As you all know, I recently won the Hilton Honors/Live Nation auction for the recording session, lunch, rehearsal and performance of David Duchovny and his band. I arrived on Thursday and checked into the Hilton Nashville Downtown. Later that day, I went out onto Broadway and checked out various bars and restaurants up and down the road.
Friday was an early start. I went to Blackbird Studio to meet up with the Hilton Honors and Live Nation crew. There were five of us that were the winners of the auction. We got wired up with mics and got set to be videotaped for the whole day with David Duchovny. As soon as I get the video, I will share it with all of you here.
First, we were greeted by the band (they are totally friendly and cool), then by David. Next, we went into the recording studio where we all enjoyed a great moment watching him recording a single. Next, we had catered lunch and the five of us chatted with David Duchovny. He was really cool. After lunch, the five winners from Hilton Honors got interviewed for the video. Finally that day, we went over to the performance venue and watched David and his band rehearse.
The following day, we went to the performance along with a sold-out crowd at the Analog Room in the Hutton Hotel, a few minutes away by car from the Hilton Hotel. 🙂 Here are a bunch of pics from the weekend experience (click on the pictures or in the link below to see more):
Alien-Con. Had to get a picture with the quintessential live meme, Giorgio Tsoukalos, in person. I have succeeded in my mission. Everything else was just extras. I actually only went to the special panel for premium pass holders (was not worth it at all, the producer of the show yakked over half the time) and went to see Clara Oswald (Doctor Who) played by Jenna Coleman.
Dear Alien Con staff: “We didn’t pay extra to here some fat ass producer that no one knows about, to sit in the middle of the panel an usurp the show. We wanted to hear all of the “in front of camera” people, not for the “below the line” people. Got it? I am below the line myself and I don’t sit on panels where the actors and actresses are! Get a hint, it’s not about you, it’s about the celebrities in front of the camera! People left. Mad. Very mad! And – one woman was screaming at staff after the joke of a special for what a rip-off that ‘extra’ pass was. Please don’t do that again. Dear attendees – if you are going to LA (or Baltimore again next year), just get the normal passes! You would be way happier! And you get the same info and panelists throughout the event. No need to pay ridiculous prices to see a fat ass producer talk over the celebrities. Okay, end of rant.
So, other than paying too much, the rest of the event was great 🙂 Click on the pic or link below to see the pics:
Went on a Wine Tasting and Tour of the Blue Valley Winery. Just for a few hours on Saturday 🙂 It was a about an hour on the event bus to get there, stayed for a few hours, then hopped back on the bus for the return…
Here are some pics (click on pic or the link below):
[June 26, 2017 through July 4, 2017 Colchester, UK]
SO, Over the years, I go to London and meet up with Paula and World (not his real name) in London. So I thought it would be good to go meet them where they live – in Colchester. About an hour away by train from central London…
So Colchester is to the east of London. I also circled Penzance which has nothing to do with this current story but I thought it would be cool to visit since it’s all the way “at the end” of England. And yes, that’s where the “Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan occur…
But I digress. So here are the pictures from flight (outgoing via AA Boeing 787), my visit to Sherlock Holmes by Charring Cross (of course as usual, etc.), my stay this time at the InterContinental by O2 (that’s oh-two, not zero-two) and of course pics at Colchester and there was a Colchester festival going on, a few pics are from there… Sorry I didn’t annotate the pics well this time. Click on pic below for more pictures: