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07-15-2011, 08:59 AM
A couple of post I've read on the board this morning reminded me of a thread I've been wanting to start. The post of Lou's regarding the James Taylor concert last night and GA's post regarding the long awaited Glenn solo show she's about to attend made me think of a conversation I had several weeks ago with a friend regarding those special concerts.

We all agree that the Eagles concerts we attend are very special to us, but we've all also attended lots of other concerts. Is there one concert that sticks out more than the others. One that you thought you'd never get to see or a concert, that for some reason was more special to you because of the seats you had, or added attention given to you from the performer, etc....

07-15-2011, 09:45 AM
Mine was one that several other Borderers shared with me on October 18, 2009. Timothy B. Schmit in concert in Chicago. Many, many reasons why this one will always be "THE" concert that sticks out in my mind. I can't imagine a concert ever meaning as much to me as this one did. The only one close would have to be the Eric Clapton concert I attended on hubby and I's first date.

1st--- A Timothy B. Schmit SOLO concert is a very rare thing. He just doesn't do them! And this one came out of nowhere FAST!! And the fact I had been one of his biggest fans (do NOT dispute this!! :eyebrow:) for over 30 years and I thought I would never see him on a stage by himself. I remember waking up only about a week and a half before the actual concert to a text from Soda and an email from Julie, Timothy's assistant, telling me that they had just announced that he would be in Chicago the following week performing just 2 days before Expando was due to be released and tickets would be going on sale within a few hours. After having a minor nervous breakdown, I called hubby at work and asked if he'd mind going or should I go alone. He's not keen on me going alone so said he would, "if he had to". :hilarious: Phone call to Soda was next, and we worked out arrangements that would spare hubby from having to go. Within hours, tickets were purchased, at the unbelievable amount of $22.00 each and a plan had been hatched.

The day of the concert, Nancy & Cathy arrived at my home to pick me up and finish the 1 1/2 hour drive to the venue. I know I probably seemed extra quiet during that drive. My mind was going a million miles a minute and was still in disbelief that this was actually happening. That, along with the fact that the previous concert, he'd actually had fans getting autographs, photos and speaking with him, added even more anticipation. I was asked several times in that week, "what will you say to him if you get the chance to meet him?". Wasn't sure at all. But I did bring a couple of things along for him to sign, just in case.

For the couple hours prior to the show, it was wonderful meeting so many fellow Timothy/Eagles fans waiting in line. But as the time grew closer to concert time, I remember getting almost nervous about it. I knew this was a very small venue (only a couple hundred if I remember correctly) and it was going to be an intimate affair and I'd be very close up front for sure since we were only behind a few people waiting in line.

When the time came for the doors to open, I handed my ticket to the guy at the door and started into the room and headed up to the stage, hands shaking. I was going to be right at his feet to his right. I was still managing to hold it together till he started singing. I think it was the first or second song when the tears flowed a bit. I regained my composure quickly and enjoyed the whole experience immensely.

I went back and found the thread of the review, if you're interested in reading it. I just read thru the whole thing again & I have a great big smile on my face because of it. What a night!!! One I will treasure forever.


And this was my review---or ramble about how much it meant to me. :hilarious:


07-15-2011, 12:03 PM
I went to your link and read the posts from that night. Can I tell you, I do not remember taking/posting all those photos. We all had good pics from that night. I should visit them more often! :)

It was lovely remembering that night. I do recall how excited/nervous you were. I had forgotten some of the details, so it was nice to go back and "relive" the show.

To answer your question about concerts, I do not have a clear cut answer. I remember certain concerts for certain moments. First concert ever, Duran Duran and the wafting of pot from everyone around us. Bon Jovi at Alpine Valley where Skid Row and Cinderella opened for them, a storm blew through and ripped off the large viewing screen for the lawn audience (scary, but cool atmospere). The frst time I ever saw N'Sync at B96-Bash and was blown away by their dancing and signing! I stood in awe of these young kids w/amazing voices. The first time I saw Aerosmith and was resmerized by Steven Tyler that I never left my seat until the show was over. (I was on my way to get a beer and go potty when he came on stage) When I saw the Eagles by myself at Sears Centre, pretty cool expierence.

