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Celebrating 400 Posts!

Related Posts: Celebrating 200 Posts! and Celebrating 300 Posts!

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I really can’t believe I’ve published over 400 posts on WordPress and have over 100 more posts planned out! I started WordPressing March 2012 and truly enjoy sharing my work and interacting with people all over the world here. Thank you so much!!!  :)

Want to revisit all 400 some previous posts? Take a look below…

  1. Introduction
  2. Links
  3. The Hero as Other
  4. Screenplays: Completed
  5. About New Projects
  6. Applications
  7. Preview: “The Poet and the Flea”
  8. Graphic Novel Publishers, etc.
  9. Applications, Round 2
  10. “The Poet and the Flea” Update!
  11. “The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 2)
  12. “The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 1)
  13. Breif Update (May 2nd, 2012)
  14. “The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 3)
  15. Brief Update (May 8th, 2012)
  16. Brief Update (May 11th, 2012)
  17. “The Poet and the Flea”: Research
  18. Brainstorming
  19. Brief Update (May 21st, 2012)
  20. Summaries
  21. Brief Update (May 25th, 2012)
  22. “Who is Laurence Harvey?”: Research
  23. A Bit More About Me
  24. Brief Update (May 31st, 2012)
  25. Production Companies
  26. Brief Update (June 8th, 2012)
  27. Some Visual Inspiration
  28. Brief Update (June 16th, 2012)
  29. Brief Update (June 26th, 2012)
  30. Brainstorming: Web Series, Etc.
  31. “Plastic Journey on Valley”
  32. “Odd Playground”
  33. Brief Update (July 13th, 2012)
  34. “The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 4)
  35. Brief Update (July 24th, 2012)
  36. Announcement: “The Poet and the Flea” Premiere!
  37. A Few Comics I Admire…
  38. Brief Update (August 7th, 2012)
  39. Brief Update (August 15th, 2012)
  40. The Flea is coming… in 100 days!
  41. Brief Update (August 23rd, 2012)
  42. Brief Update (September 5th, 2012)
  43. Brief Update (September 12th, 2012)
  44. Tchotchkes
  45. Brief Update (September 26th, 2012)
  46. Note on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  47. Brief Update (October 4th, 2012)
  48. IndieGoGo Campaign: Send G. E. to the U.K.!
  49. Plans for APE
  50. Reblog: Children of the future Age/ Reading this indignant page
  51. Brief Update (October 11th, 2012)
  52. Announcement!
  53. Experience of APE
  54. Plans for Halloween
  55. Brief Update (October, 18th, 2012)
  56. Announcement: IndieGoGo Update!
  57. Family Vacation, Fall 2012: Jellies and Moguls
  58. Preliminary Character Designs: Fluffernutter the Bat
  59. Portfolio
  60. Zines and Me!
  61. Brief Update (November 1st, 2012)
  62. Brief Update (November 6th, 2012)
  63. October 2010: VAMPS at Roseland Ballroom, NYC
  64. Much Ado About Bubbie: Bubbie’s Mad About Hamm
  65. Work in Progress: “Elias & the City of Cats”
  66. Brief Update (November 14th, 2012)
  67. The Flea is coming… in 10 days!
  68. Reblog: 20something profile: G.E. Gallas
  69. Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
  70. Brief Update (November 26th, 2012)
  71. I’m okay, but…
  72. Reblog: The Flea is here!
  73. Thank You!
  74. Reader Appreciation Award!
  75. Brief Update (December 3rd, 2012)
  76. Note on the Taishō Period
  77. Comics I Admire: “Awkward Shelby”
  78. The Liebster Award!
  79. Comics I Admire: “Frolic”
  80. Note on “The Nutcracker”
  81. Brief Update (December 12th, 2012)
  82. Correspondence with The Blake Society
  83. Experience of EBABZ (East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest)
  84. Brief Update (December 21st, 2012)
  85. I’m Going to Cannes!!!
  86. Celebrating 1,000 Followers!
  87. Brief Update (December 29th, 2012)
  88. New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone?
  89. The Beautiful Blogger Award
  90. Comics I Admire: “Pre-Raphernalia”
  91. Brief Update (January 9th, 2013)
  92. The One Lovely Blog Award + The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
