"Times Like These"
Trip Start Oct 07, 2010
5Trip End Oct 12, 2010
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Sadly the bus times are not as frequent as other cities
Besides, we had a concert to dress for!
Brett the limo driver picked us up right on cue - oh yes, no mere taxis or buses for us tonight - and we joined the tangle of cars headed out on a Friday night in LA. This city could do with some serious reworking of it's road layouts and traffic management! It took us an hour and a quarter to travel about 10km.
And then the second-best/funniest highlight of the night... At the VIP ticket collection desk, the lady handing out pre-booked tickets announced "We've been expecting you!" as she fished out our little pieces of paper gold. THEN rang security and relayed "Jenny Bush from Australia has arrived!"
What a hoot!
How often do you get escorted up to the VIP dining area of a major rock show to spend a few minutes talking to an international star?!
And goodbye kisses. (Right cheek, FYI)
Not weekly, that's for sure.
Not likely ever again!
The Hollywood Bowl holding 17,000 plus was sold out. It looks possibly about the same capacity as the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne although steeper and all allocated seating. Collapsible chairs in the first 10-20 rows, park benches in the nose-bleed section and a good half as four-person 'boxes' that would cost around $US800 per seat accordingly to the people behind us! And ours was centre stage on the first walkway up! You could almost imagine us here in the aerial photo halfway down the page:
We were behind the white spot which would have been a mixing desk.
FAR OUT! Could the night get much better?! Well actually, yes!
Jack Johnson did a great 90 minute act, incorporating the two support acts at times - we had missed them in the traffic - and the crowd was pumped. (The warm night and the $26 large sangrias may have helped - and they were selling 4-6 at a time...)
We stuck to Hollywood Bowl hamburgers and Pepsi and for one night at least, lived an American dream.