first mars concert

Save Me - Chapter 8

Shannon was the first up and you could see his face light up just as much as Mackenzie’s was. You could tell she noticed and it was sweet to see. She moved on to Tomo who was in the middle and as I turned my head back to make sure Lily was moving along…What the hell?! Where did Lily go?!

Frantically looking around like a crazy person calling out “Lily! Lily!” definitely drew the attention of everyone around me…including Shannon, Tomo and Jared who looked amused at the commotion. Panic firmly set in when I still didn’t see her. Where is she?! I’m going to kill her!!

Then from the corner of my eye, I saw Shannon moving his chair back and looking under the table. ‘Dear God,’ I thought to myself…'NO!!’
But, sadly, YES was his answer because suddenly out pops Lily from under the table, who’s crawling up onto Shannon’s lap from between his legs. I was so mortified, I almost fainted, I swear.

Before I was even able to get the words “GET BACK HERE” out of my mouth, she was in his lap, arms around his shoulder and talking in his ear. I give him credit, he handled it like a champ.

I was all done with the “sweet voice” so with a barely restrained but quiet voice I said “Lily, get over here NOW.” Realizing she just might have pushed me beyond my breaking point she started to slide out of his lap to go back under the table again.. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse. “LILY, NO! Go around the table.” Jesus Christ, where are her manners?!

Looking at Lily, Shannon chuckled as he said “Looks like your Mom has her hands full with you!”

“Wait, what?!” His comment had me doing a double take. “Slow down buddy,” I said looking at him shaking my head…“She’s not my daughter.”

“Yeah, she’s not my Mom silly, she’s my Auntie Vivie! She’s too cool to be my Mom!” She said proudly looking up at me.
I rolled my eyes so hard they practically popped out of their sockets as I pulled her towards Tomo. She was in trouble and nothing was going to save her.

Now, with Lily firmly next to me held by an iron grip on her shirt, we got the line moving again. Tomo quickly signed our posters then said to Lily, “What, you don’t want to sit on my lap too?!”
Lily smiled and said “YES!!! I’d love too!” as she turned to look at me. My face must have spoken volumes because she quickly turned away, made an “oh shit” face then quietly said “thank you” moving to stand in front of Jared.

Jared sat there along with Mackenzie and Paige standing next to him, giggling like a little kid at having seen the entire situation unfold. I honestly was speechless, I can’t even imagine what I looked like. He smiled at Lily, pinched her cheek then signed her poster.

“So, Auntie Vivie” he said smiling “I heard this is your first 30 Seconds To Mars concert.”

“It is.” I said smiling back as our eyes connected for the first time. His gaze, it’s simply mesmerizing and it gave me instant butterflies.

“I hope you enjoy the show…” He said in a low deep voice.

“I’m sure I will” is all I managed to giggle back as I walked away…just like a 13 year old girl.

Ahhh! 'What am I, in grade school again?’ I thought to myself. I turned back around for another glance, only to catch those mesmerizing blue eyes looking back at me.

Yep, just like grade school…

Imagine Jared being asked about you in an interview

According to Jared the program starts at 3 in the afternoon; the whole band is being interviewed in some English tv show. Sadly, I can’t watch it on tv, so I try to get some signal through internet, there are some fans that are live streaming the interview and their short presentation after the show.

I bring some chips and juice, while sitting in front of the laptop trying to get in one of the live streams, but most of them are down. I still have some time before it starts, so I’m not nervous. It’s not the first time that I’m in this situation, I’ve been with Jared for a few months and his busy life hasn’t been all that bad for our relationship, every time he comes back home, I feel renewed and all those silly butterflies fly in my stomach and I feel in the clouds.

The time comes and I’ve finally reached a decent page live streaming. I see the comments of all the enthusiastic fans at the side of the screen, most of them commenting about their experiences in concerts and talking about how much they love the guys. I laugh at some of the comments, I’m not really out about being Jared’s girlfriend, so the many speculations about Jared being with models and going out with some of his girlfriends, are pretty entertaining.

I get comfortable in the couch with my chips on my lap, the hostess announces the great band they have invited for that day and the camera shows the screaming fans in the audience.

Most of the time I surprise myself by the thought of dating someone like Jared. It was pretty obvious that I would end up dating someone involved in the media, but the idea of dating a singer never crossed my mind, especially because I work for a radio station interviewing politicians. I have my little segment in the morning for the people going to work; I read the newspaper, talk about what’s going on in the social media and that sort of stuff, typical morning show. During the afternoon it was full of shows for teens, with music guests, news about teen idols, gossips etc. That’s how I met Jared. After the usual afternoon meeting planning the show for the next day, I bumped into this blond-haired guy with dark roots all over his head. At first I didn’t understand what was going on with his hair, so I just stood with a coffee on my hands, next to one of the secretaries at the main lobby staring at his head for a few minutes before actually realizing he was staring at me too. When he started getting closer to me, I noticed a nervous shivering coming down my spine, and that’s when I knew that this weird fellow would put my life upside down. Actually, you know what? No, that wasn’t the exact moment.

