Post by sleepwalker24 on Jun 3, 2012 12:14:28 GMT -5
You know I do Xray! ;D I haven't been up long and need to eat but I'll post some pictures later And if you send me a PM or email I'll work out how to foward that picture of you and Ray together! - I haven't uploaded them onto my computer yet but I think there might be two.
Thanks so much for what you did for me and my friend and I hope you didn't get into too much trouble at the casino ;D - if you went!
Post by sleepwalker24 on Jun 3, 2012 15:28:16 GMT -5
Ok, so I'm not the worlds best at writing reviews but here's what I can tell you about last nights Come Dancing musical! I was especially excited about this concert for two main reasons - 1 - This would be the first time I'd ever seen it and I was mega excited about hearing new (to me anyway!) songs and of course, seeing Ray! I knew very little about the storyline, except that it was set in the 50s and was focused on dancing at the palias, and the life of one young girl. 2 - Believe it or not, I have never been to the theatre before!
We got there early and I was happy to see a lovely lady called Susan who I met at last years Kinks Konvention so it was nice to have a catch up with her I met some other lovely people for the first time too, Olga, Jayne, Klare - to name a few! And Inakink was there - I recognised him and he said he'd have to drop by the board soon Me and my friend Pete (who I went with) also met a lovely young American guy, Xray - who made a really kind gesture that that absolutely made our night (thankyou James! ) We were lucky enough to have seats just one row back from the front and we had an amazing view of the stage! I guess many of you already know the storyline, but the star of the show (as well as Ray!) was Ray's 'big sister' Julie (Natasha Barnes) and it begins with her getting ready to go dancing for the first time at the palias on her 18th birtday. Ray begins by introducing us to his fictional family - amongst the characters we are introduced to are Rose and Arthur (who you all already know about!) I don't think I need to explain the whole plot but the main focus of the play is Julie, and one night at the palias that would change her life. I LOVED everything about it! The songs were absolutely charming but knowing that Ray had penned them, I hadn't expected anything other then sheer brilliance - and I wasn't disappointed! There were moments that made me laugh (Sid's exploits were especially amusing! ) and also moments that brought me to tears particularly Hamilton and Julie's emotional song on the rooftop. I really have no critisms whatsoever, Ray should be immensly proud of writing this musical, I felt proud for him. I have to say that I was totally blown away by the acting, humour and by the many great singing voices that I heard last night. Julie in particular has such an amazing voice, and I thought she looked absolutely beautiful in her yellow dress. Ray looked really smart in his navy pin-striped suit, shirt and red tie, and he seemed to be in good spirits Everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves and the atmosphere in the theatre was really special, it really was amazing! It was really hard to take photos, my friend Pete was polite enough to take photos right at the end of the show (as was Susan who we sat next to) but this one usher was onto us straight away and warned us not to take any more pictures (of course we sneakily took a few more when he wasn't looking! ;D) Oh, and I forgot to mention that YRGM and Tired Of Waiting were worked into the story - I gather from what I've heard from others that these songs weren't included in the 2008 version of Come Dancing.
Before I post some photos I just want to make something clear -
Please, please, please, could nobody from this forum, the Ray forum or anywhere else, re-post any of my photos without my permission! Thankyou! Credit has to go to my friend Pete for these great shots -
So afterwards a lot of fans hung around chatting, disussing the show, swapping stories, etc - and hoping to meet Ray! After some time we saw him peeking around the stage door, but I reckon he must've felt a little overwhelmed by the crowd of people that had gathered as he quickly disappeared again. Many people left after that and over the next hour or so the crowd became considerably smaller. I reckon we waited around an hour and a half for Ray to reappear (btw, I noticed that he had changed into his trainers by this point! ;D) I immediately felt very Startstruck ( ) and although I desperately wanted to talk to him I felt incredebly shy. There were a lot of people hugging Ray, talking to him, getting stuff signed and posing for photographs so I tried to be patient and wait my turn. Luckily Olga (thankyou Olga! ) kindly introduced me to Ray and said something like ' This young lady bought your old car Ray'. Ray genuinely looked quite suprised (and happy I thought) and asked if I meant his Mercedes. I said yes and told him that she was in the car-park nearby and that I was taking really good car of her. Ray signed a concert flyer for me and Pete asked if he would pose for a photo with me and he said yes I stood right next to him but felt really shy and didn't really know what to do. But then Ray put his arm around me so I reckoned it would be ok for me to do the same. Now weirdly at this point I was thinking 'I really like the smell of Ray's aftershave, he smells very clean!' - funny what goes through your head in these situations! I thanked Ray and then he walked a little further on and spoke to some other people. We followed him and Pete waited for an oppurtunity to ask Ray a question. According to Pete he said something along the lines of 'Can I ask a strange request of you Ray? Can you sign my friends arm and let me take a photo of you doing it?' So that's just what Ray did! I think it was Susan who said something like 'Do it neatly Ray, she wants to get it tattooed!' So Ray looked at me and said 'Well you have my car, and now this, I guess you've got just about everything now haven't you?!'
