Hanson

I have seen Hanson a few times in concert but never thought to try and meet them afterwards, I…don’t…know..why.

When I found out they were coming to the House of Blues on October 19th, we jumped into action, added them to the Stalktober calendar and set out to accomplish that goal.

Shari and I waited until the last minute and had yet to have tickets to the show, we were actually going to this one but as luck would have it I won 2 free tickets off the radio station earlier in the week.

The plan was to get downtown around noonish and wait outside their bus hours before the show, this way we could avoid the angry mob of 30 year old crazy Hanson fans after.

Saturday morning was horrible, it was cold, rainy and once again Shari and I were never prepared and thus had no umbrellas. It was ok though, we managed. Upon getting into downtown, we had the good idea to park on the street right out back of the House of Blues. I had a pocket full of quarters already ready to go, we figured it was close to the bus and we could keep warm and dry at the same time keeping a look out. Well it seemed like we drove around for 30 minutes because Cleveland was building a walkaway and had the street we needed to go on blocked off, so we ended up parking a small walk away for $6.

The bus was already there and when we got closer there was someone waiting off to the side under some ghetto building thing, so we joined her. It was just the 3 of us, she informed Shari and myself that Issac had walked by her and was inside the building.

The rain was picking up along with the wind and our faces were cold and our fingers frozen but we continued to wait. Finally Issac came back out, he walked right by us and waved, put his head down and disappeared into the bus. My video taping skills have NOT gotten any better, I apologize. I think my problem is, is that I don’t want to look like I’m recording but it just ends up looking blah. Anyways, I missed the wave but got the quick pace back the bus.

 

We kept checking Twitter but The Hanson brothers were not being sociable, however that didn’t stop me from tweeting them and asking if there was a bathroom on that bus. I’m sorry, I had a redbull and my bladder was on the verge of spilling down my leg. Anyways, we got no response..which I thought was RUDE.

There was a lot of movement from the bus to the building on and off, in which I got video. Two of the guys were William Birkhead and Demetrius Collins, musicians that play with Hanson. We were actually able to get Demetrius to come over and take a picture with us.

Demetrius Collins

The video is a bunch of short clips put together and at one point I put the camera in my pocket while it’s still recording. Rookie move but you can still hear what’s going on. ūüôā

 

 

By this time a small crowd ¬†of women had arrived, we were afraid they were going to charge the bus and ruin it for us but that never happened. The good thing was, that because it was super cold and rainy most of them didn’t stay long. ¬†We lost a few girls and then new ones would arrive, they would leave and maybe come back but it wasn’t a mob and they played it cool. Especially when Zac came out!

I’m not sure what time or how long we were out there but finally one of the brothers came out, Zac and he walked right over to us. He took pictures and signed autographs, he talked and was very kind. He even informed us that it was cold and rainy outside. He then disappeared into the building. Enjoy the short video.

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Ok, 1 down 2 more to go and so we waited some more. At this point it was getting late and we knew they had a sound check to be getting to but the others had yet to come out of the bus. It was close to 5 I think at this point and Shari and myself were getting annoyed. Finally Taylor and Issac come out but they didn’t even acknowledge us, especially Issac.. but that’s another story. We spoke up, asking them for a quick picture but Taylor responded with they had to do a sound check. They then continued to walk into the building and fade into the shadows, away from us.

At this point everyone that was waiting left, while Shari and myself discussed further actions.

1) How long would sound check take?

2) Will they come back out afterwards?

3) Do we leave and come back?

These were all good questions but we decided to hit up Starbucks, use the bathroom and get warm. Shari got a coffee and I released my bladder and then we chilled discussing our next move while we warmed up our bones.

We decided to head back and scope out the joint, while walking through the smelly ally way we stopped and hid in a doorway to keep out of the elements AND listen to some sound check.


When the music stopped we made our way back to our original space but stopped to talk to the HOB staff, we made a few friends. We were chatting away with 2 of the guys, since it was just Shari and I they allowed us to chill so close. At this point Issac came out, only a few yards away talking on his cell phone. We never yelled at him or tried to make contact but we know he saw us and never once made any attempt to say hi. He was slowly making our shit list. Then Some other girls came by messing up our mojo and at this point the security asked us to go back to our normal spot.

