Heart (Ann & Nancy Wilson)
Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I think I may be a little crazy when it comes to going out to see and support my loves. I’ve driven up and down 12 hours in one day from home to LA to see Dia Frampton on “The Voice” Finale; I haggled my friends to come with me to the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on a Friday afternoon to see Dia Frampton perform on there; and I spent two days in SLO and LA over the summer to see Dia Frampton perform a non-publicized gig at The Grove in LA–all in hopes just to see and support the beloved Meg & Dia-gang.
When I took notice of Heart doing a book signing last night at The Grove’s Barnes & Noble in LA, I made sure it was an event I would not miss. Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson) has been receiving a lot of recent success and publicity as of late, as they’ve had a full-fledged tour throughout the year around the nation, as well as their newest album “Fanatic” being released soon with their Hollywood Walk of Fame star revealed this past Tuesday. As women, mothers, rock stars, and human beings, I bet they would be running low on fuel.
Do I spot Mario Lopez?!?
Why do I always have these tacos every time I go to The Grove? (The fish taco definitely tastes better than the shrimp… and it’s cheaper too! 🙂 )
Wristbands to the event would be distributed once the store opened at 9am on the event day. I didn’t want to not have the chance to get in and see them, so I did all my haggling again and tried my very best to look for someone who was willing to drive the hour-and-a-half to LA on the morning of the first day of school (hah!). Plus, Heart is an older classic rock band that is still current, but not necessarily mainstream; how many old souls would I know who would want to see them?!? Luckily, a friend of mine from Kaba was willing to drive with me there since his class got cancelled. Halfway through the drive, I find out that B&N would be distributing wristbands all day (in other words, there’s no limit). It was too late to turn around and go back to Irvine to make it to our classes. (I ended up skipping my first French class of the day, but luckily I didn’t miss much!) We ended up getting there by noon, I believe. Weirdly enough, we ran into Mario Lopez filming an episode of Extra! right in front of the B&N (I wonder if you’d see me on TV?) I thought that was pretty funny. I probably could’ve gotten his picture if I stayed… Anyway, I went to the store, brought my pre-ordered copy, bought another copy to get the wristband (yes, I had two books now priced at $30 bucks) and went to the Farmer’s Market to get lunch. (I find it funny that all the times I have gone to The Grove (3), I never look around at the shops and stores but rather go into the Farmer’s Market and buy food there and spend most of my time there. Hey, those are pricey stores! And you can’t get a food selection like this at this quality anywhere else… I love it!) We left at around 12:30 to make sure we’d make it back to our 2pm classes. I ended up being 15 or so minutes late to my waitlisted Intro to Journalism class, but I didn’t miss anything. Right after, I caught up with a friend on campus and headed back to my apartment to rest up and drive back to The Grove (with the company of 4 other guy friends!). But, this time, I WAS BEHIND THE WHEEL.
Now, I’ve only driven the freeway once in my life a year ago, and I’ve never driven in Southern California (it tends to be like 10mph faster down here!). But, I didn’t kill anyone so I guess that’s a good sign! 😉 Rush hour traffic sucked and I ended up on the road for 2 hours. I didn’t get out of the car until 7:45pm (the event started by 7pm) so I bum-rushed my butt out of the car while they parked it and ran. Since this B&N is 3 floors, I saw Heart-Mongers and fans all lined up around the escalators and stairs… The line would’ve taken hours to get to them! But, I guess showing up a little late has its perks… 😉
It turned out that since my wristband was labelled “C”, my group had already passed and I was allowed to cut to the very front of the waiting line. They were already going through Group D. I felt a little odd but proud to be by myself (everyone else was much older, in pairs, groups, etc. I was just a lone teenage girl carrying around my “Dreamboat Annie” LP and books and camera patiently waiting to meet these girls).
Upon first seeing them, I felt a little bad. They had a line of photographers taking photos of them from behind a line, fans were lined up all around the edge of the store, and books/posters/box sets were being drilled down the table as they signed book after poster after box set… They looked bored out of their minds! Albeit, this wasn’t too surprising, but a little disappointing. I’m sure it was for all. One fan even wrote: