Yeah. So I just bought tickets to his June 15 Carnegie Hall concert. I don't even live in New York! (Well, Boston's just a four-hour drive away, and I've driven down there to see Broadway shows before, so it's not all THAT unheard of, but still....) And I didn't even ask my husband if he was down with it! He's totally asleep next to me, and I didn't want to wake him up, because he barely slept last night (such is the life of a doctor...). So I decided, you know what? Screw it. I'm buying these tickets. Hopefully, he can come with me. If not, then I shall go down there myself (it's only like $15 or $20 on the Chinatown or Greyhound bus) and attend the concert with one of my friends who lives in New York, or maybe I'll drag a Boston friend down with me.
Wow, though, this was TOTALLY an impulse buy. It was just yesterday that I signed up for e-mail updates, and a few hours after I signed up, I got an e-mail saying that a second concert was added because the first one was sold out, and they'd go on sale on March 2, but only members of his fan club/newsletter thingy would have that information.
I actually pretty much freaked out when I saw an e-mail in my Inbox from Rufus Wainwright! I was like, OMG, he--he wrote to me?! And then I read it and was like...oh, right...e-mail updates...right. Time for a cold shower. It was almost the same as the couple of times I got an e-mail saying that I had received a private message on Sugar Quill from Sirius Black. Please tell me I'm not the most pathetic fangirly fangirl that ever fangirled! Please tell me that you all understand this, because my RL friends think I'm starting to lose it!!!
So anyway, all day, I was kind of toying with the idea of buying tickets, but was like, "Nah, this is CRAZY. And he's singing Judy Garland songs, which I'm really not all that into." But I've been listening to his stuff all day and all night (I'm currently grading undergrad midterms, and his stuff is a nice soundtrack to it all), and all of a sudden, I felt this weird energy surge and was like, "Fuck it, I'm buying tickets." I mean, aside from being a complete Adonis (seriously, I think that, for me, in terms of looks, he is THE IDEAL MAN), he is an AMAZING artist. I love his songs, his lyrics, his voice, his emotion, his expression.... And it's weird, because I wouldn't describe his style of music as something I would have tended towards. Some of it leans towards folk. Other songs lean towards country. And some of it simply can't be classified. But it all fucking rocks, and I am completely in love and inspired.
So yes, crazy impulsive purchase. I wonder what my husband will think! I wonder if he'll want to go with me (or if he'll be able to--his schedule can be unpredictable). But you know what? I SOOOOO don't regret it. I think it'll be an amazing concert. Rufus has already made me like all sorts of music that I didn't think I was into, and he'll be backed by something like a 40-piece orchestra. It's a really special opportunity. And I'm so glad I'll be there!
I'm really glad I signed up for that newsletter, actually, because the best available seats at this point are the next-to-cheapest level, and the tickets haven't been on sale for 24 hours yet! So the general public is basically going to miss out. I'm kind of glad I was forced into those seats, though. I was going to purchase one level higher, and actually, if the best seats in the house had been available, I might even have been tempted to buy them. I tend to get like that. So it's a good thing my impulses were contained at least somewhat.
I wonder if he meets people after his shows. Harry Connick, Jr., does that, and it's really cool to be able to talk to the artist afterwards, albeit somewhat awkward at times, especially if the artist is knackered after the performance.
Hey tipsytoe, you want the second ticket? ;) Actually, seriously, it's yours if you want it (I really don't think my husband would care either way), but somehow I doubt you'll be coming all the way from the other side of the world for this, as much as I know you'd love to. Well, my offer stands if you're interested, since you're my fangirl twin. :)