Meeting Melissa Etheridge for the Third time.

This was my third time seeing Melissa Etheridge live in concert.

Here’s an update of my first two encounters with the rock star!

It’s a long read, take your dumps now.

CONCERT #1

The First time was phenomenal and was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, click here to read the blog and view the pictures. Also I posted a video of some short shaky clips of the concert for your pleasure.

CONCERT #2

The second one wasn’t that great, don’t get me wrong she put on another fantastic show but a series of events lead me to be a moody pants.

So a quick recap. June 24th, 2016 at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Melissa had come back to perform. I had seen her two years before and she blew my mind so I thought about going. However the tickets were a little much, it was at a venue I’ve never been to before, and the set-list wasn’t very familiar to me and so I decided not to go.

My moms partner at the time had decided to treat my Mom to see Melissa (I took them to the first concert) but my Mom didn’t want to go, her partner got one ticket anyways and was going to go by herself and have a good time.

A week or so before the show she also opted out and asked if I wanted the ticket, because I enjoyed myself so much the last time I felt why not?

I bought the ticket from her for $75 and went by myself. The parking was weird, the venue was like a tiny hidden Blossom but neat, when I found where I was going I grabbed a beer and hit my seat.

Shortly before the concert started I get a text from my moms friend who was now at the concert because she changed her mind last minute. That annoyed me slightly because I only went to the show for the sole because she wasn’t going and I did her a favor by buying the ticket.

Anyways.

I was already there, the money was spent so I was going to enjoy myself but little did I know the night would get worse… (cue unnecessary dramatic music)

I was the 4th row back center from what I can remember so that was awesome, I sipped on (guzzled) my beverage and waited for the show to start.

When it did start I realized it was just Melissa with one of those foot pedal machines that recorded then played back, sounds, voices, and music so even though she was just solo it sounded like she had a band behind her.

It was pretty impressive and she was awesome like always but like I had mentioned I didn’t know many of the songs and the ones I did know she tweaked a little bit so I had a hard time even singing along.

To top it off these woman in front of me thought it would be a good idea to stand on their chairs blocking my WHOLE view of the concert. At this point my blood started to boil and I was trying to stay chill but then Melissa started playing a crowd favorite and everyone from the lawn rushed the stage and stayed there till the end of the show.

CRABBY PATTY

Let’s just say I wasn’t a happy camper, I literally just sat there with a frown on my face until it ended. Unfortunately I let a a bunch of stupid shit bother me and ruin my night.

With that being said I still wanted to see if I could meet her out back. The set-up was a little more difficult for a stalk because there was a gate in the way. It was myself and a cute couple that I made friends with, we waited until she came out. When she did, she waved at us through the fence got in the vehicle and left.

Please enjoy these pictures from the show!

ARE YOU STILL WITH M.E.?!

CONCERT #3

The moment you’ve all been waiting for, my most recent/third time seeing Melissa Etheridge in concert for “The Rock Show” tour.

Pretty much the same deal as the first time, I saw she was coming and checked into all the information. I asked my mom who was totally on board, we started to plan.

The cheap tickets were in the wee back of the building and I figured that would be ok, however I noticed single seats a couple rows from the stage were only $75 instead of $200+. Lucky for me there was a seat 11 in row D and a seat 12 in row E, so I snagged those up. Nom-Nom!

We arrived at the Hard Rock Rocksino on July 1st, made our way front and center of the stage. The seats were awesome and I let my mom sit in front of me, I could have moved up with her because there were two to three seats that stayed empty but I get weird and didn’t want to risk someone showing up late so I stayed put.

THE SHOW

Melissa would talk briefly in between playing, she is pretty funny and very emotional as she explains a story behind a song. At one point she hit a wrong chord on the guitar and her reaction to it was hilarious!

Melissa never disappointed! She had a band behind her but like before only played a handful of songs I knew, however I didn’t care and made sure I enjoyed myself. Funny thing though I had a gentleman sitting in front of me so my view was limited at times AND like the second concert the lesbians rushed the stage again but this time I didn’t let it bother me.

Both mom and I enjoyed ourselves, mom said she hadn’t danced like that in awhile, it was nice to see mom happy and having a good time.

Enjoy a minute or two of some moments during the concert below.

 

My lovely view.

Mom and I after the concert!

The pictures are not the best, my apologizes a head of time. I brought my camera but it was acting up and then when I got it to work the memory card was full and the battery died so I resulted back to using my phone.

Check this out and see if you can spot myself or my mother as Missa does her famous #Melfie video – https://twitter.com/metheridge/status/1013616508734509057?s=19

Side note: When I go to a show I like to get some pictures and a little bit of video so I can share my experience with you guys but there was literally dozens of people who had their phone on the WHOLE time taking video, it’s annoying and rude. Especially when everyone ran up to the stage the amount of cameras that were in Melissa’s face, like inches from it was ridiculous. So don’t be that person. ok!

