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March 10th, 2007
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The Fellowship Lives!
If you need proof, then just check out beizy's post about the Hotel Cafe gig, where (without me seeing them, of course) Orlando and Viggo were seen in the venue, watching, and Dom was seen outside. Yes, they were all there to see and support Billy. How much do I love these guys? So much it hurts! And Shox (from World Without Sundays) was there, too. Suspicions are that it was he who shouted at the band like a heckler at one point, "I love you, Billy!", then "Show us your pecs!", then "Show us some skin!", and, finally, "Show us your cock!", at which point Billy innocently replies "I didn't bring a chicken, I'm sorry, man in the white wig!" (or something to that effect). Apparently, Shox was wearing a silly white wig. I heard that Billy told somebody later that they couldn't imagine what it was like having their face kissed all over by a man in a white wig - *L*!



Story from... damn... I know if I try to type up your name I'll get it wrong, so please respond to this; you know who you are! Ali and baby Jack were at the show. When it was over, this person saw Orlando running to catch up to the group of guys he went to the show with, yelling something to the effect of "Isn't that the cutest baby you've ever seen?!" - !!! *cues the "awwwwwww"'s*

So then, tonight, the show was fantastic - good lighting for photos, great sound, enthusiastic (and large! crowd), and they did bring the EP's (I bought 10, enough for those who requested them! They're beautifully done.) I'm in line for the EP's when I hear that Sala Baker is in the back of the auditorium, signing autographs! Yep, another Billy supporter! I managed to get a couple of shots for you, Lorna - *G*. Then, at the dessert party, they say they have a special guest, and it turns out to be Andy Serkis, fresh off the plane. And he's wearing a Beecake t-shirt and saying he was disappointed he missed the concert, which he had planned on seeing! So that's FIVE LOTR actors who saw them (or tried to see them) over two nights. I hope David Wenham stayed to see him, too, but I don't know if he was able to.

Anyway, let me re-wind a little. The brunch was fun. Billy not only brought the guys from the band, who ended up talking and signing things and getting their photos taken the whole rest of the time, but Ali and baby Jack were there in the back corner for a while (Jack is at the "standing up while holding onto a chair, wearing little jeans and a little shirt and looking quite cute" stage). He brought some great things to auction (a pair of jeans, lots of Beecake stuff, the jersey from "The Flying Scotsmen", and so on) and did a very funny bit while describing them. I videotaped it and it will be in the next post once it's uploaded.

His panel was the usual silliness, starting with him wondering about "what wings would people have if they wished for them" (oh god... wingfic!), to "can angels bend their wings to fit under their clothes" to "I wonder if there are any angels here; perhaps we can have everybody take off their tops and find out!" and so on. I didn't video any of that, but, of course, I took pics. And I now know what kind of tail Billy would have if he could have a tail (a fox's, really long, so he could casually flick it over his head when shaking hands with somebody, and they'd be nonplussed and wonder if they saw what they thought they saw, and then he'd back up into a car and drive away. Did I mention that he's a very silly man?).

I took a couple of pics of Doug Adams, who spoke about the themes in Howard Shore's music (those are for you, ninquelosse!). I took naps in-between brunch and Billy's panel, and Billy's panel and David Wenham's panel. Walking over, I kept hearing from people who were coming out of David's photo op that he was "HOT!!!". Well, he was pretty darn cute (with his shirt open rather far down - *L*!) at the panel, and, yes, I have more pics. Did you know they're doing (or did) an epic movie about Australia called "Australia", with Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidmann, etc., and he's in it? He even explained how he got the nickname "Daisy" (Australians always shorten names, like "Barry" to "Baz", so he became "Daze", and his sister added the "y", to make him "Daisy").

Another break, to eat and sleep. I skipped the autograph sessions, because I have enough, not knowing they were going to sell the EP's there so you could get them signed by Billy. *sigh* So mine's not signed by Billy.

The concert was great, as I said. I videotaped as much as I could - a few complete songs. I thought I'd taped the first two songs, which included the song he wrote for "Save Angel Hope" (it has kind of a reggae beat), but I hadn't depressed the shutter. As I said, though, I have several others.

And, of course, I took stills of Billy's panel, David's panel, Beecake in concert, etc. These will be posted eventually.