I've been to so many concerts/shows (many artists, several times) that it's hard to land on one. However, I would think that the Skid Row/Cinderella/Jovi concerts would be high on my list. We were in high school and our g/f's parents let us stay w/them at their place in Wisconsin so we could go to the show. It was four of us, we were so excited to see all the bands. I recall "seat hopping" to get up close to see Eric Brittingham, because I was in love w/him. :hilarious: The mood was right, the time was right, everyone got along. It remains such a classic memory of my youth... thus why I hold it close to my heart. Not so much because of anything w/the bands did. As a matter of fact, my memory of most of their act has faded. Bon Jovi was the Eagles of my youth.

I think the older I get, the more I appreciate the music... so concerts mean more to me know than they did back when. So I hope the more meanful ones are still to come. :)

Ive always been a dreamer
07-15-2011, 05:37 PM
Well I've had quite a few really memorable concert experiences - most of them all Eagles related shows. I have been to lots of other concerts, but honestly, none of them rank up there with my Eagles concert experiences.

However, before I get to my top choice, I have to give an honorable mention to the show at the Roxy where Glenn was playing a benefit for his son's (Deacon) production company. Glenn's set was great, albeit only about 5 songs, but, afterwards he came over to Soda, PLS, and I to chat and introduced us to his wife and son. WOW - what an honor!

But it was Glenn's shows at Niagara Falls in August, 2007, that stands out above all the others. Not only were those the best solo performances I've ever seen Glenn do, but he was so sweet to Soda, PLS, and me. He lavished such attention on us that I'll never forget them as long as I live - all topped off on the second night when he dedicated "I Love To Watch a Woman Dance" to us. I can never explain what a special feeling it was to have your rock idol dedicate a song to you. And although those shows were and probably always will be at the top, we now are going to get the chance to go back to the same venue and see Glenn perform again. I have no expectations that we will get any special attention this time, but it doesn't matter. I know the upcoming shows will be awesome and I'll always have the memories of those August, 2007 shows no matter what.

Glenn Frey - you are my hero! :bow: :bow: :bow:

07-15-2011, 06:59 PM
I think the most meaningful concerts of my life will be next month. Before that we are seeing Randy Newman, and that will be special, I know.

I think you all know how special it was when I first saw Glenn back in August 1988 with the Little River Band. All the Eagles shows I've been to have been special in one way or another.

Neil Young 1985 when I was front row centre was probably the best show I've ever seen in terms of the music. Fleetwood Mac 2009 was special because of the astonishing amount of attention I got from Lindsey. Paul McCartney in 1993 was special because it was McCartney (I still have hopes he will return here). Rolling Stones 1994, Bee Gees on my birthday in 1989, Page/Plant in 1995. Really none of these have anything that makes one of them stand out from the others; I enjoyed them all.

I do cherish the memory of seeing Dire Straits in 1986 during their record breaking run at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and again in 1991. The only time I have seen Mark Knopfler by himself was in 2005 and I probably wasn't as addicted to his solo work as I am now. When he was singing Sailing To Philadelphia & got to 'all Durham & Northumberland/are measured up by my own hand' a man a few rows in front triumphantly raised his fist - I gathered a Geordie like my dear hubby next to me & MK himself (although MK wasn't born in Geordieland). That was special. I went down the front while he was playing Going Home (Theme from Local Hero).

07-15-2011, 08:54 PM
In the spring (it could have been summer) of 1977, I saw "Little Feat" with Lowell George play in a club on their "Time Loves A Hero" tour.