“Hey, I’m Jared” That was the moment; when his hand in front of me, waiting to be shake, went straight to his hair when it didn’t received a response from my part.

“You okay?” He asked me with a polite smile “You look…”

“I’m okay, sorry, I was just…” My eyes went straight to his hair again “Did you forgot your hair dye or something?”

That was the first time I heard his laugh, with his eyes glued to mine and even after he stopped laughing he didn’t separate his eyes from mine. After that the story is pretty simple, coffee, dinner, movies, etc.

It has been a really crazy 10 months, most of the time with Jared at the other side of the world, but I love him, and he loves me too, so that makes it worth it.

The hostess announces the band and I see how they run to the studio; on their way to the center of it they shake hands and hug the fans. I know I shouldn’t be jealous of these kids, but I haven’t seen Jared in a few weeks and I miss him more than I would like to recognize.

“Welcome guys! How are you today?”

“A bit tired” Jared answers, with a small laugh, the guys agree with him.

The three of them are wearing sunglasses and I know is no joke, they work so much, especially Jared, I don’t know how he stands with a smile in front of a camera when he probably slept two hours. And I’m not talking about this interview, it’s always like this with him. He’s always apologizing with me for not spending much time together, but I understand his work. I knew the conditions, he told me everything about his life before I accepted going out with him and I had no problem then, and I don’t have any now.

“So, tomorrow, big show coming, right?”

“Yeah, Reading Festival” Shannon answers “We are really excited”

“Our second time in the festival” Tomo adds.

“Something especial prepared for tomorrow?!”The girl asks and I notice her eyes on Jared, waiting for an answer.

“Just a show you will never forget” Jared assures looking at the camera.

A few more questions about the tour and the girl announces a short cut for commercials. I reach my phone and text Jared.

*You look tired, is everything ok?* I ask him, a few seconds pass before I receive a reply.

*We stayed up all night planning the show. Why didn’t you tell me you were going to watch the interview?*

*You listen to my show even when you are at the end of the world, why wouldn’t I watch one of your interviews?*

*Fair point. I gotta go, I’ll call you later*

A few seconds later the show starts again, and I notice Jared’s smile to the camera. He’s smiling to me.

These kind of interviews are always pretty short, so it doesn’t surprise me when the hostess start rushing some of the fans in the audience who will ask some questions to the guys.

“Hey guys!” The first girl says with a big smile and a thick Scottish accent, the guys reply to her and wait for the question “Is there any possibility of you playing some old songs tomorrow?”

“You going tomorrow?” Shannon asks, and the girl nods with a wider smile.

“What song?” Tomo asks this time, I know they already have the list of songs they will play, but adding one more is always a possibility.

“Attack” She answers.

“Consider it done” Jared finally replies and gives her a quick hug.

The fans are really nice, and ask polite questions to the guys. When I first started dating Jared, I didn’t know anything about his band, pretty obvious if you analyze the kind of work I have, I’m probably the most boring 20 something year old girl in the whole planet. Anyway, I was really surprised with the relationship they had with the fans, it ain’t that common these days, when bands just want to sell records and concert tickets. The whole thing bring memories of my first 30 Seconds to Mars concert, the adrenaline running through my veins, the excitement, everything.

“Congratulations on your wedding, Tomo” A small girl says and Tomo comes closer to hug her. When he comes back with the band, the girl talks again “So, we were just wondering if Jared and Shannon were dating anyone?”

The brothers look each other and I can see Shannon smirk.

Our relationship is something we wanted to be private, no cameras, no paparazzis, just as private as it could be. And it had worked pretty well for us, I knew some pictures were taken one day we were going out of a supermarket, but we weren’t even that close to make people think that there was something between us. But is Jared, and his personal life has always been really private, so people is always talking about it.

“I’m single” Shannon clarifies and leaves Jared looking at the girl, probably debating himself on how to answer to the question.

“What about you, Jared?” The hostess asks him with a smile on his face, and I’ve been around too many journalist and tv hosts to know that she has something up her sleeve.

“Well…” He starts and a nervous smile appears on his face.

“We’ve got some pictures from a few weeks ago” The girl says taunting him. I knew it.

