|Thursday, October 24th, 2002|
6:57p - Rasputina At Slim's In SF, 10/22/02
I woke by alarm at two pm, after staying up late and fretting over hair and costume, but decided not to worry. If I looked like a horrible hag, which I did by the end of the night, then it was meant to be.
I put more dye in my hair than was necessary, let it take hold, and then showered. I blow-dried my delicate, over-bleached hair that was still a less-than-satisfactory technicolour shade and put in curlers. I put on some pirate-like striped tights and some lop-sided homemade bloomers beneath a corset I got from Frederick's Of Hollywood. I would post pictures of me and Stefan pre-show, but my mom has custody of those and I don't know how to work the digital camera.
I found it...
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We arrived at the doors of Slim's at 6.30 pm, and the doors opened at 7. Nevertheless, there was already a line beginning to form. We surveyed the line, and I recognised Sean from the last show.
"Sean?" I said. He looked at me, and turned his head away quickly.
"D!" He shouted, and so appeared the wonderful face of Dina, my other homie from the last show.
Dina comes and talks with Stefan and me for a while, and before long, she, Sean, and Sean's mother have joined us, and we chop it up in a merry fashion.
There is much excitement as the time passes and the doors open. Dina, Sean, Stefan and I run to the stage, as soon as we're in, guarding our posts like pit-bulls, and with good reason.
After some ado and some poster purchasing (that's right, there are three posters for sale on the tour right now, and the entire set of trading cards, featuring Melora and the other two lost souls), we settle down and the first band comes out. They are called Stara Nova. They are very mellow and melodic and I find them very intriguing. Their style seems a bit Bjorkian, and to top it off, they thank Rasputina profusely for letting them play with them.
After they're over, the crowd is getting a bit uppity. There are mutters of impatience through the room. They were really mellow music and everyone's platform shoes are starting to pain them.
The second band comes out. They are called Faun Fables. They're from Oakland, CA, my favourite place in the whole world (uh-huh!). They are quite entertaining, opening their set complete with a train skit and props. Lucky that they were a bit more lively than the last band, or everyone would be sleeping.
They make the crowd laugh, their female singer sings operatically and gives the crowd chills with the power of her voice. They realise that the crowd will start to riot if they don't see Rasputina soon, and they vacate the stage.
The good people of Slim's lower a curtain which makes it impossible for the majority of the club to see what's going on on-stage. Lucky me, off to the side, could see everything that was going on! I poked my eager, yellow head around the stage and was able to capture the group while they were setting up, before the curtain was raised, before the cheering commenced.
(Notice how *fresh* Melora's hair looks here, and how the curls fall out by the end of the show. Someone backstage had a door open.)
A few moments before Rasputina enters the stage, I hear voices calling my name behind me. It's Sophie, another homie from the last show, and our friend Trent. Trent motions for me to go back there and join them. I wave stupidly, determined not to leave my post.
As I find out later, Mark was also there.
They enter the stage, I am able to hand Melora a tape that one of the fans made, and we exchange a few words. I feel bad because I have no gifts for her this time. The girl to my right rips off her headband and gives it to Melora.
The curtains lift, and the crowd goes insane.
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...and so, the show ends.
There is much hugging and loving with Dina and Sean, and then they must depart because of suppressive school responsibilities. Dina gives me $11 and tells me to get whatever merchandise I can. I pick up the $10 poster and give the extra dollar to a homeless man who sings "My Girl" and "Let's Get It On" to Stefan and I as we walk to our car.
We stay around, and the lovely creatures that are Raspy emerge. Zoe has a look of surprise on her face as she says, "Hey, it's my DAD!" and she runs up and hugs an older man. Her hair looked wonderful that night. It almost made up for her lack of back-up vocals and her nervous performance.
I get autographs from Jon and Melora for Dina and Sean, and then comes the happiest moment of my life:
My corset is covered by my jacket and I look like a hag, but I don't care! Me and my creamed-corn hair are with MELORA!
I still look like something the cat dragged in, but Jon is all sexy and lanky in true rockstar fashion.
Zoe, Dawn from Faun Fables, and myself. I realised later that I look like I have to pee in this picture. *smacks forehead* Oh well. It was my shoes. They were new, pirate shoes.
No more pictures, I promise.
Anyway, there ended the most magical night of my life thus far.
current mood: yay!
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