The Wrong Fangirl Decisions

It’s been a while since I’ve written here about anything but in terms of fangirling there’s been little to justify much of a post. So that brings me on to today, what has prompted me to write now?

A lot of it has to do with one artist. In my last post I said that I was saving my concert fund to see this artist and as a consequence made sacrifices when it came to other artists. The thought of a particular show kept me going but once I found out that it wasn’t going to happen, I spent the concert fund on a computer. That I don’t regret however there’s still a part of me that regrets some of the decisions I did make and every so often my head likes to remind me of some of the negativity surrounding them. I still feel from time to time that as far back as my first concert from this artist that I should have chosen an alternative show.

Then this brings me on to the album signing. The last one was in 2012 and thanks to HMV’s over-zealous security guards, I left feeling upset and disappointed that I couldn’t even speak to the artist. I later realised that another disappointment the day prior to this signing could have sub-consciously altered my behaviour. I put it behind me, hoping for a more positive experience in the future but alas that was not to be.

Fast forward to more recent times. The artist announced a signing and later in the details emerged that to be able to go, you’d have to purchase a particular version of this album that did not feature any bonus content that I had decided that I wanted. To some people this wasn’t an issue but for me it was just a little bit too over budget when I had to consider travel costs plus the cost of the album that I was hoping to purchase. I had to say no but now regret it as I find out that it was a better experience than the one I did actually go to.

It now seems to have left me with an even sourer memory of the 2012 signing but I guess I have to look at it this way, at least I had the opportunity and the fact that I blew it is just one of those things.

Choices

I no longer have the same concert fund that I used to have – because I spent it on concerts strangely enough! So that means that I have less money available to spend on them when they do come up and recently all four of the artists I have followed or would like to to see in concert have announced that they are planning shows or have released the tickets for sale already. To cut a long story short, I can’t afford to travel to see the three of them and still have any money left over to be able to see the other one in the very special show that he has planned for next year. One of the three’s tickets are still affordable (under £40) and because she is performing in Bournemouth, I decided several months ago that I’d go and see her and rumour has it that she may not be back on tour here for a while as well. The other two recently released tickets for sale and both were over £60 at the cheapest prices and neither were performing near enough to me that I’d be able to get away with not paying for a hotel room and a rather pricey train fare. It was disappointing but something had to be done and so I decided that the best thing to do would be to concentrate all my efforts on making the most of seeing one artist rather than try to see them all and end up disappointed when my bank balance says no.
How do you choose who that artist should be though? There was only one who was really only a maybe anyway because I don’t think he was as vocally strong as he used to be. The second I’d never seen before but the frontman, who some say made the band what it was died years ago. Could I justify spending that kind of money to hear half the group that they were in their prime. The answer ended up being no.
The third I already had tickets for but she is young enough to still have a career in front of her and thus more opportunities to see her in concert than some of the others. It is for that reason that I decided that for the moment she would not be my primary focus. I will have seen her four times and my focus could very well return to her when my ‘chosen one’ has drawn a close to his live performing days.
That brings me to the ‘chosen one’. What was it about him that led me to choose him in the first place? I have seen him seven times and although his tickets aren’t as cheap as the lady who was my second choice, he gives value for money. He gives everything he has to giving his fans a great show, he has consideration and gratitude for his fans in general. Whilst his tickets may not be the cheapest out there, his VIP ticket packages are one of the cheapest and he is so warm and friendly to those he meets that you just can’t help but like him as a person.

Occasionally I’ll ask myself if I’ve picked the right one, particularly with the advertising for the others and the ‘chosen one’ being quiet in comparison but then I’ll listen to a live album or watch a DVD and I’ll know that I made the right choice.

 

Charity and Social Media

Recently there has been a campaign on social media sites where women have been sharing ‘selfies’ of themselves without makeup to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK. Some people have wondered how this can help and the theory behind it is, I believe, that it shows people at their most vulnerable, just as you would be if you were affected by an illness like cancer. It raised something like £2 million in 48 hours because participants also had to text a donation to a given number. It just goes to show how social media can be used for a good cause sometimes.