  93. First Zine and Future Shop
  94. Check Out “The Poet and the Flea”!!
  95. Internship at Zest Books!
  96. The Liebster Award: 2nd Nomination!
  97. The Versatile Blogger Award!
  98. Brief Update (January 29th, 2013)
  99. Planning for London!
  100. Celebrating 100 Posts!
  101. Preliminary Design: “The Flea” Plush Toy
  102. Seeking Webcomic Suggestions!
  103. Reblog: Celebrating 100 Followers!
  104. “The First Reich”: Behind the Scenes (Part 1)
  105. Brief Update (February 18th, 2013)
  106. First Zine Progress and Contest!!
  107. Comics I Admire: “Quarterly Stories”
  108. Very Inspiring Blogger Award, February 2013
  109. The Liebster Award: 3rd Nomination!
  110. Package from Elena
  111. The Flea’s First Fan Art!
  112. Reblog: Hannah Meiklejohn Interviews G. E. Gallas for Lemonade Magazine
  113. Reblog: G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society!
  114. Celebrating 1,000 Followers on Twitter!
  115. Planning for Blake’s London!
  116. First Zine Progress and Contest: Round Two!!
  117. The Versatile Blogger Award: 2nd Nomination!
  118. Package from The Blake Society
  119. Reblog: What a week!
  120. Celebrating 2,000 Followers!
  121. Check Out “The Poet and the Flea”!!!
  122. Arr, Ye Matey: “Assassin Bound” Ho!!!
  123. Brief Update (April 2nd, 2013)
  124. Comics I Admire: “A Space Boy Dream”
  125. The Liebster Award: 4th & 5th Nomination!
  126. Keeping an Eye on Expos
  127. Trying to Figure Out London!
  128. Cannes/London 2013: Pre-Travel Planning
  129. Reblog: Cannes/London Trip Hiatus!
  130. “On Paper” at Gallerie Citi
  131. Reblog: My new sketchbook
  132. Package from The Blake Society, 2013
  133. Planning for Blake’s London: Final(ish) Plan!
  134. Brief Update (May 10th, 2013)
  135. Cannes/London 2013: Bon Voyage, See You in June!
  136. Check Out “The Poet and the Flea”!!!
  137. Long Time No See!
  138. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Reimagining Blake, A Talk by G. E. Gallas
  139. First Zine Progress and Contest: Round Three!!
  140. Very Brief Update (June 18th, 2013)
  141. Reblog: Recognition
  142. First Zine Contest WINNER: Killkaties!!!
  143. My Zest Books Blog Posts
  144. Announcement: “The Man Who Never Smiled”
  145. New Year’s Resolutions: Mid-Year Evaluation!
  146. A Raven Above Press’s Welsh Saints Project
  147. Cannes/London 2013: Saturday May 11th
  148. Cannes/London 2013: Sunday, May 12th
  149. Cannes/London 2013: Monday, May 13th
  150. Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 14th
  151. Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 15th
  152. Cannes/London 2013: Thursday, May 16th
  153. Cannes/London 2013: Friday, May 17th
  154. Cannes/London 2013: Saturday, May 18th
  155. Reblog: Important Announcement!
  156. Cannes/London 2013: Sunday, May 19th
  157. Cannes/London 2013: Monday, May 20th
  158. Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 21st
  159. Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 22nd
  160. Cannes/London 2013: Thursday, May 23rd
  161. Cannes/London 2013: Friday, May 24th
  162. Reblog: The Flea Is NOT Dead!
  163. Cannes/London 2013: Saturday, May 25th
  164. Cannes/London 2013: Sunday, May 26th
  165. Cannes/London 2013: Monday, May 27th
  166. Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th
  167. Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain
  168. Cannes/London 2013: Tuesday, May 28th @ Tate Britain, William Blake Rooms
  169. Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 29th
  170. Cannes/London 2013: Wednesday, May 29th @ National Portrait Gallery
  171. Cannes/London 2013: Thursday, May 30th
  172. Cannes/London 2013: Compilation
  173. I Have A New Tumblr Account!
  174. Upcoming Zines: “The Ink Drinker,” Etc.
  175. Check Out My Mom’s Art on Amazon!
  176. Fun with Tayasui Sketches for iPad
  177. Preview: “Smithereens” Zine
  178. Work in Progress: The Flea Plush Toy
  179. I’m Officially Exhibiting at APE 2013!
  180. Preview: The Flea Plush Toy
  181. Adventures in Bookbinding
  182. Death Is No Bad Friend: Scouting Locations in Colfax
  183. Look What Came in the Mail!
  184. Preview: “The Ink Drinker” Zine
  185. Coming Soon: The Poet and the Flea Market!
  186. Plans for SF Zine Fest 2013
  187. Work in Progress: Saint Tewdrig
  188. Reblog: First Look: The First Reich Cover in Black and White
  189. Death Is No Bad Friend: Development and Crowdfunding
  190. Grand Opening: The Poet and the Flea Market!
  191. Experience of SF Zine Fest 2013
  192. Death Is No Bad Friend: Research
  193. Logo: Radiant Pessimist Productions
  194. Plans for SPX 2013
  195. Death Is No Bad Friend: Scouting Locations in San Francisco 2012
  196. Reblog: Hot Off The Press: The First Reich Cover in Color
  197. Death Is No Bad Friend: Introducing Siren’s Gaze Productions
  198. Long time no see, D.C.
  199. Experience of SPX 2013
  200. Reblog: Like Siren’s Gaze Productions on Facebook!
  201. Attack on Titan: Analogy to World War II
  202. Celebrating 200 Posts!
  203. “The First Reich”: Behind the Scenes (Part 2)
  204. Reblog: Preview: The First Reich Zine
  205. Preview: Fluffernutter Greeting Card
  206. Plans for APE 2013
  207. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea thus far…
  208. Experience of APE 2013
  209. Coming Soon: Death Is No Bad Friend Indiegogo Campaign
  210. My Name and Art on Amazon!
  211. Character Design: The Toxins
  212. Reblog: Creative Thresholds: The Poet and the Flea
  213. Cross-Coutnry Adventure Hiatus!
  214. Adventure in Tomahawk Cemetery (est. 1870)
  215. Work in Progress: Saint Tewdrig Watercolors
  216. Reblog: Happy 256th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!
  217. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Cover
  218. New Year’s Resolutions: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!
  219. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Title Page
  220. New Year’s Resolutions 2014
  221. “The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 5)
  222. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Dear Mr. William Blake…
  223. Conflicted About “47 Ronin”
  224. Happy Birthday, Nikki!
  225. Update: About G. E. Gallas
  226. January 15th: Death Is No Bad Friend Indiegogo Campaign
  227. Reblog: Death Is No Bad Friend: Our Indiegogo Campaign
  228. Reblog: Project: Death Is No Bad Friend
  229. Conversations: Screenwriter, Graphic Novelist, Illustrator — G. E. Gallas on Storyacious.com
  230. Death Is No Bad Friend: Locations
  231. Portfolio, 2014
  232. “Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 1
  233. “Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 2
  234. “Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 3
  235. “Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 4
  236. Reblog: The Flea is Eagerly Waiting in the Wings!
  237. Reblog: Crew: Mary Lachapelle, Director
  238. Death Is No Bad Friend: Inspiration
  239. Reblog: Crew: Jacqueline Lehr, Cinematographer
  240. Death Is No Bad Friend: Characters
  241. Reblog: Crew: G. E. Gallas, Screenwriter/Producer
  242. Death Is No Bad Friend: About The Screenplay + Preview
  243. Reblog: Cast: Kari Wishingrad as Fanny Stevenson
  244. Death Is No Bad Friend: Favorite R.L.S. Quotes
  245. Death Is No Bad Friend: Happy Valentine’s Day
  246. Reblog: Our music for the film — Death Is No Bad Friend
  247. Reblog: Music: Louise Duffy-Howard, Rich & Lou’s Loudhailer
  248. Death Is No Bad Friend: Extension!
  249. Reblog: US Film to be screened at POP opening
  250. Death Is No Bad Friend: Indiegogo Perks Preview
  251. Reblog: Message from DP Jacqueline Lehr
  252. Death Is No Bad Friend: Our Campaign on Indiegogo’s Homepage!
  253. Death Is No Bad Friend: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  254. Reblog: Death Is No Bad Friend: Indiegogo Behind The Scenes
  255. Death Is No Bad Friend: Two Weeks Left!
  256. Death Is No Bad Friend: Trailer
  257. Death Is No Bad Friend: A Letter by Robert Louis Stevenson
