Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
By the time Jo Day and then Inersha, came on, I was beginning to chill down after too many shooters and settled down next to Reinard and watched the bands from a distance – something I rarely do, but seeing as things got rather hectic earlier, I had to slow things down. After all, before he dropped Berny and me off at Tempos, Ferdi had warned me not to throw up in the car when he fetched me later on. In fear of his wrath, I had to obey. Haha. But I still managed to enjoy the bands at least.
I cant say much else, except that Berny and I had the time of our lives thank to these guys. The pictures speak for themselves…groupies? Us? Nah. Lol.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Maybe I am being a bit harsh, I mean, the reason they are not coming is that the bassist, Tommy Stinson, allegedly sprained his wrist. Ok, maybe not allegedly, but this still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Surely they can replace the bassist for these shows? Or am I wrong.
Ever since I heard that GnR was coming to South Africa, I was like a kid at Christmas, jumping up and down with excitement until I got those tickets in my hand. Since they were one of my favourite bands (and since I had a huge crush on Axl Rose when I was younger, ssshhhhh dont tell anyone), I maxed out my credit card by insisting on getting the best tickets available for my brother and me, in the golden circle. They were the only reason I was really going to the Coke Fest. Otherwise I wouldnt have really bothered. Sure, they are not THE Guns n Roses I knew then, Axl is the only original member. But Axl IS Guns n Roses (despite the blatant absence of legend Slash).
When dear Berny broke the news this morning, I was praying that she was playing a nasty belated April Fools joke on me. But it wasnt to be, the 5fm website confirmed their withdrawal from the concert. I then debated whether to get a refund on my tickets or still go to the event. Then, I thought, what the hell, Axl, or no Axl, I am going to go to this Coke Fest and make it worth my while. There are still some good bands playing, like Staind, and the Nudies. So be it then.
As for Axl, well, Im reluctant to write him off completely like I did with Limp Bizkit. But Im damn close to doing so.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Im really excited. I get to see Falling Short again, who have promised Berny and I each a copy of their video, and a CD soon to follow, as well as iNeRsHa again. Im also quite keen on seeing LA Cobra for the first time. I have heard so much about them and have waited patiently for them to come play in JHB since they are based in Pretoria. Last but not least, Torment. Their drummer told me that they have a new guitarist. I just hope that Berny doesnt ask the wrong member again if he is the new guitarist, lol.
Looking forward to hanging out with Ms Sensual Sloth again. What a cool chick, she definitely rocks!
So until then, I at least have jnf and ujfm chat (with the occassional "full blown orgy" to amuse me haha) keeping me sane. Unfortunately I am stuck here until around 6 tonight thanks to my boss rescheduling our morning meeting for this afternoon. Bugger.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
My brother, Ferdi and I arrived early, and were met by Dylan from Aion Truth in his clown outfit. Since it was Friday the 13th, everyone was encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from a horror movie. I cowered behind Ferdi in fear, as clowns really do scare me. He actually reminded me a lot of the Slipknot clown so eventually I warmed up to him and even posed for a photo. I think the alcohol had a lot to do with it though. In the end, I didn’t really dress up since finding a decent scary female character was too much work for me. I kind of did a half job of dressing up as Amanda from Saw, and borrowed some of Dylan’s paints to paint Ferdi’s face and sort of make him look like Uncle Fester from the Addams Family.
Munkinpure kicked off. Their audience was rather tiny as they are pretty much an unknown band, but not too bad I thought. Berny and I watched their whole set and moved to the beat of their catchy songs. They are not the usual hardcore bands that I prefer, but I really enjoyed watching this band. I hope to see more of them.
What can I say about Aion Truth that I haven’t already? This band just gets better and better with each performance and I can tell by the way the crowd goes wild. I just cannot wait till they release their first CD. I have a few demos of their songs, “Awakened” being my ultimate favourite, which Dylan dedicated to the Aion Truth Army once more. They ended with another favourite of mine, a new song called “Deliver Us”. My throat still hurts from all my crazy screaming.
Next was Knave but I had to take a break from the music as tequila was calling my name. But from what I could hear from the bar, the crowd was loving every minute of it. Rock on, guys! While I was downing tequilas I met up with Ms Sensual Sloth and EVOL drummer Charles from Torment. They have convinced me to come to next Saturday’s gig at Tempos, labelled “When Worlds Collide”. The band line-up looks really good, including the likes of iNeRsHa, Torment, Falling Short, Jo Day and LA Cobra, among others. I really must make it to this one.
After posing for several photos, and mucking about, I moved to my usual spot in front of the stage to watch Chromium. I have to admit, that this must be SA’s most kickass band of the moment. They always kick off with my personal favourite “Forgive Me” and go on with major mosh-pit producing songs like “Control”, “New Born Eyes” and “Set Me Free” their first single of their album, “Intro Spectre”. This time, for “Set Me Free” they were joined on stage by Louis from Knave who screamed out their chorus. Flippen amazing, I have never seen a crowd go as crazy as they did that night.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
But what about girls? Not many out there. Normally they get to play the victim, the damsel in distress that runs away screaming in the wrong direction and gets her head chopped off by the demented freak. They get stalked, they get slashed, or scream their lungs out, or typically, they prepare for their shower scene.