YOU GET A PICK – YOU GET A PICK

The show was over and she flung some guitar picks into the audience, one came flying by my mom to the left but landed short. It was dark and I assumed someone got it so I didn’t pay much attention until the lady next to me dove like a crazy woman over the chairs and grabbed the pick that was on the floor at my moms feet!

Mom was bummed because it was literally right there and I felt bad because I didn’t really try to look but that’s ok because what came next was better than any pick! (Though a pick would have been sweet)

THE MEET AND GREET

We exited the auditorium and met my husband who was gambling his little heart out. After a few minuets I was starting to get anxiety, I had to run out back to see if I could meet her again and this time try and get a picture.

However from before I remembered she didn’t take pictures because she showered so there was a good chance this would be the same way.

Mom and I made it out back and there was about four or five people waiting at the barricade, shortly after that a small group had formed but nothing dramatic.

We didn’t wait long when her manager or security came by and gave us some guidelines to follow.

  1. She will sign one thing, have it ready.
  2. She has her own marker.
  3. She will not take pictures because she just showered, put your cameras away.
  4. Get in a single file line against the building.

Boom and just like that we all did what he said (almost everything he said – wink) as she came out and walked to one end at this point I turned on my phone and secretly recorded.

Check out the video below of Melissa being fantastic.

If you listened closely you can hear me ask her to sign my stub to Lauren then you can hear here say in that raspy voice “Lauren”, (Giggles) it was awesome. She then moved on and signed my mom’s ticket stub as well.

I apologize for the darkness and rapid back and forth of the camera as I didn’t want the gentleman to yell at me for being a rule breaker.

I felt the little hush-hush video was ok since it was dark and not really on her face, I just wanted to record the moment of how genuinely nice a person she is and of course I needed SOME material for the blog to come back and share with you.

I can’t stress enough of how great a person and performer Melissa is, if you enjoy a good jam session please attend her next concert. Research some of her music ahead of time and be prepared for a great evening.

I’d like to Thank Melissa for taking the time to come out and meet your fans after the show, just taking a few minutes to do that really made mine and I’m sure everyone else’ night! Keep doing what you do!

BIG thanks to the Hard Rock and for all three and a half people that read this blog!

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STALK YA LATER!

How we met Brandy!

 

Sitting up in my room, or on the curb waiting for Brady.

July 19th, 2018 Brandy had a concert at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, Ohio.

A little bit about Brandy to wet your whistle

Brandy started her career back in 1993, she was the main character in the TV sitcom Moesha and then  had a successful duet with Monica, “The Boy Is Mine“, which was a big hit. From there she was a judge on Americas Got Talent, worked on Broadway and was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars among other fun things.

We be stalkin’

The Hard Rock can be a great place to meet celebrities but it can also be a total bust. We’ve learned that a lot of it has to do with the celebrities and  whether or not they want to deal with fans. For example, Steven Tyler wanted NOTHING to do with anyone to the point where people sitting on the bus bench on the other side of the building couldn’t even be there to Melissa Etheridge who had a small crowd asked that everyone stand in a single file line, so you never know.

We had arrived in the middle of her show, did a little gambling before the festivities started and then made our way back by where the buses and vehicles hang.

We could still here the music through the doors and knew we had time. The barricade was up and no one was around, not even security.

She only played for 45 minutes and shortly after the music ended a few concertgoers showed up, then a couple more and before we knew it the three of us were smashed up against the rail and the crowd was about three or four rows deep, not to mention wide.

KEEP IT COOL FRIENDS

With the group that had formed it was very important that rules were being followed and attitudes were in check, because this wasn’t our first rodeo we knew the routine and tried telling a few rouge fans to simmer down but when that didn’t work we just kept to ourselves and waited.

Security had now appeared making sure everyone was staying out of the street and under control as some ladies were spilling over into the street as well as one who was completely on the OTHER side of the barricade. It was getting loud and a few were trying to get security and band members to get an autograph from Brandy, but the cops were fun and laid back so that made everything nice.

At one point a gentleman who was with Brandy, not sure what his role was took two videos of the crowd sending their love, waving, screaming and having a good time. He then took it to and showed it to her who at this point had yet to come out.

STILL WAITING – STILL A CROWD

There was a lot of action from the other side, people coming and going, luggage and food being packed into the get away car which was now backed up closer to the door and within a couple of minutes Brandy emerged from the building. Check out the video below of how things went down!

 

As you can see Brandy ran over to her fans as soon as she was situated and because she didn’t have time and wasn’t allowed to hang she opted to take a few selfies with the giant crowd behind her.

At the end and let me explain, there was a lady who handed Brandy a shoe and a banana with writing all over it. Initially she was going to have Brandy sign the shoe because she didn’t have anything else and the banana came later when the gentleman who took the video came back with fruit.

Why she gave them to Brandy is beyond me but the look on Brandys face was priceless and like a trooper she took them and disappeared into the night but not before waving bye one last time.

I knew with how big the mob of people were that our odds of getting a signature or even a selfie was out of the question but I never expected that Brandy would come out and take the time to even address us. It was awesome and really made our night.