  258. Death Is No Bad Friend: Postcards!
  259. Reblog: Pride of Place
  260. Death Is No Bad Friend: 10 Days Left! And Thank You!
  261. Plans for Smudge Comics Arts Expo 2014
  262. Death Is No Bad Friend: Special Limited-Run Zine
  263. Death Is No Bad Friend: Costume Ideas
  264. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea on Blake House
  265. Death Is No Bad Friend: 5 Days Left!
  266. Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With G. E. Gallas, Washington City Paper
  267. Death Is No Bad Friend: 3 Days Left!
  268. Death Is No Bad Friend: Props
  269. Death Is No Bad Friend: 2 Days Left!
  270. Death Is No Bad Friend: 1 Day Left!
  271. Death Is No Bad Friend: Thank You!
  272. Experience of Smudge Comics Arts Expo 2014
  273. Death Is No Bad Friend: NEW CAMPAIGN!
  274. Death Is No Bad Friend: Possible Filming Locations
  275. Artist Trading Cards 1-5
  276. Artist Trading Cards 6-10
  277. Artist Trading Cards 11-15
  278. Artist Trading Cards 16-20
  279. Artist Trading Cards 21-25
  280. March 2014 Update
  281. Death Is No Bad Friend: Twitter Shout Out Day!
  282. The Poet and the Flea Market: New Reduced Prices!
  283. Death Is No Bad Friend: Support Our Film and Help Us Spread The Word!
  284. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 1
  285. Scared Stiff: Acrophobia, Fear of Heights
  286. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 2
  287. Scared Stiff: Agoraphobia, Fear of Public or Open Spaces
  288. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 3
  289. Scared Stiff: Ailurophobia: Fear of Cats
  290. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 4
  291. Check Out My New Homepage: gegallas.com!
  292. Scared Stiff: Aquaphobia: Fear of Water
  293. Interview about Death Is No Bad Friend by Simon Ball for The Spooky Isles
  294. Scared Stiff: Arachnophobia: Fear of Spiders
  295. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 5
  296. Art Feature: The First Reich on Storyacious.com
  297. Scared Stiff: Astraphobia: Fear of Thunderstorms
  298. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 6
  299. Scared Stiff: Ataxophobia: Fear of Disorder
  300. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 7
  301. Scared Stiff: Aviophobia: Fear of Flying
  302. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 8
  303. Reblog: I, Your Brother by O. Webb
  304. Scared Stiff: Botanophobia: Fear of Plants
  305. Reblog: The Flea is on the “Lamb”!
  306. Scared Stiff: Chiroptophobia: Fear of Bats
  307. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 9
  308. Celebrating 300 Posts!
  309. Scared Stiff: Claustrophobia: Fear of Confined Spaces
  310. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 10
  311. Growing Up Zine Seeks Submissions!
  312. Are You A Writer/Blogger Who Loves Robert Louis Stevenson? Want To Help Our Short Film Get Funding?
  313. Scared Stiff: Coulrophobia: Fear of Clowns
  314. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 11
  315. Scared Stiff: Cynophobia: Fear of Dogs
  316. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 12
  317. Reblog: “Death Is No Bad Friend” — short film
  318. Scared Stiff: Dentophobia: Fear of Dentists
  319. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 13
  320. Scared Stiff: Didaskaleinophobia: Fear of School
  321. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 14
  322. Plans for DC Zinefest 2014
  323. NYC Adventure: Day 1 & 2
  324. Scared Stiff: Entomophobia: Fear of Insects
  325. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 15
  326. NYC Adventure: Day 3 & 4
  327. Scared Stiff: Equinophobia: Fear of Horses
  328. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 16
  329. Reblog: DC Zine Fest by Meagan Healy
  330. Reblog: Tons of Zine Reviews by Robert Mitchell Jr.
  331. Scared Stiff: Gephyrophobia: Fear of Crossing Bridges
  332. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 17
  333. Experience of DC Zinefest 2014
  334. Scared Stiff: Hemophobia: Fear of Blood
