June 23, 2007

Gwen Stefani Sweet Escape Concert 2007

After 6 months of waiting (yes, I bought the tickets as soon as it came out- and yet I still had less than ideal seats....) I FINALLY went to see the Gwen Stefani Sweet Escape concert a few weeks ago in Chicago. I was SOOOO looking forward to it, because after seeing the Cold Play and Maroon 5 concert- which were good but not really as exhilarating as I'd imagined, I decided that I most wanted to see Gwen Stefani because I love her and her music. Plus then at least I'd know and like most of her songs and from all her music videos, she seemed like a good performer. That turned out to be an understatement because Gwen is a BRILLIANT performer and the whole concert was just AWESOME.
First of all, the location was great. Even though we had to drive about 1.5 hours away from the city to get there and it was literally in the middle of nowhere (and I am not a fan of the middle of nowhere), going to a concert at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre was an experience in itself. I've probably just not been to my share of concerts, but the experience of being in a open stadium listening to a concert with 20,000 other excited people expanding far behind on the green lawn on such a beautiful spring night was just overwhelmingly brilliant.
Shopping wise, I must say, they had a pretty good selection. Tank tops, many really cute printed tees, posters, badges, beanies, scarves, dolls, toys and such. But what I was REALLY looking for, was a black cap that says "The Sweet Escape 2007" on in swirly handwriting with a small squigle of Gwen's signature on the corner in silver or black (this is purely from a figment of my imagination, but I think that it SHOULD exist!). I'm confident that I'd at least wear it once or twice. Whereas if I got a tshirt, it would end up rotting in my wardrobe (like my Corrs tank top) and me never wanting to ruin it by wearing it. So in the end, I got a booklet (above) on the show, and in the end I think that was a good investment.
We had seats at towards the center on the second pavilion (I don't understand why I couldn't buy tickets in the first pavilion when I started booking tickets the day it was out....) and had an ok view of the stage. The opening act of the opening act was Lady Sovereign, which I've kind of heard of. But not exactly my type of music.
Half an hour later, the actual opening act comes out- AKON! Personally I don't really know much of Akon's songs besides Lonely, but it was a brilliant opening act. He really got the crowd going and he has inspired me to listen to his music some more.
Another half an hour to an hour later (I never understand why they make you wait), Gwen FINALLY comes out in a golden cage that pops onto stage, singing the Sweet Escape and we all go wild. And the BEST thing I love about her is that she sang music from her last cd (which I liked better) too. She danced, she sang, there were matching themes according to her songs. (sidenote: don't you just love how the stage setting improves as you get along towards the "main" course?).Like when she sang Yummy, she changed into this apron outfit (right) along with her dancers and the background screen showed multicolored candies dancing around. And I think there were even a treadmill and two mini trampolines on the stage to help with some of the excellently chereographed and executed dance moves. Definitely a great performer.
Costume wise, there were some that really only Gwen can carry off. Like this kimino wrap thing...what IS it? From afar, it looked like a short pink bubble dress, but from the book......I have no idea. And the whole showing the midriff thing, I hope that remains in the 90s. But this whole thing made me realise the place for overdramatized clothes. Like this simple blue/white striped shirt for example. From afar it looked like a simple shirt with a slight twinkle, but on a closer look, it is actually made of sparkly blue/white sequins. The sequins really made her stand out from afar.
My favourite outfits in the whole show were these two. I love the preppy yet edgy look she has here. I am totally going to look into those prints next fall. Her long trench coats were just SOOOO pretty. I think towards the end at the encore, there was this other similar coat that was just as amazing. I bet these are all available from LAMB as part of her smart marketing technique. And her SHOES. Even from afar I could tell they were sexy gorgeous shoes
At one point, she even ran off stage and into the audience. Luckily we were on the right side of the pavilion, because she ran to our side and stopped just 3 meters away from us and started to sing, Cool (love that song)!!!! We were all kicking ourselves for not buying tickets a few rows backer! And WOW she has amazing abs for a mother (or anyone!). Its hard to remember that she looks pretty with all the make-up and costume thing Gwen wears all the time on her MV's.

