Thursday, June 28, 2007

il Divo/Dublin

Well now, my ears are still ringing. Not from the group, although they seemed most loud to me, Carlos, the spanish one, could probably get a job working as the fog horn on a ship whenever he decides to lower his eyebrow.
No no, we had cracking good seats, near to the stage centre aisle, my friend had her camera at the ready. But on my other side I was swiftly to discover I was sitting by il Divo's biggest Fan!
repeat for one hour and about forty minutes.
She wept openly during their rendition of 'Mama' and almost lost her shit completely when her son/toyboy, ran out of batteries for the camera on which he was filming the entire concert. Luckily she had only to reach into the suitcase she was carrying to find more. That she did this in an absolute blind panic just made the whole scene more remarkable.
'Ima gon to keek dat beech in de fanny.' My Spanish friend hissed looking very fierce, ' She shud shut de mouth. Eef she catch me ona bad day I keel her.'
'Well, you're not the one sitting beside her.' I managed to get out before a 'OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!' shattered what was left of my ear drum.
Despite the biggest fan, it was a cheery sort of evening. I'm not really sure I'm cut out for it though, I don't mind the music so much, but the cheesy talk between songs made my toes curl.
'We are here to geeeve you pleasure.' Carlos assured the throng of salivating laydeees at the front, and causing the laydee beside me to have an orgasm, I know, I could hear it.
'Musical pleasure of course ah ah ah.' He said, making his one raised eyebrow disappear behind the one slick curl on his forehead.
And later this gem.
'We want you-'
cue much screaming-
'To surrender.'
More screaming.
'To the music of course. Ah ah ah.'
And then they burst into song and the light came up dramatically and flooded us as the god like entertainers were backed in a heavenly glow. The Fan screamed. I flinched and my friend said 'That is unreal.'
It was rather unreal. Also I appeared to be the only person there without a drink in my hand so this might have something to do with my bemusement.
I can happily report that the French dude is singing much better, the 'merican one is my favourite because he does all the harmonies and he's quite theatrical when singing and smiles a lot.
The spaniard has the best voice, a rummbly baritone, but I think he sort of drowns out the others a bit, although as a showman, he's second to none. He'd certainly give Joe Dolan a good run for his money or Sea-lion Dion.
The band were really really very good.
At the end the four 'guys' came down and sat on the lip of the stage to sing their final song. Naturally this caused a minor stampede of chiffon clad ladies and as the boys sang they were happily pawed and groped and made shake hands, accept flowers and sign stuff. To their credit they acted as veritable showmen and looked like they were really enjoying it, all except Urls, or whatever his name is, the Swiss one, the one whose cheekbones you put plant pots out on, my friend's favourite. He has two expressions, singing, and painful wind. I thought about relaying this observation to my friend, but she might keek me in my fanny, and I'm already down an eardrum so I can't have that.
High pitched screaming!
I'm against it!

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Blogger Conan Drumm said...

So, is ears full of Don Carlos's oily voice (umpteenth pressing)after all that?

Sounds like a total squeamathon for laydees of a 'certain' age. A sort of vocal chippendale act. The full Montevani, so to speak.

11:59 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Vocal Chippendale nails it.

12:08 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

And not even a demi-tasse of the good stuff? Just to, you know, get by?

12:20 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...


12:49 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Well done! What was your daily intake? A dble espresso in the morning, and an occasional second one in the afternoon, does me.

1:00 p.m.  
Blogger finn said...

did you buy a 40-euro tour tee?

1:02 p.m.  
Blogger Fat Sparrow said...

I like the "Ah ah ah" bit, it reminds me of The Count on Sesame Street.

2:20 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I bought no t-shirts, or glossy programmes, or even glossy almost life size poster. I'm just a bad consumer that way.
Fat Sparrow, he did indeed sound most Count like, but I couldn't see his strings.
Conan, I'm a 5-8 cups a day person. I will say this though, although I"m slightly more tired, I'm sleeping liek a fox, flat out every night and I was awake before the alarm this morning. Remarkable, for me.

2:50 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I've never understood behavior like the hysterical woman sitting next to you and your friend. I mean, shit, I may adore a band/singer, but get a fucking grip.
I hsve to avoid live music, which over the years has given me hearing loss. It has to be a band I really need to see in order to justify being mostly deaf the next day or even longer. I have a friend who takes ear plugs.

2:57 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Hah! MY friend said she was bringing ear plugs from now on too.
I went to see Crowded House last week, admittedly it was in a soggy field, but it was a grand old affair, lots of excellent music, welly boots and beer in plastic beakers, fine, very fine. But people cheered and clappe at the end of a song, or at the opening bars of something they knew well, I have never witnessed or heard anything like the screaming and howling from last night-throughout the songs, and these ladies were no teenagers, the woman beside me was well into her fifties.

3:14 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

"..well into her fifties."

That figures. And when you resume the coffee consumption make sure to have none after 5pm. You should still sleep like a fatbabbycat.

3:49 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'm actually giving serious thought to extending the whole detox thingie to a month. I figure why the hell not. It's not really that bad. Of course I might struggle a bit with the no hooch over the weekend, but I'm sure I'll be all right.

3:55 p.m.  
Blogger Anna said...

ONe of my colleagues told the very same story, the only exception was that he was sitting directly behind the screamer - ugh!

8:00 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

Ear plugs are where it's at. They are essential if you are a musician and want to live to old age with your hearing intact. I always wear them rehearsing with the band, and at any indoor gig. I got custom molded ones, it's the high frequencies that cause hearing loss, (surprisingly easily),and they just cut out those frequencies, the sound is surprisingly good. They key is to put them on before the music starts so you won't notice the difference.
I consider myself lucky, I had my hearing tested when I got the moulds made and it was very good. Most of my musician and DJ friends are not so lucky. All of the DJ's I used to work with are practically deaf.

10:12 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

BTW If anyone is interested. This is a resource for musicians re hearing loss. It's where I got my ear plugs made.

10:15 p.m.  
Blogger Manuel said...

I had to serve the pre- el deva, or whatever they are called, crowd the other night. Awful bunch of nose in the air stuck up gets. Its pop opera, end of.

Tipped well though....

10:52 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Anna, it was terrible.
Manuel, I don;t kno what the hell they were being stuck up about, il Divo is hardly high art (but I'm glad they tipped well)
John, what about folk who wear iPods a lot? I wear mine at least an hour a day, maybe more some days. Is that very bad too?

11:05 p.m.  
Blogger John Mc said...

I do like wise FMC. They key is to get in ear headphones, they cancel outside noise, and this means you can lower the volume. They can be pricey, but are very worth it, they usually have much better sound than the shite ones you get with the Ipod. If you are using the ipod at home, (not mobile), getting a little headphone amp will get you excellent sound at low volume. Ipods and the like have low power preamps and don't get the best out of the headphones, so most people turn them up to get some bass. Check this out - lots of info.

11:30 p.m.  
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