The "Time Loves a Hero" tour became the recording for the double live album called "Waiting for Columbus," although I don't think this little club date in Ohio made the recording schedule for the spectacular live collection of songs.

When the Eagles reunited for the "Hell Freezes Over" tour, I went to see them. They performed almost flawlessly. Everyone was overjoyed to have them return to the stage with their repertoire.
The last time I'd even heard about an Eagles tour, I remember seeing a live poster with yellow lights and far away figures in jeans photographed during a 'seventies concert.

07-16-2011, 05:48 AM
My most meaningful concert beside the Eagles concert was the Genesis concert 2007!
I'm a big fan since my childhood without Interruption , I have all the albums at least twice, some even three times.
But unfortunately I had no chance to see a concert of them before 2007!
At same time it was my first big concert. I was already on smaller but still never been to a concert where over 40,000 people.
I must not mention that I could not expect the day, when it was, finally, so far, it rained the whole day and it was very cold! We arrived totally wet at the Stadium but all this did not bother me! I only was happy to see this concert! It was great, Phil Collins's voice sounded good and everyone else on stage was well too!

07-16-2011, 08:51 PM
I have been so lucky to have gone to many memorable shows! These include seeing Stevie Nicks at AHI in 2001 and getting to meet her afterwards; seeing Fleetwood Mac at AHI in 2003 and getting to meet them afterwards; seeing Lindsey Buckingham in Chicago in 2004, the first show he had played solo in over a decade; seeing Stevie Nicks do so much material from her new album - an album I never thought she'd make - just a few months ago in Los Angeles. With regard to the Eagles - it's hard to pick a favorite but being front row at London's Wembley show in 2006 - the only time I've ever been front row at an Eagles concert - was amazing.

But the most special will have to be the Glenn Frey shows at Niagara Falls in 2007. Glenn's treatment of us was out of this world and I will never forget it.

ETA: Yes, I had to change a typo, AUSTIN! lol

07-16-2011, 09:00 PM
But the most special will have to be the Green Frey shows at Niagara Falls in 2007. Glenn's treatment of us was out of this world and I will never forget it.

Green Frey?! :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:

07-16-2011, 09:19 PM
Dang it, Austin, now I can't go back and fix it discreetly!


Heck, I'm gonna fix it anyway. lol

UK TimFan
07-16-2011, 09:23 PM
Could have been worse, Soda. :)
If you had got yourself in a complete tangle you could have ended up typing Green Fly. :hilarious: :hilarious: :hilarious:

07-17-2011, 01:30 AM
Dang it, Austin, now I can't go back and fix it discreetly!


Heck, I'm gonna fix it anyway. lol

Sorry bout that! I just couldn't help but laugh when I saw that. :hilarious:

07-17-2011, 08:27 PM
It's impossible to pick one concert that meant the most to me, although I can narrow it down...

The first time I saw Don Henley was obviously a huge deal for me. I had completely fallen in love with the Eagles, and Don especially, while watching Hell Freezes Over a few years earlier and I remember many times sitting here watching the DVD and thinking "I am never going to get to see him live." In 2009, Don's solo shows in Oklahoma were announced - one at Downstream Casino in Quapaw, and one at WinStar in Thackerville. I had become friendly with Jess (Peekaboo) through this board and somehow we started discussing it. My thought process went from "God, I wish I could go" to "What if I COULD make it?" in 0.3 seconds! With some encouragement, I looked on the American Airlines website and discovered that it would only cost me £379 for a return flight to OKC via Dallas. I decided to go for it! The whole thing was a spontaneous, kind of crazy endeavour, but it worked out. My manager gave me the annual leave at VERY short notice and I booked myself on a flight. I would only be in Oklahoma for five days, but I just knew it would be worth it. During that trip, I met a true friend for life in Jess, and I managed to see Don Henley for the first (and the second!) time. It was also my first time in America - something I'd dreamed about for so long. That first concert at Downstream was memorable, obviously because it was the first time I'd ever seen Don in the flesh, but also because it was an outdoor show. The weather was perfect. A little chilly for my favourite Texan's tastes ;) but beautiful and warm to me! The sky was stunning and Don put on a great show. I remember vividly when he sang New York Minute - particularly the lines "in a New York minute, everything can change, in a New York minute, things can get pretty strange". I just smiled to myself as I looked up at the gorgeous, vast blue Oklahoma sky and listened to him sing. How right he was! Three weeks earlier, I didn't have a clue that any of this would happen. It made me realise that opportunities can arise at any moment - and that you have to take them. I am eternally grateful that I took that trip, and that Jess agreed to accommodate me. It was the start of an adventure that would continue the following year!

