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15 May 2009 @ 07:40 pm
{ John Barrowman; The Concert }  

[[ Cut for length (and because I'm sure some people may actually consider this post to be spoilery in some way or other. I don't think it is... I doubt all this excitement is going to happen at the other concerts ("medley" moment aside?) although, bonus points if the man does actually manage to rip his pants at every gig he does... oops! did I say that out of cut? ;) my bad!) ]]

From the moment the first silver spangled dancers shimmied their way onto the stage to frame The Barrowman, you could tell exactly what kind of evening it was going to be. There was clearly an intention there to top last years gig but first impressions were most assuredly that “cheesy dancers are cheesy and omg I cringe, I cringe!” Sitting between galaxy_song and carouselcity I did in fact have to resist the urge to sink into my seat as the show got started, but being a John Barrowman concert you learn pretty damn quickly to leave your inhibitions at the door and after the first two songs I’d shaken off my initial embarrassment and was all for squeeing and flailing and bobbing along for the rest of the show. (Thankfully, said dancers did improve greatly over the course of the evening, so bonus points for that!)

They were filming the Glasgow concert for a dvd version and I pray to the gods that as well as the edited version they release the uncut one because OMG that man had us in stitches for a great part of the evening- if it wasn’t jokes about Americans not knowing the meaning of “shite” XD it was ripping his pants doing a very energetic rendition of some boogie song or other.


It was hilarious, omg. The whole audience could not stop laughing (and neither could he mind you) and he just kept turning around and wriggling his arse to show us all and that sure as hell didn’t help matters. In fact, it was clearly his own fault that carouselcity and myself started up the chant of “Off! Off! Off!” in regards to said ripped pants. Good times! The poor guy then tried to shush us all so he could slip into singing “I Won’t Send Roses” (I think this was the one) which is a pretty serious song and requires a more respectful tone from the audience. Could we stop laughing at him? Oh no! I think he was more worried about having to change into new pants and messing up the dvd than he was at the thought of having to perform the rest of the show with a rip up his backside XD …in the end though he did rush off to change and we all took a moment to compose ourselves in his absence ;)

The other highlight of the night was the fact that he managed to top last years “surprise” of getting his mom up on stage to sing with him, by getting both his mom and his dad up this time! And not to sing but to line dance! XD it was mental and we were all a-cheering. Afterwards, JB kept his mother on stage to duet “Amazing Grace” with her, and god bless her, even though she was shaking like a leaf throughout the whole thing, her voice was just perfect and you can see why JB loves hearing his mom sing the song. Once they finished the whole audience stood up to cheer for her <33 she is just the sweetest old lady you ever did see!

In a nod to his Scottish roots, JB  also talked about wanting to combine his Scottish heritage with his love of musical theatre, I would love to know if anyone else got to hear him singing the medley of West End hits he sang in his Scottish accent because omg Proclaimers eat your heart out! (and we all know how much I love those boys!) It was just brilliant. I think we should form some sort of petition to get at least one song sung with his Scottish accent per album/concert. Lmao.

Though I’m not sure I can claim that this year’s concert was better than the last one (I think the first time you see that man in action is and always will be remembered as the best) it was everything I expected it to be and more. It was certainly worth going and I’m very psyched to be able to go again when he’s in Cardiff next weekend! JB really knows how to work his crowds and he was just so full of innuendos and jokes and life that you just can’t help but find yourself basking in the moment and wishing that the night would just drag on into the forever.

So, yeah, it was an awesome night. Very sorry to say that I never got any pictures/etc, but with the film camera’s being all over the place and the lights being turned up quite brightly I was more than a little timid about taking pics of the man doing his thing. Sorry, folks, I know some of you guys had your fingers crossed that I’d get the goods! …still, there is always the Cardiff concert ;) so who knows what I’ll manage there! …and if all else fails, there will be a dvd! So you can see everything on that (please dear god keep the ripped pants in!).
edt.i.: Oh! Oh! Saw Scott Gill <33 he is so lush up close and in the flesh omg. Resisted all urges to continuously stare and take stalker snaps of him. Clearly I fail. However, I’m hoping that some attendees have lesser morals than me and did manage to take a pic or two, heh. I'ma looking at you killer_queen87! XD

