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Back to the start… when I met Ben kenney.
I already told about the ending part of this incredible experience, that’s what I’ve left to say…
I shared the Meet & Greet with another Incufan…and even though I had,  ‘I need a witness for this story’ because It’s been so dreamy for me… damn yes, I’m still so into it… anyway what you’ll read are pretty much the topics of our other two conversations I summed up to go to the point ( don’t bother my comments) and report what fans could care about.
As I got to the place of the venue, I heard Ben’s voice crystal clear…<3 <3 <3 it just took my breath away…. they were rehearsing so the club was not accessible, we’ve been left waiting outside, but we could hear everything *_* ….I tried to take some photos from the window where I could see them playing, I peeked into, but it was in a very bad position, just a thin glimpse and my bad camera didn’t help.
(Just for the record, the close-up photo above is unluckily the only ufficial one I found of that night…)
We waited in front of the back door of the club, a window wall, the stage wasn’t in the part of the room we could see, but the band came there after the soundcheck, just to take a dish of pasta and go back to eat it, somehow it’s been our 1st contact :)… I waved at Ben and had back a big smile :D , then he came outside to take something from his van, we just said hello as he passed me by, and again he gave me a big smile! sweet!
After waiting almost a couple hours we finally went backstage and met him!!! my goodness my heart was beating so fast!!! inspite of this, I felt at ease… (I’m usually too emotional) Ben and Ashley Mendel welcomed us and soon my friend ( Francesco) started to ask questions of which I’m not sure I have a full memory… it’s been shoking, I was so nervous and not totally able to reason :P… francesco asked fastly a question after another, burning some ideas of mine and so I felt ‘wrong -footed’ like I had nothing more to know but I had!… gosh… it’s been my fault not being able to lead the conversation like I wanted to…. I can’t remember what my friend asked 1st .. only the fact that Ashley and Francesco started to talk so I seized the moment to speak to Ben, took a breath and try to say something in English that could make sense… I missed it stumbling a little on my words, but somehow he got the question…
It was about an article on an Italian magazine, They wrote Ben told them that a chapter of his life was over, a new one was about to start now that he moved back to New Jersey, (to settle down?) and most important, there was written he doesn’t like to be a member of a band for a long time, better for him to make new experiences, put himself into the test and find new motivation… Italian fans worried a lot about even just the thought he wanted to leave Incubus! Blessed be him, he answered that it wasn’t in his mind at all! he only needed to reach his family, after the long time on the road with Incubus, he missed home a lot. Plus he confessed L.A. is not a place he loves to live in,Cali is beautiful, it’s good during winter for it’s warm climate, but too much chaotic, he doesn’t feel like home there. I told him it might be the right time to relax, he deserved to, after the effort of this EU/UK tour as well, and he said he was happy to hear those words from me because he was tired… tired but sooo happy…
Then Francesco asked about his creative process, the differences between composing his own music and collaborating to Incubus stuff. Ben told that it’s different because most of the times Mike is the one who put out new ideas and then they work on them, when he does things for himself, of course he has to devise everything, turn his feelings, his soul into music, it’s a way to know himself better too and that’s the way he ikes it.
We talked about Italy, how he loves this country and enjoyed all the times he came here, thanks to the locations of the 3 gigs, he could see an area were he’s never been before, so a pleasure for him once again,  (let me brag a little bit about that ;) ) as much as he loved to quickly visit the places they touched through Europe.
Ben told us about Incubus Soth American tour which is about to start and thus he soon would join the guys to rehearse and go on the road again. Inspite of what I could expect, knowing that he was tired, he was excited and shown a lot of energy, in fact he said that he couldn’t wait to perform in places they never did before, let fans to finally see them live, enjoy the concerts and so on… It’s been awesome see a spark in his eyes while telling that :), witnessing and sensing that this is really what they live for!  feeling alive making music, playing, having fun together because the love to stay together, ‘experiencing the warmth’ the huge and infinite love fans show them all the times… I’m sure everybody haven’t got a doubt, but  I loved to see it with my own eyes <3<3<3 Simply amazing…
I could say how stunning, rad amazing or terrificly good has been enjoying, in the front raw, Ben’s performance on stage with his band, but I could take forever and never find the words to do justice to my experience… I uploaded the videos I roughly made (see prevoius posts or go here http://www.youtube.com/user/sutakimu/videos ) so you can have just an idea of what it has been like…
I admire Ben more than ever (if possible), I’ve always loved him sooo much indeed, even if there’s a lot of Brandon’s stuff here on my blog, but you know how he is much more in the limelight than the other bandmates and there’s much more to post about. I appreciate equally the 5 of them, but, of course Ben’s and Brandon’s solo albums are means to know them better, their music is so deep into my heart …and that’s why I moved mountains, i did everything in my power to be at  Ben’s venue: they lost my tickets and I almost missed the chance! In the end I’ve been so lucky that I got to meet him and I’m extremely honored !!!! Ben is an Artist, with capital ‘A’, so talented and eclectic, such an humble and sensitive man…. who couldn’t help but to cry while singing on stage the day after ‘my night’, for it was the last show of the tour… My friends who met him and the rest of the band, back stage that day, told me that all of them were moved because they had much more than what they thought, they would like to do it again and hopefully they will!
People say  ‘Don’t ever get to meet your idols, they’re gonna disappoint you’… that makes me laugh…they don’t know Incubus! I didn’t meet Brandon, Josè, Chris & Mike… not yet, I didn’t need anything to be pretty sure of them, but Ben has just been the proof that they are not fake, they are the ones who always make a difference, ‘an exception to the rule’. they’re not my Idols, they are 5 unique down-to-earth genius guys, always making me, and billions of fans happy, who can’t cease to catch me up in emotions as long as they’ll keep on doing what they love, what they feel, just giving us the best of them…
Ok, I’m taking too long, I stop it…
Let me end up with a thing Ben said in a old interview, but I found just the other day:
"INCUBUS - begins with an "I" and ends with "US"."
(Do you get it, yet?) Do you get it?
Love&Light!!!
Lu.

