Sunday, September 30, 2007

This is the World We Live In, This is the Blog We Write On

Even I have to roll my eyes at how corny my titles have gotten in my old age.

I guess I'd better get a-bloggin' about the Genesis concert Kat and I went to before 10 months goes by. (It would appear that "our thing" has become to see British musical trios together, by the way.)It's not quite been two weeks, so by Marnie time, it was practically yesterday.

To be honest, I don't have anything over exciting or informative to say about this show. I had looked forward to it for a while, and by some kind of miracle, we were able to score second row seats for less than face value, two days before the show, so that was pretty sweet. The show was very, very good, but if I'm being honest, I much more enjoyed Phil Collins' solo show 3 years ago. That was seriously one of the best shows I've ever seen. It was over 3 hours long and he played every song you can think of.

With Genesis, admittedly, I didn't know at least half the songs which, let's face it, makes all the difference at a show. It also didn't help that with the exception of the guy immediately to my right, we were surrounded by a bunch of drunken idiots. Sometimes I wish they'd ban booze at shows (namely the shows that I've driven to). What I wish they'd ban more is dumbass blondes that sit on the laps of in-house security (honey, he can't do anything for you) and their friends that are so trashed after two beers that they don't even realize their denim skirts are now on completely backwards. If we could ban that, then the booze could flow freely.

That said, Phil Collins is adorable and his voice sounds great. Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and the rest of the crew sounded great as well. Age ain't nothin' but a number, eh boys?

I think the best part of the show for me was when Phil had a long drum solo and Kat leans over really serious and says "He's got nothin' on Richard". I love Kat. :-)

Speaking of Phil, he worked the crowd well, and didn't even let it bother him when he got attacked by a bee mid-show...

Haha, just kidding. How funny was that though?

Anyway, I'm glad I got to see them on this, their "last" tour, even if they didn't sing "That's All."

But seriously -- why didn't they sing "That's All"????

Either way, it was good. And now we know what it's going to be like to see Keane in 30 years. :-)

I'm Still Not Quite Sure Why We Don't Have Our Own Show.


Marnie's World: American Idol Edition

Anyone remember when Marnie's World used to be kind of good, and updated on a semi-regular basis?

Well, okay. But it was updated on a semi regular basis.

Like about 87 weeks ago (or maybe 3), I worked the American Idols tour in Philly (and when I say "worked" I mean I carried a box of 8x10s out to the merch truck and then hung out in catering the rest of the night). I didn't see a whole lot of the show, but I listened to some of the soundcheck and I watched the last few songs from sidestage, and it was enough to peak my interest. I couldn't see shit from sidestage... I decided that I'd actually watch the show in Atlantic City the following night. I'd imagine no one would have really cared to read about it right after it happened, let alone light years later, but whatevs. I have some free time, so I'm writing about it.

I'll start with what was probably one of the funnier moments of the night. After we first go to AC, Stacy and I went backstage, and walked past the Idols, who were just milling around in the hallway. When we got to the end of the corridor, Stacy turned and looked back down the hall. She squinted a little and says "Who's the girl with the pony tail leaning against the wall? I don't remember her on the show?"

I turned, looked, and laughed my ass off. "Umm... that's Sanjaya."


A few minutes later, we saw his sister, who is apparently acting as his chaperone on the tour. Guess she got the time off from Hooters. For the record, she was fully clothed, and there was no guitar in sight.

Anyway, after that we hung out in the hot-ass catering room for a bit, eating Chex Mix and drinking orange Gatorade (because that's whole we roll), and watching Chris Richardson sniff a spoonful of grated cheese and ask "Is this Parmesan? It smells like Parmesan". The life of a roadie is a good one.

The show itself was entertaining to say the least. I got a much different perspective than I did watching the show. For one thing, I wasn't overly impressed by the aforementioned Chris Richardson during his run on TV. I didn't particularly dislike him or anything, but I didn't feel one way or the other. In person? He impressed the hell out of me -- and not just when he almost out-beatboxed Blake or killed it on the drums. He had a LOT of songs in the show (dare I say, more than anyone else?) and for good reason. He was good.

The other thing is that Melinda and Lakisha really are that good. When Lakisha was singing "I Will Always Love You", when she got to the quiet bit before that part, I turned to Stacy and said "She's about to bring the house down." She did.

