Washington, D.C.’s worst kept secret…..

May 12

Maybe about a month or so ago, some of us became aware of a little birthday party that was to take place at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and was to be hosted by one Dave Grohl.

I’m sure that most of you know by now that this information alone was enough for me to pack my bag, redeem some airline miles and request a few days off of work.

Here’s the poster that accompanied the announcement:

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It wasn’t too long until some of us who really have no life started searching the poster for any kind of clues.  And – cryptic as it might be – you know what? We found it:

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You see it?  Right there – after “Plus Special Guest”, that little symbol? It looks suspiciously like the symbol on that classic Foo Fighters album, “The Colour and the Shape”.

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All I’m saying, dear Foo Fighters, is that you’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning to fool us. Not saying that you were trying really hard either to fool us, but still.  And the ticket sales?  You had to buy tickets in person at the box office and were allowed two total tickets.  And you had to enter the building with the person that bought the tickets to begin with…..  Honestly, it’s kind of nice doing that because you can be sure that scalpers aren’t out to cheat you and people that really love the band are able to be there to enjoy something special like Big Tony’s birthday party. So thank you, Brad, for letting me be your +1 on that night.  I’m forever grateful to you for helping me out.

This time around, I roomed with Liz from Ohio. I adore Liz.  She’s a good egg.  We met up on Sunday at our hotel in Arlington, VA.   No joke, this was our room number: 

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I’m going to tell you a little story about her that ended up being worth the trouble she went through.  A few days before we were to fly out, Liz sends me a text message  saying, ‘Someone just told me that there are two airports in DC!  Please tell me that you’re flying in to Dulles!’  Whoops!  “No, I’m flying in to Reagan which is one stop away on the Metro from the Raddison (where we were staying).”  Poor Liz.  Cursing herself…. having to spend around $70.00 on a cab ride one way to and from the airport….but you know what?  On Tuesday, Liz was sitting at her gate at Dulles to fly back home when she heard a kid say, ‘Whoa…Dave Grohl!” and she looked over and saw Dave walking along.  Liz said hello and took this:

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That’s some serious bad luck turned good luck right there. I promise you Liz doesn’t even care about the money she spent on cabs.  Bonus: Dave in glasses. I’m not the least bit jelly.  *bangs head on computer*

We spent the rest of our Sunday in Washington, D.C. doing some tourist type things.  Saw the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and of course popped over to the White House to check in with Barry O. who, for some reason, did not have time to meet with us.

You know what happened on Monday, the day of the concert?  We sat in line.  That’s it.  It was good though because there were quite a few of us that sort of hang out online and at Foo Fighters related gigs together so it was nice to see everyone and get caught up.  We should plan better next time and maybe all get together for dinner or drinks or something rather than yelling down the line to one another.  This was my first all day concert type thing that I had done since I got shingles (ug!) and dealing with my nerve-damaged leg.  I’m glad that I sat in line for the most part because standing at that show was almost too much.  I made it through though.  I would love to be able to do it again in the future, but I’m going to have to consider seats rather than floor stuff because by the time we were out of the show, the pain meds were needing to be consumed.  I’m good though. I’ve rested and I’m much better.

But I digress….

Here are a few photos of the gang hanging out in line, courtesy of Rachel Hearshen:

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So Dave was our emcee for the evening, and he came out to speak to us all and tell us about the show.  He mentioned that when he was in “Mission Impossible” that they opened up at a Prom along with Trouble Funk.  (!!!!)

I’m going to do my best to credit everyone with the following photos, but extra special thanks to Cheryl, LeAnn, Liz, Sarah, and Rachel for sending these over to me and allowing me to use them.  I took, what I thought, was the most awesome photo, only to get back to the hotel and realized that my thumb is half way over the photo.  For photo credit, hover your mouse over the photo and it will tell you who it belongs to.

Dave speaking to the 9:30 Crowd:

First up were the “Don’t Need Its” which was Dave on Drums, Pete Stahl on vocals, and Darryl Jenifer & Dr. Know on bass & guitar.  HO-LY shit.  When does THIS album come out because that was fun.  And there’s a video floating around on Facebook by Joe Beebe that shows Pete jump right into Liz, and then me laughing at her.  Good times!  I’m being serious about an album.  

The Don’t Need Its: (and yes, that’s Taylor watching the set).

Hm.. I’m just going through photos now and kind of realized that the only person who took a photo of Trouble Funk was LeAnn.  So LeAnn wins a prize.   I gotta tell you, I was somewhat distracted during Trouble Funk because everyone’s favorite fainter Emily – well, fainted during their set.  She even assured me that she ‘drank her orange juice’ before the show so that it wouldn’t happen.  Emily is fine though and got to watch up from the balcony and probably could breathe a little bit up there too.  She wasn’t the only one – there were quite a few people that fainted because trust me – it was crazy.  And just for the record, I want to state again that Fan Boys are way worse than Fan Girls.  The two guys behind Liz & me…wow.  They had way bigger Dave G. fantasies than some of the girls I’ve witnessed… SOME.

