Thursday, May 31, 2007

Chris Isaak Concert (bumped up)

(Just so you know, there will be run on sentences, grammatical errors, tense errors, inappropriate pronoun use, etc. This blog is just a creative outlet for my thoughts and ramblings so I don't take the time to make it a literary masterpiece. Spell check is about as far as I go and even that's pushing it. So if you can look past all that...enjoy!)

So, about the concert. We were guests of Hart Schaffner & Marx who as I said earlier have partnered with Chris on a new suit line. The president of Hart Marx had an "All Access" pass to go backstage, upstage, under the stage, basically free to roam. He also knew that I was a big fan so he was able to take Tom and I backstage before the show, actually into Chris's dressing room to say hello. We walked in and Chris was wearing his blue suit pants and a black shirt. His drummer, manager and Rodney the dog were in there with him. The first thing I noticed is that Chris has gorgeous hair (doesn't look like he'll ever have to worry about receding), crystal blue eyes and a flawless complexion. Not a wrinkle on his face and no, I don't think he's ever had an injection of botox. He's just genetically (and vocally) blessed.

Of course I had a million questions and before we went in, I had asked Rich (from Hart Marx) if it was ok to do a sort of impromptu interview. He said sure depending on time, but thought that I should write out my questions in case I choke when I see him and Tom chimed in, "Not to worry, she's done this before." It was cute. Again, Tom still holds the title for Most Patient and Tolerant Husband. So after introductions and hand shakes I whipped out my photos from the '03 concert and showed them to Chris. He took all three, studied them and then said, "I remember this!" He looked at the picture of me slapping his behind and laughed and said that he did in fact remember that night on stage. I told him that I just had to do it (the slapping of the bum) because I didn't think I'd have too many opportunities in the future. I was very tempted to start more slapping right then and there but I was able to reel myself in and continue with my questions.

First thing I asked him, "When in the heck are you planning to release a new album??? It's really been waaaaaaay too long. Don't get me wrong, I love the "Best Ofs" and the 18 different versions of Somebody's Crying on i-tunes but I really feel it's time for some new songs! So is that in the works?" I think I may have come across a little harsh off the bat, but I'm very passionate about music and it's not something I can easily stifle. Chris raised his eyebrows to his drummer and they both laughed, then he replied, "Well...we have been in the process of writing new music for a few years now, it's taken a little longer but soon, we'll be releasing a new album. We're really proud of it, and you should be pleased." (this is all from memory so I'm paraphrasing what I can remember here). I told him I was excited to hear that, I didn't press him for a release date but I'm assuming it's going to be sometime in the summer when he launches his solo tour.

My next question was specific to a particular music video. The song is Solitary Man and there is a scene in the video that's, um, well...definitely not G rated. Chris is in bed, alone, naked from the waist up (sheets covering the rest of him). Without going into too much detail I'll let your imagination deduce what is to come. But let me reiterate: He's ALONE in bed, appears to be NAKED, and the song is SOLITARY MAN. You do the math. Oh and did I mention there is a shot of his hand sliding down his stomach and then disappearing under the sheets. Now that you have the background on this I can continue with the question and oh and let me just say that I totally felt like the Chris Farley character on Saturday Night Live who would run into random celebs and ask them all sorts of idiotic things like say for example Joe Pesci, "Remember when you did that scene in Goodfellas and you had to hit that guy with a baseball bat over and over and over again? Do you remember that?? I do. That was cool." Yep, that's totally how I felt. Anyway, here's my second question..."You know in your video Solitary Man, where you're lying in bed, and you're alone...do you know the part I'm talking about?" Chris is smiling but looking at me and then the others in the room like, "Where the hell is she going with this?" But he politely says, "Yeah, I think I know the scene you're talking about." So I continue, "Ok, so the part where it gets sort of um, risque...and it cuts to the body shot, was that you or did you use a body double?" Chris, looking somewhat taken aback, is laughing and so are the rest of the people in the room, including Tom who is now shaking his head between chuckles. Chris then bashfully replies, "That was me." I smile and nod and then say, "Any chance there's an un-edited version of that floating around somewhere?" At this point, he's blushing. It was all in good fun and we all shared a good laugh. Interestingly enough, this question sparked an entire conversation about the video and it's director. Chris told us that the director was known for doing really off the wall type shots. He asked Chris to start hitting himself in that scene, "really beating himself up" and Chris said he didn't feel that was necessary and it wasn't something that he would normally do in real life and Chris said he asked the director if that's something he does regularly because he just didn't think it made a whole lot of sense. It was a very entertaining bit of information that he shared with all of us and we all got quite a kick out of it. I let them know that personally, I'm glad he didn't end up hitting himself. I thought the video turned out just fine the way it is.

We had been in there for a while and it was getting close to show time (about 15 minutes away!)so I only had time for one more question which was, "Will you ever come back to TV and do another series/sitcom? I LOVED The Chris Isaak Show. It really was the Entourage of it's time." Chris pointed to his drummer Kenney and said, "Do you want to take that one?" and Kenney replied, "Actually we're meeting with (a stand up comic guy and now I can't remember his name) tomorrow to talk about a sitcom deal." I was thrilled to hear this so I just about started to jump up and down but I didn't go overboard. I thanked them soooooo much for their generous time and then asked for one quick picture. We took the first one, just looking into the camera and I thanked Chris and then he said, "Wait a minute." He grabbed the wine bottle and then handed me the wine glass and said let's take another one for fun. So that is how I got the 2nd picture. We said our goodbyes and I told them how I couldn't wait for the concert and that I'll be the one screaming the loudest, dancing on my chair. And as usual, I was!





Chris and Rodney the dog...

12 comments:

CI FAN said...

HE NEEDS TO TAKE YOU ON TOUR WITH HIM

Christina Shaver said...

Love it!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great guy he is. It's nice to hear he is so down to earth and good to his fans. Wish everyone was like that.

Jenna N said...

He is such a doll. Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

Chris really is a fabulous person for taking the time to answer questions before the show and have a couple of photos taken. He never ceases to amaze me with his generosity. :)

You must have loved every minute.

Smileygirl said...

You're absolutely right, he is soo kind to take the time to chat with us and snap photos. He's just a genuine person all around and I think he really appreciates his fans. Just another thing that we all love about him. Can't wait for the next show!!! Hope you get to see him soon too!

Anonymous said...

Wow! He looks great! Any signs of his girlfriend (or is he married)? haha

You look great too...nice outfit...what a fun night!

BeverlyLA said...

Awesome story. I love that it was his idea to grab his nutsack in that video!

Smileygirl said...

I did not see any signs of a significant other at the concert or behind the scenes, but you never know, he keeps all that so private. For all we know he could be married with 4 kids!

Beverly, your comment made me laugh out loud! Have not heard (or read) the word "Nutsack" in quite some time!

beverlyla said...

Hey, I just noticed the older pics with you in the red boots! Sexy boots! How did you get onstage and OMG did he ask you out after the show- LOL!

Smileygirl said...

He just came out into the crowd and started singing near me and then the next thing I knew he grabbed my hand and ran back up to the stage. I needed some help getting up there, it was very high and of course I'm wearing a short skirt! He was very funny and was asking me all sorts of random questions (into the microphone) while I was on stage with him and we were bantering back and forth. Then he started his bit with the band members and was sort of half singing and talking to the crowd and that's when I started to spank his behind (but not actually touching it, just simulating, he was wearing his suit of mirrors so I could have cut my hand!) He wasn't aware of what was going on until the crowd started to laugh and every time he'd turn around I'd stop doing it. Then as you can see in that one pic, he caught me in the act! It was really fun. Backstage he thanked me and gave me a hug and then I went back to my seat to join my husband (who took the photos) and enjoyed the rest of the show. His shows are so much fun. Can't wait for more! And I'm anxiously awaiting his next album as I'm sure you are too!

High On Life said...

New post, hon! Have any other stories about Chris Isaak??