  335. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 18
  336. Plans for SPX 2014
  337. Scared Stiff: Kakorraphiaphobia: Fear of Failure
  338. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 19
  339. Reblog: The Flea remains on the “Lamb”!
  340. Scared Stiff: Kinemortophobia: Fear of Zombies
  341. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 20
  342. Scared Stiff: Koumpounophobia: Fear of Buttons
  343. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 21
  344. Experience of SPX 2014
  345. Experience of Jack White Live at Merriweather Post Pavillion (September 14, 2014)
  346. Scared Stiff: Musophobia: Fear of Mice or Rats
  347. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 22
  348. Paul Roth’s People of SPX 2014: Interview with G. E. Gallas
  349. Scared Stiff: Mysophobia: Fear of Germs
  350. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 23
  351. Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Days 1-2
  352. Reblog: The Flea is on his way…
  353. Scared Stiff: Neophobia: Fear of New Things or Experiences
  354. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 24
  355. Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Days 3-5
  356. The Poet and the Flea Market: End of the Year Special!
  357. Birthday Weekend in NYC, 2014
  358. Scared Stiff: Nomopohbia: Fear of Being Out of Mobile Phone Contact
  359. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 25
  360. Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Day 6
  361. A Raven Above Press’s “Welsh in the Old West” Project
  362. Scared Stiff: Nosocomephobia: Fear of Hospitals
  363. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 26
  364. Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Days 7-9
  365. Scared Stiff: Nyctophobia: Fear of Darkness
  366. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 27
  367. Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Day 10
  368. Brief Update (November 17th, 2014)
  369. Scared Stiff: Obesophobia: Fear of Becoming Fat
  370. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 28
  371. Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Compilation
  372. New Beautiful Fan Art of “The Poet and the Flea”!
  373. Scared Stiff: Ophidiophobia: Fear of Snakes
  374. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 29
  375. Reblog: Happy 257th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!
  376. Scared Stiff: Ornithophobia: Fear of Birds
  377. Reblog: The Poet and the Flea: Page 30
  378. Baltimore November 2014
  379. New Year’s Resolutions 2014: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!
  380. Scared Stiff: Parasitophobia: Fear of Parasites
  381. Work in Progress: Elias Morris
  382. More New Beautiful Fan Art of “The Poet and the Flea”!
  383. Scared Stiff: Pediophobia: Fear of Dolls
  384. New Year’s Resolutions 2015
  385. Yale December 2014
  386. Scared Stiff: Phobophobia: Fear of Phobias
  387. Our Hatchfund Campaign for Short Film “Death Is No Bad Friend” About Robert Louis Stevenson
  388. Yale December 2014: Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery
  389. Scared Stiff: Pogonophobia: Fear of Beards
  390. Reblog: Inspired by Blake: “William Blake: Master of the Graphic Novel”
  391. Scared Stiff: Pyrophobia: Fear of Fire
  392. Death Is No Bad Friend: Costumes
  393. Scared Stiff: Radiophobia: Fear of Radiation
  394. Work in Progress: Strange But True (Part 1)
  395. Reblog: The Flea is on a little adventure…
  396. Death Is No Bad Friend: Scouting Locations, Falkirk Cultural Center
  397. Portfolio, 2015
  398. Scared Stiff: Selachophobia: Fear of Sharks
  399. Death Is No Bad Friend: Scouting Locations, The Queen Anne Hotel
  400. Death Is No Bad Friend: Scouting Locations in San Francisco 2014
  401. Scared Stiff: Sinistrophobia: Fear of Left-Handedness
  402. Yale January 2015
  403. Death Is No Bad Friend: Scouting Locations, Edgehill Mansion
  404. Scared Stiff: Social Phobia: Social Anxiety Disorder
  405. Celebrating 400 Posts!