So in case you haven't gotten the message yet, it was an AMAZING SHOW. I loved it sooooo much, that just writing about it now makes me excited all over again :D Even my friend who doesn't even like Gwen Stefani thought it was an awesome show. Sigh.... it was the one concert that left me happy and smiling for at least a weekend after. The PERFECT end to my school year :)

ps. Sorry, my scanner broke and I had to use my camera....


Blogger Geisha said...

Gwen Stefani is definitely one of my most faorite singers- I love her latest CD! That trench is so amazing...even though that kimono-thingy is not my favorite and makes her body look sort of odd. Anyways, great post!

6/24/2007 3:43 AM  
Blogger Geisha said...


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! The Gwen Stefani show definitely looks awesome, but I definitely disourage you to go out and listen to more of Akon's music. Personally I loathe him because most of his songs are disgusting. (Example: I Wanna F*** You, which was edited to I Wanna Love You for radio) But hey, whatever.
What I really wanted to know is how much that black dress Harrods Girl got from Uniqulo (sorry is that's spelled wrong). Even if the price is in pounds, that's fine. Thank you so much! =)

6/24/2007 6:08 AM  
Blogger Chels said...

I was at the Gwen Stefani concert in Vancouver BC last friday...by far- my most favourite and well worth it concert. My girlfriend and I felt like we were 12 again because we were screaming and shaking when she made her first appearance onstage in the gold jail cell. My reaction surprised me- and I actually had to stop to breathe because I thought I was going to burst into tears... it was that awesome.

She made it seem as if it was her only concert of the tour- she gave it her all and had us mesmerized her entire set.

6/24/2007 3:08 PM  
Blogger Secret Agent said...

Wow, glad you had fun at the Gwen Stefani concert. Did you get to see little harajukus? I personally hate Akon. The only song I liked from him was Don't Matter. But after that whole "throw the kid off the stage" thing...I started to really think he's a jackass.

Anyways, cool blog! TTYL.

6/24/2007 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Gwen Stefani this past Tuesday in Mountainview, CA and it was absolutely FABULOUS! She's so talented and is such a great singer! I LOVED IT!

6/25/2007 1:38 AM  
Blogger Joyce said...

She is cool, only her style is a bit forced.


6/25/2007 1:41 AM  
Blogger Mrs Fashion said...

Wow, glad you had fun but I'm way surprised she was supported by Lady Sov?!
Mrs F x

6/25/2007 2:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I went to a Gwen Stefani concert on Friday night in Orange County and it was soooo goood. No Doubt showed up at the very end and they were amazing

6/25/2007 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post perfectly matches my feelings this weekend too! I also went to a concert at a sold out ampitheater for The Fray and all the acts (Mae, Ok Go) were amazing! After the show my friends and I were talking about how amazing the performance had been. So I am in the same mood as you rght now!

6/25/2007 9:42 AM  
Blogger la petite fashionista said...

gwen is a style icon! she can pull anything off!:)

6/25/2007 10:26 AM  
Blogger K. said...

For someone who has never really listened to gwen stefani's music (apart from the radio), I would've got to see the show too! I always feel that her shows would have great theatrics and looks amazingly fun!!

6/25/2007 12:11 PM  
Blogger Siru said...

I love her music. I love her style.

and I would love to go to see her show when she comes to finland. There's just no one who would come with me ( I can't understand my friends .. :'D)

juliet xxx

6/25/2007 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gwen sounded like a fun concert, but you kind of made MWBA sound like it was in boofoo. Honestly, anything further north of there is trashy and anything further south is REALLY in the middle of nowhere.
Sorry to be defensive, but it's basically where I live and yeah, the rumors aren't true, not everything south of i-80 is a boring farm town.

6/26/2007 1:03 AM  
Blogger Mr. Shoes said...

sounds like a hot show

and that you had a great time

i must admit, i'm a tad jealous as i'd love to be that close to Gwen


6/27/2007 1:09 AM  
Blogger Sasha Bashir said...

I love Gwen's fashion sense and wouldn't try to copy it cause it's so unique...

I went to her concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (where I live) just a few days ago..

Stop by to read what I wrote about it



8/25/2007 7:56 PM  
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