Trouble Funk:

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After Trouble Funk, Dave came out again and talked to us as he played guitar and then went into Times Like These where eventually the rest of the band walked on to the stage and joined him. 

 

I want you to know that every Google Alert that I’ve received this past week has been about how Dave stood on the bar during Monkey Wrench and did a shot.  Really.  So I wouldn’t want to disappoint you.  The best photo of this event belongs to Emily: (Click to Enlarge)

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Here are a few more though, if you need them:

A few others:

So after all was said & done, we were all correct in assuming that Foo Fighters would actually end up playing. I was hoping for some new music, but now that I think about it, I’m a little glad that it’s still kept a secret.  It might be just a bit too early to hear new stuff.  And honestly, I hope that it doesn’t leak or anything like that. 

I was looking around for Liz after the show and what do you know:

I still can’t believe Liz ran into Dave at the airport.

So if you’re still reading, I wanted to say thanks for hanging in there for so long… not even just for this particular update, but FYI, SweetParamania.com has been online for TEN YEARS now (Suck on that, Facebook).   May 2004 was when I uploaded my first photos.  I’ve told the story before, but this was really a project that I started for a web design class that I was taking in college.  I had to have a website to work on, and so I picked Dave because …well, I adored him.  And I was a fan (I still am) and I’ll always be a fan, no matter what.  I’ve been extremely fortunate to meet so many wonderful, amazing people that I now consider friends.  It might not come across much in person, but I really do care (I have a tendency to be shy or withdrawn at times…it’s me, not you.)  And you know what – I’m glad that I picked Dave.  He didn’t have to include me in anything or even talk to me, but he did and he has and honestly, I’ve got to be one of the luckiest people out there as far as fan sites go.  I mean that.  He didn’t owe me a thing in the world, but he’s been so nice to me. I appreciate it. I really do.  And I’m thankful to anyone who bothered to look at my goofy online place and spent their free time here or contributed or cheered me on in any way, shape, or form.  I love you all & I mean that.

So until that next Foo/Dave related thing takes place…… I’ll see you online.

xo

Leecy

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June 03, 2010

Jun 03

Dave was at the White House as previously mentioned on our May 25 update helping honor Sir Paul McCartney. I don’t have much yet on it, but Veronica sent in this photo:

Did Dave get a new jacket? (That’s a joke from Las Vegas). You will be able to catch this on PBS stations on July 28, 2010 here in the states.

Here’s a link to Dave singing at the White House (Thanks, Leigh!)

Memorial Day weekend this year was pretty much the best holiday weekend to kick off the summer that I’ve had in a long time. I got to spend some time in New York City; got to see The Black Hollies in concert in Brooklyn; got to hang out with really great friends in Jersey City, New Jersey, and I got to go to the 30th anniversary of the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. and you’ll NEVER guess who showed up! Uncanny how I just happened to be in the same place at the same time as Dave. Weird.

Check out that line up along with Dave. I seriously think my favorite “new” band is Clutch. They’re not new. It’s just that I have been ignorant to them. Holy cow they were awesome. That Neil Fallon’s crazy eyes .. you gotta go see them if they’re ever in your area. He scared the crap out of me. I loved it! And what’s even more nuts is that his sister is Mary Alice from Ace of Cakes / Charm City Cakes. I’ve heard her talk about him on the show. Sheesh. Crawl out from under your rock, will ya, Leecy?

So here’s what I can tell you about the show. Yes, Dave played a solo version of Everlong. Then he was joined by Pete Stahl & members of Bad Brains & Scream. Here’s a link to a review and here’s a bit about Dave:

Rounding out the solo, guitar, samurai performances of the evening was the invite-hinted-at, surprise guest of the night. DC-area-rooted, international rock superstar Dave Grohl did indeed show up to play. He was met with loudest cheers of the night as he walked on stage and strapped on his baby-blue guitar. Grohl told Rollins that he had a half-finished Black Flag tattoo that he tried to give himself when he was twelve. Then Grohl told a story about getting his first record made thanks to a hook-up with Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin at the old 9:30 Club. After muttering thanks to all his friends, Grohl launched into a great version of the Foo Fighters’ song “Everlong” which got the crowd singing along. It was a sweet moment. A lot of guys hugging their gals from behind and swaying to Grohl’s honest lyrics and guitar swoons.

Being the true class act that he is, Grohl made his set less about himself and more about his old band-mates in Scream who he invited on-stage to perform with him. Grohl played guitar while Scream’s original drummer Kent Stax (the guy he replaced in the 80’s) took the kit. Fritz Stahl was the only Scream member not present. This impromtu Scream reunion was awesome. Pete Stahl sang a melodic, soulful version of their old tune “Chokeword” and then the group launched into not one, but two Bad Brains songs.** They played “At The Atlantis” (in honor of the 9:30 Club’s original name) and “Stay Close To Me” (a b-side Rollins noted he had never heard played live). The Grohl/Scream/Bad Brains set left everyone in the crowd buzzing with good old DC Hardcore P.M.A.