In April of 2010, I made the trip to Oklahoma again, this time for a whole month. Jess, a colleague of hers, Annie, and I did a road trip from OK to San Jose, where we met up with Soda, PLS, Ticky and Wildthyme. We had tickets for two Eagles shows on consecutive nights. Both concerts were amazing, but the second one goes down as one of my most memorable experiences because Jess and I had decided to shell out for ILAA tickets. We were in the front row, center, just to Glenn's left, and we got quite a lot of attention from Glenn (including a guitar pick each!) We also got a blown kiss from Don and Jess took a bunch of brilliant photos. The whole night was just beyond our wildest dreams. Nothing beats seeing the Eagles up close like that during a show. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

The third concert that was enormously meaningful for me was Crosby, Stills and Nash in July of 2010. It was Independence Day and I saw them in the Royal Albert Hall in London, which is a stunning venue. It was my first time seeing them and I just relished every minute. CSN is one of my all-time favourite bands and I was completely in awe of the talents of each member. David Crosby's voice is just out of this world. That show was a dream come true for me, and again, I was lucky enough to get some decent photos to remember it by. I also got very, very close to meeting Graham Nash after the show. No autograph, but I was standing within a foot of him for a couple of minutes. An awesome night.

Lastly, this will come as no surprise, but Thursday's James Taylor concert goes down as one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The whole show was exquisite. His voice has not changed in all these years. The songs were emotional and I had the seat I had hoped I would get - right in the center aisle. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get to meet him, let alone be able to hold his hand and have an intense connection with him for a few seconds. It was indescribable, and I feel so, so lucky that I had that experience. Being able to stand right at the front during the encore, at his feet, was the icing on the cake. I still can't believe he sat on the edge of the stage for the entire interval, meeting fans and signing things... He has so much humility, grace and warmth, and I am more in awe of him than ever. Definitely a show I will never forget.

Honorable mentions go to Jackson Browne at the Royal Albert Hall, Kris Kristofferson at Cadogan Hall, Al Green in Newkirk, Oklahoma, Supertramp at the O2 and Timothy B. Schmit at Cadogan Hall. All wonderful shows that I feel privileged to have attended.

07-28-2011, 05:43 PM
For non-Eagles-related shows, it has to be the Rolling Stones in Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts in 1989. Our group had seats about halfway back on the floor, but when we got there, in the spot where our seats were supposed to be were these GIANT speakers. Our hearts sank as we looked for someone to ask.

The usher who helped us was very apologetic and told us we had been reassigned and to follow him. Thinking we'd be shoved into nosebleed territory, we were surprised when he turned toward the stage and kept going. And going. And GOING! We ended up in Row I (so 9 rows back), dead center.

The concert was amazing! Just thinking of the opening of "Gimme Shelter", with the singers shrouded in blue lights and fog and the "Oooo's" ringing out over the stadium still gives me chills.

I've never been fortunate enough to see the Eagles live in their entirety. I didn't start liking them until 1980, so no shows there and I was too young anyway. And more recently, whenever they were in the area, I either didn't hear about it until later or couldn't afford to go.