Back to the start… when I met Ben kenney.

I already told about the ending part of this incredible experience, that’s what I’ve left to say…

I shared the Meet & Greet with another Incufan…and even though I had,  ‘I need a witness for this story’ because It’s been so dreamy for me… damn yes, I’m still so into it… anyway what you’ll read are pretty much the topics of our other two conversations I summed up to go to the point ( don’t bother my comments) and report what fans could care about.

As I got to the place of the venue, I heard Ben’s voice crystal clear…<3 <3 <3 it just took my breath away…. they were rehearsing so the club was not accessible, we’ve been left waiting outside, but we could hear everything *_* ….I tried to take some photos from the window where I could see them playing, I peeked into, but it was in a very bad position, just a thin glimpse and my bad camera didn’t help.

(Just for the record, the close-up photo above is unluckily the only ufficial one I found of that night…)

We waited in front of the back door of the club, a window wall, the stage wasn’t in the part of the room we could see, but the band came there after the soundcheck, just to take a dish of pasta and go back to eat it, somehow it’s been our 1st contact :)… I waved at Ben and had back a big smile :D , then he came outside to take something from his van, we just said hello as he passed me by, and again he gave me a big smile! sweet!

After waiting almost a couple hours we finally went backstage and met him!!! my goodness my heart was beating so fast!!! inspite of this, I felt at ease… (I’m usually too emotional) Ben and Ashley Mendel welcomed us and soon my friend ( Francesco) started to ask questions of which I’m not sure I have a full memory… it’s been shoking, I was so nervous and not totally able to reason :P… francesco asked fastly a question after another, burning some ideas of mine and so I felt ‘wrong -footed’ like I had nothing more to know but I had!… gosh… it’s been my fault not being able to lead the conversation like I wanted to…. I can’t remember what my friend asked 1st .. only the fact that Ashley and Francesco started to talk so I seized the moment to speak to Ben, took a breath and try to say something in English that could make sense… I missed it stumbling a little on my words, but somehow he got the question…