And then Ray left and we all followed him out of the theatre and waved as he got into a little black taxi - and that was that! Me and Pete had fun having a drink (or three!) in the bar afterwards with some of the fans, especially James and Susan who both had me in stitches!
So now I have the difficult task of trying to preserve Ray's signature on my arm until Wednesday, until I can get to a tattoo shop (yes, I seriously am going to get it done, besides, I told Ray I would so I can hardly back out now, can I!?) This proved difficult during the bath I had when I got home but somehow I've managed not to smudge it - so far!!
So to sum it up - last night was absolutely AMAZING! Thankyou Ray! The only thing that would've made last night better would've been if my friends from this board could've all been there!
And if you're reading this James, please get in touch so I can foward you your Ray photos - I will NOT post them here unless you'd like me to and give your permission.
Here are some more photos -
I think I was telling Ray about Lola in this photo!
Post by maddogtim74 on Jun 3, 2012 17:07:25 GMT -5
Wow! That was awesome Sleepwalker! I can only imagine how wonderful it was to actually be there! Thanks for the nifty storytelling and the cool pics, I can really sense how special this was for you (and Pete!) I am so glad you got to meet and talk to Ray, I'm sure he's happy knowing Lola is in good hands! I hope you can preserve the ink for your tattoo!
I read somewhere, to learn is to remember
and I've learned we all forgot - King's X
Post by sleepwalker24 on Jun 3, 2012 18:01:25 GMT -5
Thanks Tim Yes, it was truly magical! Just had another bath and the ink is still there, it's a bit of a hassle to be honest - I have to keep my right arm completely dry which isn't easy! I'm glad you liked my story and photos, I think the expression on my face in the pic where Ray is signing my arm is hilarious!
I'm so happy you and your friend Pete could meet Ray. Thanks for reviewing that fabulous experience and thanks for the pictures who are FANTASTIC, especially the one of you and Ray when he looks surprised, and the other one when he's signing your arm.
What a wonderful story! This almost makes up for not being able to be there myself. (Well, almost. ) I'm so glad you got to meet Ray, Sleepy; not only meet him, but have a lovely interaction with him. I'm always so impressed when I hear stories about how gracious Ray can be to his fans. And that was so sweet of Olga to help you speak to Ray. Of course we will all want pictures of the autograph tattoo! I wonder if anybody has ever reproduced Ray's signature in a tattoo before?
I recognize Scottish Christine from the photo where Ray is signing your arm! And how lovely that you got to meet James (xray). He's quite a charmer, isn't he?
Post by sleepwalker24 on Jun 4, 2012 4:19:21 GMT -5
Kinkcan, you're welcome about the review I'm glad you liked it as I don't consider myself as that good of a concert reviewer! Yeah, I like the one of Ray signing my arm, the look on my face is so funny it's like I'm thinking 'I can't believe this is happening!' And it looks like Ray is concentrating on what he's doing.
Thankyou Holly, Ray really was lovely, and so patient with everyone Olga spoke to Ray first as I think she could see that I really wanted to talk to him but I felt incredebly shy. I didn't wanna throw myself at him the way some people were! I was really grateful that she told him about Lola for me, she's a lovely lady. Of course I'll post pics of the tattoo when its done! I just hope it'll last until Wednesday, it's still looking good today! I don't know of anyone having Ray's signature tattooed, but Susan told me that someone at this years Konvention had a Kinks tattoo!
Yes, I briefly spoke to Christine and me and James chatted a lot - I got a little tipsy with him in the bar afterwards! ;D He's good fun and I think we might meet up again at one of Ray's UK shows in October. My friend took 2 lovely photos of James and Ray together which I have emailed to him.
I hope Ray finally releases the songs from the show and that the musical comes to the states in the future so you US folks can enjoy it!
Yep, it sure was marvellous Tourist!
Oh, and here's a picture of me outside the theatre -
Post by sleepwalker24 on Jun 4, 2012 7:51:06 GMT -5
Really!? A schoolboys tattoo - now that's what I call a Dedicated Follower!!
Tourist, I bought the shirt off a guy on eBay (for a very good price I might add!) I emailed him and he told me he bought the shirt in a vintage store for his girlfriend several years ago, but she only wore it a couple of times. It's from the '82 UK Come Dancing tour so the shirt is 3 years older then me! It's in lovely condition though