About a day later, I saw a post from one of my friends to raise awareness for another cause which has a lot less media attention but is equally as devastating to lives. Motor Neurone Disease. People were encouraged to post their ‘Hi Five’ messages and like with the Cancer Research campaign, text a donation to a given number. I don’t have much of a personal connection to MND but I sent a donation and created a graphic that could be shared rather than a personal ‘Hi Five’ and posted it to Facebook and Twitter. Within 12 hours the image I created has been shared over 30 times on Facebook and my Tweet has been retweeted 15 times. Although it was only a small contribution to the cause, it’s a nice feeling to know that a graphic that I had created could encourage someone to donate to the cause.

To learn more about Motor Neurone Disease please visit: http://www.mndassociation.org

To take part in the ‘Hi Five’ campaign and send your donation, please text ‘MND FIVE’ to 70004, if you want to help raise awareness of the campaign, you can get my image here which you can share on your own blog, website or social networking account.

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Favourite Concert/Show Leaderboard

  1. Meat Loaf – Hang Cool Tour – 5th December 2010
  2. Imelda May – Tribal Tour – 18th November 2014
  3. Imelda May – Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival – 9th March 2014
  4. Meat Loaf – Last At Bat Tour (Newbury) – 17th August 2013
  5. Meat Loaf – Last At Bat Tour (Cardiff) – 21st April 2013
  6. Meat Loaf – Last At Bat Tour (London) – 10th April 2013
  7. Imelda May – Mayhem Tour – Feb 2011
  8. Ronan Keating – Time of My Life Tour – 9th September 2016
  9. Meat Loaf – Last At Bat Tour (Nottingham) – 20th May 2013
  10. Meat Loaf – Last at Bat Tour (Birmingham) – 12th April 2013
  11. Steps – The Ultimate Tour (Westonbirt) – 2012
  12. The Big Reunion – The Tour – 10th May 2013
  13. Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns – 11th March 2009
  14. Imelda May – Life, Love, Flesh, Blood Tour – 19th May 2017
  15. Meat Loaf – Last At Bat Tour (Sheffield) -19th April 2013
  16. Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark – June 2011
  17. Steps – The Ultimate Tour (Birmingham) – 25th April 2012
  18. Scouting For Girls – 17th November 2013

Tour Documentaries

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few weeks, you’ll probably be aware of a little film called ‘This Is Us’ which follows British boyband One Direction on tour. There has been advertisements on TV and their premiere, which attracted th0usands of happy fangirls made the news. I’m not a One Direction fan but from the trailers for the film, it looks like a fairly fun and light hearted documentary and I’m sure that One Direction’s fans will enjoy the chance to get a closer look at their idols as they are on tour.
There has been several different tour documentaries in the past and like the One Direction film, they’re a fairly fun and lighthearted film for the fans to watch and enjoy but it is at this point when my attention focuses on another film called ‘In Search of Paradise’. The 2007 film follows American rock singer Meat Loaf as he embarks on a Canadian tour. Unlike how ‘This Is Us’ appears, ‘In Search Of Paradise’ is a realistic but rather depressing watch. Moments of fun are infrequent and brief and Meat Loaf spends much of the film either complaining or worrying.

Is this approach to a tour documentary the realistic approach that fans want to see or do they want to see something that gives them some hope that they are going to be in for a fun and entertaining evening when they themselves are able to go to a concert? The first time I watched this, it actually made me question whether I wanted to go to a show of an artist who clearly wasn’t getting much enjoyment out of giving concert but on the other hand, did I want to see something that over-glamourised the tour process?

I don’t get it

For as long as I’ve been part of fan communities there will always be fans who like to ask the question about their favourite male celebrity’s underwear preference and maybe I’m a bit different to other fans but I couldn’t care less about what kind of underwear my favourite celebrity wears. I think that the only purpose for publishing that kind of information is to fuel the fantasies of some fans because other than that, I can’t see any point in having that information published. Surely a person’s underwear choice is personal to them, after all you don’t go and ask some other random man you don’t know what kind of underwear they prefer. They don’t seem to ask female celebrities whether they prefer thongs or boyshorts, unless I’m just not interested enough in female celebrities to read that kind of information.