edt.ii.: Daniel Boys was also pretty damn awesome! I feel I should note this down because even though it was all about The Barrowman last night, that boy can sing! omg. Apparently he's returning to Avenue Q after touring with JB? I think I want to go even more now. Shaz, baby, have you made your plans yet? and can you tell me more about this boy! ;)


mood: bouncybouncy
music: Teardrop; Massive Attack
ditchwaterrosie: colonel brandonditchwaterrosie on May 15th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Ooh Daniel Boys...He was in Avenue Q the second time I went to see that show...LOVE. SO MUCH LOVE FOR IT AND HIM. But I thought it had closed down =\ Meh.
Campaspe: HP \\ Severus; smileycs_whitewolf on May 15th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Nope, it's def still running. I haven't seen it at all so I'm thinking it might be time for me to remedy that! heh.
Joulez217joulez217 on May 15th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Glad you had an awesome time! Oh god the picture! ::falls over laughing:: See this is why I like meeting Teh Barrowmanz!! XD

Also yes to the scottish medley/musical theatre song. We got that, i think by the end of it I was picking my mother up off the floor. She'd laughed herself out of her seat! ;)
Campaspe: Merlin \\ Arthur&Merlin; NOMcs_whitewolf on May 15th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
You just never know what to expect with that man, haha!

Awesome! I was hoping so, I really want to see him do that again XD ...haha I take it your mom enjoyed it very much then? :D
Joulez217: SPN-Castiel!joulez217 on May 16th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
That's very true, it's a surprise each time ya meet him! Did ya buy anything from the theatre?

Yup she did, she told me it was the first time she'd been out to a concert as such in about 23/24 yrs! So it was long over due I think!!!
Campaspe: Merlin \\ Arthur; in the dungeonscs_whitewolf on May 17th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
I brought a program but nothing else, you?

hehe, aww you must take her out more then! I'm glad she enjoyed it then, though with The Barrowman I'm not surprised haha
Joulez217: SPN-Castiel!joulez217 on May 17th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yup brought a t-shirt (one of the white ones cause seriously the women ones were so not gonna fit me! Stupid small sizes!) mouse mat, and tote bag! Set me back nearly 40 quid mind you! Was totally telling the guy that it was a bloody expensive! Guy on the stall agreed!!

I know, I couldn't believe it when she told me it had been that long as well! I was like "wow since you pretty much haven't been to this since before I was born!"
_stolendreams_ on May 15th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
*will read this after tomorrow night*
Did read the last paragraph. Daniel Boys = epic awesomeness.
And yes he's going back to Avenue Q. If you decide to come down and see it I can easily be persuaded to join you ;-)

Unable to decide whether I'm more excited for tomorrow or next Saturday with you guys. *flails a bit*
Campaspe: RPS \\ John & Scott; kissycs_whitewolf on May 17th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)

heh. He really was epic, omg his voice! He was pure pimping his cd to us XD but he really is an awesome singer.

I'd love to see Avenue Q! I know Shaz was planning to go for her bday but she's not said anything about dates and I think most of the weekends have now been booked off at my work for the summer so I dunno if I'll be able to see it :( ...do you know how long it's on for?

:D I cannot wait to see it with ya'll! It'll be like the topping to the already awesomeness of seeing everyone again!
_stolendreams_ on May 17th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
OMG so much! His stories! And then as always his singing! And Daniel! And Daniel doing an impression of John! And and and *flails*
I may have cried several times too.

LOL he was pimping his CD to us too but yes he is epic. Did you get his story about John complete with impressions of John?

I think Shaz is talking about midweek at the moment for Avenue Q, I know it's going to be soon.
How long are you going to be down for LFCC? Maybe we could fit in a quick trip then.
I actually don't know how long it's booking for at the moment. It closed at the Noel Coward but is reopening June 1st at a different theatre because it's that awesome that they can't send it away. So I would imagine that it'll still be open for quite a while, but then recession so who knows. The only thing is I'm not sure how long Daniel will stay because he's already done a fairly long run in it. So if you want to see him you'll have to see it soonish to be sure of catching him.
Have you seen this btw? Daniel being awesome and a general idea of the kind of insanity you'll get at the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xbHzxMYVBA

Oh I so cannot wait for next weekend now. It's going to be epic!
Erin Giles: JB - liloerin_giles on May 15th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
OMG! Between you and my mother texting me non-stop yesterday about it I am UBER UBER jealous!!! JB singing the proclaimers!! Meh!! Although I'm in California so I suppose I can take the good with the bad!!

Mum never mentioned he ripped his pants though! I just got random texts of "Thank you SO much Keira." and "Do you think your Dad would mind if I brought John home with me?" and "I LOVE HIM!" I fear she may have reverted to a fangirl. Hehe.

Glad you had an awesome time hun - just wish I'd been there too!! *sighs*
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.07 \\ Jack Harknesscs_whitewolf on May 17th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
::pets:: sorry you missed it! But it really was epic! Oh, and I didn't mean he was singing any Proclaimers songs, just that when he was singing the musical medley in his Scottish accent he was just as awesome as they are :D

lmao, how could she have omitted the RIPPED PANTS EPISODE!? it was like the highlight of the evening XD haha

::snugs:: me too, but next year we'll take you!
moonlitcactus on May 15th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
This was my first time seeing JB in concert, and boy will I be doing it again asap!

The showtunes-medley-in-a-ceilidh-style has to be a highlight of my *life*, never mind the concert. And getting ones parents to dance 'the slosh' on stage is the epitome of WIN imho.

Now, when's that DVD due out???
Campaspe: RPS \\ John Barrowman&Matt Rippycs_whitewolf on May 17th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Good to hear :D

That was so epic omg! I couldn't stop bouncing in my seat for the medley, hehe. And omg the parents on stage was so cute! I love how he always includes his family in the Glasgow shows <33

No idea but it's already top of my "To Buy" list XD hehe
desertrose9desertrose9 on May 15th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Where were you sitting?:P
Campaspe: RP \\ Adrien's beard o' doomcs_whitewolf on May 17th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
G5! ...you?
desertrose9desertrose9 on May 17th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
A 81. :D
galaxy_song: Galaxygalaxy_song on May 15th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
lol You always remember so much more than me. I do think this was better than last year and yes dancers were a lil cringe but can understand why he had them.

Woman you live in Scotland you need to learn the Slosh lol.

I hope we get the Scottish accent again I do love it.XD
Campaspe: RP \\ Misha; kissablecs_whitewolf on May 17th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
I just don't think anything will ever top "I, Don Quixote" from "The Man Of La Mancha" XD I STILL RANDOMLY HUM THAT SONG!!

Lol you can teach me it sometime! XD

Apparentl the medley of songs part is def in the other concerts- cannot wait! hehe
she's got bette davies eyes.carouselcity on May 15th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
i'm thinking an avenue Q visit is in order. i have hols in september; we could see it on a sunday night so you're back for work on the tues?

and zomg, ripped trousers! BEST PIC EVER. i have one of him and his mummy (bless) which i shall figure out how to upload at some point!
Campaspe: Mood \\ Mischeviouscs_whitewolf on May 17th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I like your thinking! I'll find out when it finishes and we can make plans, ys?

WORD ON THAT! best moment ever XD haha. aww I really do love how he includes his family in the Glasgow shows, it's far too adorable XD
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Campaspe: RP \\ GDL&JB; FTWcs_whitewolf on May 17th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad ye had fun!
haha, for sure! He really does know how to please the crowds ;)
(Anonymous) on June 3rd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
I went to the concert with my 13 year old daughter - who asked for the tickets for her Christmas. What can I say the man was FABULOUS. We will be back. And bonus for my daughter was she got an autograph after waiting at stage door.To say she was a happy bunny is a bit of an understatement.
Campaspe: RP \\ JB&GDL; I do believe in faries!cs_whitewolf on June 6th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh nicely done! I didn't do stage door because we'd been told JB wasn't going to be doing them at all. But I'm happy he made even a brief appearance, that must've been a wonderful treat for your daughter :)