But the good news is, when I bought EP's after the concert, I got them all signed by all 3 of the other band members for the folks I bought EP's for - my treat! Obviously, Billy wasn't signing after the concert, since it costs to get his autograph. Ah, well - my only disappointment of the weekend.

I was really glad to see Andy Serkis at the dessert event, because my plan leaves about the time his panel starts, so I did get some pics, and get to talk to him. He just finished a role in some fantasy movie about characters coming to life in a bookstore - and Paul Bettany was in it! (yay!) I'll have to look it up in the imdb.

It was so good to meet so many people again, but I'm absolutely HORRIBLE with names, so please - if you read this and I met you, and I don't mention your name, please drop me a line and remind me, please? I do remember a few. I saw voontah, who really helped make getting to the Hotel Cafe a success, and saved my seat when I went to get my camera - THANK YOU! And thuri, Voontah's friend. Of course, there was the beizy brigade - *G* - and lionessfreedom and I swapped camera talk. quasievil_bunny was there, and bam_a_lam - yay!!! *G* - and magickalmolly, whom I bought another necklace from, and westmoon, and I was thrilled to meet kiltsandlollies and see ms_silverstar (I think I got that wrong, darn it), and my former seatmate from the first or second ORC I went to, whisperkat, and Bernadette and Rhonda from Canada (Bernadette made a book of my Philly photos of Billy for Rhonda on Shutterfly - and Rhonda got it signed by Billy! He even personalized it - yay!), and a very talented artist, sandelwood suede_scripture(check out her LOTR art, especially if you like Merry and Pippin - gorgeous), aaaaand... too many more to mention! rakshi and abandonada were there as Sam and Frodo and looked great; I wonder if rakshi attended the talk on websites for actors, done by the guy who does Sean's website... and what she said to him - ! *G* spookystoy, I don't remember seeing you - did I? I also saw blackbird_song, who won the bid on the drumskin for Beecake (that went for quite a lot!). broksgurl717, I remember seeing your name, but now I'm having trouble connecting it with a face, darn it. Oh, and a sweet Japanese woman came up and it turns out she read my LJ post about photographing at cons and bought the Lumix hybrid, and her photos came out so much better this year - and boy, did they ever! They were gorgeous. That made me so happy! Okay, enough for now. I need to upload some videos and download some pics. I may keep going tonight, or I may go to bed and do it in the morning, so don't stay up waiting, whatever you do.

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From:anonypooh
Date:March 11th, 2007 08:48 am (UTC)
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there you go...there's all that minute detail I love! What a fantabulously awesome time of it you had! What well behaved fangurls letting Orlando, Viggo AND Dom leave with their shirts on their backs ;) Very cool..I'll poke Lorna about Sala because you may have noticed! she has abandoned lj..hopeless child.

Cool..I never realised he was a Daisy all his life!

Do you know, I've never properly listened to Beecake yet...ummm..*hides*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 11th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
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*L*! Yes - I miss Lorna, dammit! So do please poke her for me -thanks. *G*

You know, I'm listening off of my camera now and I must declare: I think you'd really like them. I tell you what - in a couple hours, when I have "Lost Direction" up, will you promise me to listen to it? I want to hear your reaction.
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From:piratesorka
Date:March 11th, 2007 09:10 am (UTC)
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Oh wonderful, it sounds like you are having a GREAT time. I am happily envious of you and your experience, which is to say its all good.

I would have loved to have seen the wee Jack. I wonder if he looks at all like his Papa?
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From:piratesorka
Date:March 11th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)

One more thing...

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Yes, indeed, one more thing. I completely agree with you about what sort of tail Billy would have. He would easily have a fox tail, and I would even expect him to morph into one. He just appears as bright eyed and tricksy as only a ginger haired fox can be.
From:beecake_jp
Date:March 11th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC)
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You bought 10 EPs!!!
Thanks again for wonderful report.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 11th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
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You're very welcome. Please check out trianne, and/or the ORC LJ (don't recall the addy, but it's on communities f-list) for more thorough reports.
From:silme_the_white
Date:March 11th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
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Fantastic report! *dances* Boy do I wish I could of gone this year, sounds like it was a funky little reunion of sorts. ^_^

How much do I owe you for the CD? I should definitely send you a wee wire wrapped trinket as well as money, as a thanks for going to the trouble. :3
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 11th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Ooo! That would be lovely! I'll try to email people when I get back, on Monday, if I have the chance, to get you addies. *G*
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From:quiet_moments
Date:March 11th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
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This is just the kind of report that makes it a little easier not being there. Glad you are having so much fun! And that you were able to talk with Andy a while, since you won't be at his panel.