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Experience of Jack White Live at Merriweather Post Pavillion (September 14, 2014)

Related Posts: October 2010: VAMPS at Roseland Ballroom, NYC and Experience of SPX 2014.

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Out of the blue, my childhood friend Kristen’s mother Carla invited me to come with them to a Jack White concert! They had an extra ticket since Kristen’s husband Matt had no idea who White is and wasn’t particularly interested in going. I, on the other hand, was freaking out! I’ve been a White Stripes/Jack White fan since 2001 and have always wanted to see them/him live. At first, I wasn’t sure if I could go since I was busy with SPX, but my mom agreed to cover my table for a few hours so I could (Thanks again, mom!).

Even though I don’t own a record player, I’ve been coveting White’s Lazaretto Ultra LP — a unique vinyl with everything from hidden tracks to something called dual-groove technology, to amazingly a hand-etched hologram (more information here)!!! So I was very excited to pick up a copy of my own at the concert venue (even though the people selling them had no idea what they were).

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To my surprise, the opening act was Olivia Jean, lead singer of The Black Belles who’s starting her solo career. I guess I should have known she would be there since she’s under White’s record label Third Man Records, but it was a pleasant surprise nonetheless. She played mostly songs from her upcoming album Bathtub Love Killings, which comes out October 14th. I was ecstatic because the one and only song from The Black Belles’s self-titled album she played was my favorite entailed “Not Tonight”:

Nursing the lies that make you bold
By deterring everything you’re told
And now you’re using mercy as bait
To catch a chance to compensate

Well I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

Treated my troubles as your own
Walked right into my burning home
And as you watch the flames arise
I sweep up ashes you expect a prize

Well I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

And now you realize you’ve threatened
All the sympathy you ain’t getting
Cover you tracks and leave no trace
Strap a mask on your face

Cause I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

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Jack White’s performance was absolutely inspiring! He’s the kind of artist who needs to be seen live. He had such amazing energy and was flying all over the stage. You could also tell he had immense respect for the talented musicians in his band. He was sporting his new haircut (Kristen and Carla barely recognized him at first) and a dapper suit that he sweated through almost immediately. He had some issues coordinating with one of the roadies, which provided some unintentional comedic relief. The concert took place in a surprisingly intimate setting (I didn’t know the Merriweather Post Pavillion is relatively small) and featured a wonderful balance of old and new songs.

1. “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”: I was delighted to hear this White Stripes classic as the opening of the show! I always think of Michel Gondry’s music video with footage eerily projected across the walls as White wanders through the  various rooms of a house in London. “If you can hear a piano fall / you can hear me coming down the hall…”

2. “High Ball Stepper”: This is a very fun song live and the audience seemed really into it. :)

3. “Lazaretto”: This very funky single was great to hear live. “And like the dough I don’t fall down / I’m so Detroit, I make it rise from the ashes…”

4. “Alone in My Home”: One of my favorite non-single songs from Lazaretto! An upbeat song about a haunted house, or maybe its the singer who’s haunted? “Lost feelings of love / Lost feelings of love / That hover above me…”

5. “Hotel Yorba”: This was the first White Stripes song I ever heard. Personally, I’m not at all into country and/or folk music, but I can almost stand it when it’s Jack White.

6. “Temporary Ground”: My other favorite non-single song from Lazaretto!

