The Time I Met Gavin Rossdale

This weekend was definitely one of the best of the summer. Every year our rock station puts on a HUGE festival-style show, and this year’s show was amazing. Stone Temple Pilots and Bush headlined the show. Dropkick Murphys and Seether also played. It was an amazing day. The show had a crowd of 20,000 people, which was pretty amazing to see.

I got to meet Gavin Rossdale (husband of Gwen Stefani)! He was very soft-spoken and nice. Literally all of the other people who got to meet him with me were quiet when Gavin came out of his trailer. Hey, he’s a huge star. We were in awe. But he couldn’t have been nicer or more laid back. He signed autographs for half an hour for the concert-goers, and was just hanging out and being a normal person. I can’t even remember what I said to him. I think it was something earth-shattering such as, “Hi. How are you? Nice to meet you.” I wanted to ask about Gwen and the boys but I thought that was too “fan girl” of me. I never know what to say when I meet a big star. If you ask about their life it seems weird. You don’t know them. Why are you being creepy and asking about their personal life? It does show you care about them and are a true fan, but it also seems odd. On the other hand, being generic and boring and polite is, well.. generic and boring. Hmm… I’m awkward, I think.

Anyway, I have a picture of Gavin and me that’s on my friend’s camera, so as soon as I get that I’ll post it here. I regret not taking it on my iPhone, but I had this vision of someone not knowing how to work the sensitive iPhone camera and then my only shot at a picture with Gavin would result in a picture of one of us blinking, or him walking away. Better safe than sorry, right? Except now I have no picture to show yet so…that’s great.

One of my co-workers actually saw Gwen and Gavin’s son (Kingston not Zuma) running around, so I was hoping that meant that Gwen was around someplace but I didn’t see her. Sadsies.


Here are a  few pictures from the show.  I took this during Stone Temple Pilots’s set.


The STP set was interesting to say the least. The music was very good, but Scott Weiland as an individual was… interesting. Dude was talking like The Joker in The Dark Knight. He would slur a few words in a strange tone, pause, then finish the sentence.  He also had some very loosey goosey dance moves. But I read a few articles that said he hasn’t done heroin since 2002 so, who knows. I’m not judging. I’m just saying he had a funny manner of speaking. But maybe that’s his natural state. Anyway, the actual performance was really good. He did have great energy (as did the rest of the band) so they were fun to watch. I do have some concerns about Mr. Weiland though. Also, apparently the band requested to have a bowl of cubed ham on the left side of the stage during their performance. I assumed this was some sort of druggie thing but, shame on me, it’s actually because the ham contains a lot of salt and you lose a lot of salt when you’re running around on stage and sweating. You can eat the ham quickly, regain salt, and get some extra calories too. Clever, no? Now I feel bad about being a Judgey McJudgerson.

I got really into the Dropkick Murphys after their performance. They had SO many people onstage. Bagpipers, drums, guitars, piano, the whole bit. They were awesome. I love their song titles too. For example, ” Kiss me I’m s*** faced.” Too funny.

Seether was also great. The lead singer’s voice is amazing. Really Kurt Cobain-esque. I would highly recommend checking them out. “Rise Above This” is one of my favorite songs.

Check out this panaromic shot I took of the whole event (using my new iPhone Pano app). Pretty amazing, right?


The app is so cool. You take as many pictures as you want (it helps if it’s of a big landscape or something far away) and it merges them together into a panoramic shot for you.

How was your weekend? I hope it was fun-filled! I can’t believe it’s August already!

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