 

Shari and I chilled for a bit longer and it was a good thing because Zac came back out, he is super sweet. In the video some girl tells Zac Happy Sweetest day, he replies with “Swedish day?” and is apparently confused by Ohio’s made up Holidays. Very short after that he exits the tour bus with some items and comes back over to us to accept some birthday gifts from our stalker friends. We ask him about his brothers but he pretty much states that he has no control over them and that they probably wont be back out since there are dressing rooms inside. Check out the video below.

It’s about 6 or after 6, I don’t even know anymore but we had another stop to make before the concert tonight. Johnny Mathis was also in town and performing at The Playhouse, I wanted to very much meet him. The original plan was to grab all 3 Hanson brothers super early and then walk to The Playhouse but a few unexpected events happened. ¬†1) Mr. Taylor and Issac Hanson never came out to take pictures and didn’t leave their bus till super late. 2) It was cold and rainy so the walk we had in mind was out of the question. However we were still determined to grab Johnny and we hopped in my car and headed his way, but not before we grabbed some Chipotle. We found the door he most likely would head in and we stood outside in the rain eating our chicken bowls. Many people dressed in tuxes and carrying instrument cases kept going inside. I finally asked about him and we were informed he was already in and that they rehearsed earlier in the day. I asked a few of them to send him out but that never happened, it was close to his show time and we decided to head back to HOB. At this point we figured to leave the Hanson concert early and make it back to The Playhouse by 10 and catch Johnny on the way out. However once the concert started, which was like after 9 we figured there would be no way and decided to forget about Johnny and focus on Hanson.

We got back into the car and headed for The House of Blues, couldn’t find any parking again. Ended up going back to the same place, paying again and paying $4.00 more. I even asked the guy for a discount since we were JUST there but he laughed.

 

Got inside the venue and picked up our free tickets, thanks to the radio station 102.1 and made our way inside. We snuck to the front and had the same spot we had for Icona Pop, only this time it was 99.9% more crowded. Below are some short clips of a few of their songs, I have other video but for some reason the sound is not working. #Lame

We enjoyed ourselves a lot, it was a great and upbeat concert.

We left before the encore so we could get outside before the rush of people and get a good spot in line. We still had 2 Hanson brothers to meet, we were very determined. When we arrived outside there was about 3 girls before us and we got behind them as security instructed us to do.  HOWEVER! When the concert was over a wave of screaming bitches came flooding from all different directions and formed their own line. Needles to say, the front became the back and we were not happy with it.

To make this story even longer, we tried to get people to move but it wasn’t happening. Security had pretty much given up and was only focused on keeping people away from the bus and back from the brothers when they came out. Shari and myself were not to worried, we figured it would happen just would take longer to get to us and it almost didn’t happen because where we were was on the other side of the fence. However we made it happen. Zac came out first..and pretty quick I might add, he started by us but didn’t get to us because we were to far back. We were ok with this because we had met him earlier in the day. Next came Taylor, he started out on the other side and worked his way towards us. When he got closer, we had to push our way to him because bitches weren’t moving. Shari got her picture and then I took a picture with my camera for two sisters who’s camera had died earlier that night. When that was all said and done Taylor started to say bye and turn around without getting a picture with me, I almost shat. So I was like hey, he looked at me, I gave him the puppy dog face…which worked because he signed my Middle of Nowhere cd and took a picture with me.

 

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Him and Zac had returned to the bus and we were informed by our new HOB security buddies that Issac was NOT coming out.

 

So. This is how I feel about this whole experience and Shari feels the same way. I would like to hear what everyone else thinks about this, please comment below.

When myself and Shari woke up and spent hours in the cold and rain (our choice) we figured it would be an easy grab, get them before the show this way it’s done and out of the way. Zac was the only one who came out and took the time to sign for us AND he came out early enough. Issac walked by us, there was only like 10.. if that many fans out there and he couldn’t take 60 seconds for a few pictures. Issac didn’t even come out after the show to sign or take pictures, which leads me to believe that he has anxiety or IBS. Taylor did come out afterwords along with Zac and took their time with the crowd, which was awesome. I just can’t get over the fact that they knew we were standing outside in the freezing cold before the show, only a few of us and you couldn’t pop out real quick. Even when going to your sound check and seeing us out there, they still had hours before showtime. They could have come out 3 minutes earlier took pictures with us and then been on their way.

