Everyone has a odd crush. Or in my case, I have several. Let me count the ways: Stephen Mangan, Greg Davies, that old kind of veiny forearmed guy from The Kooples ads – there are many more. When I was younger, all the girls I knew fancied Nick from Backstreet Boys or JC Chasez (no-one fancied Justin until he shaved his curly mop. I personally had a soft spot for Joey Fatone). I really fancied Anthony Kiedis (the first white guy to make white guy rapping acceptable, and no I don’t count Marky Mark). Even more so after I read his autobiography, Scar Tissue. What can I say, I like them complicated.
When I found out that MTV Playground would be taking me to the MTV EMA’s in Belfast I at first didn’t believe it and told them to stop pulling my leg – but it then sunk in, and I was over the moon when I heard RHCP would be performing (due to said crush on Anthony Kiedis and general fan of the band and always wanting to see them live).
However imagine the sadness when I found out (in the Odyssey Arena) that RHCP wouldn’t be performing in the arena but down the road at an intimate gig at Ulster City Hall for 1000 fans.
Part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers set was shown on the screen in the arena. Teasing me! I managed to go through Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grief in a 3 minute chunk (a new personal best). I did find out afterwards that they spread the artists around at the Odyssey Arena (main show), Ulster City Hall (RHCP) and Belfast City Hall (Snow Patrol, Jason Derulo) but alas so close, but yet so far. Now it’s back to mournfully thumbing through my copy of Scar Tissue. Well, this time we were only about a kilometre apart, next time, perhaps half.
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