The picture that appears on screen was probably taken with a mobile phone, and shows Jared and I walking out of Jared’s favourite veggie restaurant in Downtown LA. It was really late, and the streets were pretty empty, we thought no one would be able to spot us. Apparently we were wrong.

When the camera focus on Jared’s face he looks pretty shocked, and I know I have the same expression on my face.

In the picture we are just outside the restaurant and Jared’s arm rests over my shoulders, his lips leaving a small kiss in one of my temples. Nothing unusual, it’s just weird looking at my face on camera, in an English tv show.

“A friend of yours?” The girl asks, the camera goes back to Jared.

“Not really” He says, his eyes watching the floor. A small smile on his face and I swear I can see a little redness on his cheeks.

The guys look really shocked by his answer and I am too. Is he going to admit it? Maybe deny it? I’m on the edge of my sit.

“Oh God, is Jared admitting that he has a relationship?” The hostess looks as shocked as everybody else in the studio.

“Maybe” He answers finally looking at the girl.

“Maybe?”

“Yes or no!” Someone screams in the audience and everybody bursts in laughter, but I’m not laughing. I can’t laugh, I’m just looking at the screen waiting for a concrete answer. Yes or no.

“There’s this thing called personal life, you know?” He teases the crowd.

“By all the things you say, I can imply that in fact, you are in a relationship” The girl keeps insisting and I just want to punch her right in her perfect nose.

“I’m happy, that’s all you need to know”

Jared puts down the microphone and smiles at the girl who wants to keep asking and teasing, I can see it on her face, and I’m hating her for that.

The next fan comes with her question and the whole interview continues. I’ve been in the same position through the whole questioning, and when I get back to my previous position I notice how tense I am. No one mentions me again and I thank the fact that I work behind the cameras and the show can only be seen in the UK. I don’t want people following me and asking me questions about Jared, our relationship has always been a thing between the both of us and I want to keep it that way.

When they leave the interview, with the promise of coming back in a few minutes to perform, I take my phone waiting for a call from Jared… a phone call that never comes.

I mute the live stream, and lie on the couch with my eyes glued to the phone. I want to call him, ask him how he feels, I know he will be feeling a little overrun, but wouldn’t it be too obvious that after those questions his lovebird would be calling him?

The phone finally rings and I answer without even looking who it is.

“Jared?!”

“It’s Emma” I hear her voice through the other side, I check the name on the screen and it’s hers “Everything is ok, they are preparing themselves for the performance”

“Is everything really ok?” I ask her, knowing that Jared would say anything to make me feel alright.

“Yeah, he asked me to call you. He’s alright, it caught us out of guard, but we’ll figure out what to do next. Jared will call you when the show is over”

I hang the phone and watch the rest of the show waiting for Jared and the band. I try to calm myself down and try to believe Emma’s words. He’s alright, I have to be alright too.

The hostess proudly presents the band again, and Jared’s face appear on the screen. He’s not wearing his sunglasses now, and is looking straight at the camera.

“I thought it would be fun to dedicate this next song to the lady in the picture, I know you are watching, this one’s for you”

Jared says with a smirk on his face before the guys start playing Closer to the Edge. I lie on the couch again with the laptop on my lap and smile at his silly words and his amazing performance. My life will always be a roller coaster next to him, and I couldn’t be more pleased with that.

bmars-news:

“mike128st: Bruno Mars first concert in NYC ticket was like 15 bucks ..still can’t believe I’ve meet him and he did one awesome show that day this was like 2010 I think #brunomars”

One Direction Preference : First Date Blues

Liam: Your date was supposed to start at 7:00. Liam said he’d be there sharp and yet here you were at 8:45 and still no Liam. You tried to call him but he didn’t pick up. Deciding he was standing you up, you got out of your dress, tried to undo your makeup and sat on the couch in your pajamas. 9:30 rolled around and you finally heard a knock on your door. You paused your show and stalked towards the door, opening it slowly, peeking around to see who was there. It was Liam, he looked so upset you instantly forgave him. “(YN), i’m so sorry. I was trying to be here, but when i drove out earlier to visit my sister, my car broke, my phone died, hers died, i can’t make this up, i’m not making it up i promise. I wanted to be here, but i couldn’t. I want to make it up to you and promise you that i do want to go on a date with you. A proper first date.” You smiled. “I’m actually getting ready to watch a movie and order pizza, it may not be the first date we had in mind, but if you’re okay with it, i’m okay with it.” Liam chuckled. “Yeah, i’d like that. I’ll order the pizza.”