Melinda made the hair on my arms stand up more than once. It's almost a shame that the two of them had to even reduce themselves to a television talent show, even one with the scope of Idol. Bitches are TALENTED.

Fortunately, they're much better at singing than I am taking photos.

Chris Sligh, who was a fave of mine during the few weeks he was on the show, wasn't showcased that much, which was a bit of a disappointment. I heard through the grapevine that he was none too pleased about it either. The quote I heard went something like, "I sold my soul to the devil and came in 10th." Ha. Make of that what you will.

Blake was Blake. Phil was Phil, etc. Sanjaya was surpisingly entertaining, even if his voice isn't one iota better than you think it'd be. I cringed for him more than once, but I did enjoy his lil' Michael Jackson bit.

I also LOVED when all the guys came out to perform as a "band" that they "formed" while they were bored on the bus. It REALLY enjoyed it.

Does that make me crayzay?

Jordin blew me out of the water too. I was slightly underwhelmed by her Idol win, thinking that Blake certainly had more of the "whole package". Of course the whole Keane thing immediately renders me biased, but you know how it is. Anyway, Jordin live made a believer out of me. I totally saw why she won. She's not only got a voice to knock your socks off, but she's personable on stage. Oh, and GORGEOUS, by the way...

Seriously. I don't think my skin was that flawless right out of the canal. She's also about 9 and a half feet tall. I'm not loving her "Tattoo" song, but it might grow on me. Her album drops in November, and I do wish her well.

Chris is a cutie in person. For reals.

Of course Blake and I talked about Keane. That was one ship that I couldn't let sail.

My girl Melinda was the BEST. That sweetness you saw on the show wasn't an act. At one point while we were talking to her she stopped and said to everyone, "I'm sorry, but you two have the nicest eyelashes I've ever seen! Seriously! Has everyone seen their eyelashes?" Ha. I fessed up that while Stacy's are au naturel, mine are entirely care of Loreal Volume Shocking. She said the ones glued to her face were so unnatural that she'll try anything. Maybe I should send her some. That's how much I loved her.

None of the others showed up to the little after thing except Haley, and I didn't get a picture with her.

Oh wait, one more person showed up...

I love this one most of all.

And can I just say that he's not really all that friendly? I mean, he's not a dick or anything, but see that smile? That's strictly for the photos. When you walk up to him, he's kind of just... I don't know... blank. I attribute it more to shyness, or maybe the fact that he knows that he's become more of a pop culture punching bag than anything else, but either way, he spoke way less than any of the others. He and Chris (R.) were the only ones signing shit through the fence in Philly the night before though, so maybe he's not so bad.

Anyway, that was pretty much it. I'm glad I went (but equally glad I didn't have to pay) and I hope that most of them are able to make something of themselves.

Even Sanjaya's sister.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Umm... So... Yeah.

Do people still think Paris Hilton is pretty?

Just wondering.

PS Wonky eyes are hot.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Gimme Less

I just watched Britney's "comeback performance" and unfortunately it's 4 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

I'm sure some blogs will be buzzing later tonight about how great it was, and how she managed to pull it off, but I'm going to have to be a naysayer on this one. With all the buzz about how she was going to blow us all away, I expected much more than that. She blew, alright -- but I'm still here.

I'm not a big fan of her "comeback single" Gimme More as it is. I think it's repetitive and annoying. Add to that some ratty extensions, obvious lip-synching, and amateur-looking choreography and color me unimpressed. Her face was so 'blah' the whole time. She looked nervous and/or disinterested, and I'm not quite sure which is worse.

It's time to pack it in, Britney. It's over.

Can we talk about what a trainwreck this show is as a whole though? As I'm writing this, it's 14 minutes in and already Britney sucked, Sarah Silverman bombed (even her cracks on Paris Hilton weren't well-received), and Pete Wentz's mic wasn't on when they cut to him. Way to go, MTV.

And what's with the random cutting to different acts playing elsewhere in Vegas? How avant-garde.

So far the only high points were 50-Cent being particularly likeable during the red carpet interviews and Rihanna looking adorable accepting her "Monster Single of the Year" award for Umbrella. Other than that? Garbage.

Everyone keeps reiterating how, unlike past years, this show won't be rerunning at all. I think that's probably best for everyone.

Especially Britney.