DROP THAT SELFIE GIRL!

It hasn’t been a week yet and I know Brandy has a life outside of this lil’ blog  but I’d LOVE to see those pictures she took because I am in at least two of them. It was super cool, I remember feeling her braids brush up against my face, who wouldn’t want those memories?

I was even hoping the video where all of us were cheering on Brandy would pop up somewhere too but so far nothing.

Brandy’s social media information is below. She posts regularly, more so on IG and if you were one of the fish in that selfie sea keep checking just in case it appears, maybe even drop her a line thanking her for that awesome moment!

Twitter

Instagram

Sending LOVE and THANKS to Brandy once again for being so sweet and kind, to her security and managers for keeping everyone in line.

BIG thank you to the staff and security at The Hard Rock for being super chill and fun and last but not least…

THANK YOU to everyone who’s stopped by to see what’s going on in this stalkers world. For the likes, the shares, and the comments! You’re awesome!

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Meeting Kevin Bacon in Cleveland.

Did you know that Kevin Bacon has a brother? Michael is his name and did you know they play in a band together? The Bacon Brothers – pretty fucking cool eh?

So you can understand my excitement when my stalker pals informed me that this duo would be performing at the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland on July 11th, 2018.

Kevin has been in many movies such as Tremors, Footloose, A Few Good Men, and the hit TV drama The Following. He’s been around since the 1980’s and has done pretty well for himself, professionally and personally as he has a beautiful family.

Let’s Get Down To Stalkin’

I had a 7pm volleyball game in Mentor (that’s on the East side which is a good 30 minute drive to Cleveland) that night but the plan was to catch the guys as they excited their show,  so as long as we got down there about 8-8:30pm we’d be golden.

Unfortunatly we didn’t have tickets to see them perform but we we’re able to swing the stalk.

It was late enough that they had stopped charging for parking so we pulled on in and got a spot right next to the building and across from the stage door. As we assessed the situation we noticed a black bus that had a trailer  attached to the back, we assumed this was the travel vehicle.

There was only one other guy waiting for the brothers but he was on the other side standing by the bus door off to the right. We stayed in the grass but directly across from the stage door, which meant Bacon Bits would have to pass us first before he would have a chance to escape.

You can see the light between the two doors, every time I saw it go dark I’d assume someone was coming out and I’d start recording, eventually I got it right but you’ll have to keep reading to know the rest.

By this time the crowd of one was now 7-10 people and we assumed that they were the “Ebayers”, ebayers are people who have stacks of glossy 7″X 10″ photos of celebrities and then sell them for a profit after they’ve gotten them signed. But as long as they stayed where they were and didn’t rush when the brothers came out I didn’t care how many there were.

Meanwhile…

Cleveland selfie under the blue bridge by the Bacon Mobile to pass the time.

It was close to midnight when the door opened up and Kevin appeared, he was with a couple of guys and was more than willing to meet his fans.

I don’t remember seeing his brother Michael in the excitement but I would have liked to meet him as well.

Check out the video below.

Keven was super sweet! I was nervous the whole time leading up to that moment thinking he would just ignore us but he blew my expectations out of the water. As you can see in the video he took pictures, signed  autographs and was very patient with us as we talked and rambled on.

 

I waited till the end to get my picture with him because I was initially taking video and then I had to switch over to picture mode, plus I was all shaky and at one point Shari was like (and I wish I had it on video) “Are you going next?” And I said “No, I’m all shaky balls.” Who says that to Kevin Bacon??, pretty sure I got a chuckle out of him. When it was my turn and I was ready I warned him that my flash would melt his face off, he laughed and you can genuinely see that in his smile.

I thanked him and then shook his hand, he literally made my night.

As we drove off I saw that he had stopped and was also being kind to the group of ebayers, what a super human.

I’d like to thank Kevin for his kindness and time as well as The Music Box for hosting such a great event and letting us chill in their bushes.

ALSO a BIG thank you to the few that read and follow along with our adventures!

Stay tuned as I’ll be dropping two more successful stalks here in the next week!

 

Stalk ya later!

Catching up!

Hello stalkers in crime! Hope everyone has been doing well, I myself have been doing good…keeping busy of course which tends to pull me away from the blogging life.

A couple of things to look forward to:

1) Three fresh new blogs dropping this weekend.
2) A whole calendar of yummy stalks for the rest of the year.
3) GoneStalking.com shirts will be available some time in the near future.

Please check out the GoneStalking Facebook page to catch up on some old posts here!

Thank you for stopping by!! Stalk ya later!!

Jeff Daniels: A Second Chance.

A little over two years ago Shari and I got tickets to see Jeff Daniels perform at Music Box Super Club, you can check out that blog post here.

We initially were there for the stalk but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and support the musicians, show them some love and hopefully they continue to visit Cleveland.

If you are not familiar with Jeff Daniels, you may know him from his popular 1994 role as Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber.