On a floating lily island
Moving over slowly sideways
Rested temper and the creatures
Spending all of their days

Praying for the floor to
Buckle down below their belts
Crashing into yet another
Drifting continental shelf

Moving without motion
Screaming without sound
Across an open ocean
Flying there on temporary ground

The old explorers had it easy
They discovered nothing new
But returned on home with answers
Of sad existent clues

All the creatures have it hard now
Nothing but god is left to know
And while he left us all here hanging
We’re barely losing off our home

Moving without motion
Screaming without sound
Across an open ocean
Flying there on temporary ground

7. “Cannon”: This is the intro for “Another Way To Die,” the song White wrote for the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. I always forget about that song…

8. “I Think I Smell a Rat”: This was a great treat since my mom and I occasionally sing this to each other.

9. “I Cut Like a Buffalo”: I’m not particularly familiar with The Dead Weather, but I plan on fixing that when I have a chance.

10. “Blunderbuss”: I’m honestly not that familiar with this song. Clearly, I need to go out and buy a copy of White’s first solo album Blunderbuss.

11. “Three Women”: This is the catchy opening song of Lazaretto. “Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy lordy lordy Lord…”

12. “Missing Pieces”: Another reason to buy Blunderbuss. “I woke up and my hands were gone, yeah / I looked down and my / legs were long gone / I felt for her with my shoulder / But there was nobody there…”

13. “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” (first half of the song): Somehow I do not own the Icky Thump album either. I think I own all The White Stripes albums except for that one.

14. “Top Yourself”: I’m also not particularly familiar with The Raconteurs, but I plan on also fixing that when I have a chance.

15. “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” (second half of the song)

Encore

16. “Icky Thump”: “White Americans, what? / Nothing better to do? / Why don’t you kick yourself out? / You’re an immigrant too?”

17. “Sixteen Saltines”: I admit, I was screaming and jumping up and down when this song started. “I’m hungry and the hunger will linger / I eat sixteen saltine crackers then I lick my fingers…”

18. “Love Interruption”: This is such a brilliant song. “I want love to: walk right up and bite me, / Grab a hold of me and fight me, leave me dying on the ground.”

19. “We’re Going to Be Friends”: Another classics from The White Stripes. It always makes me think of Napoleon Dynamite.

20. “Would You Fight for My Love?”: This is by far my favorite Jack White single and it was absolutely amazing live!!!

It’s not enough that I love you
There’s all these things I have to prove to you
You use the sun to erase the past
But you think it only raises for you

Well I’m afraid of being hurt that’s true
But not afraid of any physical pain
Just as I am always scared of water
But not afraid of standing out in the rain

The last person in the room she hugged
Was the person that she loved the most
Nobody noticed that I was down on the rug
I’m getting better at becoming a ghost

I know that you want more
But would you fight for
My love

And I’ve hurt you before
But can you ignore
My love

You’re walking out my back door
Looking back for
My love

I know that you want more
But would you fight for
My love

People do their best to not let passion begin
It’s dead before it has a chance to start
And so then there I am, the caretaker of sin
To your abandoned and malignant heart

It’s such a pleasure, to sing with you together
Making love when there is nobody home
But I can’t kiss you ’til you lift up your chin
You have to want to stop being alone

I want you to fight for
My love
I want you to fight for
My love
I want you to fight for
My love

21. “Just One Drink”: Another fun song, upbeat with a tinge of classic Jack White melancholy. :) “You drink water, I drink gasoline / One of us is happy, one of us is mean / I love you, honey, why don’t you love me?”

22. “I Fought Piranhas”: “Well you know what it’s like/ i don’t got to tell you / who puts up a fight / walking out of hell now / when you fought piranhas / and you fought the cold / there’s nobody with you / and you’re all alone…”

23. “Seven Nation Army”: The real crowd pleaser! I was over the moon! Such an iconic song! The perfect way to end an exceptional concert!

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October 2010: VAMPS at Roseland Ballroom, NYC

I can’t believe it’s already been two years since I saw VAMPS in New York City. I made so many great friends in line, and I still communicate with them via Facebook today! –G. E.

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Waiting for Hyde:

Curiosity Killed The Average New Yorker

It was 7 in the morning when a skinny, middle-aged woman in a tracksuit jogged up to us and asked “What are you guys waiting for?”

