Saturday, December 15, 2012

Aerosmith in Nashville

I did something spontaneous and crazy...I bought tickets to attend Aerosmith's last show of this tour in Nashville Tennessee...a week beforehand. The show was this past Thursday December 13th, a day after my last final exam for this semester. I had just seen them in Columbus Nov 25th, but was wanting to go one last time this tour, so I started pricing tickets on stub hub and eBay. The tickets were stupid expensive and most of the somewhat doable seats weren't THAT good. So I by chance went to the Ticketmaster site and found 2 platinum seats right by the end of the catwalk. So I bought those immediately for me and Cori!

The day of the show I took 4 PTO hours off work and left at 11:30. Came home and rounded up my camera's and everything I would need for the short trip and when Cori arrived we left around 1pm to head to Nashville. The drive took about 4 hours 20 mins and we located a parking garage once we arrived, parked then walked to the Bridgestone Arena. I picked up our tickets at Will Call, walked around the building to see if we could see any of the guys arrive (they had to have already been inside tho) and then we found a close restaurant and ate some food. We walked around downtown Nashville a bit, I bought my mom an Elvis coffee mug for Christmas in a touristy shop and then we headed over to the arena.

 (Cori & I before the show)

We found our seats and they were amazing! Jose, who I met at the show in Columbus was there and we talked to him for a bit after Cheaptrick played. Brooke, a Twitter friend from New York came to the show and by freak happenstance our seats were side by side. Totally crazy. So I got to meet her and her mom which was fun.

(Jessica, Me & Cori after the show)

When Aerosmith hit the stage I was beyond excited. This was my 3rd show this tour but I don't think it will ever get old seeing them live. Steven was in a overly mischievous mood for the last show and the others seemed full of energy and in good spirits as well. They delivered yet another amazing show and I loved every minute of it. Cryin' hadn't made the set list at all this 2nd leg of the tour but they did it that night. It being the first song of theirs I had ever heard as a kid and just one of my faves in general I was really stoked. Also they added in Train Kept a Rollin' which is another fave of mine they do. I took a butt load of pics once again and 5 videos as well. Here are a few of the pics I took and edited. For all the pics visit my facebook page and the videos are posted on my YouTube Channel.

My facebook page

My YouTube Channel

A few pics I took from the show:

And here is the set-list from the show:

Toys In The Attic
Love In An Elevator
Oh Yeah
Livin' On The Edge
Movin' Out
Walkin' The Dog
Brad's Solo & Last Child
Drum Solo
Rag Doll
Boogie Man
Rats In The Cellar
Lover A Lot
What It Takes
Come Together
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Mother Popcorn & Walk This Way
Train Kept A Rollin'
Home Tonight & Dream On
Sweet Emotion

Monday, December 3, 2012

"My Heart Stops When You Look At Me"

Here I  am wearing a colorblock dress I bought for $10 from Plato's Closet. The sheer leopard print cardigan I bought from a Chinese seller on eBay. The studded belt, bird necklace & heart print tights are all from Forever 21. And lastly I am wearing a pair of black motorcycle boots. The red rose came from my Grandma's funeral. Love you & miss you grandma, but I know you are with Jesus now and I don't have to be sad or worry about you.

Friday, November 30, 2012

There's no remedy for memory

This is my new black velvet dress. I bought this dress at Forever 21 while in Columbus Ohio...the night before the Aerosmith concert. I was having second thought about the dress I brought to wear to the show and ended up buying this one as a possibility. I love this dress, but ended up wearing my original choice. The bird necklace and studded belt from Forever 21 make another appearance in this look. I am wearing black glitter tights, which is hard to see in the photo and my red suede wedges.  Some additional photos:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Aerosmith Concert Outfit

 So this is the outfit I wore to see Aerosmith in Columbus & meet Steven Tyler & Joe Perry once more. The dress is from Pitaya, I bought the bird necklace and belt from Forever 21 the night before the show. The boots are studded and suede, my fave pair of black studded boots I own. The bracelets I am wearing I made, I gave 3 identical to these to Steven Tyler and he wore them on stage the night of the concert. I wore my Aerosmith biker ring and some red lipstick and red nail polish w/glitter  to top it all off. It was an amazing night and i was quite pleased with the outfit I ended up deciding on.

