I AM SO SORRY THIS IS SO LONG. I have more stuff to share, but I'll wait a bit, haha.
I have lots of things to share about the November 27th Grinderman show, but I figured many of you would be wanting to know how the Grinderbunny/thank you's turned out, so I am starting with that.
The Adventures of Grinderbunny!
First of all, THANK YOU so much to everyone who submitted thank you's to be included in this fan project for Nick. I hope you will all be pleased with how things turned out, and let me assure you that Mr. Cave...well...just read on...
After only sleeping two hours the night before (I was WAY too excited), we went to get breakfast, but I really couldn’t eat.
ALL PHOTOS AND VIDEOS BY ME.
Since we brought my brand new camera, we had to take my bag into the restaurant with us. Grinderbunny (a stuffed bunny...The Death of Bunny Munro; get it?) had a mustache and bushy, Cave-like eyebrows. I had taken the thank you’s from fans, folded them into origami crows (of course!), put them into an envelope, and pinned it to Grinderbunny’s back to toss onstage. Anyway, he had to come in because he was in my bag and I did not want ANYTHING to happen to that thing.
Grinderbunny before we left that morning. He looks pissed.
Oh, and here are the fan thank you’s, folded into crows (the envelope said, “thank you, Nick. Open the birds” on it.
Grinderbunny is grumpy without his cup o’ joe.
He’s only fifteen inches tall, but he can drive pretty well, actually.
Grinderbunny mugshot? Or just worried about leaving us behind? Don’t be afraid, Bun-Bun. Nick Cave will take care of you.
My husband and I started making Grinderbunny say things in a Nick Cave accent, and this horridly annoying video is the result:
Grinderbunny's MUSTACHE FELL OFF TWICE, but we were able to get some more glue and some tape. Tape? Yes, tape...fail. But I could NOT give Nick the Grinderbunny without the 'stache. But yes, luckily there was a grocery store nearby. Phew.
I knew Nick didn’t play guitar on two of my favorites, which would be played back-to-back, “Honeybee” and “Kitchenette.” I figured I would time The Throw of Grinderbunny between those songs. I was going to try to record a video of The Throw to Nick’s feet as soon as “Honeybee” was over. Therefore, when “Honeybee” began, my heart IMMEDIATELY began pounding like I can’t even explain. I got super light-headed and panicky (I have anxiety anyway). This was when he would either give the Grinderbunny a “WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?!” look, or say, “I don’t have the mustache anymore; let it go!” or something. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT. So yes. Here is a video clip from “Honeybee”.
Just know that I felt so anxious and panicky during the duration of this song. It’s about my FAVORITE GM song, aaaand knowing The Moment was arriving…stressful:
I’d been trying to hide the bunny from EVERY FAN ALL DAY, by the way. I wanted it to be a surprise for everyone. After the freaking fiasco with the ‘stache falling off, the fact that I didn’t get The Throw recorded isn’t that surprising. My husband should have recorded it, but I told him, “No! I can do it.” Right. Um, NO, Andrea…FAIL.I WAS GOING TO RECORD THE THROW. That was ALWAYS my plan…HOWEVER…somehow, in the excitement…I bumped the “record” button again and recorded NOTHING involving The Throw.
BUT I can tell you what happened pretty exactly.
As soon as “Honeybee” ended, I stopped hiding Grinderbunny and got ready to toss him at Nick’s feet. BUT NICK ENDED THE SONG STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. I looked up at him and HANDED GRINDERBUNNY RIGHT TO HIM. He carried it as he stepped over the monitors, and then turned to face us and BEAMED A HUGE SMILE and LAUGHED. I was NOT expecting him to LAUGH. Then he looked right into my eyes, then back to the bunny, still amused as hell, and said, “THANK YOU! It’s GRINDERBUNNY!”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! HE TOTALLY DUBBED IT GRINDERBUNNY, JUST LIKE I HAD BEEN REFERRING TO IT ALL ALONG!!!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!!
The envelope our thank you’s were in survived and were still pinned to Grinderbunny, and Nick immediately walked over to Jim’s drums, put Grinderbunny on part of them, and then the band launched into “Kitchenette”.
KITCHENETTE VIDEO CLIP; WATCH FOR THE GRINDERBUNNY!!!
Note the bunny perched just-so on Jim’s drums. At some point the bunny loses a shoe, but not in these:
I just love that Nick is obviously thinking, “awww, they gave me a gift; it’d make them super stoked if I put this on the drums.” BECAUSE IT TOTALLY DID. I WAS FREAKING OUT. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. It was the coolest thing EVER, and I turned to Nick (my Nick) and said, “this almost makes up for not meeting him earlier,” AND IT IS SO TRUE. The Grinderbunny Experience was…AMAZING.
Grinderbunny started tipping precariously due to Jim’s INSANE, BADASS drumming:
The Grinderbunny hung out for awhile, but during "No Pussy Blues," he fell onto one of Jim’s drums 02:31 into the song. Jim tried to keep playing with the bunny there, as you can see. Then he got tossed off the drum and to the floor, where he hung out for the rest of the night.
At 03:20 or so, some girl yells out after Nick says, “she didn’t want to,” “I DO!” and another girl yells, “I DO, TOO!” and he laughs at it and says, “I do, too,” which amuses me to no end. Then he wanted the crowd to clap so the camera gets put down for a bit. Which is cool, cuz you can see how the camera’s jumping around due to the speakers.
Video is high defintion if you click it and then make it full-screen. :)
Thank you all SO MUCH for taking part in this. I know he will love our thank you's and he was DEFINITELY amused by Grinderbunny. :D
WHAT THE HELL???!!! GRINDERBUNNY IS ON FACEBOOK! ;D
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