I’m not ungrateful and they didn’t have to talk to us or come back out after the show but it just ¬†makes me wonder why.

Personally I would feel it better to satisfy a few then a giant crowd, I mean we were well behaved and very polite.

Some celebrities think they are to good and don’t need to interact with their fans, lucky for us we have been lucky on our adventures.

Hanson was a tough one and we got 2 out of 3, don’t worry Issac… you’ll be back and when you do.. I’ll be waiting.

 

Thank you again.

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Much love.

 

Icona Pop(s) into our lives.

Hello.

Sorry for long delays in between posts, tracking down celebrities takes time and long hours.

I had purchased three (3) tickets off of Groupon for $10 a piece, great deal. Pat wanted to see the concert but had no interest in the festivities (stalking) that would take place hours before the show.

September 15th, 2013 Shari and I woke up at noon and headed to downtown Cleveland where we set up shop behind House Of Blues. There was already a tour bus there but the hardest part was figuring out who was actually on it. Icon Pop had like 3 opening acts and it could very likely been their bus, so the wait began. Shari and I kept watch for any movement or suspicious activity, which was pretty boring since all we were doing was sitting on a cold curb.

Finally random naked people started to emerge from the bus and of course I was ready and recording, check out the footage below.

The two gentleman happened to be members from K.FLAY and Sirah which we found out after the show and saw who they belonged to.

Shortly after that… 2 chicks appeared and headed towards the street away from us, Shari just knew it was someone special and we took off after them. I know what you are thinking and NO, it’s not the ladies from Icona Pop..YET.

Check out the video below as we put our stalking into 3rd gear.

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That was K.FLAY who we ran into, listen how I pretend we just happened to be looking for something to eat too (how ironic) and strangely enough ran into them. She was super cool and took pictures with us, no we didn’t end up showing her around or having lunch with her either.

After that we hurried back to our curb and bushes to wait for Icona Pop.

While we were waiting a man came over to us, he was one of the crew and informed us Icona Pop was flying in and would not arrive till around 3:30pm. We had some time to kill so we hit up Tower City, got some snacks, a beverage, and used the facilities. I was nervous and had to poop but I held that off till later, didn’t want to be late getting back.

We arrived shortly before 3:30 and patiently waited, things were quite and we were getting ancy. We decided to walk past the back entrance to House Of Blues and check things out, there was a young kid standing guard. We asked him some questions regarding Icona Pops whereabouts but he was clueless. Just then a vehicle pulled up and was asking our friend a question, not sure what about but 30 seconds later the ladies from Icona Pop stepped out from the car.

Below is video of the whole encounter, please pay no attention to my voice. I really need to stop talking.

Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo were the two most sweetest gals ever, they stopped to talk, sign, and take pictures.  I am so glad we got to meet them and experience what great people they are, massive props.

Icona Pop

 

After we got to meet them, Shari and I went home since we had a few hours left before the concert.

When we arrived at The House Of Blues, Shari and I got a free makeover curtsy of Bed Head products and Q104. I got a mohawk and Shari got cute glittery ribbons or something put in her hair, Pat opted out of the fun.

All the shows were great and at one point we slipped out to meet Sirah after her performance, she was the only one we hadn’t snagged yet. Very friendly and adorable, we informed her that we were the ones outside the bus. She said she saw us and waved from the inside but obviously we didn’t see her. ¬†She signed her poster “Lauren, I wish we hung out in the bushes. Till next time…”

Sirah

 

Shari and I then ¬†made our way back in and off to the right side of the stage where we waiting for the main event. Even though we were off to the side we had a great view, except for this middle aged cracked out woman who constantly flayed her arms back and forth ruining everyone’s pictures and getting in the way… Oh well, she was having a good time too.

Check out the videos below of Icona Pop during the show.

 

We had a great time, everyone we met was super cool and laid back. Their performances were fun and exciting and I am glad we were able to share in that moment.

Thank you everyone again for stalking by, please share and post your comments. XOXO

An En Vogue failed attempt turns up Cleveland Hero.

The plan was to get En Vogue before their performance at 8:30, little did we know that they would roll up in a taxi at 8:20 and disappear. Here is our story.

