On Monday night, Coleen and I went to go see The Gossip play at the Henry Fonda Theater on Hollywood Blvd. The show was awesome! The only downside was that Beth Ditto was recovering from a cold so she wasn’t able to hit all her usual thrilling notes. She made up for it by getting the audience to sing parts of songs instead and that was actually really fun.
It was also a really weird crowd. A lot of older people (like in their late 30’s, and 40’s) which is cool, but I think made the audience less crazy dancey. It also seemed like people were mostly fans of the new album and didnt know their old stuff. Which made the experience feel sort of alien. Like usually everyone is so passionate and its about the movement and solidarity and it is just so electric, but the audience felt like they were just there to sway a bit and hear the dancey hits. I don’t know if it was different cause they are so big now, or if the NYC crowds just are usually more long-time fans.
Then there was the fights. Two major fist fights broke out on either side of us. Both of them were cat fights I think. It was hard to see the one on the left of us, but drink cups were thrown and one hit this girl next to us right on the noggin. She was blind drunk though so I doubt it affected her that much. Plus, about a 1/2 hour later she was throwing punches with some other lady. One girl, who totally rudely cut us to get to the front, got a black eye in the melee’. To which I say, that’s karma for you girlfriend!
JD Sampson’s new band MEN opened. They were really good. One day when I have money again, I’m going to have to download their album on iTunes. Before MEN, this LA based band called “We are the World” were first up. They were very different and really cool to watch. They were disguised in these sort of sexless outfits with black stocking face masks which they never took off and they had all these coordinated dances which were kinda like something you’d see in Vegas. Really theatrical and entertaining. I would go see them again.
I think Beth Ditto may have recognized us in the audience too. We were right up front as usual and if you don’t already know we have gone to like a zillion of their shows in NYC, and even in Washington DC, Philly, and Baltimore and danced along with them at the Beauty Bar after parties they go to in NYC. So its not out of the realm of possibility that she did. If so, she was probably totally confused being that now we are in LA and so she most likely thinks that we are nuts and traveled 3,000 miles this time to see them!
After the show we tried to figure out where there would be the usual Gossip after party. Like I said, back home we are used to going to the Beauty Bar after for more dancing. We drove around for like ever brainstorming and then I realized that LA is not NYC and the bars close at 2am instead of like 12noon the next day! It finally occured to me when I remembered they had announced on their website that they were having a “pre-show party” at some bar. I was wondering why the hell they would have a pre-show party and then it dawned on me….ohhh yeah, this is Los Angeles and everything’s closed…duh.
Anyway, here’s a clip from YouTube from the end of the show when they invited JD Sampson on stage with them….We were standing close to the stage in front of JD, but I dont think you can see us at all in the video.