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"I have a rep. Did I earn it? Yeah, I did. But, after awhile you sort of try to shed that rep because you're kind of a different person. You've evolved and all of the bad things you've done in your life have brought you to a much better place."
- Shannen Doherty, on her past diva behavior, to Parade Magazine
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A few weeks ago, I finally finished reading the final book of The Hunger Games trilogy … Mockingjay. Because David and I were traveling and then a host of other things distracted me, I never got the chance to blog about the book. Now that all of the tributes have been cast for the upcoming Hunger Games film, I’m really getting anxious to see the story brought to life on the big screen. Read on for some of my (possibly spoilery) thoughts on the final book of the Hunger Games trilogy.
To be honest, I kinda had a feeling that the final book was not going to end on a happy note. Considering the way that Catching Fire ended, it was plainly obvious that the final book was going to be war-centric. I can understand why some fans feel that Mockingjay is the worst of the 3 books but I honestly loved it … and felt that, in the end, the trilogy stands as an excellent series of books. My guess is that the folks who do not care for Mockingjay take great issue with the fact that the book did not end happily. I can think of one death in particular that prolly angered a great many fans. Because that death took such an innocent character, it makes sense that there would be anger. Mockingjay makes the excellent point, tho, that War is Hell. Death can strike anyone … and even the people who you thought were the good guys sometimes do bad things. I can only judge Mockingjay in context with the two previous books … and as a trilogy, I loved The Hunger Games. I’m not going to lie tho … I did have strong feelings when I finished the book. I was obviously sad and angry … but any book that can make me feel that way has to be a damn good book. I am really curious to see how these tales will be told on the big screen. The first film will really give us a good idea of how well the books will be represented on the screen.
I’m curious … can those of you who have strong feelings — either good or bad — about the final book chime in? I’d love to hear what other people think of the book.
It’s Friday and time for the weekend. My dear friend Monique is visiting LA this weekend from Hong Kong and we are going with my friend Eileen to see Prince at The Forum. Yes, I know … more Prince? Yep. As I said, I will see him as many times as I can while he is still playing here. It’s so crazy to get to see one of your fave musicians over and over and over and for such a small price. Let the weekend commence!!
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Yesterday afternoon, seemingly out of nowhere, The Troubadour announced that Prince would be playing two last minute shows in their tiny club Wednesday night. With almost no warning, tickets went immediately onsale for an early 7pm show and a late 11pm show. Because I am totally crazy, I jumped at the chance to get a ticket for the 11pm show … and then had enough time to get a ticket for the 7pm show as well. It turns out that my friend David Russell and his friend Chris were also attending the 7pm show so we met up at the Troubadour to begin what turned out to be one of the most amazing nights of live music I’ve ever seen.
This is the message that the Troubadour sent out yesterday announcing the 2 Prince shows:
I met up with David in line at around 5:45pm and then we were met by Chris shortly thereafter. The 2 shows that Prince played last night were very different in scope and style. The first show as more laid back, with lots of slow songs and long instrumental jams. Altho the set list looks short, the songs were interspersed among 10-20 minute jam sessions of just beautiful instrumentation. Here are some photos I managed to snap of the 7pm show and the setlist played:
Early Show – Setlist:
Stratus (Billy Cobham cover)
Somewhere Here On Earth
I Love U But I Don’t Trust U Anymore
*LONG Instrumental Jam*
Let’s Get it On (Andy Allo on vocals)
Computer Love (Zapp & Roger cover)
I Wanna Be Your Man (Zapp & Roger cover)
When She Comes (*New Song*)
U Will Be With Me
A Case of U (Joni Mitchell cover)
Beggin’ Woman Blues
Power Fantastic and A Case of U were my faves but the show vibe of the show was just chill and cool as Hell. It was during this first show that I was closest to Prince. I was not 5 feet from the man all night. You could tell, it took a while for him to warm up to being so close to the audience. But once he did warm up, he was playful and joking with the crowd all night long.
The second show, damn, now that one was worth the price of both admissions all in one. While the first show was slow and jammy, the second show was LOUD, fast and really rocking. Prince came out and said, “I hope you are ready for some rock and roll” and he blasted his guitar from that track all the way until the final encore at 2:30am! It was more difficult to sneak photos for the second set but here are the few I managed to snap along with the setlist:
Late Show – Setlist:
I Like It There
Wild Thing (Troggs cover)
Brown Skin (India.Arie cover, Shelby J. on vocals)
Misty Blue (Dorothy Moore cover, Shelby J. on vocals)
Crimson & Clover (Tommy James and the Shondells cover)
Waiting in Vain (Bob Marley cover, Andy Allo on vocals)
I Want to Be Free (The Ohio Players cover)
Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry cover)
She’s Always In My Hair
Future Soul Song
Stratus (Billy Cobham cover)
Get Up Stand Up (Bob Marley cover w/ Let’s Go Crazy guitar riff ending)
I mean … what can I say about this setlist? Legendary comes to mind. To be able to see Prince rock out to these songs in such an intimate setting … I am truly blessed. I kept trying to remember to be in the moment, to relish what I was experiencing because it really was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Before the second show started, I got to meet Glee‘s Darren Criss (who was really very sweet and so nice) but all I really could focus on was Prince on stage. After the show, I got to meet Prince‘s #1 female vocalist Shelby J. and was able to tell her how much I love her performances. She took my hands into her hands and thanked me … it was just the most amazing night of live music EVER! There were moments when Prince would use his guitar to “battle” with Mike Phillips on the saxophone that just BLEW my mind! It was unlike anything I’ve EVER seen before. I’m telling you, I could go on and on and on about all the tiny nuances of last night’s shows but I’ll never be able to convey what it was like to be in the presence of such awesome musicianship. I am SO excited for the rest of the Forum shows that Prince still has yet to perform in the coming days and weeks but I know, nothing will ever compare to being able to experience the shows I got to see last night. I am a very lucky man.
Plans for tonight? Sleep. I have to make up for the sleep I did NOT get last night. Ahhh … what sweet dreams I’ll have :)