My Mars Roadtrip: Tucson + Vegas
A review and story of my little adventure. It’s fucking LONG. Read on if you’ve got some time to kill. ;)
I’ll try not to get too crazy with unimportant details but I tend to do that so my apologies in advance. We left on Thanksgiving Day which was weird. It was the first year in my whole life that I wasn’t getting together with my family for a big dinner but my parents were with me for the adventure so it made it okay. Little history, my dad had to have life saving emergency surgery on November 3rd so it threw a wrench in these plans early on. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to go, let alone them. But with a strong will to heal, he was able to go. It was going to be their first Mars show and for that reason alone I was extremely excited to experience something I cherish so deeply with the 2 most important people in my life.
So we left and 6hrs later we arrived in Tucson, AZ. Fast forward to the next day…
I was the only one who had a M&G so I knew I was going to have to leave them but my best friend was with us so I didn’t feel too bad HAHA. We got there fairly late for a GA show and the line wasn’t as long as you’d expect, then again it was a very small venue, 1200 capacity I think. They found a bar and I left to go to check in with AIW. It was a very small group, only 40 people. A stark contrast to the 250+ at Hollywood Bowl. I was very excited about this. Anyway, they herded us into the floor area of the venue and the guys came out, looking adorable as always. Jared then said he was really sick and they were considering canceling the show. Someone said ‘shut the fuck up’ and Tomo was like, “no we’re serious, he’s really sick”. Needless to say my stomach fell but I didn’t dwell on it, I mean they were right there just chilling, had to live in the moment. So then they asked if we had questions (and no I didn’t ask them shit because I never know what the hell to ask, I’m weird) but some people asked good stuff plus a few lame questions about when they were coming to *insert city*, the usual. One lady asked Jared what he was going to wear to the Oscars and he got the biggest grin on his face and said he didn’t know because he didn’t want to jinx it.:3 So cute. Then Shannon started coming closer and closer and he was like ‘no one has ANY questions, c’mon’. He was like 5ft from me and I ain’t gonna lie I was a little taken aback by how pretty he is. I mean I had met the guys twice before but they had sunglasses on both times, this time, they didn’t which changes things a bit. Direct eye contact is a big deal to me AND I’m sure I imagined it but Jared kept staring at me during the q&a. Fuck. Those Letos’ eyeballs are fucking weapons, just saying.
Then came the signing. We could either have our posters signed, or the laminate or if you had something specific you had to ask the guys but they were to sign only one thing. Here’s where my rebellious side came out. The whole time I was in line, I was like okay, when am I going to get another chance to ask Jared to write what I wanted so I said fuck it I’m gonna ask, what’s he gonna say? No? Fine but I had to ask. Got to Shannon he was like ‘hey’, couldn’t care less if I was there (lol), Tomo was like ‘Hi’ and then I got to Jared which, first of all, I couldn’t stop staring at his hands. I will never EVER forget how translucent his skin is and how blue his veins are. And they’re so little and perfect. GAH. Sorry, I had to get that out. So he signed his little J and I said “can I ask you a favor?” He fucking narrowed his eyes at me and glared at me. It was probably like .004 seconds but it felt like a hour long glare and I asked him to write DREAM OUT LOUD for me. He smiled and did it because he’s wonderful. EEEK. I’m so excited because I’m going to get it tattooed, it’s my treasure. Here it is. (Sorry to tag the fuck out of it but y’know, it’s mine, it’s precious, don’t take it)
After the last person got their stuff signed we got back in our half moon circle and to take our pics. I didn’t know what kind of picture I wanted. I mean I did fun last time and I wanted to ask him to do a Rayon pose but couldn’t word it right, blah, I’m so neurotic. (backstory: When my dad was in the ICU and couldn’t speak because he was intubated, he would give us a thumbs up to communicate. And considering that’s one of Jared’s things too, I thought why not make this whole trip mean something. So I decided on that and waited for my pic next to Emma. She said hi with a smile. That girl is so nice I love her. When it was my turn, I walked up to Jared and he called me “double triads” in this funny, deep voice, again (I’m assuming this is my name now cos that’s 3 times lol). I TOLD him “I’m gonna hug you”, didn’t ask, didn’t want the oh I’m sick, not gonna do it thing, I wasn’t leaving without that fucking hug, I needed it, so I grabbed him pretty hard, so much he came towards me and squeezed his little side. A lot happened in that moment. 1. he’s softer than I imagined. Like his little body isn’t hard like I thought, he’s soft and almost squishy, the kind of thing you never want to let go of. 2. his hoodie and hair smell like fucking heaven. That’s all I can say. 3. his hair…touched mine so yes, it’s pregnant again and I’m expecting ombre unicorn hair babies.