I worked till 3:30 and raced down the freeway to get Shari, got her ass and made it to House Of Blues a little after 4:00pm. We scouted the area which turned up nothing out of the ordinary, this usually makes it harder for us to devise a plan. Many cars were coming and going which also made it hard for us to pick out the drop off vehicle but we continued to watch. During this time I decided to tape Shari giving a brief explanation of what we were looking for, when we were rudely interrupted. Watch below.

 

 

 

We had about three interruptions similar to that during the 4 and a half hours we were there waiting. We also ran into a little girl and her drunk Aunt and Grandma, she had a sign and wanted to meet the one member of the group. Which we found out was no long a part of the group, they later disappeared into the building to see the show. During this time we met a big En Vogue fan who filled us in on some stuff and waited with us till the end, we became Facebook friends and found out he is one of us. While all this was going on a car drove up and two dark skindid men got out with two black women we assumed to be part of the band, we ended up being wrong. We watched as the one man walked back and fourth on the street, he was looking for a car. We figured him to be a manager or part of the band somehow, so our new friend went up to him and asked him a question. This man ended up being Cleveland’s Hero,¬†Charles Ramsey! Once we found out who he was we JUST had to get some pictures with him.

Charles RamseyShari

Charles was super cool and funny, he talked with us for a bit before he left. We found out that supposedly En Vogue had invited him to come down for dinner and gave him V.I.P access to the show. He was pacing the street looking for the group who appeared to have stood him up. He left, came back out later and found us still chillin’, he said he was going to make us his¬†entourage and then bring En Vogue out himself for us. That was the last time we saw Mr.Ramsey, he meant well. (I have more videos that I might post later)

It was getting darker and by that I mean the night sky was slowly losing light and we were running out of time before the show started, either En Vogue slipped by us or they were running late. Turns out while the three of us were to busy on our phones a taxi drove past us and up to the entrance, I had a feeling but no one was listening to me. I looked up, taxi was gone and in it’s place were three African American women standing there. Still no one was listening to me, I finally got our friends attention and he confirmed it was them. We took off in a light stroll, not to scare anyone away but we were a good distance back so we had to hurry. I got some video of us attempting to get their attention, one of the girls waved but it’s not on tape. My lame butt was not prepared and therefore have horrible video of it, of course I was taping everything else all night long (hookers, homeless, Browns fans, mothers dragging kids behind them..) but the one time it counted I was snoozing. Anyways, Check out the video below.

So ladies and gentleman, this is our FAILED attempt at meeting the band En Vogue. We need to brush up on our tactics and be a smidgen more aggressive..without ending up in jail. Normally we wait till after the show but we are working girls and need to get to bed at a reasonable time.

On the positive side we DID get a glimpse of them and met Charles Ramsey in the mix.

 

Thank you for checking us out and please STALK again.

Karmin’s Amy and Nick

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this but I really had no idea who Karmin was until today and let me tell you, fan for life.

Of course I know the song Brokenhearted…but that’s about it AND now my favorite song is ACAPELLA.

Shari won tickets from 96.5 Kiss FM and I ended up going as her guest.

This is how it started.

Shari Pollack¬†–¬†First thing, I need someone to take my 10-4 shift at Regal tomorrow because I just won tickets to meet¬†Karmin¬†from¬†96.5 KISS FM. 2nd, who wants to go with me??
Lauren Dodge¬†…hi. what time? LoL
Shari Pollack 11:30
Shari Pollack¬†Nobody will work for me…but I’m not passing this up!
Lauren Dodge What time you going up?
Lauren Dodge I might be able to do half day, which is 10:30.
Shari Pollack I have to be there between 11:30-11:45 :_)
Shari Pollack that would be perfect actually.
Shari Pollack¬†I’m sure I’d be able to be back at Regal by like 1:30
Lauren Dodge Ahhhhh. Fuck it. Count me in.

The rest is us pretty much trying to find her a way out of work, she ended up switching her shift and working 4-12am. :-/

10:30 came around and I bounced out of work and hit the road, I was in Independence within 35 minutes. We walked into the Clear Channel building, I changed my clothes and then we hit the elevator and made our way upstairs, signed in and got cool little name badges. We were just chilling on the couch when the elevators opened up and out stepped the band Karmin, we just stared like.. Is that them.. They turned to look at us, we waved, they waved and then they had disappeared through the studio doors. Once again I failed at having my camera ready and didn’t get any of that on file, that’s ok though..the best is to come.

