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Nashville Cast @ Eventim Apollo, London (18 June 2016)

The music has always been my favourite thing about Nashville so I was so happy to be able to get tickets for when Chris Carmack, Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen and Charles Esten came to town.  I mean who would have thought that a group of country singers are so popular in London that they had to add two extra shows!!

Anyway, what a talented group of people!  They act, play multiple instruments, song-write and have wonderful singing voiced to boot.

The concert started out with each of them coming on stage individually to do a song and then introduce the following act.  Then they all came on individually again to do a few songs each – a combination of songs from the show, original material and covers.

If I’m going to be honest, I was a little disappointed with the song selection.  I really wanted Clare to do Black Roses, not to mention more  Scarlett/Gunnar songs and even some of the upbeat songs from The (Triple) Exes which the whole team could have done.

However, what we were given was still exquisitely performed.  Needless to say Clare’s song that was written for her about her brother’s cancer completely stole the show.  It was absolutely amazing and so full of emotion.  I looked on iTunes as soon as I got home to see if I could buy it but unfortunately it’s not out there to buy.

Whatever songs they chose to do, I definitely think we could have done with more than two songs with the four of them on stage together but it was enjoyable all the same.

Click here to see my photos from the concert – not too shoddy if I say so myself,  even though we were up in the Circle, Row P.

That Time I Met @ericcolsen & @DanielaRuah from NCIS:LA @MCMComicCon

So on Saturday I attended my first ever ComicCon/convention to see Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah.

Needless to say there was a LOT of queuing for everything (apart from the toilets oddly enough) but it was totally worth it.

The photoshoot was a bit of a blur but I remember Eric saying his name in introduction and me kind of going into shock before responding.  The fact that Daniela pulled a funny pose didn’t even register until I saw the photo!

At the autograph stand I asked Eric whether we were ever going to find what is in the box and he wrote on my autograph “What’s in the box?  Love is …”  🙂  I asked Daniela the same thing and she said that her boss won’t even tell her and that she thinks it was  a puppy which is now a dead puppy.  Even though the signs said “no selfies” and there was a strict man on patrol, I asked and got selfies with both of them. The one with Eric came out really blurry probably because my hand was shaking so I got Daniela to take the one with her and that came out nice.

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They seemed really happy to be there meeting fans, Daniela especially.  She was so full of energy and really positive despite being pregnant.

The panel was really funny – they are just like their characters in real life with all the banter and teasing.  They answered questions about their interviews for the show, the importance of the show as they always catch the bad guys, what it’s like making out with each other, the prank Daniela pulled on Eric on his first day, their favourite stunts,  and the fact that they hope that no matter what happens Deeks and Kensi stay together as they are made for each other and they are both invested in their happiness (plus some other random questions).  Daniela confirmed that she has a general idea of how her maternity leave is going to be written into the show, that there is going to be the chance for some great character work but that the pregnancy is not going to be written into the show.

I also stopped by to get Amanda Righetti’s autograph as I loved The Mentalist.  She was really quiet, don’t know if she felt a bit intimidated that everyone else had really long queues for their autographs and she was just sitting there waiting for someone to come along.

I had such a great time.  Eric and Daniela really are just as awesome and friendly as they appear on screen and in interviews and really really appreciative of their fans.

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See more photos of the NCIS LA to Washington panel on my Flickr!

And some videos below:

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Daniela talks about her audition for NCIS:LA:

Daniela and Eric talk about having to make out on screen despite being in-laws:

Daniela and Eric talk about the prank she pulled on him on his first day:

Daniela talks about how what TPTB are going to do with her pregnancy on the show (and mentions the box!):

 

Taylor Swift @ The O2, London (11 February 2014)

IMG_5484Last night was Taylor Swift’s final show in her sold out “Red” tour and I was lucky enough to be in the audience whilst she played to a packed O2 crowd.

Whilst many fans will claim to be a fan of an artist before they “became famous” in an effort to get some sort of street cred, I can honestly say that I was a fan of Taylor Swift before the majority of people in the UK had even heard of her.  Back when she was just a young country singer who played guitar and wrote her own songs.

Now she has become more mainstream and poppier and an idol to many tweens, her concerts have become some sort of bizarre fancy dress competitions (there was even a girl dressed up as a pumpkin – glad I didn’t have the seat next to her!) for young girls (and even their parents).

Anyway, The Vamps, a wannabe OneDirection boyband were the support act.  The lead singer looked about 14 years old and due to their cover songs, I am pretty sure there are a whole generation of young people out there who think that they, and not The Killers and Simon & Garfunkel, wrote ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Cecilia’.

Thankfully they weren’t on stage for that long and then it was time for the main act.

Setlist:

State of Grace

Holy Ground

Red

You Belong with Me

The Lucky One

Mean

22

Long Live

Sparks Fly

Burn (with Ellie Goulding)

I Knew You Were Trouble

All Too Well

Love Story

Treacherous

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Interspersed IMG_5471with the multiple costume changes and neverending monologues (luckily Taylor is genuinely very engaging and could probably recite the telephone directory and still keep her crowd engaged) was some really good music.  ‘Red’, ‘Mean’ and ’22’ were highlights for me from the first half.

Then Taylor took to the “B” stage allowing those of us at the back of the arena to get a better view.  I was so glad she played ‘Sparks Fly’ which was my favourite song from her third album, and one of my favourite songs of hers overall.  You’ve got to hand it to the set designers – it was really cool to see the small stage lift up in the air and rotate.  Then a little basket came down from the ceiling, lifted her up and transported her back to the main stage.

IMG_5516There she was joined by Ellie Goulding and they sang ‘Burn’.  I like Ellie Goulding but am not a particular fan of that song so personally I wish they had chosen another song, like ‘Lights’.  Still, it was a great performance.

‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ rounded out the concert with no encore which I think surprised some.  Personally I think ‘Starlight’ would have made a great encore “… I said, “Oh my, what a marvelous tune”, It was the best night, never would forget how we moved.  The whole place was dressed to the nines, And we were dancing, dancing, Like we’re made of starlight …”

Overall, I preferred her ‘Speak Now’ tour mainly because I prefer that album.  Whilst there are fantastic songs on all four albums, I am still waiting for the day where she plays some of the gems from her debut album (Tim McGraw, Teardrops On My Guitar, Should’ve Said No).

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