It was about an article on an Italian magazine, They wrote Ben told them that a chapter of his life was over, a new one was about to start now that he moved back to New Jersey, (to settle down?) and most important, there was written he doesn’t like to be a member of a band for a long time, better for him to make new experiences, put himself into the test and find new motivation… Italian fans worried a lot about even just the thought he wanted to leave Incubus! Blessed be him, he answered that it wasn’t in his mind at all! he only needed to reach his family, after the long time on the road with Incubus, he missed home a lot. Plus he confessed L.A. is not a place he loves to live in,Cali is beautiful, it’s good during winter for it’s warm climate, but too much chaotic, he doesn’t feel like home there. I told him it might be the right time to relax, he deserved to, after the effort of this EU/UK tour as well, and he said he was happy to hear those words from me because he was tired… tired but sooo happy…

Then Francesco asked about his creative process, the differences between composing his own music and collaborating to Incubus stuff. Ben told that it’s different because most of the times Mike is the one who put out new ideas and then they work on them, when he does things for himself, of course he has to devise everything, turn his feelings, his soul into music, it’s a way to know himself better too and that’s the way he ikes it.

We talked about Italy, how he loves this country and enjoyed all the times he came here, thanks to the locations of the 3 gigs, he could see an area were he’s never been before, so a pleasure for him once again,  (let me brag a little bit about that ;) ) as much as he loved to quickly visit the places they touched through Europe.

Ben told us about Incubus Soth American tour which is about to start and thus he soon would join the guys to rehearse and go on the road again. Inspite of what I could expect, knowing that he was tired, he was excited and shown a lot of energy, in fact he said that he couldn’t wait to perform in places they never did before, let fans to finally see them live, enjoy the concerts and so on… It’s been awesome see a spark in his eyes while telling that :), witnessing and sensing that this is really what they live for!  feeling alive making music, playing, having fun together because the love to stay together, ‘experiencing the warmth’ the huge and infinite love fans show them all the times… I’m sure everybody haven’t got a doubt, but  I loved to see it with my own eyes <3<3<3 Simply amazing…

I could say how stunning, rad amazing or terrificly good has been enjoying, in the front raw, Ben’s performance on stage with his band, but I could take forever and never find the words to do justice to my experience… I uploaded the videos I roughly made (see prevoius posts or go here http://www.youtube.com/user/sutakimu/videos ) so you can have just an idea of what it has been like…

I admire Ben more than ever (if possible), I’ve always loved him sooo much indeed, even if there’s a lot of Brandon’s stuff here on my blog, but you know how he is much more in the limelight than the other bandmates and there’s much more to post about. I appreciate equally the 5 of them, but, of course Ben’s and Brandon’s solo albums are means to know them better, their music is so deep into my heart …and that’s why I moved mountains, i did everything in my power to be at  Ben’s venue: they lost my tickets and I almost missed the chance! In the end I’ve been so lucky that I got to meet him and I’m extremely honored !!!! Ben is an Artist, with capital ‘A’, so talented and eclectic, such an humble and sensitive man…. who couldn’t help but to cry while singing on stage the day after ‘my night’, for it was the last show of the tour… My friends who met him and the rest of the band, back stage that day, told me that all of them were moved because they had much more than what they thought, they would like to do it again and hopefully they will!

People say  ‘Don’t ever get to meet your idols, they’re gonna disappoint you’… that makes me laugh…they don’t know Incubus! I didn’t meet Brandon, Josè, Chris & Mike… not yet, I didn’t need anything to be pretty sure of them, but Ben has just been the proof that they are not fake, they are the ones who always make a difference, ‘an exception to the rule’. they’re not my Idols, they are 5 unique down-to-earth genius guys, always making me, and billions of fans happy, who can’t cease to catch me up in emotions as long as they’ll keep on doing what they love, what they feel, just giving us the best of them…

Ok, I’m taking too long, I stop it…

Let me end up with a thing Ben said in a old interview, but I found just the other day:

"INCUBUS - begins with an "I" and ends with "US"."

(Do you get it, yet?) Do you get it?

Love&Light!!!

Lu.

(Source: facebook.com)

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