While I was combing through the possible celebrity stalk list, Jeff popped back up.

I pondered the thought and then moved on, if you haven’t checked the old blog yet I’ll fill you in real quick.

After the show we went out back to try to meet Jeff, he came out to say “hello” to a few friends and then hopped in his car and left. As always, a failed stalk leaves us feeling a bit salty. S

o, with this stirring up old feelings I wasn’t sure if I wanted to drive back out to Cleveland only to get denied again. But in this line of business, yes… I said business you just don’t give up.

A day or so later Shari had contacted me about Jeff, we talked and didn’t know if he was worth another try. After some thought, we’ve decided to give him a second chance.

Jeff will be back at Music Box Supper Club, Thursday the 16th. The plan is to hit him up before his 8 o’clock show, hopefully it won’t be as cold and dark as the last time.

Before show stalks are a little tricky but if you time it right…it can bode better for everyone.

Pros:

  • Usually, warmer and not as dark.
  • There’s less likely to be a crowd, if any at all.
  • They are not rushing to leave because they have a flight to catch.
  • Sometimes it takes them longer to come out, could be a meet and greet, they are packing up, mingling or taking a shower. So it can get very late, you usually have to set a time you’re willing to stay till.

Cons:

  • You can miss them totally. If you get there late and they are already inside, there’s a good chance they are NOT coming back out.
  • They are running late, meaning they roll up minuets before their gig and go right inside.

 

That is all for now, I’ll make sure to update everyone on our adventure…. good or bad.

 

STALK YA LATER!

 

Below I’ve added some video of our 2015 encounter with Jeff, please enjoy!

 

Jeff performs with his son Ben.

 

Jeff ditching out on some fan love.

An absence in stalking.

Hello fellow stalkers,

Have you missed me? Probably not.

I’ve been on Twitter for quite some time now but I have currently started interacting with fellow bloggers. I want to start daily (LOL) blogging about feelings and crap and it might not ALL be about the “stalkin'”, however my intentions are to keep it close if I can.

 

Let’s start off by filling everyone in real quick… eh?

 

2 years ago I promised you blogs on the following

  • Finesse Mitchell
  • Joe Machi and John Crist
  • Shawn Colvin
  • Sean Hurwitz
  • Tom Papa
  • John Caparulo
  • Mike Armstrong and Herbie Gill
  • T.L.C. and Nacho Extreme
  • Amy Schumer

 

Took this Engagement like photo with Finesse Mitchell back in 2015 after he performed at Hilarities.

My gal pal Holly and I getting all snuggles with comedian Joe Machi after his show. I then jumped in with John Crist (white guy) annnd I don’t know the other guys name, they were the opening acts at Hilarities back in 2015.

Singer Shawn Colvin after her performance in New York for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert back in 2015. It was a free concert, we were actually there to snag Fiona Apple but she slipped through the cracks.

Sean Hurwitz from Smash Mouth and singer Suzi Oravec performed at Scenes Pig and Whiskey festival in Willoughby back in 2015.

  • Tried to get the lead singer but he disappeared, Sean was nice enough to stick around and meet all the fans. He even interacted with a child.
  • Suzi is a Cleveland gal that sings country and was a blast to take pictures with.

Comedian Tom Papa after his act at Hilarities back in 2015.

Smiles with John Caparulo after his comedy act back in 2015 at Hilarities.

Comedians Mike Armstrong and Herbie Gill after their act back in 2015 at the HardRock Casino.

The beautiful ladies of TLC, Chilli and T-Boz and then with Nacho Extreme, good friends and security on The WahlBurgers.

  • Shari and I went to the concert, it was TLC, NKOTB, and Nelly.
  • Paid $99 for meet and greet passes, no stalking was involved for TLC.
  • Barley House in Cleveland had an event after the concert, rumors of the NKOTB clan would be there. $10 cover charge, stayed awhile but there was no signs of the boy band. Did get to meet Henry Nacho from The Wahlburgers, not a total loss.

Stalker in crime Shari grinning ear to ear with Amy Schumer after her comedy act at Playhouse Square back in 2015.

  • I was supposed to be at this show but she had rescheduled the original date and the new one fell when I was on vacation.
  • Definitely one I regret, because Amy is hilarious as balls. I loved her on season 5 of last comic standing a million years ago and have been a fan since.
  • She did an HBO special, pictures and video from her meeting Shari in Cleveland made it on the opening credits. I have video of it somewhere…it will probably never get posted. 🙁

 

A couple extras that happened after the fact.

Bobby Collins was a delight to meet, the comedian took pictures after his show at Hilarities.

 

The below collage of photos took place at The Lake County Captains, Cleveland Sports History Night

Former Indians player Ellis Burks.

Former Indians player Len Barker

Former Cavaliers  Jim Chones.

Former Cavaliers Campy Russel

 Former Browns players Greg Pruitt and Mike Pruitt.

Cleveland State University Head Coach Dennis Felton.