The Dress

The Belt

Bird Necklace

The bracelets I made (For Steven & I have identical ones that match) & my Aerosmith ring

The Boots

Red Lipstick

And to finish it off, red sparkly nails!

The End~

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Aerosmith Concert in Columbus Ohio

So I’m here in the hotel room after the Aerosmith concert and I still can’t believe today actually happened. This week was crap, no other way to say it, so today more than made up for all of that. 

 Cori and I arrived at Nationwide Arena about an hour before I was supposed to be there for the Wheels Up meeting time. I got to meet a fellow Aerosmith fan/friend from Twitter named Chelsea when we arrived. After standing in line for a long time in the cold when they let us in Chelsea noticed that Taj, Steven Tyler’s son was the one giving out the V.I.P. lanyards and tickets at the table. I had seen lots of pics of him but he is SO SHORT in person. Like shorter than me, weird. Yeah he seems nothing like his dad, just a regular looking 20 year old kid. 

Once I got my ticket & Wheels up stuff I hit the merch table. This time they had the shirt I wanted at the last show in my size so I bought that & this leg of the tour’s concert shirt with the dates listed on the back, I also bought a tour book.
Once the Q&A started I met another fellow Aerosmith fan that is a new friend on Twitter as well, Natalie. She was super cool and I sat with her throughout the Q&A.

  I had gotten a slip of paper with Joey Kramer (the drummer’s) name on it so I got to go to the microphone & ask him a question. Yeah that’s right, ME of all people; miss shy awkward girl. I was freaked out but asked Joey If there was any music artist he liked that we might be surprised by. He didn’t really seem to have one, so I was like so you don’t have like a secret love for Britney Spears or anyone??? Hahaha I thought it was funny but not sure if he did, other people laughed. So he just basically just said he really likes the bands No Doubt & Foo Fighters which he said probably isn’t too surprising, so I just said fair enough.

 Me at the mic asking Joey a question. 
(Photo courtesy of Natalie Smith)

I like the Q&A because it’s such a great time just to hear what Joey, Brad & Tom have to say. There is so much emphasis  put on Steven & Joe that the other guys don’t usually get heard and I like hearing from them, they’re cool guys, truly.

The meet & greet was up next so we went to the back of the arena and were ushered backstage to stand in line in a hallway until Steven & Joe arrived. This time the wait wasn’t long and everybody was getting pumped as we waited our turn. While in line another Aerosmith fan/Twitter friend showed up named Frances, so I got to meet her and hear about her experiences chasing Steven down earlier today.

For a few months now I've joked about giving Steven a ring pop & fake proposing next time I meet him...even made some fun pics about it and posted them on twitter and tumblr.... I tweeted Steven about it with a ring pop picture attached and told my friends and coworkers I wanted to slip a ring pop on his finger. haha Everyone thinks I am nuts, but I'm a shy girl & knew I wouldn't go through with it. (Even tho Cori did buy like 5 different ring pop flavors and gave them to me before we left for Columbus!)

So when the time came and we inched closer to the room Natalie went in front of me and met them first.  Then it was my turn, Taj was opening the curtain and I told my legs to start walking. Haha I was just so excited, but a little more calm this time around. As soon as I walked into the room I walked up to Steven & Joe and said Hey guys and once they looked at me I told them I made them bracelets. So Steven put out his left wrist and said , “Right Here” and he had me  put them on his wrist. Joe started digging through the necklaces he had on and showed me a red and black one that matched one of the bracelets I had made him perfectly. I was like, "it matches" and I put them on his wrist. 

Next I turned to Steven & asked if I could have a hug. So he hugged me and kissed me on my cheek. I hugged him so tight and couldn’t help but say I love you so much. Then he pulled back still holding my sides and looked right in my face and said I was cute & I made him blush. I could have died on the spot. He thanked me for the bracelets I made him and at one point again said something about me being pretty or gorgeous…can’t remember exactly what he said cause I was wigging out. It’s like your brain is in a fog when you’re in there and it goes so fast. So then I position myself between Steven & Joe for the picture and Steven put his arm around my waist and I can feel them beside me but Steven is even closer than Joe. I think I was grinning like an idiot AGAIN this time. I was just so happy I couldn’t help it. So then the security guy hands me my signed poster and I leave the room, I like skipped out and was so excited a security guy outside the room was laughing at me. I ran out and told Natalie what Steven did and basically announced to everyone still in line what happened. Haha

(Here is an update since I wrote this, my M&G pic with Steven & Joe.)

