Weird Al Show
On Sept 25th 07 members of the MWG were able to not only attend a live show with
Weird Al, But BE PART OF IT.
Tara Patterson was our video / camera person, Mary Walton was our handler, Jason
Patterson as Vader, Darrel Soren with R2-S5, Tom Schaefer as C-3PO, and John
Fitsimmons, Jerry Budde, Rick Wilson, Chris Mazzoni and last min fill in
Jeff Baron as Stormtroopers.
I arrived at 4:45 to find Darrel already there waiting. we unloaded R2 and
headed to the back entrance. We were met by Hammer who showed us to our dressing
room and took on onstage to place R2. It was cool seeing the stage from the back
and seeing all Al's costumes on the side as we set up.
Rest arrived by 6:30 or so, did a very quick run through with Hammer before
going to the catering room and enjoying some good food. We sat chatted for a
while while Al started the show, then got dressed. and awaited Hammer to take us
We stood on the side of the stage behind the curtains for a min or two while al
finished a rage song the stage went black and we walked on as they played the
theme from Phantom of the Opera.
Lights came on and crowd went crazy.
Al started singing "The Saga Begins" and we all followed the instructions we
were given, Slowly bobbing our heads then really getting into it.
Al Walked up to me in 3PO and sang a it, then approached Jason as Vader. It was
really fun. I think Al enjoyed it as much as we did. The stage went dark and
they played the Imperial march as we walked off stage.
After the show we stood around for a while while we waited to meet up with AL.
One of the crew came into the room to tell us how well we did, (out of respect
for other 501st members who have done show I wont repeat what was said about his
comments on previous shows. rude)
We got to meet Al and everyone got an autograph and a chance to speak with him.
We did a group show and presented al with his Honorary MWG membership. His
response was "WOW!, Really? This is so cool Thank you guys!"
When I talked with him, he mentioned I was the first 3po he had used on stage
and really liked it, But said he almost cracked up when he was singing by me and
looked at him. He said something to the effect that the surprised look on 3POs
face struck him as funny.
What I failed to mention in his mission report, as
pointed out by Fitz, is that as we were leaving the stage and heading back to
our dressing room, someone called out, "Wait! Don't go anywhere yet. The drummer
from Anthrax (Charlie Benante) wants to get a picture with you guys."
So we took some pictures with him and proceeded back to the dressing room. Our
dressing room was really small, so we sort of took over the catering room. Next
thing you know, there's Charlie again, hanging out and asking questions about
After that we suited down and headed home. It was a fun night and something
none of us will forget.