I went to the Auckland gig, it was breathtaking buckets of fun for !evalastingjawbreaker
and mahself.. Front row centre. She chilled the audience with her opening, made us scream with one number and had us silent with the next. I gots a couple of the flowers she decorated the stage with as a memento, even though I will need no help remembering that night. Fly in, dinner, see show, breakfast, fly out, go to class, go to work, coma.
And then there was Wellington, with evalastin and I so front row centre that we could reach out and touch her keyboard...which I did. Then she asked me up on stage to help her adjust her keyboard, and gaved me a kiss on the cheek. After that is the show, which is everything Auckland was, but 100 times that and then some. She came up with the new New Zealand anthem, just for us
, and I've had the chorus from "The Australia Effect" stuck in my head since the concert. Listen closely to the scream fans before she sings, you can hear me offering to hide her from the police and telling her to live with dirty ol' Rachel.
She rocked out on a bright pink ukelele, performed a two minute improvised intro to "Half Jack" and so many other things that just left us in awe. Then came the encore. When Amanda came back out to play "Leeds United" dirty ol' Rach' got up to dance on the stage. I could not resist, soon the stage was packed with people groovin behind Amanda, dancing, singing and rocking out.
One of her roadies tried to herd us off the stage, but she launched into "Girl Anachronism" and commanded us to dance again before he succeeded.. I have never danced so hard in my life, the bar was singing along so hard that we didn't realize the keyboard had cut out til halfway through the verse, and it didn't stop us.
She vanished after that, only to reappear a few minutes later, belly bare, to play Radiohead's "Creep", on the ukulele, atop the bar. It was legendary. I was standing directly in front of her, again.
That was her final performance, for the night, but when she came back out front to sign merch and take pics I caught her first. I asked if she had gotten my letter thanking her for performing in Wellington.
"Letter? Oh, you're Eli?"
*feeble, star-struck nod*
And then she kissed me. With tongue. Man, the rockstar-worship centre of my brain melted right then and there. All of us were blown away that night, barely able to use words like real people, but for the next couple of minutes I was a shining example of how not to communicate.
Ukelele Saves the Day will probably be opening her Wellington gig next year, and she's bringing Neil Gaiman with her as well as (possibly) Brian. I am much excited.
WE NOW RETURN TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED REALITY.