We were on stage at the Puyallup Show
We had the experience of a lifetime! The Puyallup Fair concert was the most incredible thing for both my husband and I. We were picked in a contest as alternates to sit ON STAGE at the concert at the Puyallup Fair last Sunday and it was the coolest concert of all time! The band was awesome and the crowd was great! We were completely stunned to be able to be up on stage during the entire show. I’ve been checking out the ABB website and have really enjoyed reading all the postings - so I thought I would add this to all you total fans and share this really cool time with you.
We met the promoter backstage, like the instructions they gave us said. She hooked us up with the nicest person on earth, Kirk (Hall of Fame Roadie) who kindly showed us around. He got us and our chairs situated on stage before the show and gave us the rules. No standing, no dancing, no photos and no getting out of the chairs. The sound and equipment guys were really funny and made sure we weren’t blocking their view of the band. We were there as guests and were not to get in the way. This sounded perfectly reasonable to us – although as regular concertgoers, staying seated was the hardest thing for me to do. Regardless, once the band came out and the crowd went wild, we knew we were in for a once in a lifetime deal.
It was way past awesome sitting there, 6 feet from Oteil, watching him play and being just a couple more feet from Warren and Derek. Watching the drummers was completely energizing. Gregg stayed at the piano the whole show, but basically faced us most of the time. I felt he was singing and playing right to me! And so was the rest of the band.
But the coolest thing is - they weren’t! I totally got the fact that they were there playing straight to the audience. Sometimes, they’d say stuff about some of the people in the crowd to each other…(one guy in particular had a very unusual hand jive going)…and they’d answer some of the guys as they were shouting out requests. Other times, I just got the sense that they were totally connecting with certain people in the audience. It was
UNREAL! As they ended the concert and were saying goodnight, the most amazing physical reaction occurred on stage. When every single person stood up applauding and yelling for more, it was like a ground swell swept right over the stage. We had to grab our chairs and hang on. Warren came over to us (as we were totally blown away) and shook our hands and Butch gave us his sticks.
After the show, Kirk, (HOF Roadie) - living up to his reputation as the nicest person on earth - got the entire band to autograph the back of our chairs. What a great gift! So for all of you who have ever wondered what it’s like to be on stage, I hope this gives you some idea. And for all of you who wonder if ABB is as cool personally, as you, as a fan would want them to be, trust me. They are. Everyone in the band and on the crew are the coolest American Rockers you could ever run into.
Added: Thursday, September 25, 2003