::tap tap tap:: Hey, is this thing on? ::waves::
It's been awhile! Not a whole lot o' fandom goodness to report on, that's why. I did see James and Ghost of the Robot at San Diego IndieFest. Woot. IndieFest of course is always fun, and I took many pics, and I do want to do a report, but so far I haven't had the heart to do it. So! Moving along, I almost went to the Bard Bash (James doing Shakespeare, singing, Q&Aing, etc) in New Jersey. Alas, it was canceled. I saw NYC anyway! Yay! Ton of fun there. If you're friends with me on Facebook, you were royally spammed by me. Mwuahaha. I mean, sorry. :-D What else. Just did San Diego Comic-Con. Had a GREAT time. Maybe I'll do some reportage on that. But first! I wanted to tell you about the party that Ghost of the Robot hosted last night (29 July) at the Swing House Recording Studios , Hollywood.
It was a listening party for their new CD "Murphy's Law". The master was hot off the press, and James hadn't heard it since they had finished mixing it. So about 37 of us sat in a room and listened to it for the first time. I don't know who was more excited, James or us. And wow! It was soooo good, peeps. I'm not lying here. It just blew me away. And James was thrilled too. But, allow me to back up and tell the experience from the beginning.seapealsh
and I arrived first, and were joined soon thereafter by oanimation
. We were dismayed to find we were the only ones there. Well, except for James and his crew. They arrived about the same time we did. And when James came out to move his car, we got big hugs and had a nice opportunity to talk with him. He looks REALLY good, and I told him so. He's happy and healthy, and was so excited about hearing the CD. He introduced us to Micah who is doing backup vocals for them, and Jordan who is their new drummer. Kevin joined us, and it was really nice talking to him again.
James told us that Ziggy Marley was inside. "That's great! Who's Ziggy Marley?" I asked James. He informed me. And said that Ziggy was leaving *ahem* a gift wafting in the air. He said that all we need to do is breathe deeply when we get inside and the CD will sound better and better. LOL! Well now, we were gonna have some fun. :-D
I was curious about who was doing the mixing and whatnot on the CD, and James said that they were all doing it. For some reason, I thought that James just did the vocals and guitar, then others did the other production stuff. Well, wrong! James does it all, man. ;-D Somehow the subject was changed to a BBQ and pool party James was having at his house after the listening party. He got sheepish here and confessed that he's using propane to heat the pool, and the conservation gods will not be pleased, but it's only for one night. I agreed that they're pissed at him. ;) Anyway, James went to move his car, drove the wrong way down a one-way street, moved an orange cone, and achieved parking nirvana. He then went inside, saying that he'd see us later.
I asked Kevin if Aaron Anderson (GotR 1.0 drummer) would ever play with the band again. He said that he's busy now with his other band Fictionist. I brought up how he's also getting married, which is great. But Kevin didn't say that we'd never see Aaron play with them again, so who knows, I guess it could happen someday. :)
Other fans finally came. Kevin shared about buying a table cloth for the party, and sheets for his bed for the first time in his life recently. I asked what characters were on the sheets, maybe Peanuts? ;-D He said a paisley print. And now you know, dear readers, what kind of sheets Kevin has.
Eventually Kevin let us in, and we went to Stage 1. Here's a pic taken by Ivy Dickerson during the party (and posted in this article
from collegepulsemag.com). Why didn't I take my own pic? Because any cameras or cell phones were forbidden. They didn't want their hard work being bootlegged and played on YouTube. So that's understandable.
On the chairs and sofa from left to right: Charlie De Mars, Micah, Jordan Latham, James Marsters, Kevin McPherson, Sullivan Marsters. I was sitting directly across from them on a sofa. ( Collapse )
So that was it! We left the studio, talking amongst ourselves. Rosie snagged one of the printed out signs for the event that were posted outside of the studio. They said, "Ghost in the Robot Listening Party, Stage 1". Note the "in" there. To throw people off track, no doubt! lol I snagged a couple, one for me and one for seapealsh
. As I started walking to my car, James drove out in the driveway right in front of me. He and Patricia saw me and waved goodbye. :-D So James and family/friends were off to his BBQ with heated pool, and oanimation
and I went to IHoP to indulge in a little post-party revelry. What an amazing night. We were all so happy with how it turned out, and that we were able to share it with James and the rest of the band. Yay!
November 15th, release date! Can. Not. Wait. \o/