I’ve been promising my 14 year old that I would take her to see KEANE next time they hit LA. We’ve been fans of this British band for a while & I have yet to miss them when they do play here.
Paige was pretty excited to have a night out around the famous Hollywood & Vine area, which is where the beautiful Pantages Theatre is located. We ate at the bar of CLEO’S Restuarant, which is located inside the REDBURY HOTEL. Both were designed by photographer Matthew Rolston. I can’t wait to come back here with my husband for the full grown up night out experience!
Not only was the time spent with my music-loving daughter fantastic, the concert was great as usual but the highlight of the evening for her was a run in with Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers fame. He was sitting with a friend just 3 rows up from us. He was very kind to her & indulged her with this picture!
I think she liked him even more after she realized he appreciated the sounds of KEANE!
Take a listen!
And if you ever get a chance to see a show inside the Pantages Theatre, go for it! The space is phenomenal!
Here is the ceiling!
…And this is all she got!
You’d never guess who is supposed to be in this picture!? My 15 year old former self would’ve DIED at this interaction with this mega British pop star. To Be THIS close would’ve been beyond my wildest dreams!
You see, I was a teenage groupie of many many bands back in the day but there was ONE band in particular that I was CRAZY for! I even got to see them once during my junior year of high school back in 1984. It was an AWFUL experience! I brought a boyfriend who didn’t like their music, I lost my friends in the crowd, and quite frankly, the band didn’t perform well Live!
As if the experience couldn’t get any worse, when I did finally find my group of friends after the concert, they told me all about their fabulous night & how they not only met Grace Slick of Jefferson Starship fame. They also met the biggest concert promotor of the Bay Area, Bill Graham. All my concert tickets said “Bill Graham presents” so I knew he was a big deal! My friends excitedly went on to tell me that he personally invited them to return the next day to watch the band record a video in the arena. I was so green with envy and filled with so much jealousy it hurt! My friends decided to help me find Mr. Graham to request an extra ticket, I failed miserably to pursuade him after he asked if they were my favorite band. My response was “F@#K yeah!” and this did not sit well with him AT ALL! Who knew, Mr. Rock & Roll himself would take offense? He could not be swayed & I was sent away sad & dejected and of course, embarassed, I had better manners than that!
To add salt to the would, my friends called me from the taping the next day to say that the doors to the arena were WIDE OPEN and they were not even checking tickets! When the video was on heavy rotation on MTV a few months later, I got a sick feeling in my gut each time I watched it! I’ve been to hundreds of concerts since then & I have always claimed that THAT ONE was my worst!
Stay tuned until next week, when I share Part II of this story and the reveal of this “Epic Photo Fail”