March 31, 2013 at 10:46 am #2658
Feel free to start another thread with your photos perhaps, would be great to see them. Thanks!April 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm #3137
Those photos are priceless, fyrhazard! Love them!
Now, let me dig out mine…April 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm #3142
Ok, so I somehow managed to win a gazillion tickets to the iTunes Festival gig at the Roundhouse in London in July 2010 (demand must have been… variable) and therefore was in a big group: me, my husband, my oldest friend and convert H, my friend L from work, my brother, and three of my brother’s friends.
Aaaanyway, we stopped for something to eat, and I was standing in the doorway of the restaurant waiting for everyone to leave and Bryce walked past on the other side of the road. I temporarily lost the power of speech. I may have tried to attract his attention by banging on the window, but only succeeded in scaring a couple who were outside browsing the menu. My brother and I had a brief debate about whether to chase him.
We decided to chase him.
Being ten years younger than me and not wearing heels, my brother ran ahead while I gamely tried to keep up. I had to keep stopping because a) I am seriously unfit and b) I was laughing too hard at the ludicrousness of the situation. We eventually caught up with him just outside the venue, and had a chat and some photos. I figured now was my one and only chance to request a song, and decided to be realistic – no point asking for Driver Surprise Me. Thanks to this forum I knew they’d played Brainy in Brighton the previous night, so I asked for that. Sure enough, Bryce dedicated it to the “nice people” who unbeknownst to him, had chased him up a large part of the Chalk Farm Road. Made my day / week / month / year.
And as soon as I figure out how to post a photo on this stupid forum, I will!April 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm #3426
K! Upload it to tinypic.com and post the link 🙂 I love those photos you took that day, schweet.April 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm #4160
LH – My fav of all is still the pic of you and Bryan in Helsinki ahahah so funnyApril 14, 2013 at 12:38 am #4174
It does make me chuckle. :3 He is about seven foot taller than me at the best of times!June 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm #8942
wOOOOW!!! This is so cool topic :)))
But the girl with Matt taking picture wins!! I’m so envy..in a good way!!!! Really..why I don’t live next to him..
Joking..i don’t want to live in America. Seriously :p
But Thank to somebody up there or whatevere..for The National… and coca cola..hahaha 😉June 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm #9572
Upon hearing that ‘Mistaken For Strangers’ would be playing in Toronto on April 30th, I rushed to purchase a ticket with the thought that this would be the perfect way to cap off a hectic few weeks of exams.
I was already stoked to see the documentary, but when I heard that Tom, Matt, and Carin would be there, I lost any semblance of cool. The night of the show, I showed up to the ticketholders line extremely early with the hopes of catching the trio on their way into the theatre. The staff of the Hot Docs festival had a good laugh at my eagerness.
Around 20 minutes before the film was set to start, I turned to my left and saw Tom standing there watching people stream out of another movie. I shouted “Tom!” over the din, and he turned towards me with this perplexed look on his face wondering “who is this guy”. I introduced myself as a big fan, and we chatted for a little. He signed my ticket stub and thanked me for coming. I asked about Matt’s whereabouts, and Tom replied “He’s kicking around here somewhere”.
The film was terrific, and incredibly poignant. I think everyone watching teared up at least once.
Matt, Tom, and Carin took the stage for a brief Q&A. I asked Tom how he felt knowing that Matt had written ‘I Should Live In Salt’ about him. He said he didn’t know what it was about at first and Matt interjected, saying “he thought it was about salt”. I wish I had asked Matt, “Is it time to think about what you wanna say to the girls at the door?”
Following the Q&A, the trio (along with the production crew) took to the floor to meet everyone and sign autographs. Obviously, Matt was swarmed, but I took some time to get the records I had brought ready to get signed. When it was my turn, he shook my hand warmly and asked for my name so he could sign ‘High Violet’ (My name is Tomislav, but I shorten it to Tomi for short — pronounced just as ‘Tommy’ is) Not having explained this to Matt, he spelled it in the conventional manner. Too late, I realized this and told him and he made a funny attempt to dot a “y” and make it into an “i”.
He then asked everyone else waiting to come outside instead of crowding into the narrow rows between seats. I made to follow the group just to hang out, but I saw Carin talking to a member of the crew and stopped to meet her. After introducing myself, I asked her to sign my copy of ‘HV’, knowing that she had written a lot of lyrics. She looked surprised and joking asked aloud to no one in particular, “is this even allowed?”. I told her how Matt had spelled my name wrong (leaving out the fact that I hadn’t told him how to spell it correctly) and she laughed. She wrote “To Tomi! (I’ll get right what Matt f’s up) xx Carin”. She was easily the most charming woman I’d ever met. We chatted a bit more. She was surprised to hear I knew a lot about her career and we talked about ‘Swamplandia’, a novel she had edited and was one of my favourites. Funnily enough, this was her first time in Canada. Needless to say, by the time our conversation was over, I had gained an even greater admiration for her. Matt is a lucky man.
Finally, I ran into Tom again and asked him to scrawl something on his brother’s head within my CD copy of HV. He obliged and thanked me for coming once again. We parted, and I said bye to Matt and Carin once more. The walk to the subway was a triumphant one.
The National are playing a free show in Dundas Square this Friday. I’m going to camp out for a front row spot with a friend, if anyone on here would like to join us, you’re welcome to.June 11, 2013 at 1:14 am #9640
Haha gotta love that brotherly love! Why is your name spelled Tomi by the way (sounds creepy, just asking cos that’s how us Finns would spell it..ARE YOU A FINN??)June 11, 2013 at 2:03 am #9642
<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>johkujii wrote:</div>Haha gotta love that brotherly love! Why is your name spelled Tomi by the way (sounds creepy, just asking cos that’s how us Finns would spell it..ARE YOU A FINN??)
Croatian, actually.June 11, 2013 at 2:14 am #9643
Love the pictures and story, Tomi. I laughed at out a couple of times.June 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm #9927
That is amazing. I’m a little jealous. Great going 😀July 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm #10673
Pink Rabbits love.July 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm #10678
Some of my favorite people ever above.July 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm #10715
I remember two girls at left from the time when I was waiting at the gate. 😛
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