John Carroll University Head Coach Mike Moran

 

A couple of failed stalks include:

  • Chris Rock / Total Blackout Tour. It was a cold and rainy day. We drove down to Cleveland before the show, PAID to park and waited for Chris to arrive at the Playhouse Square. 3 of us huddled under 1 umbrella that was now turned upside down from the dramatic winds. At one point we ran back to our car because the rain was soo heavy, but when we saw a car pull up we darted back across the street to try for the stalk. Pretty sure it was Chris, I don’t remember if we saw him get out or not. We left shortly after, drenched and defeated.
  • Shari went back the next day and tried again, this time I do believe she saw Chris but he kept on walking.
  • Found out Dave Chappelle, Arsenio Hall, and Ardie Fuqua were all surprise guests on this particular night in Cleveland.
  • Hall who is a Cleveland native tweeted about his experience.

 

  • Howie Mandel. Performed at the Hardrock Rocksino last year about this time.
  • We got there early to catch him before the show. He pulled up, pretended he was on his phone and walked by…NEVER even looked up to acknowledged us. It was rude.

 

  • Mary J. Blige / Strength of a Woman Tour. Performed at the Hardrock Rocksino.
  • Got there early, missed her going in. Stayed till the end of the show but security pushed us SOOO FAR BACK we didn’t stand a chance. Saw what we thought was her leave, get in the bus we thought was hers annnnd… jumped in our car to follow until our exit came up. Went home tired and defeated.

 

Some upcoming stalks include:

  • Johnny Mathis. I’ve been a fan of Johnny since I was a child, on Christmas Eve we’d all sing along to his Christmas VHS tape. His Christmas album is one of my favorites and I listen to it religiously during the holidays.
  • Johnny has been performing at the Playhouse Square for quite some time now when I finally realized it was time for a stalk.
  • A few years back…Hanson was also performing the night Johnny was and we decided to make it a 2 for 1, snag Hanson (At HOB) before the show super early and then hit up Johnny at the Playhouse. However Hanson came out later than usual and by the time we made it back to the Playhouse Johnny was already inside. We waited for a little, tried to get some of the workers to get him to come out but it never happened. Unfortunately, we were also seeing the Hanson show (and still had to snag the two other brothers) that we could not come back for Johnny.
  • Fast forward. Johnny will be back in Cleveland Friday, November 3rd. With such short notice, little money, and an early volleyball game I don’t think I am going to make it this time around either. I was actually looking forward to going to the show as he will be performing his new album The Great New American Songbook.

 

  • Nick Offerman / Full Bush Tour. He will be at the Playhouse Square on November 19th, I’d actually really like to see the show. I am working on getting tickets now but if not, I’d love to meet Nick, he’s hilarious.

 

  • Fred Willard / An Evening with Fred Willard. Another Playhouse Square performer, he will be in Cleveland on December 30th.
  • Ticket prices are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, seems very reasonable.
  • “We’re extremely proud to have comedy legend and Shaker Heights native Fred Willard joining us for the 2017 Cleveland Comedy Festival for a fun and engaging evening that celebrates his amazing career in film, TV, sketch and improv comedy.  The show will feature video clips from Fred’s most notable appearances as well as open, un-scripted conversation with Fred facilitated by WCPN Sound of Ideas host and Plain Dealer columnist Mike McIntyre.  You know Fred, you love Fred, join us in the Outcalt Theatre for a great evening with America’s favorite comedic everyman.” – Playhouse Square

 

These are just to name a few as there are others I have yet to fully look over and put down on paper.

 

Scheduling is hard.

Cleveland is far.

Parking isn’t cheap.

 

Above are some of the conflicts I am faced with when deciding on my next victim, but with a little better planning and a positive attitude anything is possible.

 

Once again, thank you for you time.

Don’t forget to SHARE, LIKE, and COMMENT.

 

Stalk ya later!

 

 

En Vogue – Round Two!

 

EN VOGUE

The last time these ladies came to Ohio, they were performing at the House of Blues. Check out the link below, it is the first blog and our failed attempt at meeting En Vogue.

An En Vogue failed attempt turns up Cleveland Hero.

SUCCESS!

back to back successful stalks and blogs, how exciting.

This one also takes place at the Hard Rock Rocksino, this must be the lucky spot.

The ladies of En Vogue were on our STALKtober calendar but it was a last minuet decision to actually go to the concert.

Shari was able to get us cheap tickets off of Groupon so we decided to have a little fun and go.

We met our friend Fred up there, it had almost been 2 years since we last saw him which was actually the first time we met him the last time En Vogue was here.

He had an extra bracelet to get backstage after the concert and there were 2 of us, so he said if he could snag another one he’d let us know and we’d all be able to go back together.

The show was about to start so we parted ways and went into our own sections and waited.

The ladies came out Rockin’ and kept it going till the very end, the energy inside the place was crazy and we had a good time.

When it ended Shari and I walked over to where Fred was, security had everyone with green wrist bands line up against the wall and when they started to escort them in we were asked to leave the area.

I had told the one security guard that we had a friend inside that was going to try and get an extra wrist band so we could go in.

He introduced himself as Josh and to stay close by, if he came out we can ask for him and he will take us back.

Shari and I were outside the main theater, waiting in the casino part starting to panic.

There were only a handful of people that went back and we did not know how long they were going to be back there.

WE HAD TO MAKE A DECISION

We could wait here and hopefully Fred would get the ok to bring us back but if he couldn’t then we waited inside and missed them coming out the back.

Or , we could just go out back and catch them as they got in their ride. Shari felt strongly about going outside and waiting, this way we knew for sure we would catch them.

So panic set in and we left the casino and walked outside to the back and waited for them to come out.

WAITING OUTSIDE

It was just the two of us there, like we thought, and the get away van was still there so we felt good about this.

Two security guards came out and put us in charge of the of the line, he said that if we are nice the ladies might sign but it’s totally up to them.

We agreed, of course this wasn’t our first rodeo.

While we were talking to the guards Fred sent a message and told us to get back there. We panicked…again and didn’t know what to do, we figured they would not let us back inside the hall.

Fred then replied with HURRY, I gave Shari the look and we took off running back to the place we just left.

Shari who had heels on was lagging behind, lol. It was funny.

We get back inside the building and  could see Fred’s head peeking out from behind the main doors, he sees us and motions for us.

We get inside and Fred takes off running, I’m like shit, this is going down. Josh looked at us and was like “I told you to stay close”, literally 2 minutes after we left, Fred came out looking for us while we were outside freezing in the dark parking lot.

Josh walked us back through the double doors to the lobby and then into the theater and the secret backstage door where we walked down a hall that had the smell of delicious foods.

Fred peeked his head out of the first door on the left and waved us in, we looked like we didn’t belong (haha) but we made it work.

The room was small and filled with people sporting green wrist bands, Fred walked over and started gathering the ladies from En Vogue so we could meet and get a photo.

At this time they were wrapping up, Terry told one of the guys (maybe manager or personal body guard) that we were the last in the group and then they were leaving.

Shari and I stood there, we made idol chit chat with Cindy, I  told her how we had a lot of fun and she said us fans are the ones that give them energy and make it happen.

During this Rhona came over to get in with the group picture and make it complete, the ladies were all very nice and patient.

We got our picture taken and while they were trying to get the girls out Cindy signed my ticket stub real quick before she disappeared out the door.

En Vogue

Backstage with the #EnVogue gals, #CindyHerron#TerryEllis, and #RhonaBennett.

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As we were leaving another security guard was like, glad we found you.

I guess we had a search party looking for us, good times.

We said our goodbyes to Fred and then got in our car and went home.

 

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO OUR  BUDDY FRED WHO CAME THROUGH WITH THE HOOK UP!!!

THANK YOU EN VOGUE FOR THE CHANCE TO MEET YOU!

Thanks to the staff at the Hard Rock Rocksino who helped us get back stage and how polite and nice they were as we went running around like lunatics.

AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT READ THE BLOG!!

 

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STALK YA LATER.

 

 

America’s Got Talent Live Tour

America’s Got Talent comes to Cleveland.

 

GETTING THE TICKETS

 

Patrick (my husband, for those of you that don’t know) and I bought our tickets pretty quickly after they went on sale.

We had seriously considered buying the Meet and Greet package but money was tight and I believe those tickets were around $99.

We decided to wait it out and see where we were with money when it got closer.

As you can see below, Taylor was pretty excited for us too.

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Flash forward to that night, Pat and I had donated enough plasma to enjoy the buffet at the Hard Rock Roscksino and dabble in a little gambling.

The buffet line was atrocious and by the time we got seated it was after 7 AND the show started at 8, but we inhaled our food and made it just in time.

It was very exciting for me because I have been a fan of the show since the beginning and absolutely loved Taylor and Emily, so being able to see them perform was a treat.

The seats were not THAT bad but the set up of them was stupid, they had folding chairs zip tied together on what seemed like a basketball court.

No stadium seating, hard to see in front of you and it was pretty cramped, but lucky for me there were a couple of screens off to the side I was able to watch when my neck got old and tired.

The first half of the show seemed to go by pretty quickly but it was very entertaining, especially since the old lady behind me kept going “Oooh, oh…ooh..oh.. how’d he do that?. Oooh, ooh” She then bitched that Emily sucked and the show wasn’t worth $90, they got up at intermission and never came back. Good riddance, I say!

Tomas de la Cruz, also know as “Smoothini” the Ghetto Houdini performed the close up magic tricks and was outstanding.

Very outgoing and had the crowed in awe every time he was on stage. During intermission he was walking around the crowd and talking to people, I just stared at him, fighting my nerves to run over there and get a quick picture.

Instead I just stood there until he disappeared out into the lobby, that’s when I finally got the courage and chased after him. I stood in the doorway and scanned the room with my eyes, looking for any signs of Smoothini.  Within a few seconds I spotted him talking with some people, so I scooted on over awkwardly.

