rapper with good stage presence, possibly called Reggie something. The second opener was John West, who was fine if unmemorable. Wynter Gordon, though, was great. And on a completely shallow note, she is OMG!gorgeous. Here's a blurry picture of her awesomeness:

NGL, I spent a lot of the opening sets texting my husband instead of being an attentive audience member. But then Patrick came on, and YAY! From my position at the side of the stage, I had a pretty crappy view for the beginning of the show.

But I did get a great shot of the setlist. :D

I was resigning myself to blurry photos of Patrick's profile, but then my position was vindicated! When he sat down to play the keyboard, I was right there. There was much rejoicing.

The hearts in my eyes when he sang "Nothing Compares 2 U" were EPIC. For one thing, I love that song and have always used it as a rock solid defense of Prince's musical talent. For two, I have such deep affection for Patrick doing covers. I don't even know why, I just find it charming that he is so good and brilliant and talented, and is still completely appreciative of other artists. And for three, he killed it.

I feel a little bit bad about knowing absolutely nothing about Patrick's band, but really. I know zilch. At the show, I learned that the bass player has a nice ass. Why yes, I did take a picture:

Also, I learned that the keytarist has amazing hair and can play the sax. (And Patrick gets such bonus points for having a keytarist. Keytar. Hell, yeah!)

And finally, the guitar player was endearingly into the show the whole time. Just seemed thrilled to be up there and part of it all.

There was also a drummer I couldn't get a pic of and some kind of keyboard person tucked back in stage right. Like I said, I have no information at all about this band. But they were good, and there was a really positive energy and good chemistry onstage.

As you might notice from the pictures above, I moved from my spot by the bar. I was just going to get a t-shirt ($15! A steal!), but as I walked to the merch table I found that in a club as small as Martini Ranch, the back of the crowd is a pretty awesome place to be.

And IDK, I just like Patrick's face in these two pics:

Then came my favorite part of the show. Patrick took the drums and did a new jack swing medley that charmed the hell out of me. So good and so much fun and so nostalgic. I probably looked like a huge dork giggling to myself the whole time, but I don't even care. It was awesome.

As much as I love the whole dapper/Eleventh Doctor/bow tie thing he has going on, I really dug the way he looked all undone. I don't think I'm going to start panting after Patrick Stump any time soon, but I can see the appeal.

And that's pretty much it. I had to leave, like, the second he left the stage after "This City," so I hope nothing cool happened after that. As it was, I barely made it home in time to drive my husband to work. Other highlights of the night: some guy I was exchanging small talk with asked me if I go to school at ASU. Heee! I'm pretty fine with looking my age, but it's hilariously fun to be taken for a college student. Even if it was only because the lights were dim. Also, a woman that I totally know from comic book store events utterly failed to recognize me and thought I was a music journalist. What do you think, co-ed or reporter?

If you want bigger versions of any of the pictures, let me know, and I'll share. :D
Rachael: FOB - Pete/Patrickdancinbutterfly on September 1st, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
1)Totes a journalist and 2)have you lost weight or cut your hair or done something since the last time I saw you/you posted a picture? You look fucking stunning.

allyndra: Also Into Catsallyndra on September 14th, 2011 07:32 am (UTC)
Yay, I always wanted to be a journalist!

I have, actually lost weight. Also, I was wearing an awesome dress, so. :D

<33333 I miss you, too! I hate being online so little and missing so much! My socail interaction is chopped way, way down, and people I know IRL are not nealry as much fun as you are.
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allyndra: Love Necklaceallyndra on September 14th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
He was so awesome! *hearts in my eyes*
mrsquizzical: bandom fob patrickmrsquizzical on September 1st, 2011 09:10 am (UTC)
how fabulous! you had such a good view!
allyndra: Do you love meallyndra on September 14th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC)
It's such a small club that having a good view isn't a great accomplishment, but I was very pleased. He was so good, and I'm so glad to have pictures with which to remember the show. <3
psuedo_catalyst: pwentzpsuedo_catalyst on September 1st, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
I'd totally buy you as a music journalist! And yeah, Patrick doing covers is pretty much ridiculously endearing. Then again, I'm a sucker for covers, and may be biased. I just think you can tell so much about an artist by what they love and how they make it their own and my GOD did I just sound pretentious or WHAT? Sorry. Sounds like a great show!
allyndra: Groupthinkallyndra on September 14th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Hehehe, I totally want to pose as a music journalist now. Con my way into some interviews. :D

I love covers. I have a hard time defining why, but I agree that your reason is at least part of it. It's a glimpse into what that musician loves, which is a cool mix of personal and public.
psuedo_catalystpsuedo_catalyst on September 14th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
If you can manage to pull it off enough to get an actual interview, I will bow before you like a god. Or, um, something less creepy.

And yeah, covers are awesome--I think another part of it that makes me so happy is when it's something unexpected, or very different from the artist's own style.
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allyndra: Frank Makes Facesallyndra on September 14th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
:D Thank you! It was such a great night!