My fannish weekend was made of SO MUCH WIN I barely know where to start. :-)
I should start with the rest of my Friday, at the Star Trek convention, as I have my photo ops with Connor and Dominic to post, but I need to skip ahead to Saturday and the sheer awesomeness that was the Christian Kane concert. :-)
My best buddy charityflint
and I took a road trip from Chicago down to Nowheresville, IL aka Illiopolis on Saturday. It was about a three hour drive and we checked into our hotel just in time to meet up with wilde_moon
and her mom for dinner before we all headed off to Bunker's Bar, which was pretty much in the middle of a cornfield. :-)
We got there just after the doors opened at 7 pm and the parking lot was already packed. I was a bit worried, but the bar was actually really big with plenty of room for the concert. We got up really close to the stage, only three or four people back, pretty much dead center. And somehow amidst all the people sian265
managed to find me. I'm so happy we got to meet and chat for a bit!
We stayed through the first opening band then Charity and I headed off to Christian's meet and greet, leaving wilde_moon
and her mom to save our spots near the stage. The M&G started off as a huge clusterfuck as no one from Bunkers knew what was going on. They finally got their act together and herded us all outside. Now keep in mind it was about 45 degrees out and most of us are only wearing t-shirts. Thank god we were at the front of the pack and only had to stand outside for maybe 10 minutes before Christian (looking kinda like a homeless man in hat, gloves, winter jacket and about three shirts) and the rest of the band arrived and the M&G began.
To tell you I was nervous was an understatement as it inched closer to my turn. I thought for sure I was going to swallow my tongue and not be able to speak. But Charity gave me courage as she went first, got her photo taken, chatted and had her item autographed, walking away with a smile. And then it was my turn. I thought it was so cute that with every person he held out his hand as you approached and said, "Hi, I'm Christian Kane." LOL! Yes, we know who you are. :-) Anyway, I was wearing my red "Hitter" Leverage t-shirt and his face lit up and he says, "That's one damn awesome shirt. Let's make sure we get the whole thing in the photo." Hee! And then his arm went around me and I'm surprised my knees didn't buckle. As he was signing my photo I finally found my voice and I told him that I didn't ever think I'd have the opportunity to meet him. He looked up with a soft smile and said, "Awww? Really?" I nodded and told him with a grin that I'd been watching him on TV since Rescue 77. That totally got him and he smiled really big and laughed and opened up his arms and said, "C'mere and give me a hug." OMG, CHRISTIAN KANE HUGGED ME!
SQUEE!! It was so totally unexpected and completely amazing. The man gives good hugs! LOL! Oh, and he smells really good, too. *g* Then he stepped back and said, "We're gonna rock this place tonight. You enjoy yourself."
I swear to you I was floating on Cloud 9 as I walked past the rest of the band members (minus Steve who was elsewhere in the bar) who were sitting at tables eating, and met up with Charity. Now THAT was the way to start off the evening! That $100 was money damn well spent. :-)
And the evening only got better from there. Christian came out at about 10:30 pm (having shed all but one layer *g*) and played until midnight and they rocked the house. I was in sheer awe as I stood there, just a few feet away from him and watched him sing for the first time ever. They were AMAZING. I was really blown away. I loved all the songs they played and was pleasantly surprised to hear songs like Fade and Happy Man. And I was thrilled I finally got to see the infamous crotch grab in person during House Rules. Ha! Even got it on video! It was so evident by the look on Christian's face throughout the concert just how appreciative he is of all his fans, and he said so several times and I knew he really meant it.
Then right before the concert was over Christian flipped a guitar pick into the audience, right out in front of him, where I was standing. I jumped up in the air, but it was so damn dark in there I missed it but felt it hit my hand. Everyone around me starts looking on the floor and I found it, right next to my foot. I FREAKING GOT CHRIS KANE'S GUITAR PICK!
I'm telling you, that was just the cherry on top of an out of this world first concert experience. :-)
So yes, an amazing time was had by all. The four of us left there tired, feet aching from standing for five hours, most of it dancing, our ears ringing from how loud the music was, but all with smiles on our faces. :-)
The small camera I had with me didn't take the best photos, and the lighting in there was horrible (red, blue, green and purple lights - really Bunkers??) but I managed to get a few of Christian and Steve. Here's a few and the rest are under the cut.
I hope they post the official meet and greet photos at Christian's website soon. Please let it have turned out well!
My VIP badge and guitar pick: ( More Christian and Steve back here! )