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Thursday, August 8, 2013

MrB keeps asking me, “Who’s your hero?” So far, he’s refrained from answering his own question by indicating himself with both thumbs and saying, “This guy!”

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That shows how nice he is because he is entitled to do the thumb thing after getting us tickets to attend watch-company G-Shock’s 30th anniversary party in New York City last night– the “Shock the World” event featuring a performance by Eminem that I got to see from the front row.

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This photo taken before the concert shows where I was standing.

Opening for Eminem was my best friend, the rapper Yelawolf. Yelawolf and I haven’t ever exchanged a single word, but I feel like he’s my best friend because I fought my way through a nor’easter to see him perform in Brooklyn last November. I am normally too lazy to go to any location (besides easy-to-get-to Barclays Center) in Brooklyn on even the most pleasant days. However, I battled snow, wind and a broken-down subway system to see Yela. It seems like the kind of thing I’d only do for a very dear friend. Ergo, Yela and I must be BFFs.

Unfortunately, despite my excellent vantage point at the G-Shock event, I didn’t get good photos of BFF Yelawolf. Something about his stage lighting didn’t agree with either my iPhone camera or my regular camera. This is unfortunate because Yela was killing it from a fashion perspective. (He put on a great show as well; MrB was full of praise for him afterwards.) He’s got a new ‘do that’s kind of shaved but mullet-y. It’s a little bit People of Walmart and a little bit old-school punk … it’s country-punk! I like it. I also appreciated his “Gangster rap made me do it” t-shirt; American flag sunglasses; sneakers emblazoned with his Slumerican record label name; and belt stamped with the words “Holy Bible” (in other words, a true Bible Belt). I’m still looking through photos but I think this is the best I got of him.

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I could have used a sip of his beer right then. It was hot where I was standing.

The next time he and I hang out on a stormy evening in Brooklyn, I’ll ask him to pose for a better photo.

I had more luck photographing Eminem. A lot of people were hoping Eminem would introduce new music from the album that’s supposed to be coming out this year, but he stuck to his classics. New work would have been thrilling, but I was fine with the set that was performed, though it would have been nice if the vocals were more audible. So many of the shows I go to lately seem to have the vocals drowned out by the music … or I maybe I can’t hear the voices because I’m going deaf from listening to loud music on headphones, just like my parents said I would. (They warned me I would ruin my eyes by reading in the dark too. So far, I can still see.) Anyway, Em started off with “Won’t Back Down,” the same as he did when I saw him at Lollapalooza in 2011.

Even though I was up front at Lollapalooza, last night’s front row was much, much closer to the stage, so the view was incredible. I could see every expression on Eminem’s face and he seemed engaged and energetic.

These are my two favorite photos from the performance, taken as Eminem plucked at a guitar. I like the look on his face and guitarist Curt Chambers‘s face, as well as their body language.
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Here’s another photo that’s quite sharp.

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You can see the rest of my photos on my Flickr account here.

Between Yela and Em’s set, I flashed back to Lollapalooza in a non-musical but highlarious way. At Lolla, my sister, Terri Berry, and I overheard an annoying 14-year-old boy loudly proclaim that the “old people” would probably leave after Big Audio Dynamite performed and before Eminem came on. After a looong moment, we realized that we were the old people! DAFUQ?! I thought I was as young as the music I feel! (Especially when the rapper I’m there to see is much closer to my age than 14.) Well, you know that once you get old, you get ornery too, so that punk-ass little boy never achieved his dream of pushing us out of our spots. In fact, we shooed him away from our section entirely. Begone, varlet!

Last night’s special brat was the chick on my right who kept jostling for space with MrB. I heard her bray something about people bringing their moms and dads to the show. A while later, I heard her repeat her complaint and elaborate on it, making it clear that the mom in question was the one belonging to the girl to my left. After a looong moment, it dawned on me that the “dad” in question was MrB. With our 25-year age difference, MrB and I are used to and amused by such comments, so I turned to my right, smiled and said, “That’s my husband.” “That’s not your father?” she asked. “Nope, my husband,” I said. “So he just looks like your father,” she said, trying to be nasty. “Yep!” I answered cheerfully. I didn’t hear any shit from her the rest of the night, nor did she get any of MrB’s space. “I might be old,” he said to me, “but I’m still stronger than her!” Ha!

