Mallory has been to every Lights concert in the Lower Mainland since she was around 8 years old, she’s now seen her six times. She’ll see her play this year three times alone. When we heard Lights was doing an autograph session before her concert, we knew there was no way around it. We arrived two hours early, and the line was already fairly long. Mallory waited like a trooper, and met not only Lights, but Hey Ocean (another band she likes).
We’ve both watched IME live approximately 12 times, but they had been on hiatus, and so we hadn’t seen them live since around 2003. They released the new single “We Got the Love”, and started touring to support it.
We use to meet up with all of our online friends before the concerts, and this year was no different. We had people flying in from all over the country, and we met up at a restaurant a couple hours before the concert started. One of them, Nancy is from Nova Scotia, and she stayed with us during her trip to BC. We met new people, caught up with old ones, and arrived at the venue quite early, and got a spot in front of Jag. Typically we don’t stand so close to the stage, as I hate getting pushed around. However, we decided to mix it up this time, and surprisingly it was a tame crowd behind us which was nice. The rowdies were in the middle 🙂
The band of course didn’t disappoint playing all of our favourites, and afterwards we went to the green room where typically people talk to the band. Both Desiree and I are fairly shy, and did the typical hello/how are you’s, then stood in the corner, and waited until it was time to go. Regretably, we didn’t talk to Bruce, as we didn’t want to disturb him while he talked to others, and had I known it would have been the last time we saw him play with IME, I would have forced myself to go say hello. Unfortunately, we found out afterwards, he came out to see if we were still there after security kicked everyone out, which made me kick myself even more for not speaking up. I thought I had gotten over the social anxiety, as I’ve gotten so much better in the work place, but I guess it still doesn’t quite match up with talking to rock stars.
We drove up to Whistler to see I Mother Earth play, this would be our third time seeing Brian as the front-man. We saw I Mother Earth play a few months prior, at the Croation Cultural Center with Finger Eleven opening. Our first time seeing Brian was in the summer of ’99 when we were invited to a media only/radio winners gig at the Starfish Room. Unfortunately it was a 19+ venue, and I forgot my ID, so I had embarassingly was introduced to Brian, and then Bruce snuck me into the back entrance. The band took some heat from security, but in the end they relented. We also came to see Limblifter which were big favourites of Desiree’s. We always joked about how this was the most expensive concert we had been to, the concert itself was free, but the hotel cost us 300 bucks. This record has since been surpassed with our Arcade Fire/Seattle trip.
When I was 19 I discovered Internet Relay Chat, and often spend hours a night hanging out in #ime on undernet and efnet. While there I met many like individuals interested in I Mother Earth, we discovered one day one of our peers were in fact Jagori’s girlfriend, and she put me +1 on the guestlist for their upcoming video shoot for Used to be Alright. I was/am very shy, so originally I wasn’t going to go, but after talking with Desiree on #ime she convinced me to go, so I asked my parents for a lift up to Toronto (2hr drive), and I called up Fernando and asked if he wanted to come along.
We arrived late, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to get in on the guestlist. It was a learning experience I would never forget as I always made sure to buy tickets even though from then on we were always on the guestlist for IME concerts. Plus I’d prefer to support the artist by buying a ticket. We waited in line for 2 hrs in the freezing cold with nothing but a thin shirt, once we got inside we found a spot against a railing as I had no desire to be in amongst the crowd or trying to get my head in the music video. After a few hour of playing the same song over and over, the band did a short set to thank the fans.
Nearing the end of the night I spotted some people gathering that I had a hunch were from #ime, and I got up the nerve to approach them. It turns out I was right, and I found out we were all going backstage to meet the band. The following photos document the night.