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under a read more because let’s be real, this will be a long post. This will have some pictures and later I’ll make a huge post with all of my pictures (that are any good)
So I woke up at 5:45 yesterday and went over my friends house and then we went to the bus stop (we took megabus).
On the bus ride there we were super duper excited and we talked about Darren quite a bit and did string and such. We had put together something to give to Darren (if you remember the book I put up a few days ago, but also an apple juice box (MINUTEMAID NOT DOLE (I had it at my house)), a pop up card (I make pop-up cards), and our two bracelets that we made.
(I made the heart bracelet and Sarah made the Darren one)
So when we got to New York we really had no idea what to do. We weren’t going to go and get in line that early but at the same time we didn’t know what to do. My family is probably to give me crap when I’m like we walked around for a while and looked at stuff and I’m really scared for when they judge me at that. But whatever. Here are some things that we found super cool.
And then around 1:30 we gave up trying to distract ourselves and went to go wait in line
When we got there it wasn’t ridiculous. There were so many people there that looked familiar but I didn’t know who they were. Then there were some people that looked familiar and I knew precisely who they were (and you probably know who I’m talking about)….but I wasn’t going to go say ‘Hi, I’ve followed you for a while and you have no idea who I am but it’s amazing to meet you!’ Yeah. In retrospect I wish I had said hi, but it doesn’t matter.
So we were in line for 5 and a half hours, but I have no regrets on that (even though my sister was hard core judging me like are you kidding, you’re obsessed, I would have gotten there at 7 (not that she would have been able to see).
I’m super awkward and scared by people in general (which sucks, a lot, and is probably why I didn’t say hi to anyone that I wish I had, and I know that I can’t be like ‘they are so intimidating, I’m not worthy” because it isn’t like that, I’m just scared to talk to people, yet alone people who slash nvm I’m going to stop this little train of thought). The girl in front of us was nice and we talked to her for the entire time and became friends with her (no tumblr though). The people behind us were older and they were being erm not so nice. It’s not that they weren’t being nice, it’s more that like they were making fun of people (quietly) and kept telling people to stop singing. They were nice to us though I think.
I did meet Lea from the Starkid RP (http://lea-michele-sarfati.tumblr.com/) and she was nice. We had been talking because we knew that the other was going so that was cool. She has a picture of us on her camera, idk. Later in the day I met up with Bonnie from the Starkid RP (that-night-troll.tumblr.com/), we had been trying meet up. We hung out the whole time after she showed up. There is a picture (I think on lea’s camera) of the three of us. I do not have it and I’m not sure if I could post it if I did (because I don’t remember if they’ve soon themselves ooc) (BUT LEA I WANT THAT PICTURE :) ).
I don’t have tweets sent to my phone nor did I have internet access, but people kept freaking out over tweets throughout the day. At one point people were shouting because Darren tweeted about the concert. When we found out that the Warblers were going to be there though…oh my gosh. Let’s just say that I’m a huge huge huge warbler fanatic and they were going to be there and that excites me. (even though they didn’t really meet fans, which was a bit disappointing. I mean I thought it would be like at Glee live how they hung out outside the venue and talked to people…but they didn’t, at all). If the Warblers were there then they would be singing likely so that was majorly exciting. Later still people flipped out because Lauren Lopez was there. Let’s be real, we were really super hoping she would be there after Joe Moses tweet the previous day, and then she was actually going to be there. And they would definitely sing. And she’s Lauren Lopez and was going to be there.
When it was time to get the pizza we went up to the front because that’s where they were handing it out. We were near the back of the line for it and the line took a while. When we were near the front of the line we were right next to the front doors. All of a sudden we hear this screaming and we turn around and there is this guy there (DO NOT JUDGE ME I WAS FLIPPING OUT I HAD NO IDEA) for a second I was like dark hair and a beanie….but it doesn’t like look Darren (at all, I was just really shocked and had no idea). It was Curt Mega, literally two feet away from me. Being his flawless self. The other Warblers were there too but Curt was the only one I got a good look at because they practically ran right into the building. I got this majorly quality shot
I was flipping out too much to get my camera out, but Riker and Curt are in this as well.
(lol hi Riker looking shocked at the line).
That was most of the excitement of waiting in line, though later there were more sing alongs (but they were all major fails) and later people kept shouting randomly. At one point Curt waved out the window up high at us all, but I didn’t see it (not that I care because lbr, he was two feet away from me at one point in my life).
When it was time to go inside they took the apple juice we had in the packet which I understand, but it was really annoying because we didn’t want to drink it there, we just wanted to give it to him. So now there is no apple juice there, but whatever.
We were probably about a quarter of the way back on the left side. During the opening acts it was a little difficult to see because of this really tall girl and this girl with really big hair, but before Darren started singing people shifted around and then I could see.
