Byline: Chelle LaFleur — Makin’ a Difference


Word comin’ out of Riverview this week is that the annual Musical Hanukkah Celebration hosted by Chelle’s favorite boys, ShapeShifter, was a bigger hit than ever. They pulled in more money, had more fans around, and even invited a few drag queens to dance up on that stage with their handsome selves.

Believe it or not, but there’s some bitchin’ goin’ on about this year’s shin-dig, and it’s comin’ from some very interesting places, if you catch my drift. If not, here’s a hint: it’s comin’ from every big name star who was pining for an invite to join the party. Seems like if you’re in a band other than ShapeShifter, you weren’t wanted anywhere near that Rocket Theater place the band took over for the benefit. And now there’s some mighty peeved people out there in music land.

Now, my name being Chelle LaFleur and all, I had to get the skinny about what those ShapeShifter boys think they’re doin’, tellin’ all their friends to kiss off. That ain’t no way to treat no friend.

“I know, Chelle,” that handsome Mitchell Voss told Chelle over the phone on her desk at the Trumpet’s office. “We realized we’d hit a crossroads this year. We could have made millions — I’m not kidding. Millions. We had musicians like Sammy Spencer offering to donate cash for the chance to be there. Cold hard cash, and a lot of it, too. He didn’t even want to get on stage. He just wanted in. Those guys who were coming around were offering us so much money for tickets that our heads swam. We could have helped out a ton of kids if we’d gone that way.”

So why didn’t ShapeShifter bow to the mighty dollar?

“It was Eric, so blame him,” handsome Mitchell said. “He’s always been the force behind this, and when he reminded us that the idea was to show our fans they don’t need to be millionaire rock stars in order to make a difference. That five bucks means something in this world, something more than a cup of coffee. The party’s about helping kids have the means to make music, sure, but it’s about giving hope and power to people who think they don’t matter, too.”

Am I hearing this right? ShapeShifter, one of the world’s biggest bands, went for the little guy over deep pockets?

“It’s about the fans, Chelle,” Handsome Mitchell said. “They want to believe they can make a difference, and we’re lucky enough to be able to show them that they can and help them do it. One of the hardest parts can be choosing who to support. Where do you start? Save the panda? Buy land in the Everglades? Rebuild homes in New Orleans? What about the tsunami victims from all those years ago? You think their lives are normal yet?”

To be honest, Chelle ain’t given them a thought in a long time. I ain’t about to head over to Sri Lanka and wherever else got hit with that monster wave to see, but Chelle’s bettin’ the man’s right. About all of it: that them people ain’t got their lives back any more than a lot of the folk who’re tryin’ to repopulate this city of mine. He’s right that you gotta start somewhere.

You heard it first and you heard it here: ShapeShifter’s all about giving their fans a voice. Gotta love a band who helps people believe they can make a difference.

Yeah, I was going to leave it with our last post, but blame this on Wylie and Shelley. They asked; I delivered. The mystery of where Deadly Metal Hatchet’s missing invite has been solved: ShapeShifter turned into equal-opportunity dissers. Nice to know my boys have integrity.




    December 29, 2008 12:06 am

    Well, I’m glad we got that mystery cleared up!

  2. Wylie

    December 29, 2008 3:01 am

    Oh alright then…
    I guess I can accept it.
    But I’m still pissed on DMH’s behalf!!


  3. Sweet Talking Guy..

    December 29, 2008 8:28 am

    Wasn’t what I expected to see, but I enjoyed reading this, somehow it made me feel young again and that’s good isn’t it?

  4. gautami tripathy

    December 29, 2008 1:11 pm

    Good it is all resolved. I like closed ends. but i like loose ones too.

    Hey Susan, please do post it at the Poetry Train too!

  5. Amy Ruttan

    December 29, 2008 1:38 pm

    I’ve been offline too much. I’ve missed a lot. Back to re-reading previous posts I go.

  6. Thomma Lyn

    December 29, 2008 2:08 pm

    This had me grinning from ear to ear. Please give all the guys in ShapeShifter a hug from me! 😀

  7. Raven

    December 29, 2008 3:41 pm

    That was fun even without reading what preceded it. Now I have to go do that.

  8. Shelley Munro

    December 29, 2008 8:30 pm

    Well, that’s okay then. 🙂
    Go ShapeShifter!

  9. julia

    December 29, 2008 9:12 pm

    Things I love about Chelle:

    ‘being Chelle LaFleur and all, I had to get the skinny’

    And of course – ‘You heard it first and you heard it here’

    Love those!

  10. Jill

    December 29, 2008 9:29 pm

    Got an idea!We should have a Shapeshifters concert for the New year’s Eve for benefict!

  11. Kim Smith

    December 29, 2008 11:12 pm

    I am with Amy, off to get caught up! Drew me right in though!!

  12. Anne

    December 30, 2008 1:16 pm

    Thanks for tying up the loose ends. I can’t stand being out in the dark.

  13. Ivanhoe

    December 30, 2008 10:54 pm

    I just wanted to wish you very happy and prosperous new year :o)

  14. Alice Audrey

    January 1, 2009 6:26 pm

    LOL. Yep, equal opportunity dissers makes sense. I’m glad we got a little Christmas bonus out of your here. Good job, Wylie and Shelley.

  15. Marcia

    January 5, 2009 10:54 pm

    “Gotta love a band who helps people believe they can make a difference.”

    That says it all.

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