One guy came up and asked for a picture, he said how him and his mom were huge fans and voted for him a million times.

That was my cue so I jumped in. “Hey” I said with too much energy, “I didn’t vote for you but can I get a picture anyways?” I blurted out. “I love your honesty” he replied and then we posed for a “stalkie” (new word curtsy of Kim B)

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I had taken 2 pictures, he was on my left so I had a hard time taking them with my weak, less dominant hand and in the first pic he is looking one way and I am looking the other and then the other picture he is looking at the camera and I am not.

Silly story but necessary to share, I of course posted the one with me looking at the camera. 🙂

We interacted a bit more afterwards, he said something and I made a joke about playing cards appearing out of my ears or something. I’m sure it was hilarious.

I thanked him and said our goodbyes and then I stood in the corner scoping out the scene for any other celebrities that might be lurking around.

(Check out the video below to see Smoothini’s act.)

After a few minutes I made my way back and waited for the show to start back up. Taylor was funny, as always and won my heart from the beginning.

If I were to vote he would have gotten a few, same thing would have went for Emily who always gave me goosebumps, but we never watched the show live and were always days, sometimes weeks behind in watching.

Moving on.

The show ended and we waited for the crowd to thin out before we made our way into the lobby.

When we got inside I could see people taking pictures and I just knew there were celebrities around that corner.

Pat told me that he saw Taylor and Emily taking pictures and signing autographs with everyone.

Well, that was my cue to get nervous and ready, so we squished in with the peoples and waited.

As we waited my mouth started to dry up and panic started to rise in my chest, a nice lady that was standing next to us heard my pray to the mint Gods and she offered me some gum as long as I took her picture with Taylor.

Done. We started chitchatting, she was very nice and she gave me gum so she was my friend.

The line was moving pretty slowly but Taylor informed us he would get to everyone and apologized for the long wait.

I kept peeking over to make sure Emily was still there, her line wasn’t as long and I was afraid she would disappear before I got to her.

The few peoples in front of me had Taylor wish their kid a happy birthday on video and he did it without hesitation, this was my chance to have another blog shout out.

At this point I told Pat the plan and he rolled his eyes at me, I almost plucked them from his head but refrained because he was my camera guy.

Finally, Taylor and I were united. He came at me with open arms, and I embraced him, because I am also hugger.

He was a bit bony so I loosened up my grip a smidge in hopes I didn’t hurt him already.

I noticed he had a cute lil’ eyelash on his face and for most of our conversation that’s all I was thinking about.

Do I tell him, do I brush it away with my stranger fingers and make a wish? Or just stare at it and move on with my life, hoping one day it would go away and Taylor would once again be normal.

I went with option 3.

Below is our whole interaction, check it out and then we’ll talk some more afterwards.

Hi, what did you think? I loved it, I smile when I think about it. I feel it went really good, he was a total sport about it and I only looked half retarded.

That’s the downfall with having gum in my mouth, it looks very sloppy and unprofessional BUT on the upside my mouth was back to its normal moistness and it was also minty fresh.

My lame dancing and awkwardness was very noticeable, that’s just how I roll, but I’m sure Taylor thought it was super adorable.

And I’m pretty sure he liked me, he totally says ” You’re funny, I like you” in the video and videos don’t lie, unless he was lying… he wouldn’t lie?

Look how cute we are below.

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He also, signed my ticket stub.

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Can you see what he put? No?

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“Lauren! My favorite Cleveland Stalker! Love, Taylor Williamson”

I’m just sayin’

Check out some more videos from Taylor below and his performance on America’s Got Talent.

We hugged again and then parted ways but not before I took 65 pictures of my new friend and Taylor like I promised.

Emily was still there but she looked like she was ready to bounce. My tiny woman crush was standing in front of me so I said hi and went in for a hug but she didn’t seem as welcoming as I was hoping.

She looked at me and was like “You want a signature” and of course I did, she saw that Taylor wrote my name so she confirmed that I was Lauren and then signed away, then we got in close for a picture.

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It came out really good, and she looks happy to be there so maybe I was just being dramatic. I read on Twitter that she was sicker than a dog over the last few days so maybe that’s why she didn’t want to make out with me.

I  told Pat to jump in and get himself a little somethin’ somethin’.

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How sweet!

Check out the video below of Emily’s performance on American’s Got Talent!

Well folks, that’s it for this gal and the American’s Got Talent crew.

We had a lot of fun, wasn’t sure what to expect with it being a variety act and in a venue we’ve never been to before but we enjoyed ourselves.

Everyone was super nice and patient, I couldn’t ask for anything else.

I am glad we went and glad we didn’t fork out the $$ to do the official meet and greet, I was able to snag a few and for free so that was tremendous.

Thank you again to Tomas, Taylor, and Emily for being amazing in every way, on and off the stage and of course the staff at the Hard Rock Rocksino.

Special thanks to all my fans, all 3 and of half of you!

Till next time!