Finally we were brought back into a tiny room with a dirty desk and a phone where we waited for another 15-20 minutes at least. During this time we listened to their sound check and had entertained ourselves until it was showtime.

FINALLY..for realz this time we were moved into the studio and within 30 seconds Karmin had come in, here is the video.

Then they stopped and asked if anyone had any questions. I was waiting for Shari to ask her series of serious questions but she never did and I got nervous and spoke up. I told them it was a 2-part question, I informed them about GoneStalking.com and asked if they would give a shout out and then I asked how they felt about people like Shari and myself being all up in their personal space. Of course..fail #2 none of this was recorded until the very end, take a look.

It was a pretty lame video but as you can see they agreed to meet with us afterwards, they also commented on the “Stalking” part of the question but I can’t remember what they said.. I had dry mouth & might have urinated with excitement at that moment.

Up next was Karmin performing their new single Acapella, I didn’t catch the super beginning & stopped before the end, also it’s a tad blurry at first but I finally realized it and fixed it. ENJOY!

They played 2 songs and then in a single file line we followed them out into the.. lobby area I guess you would call it and waited while they took pictures with everyone.

Shari went first, she got her picture taken and was handed the pre-signed glossy photo of the band AND THEN she asked to rap Super Bass with Amy.. Check it out below.

Super Bass =  Super Sweet!

She said she was going to do it.. and she did.

I then went next to get my picture, one with my phone and one for the radio station website.

Me and Karmin

 

Just when you thought it was over, take a peek below to see my stalking skills in action.

During all of this they were trying to scoot Shari and myself out but I reminded them that Karmin promised us a shout out and thus they let us stay. We approached Amy and Nick who was more then happy to oblige, video below to see what happened next.

As you can see the band Karmin was super cool, funny, generous, patient, and sexy. I am so glad I tagged a long with Shari and met these fine folks, I recommend them and their music to everyone.

Coming down from our high and going down in the elevator we ran into the gentleman who played the guitar during their studio performance and another man somehow affiliated with Karmin. All 4 of us squeezed into the elevator and of course I had to record as they tried to keep all the equipment from getting smashed between the doors and document the experience as it was unfolding.

 

I have more pictures but I will only bore you with two!

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That should be it for now, please stay tuned for more real soon!

Thank you again for stalking by.

 

 

 

Marco Cassone

This post might not be as exciting as some of my past encounters but I feel this deserves a spot on my blog!

This group is recognized World Wide, so that must mean something.

( I apologize in advance, this was over 10 years ago so I don’t have much exciting information about that night. I lose memory like water down a drain.)

On April 12, 2002 my choir teacher, Mr.Carney took our Northern Lights group to see a vocal group called M-Pact  perform at the Ohio Jazz Summit in Tiffin, Ohio.

M-Pact is a professional  a cappella group based out of California, their voices are their instruments.

It was a great show, a very talented bunch of young men. One in particular I had my eye on, Marco Cassone, I swear he sang to me the whole time.

When the show was over I rushed the stage and got me a picture with him, I then had the rest of the members sign my program. ūüôā

Me and Marco

It’s actually quite creepy how alike we look, right down to the giant eyebrows and shiny hair.

 

SMILE BITCH! An encounter with Toby Ketih

I have the worst memory and since this was over 10 years ago I only remember the important details.

My Mom got on this country music kick and decided one day to take us kids to the Dollar Bank Jamboree back in 2001. There was music, food, and I’m sure a whole lot of other fun and exciting things.

Fast forward to the end of the night, Toby Keith and his band were signing autographs, no pictures allowed… Yeah right.

We waited patiently for our turn, slowly moving down the line of yellow caution tape separating us from them. I don‚Äôt know if they thought that was going to stop me and of course it didn‚Äôt. It was almost my turn, I told my friend when I say ‚ÄúGO‚ÄĚ take the picture, and I figured I only had a small window of opportunity before I was tackled to the ground by some hired homeless security guards.

Suddenly there was a chill in the air as a dark shadow covered my body, glancing down at me and blocking the moon was Toby Keith himself. It was time to make my move, I handed him my program and jumped the tape. I stood next to him and forcefully told him to smile, he did.

 

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The rest of the band signed and I got pictures with I think the drummer and …. Some other guy.

 

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Everyone was very nice, they took the time to sign and take pictures.

From what I remember we had fun and I was able to put another notch in my belt.