Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Top 10 Day with the Goo Goo Dolls

Hello All!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a great weekend! I have been pretty busy over the last week. Lots of good stuff going on in the Mongeon house.

So, after today's post you will think I am a freak, but that's ok. I am comfortable with it.
Something that some of you may not know about me is that I am an OBSESSIVE Goo Goo Dolls Fan. I actually think it's bordering on unhealthy. LOL.

They came to town last week, and of course, I had my tickets a long time ago. But then, they announced they were doing an Acoustic Cafe in Hartford for about 50 people before the concert. Well, you can imagine my delight, and excitement as I dialed my little fingers off for the past few weeks trying desperately to win tickets to this event. And I never got through. Ugh! Talk about panic. I was freaking out thinking I wouldn't get to attend.

So, after weeks of trying and not getting anywhere, I called on an old pal who I thought might be able to help. I can't give names, but he totally hooked me up. Now, he wasn't able to get tickets through the radio station. Nope. No dice. But he was able to get me in through a contact at the Bands Record Label. Can you believe that? WOW!

So I didn't find this out until about 2 days before the event. I just started to prepare myself for the fact that I might not get to go. I was in a panic. But then Monday afternoon when I checked my email, there was the message saying that we would be escorted in. I went BALLISTIC. I was jumping all around and screaming, and freaking out. Oh my! It was a glorious moment. :)

So, fast forward to the day of the event. We got to the location of the event and I called my contact on his cell, and he came right out of the bar, and in we went. Just like that! How cool is that? I owe these folks BIG TIME!

So - we had a couple of drinks in the upstairs bar before the band arrived. They were about 30 minutes late. Might have been Hartford traffic, since this was at 5 PM. They arrived about 5:30 and they brought us downstairs. It was VERY cool that their tour bus was parked right in front of the bar. They introduced the band, and in they came. AWESOME. Let me just say, there was nothing ACOUSTIC about it. They had the FULL set up - guitars, drums, keyboards, everything. It was a ROCK concert for 50 people in this little bar in Hartford. I died and went to heaven!
Here are a couple pics so you can see how close I was.

This is Robby Takac - the bass player.

And this is my man, my next husband, John Rzeznik. We have joked about it for years in my house. Ed even says to the kid when we hear a Goo Song "hey kids, listen! It's your next Daddy!" LOL. My Edju, such a good sport to put up with my obsession.

So anyway, there is usually an autograph session and a meet and greet. But they were late and time was at a premium. So they axed the autographs, and had to do the Meet in Greet in groups. I did get to talk to Johnny and Robby for a few seconds, and I was lucky enough to be right next to Johnny in the group picture - so I figure I can crop out everyone else and use it as my Christmas Card picture this year. ;-)

I haven't gotten that picture yet...still waiting on it from the photographer. But you can be sure I will post it when I get it!

The concert was amazing! And what was even more amazing is that the ticket prices were only $40. That in itself is awesome in this day and age. There were 2 opening acts, too. So that is A LOT of music for $40. One thing for sure, is the Dolls know a lot of people are going through hard times and they keep their prices low for that reason.

They also collect food at every concert for USA Harvest. The food they collect stays in the city they are playing in. I love that they are helping out wherever they go. A band with social conscience. Very cool.

So if you made it this far, thank for listening to me go on and on. You are a good person to put up with my ranting on about the Dolls. It truly was a top 10 day.

I do promise the next post will be stamping related. ;-)

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