Here’s what I wore to the show, as seen around 6 PM …

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… and here’s how I looked in a much sweatier state after midnight.

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T-shirt: Back-up Damien Hirst diamond skull museum t-shirt (2013, from eBay because I love my original so much).
Jeans: Acne (2008-ish)
Shoes: Opening Ceremony (2013)
Purse: Prada (purchased on eBay in 2008)
Necklace: My own IDGAF design
Unseen earring: My own middle finger “emoji” design

It was an amazing night. Thanks to MrB for (a) being my ticket hero and (b) not giving that girl any wiggle room, and to G-Shock for putting on a great event and giving us all watches. Shoutouts to Eminem’s gorgeous backup singer Sky Heavens, who you can follow on Twitter at @SkyHeavensXO; keyboard player Erskine Hawkins, who tweets as @ErskineHawkins aka the Key of E; and drummer Devin Webster, who very rarely tweets as @DWebstar86. Devin is also Skylar Grey’s drummer and Stacy Lomman and I chatted with him after Skylar’s show last month, so it was nice to say hello to him again!

UPDATED TO ADD: There are some video clips here with much better sound quality than mine.

UPDATED AGAIN TO ADD: Yelawolf is helping me out with my fashion coverage! He posted a photo of the Bible belt on his Instagram, saying he and Eminem had both signed it. Apparently he’s planning some kind of New York scavenger hunt for it. Click his photo below to read more.

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From Yela’s Instagram. Click!

Speaking of fashion, Eminem wore his hat low over his eyes through nearly the entire performance. He pushed it back for a couple of moments and while I didn’t get a clear photo, someone else did. See it here.

UPDATED YET AGAIN TO ADD: Rolling Stone wrote about the show here. I particularly like (and agree with) this paragraph:

“Eminem’s had a lot of ups, a lot of downs and a bunch of drugs in between. The youthful exuberance of the TRL years has long disappeared behind his eyes. To watch him on TV is often to see a man who would rather not be on TV. But last night, he threw his body fully into the experience, practically choking on the microphone to give it more sound. His back muscles rippled his white tee and his neck bulged, always straining for more, more, more. It was a purely compulsive performance.”

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31 Responses to “Musical Interlude: Eminem at G-Shock 30th Anniversary Party”

  1. MARLA ROBINSON says:

    looks like so much fun, love your skull top

  2. Anne says:

    Wow, people are rude!

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      You mean the age commenters? LOL. I don’t know what they think they’re going to achieve. We ain’t leaving! I guess they’re just venting. But the nice thing is that when THEY get old, they’ll hopefully remember some of the dumb age-related things they said and cringe over them, the same way I do.

      It’s like the Who singing, “Hope I die before I get old,” and then changing their minds :-D

      • Anne says:

        “Hope I get old in a healthy way and produce lots of albums and enjoy the money I’ve made,” more like.

        And haters gonna age, definitely.

      • WendyB
        Twitter: WendyBrandes
        says:

        Speaking of death and the Who reminds me of Keith Moon, of course, which reminds me of the great footage from the Cow Palace….have you seen this? Moon passes out from animal tranquilizers and they ask the audience for a drummer and this kid came up and played with them! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPiG7HVt5lM

      • Anne says:

        Yes! Love that clip. So great.

      • WendyB
        Twitter: WendyBrandes
        says:

        I’m now watching other Keith Moon videos and nearly crying from laughing, the guy was such a lunatic!

      • Poochie
        Twitter: ShoeDaydreams
        says:

        What a little biotch!

        I’ve dumped drinks on people for less. But then I’m a bit of a bitch too.

