Straight up, this post is going to be photo heavy and there will be lots of words. The TL;DR version is I went to Portland to see Moonspell in concert. Sadly, the shows ended up being cut short due to the city declaring a state of emergency. But I did meet Moonspell, got autographs and chatted with the ethereal and simply wonderful Liv Kristine from Leaves' Eyes. I also danced onstage with Atrocity. It was rad.
So Friday, Oregon got hit with a crazy winter storm. Snow, ice, you name it. It was nuts. I was freaked because I needed to get to Portland for Moonspell's show. My brother-in-law was amazing and drove anyway. Thank Bob he's used to driving in those kind of conditions but he also used to do Search and Rescue so the man is prepared for anything. We left Eugene around 11 a.m. after losing power at home thanks to the storm and snapping limbs. A 2 hour drive took almost four hours but we made it safely.
At 5ish we left out hotel to find the Alhambra Theater and some food. Shortly before 7 we made it to the theater after having some rad pizza and were going to hang out at one of the bars flanking the theater. Until I saw a bus pull up and I made everyone wait. Good thing I did because it was the bus carrying Moonspell, Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity. We watched people climb off and start unloading and my first wave of excitement hit when Liv Kristine walked by me carrying gear. And it kept getting better.
My brother-in-law got the nerve to ask her if she would like help and she declined. So we watched more and I saw Mike, Pedro and Ricardo from Moonspell and pretty much died. This went on for way longer and I was just a mess. So I finally let my husband, sister and brother-in-law coax me into the bar next door. As we were going to walk in, Liv is walking by us and Sean says hi to her. I tell her it's amazing to see her and then all bets were off. She stopped to briefly chat and we told her that we came a long way to see the show and we were so happy they made it. She was so nice to us and she thanked us for coming and said they were going to set up really fast so we could see the show. It was really funny because she seemed to really take a liking to my sister.
So we wait in the bar and have a drink or two. Waved at Mike through the window and threw up the horns.Which took him aback but he grinned, waved and threw the horns back. I was so antsy to get in that we left and made our way into the theater. The venue wasn't quite ready to let people in but they allowed the folks there to come in and hang in the lobby since it was so damn cold. Should one find yourself in Portland, I highly recommend seeing a show at the Alhambra, they are classy and cool. They made us coffee and tea while we waited and gave us snacks.
While waiting, Matt and I decided to step outside briefly for our very bad habit and we got to say hello to Pedro and chat for a couple of seconds. Then Mike came rolling by so we said hello and got to chat with him. The show hadn't even begun and this was the best night ever.
We go back in and the merch table is being set up and soundcheck is going on. I hear Liv and her voice is gorgeous. Awesome. While the merch table is being set up, we end up chatting with the tour manager and a roadie. Awesome guys and totally hilarious. We were the only people in the lobby who were talking to them, all the others were really mousy and quiet, it was rather odd really. Those are the people you want to chat up, yo.
Finally, they let us in to the concert space and Atrocity hits the stage almost immediately. Mind you, there was less than thirty people there. But damn Alexander Krull is a great frontman. He got the crowd warmed up and active right away. They were putting on a great show considering the circumstances. And then something really surreal happened. He asks for two women to join them on the stage. He picked a woman from the crowd and then asked for another volunteer. Next thing I know, Matt shoots my arm up and starts pushing me up on the stage. I'm greeted by the band and asked my name and where I'm from. And this is where I become a total ham because I'm so overwhelmed that I don't know what to do with myself. I freaking curtsy as I'm being introduced. Because that's a thing I do.
Anyway. So me and this other woman are asked to dance for the next song. All I know is I'm dying but it's really exciting and I'm dancing my little heart out. Matt took a lot of photos and I laughed so hard afterwards seeing them. But it was cool really cool and a once in a lifetime thing. Matt ended up making a gif and you should see it. It is stunning.
So, yeah. That happened.
We enjoyed the rest of Atrocity's set and then it was time for Leaves' Eyes. This is when things were still really cool but a little iffy. Liv Kristine comes out onstage while things are being set up and she started chatting with me, my sister and two other people. The upshot was that they didn't know if they were going to get to play, it looked like the shows was going to be cancelled. So they were waiting.
While waiting, she was just awesome hanging out and talking. She came off the stage and took photos and was awesome, awesome, awesome. I gave her a hug and thanked her for coming and being so nice to chat with all of us and we took a photo together. And it's blurry, sadly. But I have it.