I've seen a couple of Henley shows though, and the last one gave me the biggest Eagles-thrill of my life. It was April 24, 1990 and Don was doing his first concert for Walden Woods in Worcester, MA. Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett and Bob Seger were there, but as far as we knew, this was the bill. No other "special guests" had been announced, to our knowledge.

Toward the end of the show though, Don introduced some additional "friends" - Timothy B. Schmit and Glenn Frey. I screamed! I cried! It was a dream come true. I never imagined that I'd EVER see Don and Glenn playing together again. After all, the Eagles had been apart for 10 years! And having Timothy too was icing on the cake. Glenn played "Smuggler's Blues" and to be absolutely honest, besides "Desperado" and "Hotel California", I could not have told you what the setlist was until seeing it on fan sites recently. I was that blown away. My boyfriend had to drive home because I was literally shaking with excitement.

I still hope to someday see the whole band, but even if I don't, that night will always be something special.

07-29-2011, 09:05 AM
Loved your Stones story!!! They are my husband's favorite band so they have been seen a few times by us. :thumbsup:

07-30-2011, 12:14 AM
Wow...I've loved reading everyone's stories! Some I remembered from before but truly enjoyed "re-living them" along with you. ;)

Obviously my MOST memorable concert had to be my first Eagles concert. I'll never forget texting my friend Chondra and asking (completely joking!) "hey......wanna drive to Chicago for an Eagles concert? : P" My jaw dropped when she replied "YES! When is it?" And so it began.....she purchased tickets, which she told me at the time where not very good. I was SLIGHTLY disappointed about paying $200 for tickets that weren't very good but still thrilled to go. I never DREAMED I'd get the chance to see the Eagles. We ended up inviting two of our friends, Sam and Cody, to go with us. Cody and I were the biggest Eagles fans. Chondra liked them but Sam could care less about them. She came home a fan though. ;) Anyway, before we ended up going another friend mentioned that we should go to the Minneapolis concert instead and then he'd go with. I was fine with that until Chondra texted me and said "I'm not sure if I'll be able to sell the tickets for the price I paid for them. They're in the 5th row." I was like "haha very funny......I wish!" Needless to say, she wasn't kidding and I started freaking out. Here my very kind and generous friend, knowing how much I loved the band, had paid an extra $150 per ticket and gave it to me as a birthday present. I've never had someone do something like that for me and needless to say it brought me to tears. lol

Anyway, I'll never forget that feeling of sitting there in the United Center and watching Will walk by us, nudging and whispering to Chondra "psst....there's Will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" followed by her reply....."who?" I refused to be brought down from my cloud! ;) She still to this day teases me about when the lights went down and they stepped out on the stage. I probably gave her a black and blue mark on her leg because I started freaking out and whacking her leg "LOOK! THERE HE IS! THERE HE IS!! I MEAN THERE THEY ARE!" Every time I hear "How Long," it takes me right back to hearing those opening notes and the excitement that shot through me in hearing them sing for the first time and hearing Don start his verse. It was also a memory I'll never forget that I had the opportunity to meet fellow board members for the first (and unfortunately only :( ) time! I was so proud to share that memory with them! It was hard not to call you guys by your border names. :hilarious:

I'll keep it short but my 2nd most memorable or meaningful concert suprisingly turned out to be Elton John. As you know, if you read my concert review, I didn't go to the concert being a huge fan. I loved his voice but just didn't pursue his music much. But I can't tell you what an honor it felt like as I listened to him sing and play. I left that show a huge fan and after seeing him interact with the fans the way he did, I have a lot of respect for him. It may not be the most meaningful concert for me as far as looking forward to the show or being a huge fan first.....but it is THE most meaningful concert as far as leaving feeling truly privileged to have witnessed what I had just seen and heard. I felt like I had just been in the presence of a legend, which I had. I felt the same way with the Eagles, but what made the difference with Elton was him interacting with the fans. I said it before but I'll say it again, I have NEVER seen someone of his stature sign autographs like he did for every single person that held something up in the first few rows. I'll quit rambling, but I'm a lifelong fan now. :thumbsup:

