This past weekend was fabulous.
Good friends, black eyeliner, loud music, buff Trent, Aver's and good DVDs. What could be better?
I headed for Bloomington on Thursday evening to catch up with Jen, Jason and Sean. We've been friends for over 10 years (holy crap! 10 years??), and though I don't see them as often as I'd like, it's wonderful when we do get together.
First stop was Jen's so I could see Baby Layne! He's gotten so big since I saw him last! Natch, he's sporting his new favorite outfit, courtesy of Auntie Marissa (as if the racing motif didn't give it away!). The boys came over and hung out, and then we crashed early...we were going on a roadtrip in the morning!
Friday morning, Jen and I bustled around making ourselves as goth fabulous as possible...*sigh*...it's been ages since I wore black liquid liner. The boys stopped by and we jumped in the trusty Jetta for a trip to Chicago!
We get into Chicago (no thanks to the traffic!) and checked into the Hyatt Regency Chicago. I had stayed there during ALA, and had received less than exemplary service. They tried to make amends by offering me a free night's stay - woohoo! Nothing was better than being personally greeted by the manager while wearing all black and looking goth. ;-)
We checked out the room (fab view! fab mini bar! fab beds!), and then headed for Allstate Arena, the site of our worship for the evening.
If you've never been to a Nine Inch Nails concert, you haven't lived.
People watching galore. Black everything. Loud, screaming music. Lots of booze and smoking. Awesome. ;-)
We watched Autolux (eh) and Queens of the Stone Age (eh), and then prepared for our god.
And, oh my god, did Trent deliver.
Not only did he look f'n hot with the buff arms and buzzed hair, but he sounded amazing. We got the new drummer of the tour, but I thought he did a good job - especially since he only learned the show the night before! The set list rocked, and the set rocked, the band rocked.
Trent totally f'n rocked.
We stumbled out into the cold afterwards to cuss and discuss, find a midnight snack and head for the hotel.
The next morning we decided to cruise Michigan Avenue, grab some grub at Weber Grill, and then head back to Indiana. (While waiting for the car, I got a message from De that she got to see Chad again! Qhee!) We listened to NIN on the way home, daydreamed, talked and just hung out.
Jason and Sean were my hosts for Saturday night, and we gorged on pizza and watched Firefly and Dead Like Me - both awesome. Finally crashed into bed, full of nummy pizza and good times.
Of course, reality sunk in and I had to head back to TinyTown to do chores, catch up on work, and try to catch some zzz's before work on Monday.
But, armed with my new NIN tee shirt, a playlist on my iPod of the set list, and a mental image of Trent in a sleeveless shirt, it didn't seem so bad.
Thanks for an amazing weekend, guys. It was awesome. :-)
2. Love Is Not Enough
4. Terrible Lie
5. The Line Begins to Blur
6. March of the Pigs
7. The Frail
8. The Wretched
11. Gave Up
13. Right Where It Belongs
14. Beside You In Time
20. The Hand That Feeds
21. Head Like A Hole
Personal Highlights From the Show:
*Trent screaming "MARCH!" and then launching into March of Pigs
*The lightshow during "The Line Begins to Blur"
*Hearing the ENTIRE crowd sing every word of "Hurt"
*The vid during "Right Where It Belongs" - the new "Hurt"
*The crowd screaming when Dubya was shown on the screen
*Trent shakin' it during "Terrible Lie"
*Aaron throwing himself onto a speaker upside down during "The Hand That Feeds"
*Trent being backlit during "The Frail"
Quotables from the Weekend:
"This is not the Wacker you're looking for."
"Nancy boy hair gel!"
"[Awitha_Teetha], the new album!"
"Who wants the Madame Alexander doll that came with my happy meal?"
poster from Chicago
Current lusty photo of Trent: