Letting The Fangirl Out #1

Posted 12th November 2017 by Wattle in Letting The Fangirl Out / 16 Comments

I wasn’t actually sure what to call this post, so…there. I have a couple more gigs coming up over the next 6 months that aren’t my usual heavy metal in a nightclub sort…and last night was about as far away from metal as I can get.

Dad and I went to see Take That. People’s reactions to this have generally been, ‘are you fucking serious?’ because they don’t know me very well ๐Ÿ˜†

And if you don’t know who Take That are, think English boyband from the 90s. And then watch this:

They actually played that last night, boyband dancing and all. And the only thing that was in my head was that video ^ and I laughed the entire way through it hahaha

There’s only 3 of them these days (they started with 5, then were 4, then broke up, and on it goes).

Apparently they were out here 22 years ago, but I was in Papua New Guinea then. I grew up on the musical diet that MTV Asia served (UK top 40, J-Pop and K-Pop), when we returned to Australia everyone was into the Backstreet Boys and I was all about Boyzone, 911, Take That, Caught in the Act, the list goes on and on (and on lol)

Don’t get me wrong, I like BSB well enough, but I think all those UK groups far outstripped them in talent and terrible music videos ๐Ÿ˜›

Take That weren’t my favourites (though they gave me Robbie Williams ♥ ) but they were up there.

And they were pretty damn amazing last night. It didn’t seem like anything was missing. Their band was excellent, they were excellent. Their dancing was hilarious (and I’m pretty sure they just do it to certain songs to take the piss – also they obviously have perfect knee joints to be bouncing around like that ๐Ÿ˜† )

The crowd was mainly my age and older, lots of reluctant husbands in tow (and I mainly heard English accents all night, so I guess the expats were out in force!) some had brought their kids who all had their grumpy faces on by the end of the night lol

It was good fun, I’m glad I went. But I do wish they wouldn’t let people bring alcohol into venues like that, particularly if it’s an all ages event. Let them drink outside, but not during. We had an incident where a lady went a bit crazy when Dad accidentally knocked over a glass of wine she had left in the middle of the row, where people walk to get past. She had already had a few and her husband spent 15 minutes talking her down. It was an accident but having her spit ‘what’s he done to rectify it?!’ and hissing and swearing at her husband about wine possibly being all over his expensive shoes took the shine off the night.

It’s the second large concert I’ve been to in a row where drunk people have ruined the experience. The last one was Adele, where a guy who was off his face got really angry at a security guard for blocking his view, and then got all sappy and apologetic later on. I spent half the time expecting him to punch someone and get thrown out.

And the funny thing? I’ve never had an experience like that at rock or metal gigs, which are usually in bars or nightclubs! I did have beer spilled all over me once, but that’s what you expect in a mosh pit (if you can move).

I’m not entirely sure what the point of this post was. But it was pretty cool to see a boyband from my tween days now I’m in my 30s, I think they’d put most current acts to shame.

I just found this gem on YouTube, I am so amused. And I’m waffling, so I’m going to end here.

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16 responses to “Letting The Fangirl Out #1

  1. So cool that you went to a concert with your dad! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have no idea who Take That is… but Iโ€™ve gotta say that video was totally cringe and laughable. LOL ? Iโ€™m kinda speechless after that. Iโ€™ve heard of Robbie Williams I think ( a song called Millennium, maybe?) but I didnโ€™t know he was from a band. I can just imagine all the โ€œreluctant husbands.โ€ I experienced that when I went to go see The Monkees a few years ago. LOL A shame that some people have to over-indulge and put a damper on the fun. ๐Ÿ™ Glad it was such a fun show! Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes! Millennium is a Robbie song ๐Ÿ˜€ he’s actually touring next year here, but it’s the night after another gig and I cannot back up like I used to haha he occasionally re-joins Take That for things (albums or tours), I guess when he’s bored or whatever lol

      Aw The Monkees are fun! I loved their tv show rather a lot as well as their fun tunes ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I haven’t seen that carpool karaoke clip before! Apart from the touch of grey in his beard, Gary Barlow doesn’t seem to have aged. I remember when Want You Back was released, Robbie Williams was that hot bad boy that really carried them wasn’t he. I had no idea they were out here recently. Boy, this is a trip down memory lane. Sorry drunkards ruined the experience for you and your dad though, I agree with a venue alcohol ban at concerts especially. People are packed in too tightly and luckily there’s not more serious accidents.

    • He aged pretty well hey? lol I’m actually surprised how good he looks, I love Gary. He has more talent than Robbie (who would probably agree) but damn Robbie knows how to market himself. He only had a few lead vocals on TT songs, but they just happened to be singles (and he’s touring early next year, I’m not going ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I want to, but it’s the day after Queen. I don’t have the stamina lol getting old).

      I told Dad afterwards that I think I prefer mosh pits to seated concerts (where everyone just stands up anyway), he thinks I’m crazy ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. I am not here for this post, but because I saw you are reading Kate Atkinson…
    Please do a review of that..I like Kate Atkinson a lot, but there are not many people who read her…
    Such an underrated author…

  4. I never really listened to them, but I mean hey! 90s bands are important business. Back then we didn’t even have internet! It was all much bigger than it is now ๐Ÿ™‚ (then part of it was that I was also growing up at that time, so even though I didn’t really listen to them, I do know their songs quite well).

    Happy you could go, it’s really cool! Nobody ever comes to my country (Lithuania), so I don’t really get to see a lot of 90s bands ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 90s bands were very important, and it was totally pre-internet (omg when I first discovered the internet, you bet I went to see if fan pages existed – and they did, they were awful hahaha) ๐Ÿ˜›

      I think I’d really hate to be a tween these days, there’s just so much information and it turns out almost everyone is a disappointment IRL lol it was nice being oblivious!

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