Zayn: Halfway through your date you began to feel sick and not knowing full well what was going on, Zayn rushed you to the nearest hospital. They checked you in right away and here you laid, two hours into your date, on a hospital bed with different tubes hooked into your arms. “I am so sorry about this, Zayn. I didn’t know i was allergic to that food, man did imess this date up.” You looked away from him and he tilted your head back to look at him. “You didn’t mess anything up, (YN). So you had an allergic reaction to something you didn’t know you were allergic to, granted it’s rare but it does happen to people, you can’t blame yourself. I don’t blame you. I still want to take you on a second date and possibly more after that if they still leave me thinking about you every second of my life.” You blushed. “You think of me alot?” He nodded. “Yeah, i kinda like it.” “Good, cause i kinda like thinking about you alot too.” Zayn smirked. “So, for our next date i was thinking something a bit safer and a bit different, how about the zoo?”

 Niall: “Are you sure we’re at the right venue, Niall?” you ask and he looks around carefully. “Um, i think so.” Slowly the two of you got out of the car and went into the venue only to quickly realize that you had gone to the wrong concert venue. This was a opera concert, you had tickets for a Bruno Mars concert, not exactly the same thing. When you walked out, getting ready to drive to the actual venue, you quickly realized something. “Um, Niall. Where’s the car? You parked right there, didn’t you?” Niall looked and nodded. “Yeah, yeah, that’s where i parked.” You held onto his forearm. “So, uh, where’s your car?” He smiled sheepishly at you. “Someone stole it. Shit, (YN), i promised you an amazing first date at Bruno Mars’ concert, first i lead you to the wrong venue and then my car gets stolen and we can’t even make it to the actual venue, i’m so sorry that this is the worst date of your life.” You begin to laugh and he looked down at you. “Why are you laughing on a terrible date?” You stopped laughing. “Niall, this isn’t a terrible date, it’s still a date with you and that’s all i’ve wanted.” He smiled. “Thank you, i still owe you a Bruno Mars concert though.”

Louis: You had come over to leave with Louis for a date instead when you got to his house, and he answered, it sounded like a circus was going on inside. “Um, i know we’re supposed to go on a date but my mom had to go to the hospital and left me with the kids. (YN) i am so sorry, you have no idea.” you stopped his rambling and walked inside, taking your coat off, grabbing a baby from his arms. “Don’t worry. I’ll help you out.” You were slowly bouncing the baby girl up and down and only stopped when you felt something on your hand that was holding up her bum. “Louis, what’s on my hand?” Louis inspected and his eyes bulged. “Uh, it’s also on your gorgeous dress. Um, my sister kind of just pooped on you.” You nodded and carefully handed her back to Louis. “Um, i’m going to shower if that’s alright.” He nodded. “I’ll leave you some of my clothes to change into, cause i think even after a wash or two, the dress is still not gonna wanna be worn by you.” You nod. “Yeah, thank you Louis.” “Sorry about today, i really wanted a great date, this wasn’t what i planned.” You laughed and smiled down the stair at him. “I’ll still take it, Tommo, i’ll still take it.”

Harry: It was a nice dinner that you were having at his house, he cooked it all himself and couldn’t wait for you to taste it. After eating, having dessert, watching a movie, you two began talking about different things.  A normal date, then the doorbell rang. He was confused. “I swear no one was supposed to show up tonight. I’m sorry.” “Don’t be, go open the door.” you pushed him towards the door and when he came back with his family in tow, you were a bit surprised. “Harry told us he had a date but we still wanted to come over anyways.” His sister said and you looked at Harry who sighed. “They need a place to stay tonight and my place is apparently the closest. I’m really sorry.” You nod and his family goes to the guest rooms and unpacks, leaving you and Harry. “I wanted to introduce you to them at some point, but this is a little too soon and awkward. I mean come on our first date and my family comes by and ruins it.” “They didn’t ruin it Harry, tonight was amazing. I had an amazing time.” “This is awkward though.” he groans and you nod in agreement and that was when he got an idea. “It doesn’t have to end badly, we can go….” “Harry! Your upstairs bathroom is flooding!” He sighed. “Or not. I’m sorry, do you want me to take you home?” You shook your head. “Want me to stay and help you out with them?” He smiled. “You truly are amazing, thank you.” You nod. “I told you anytime you needed my help, just ask.”

5

I can’t believe it’s already been two years since my very first Mars show. Thank you for letting me be apart of the Echelon and Mars history.

I’m so fucking proud of Jared, Shannon and Tomo and after next week, I’m glad to see them go on a break from working non-stop for the past three years with the album, the court case, four music videos and two full years of touring and take a breather.

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Show Me & Our First Time - Moonshine Jungle Tour - July 21, 2013 in Seattle, WA

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Bruno Mars - Show Me & Our First Time - Winnipeg, MB (August 2, 2014) #MoonshineJungleTour