Ive always been a dreamer
07-30-2011, 01:11 PM
Wow - this was a great idea for a thread. I have loved reading about everyone's 'meaningful' concert experiences. They are all written straight from the heart. Hope there's more to come. :thumbsup:

08-01-2011, 08:47 AM
I'm with ya Dreamer. I'm very glad I started this thread---I have so much enjoyed the stories & have gotten a bit misty eyed at times while reading some of them. Very cool!! Just more proof of how important music can be to some!! :thumbsup:

08-01-2011, 12:08 PM
Windeagle - I can only imagine how thrilled you were at that Walden benefit! Oh my gosh!

Maleah - it was great to meet you that night - and what a night it was!

Troub - I can write the above for you, too - San Jose was something else!

08-02-2011, 04:19 PM
I love these stories and some of you have read this before, but here goes again!

My most memorable concert was seeing the Eagles July 13, 2002 in Ames, Iowa. My husband and I had seen them once before back in the 70’s, but back then we were way up high in nosebleed. Time went by, life went on, jobs and babies and all that goes with that but we had always listened to their music and had said that we hoped we’d get to see them again someday. We completely missed out on the HFO Tour. That’s what living in the boondocks of the Midwest does for you! Then the internet made it to our house and an Eagles search and low and behold we found out they were on tour and actually had money to buy tickets! This time we had tickets on the floor in about the 25th row and thought that was great. We just couldn’t wait to see the band we had grown up with and loved all these years. We got to the venue and walked right up to a couple trying to scalp their tickets which were on the 2nd row on Timothy’s side. After much haggling, we exchanged our tickets plus some $$$ for theirs and could not believe it when they actually turned out to be so close to the band! I just couldn’t believe that I was within 20 feet of Timothy and could see the rest of the guys so good, this band I had loved for so long! They sounded so wonderful! I actually made eye contact with Timothy several times during the show and he nearly stole me away from Don! At that time, Don was my favorite Eagle, with Glenn running a very close second. It was a magical night I’ll never forget. :sigh:

The next one was a Don Henley solo show in Springfield, Missouri on September 19, 2004. I actually bought a VIP ticket which meant there was a meet & greet with Don before the show! I had to go by myself to this one since my husband had to work out of town, but my son was in college there and I would stay overnight with him before coming home the next day. I was ecstatic that I would actually get to meet Don in the flesh! And get an autograph! OMG! Standing in line to meet the man with that voice I had loved all these years, I nearly cried! When he walked in the room, I just was like “that’s Don Henley? That couldn’t be him, Don is a real tall guy!” In my mind! When it was finally my turn to get the picture and talk to him I nearly fainted! But he was so nice to me and signed everything I had brought, a cd, an album, my ticket, a hoodie I had won earlier. He even teased me about my name and then misspelled it on my stuff, but I was elated that I had actually met and talked to my beloved legend. I'll never forget it! :smitten:

08-03-2011, 07:18 AM
You know Brooke, I don't know if I ever knew that you had met Don. How did I miss that? :headscratch: And what really amazes me now is that you still became a Glenn girl even after meeting Don and him being so sweet to you. How'd that happen?

08-03-2011, 07:21 AM
Wow, Brooke, what a thrill! I can't imagine myself getting an Eagles autograph. I'm really shy. I'd stammer so bad and probably faint. Heck, I recently had a hard time asking another of my favorite bands for a quick picture, and they're nowhere near the stature of the Eagles.

08-03-2011, 10:02 AM
You know Brooke, I don't know if I ever knew that you had met Don. How did I miss that? :headscratch: And what really amazes me now is that you still became a Glenn girl even after meeting Don and him being so sweet to you. How'd that happen?