      • WendyB
        Twitter: WendyBrandes
        says:

        I think I would get angrier if I wasn’t so slow sometimes to realize I was being insulted! I can’t believe she had to repeat herself to get my attention. LOL! I mean, especially if you’re going to say me or the people I’m with are old. Because I’m always like, “There are old people in here? Where?”

        Meanwhile, while I ignore things people say, I am totally hypersensitive to hostile staring. There was a table of bitchy gay men staring at me at a restaurant the other night, and I am still mad about that! WTF, boys!

  3. annemarie says:

    I find Eminem sexy as bejesus.

    About the little cunt. You handled it very gracefully, but I would prefer a put-down of Winston Churchill caliber. Something that begins with “Madame, he is old, you are …” I can’t think of a good way to finish that sentence?

    I suppose you could also say: “what’s your problem? Got poo poo in your diaper?”

    Not as classy as Winston, but not bad.

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      Yes, Em is definitely very sex-ay!

      And I really do need the perfect vicious — but funny line — to answer those kind of comments from the youngsters.

  4. Louise says:

    MrB is a BAMF!

  5. That rudeness is epic. I love “Begone, varlet!” How about, in response to “that’s not your father?” something like: “No, and I’m not his mother.”

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      Ooh, I like that!

      • Louise says:

        There must be a way to combine this retort with the fact that he’s a BAMF. I have found that referring delicately (or not so delicately) to one’s own vigorous and healthy love life tends to get the young ‘un to pipe down. Or back away slowly, which is just as good.

  6. stacy says:

    Great post! I have to say, I think my favorite part is, “THIS GUY!” LMAO!
    Loving Yela’s moto!!
    I wonder if those “young” peeps @ Lollapalooza even knew who BAD was.
    Or the Clash, for that matter.
    Idiots (say it like Napoleon)!

  7. Christine says:

    Great shots! And it looks like you had a great time.

    As a mother, I prefer a bitchy comment about “time to change your nappy” or “shouldn’t you be in bed by now?” Of course I haven’t tried these on teenagers but my teenage nieces assure me these would be withering.

    Teen girls! Should be shot!

    Christine xo

  8. Way to score tix and be a BAMF, MrB! I vote yes for cufflinks! The need to give off brat-tacular b.s. must be evidence of a terribly sad little existence. Aww. Sounds like an exceptionally fantastic show otherwise – love the “after” shot of sweaty exhilaration!

  9. Yela is handsome. (As is MrB). I was getting ageist attitude from a brat associate in A/F when I was with my supposedly more age-appropriate daughters. I always smile and tell then I’d love to read one of their essays.

  10. oh yeah, MrB, a hero and a BAMF. Love these pics. My husband’s about the same age as me, but if some young punk gives us shit at a concert or bar for being old, I say he’s my father then I give him a big wet sloppy kiss. Grosses them right out.
    Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

  11. Val Sparkle says:

    I’m not into Eminem, but it sounds like a good time was had by all, even the little children who shouldn’t be out so late. I hope that girl got a spanking when she got home (unless that’s what she wanted).

    It’s funny, in your midnight photo, the skull on your shirt looks even more wicked than before! I guess he liked the show, too!

  12. I’m embarrassed at the music I like these days … modern bubble gum … Fun. Florence and the Machine, Bruno Mars, Train … but I’m also a senior citizen so I can like my stupid stuff. Lucky I can hear it at all. Couldn’t get cool enough to go see any of them as I’d have to put up with the young’uns. Would not have been as nice as you, but would feel bad.
    So happy you had a great time, and so nice to love it with your personal partner in crime.
    And, of course you look amazing. Great arms! Wonderful jewels!

    • WendyB
      Twitter: WendyBrandes
      says:

      I like Bruno Mars and Florence! You know, in my early 30s, I was too bothered by having to deal with teenagers to go to concerts but I got over that. I mean, I go to the concerts even though the teenagers really ARE fucking annoying!