Sharing bottled water and polite conversation with three of my heroes was staggering, but it felt wrong. I was supposed to be a teenage fan in the suburbs, a supplicant worshiping my heroes from afar.
But I now lived in a world where I casually pretended to be the equal of my heroes. My hope was that if I pretended long enough, I might at some point stop feeling like an impostor. The tickets for the Greek show sold out in less than a day, so my managers raised the possibility of moving to a bigger venue. But I wanted to finish the tour with one night in an iconic Los Angeles venue surrounded by pine trees. I lived in a world where I casually pretended to be the equal of my heroes.
My hope was that if I pretended long enough, I might stop feeling like an impostor.
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At the Greek we ran through the songs from Play and a bunch of my older rave tracks. After the show Christina came backstage. Everything about her was beautiful. With her perfectly straight, short black hair she looked like a voluptuous Louise Brooks, come to life in the 21st century. I offered her Champagne, and as I was uncorking the bottle Morrissey walked in. With his trademark swoosh of dark hair he looked like a glamorous Mexican film star. Often when I met my heroes I was stumped. I wanted to be a fan and gush and tell them how much I loved their work.
But I also wanted to be cool and so would pretend to be unfazed by meeting them.
He declined, brusquely asked me to consider producing his next album, and after a polite handshake left. He declined. She laughed. After two bottles of Champagne Christina and I got into my black stretch movie-star limo and went bar-hopping in Hollywood.
When the bars closed at 2am we headed west, meeting up with photographer David LaChapelle at the Standard hotel, where I was staying. The hotel bar was still serving alcohol, so we crowded into a vinyl booth with David and his coterie of degenerates and beautiful freaks. Being around him always felt like stepping into an early John Waters movie. I leaned over and kissed Holly.
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And not a chaste peck on the cheek, but an open-mouthed kiss. As we stepped into the disco the first person I saw was Joe Strummer. We wrapped our arms around each other and started dancing to a Donna Summer track. Christina joined us, followed by David and Holly. We drank more.
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We danced more. And at 5am, after hugging everyone one last time, Christina and I left the club and went up to my room. Shining: Michelle's pink blazer and straight leg dress pants were embellished with bursts of crystals that captured the light when she moved. Rachael also had a bit of sparkle to her outfit with her silver platform sneakers that she wore with a patterned dress and a white blazer.
The former first lady's nationwide book tour included interviews with celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The tour was such a success it started out with just 10 days and an additional 21 were added. The final leg of Michelle's book tour started on March 13 in St. Paul, Minnesota, with an event moderated by radio journalist Michele Norris.
The next day, she was joined by talk show host Conan O'Brien for an appearance in Milwaukee. While in Europe this month, she is scheduled to speak in Stockholm and Paris. Then she'll return stateside and wrap up the tour in Nashville on May 12, in a talk moderated by late night TV show host Stephen Colbert. Last month it was reported that Becoming is on track to become the best-selling memoir of all time, and the sales continue to soar.
Becoming has already shattered a number of records, selling 2 million copies in North America within 15 days of its release, making it the fastest-selling book of Record: Becoming is on track to become the bestselling memoir of all time after selling more than 10 million copies.
Michelle is pictured on her book tour in Philadelphia in November Journey: The three-part memoir covers Michelle's roots growing up in the South Side of Chicago, her life as first lady, and her role as a mother. The presale stats for the book were so good, Amazon predicted it would be a No. Abroad the book has become a No. Becoming is a three-part personal memoir that covers Michelle's roots growing up in the South Side of Chicago, her life as first lady in the White House, and her role as a mother raising her daughters, Sasha and Malia.
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