After spending two days backstage at Justin Timberlake’s shows in Kansas City, I also got to spend some time backstage at the OneRepublic/The Script show. (This is the one and only time in my life where I’ve been able to say, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.) First of all, talk about a different in atmosphere…backstage at JT was amazing, don’t get me wrong, but backstage at the OneRepublic/The Script show was much more relaxed. We were technically guest of The Script, so I got to meet a few of their crew members. Let me tell you, they were some of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. To give you an example of the difference in atmosphere, at JT you could drink all the Fiji water you wanted. At this show, the first thing I was offered was a beer. I don’t like beer, but I wasn’t going to turn down a free beer. It turns out that Corona isn’t so bad. So, who has one of the coolest stories about when they started drinking beer? This girl. I have to thank The Script’s Production Manager for that. ;) I never really got to officially meet any of the band members, but that’s okay with me. This entire week of backstage fun wasn’t really about meeting the artist for me. It was about trying to figure out if there is a place for me in that world. It’s a long story, but I’ve been trying to find my place in the music business/touring for a very long time. So, just getting to see a little bit of how everything works was more than enough for me. I’m totally okay with being that girl sitting backstage drinking beer that no one knows. I was just soaking it all in and observing as much as I could (without being creepy, of course…that’s not cool).
With all that being said, lets move on to the actual show. This was my first time seeing The Script, but I can guarantee that it will not be the last. They are so talented and have such a great stage presence. I didn’t want their set to end! Then, it was on to OneRepublic. Whoa, these guys never disappoint. Their shows are full of so much energy. Ryan Tedder is someone that I could watch perform every night. His stage presence is something that has to be witnessed, and his voice? Whoa. He just seems to get better every time I see him. I also know that Brent, Zach, Drew, and Eddie are equally as important as Ryan. They are all so talented, it makes my head spin. Every time you look up, it seems like they are all playing a different instrument. They are all true musicians, and I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me to see real instruments being played on stage. Now, I had come prepared for this show with my own mini tambourine because that’s what normal people do, right? Okay, well, maybe not. Anyways, I realize that I was probably that person, but I didn’t care. For the length of their set, the only problem that I had in the entire world was that fact that I had little to no rhythm. Oops! I blame that on my seizure brain. This entire week was a big test on my epilepsy, and I’m happy to say that I made it through and am still on my way to being 5 years seizure free this October. Hooray!
I took the whole dang fam-bam on this trip and every once in a while I would look back to where they were sitting and they all looked like they were having so much fun that it made all the money I spent and all the stress leading up to this trip worth it. The entire week was something that I will never forget; and, as much as I was secretly hoping that this experience would cure my itch to get into music business/touring, it’s only made me want it so much more. Now, I just have to figure out where I fit into this world…I wonder if Ryan Tedder needs an assistant? I’m very good at assisting, and I could organize his or anyone’s professional life into beautiful Excel spreadsheets…just sayin’. Haha! (…but seriously.)
Thanks for the memories, the beer, and all the stories that go along with both! Cheers!