Mr. Thomas goes on it on his own…


April 19th, Rob Thomas comes to LA to Avalon, formally The Palace. His cd “Something To Be,” was released today and i am waiting what kind of sound he will be working with compared to Matchbox 20. I didnt like the band all too much but Rob Thomas is a great singer as you can tell by “Smooth” with Santana, which won 3 Grammys. However the single that is out, is friggin tight, and i aint going to lie, i am a pop whore. The “Lonely No More” track is tight, the video is hot, and wanna see what else is in store.
Headed to Avalon, well after work then headed home. Didnt have to be there until 8. Got down there around 730 leaving at 6. I love driving to LA, especially when theres no traffic, the music is up and weather is nice. I calms me so, and i cant wait until i do it in my Cooper with the top down.
Got there, picked my tickets at Will Call and asked for my photo pass, didnt have it yet. Went inside and i was like wow, this is my type of place. Very posh, LAisk however its pretty old. It used to be called the Place. Went in, went to the main stage and i was like this was pretty interesting. I go in and just chill with my pad and checking all my phones left and right. Some chick that was pretty cute went up and said hi and i said hi back. That was pretty much the extent of it.
I kept on checking out if the photopass was there. I just wanted to get it and take my photos already. Waited and waited, and just checked out the ladies. Wow.. LA chicks… anoriex, plastied and blonde. Saw so many passing by and wow…
So yeah, i kept on waiting and waiting. Saw a few photographers outside. Went out there and talked to them. One i remember from Alicia Keys show, and i said hi. Stood around and what not. Finally Glenn from Alantic Records came. He also handles Ryan Cabrera. I wanna see who else he handles. Anywho.. some chick brought the wrong ticket and couldnt get in and i gave her one of my tickets.
Went in and waited for the chick who was opening to end. There was this dude all into it like crazy. Screaming, raising his arms. It was kinda funny. 7:50 walked up to the front, in the photo pit. I noticed this chick and the other photgraphers talking to her. I asked one of the girls, and they were like shes with Nederlander. I had to think about it but i figured out that they promote shows at the Greek theatre and other places. I made sure i would contact her soon to get another contact for other concerts! hehe.
Rob got on stage around 8 and i must say the stage was pretty interesting and nice.. Had all these lights and what not. I wouldnt mind having that stuff in my room. With all the crazy lights and smoke and such. Took my pictures with the first 3 songs, it was pretty nice being like 1 foot from the stage and up close. Me and my dinky camera with all the people with professional ones.
Left the photo pit and went around and stood and watched the rest of the show. Here i am standing alone, with my writing pad, checking out the show when this large fella came up to me and said, what you all about? I wasnt too sure what he meant and then he went on to ask me questions. Where you from blah blah, like a typical drunk would go about. Then he said, what are you doing here. I answered watching the concert. He went to go on saying something about you dont belong here. I was laughing and he was like because you look like a White Korean. I started laughing my ass off soooo bad. Wearing my grey blazer, i think my CBGB shirt, my framed glasses, express jeans and my chucks. So i guess, i looked like a white korean?? He went on to say i didnt belong there because everyone there was all yuppies and admitted he was a redneck. I didnt care really he was in the VIP section and he invited me in. Introducted me to his wife, who was pretty but had really huge boobs. Of course they were artifical since they were statuting me even when she wasnt looking at me.
Anywho, watched the rest of the show. Great music. Very fun. But i booked it out of there when i finished.
Lonely no more….

About Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is a Los Angeles based freelance photographer. Over the past six years, he has covered various concerts, movie premieres, red carpets, parties, and events. A southern California native, Anh attended UCLA and holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a minor in Accounting. In addition to photography, he is currently pursuing his license as a CPA and hopes to go law school. Adding to his many interests, Anh also loves to cook and has worked as a line cook for Food Network's celebrity chef Scott Conant's restaurant, Scarpetta, in Beverly Hills.