I was in London for a few days, for the Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness concerts and there was a great surprise at the ST concert on Thursday: The first person to come onto the stage was Simon “Scotty” Pegg himself, who was beamed there by accident. ;) He quickly brought onto stage Michael Giacchino, the composer – I didn’t expect that since someone else conducted the concert -, who then brought on no other than JJ Abrams!!
What a brilliant start! The concert was wonderful and gave me goosebumps several times. I hadn’t seen the movie for quite a while and hadn’t seen it on the big screen before (only got to see it when it was already available on DVD for some time, since I wasn’t really intrigued by Star Trek before). So it was a wonderful experience and the orchestra outdid itself.
After the show of course they received standing ovation and then Michael Giacchino came back onto the stage and conducted a wonderful piece of the score he did for the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I guess I’ll get this soundtrack, even though I don’t know if I’m gonna see the movie in cinema.
During the intermission I had bought the booklet for ST and STiD in Concert, since I wanted to try to get at least Michael Giacchino’s autograph afterwards – in a situation like this my hunting instincts always kick in ;) It took quite some waiting, but then JJ came out and signed for all who were still waiting (I guess it was almost an hour after the concert ended). Then Simon Pegg, who was extrordinarily friendly. He was so willing to sign everything and take photos with each and every person who had waited there for them. What a nice guy! And last but not least, Michael Giacchino. So I got two photos (with Simon and Michael), and four autographs, all on the booklet plus Micheal’s autograph also on the concert ticket. So it really was a great evening in every respect. :)
The concert on Friday was equally great. Michael is so down-to-earth, really nice. He signed my STiD ticket, too. I’m more than happy about how things turned out at these concert days :)
Since Michael had told us on Thursday, that Benedict Cumberbatch would have come to the STiD concert on Friday if he hadn’t had other obligations, I did a bit of research and found out that he was at the Hay Festival on Friday, but his “duties” there ended Saturday at noon, so I figured there was an (astronomical) chance he would attend the STiD concert on Saturday, so I went there just in case (not to the concert, but I spent the evening outside, drawing :D) Well, he didn’t show, but at least I got two more autographs from Michael for friends and fellow collectors, and an autograph from the maestro, Ludwig Wicki, for myself. So time wasn’t entirely wasted. :)
PS: Here‘s a nice report about the premiere on Thursday. :)