There are some sort of scary female characters, like Carrie, the little girl from the Ring, Frankenstein’s bride, Dracula’s brides, Celine from Underworld, Morticia, but most of these require a lot of effort, and frankly, Im not big on effort right now.
I have considered going as Amanda from the Saw movies. That should be simple enough. All I have to do is pull a mean face. I have the hair, I have the pure evil in me.
One of my favourite female characters and one that I would have loved to try out is the Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice's Queen Akasha, the mother of all vampires. Unfortunately, I dont look Egyptian, nor do I feel comfortable to prance around half-naked like she did. But she is definitely my favourite. So evil, so self-centered, so powerful. Until her demise that is, lol.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
This complicates matters for me a bit because I have been putting off my London trip to see my best friend Wendy, for many years now and its long overdue. I also want to go to Cape Town, George, PE AND Bloemfontein!!! Why is everyone so scattered? Lol. And lets not forget my licence woes that will eventually require lots of spending on my part.
But if there is a will (not an inheritance, you fools, an urge, a determination! LOL), then I will defininitely find a way!
Though my uncle and aunt are now gone, at least Weasel is returning in two weeks' time! I had a long conversation with him on Saturday night and even though he is enjoying getting to see a lot of the US of A, I could tell that he missed home a lot. He should now be in Las Vegas and then he is off to LA and returns to San Jose for the last week to finalise and pack everything.
I think we need another intervention party!!!!
Monday, April 09, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Aion Truth was supposed to go on first but at the last minute they were asked to go on last, so we watched the other bands first. The Havoc Vultures kicked off, and I could have sworn we had gone back to the seventies. They weren’t bad, just not my type of music. It took us a while to figure out what the lead singer had in his pocket until he pulled it out for a song: it looked like he had glued several spoons together as some sort of instrument. Lol.
After that it was the Vulcan Nerve Pinch. Maybe I was just too tired, but I didn’t really pay too much attention plus I was bummed about how the Roxys barmen were ripping us off with the drinks. Tarryn caught them out though. After they he wanted to charge her R22 for a Red Bull (WTF???) and she complained, the barman went to the back to “check on the price” and told her it was actually R18. Still a ridiculous price, but now I am convinced we are getting ripped off big time here.
Many people were looking forward to seeing The Kick, who came on next, so I watched to see what the fuss was all about. I thought they were good, especially when another singer came on to sing the last song (awesome) but their what seemed like 15 minute long song near the end made me a bit restless.
I was disappointed that a lot of people left after The Kick were done but we still had a good crowd to watch Aion Truth. I moved to the front and had a kick ass time. My neck still hurts, but it was worth it. Awakening is definitely my favourite song and I was so chuffed when Dylan dedicated it to me, Berny and the rest of the Aion Truth Army. Thanks!!
In the end it was a good night, though it killed me to go to bed so late. Thank goodness this is a long weekend! It was also cool to finally meet some of the guys we have been chatting to on the UJfm site. Thanks for coming! Hope to see you all again soon!
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Last Friday, Ingrid, Basti and I finally decided to go to the Randburg testing station to book. There is strength and motivation in numbers. But it was all in vain. First of all, Ferdi and I went to the Licencing Department by mistake (he thought that was were we had to book). Ingrid and Basti had gone to the correct place and phoned me to ask me where I was. Turns out, that they don’t take any bookings on Fridays. The lazy buggers. Looks like they wanted a long weekend.
So we decided to go back on Monday. After queuing outside in the cold for almost an hour, a notice gets put on the gate saying that computers were down on Friday, will be down that day, AND the following day. Looks like they can see into the future. So they got an even longer weekend. Bastards.
What amused me was this guy that came up to me while I was walking to the long queue. He told me that he had a place right in front of the queue and he would sell it to me. So even this now has become a money making scheme! I told him no and walked away, Im not that desperate to pay R100 just for a place in front of the queue. Not yet. Well, Im glad I said no because that would have been precious money down the drain.
I went back this morning, much earlier, hoping to get a better place in the queue. But as soon as Ingrid, Basti and I were dropped off, our faces dropped when we saw that this queue was even longer than before. Seems like all the people that were turned away last week were all here today. And lets not forget that its also school holidays.
After waiting for an hour again, a man came outside and told everyone that computers were down, again, in the whole of Gauteng. Now you cant help getting angry and start to shout at this man after all this nonsense. I felt just a little bit bad for him but come on! This is really pathetic now!!!
The people I really feel sorry for is the schoolkids that wanted to use the holidays to book. They now only have one day left, and chances are they wont be able to book then either. I seriously dont know what to do anymore, my patience is running out. Maybe I should, after all, go outside Gauteng to book my learners, because this province is PATHETIC!!!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
We went on a few boring rides after that, even the Thunder Train was boring. I really wanted to go on the Anaconda (kind of ironic for someone who is afraid of heights, but I love the adrenaline rush of it, and the ride is quick). The last time I was there I went on it and had a picture taken. The expression on my face was priceless. But this time the queue was too long. Aunt C even wanted to go with me. It was a pity. All I could do was watch the lucky buggers that had the patience to queue for so long (for the train we queued for over 40 mins, ridiculous).
The afternoon went by too quickly. Having to queue all over the place really shortened our activities so I felt that I didnt get my money's worth. In the end we settled down at Mugg & Bean for a late lunch. I was buggered, but had a bit of fun. Dont think I will be going back there anytime soon.