Fritz? WTF?

It looks like Dave had two new tattoos. They look to be feathers and there’s one on the back of each arm.

Also, let me say that after Dave played Everlong and then was joined by the other guys, I witnessed what I hope is not going to be a trend. Some genius behind me yelled as loud as he could, “FRESH POTS!!”

Don’t be that moron. I honestly think Dave heard it because the look on his face was priceless. Like ‘Fuck me..I gotta live with this shit now.’

First it was the Mentos, and now Fresh Pots. Knock it off, people. I can’t confirm obviously that he heard it but it was definitely loud enough and the guy was right behind me and I was in the front row. Just stop it now. Nerds.

Here are a couple of photos that I took. To see them all CLICK HERE.

Kelsey sent in her photos that she took back in February at the Them Crooked Vultures concert at Roseland in New York City. I’m just now getting around to uploading them. So thank you, Kelsey for being so patient and I apologize for taking my sweet time. Life. Crazy. Etc.

That’s all I have at the moment. I’ll be blogging about my weekend a little later so check that out if you’re completely bored.

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May 25, 2010

May 25

I’ve mentioned it before, but next to our friend Dave, I’m a Paul McCartney fan. I don’t care if you think John was better or claim you were always George’s biggest fan. Paul. That’s who I have always adored.

So you know, on June 2, in Washington D.C., Dave is going to help honor Sir Paul at a White House concert and I’d give a year’s salary (which is a big fuckin’ deal, Mr. Vice President) to even get the slightest glimpse of that.

I suppose I’ll survive somehow. I always do… but wow!

According to the article, this will air on PBS stations around the United States on July 28, 2010. I’m DVR’ing it.

As if Sir Paul weren’t enough, Dave will be presenting ‘The John Bonham Story’ on BBC 6 Music Monday, May 31, 2010. Here’s the article with a little more information.

How awesome is all of this? I’m still planning on trying to hit the 9:30 Club in D.C. on the 31st to catch Dave there, but I doubt President Obama will give me access to the White House. Even though I DID campaign for the guy.. knocking on doors – signing up voters.. you know. Just sayin’. ;-p

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May 19, 2010

May 19

The 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. will be celebrating their 30 yr anniversary on Monday, May 31, 2010. Here’s a nice article about the club’s history and a quote by Dave:

Dave Grohl, former Nirvana and Scream drummer, and current frontman for the Foo Fighters:

I went to the 9:30 club hundreds of times. I was always so excited to get there, and I was always bummed when it closed. I spent my teenage years at the club and saw some shows that changed my life. The first time I played there was with my band Dain Bramage, when I was 15 or 16. I scored my first record deal that night, with Fartblossom Records. It was already the greatest night of my life — as a kid growing up in the D.C. punkrock scene, your first show at the 9:30 club might as well have been Royal Albert Hall or Madison Square Garden. Scream played there a few times, and then Nirvana played there just as “Nevermind” came out and we were starting to get popular.

Here’s another quote:

Hurwitz: The original Black Cat was a little bigger than the old 9:30 club, had a little nicer dressing room — everything was just a little better — and had a celebrity investor in Dave Grohl. When it opened, all these bands I thought were loyal started a mass exodus. I remember one agent said to me: “Nobody plays the 9:30 anymore. It’s dead.” I had to prove them wrong.

Grohl: That club had a special place in everybody’s heart. But it was difficult for local bands to get shows there, and some of the tickets were a little too expensive for some people to afford. The idea with the Black Cat was to open up a bigger room that wouldn’t have to have a high ticket price. It would be for local bands, rather than national touring acts, and it would be a little more musician-friendly. There were lot of good things about the old 9:30 club, but there were some bad things about it, too. Load-in was a bitch, the dressing room was small, and it had that [expletive] pole and those rats. Then Seth went and opened the new club. Ask any band that’s toured the country more than once what their favorite venue to play is, and nine out of 10 will say the new 9:30 club.

I like that ‘load-in’ got called a bitch.

Anyway, rumor has it that Dave could show up on the 31st for an acoustic set… and me? I’m sick of hanging out in Boston so ROAD TRIP if so.

My friend Kelsey sent in some photos from the TCV Roseland NYC show from February – I’m sorting through those and should have them up in the next few days. Promise.

Also wanted to mention that I had a really great time last weekend because my friend Elle from Germany flew in with her husband and we were able to finally meet in person. Elle is the woman who does all of the graphic designs for this website. She’s awesome and I really did enjoy meeting her and her husband and getting to know her in person! We took the Boston Duck Boat tour (I got to drive the boat on the Charles river and we all lived to tell about it!) and we snapped this photo:

Elle & Leecy. Graphic Designer and Web Designer for SweetParamania.com

Elle is now enjoying the rest of her vacation in Florida but is heading back home soon and will be front row (I am told) at the Amsterdam Them Crooked Vultures show in June. I’m jealous.

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