Live-blogging the Xena Convention: Saturday, part 1

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Lucy Lawless made her fans very very happy last night at a packed

concert at LA’s legendary Roxy. She sang an eclectic set of rock-tinged

favorites, with a smaller band and a more intimate vibe than last

year’s more razzle-dazzle, post-Celebrity Duets show.

And she made them — oh, who am I kidding, she made us

more than happy when Xena co-star Renee O’Connor came out on stage to

sing a duet of Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty rocker "Stop Draggin’ My Heart

Around."

MC Kat Crimmins warmed up the crowd, saying that after appearing with

Lucy last year, she was always getting recognized on the street by Xena

fans. There are apparently a lot of rumors going around about her, too,

and she wanted to clear one of them up: "Alexis Arquette and I are not

dating. But that’s only because she won’t return my calls."

She confided that there’s even been some fan fiction written about

her. "In most of them I’m this young Amazon warrior, and Xena shows up

in my village to help us battle the Cylons. We butt heads, then go on a

scouting mission and end up by the campfire. Some of the things the

writers have us do, I couldn’t imagine.

"Well, I have imagined them. In fact, I suggested them. So, keep up the good work."

After Lucy sang "I Wanna Kiss You All Over," some adoring fan

tossed a pair of pink-polka-dotted panties up on stage, and Lucy

laughed, "Well, that’s a first. And I do not want to see this become a habit."

Then Renee came out, in black leather pants and a gittery top, and sang

"Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around" with Lucy. At one point Lucy tossed the

panties at Renee, who stuffed them down the back of her pants. When the

number was over, she threw them back into the crowd.

Lucy said, "Oh yeah now they’ve been inside your trousers, they want them back!"

Lucy teased Renee about Xena fan fiction, and then they took some

prepared (or as Lucy called them, "doctored,") fan questions for Renee.

"When you’re very shy, and want to tell someone you love them, what do you do?"

Renee smiled. "When they call and ask you to sing a duet with them, you say yes."

Lucy also welcomed best friend Marissa Jaret Winokur, who originated the Broadway version of Hairspray‘s

Tracy Turnblad, up on stage for a game of "Who Knows Lucy Best, Friend

or Fans?" The fans won, and in case it ever comes up, after a lot of

trial and error, Lucy’s least favorite way to die is by crucifixion.

Lucy did three encores, and is going to do it again tonight, and then again in London in May.

She and Renee will be apearing at the Xena convention this

afternoon, and I’ll be blogging it live, and getting more photos, too.

Just click on the link up at the top of this post for all the

convention coverage.

Update: I’m live-blogging Lucy and Renee’s appearance here!

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