So what do all dedicated fangirls do at that point? We went to the pub :)
Actually, we were very sensible really – we even asked a local to recommend us a good one. Gareth, of course, was happy to suggest a couple and we all sloped off to the nearest. Once there, we mostly ensconced ourselves in the smoking under-cover table out the back, as usual. Much bollocks was talked, including the swapping of fic recs, and talk of cross-dressing etc, in between the pop-in, pop-out visits of Gareth as he had a fag or two, who’d also decided the pub was much the best place to be.
Things that I picked up from these conversations:
- There’s interest in Blue Gillespie and they might be getting signed to a record label. (Yay!) If they do, their first CD may come out towards the end of summer.
- Despite Torchwood filming starting in August, they have a few weekends off, so Gareth is hoping there’ll be some more Blue Gillespie gigs before long. (That also applies to The Hub, apparently – he’s not confirmed for it, because he doesn’t know his filming schedule yet.)
- The new Torchwood is everything we’ve heard, five longer (1 hour) episodes, fancier effects etc. On BBC1. It’s supposed to be a ‘relaunch’, apparently, which Gareth seemed happy about, although it worried me, personally. I like Torchwood as it is now, I don’t want or need it to be ‘relaunched’!
- Gareth and friends went walking along the Taff Trail a couple of weeks ago. The weather was glorious then, but Gareth thinks the weather in Abergavenny right now is more typical of Wales. (He’s not wrong :) He thinks it’s moody and beautiful though.
- There must have been stuff happening with Jack and Ianto between Cyberwoman and the Stopwatch scene in They Keep Killing Suzie, because he thought the suddenness of the Stopwatch scene was jarring too, but he thinks that it’s great that the writers leave such gaps for the fans to fill in. He thinks the fans must love filling in that sort of thing. (I agreed, and said I loved gap-filling, with no other details added! :)
- In talking about Pizza!girl Lisa, Vivienne said the science of how the brain was removed and implanted in the new body was too implausible for her. I said it was hand wavy science, and couldn’t be taken seriously. We just had to go along with the fact that the machine could be programmed to do it. Gareth agreed. The only thing Gareth couldn’t cope with was how come the machine can perform complicated brain transplants, yet be unable to sew a neat cross stitch across her forehead afterwards? :)
- Gareth auditioned for Bill Sykes in Oliver first, but couldn’t do it because the filming for Torchwood clashed with the run! He didn’t know Burn had got the part!
He talked a little about the Torchwood bits of the Dr Who finale too, but we promised, so I can’t tell you about them. I am a horrible tease. I know. :)
It was really lovely, very relaxed. So much fun. Eventually the boys stopped playing pool, and smoking with us, and wandered off. We took that as our cue, particularly as it was nearly 7.30 by then.
We went back to the field, and watched the Elvis impersonator. He wasn’t bad, and I apparently know a lot of Elvis numbers, which I blame on the dozen or more times I saw ‘Are you Lonesome Tonight?’ in the West End a *mumble* number of years ago :) (Once a fangirl, always a fangirl – I was watching the play for Michael Keating – Vila in Blake’s 7. Oh, and for Martin Shaw.)
Anyway, back to the main event! Blue Gillespie were the last band of the evening, because it was so wet, although the weather did get better. They came on after the Elvis impersonator. I think the crowd who weren’t us were a bit bemused by Gareth’s usual on-stage patter. There were some kiddies about and he did try to tone down the swearing, at least in the beginning… :)
At one point, Gareth claimed he was talking crap because they had such a short set, and I shouted ‘We know!’ (I feel a bit bad about that, I get carried away sometimes) Gareth looked right at me and said, ‘Well, you fucking would, you’ve been to every gig we’ve done so far!” I nodded, horribly embarrassed, and hid beneath my baseball cap. Oops. But then Gareth called for a round of applause for the all the dedicated fans in the front, which he’s never done before, so it didn’t turn out so bad!
As you might expect, Blue Gillespie were in fine form – they’ve had to play in some really dodgy conditions, so this wasn’t as bad as some. (I can tell I’ll be saying, nothing’s as bad as the Goose and Cuckoo, for quite some time :) They wandered off stage at one point to leave Nick to do a drum solo, and admitted later that they weren’t meant to, but Nick had chickened out of it, so they walked off to make him do it!
There was much heckling from Nic (of Disgracelands) from the back – him and the rest of Gareth’s mates who were there (although, no Spencer, shame) had also carried Gareth’s own personal gazebo from the back-stage area to the front, so they could all stay dry! (Which Gareth had never even used – he went to the pub with us :)
Eventually, unfortunately, the set ended with Bam Bam as usual, although Gareth didn’t bam-bam as many people as he normally does – also a shame :) I said see you tomorrow to Clarky and Rhys, and they waved and said it back (Rhys had waved at me earlier from the wings when the drum solo was on – that was nice). And then we all went home – or in my case went to my b&b, and found they’d left a key for me under the mat – phew!
I’m now sat in the b&b waiting for tonight’s gig in TJs. I’m so glad my b&b has wifi!