At one point everyone was screaming because the Warblers were up on the balcony.
At some point people were asking if anyone saw Naya and I was like Naya is here? But at that point I didn’t worry about it.
The first opening act wasn’t bad. He thought he was a bit better than he was (like at one point he was like ‘I learned how to play a third instrument’ and he took out a shaker). People were being rude though like saying that they wanted him to get off because they wanted Darren which obviously wasn’t going to happen yet.
The second guy was a friend of Darren’s from college (not a starkid though). He was very similiar in looks to Darren. He was fun enough.
And then Darren showed up.
So we figured he’d either be wearing the white shirt or a v-neck. He was wearing a white v neck.
I’m not going to go through every song because I’m sure people know about everything he played. But let’s be real, his set was flawless. He played the entire Human EP, and I Still Think and Sami. He played two Disney songs (including I’ll make a man out of you which is my favorite). He did some covers and starkid songs. There wasn’t a single song where I was thinking why is he playing this and not this. No, it was perfect.
He was flawless. His beautiful and shiny (with sweat) face was up there and he is just so perfect. Like actually perfect. I’m still convinced he isn’t real even though he messed up a ton. I really like it when he messes up because it’s adorable and funny and if he didn’t mess up than it wouldn’t really be him at all. Idk if I’m even going to upload my videos because they are pretty bad and in most of them you can mostly hear screaming girls and not Darren and most people have better videos. And he looked so happy up there, like he was having a lot of fun and he was adorable. Like his introductions were so cute. Especially ‘Got to Get Back To Hogwarts’. He kept being all and you probably don’t know the song, when obviously everyone did. I wish I had taken videos of just him talking, not singing, because him talking one almost as good as him singing.
So at one point he brings the Warblers out and I don’t remember their introduction, but they sang three songs with him. It probably was a little weird because it was three of them around one microphone and two on the other and a bit off, but they were actually singing which makes me really happy because they don’t get to and they can. It was really cute that they didn’t just sing Glee songs with him, but his songs. I was surprised he only played one Warbler song, but not disappointed.
When he starts Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts everyone is super excited. His introduction for it was really cute, and I was really happy that he was going to play the full song (though he skipped the whole ‘Cho Chang’ section, but he was excited because….) (paraphrased:) ‘This is normally where Draco Malfoy comes in, and in the show he is played by Lauren Lopez, so I’m just going to bring her out. And then Lauren, looking flawless and beautiful as ever, comes out on the stage and everyone flips out. They finish singing the song and it’s amazing (though I’m surprised Darren didn’t mess up more than he did in it). Then they go into Granger Danger and that’s amazing as well of course.
(I don’t have any good pictures of her, I’ll look at my video for it and maybe get stills)
Then the show is ‘over’ but of course everyone is all DARREN COME BACK ENCORE and obviously he was going to. And about a minute later he does.
He’s just talking, like (paraphrased:) ‘You know I used to play in a lot of little restaurants and I would always do covers on songs I like. When I got on Glee they were doing a lot of the songs that I had loved playing. One song that I always loved to end shows with was Valerie, and on Glee there is someone who sings it a whole lot better than I do.” And then Naya Rivera comes out. I had heard that she was there but I had forgotten and I didn’t realize that she would be singing and there she was. And the version was Valerie was beautiful and she was beautiful.
They his guitar must have broken, so he brings up a stool and sits down and is all old school camp in a mic for his guitar and for him (and though he can’t move around, this is really cute).
And he finishes it with stutter. And of course everyone is flipping out because it’s Stutter and everyone loves Stutter and he is flawless and wonderful and he was there, in the same room as us.
We go downstairs to wait in line to get our posters and while we are waiting various people are coming out (not Darren or Lauren or the Warblers, but like his band and the opening acts). At one point I look up and I recognize that Mia is there and I didn’t take a picture of her because that would have been a bit too creepy. But she was basically standing right next to us. We didn’t talk to her, but she is really really pretty.
And eventually we get our posters.
THOSE POSTERS. THE ONE THAT SAY ‘Hey Alice! <3 Darren Criss :)’ Right.
And then we go outside and wait for people to come out (and we had missed the Warblers and Naya). We didn’t see anyone really other than his band and the opening acts again. Apparently Darren went out the front instead of the back, so no one saw Darren then. Some people were really pissed off (understandable) and saying that if he wanted to meet his fans he would have. But let’s be real, he didn’t have to have this show, don’t think that he doesn’t care about his fans. I was disappointed, but at the same time it’s not like I expected anything more than being able to see him sing.
Then we go back to wait for the bus again and a guy who was at the concert as well was waiting with us there so that was fun.
And then we were on the bus for a long while.
And then we got back to Sarah’s house and slept for about 4 hours. Now I am up and I don’t feel like going back to sleep.
I still can’t believe it happened.
Picture post is coming up next.