The Midtown reunion shows at Skate & Surf were adorable and delightful
It was a TINY little festival, not what I expected. Tiny tiny. A little sketchy, actually. And I feel like I understand the MCR guys better now, because everyone there was pretty much a young version of them. Except for the people there for the Midtown reunion, because everyone in that crew, including us, was OLD.
Gabe came out for the first set (Saturday night) kind of tentative and awkward. Watching him warm up and get into it over the course of the set was really cute. He started to grin bigger and bigger, started doing stupid dance moves and mugging for the crowd, did his jumps (\o/ love the jumps) and playing around with the other guys. There was a MOMENT (definitely all-caps) where Tyler called out "Hey. Hey, dude," and took his hand, and then Gabe pulled him into a hug, and if you are not familiar with the Midtown story (why would you be, really), just trust me: Tyler and Gabe hugging on stage is a massive cosmic sign of "people can grow and change." (Part one
and part two
of Tyler punching Gabe in the face back in the day.)
Rob Hitt was the happiest boy in all the land. He has been trying to get Midtown back since it broke up, and he drummed his little heart out with his shirt buttoned all the way to the top. Love ya, Rob Hitt.
Erin was there, as were Gabe's brother, sister-in-law, and niece. Gabe shouted out his bro at one point, which was lovely.
The set was cut short because they started late and Asbury Park has a noise ordinance. Gabe was very surprised by this and it was SO ADORABLE ack. /o/ I love him. And he is BEAUTIFUL. SO BEAUTIFUL.
Sunday's set (mid-afternoon), he came out already confident and cocky (and beautiful), and it was just as adorable and lovely and he hugged Tyler again, and Heath, and would've hugged Rob except the drums were in the way. Erin and the family were there again (and per Instagram, his brother graduated from his Master's program Sunday morning, so it was nice of them to show up). And it was all just really NICE. Gabe was happy and sounded great and clearly was loving every minute of being back in Jersey playing his Jersey songs. Tyler was a little desperate and pathetic but it worked for those of us (us) who were there as defensive Gabe and Rob Hitt wives. Grovel, Tyler. Grovel more.
Based on the fact that none of Gabe's Cobra-era friends were there, I suspect he asked them not to come? Like, he was SO clearly nervous and uncertain at the start, I could see him asking nobody to come so if he fell on his face it was only in front of people who've known and loved him forever. I don't LIKE that, but I get it. Also his dad was not there, which, MAJOR BUMMER, DIEGO SAPORTA IS THE SHIT.
ANYWAY. I have a Midtown tank top and sweatshirt now, Gabe Saporta is so beautiful it kills my soul, in an hour I can go pick up my dog from alpheratz
's house, I did my running today, octette
are champs to go on a road trip with, and New fuckin' Jersey is frustrating to drive in but great fun.
In conclusion, Midtown saves, and in the words of Gabe Saporta, "Rock and roll will live forever. And Rob Hitt."The Dreamwidth copy of this post has comments. Comment there or here, as you like!