Carey, one of many fellow fans I had met for the first time that very morning, asked her friend Shannon to hand her the signs. After receiving the pile of lined paper from Shannon, Carey proceeded to display the first page to the skinny woman. In crude Sharpie marker, the sign read:

We are here for VAMPS.

After staring at the words for a moment with a confused expression on her face, the skinny woman responded by asking, “What is that?” Carey tucked the first page behind the others to reveal the second sign.

They are a Japanese rock group!

“VAMPS” is the popular side-project band of Japanese rock star Hyde. In Japan, “Hyde” has been a household name for over a decade.

Hyde’s major band, L’Arc~en~Ciel, keeps busy dishing out one hit single after another and playing Tokyo Dome (a venue with more than twice the capacity of Madison Square Garden) for the umpteenth time. This year, the band celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Hyde performing at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Although Hyde doesn’t sport fame in the United States equivalent to that of bands like Green Day per se, his fame among American Japanophiles is enough to earn VAMPS a spot in the 2009 Vans Warped Tour and a 2010 World Tour including four concerts across America.

On Saturday, October 9th, I attended VAMPS’s concert at The Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

After reading the second sign with an increasingly confused expression on her face, the skinny woman asked “How long have you all been here?” Carey revealed the third sign.

Yes, we’ve been here ALL DAY.

VAMPS fan Carey and her signs.

My friends thought me insane for heading over to the venue at 5 in the morning. But I knew better. By the time I got to Roseland, there was already a block filled with VAMPS fans standing in line for the 8 p.m. concert.

By “standing,” I mean fans huddled in blankets, sleeping sprawled out on the dog-piss-covered Manhattan sidewalk.

Chatting in line, I could tell that these fans were truly dedicated.

According to Josh (a friendly, chubby VAMPS fan dressed in a kangaroo costume for some unknown reason), some fans had been waiting in line since Wednesday.

Many had come in from Syracuse, Connecticut and the like. Some – such as die-hard fan Mayline – had flown all the way from faraway places – in Mayline’s case, Puerto Rico – just for the concert. Mayline had even lied about a death in the family just to get time off work.

The skinny woman, confused as ever, continued asking questions. And for every question, Carey had a pre-made sign with the corresponding answer. “7 in the morning, and Carey was already an expert at this,” I thought to myself. “Only 13 hours to go.”

Taxi drivers stopped at the light would shout out their windows at us. We would shout back and, once the light turned green, they would drive away still chuckling.

Tourists stood with their cameras snapping pictures of us. Fans in line would retaliate with their own cameras. Upon seeing cameras flashing in their direction, the tourists would flee.

Theater-goers would ask us, “Is this the line for Jersey Boys?” or “Is this the line for Promises, Promises?” They would leave moping about how young people don’t appreciate Broadway anymore.

Sometime during the afternoon, the VAMPS American tour manager came around and handed out flyers with Hyde’s face on them. We figured the flyers would make our lives easier, a visual tool to show curious passersby.

VAMPS World Tour official flyer.

Unfortunately, the flyer just seemed to confuse people more.

Around 5 p.m. and about the gazillionth curious passerby, VAMPS fans in line started getting fed up with all the questions. Down the line, we started hearing people walking past, complaining, “Why didn’t anyone tell me there was a Justin Bieber concert today?”

By that time, the VAMPS line must have already reached the Letterman Show a few blocks up. I can only imagine the kind of hell that part of the line was getting. “What, you’re not here for Letterman? What’s wrong with you?”

After all her questions were answered, the skinny woman seemed disappointed. As she jogged away, she sighed, “Okay then, enjoy yourselves.” She didn’t even stop to read Carey’s last sign:

Thank you for your time! :)

Perhaps the skinny woman would have been less disappointed if Carey’s first sign had read “Bette Midler.”

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2012: L’Arc~en~Ciel went on to become the first Japanese band to headline Madison Square Garden. The “WORLD TOUR 2012 LIVE at Madison Square Garden” concert DVD will be released December 26th.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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