I told him let’s do a thumbs up pic and only he played along as you can see in the pic. And just like the last time, I didn’t know where I put my hand, if I was even close to him, if he was even touching me. TOTAL BLANK. Sad right? Smh. So I said thanks and I was walking away someone grabbed the end of my hair, idk who, and Jared said “oh she smells good” I almost tripped. I mean WTF. Naturally I forgot my poster on the table and almost walked in front of the next person getting their pic. *facepalm* Hey Jared told me I smelled good, my knees were weak. Here is my pic. I LOVE IT!!
Anyway, they said bye, I said feel better to Jared, don’t know if he heard me but he looked over in my direction one last time with a pouty lip and fingers crossed and said he needed good vibes to get better for the show.
Then I went back to my peeps, floating on a cloud, had like 4 drinks, we went in, stood in the back, they said over the mic that Jared was sick and they might cancel. Obviously they didn’t though but it was nerve wracking as hell. They were amazing as always, even sick Jared powered through, let us sing most of the songs but I didn’t care I was just happy they went ahead with the show. Short setlist. Shitty venue, they had no spotlight on Jared the entire show. And being in the back with my parents, I could barely see him. Whatever. Heard Bright Lights for the first time though which was magical. And he brought a little girl up onstage (shocker) which to me is annoying usually, I don’t think it’s cute but he was extremely entertaining with this one. He said “you’re really pretty. you have really pretty eyes. did your mom bring you here to tell me something” LMAO. Then she said she wanted to go back to her Mom in the crowd and he said “just another in a long list of women leaving me” Awwww.
This is turning into a novel, I’m so sorry. So it was absolutely amazing, I enjoyed the entire day immensely, made memories that I’ll never forget. Soooo then we left for Vegas the next morning. LONG ASS drive from Tucson to Vegas. 7hrs it took us. I don’t have much to report on Vegas except The Joint is one of the coolest venues ever. Thanks to a good friend with a heart of gold, my friend and I got to watch the rest of the show in a VIP suite which was imho, the greatest thing ever. I like the floor but this was the posh living in which I am accustomed to lol. Panic! was great. I missed them at HB because I was mingling and drinking but I am really glad I got to see them finally. Brendon is a cutie and what a fucking front man. My highlight though was him saying he had the same sickness as Jared…because they were making out. BWAHAHAHAA. Awesome.
So Mars came on, ON TIME. Exactly at 9:50. In the 16 times I’ve seen them, they have never been on time so I was like wow, yay lol.
Now I’m gonna be honest here. This was also the worst I have ever heard Jared sound. I saw him in 2010 and he was fucking SIIICK but he still sounded great, this time….I mean he had to sing in his lower register on each song otherwise his voice cracked and he couldn’t hit a high note to save his life. I felt like they should have canceled THAT show but I’m glad they didn’t ofc. He even said it was the sickest he’d ever played a show. But let’s be honest, on HIS worst day, he still sounds better than some people on their best. So, again it was a short set list, no Do or Die that night, major bummer but at least I got that in Tucson. No End of All Days which was devastating to not get it at either show but there’s no way he would’ve been able to sing it, poor baby. He was in a great mood and that’s one thing about Jared that’s admirable. He may sound like shit but the guy puts on a killer show no matter how bad he feels, I respect him for that. He bickered with security, let Echelon sing COA with him, was naughty, kept apologizing for being sick which was pissing me off that he felt he needed to do that because he didn’t but whatever, he’s a doll. I will tell you this though, Stevie, WOW. My lord does that guy have an amazing as fuck voice. Was kind of excited I got to really hear him.
Anyway, that’s about it. HAHA. If there was any more you’d be asleep right? Thanks for reading, I love sharing this stuff so if you did sit through it all, it means a lot to me. Can’t wait for the next round of shows with my bbys whenever that may be. Up next though is the Artifact screening in Hollywood with Jared. Yay.