I probably shouldn’t do this… but we’ve been working hard and I can’t wait – here’s a little sneak peek at what we’re working on for Christmas Eve…
I’ll post a more full review once I’ve got some time, but here’s last night’s setlist…
2. Get On Your Boots
4. Mysterious Ways / My Sweet Lord (snippet)
5. Beautiful Day / Blackbird (snippet)
6. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Stand By Me (snippet)
7. Stuck In A Moment
8. No Line On The Horizon
10. Until The End Of The World
11. The Unforgettable Fire
12. City Of Blinding Lights
14. Crazy Tonight / Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (snippet) / Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (snippet)
15. Sunday Bloody Sunday / Get Up Stand Up (snippet)
17. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
18. One / Amazing Grace (snippet)
19. Where The Streets Have No Name / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
20. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
21. With Or Without You
22. Moment of Surrender
It was a solid 2 hours of U2 and it was amazing…
So last night I got to do something new – Zombieland (in theaters everywhere today) had a screening/premiere and Zombie Walk last night.
So, at 5p I quit After Effects and unpacked a bag of make-up and costume pieces and started zombify-ing myself in my office. Jeff and Amanda took some pictures and video of the process, so maybe I’ll have that to add later. There weren’t pictures of the rest of the evening for two reasons – 1. My zombie character wouldn’t have had a camera and 2. My zombie companion did not follow Tallahassee’s (Woody Harrelson’s character in Zombieland) advice. When it came time to Nut Up or Shut Up… I think he shut up… Oh well, I had a great time and plenty of people asked to have their picture taken with me, so that was cool.
I had what was probably one of the least gory costumes – I mean there was no blood on my hospital gown until my IV full of blood leaked all over my hands and I wiped them on my robe. The best costume of the night had to be the Hunter S. Thompson zombie.
The movie was great. It was funny and just gory enough. They had amazing titles – the main character, Columbus (played by Jesse Eisenberg) narrates the film by giving his rules to surviving Zombieland. These rules were always shown on screen as they were either followed or broken in 3D text that lived within the frame and reacted to the action on screen. There was an incredible title sequence of super slo-mo zombie attacks set to “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica. The credits were done in the same way as the rules, only now people were crashing into and scattering the letters all over the frame. It was very cool.
The crowd was pretty fun – but most crowds of geeks who dress up for events are – I mean, who are they to make fun of someone else?
Lessons I learned:
1. White makeup just doesn’t look dead enough on it’s own. If you want your skin to shake off the rosy hue of life, mix in a little green and just a touch of black into your white… it gives you a gray rotting look that white alone can’t create…
2. For most people – zombie makeup consists of copious amounts of fake blood randomly scattered across your skin and clothing. There doesn’t really even need to be any kind of reason for it.
3. People who run haunted houses are annoying. I literally had nearly a ream’s worth of paper from all the flyers and handouts they kept throwing at us…
4. People dressed as zombies re-creating the dance from Thriller is still funny…
5. A free movie and all you can eat pizza for under $10 is well worth the time and effort to dress up as a zombie.
6. Paper costumes (like a disposable hospital gown) can be a bad idea – especially when the hardest rainstorm of the season breaks out while you are driving to a Zombie Walk… So, have a back up plan (I did, but didn’t need it – see #7).
7. God must love Zombie Walks. The clouds parted and the rain stopped at the exact moment I parked my truck.
Here’s some photos from the event posted to Flickr
So… Metallica was awesome. Ann and I had a great time together (Frank was there too and he also seemed to enjoy himself)… I always thank God that he gave me a woman that likes to cuddle up at a metal show…
Anyway, here’s the set list and some notes on what they played. As always the music was awesome and the lights/stage show were… basic. Their pyro was cool (like it always is), but their lighting and stage setup is never real revolutionary or anything.
That Was Just Your Life
The End of the Line
The Four Horsemen
Holier Than Thou
Broken, Beat & Scarred
Sad But True
All Nightmare Long
Kirk Solo #1
The Day That Never Comes
Master Of Puppets
Kirk Solo #2
Nothing Else Matters
Seek and Destroy
Total Running Time: 2:07:38
*Metallica first played Dallas on February 27, 1985 at Arcadia.
*They last played here on August 9, 2008 as part of a one-off Ozzfest. It was at this show that Cyanide was debuted.
*This was the first time that Dyers Eve was played in Dallas and also the first time that Dyers Eve was played in the US since November 6, 2004 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
*This was the tenth time that Breadfan was played on the World Magnetic tour and the first time in 11 years that it was played in Dallas.
*This was the first time that Holier Than Thou was played in Dallas.
So today I am at one of our campuses and I just overheard a couple of members who are here early because they are serving. They were talking about our upcoming service projects that we’re doing to celebrate our church’s 30th anniversary. One of them said, “I can’t take off work for all the stuff we’re doing – I’ll lose money.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t laying aside your wants, comforts and schedule to feed the hungry and clean up your community supposed to be sacrifice?
So Friday I watched a movie that (since its release) has been on my list of all-time greatest movies, Children of Men. As I watched the end I was struck by how clearly it can show the gospel. In a literal warzone, where the absolute worst of humanity comes out a single baby calms the storm of depravity because in that one child is the only hope for humanity. It was nice to be reminded of that as I work long hours to prepare for this Easter season. Sometimes I just get lost in the work and forget why I’m doing what I’m doing… then God puts something like that in front of me and I remember why it is that I’m doing this…
This week (Tuesday the 31st – but only because Ann wouldn’t agree to the best April Fool’s day prank ever) Ann and I celebrated 8 years of marriage. The good news was we realized that this year we could actually celebrate being happily married for more than half the time we’ve been married.
I thank God for that wonderful woman every day and I thank God for the great friends who showed us that we could make it, no matter how bleak things got. But today I want to publicly thank them. Roger and Danielle, Brent and Jerren – without the four of you and almighty God, Ann and I would not be together today and we wouldn’t be anywhere near as happy, fulfilled, or complete as we are. Thank you so much!