Lots of talk and lots of pictures of Glenn did it to me. The more I looked and listened the more enamored I became of Glenn. Don is still hovering right behind him, so he better not mess up! :lol:

For instance:



Those pulled me right over the edge. :drool: :thud:

Wow, Brooke, what a thrill! I can't imagine myself getting an Eagles autograph. I'm really shy. I'd stammer so bad and probably faint. Heck, I recently had a hard time asking another of my favorite bands for a quick picture, and they're nowhere near the stature of the Eagles.

I'm shy too and am amazed I could actually speak when the time came! I'll cherish my picture with him forever! :sigh:

tequila girl
08-03-2011, 10:16 AM
I'll cherish my picture with him forever! :sigh:

You got a picture!? :thud:Awww c'mon Brooke....you have to share it with us - Please.......Pretty Please :smitten:

Henley Honey
08-03-2011, 01:55 PM
This wasn't actually the most meaningful concert of my life, but I did have a close encounter with DH, so I thought I'd post it and share.

We drove up to Foxwoods to see him in a solo performance at the MGM Grand Theater on 11/4/2009.
We checked in -- I guess around 2PM and got on the elevator with my sister and her husband at the Lobby level.

The elevator stopped on the 2nd floor. When the door opened a short-ish man with black curly hair and a beard made eye contact with me and started to get on the elevator. As I stepped aside to allow him room, I immediately made eye contact with the man entering the elevator directly behind him.

Yep. It was Don Henley. I was flabbergasted. As he entered and during our brief eye contact the only sound I could make was a high-pitched but relatively quiet and quick "Oooh" sound. Kind of like an "eek" if you saw a mouse. At first I could not speak. My face turned 14 shades of red and my hands actually shook when I pressed the close door button. I managed after what seemed like an exceedingly long time -- but could only have been seconds, to get out a "Hello". It was kind of like a two syllable, two octave "hello". And he answered me in his deep, soulful voice the same way -- in a two syllable , two octave "hello". Very sexy. I was still beside myself when the doors opened on our floor & my husband had to give me a nudge to exit the elevator or else I would have stayed on till his floor -- or at the very least till my sister's floor.

In that short period of time several things struck me -- he's definitely not as tall as I thought he was. I'm about 5' 7" and his height seemed comparable. The cleft in his chin is deeper than it appears in photographs and is super sexy. And finally, for all my tough, New York attitude, I was a big mush in his presence. An "ooh" and a "Hel-lo" were all I could come up with. Maybe I'll be better prepared if it were to ever happen again, but I doubt it. Tongue-tied and reeling. Yikes.

P.S., The concert WAS fabulous. He sounded great, though he did say he was getting over a bug. He looked great. It was right after Halloween and he talked about it being one of his favorite holidays. Some drunken idiot screamed "Play us something we know" after he sang one or two lesser-known songs. Don's reply when he started the next song was: "This one's for you Di#khead". The audience cheered. Scott, Will and Steuart played with him.

That's my only close encounter. So far.

08-03-2011, 04:32 PM
Great memories, huh, HH!

Here's my pic with Don for a short time:


I was holding on tight, believe me! lol

tequila girl
08-03-2011, 04:44 PM
Awww That's lovely Brooke (you lucky, lucky thing) :thumbsup: and he's even smiling....sort of ;-) he doesn't do that for everyone ya know! :laugh: Hehe

Ive always been a dreamer
08-03-2011, 06:37 PM
HH - I love the elevator story of your close encounter with Don. I laughed when you talked about noticing the cleft in Don's chin because one of the very first things I noticed about Glenn when I first saw him 'up close' was that his eyes were even more deep set than they look in photographs.

And Brooke - love your picture with Don. I've seen it before, but you look so happy and cool and collected. :thumbsup:

Henley Honey
08-03-2011, 07:07 PM
one of the very first things I noticed about Glenn when I first saw him 'up close' was that his eyes were even more deep set than they look in photographs.