 

STALK ON!

The Veronicas

 

The Veronicas

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Hi again.

I just want to start off by saying THANK YOU to everyone who has liked, commented, watched, shared, and put up with our random videos.

That being said, let’s get down to business.

Once again Shari invited me to hang with her on this glorious Wednesday night. She had found out that ‪#‎TheVeronicas‬ were coming to Cleveland to play a free concert at the ‪#‎aloft‬ hotel.

Shari has met these lovely sisters many times and on one occasion they even stopped by Regal Cinemas to see a movie.

She has about a dozen autographs from them but not one picture, so of course she was on a mission.

This was my first time listening to their music and even seeing what they looked like, I was a newbie and excited about it.

I picked Shari up around 6:30 and we raced downtown to get there in time, sadly for us we had the hardest of hard times trying to find this hotel.

After about 45 loops around Cleveland, off the freeway, on the freeway, off the freeway we finally find our destination.

We got in and the ladies were deep in their set, Shari and I shuffled to the back of the crowd and stood there unable to see anything.

We got to hear about 3 1/2 songs before they finished and then disappeared into the back. A few minutes later we were escorted into a line and waited our turn to meet the sisters.

We got to the front, Shari and I were next so I turned on the video and began filming.

Check out the video below of our interactions.

They were super sweet, cute, and fragile. They took pictures and signed the cd cover Shari was nice enough to let me have, they even let me ramble on and interacted with me as well.

What great and down to earth gals, not to mention they have fantastic voices and good music.

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Special thanks to ‪#‎JessicaOrigliasso‬ and twin sister ‪#‎LisaOrigliasso‬ for a fun experience.

Aloft hotels and Q104 for a nice free evening.

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Thank you and stalk on!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Day = Rainy Day

Green Day

Green Day

 

 

Shari suggested we hunt down Green Day, I like Green Day so I figured why not. House of Blues is a pretty easy venue for one to snag a celebrity, we’ve done it many times before…some successful some not soo successful but we were willing to give this one a try.

The Cleveland weather showed rain and low 50’s during the time we needed to hang outside, this didn’t make Shari and I very happy. However a stalk is a stalk and we’ve waited it out in worst, so we packed up and headed on out.

I picked Shari up around 6:15pm and we made our way to Cleveland, we were lucky enough to find a parking spot on the street and basically in front of the HOB…for FREE! We walked to the back where the buses and or drop off area was, there was already a few people hanging around.

The wind picked up and the temperature seemed to have dropped since we had gotten there but it wasn’t raining and that was good. We used this time to take a traditional selfie, eye-bags included.

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During this time an older gentleman came by, he went right up to the group of girls. There was 5 of them I think, probably between 18-23.  He comes over and is like “Here’s the deal” so naturally I turned to listen. This guy must have talked to the group earlier and then came back with answer’s. From what I could tell, he had 2 tickets and wanted to give one away for free, The girls obviously wouldn’t split up so they suggested he give the ticket to the one other guy. This guy was by himself, I am pretty sure he was an ebayer. He totally was cool with taking the ticket but the guy didn’t want to give it to a guy, he said he wanted to give it to someone less fourenant. Anyways. It got real weird real quick, people were yelling and name calling. He tried talking to us and getting us on his side but we just stood there staring at him. He finally left and the rest of us just went back to waiting for Green Day to arrive. A few minutes later we decided to shoot a little video, below you will find Shari filling our fans in on the nights festivities.

Shortly after we shot the video a fancy black van with tinted windows appeared at the entrance of the driveway. We all knew it was them, so we got up and played it cool. The van pulled past us and then stopped, the rain started but it was a slow drizzle. All 9 of us stood there quiet and patiently, expecting the members to come out and take a few pictures but that never happened While this was all going down I handed my phone to Shari and told her to face the van because it was recording, I was digging into my bag to pull out the 12-year-old ticket stub I had from when they came to concert with Blink 182.

 

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When I looked up I noticed the van had pulled all the way up to the loading dock, I went to get my phone back from Shari but she no longer had it annnnnd didn’t know where it went. LOL. Long story short one of the kids waiting, took it from her and continued to get the footage for us. Green Day got out of the van and we all called for them, we did get some of them to turn around and one waved.

Check out the video below of Green Day leaving their fans out in the cold and rain.

Shari and I waited a few more minutes, the rain was coming down hard and we figured the boys of Green Day were not coming back out. Instead Shari and I headed into the House Of Blues and had some dinner.

It turned out to be a nice night, we didn’t wait long and we didn’t have to pay for parking. Green Day didn’t stop to take pictures but we did see them so I guess it’s wasn’t a total bust. Plus we had found out later that they opened up for themselves disguised as another band, which was probably why they went right in. If there was a legit opening act we might have had a better chance of meeting them.

We paid for our meal, ghetto style and left.

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I’d like to say Congratulations to Green Day for being inducted to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland.

And thank you to all our fans!!

Thanks for following our adventures, stay tuned for more.

 

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