The show itself was incredible. I was right on the side of the catwalk so I was pretty close to Steven most of the show this time. Steven was wearing a long sleeve shirt for most of the show, but after a while of him moving around I realized he was WEARING THE BRACELETS I MADE HIM ON STAGE. Are you kidding me? Is this real?????

 (Cori made this collage for me from pics I took tonight. Steven is soooo wearing my bracelets)

The set list tonight was pretty much the same as past nights which ended up being alright. I wanted to hear What Could Have Been Love desperately but they didn’t put it back in the show. During “Livin’ on the Edge Steven was coming down the catwak and stopped not far from where I stood. He looked right at me and I saw recognition on his face so I smiled at him and he pointed right at me. OGFJGJKDJLJFLJGLJGG 
 Here is the Set List from tonight's show:

Mama Kin
Love In An Elevator
Oh Yeah
Livin' On The

Movin' Out
Walkin' The Dog
Last Child
***Drum Solo***
Rag Doll
Boogie Man
Lover A Lot
What It Takes
No More No More
Come Together
Dude Looks Like A Lady
Mother Popcorn/Walk This Way

Home Tonight/Dream On
Sweet Emotion

The guys sounded amazing tonight, truly amazing. I have no idea how they have so much energy at their age but they definitely put on a good show, playing and singing better than ever. They had worked out a new stage design with totally different graphics and lighting than they'd used on the first leg, IT WAS EVEN BETTER!!! I got some amazing photos; I took over 400 pics of the Q&A, Cheaptrick & Aerosmith combined.

After the show I met up with Chelsea and we took a pic together. It was nice meeting some people who like Aerosmith as much as I do. It isn’t typical of people I know to be into them much so it was really fun.

Tonight was just the best and I can’t wait to get back to Bloomington tomorrow so I can pick up my photos from the Wal-Mart photo lab!!!!AND I can't wait for AF1 to post the meet & greet pics from tonight so I can see how mine turned out. I wish the photographer (Amanada) would have gotten pics of Steven hugging and kissing me on the cheek. I can't be sure if she didn't but she doesn't always take pics before you turn to face the camera. oh wells. Tonight was fantastic. A few pics from the show:

 The End -

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Today's drive to Columbus Ohio/Aerosmith Concert tomorrow

So it is the night before the Aerosmith concert and Cori & I are in our hotel room about to go to sleep. A lot has transpired since I wrote earlier this week, most of it dramatic and worrisome. After fixing the Intake Manifold Gasket for $750 this past Monday...last night when Cori & I were leaving Kroger after getting groceries I tried to start my car and it wouldn't. So she had to call AAA for me and a guy came and jumped my car. He tested the battery and said it was fine but it wouldn't start on it's own until after running for a full 30 mins. So he told me a good place to take it in the morning since my mechanic is closed all weekend. So I was stressed out not knowing if it was just the battery or possibly the starter or alternator. So this morning Kayla had stayed the night with Jenny and she helped me jump my car and I drove it to that mechanic. He found that it was indeed my battery and it seems it is the original battery that came with the car. That would make it an 11 year old battery, jeez!!! So my starter and alternator were fine, but it was another $130 for the battery. AAAHHHHH but thank God my car got fixed in time.

Cori and I left Bloomington around 12:30 and arrived at our hotel at 4:30. I knew the hotel had a fireplace, mini kitchen and a sofa...sort of like a mini-apartment but it's even cuter in person. Here are some pics of our room:

So tonight after we unpacked and settled in a bit we found a local Forever 21 store and did a little shopping. I bought a dress, belt, heart print tights and two necklaces. I thought I might wear the dress tomorrow to the show but decided on the original dress instead. After shopping we ate at Dave & Busters. Now we are back at the room trying to wind down so we can get rested up for tomorrow. Not sure if I will be able to sleep or not. So excited about the show and the M&G.