I'll take your word for it -- for now, but I'm looking forward to confirming it with my own eyes -- in only 20 freakin days! :partytime:

08-03-2011, 08:22 PM
OMG - what a great picture, Brooke! You are beautiful, and Don looks so sexy. I can't imagine that happening to me... :thud:

I loved your story too, HH. Just the thought of having an encounter like that gets my stomach in knots! I have to say, I got a chuckle out of his comment to the drunken guy at the concert. Wish I'd have been there!

08-04-2011, 01:44 AM
Oh my gosh, what a great story, HH! I don't know what I would have done. I probably wouldn't have even managed a "hello."

Brooke - lovely photo!

08-04-2011, 07:16 AM
Brooke-LOVE the picture!!! Now that I've seen it, I do kinda recall it. Very cool!!

HH--Love the way he said hello back to you the same way you said it to him. :hilarious: Cute! But what I really want to know is why you didn't hit the "stop" button? By accident of course! ;)

08-04-2011, 08:35 AM
I'm loving reading everybody's concert stories. Keep 'em coming!

My most memorable concert was seeing Paul McCartney in 2002 at the United Center in Chicago. I've always been a Beatles fan, following in my big brother's footsteps. When we were kids we would listen to Beatles albums all the time. I adored my brother when we were kids, so anything he liked or did I liked too!

I don't even remember how I heard about the Paul McCartney show. Up to that point I never thought I'd get to see him live. But I remember hubby trying to call Ticketmaster promptly at 10:00 A.M., being put on hold for 20 minutes and then being told that basically nosebleed seats were all that were available. I think I had to work that morning, but I remember him being so mad that that had happened to him. This was the beginning of our experience with TM for big shows. It was also our introduction to the ticket broker sites, which is where we eventually got our tickets.

Hubby decided to make the whole experience special and got us a room at the Omni on Michigan Avenue. It was a beautiful old hotel and our room was great. We went to the concert and our seats were directly across from the stage, but we were fairly low, so we were looking across the whole floor towards the stage. Not great, but not bad either - again, we were novices at this. I was just thrilled that I was there and I had brought my binoculors so I was good to go.

There was a sort of 'show before the show' with people in strange costumes coming up to the stage from all different directions, walking through the audience to Cirque type music and I was convinced that Paul was one of those in costume but I was wrong. As the music swelled, a spotlight on the thin stage curtain revealed a silhouette holding that famous hofner bass in the air and the crowd roared! The curtain came up and there he was - Paul McCartney, a Beatle in the flesh! The feeling I had at that moment is what makes this my most memorable concert. My knees were shaking, a smile was plastered to my face, and I looked at Hubby and said, "I can't believe I'm in the same room with Paul McCartney!"

I had speculated to what he would open with (no cheating with looking up setlists back then!) and when he started singing "You say yes, I say no", I thought to myself, "How perfect - Hello Goodbye!" Needless to say, the rest of the show was full of magic, listening to all of those songs I had listened to for all of those years.

I have since got to see the Eagles three times, Jackson Browne three times and others, but the feeling I had when I watched Paul McCartney perform live was like nothing I've had before or since.

08-04-2011, 09:31 AM
Aw, great story, Cathy. I can tell it was an experience that meant a tremendous amount to you.

08-04-2011, 09:31 AM
the feeling I had when I watched Paul McCartney perform live was like nothing I've had before or since.

That was the way it was for me, too, Pm. The feeling of actually being in the same room with Don and even with the Eagles was just......I don't know how to describe it. I was completely overwhelmed by the experience of seeing someone that close that I had loved for so many years. :goosebumps smilie:

Wonderful story!

08-04-2011, 06:59 PM
PM, I felt that way when I saw Paul in 1992 (although it was outdoors). It was an immense privilege.

08-05-2011, 08:34 AM
PM---totally get it!!! I felt that way also the first time I saw the Eagles.