What does Jack look like? Does he favor Billy? How much hair has he? Is it ginger hair like his papa? Yes, I know, lots of questions. *G*

This ORC sounds more...intimate than the other 2. More like ELF or something. It sounds like a really fun time.

I look forward to seeing the pics and videos! =)

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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 11th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
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"This is just the kind of report that makes it a little easier not being there." Thanks so much - that's the nicest thing you could say!

Not much hair on the baby - the usual think covering. Sorry, wasn't close enough to tell if he looks like Billy. Pretty much "generic baby growing into toddler" I'm afraid! *G*

You know, there were really a lot of people there and it was a big room, but - yes, it did feel a bit more intimate for some reason. Perhaps with fewer guests and less stuff going on, it wasn't so hectic and unfocused.
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From:eldritchhobbit
Date:March 11th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
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This is so exciting!

Thanks a million for everything. It's so heartwarming to read this report. I can't thank you enough for sharing it with us.

And it's great to hear that the Fellowship lives. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 11th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
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*G* It is, isn't it!!!
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From:pearltook1
Date:March 11th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
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*sigh* *sigh*

Sounds absolutely wonderful! Did you, or anyone you know, take any photos of Jack and his Mum?

It all sounds soooooooooo wonderful! I'm eagerly awaiting your photos and vids :-)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 11th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure... and if they did, I'm not too sure about how okay it is to post them - although the didn't hide.

Thanks! *G*
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From:onecheekyhobbit
Date:March 11th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
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*sigh*

WOW! That's wonderful! So many LOTR guys out... *sigh* Fantastic.
Were there LOADS of people?
K
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 11th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
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LOADS!!! It was so well-attended. And... are you sitting down? There were GUYS in the audience! *gasp*
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From:deej_1
Date:March 11th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
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The guy yelling at Billy to 'Speak American' and 'Show us your c***' was none other than Viggo. I love it. :) And Orlando, bless him, was also very vocal in his support for Billy.

The Fellowship lives!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 12th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for adding that, deej; I'd forgotten the "speak American" - *LOL*!!! That was the one that really made us fangirls bristle!
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From:morebliss
Date:March 11th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
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"I didn't bring a chicken..." Bwahaha! That is so fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 12th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for commenting! *S*
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:March 13th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Wow ... wow... oh Lord, how jealous and HAPPY I am. You have no idea how good it did my heart to read all that. OVERFLOWING zith joy I am.

(XD God, Viggo's comments)

You rock. I'm so glad you went.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 13th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!!! *G*

BTW, go to.. I think it's www.sandelwood.com and check out her great drawings of Merry and Pippin!
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From:azewewish
Date:March 14th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
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Great report! Glad you had a good time. :)

Dom was NOT at Hotel Cafe, however. I have no idea how that rumor got started. Shox & Orlando were definitely there, because I chatted with Orlando for a bit & he was standing right behind me (with James Blunt, no less) for about the first 4 songs) - I was at the pillar right by the front table, then Shox was right behind me in that awful wig & that red mini-skirt or whatever it was. Gino from WETA was also there. And it WAS Viggo shouting the 'show us your cock' & 'speak American', but he left right after the show was done. Shame that, because I didn't get a chance to properly speak to him. :)

And thank you for the great pics!!! I saw all of the cameras, so I was hoping someone would have a few online.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 14th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
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Not in the venue, but apparently he was out in the parking garage... or that's the rumor! *G* *L*! Well I keep hearing it's Viggo, it's not, it is... I think it will remain one of life's mysteries!

Thank you so much.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 16th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)

Re: thanks from Japanese woman,lol

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*L*! Now I know your name! Thanks, Masayo - I'd love to see how your photos came out! (now - get some sleeeeeeep)
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