Our hours of travel were long, but Terry (Mother Theresa), Cheryl (Naughty Girl Norman), and I soared to Grand Rapids, Michigan on Adam, adrenaline, and anticipation. We converged on Brann’s Restaurant on Sunday afternoon along with Glambs from all over North America. There was Judy (jaberone) from Michigan, Sandy (iluvadam4ever) from Ohio, my sister-in-law Merri from Michigan, Vera (gala) and Nadia (Veronica) from Canada, and Jennifer from Canada, among many family members and friends who accompanied them. Meeting these “old friends” in person was like a family reunion, with hugs, laughter, and lots of wonderful getting to know each other.
I took some time out of the party to hurry down to the Van Andel Arena with my “Personal Assistant” Cheryl (hey, everyone has to have “people”) to see Barnaby, who interviewed me on Friday on the “Barnaby & Friends” morning radio show on WLHT 95.7 in Grand Rapids. Barnaby told us that he’d just interviewed Adam, and that he’d told Adam about his interview with “Jeanette from Glambs.” Barnaby told Adam that I’d mentioned as a piece of “Adam Trivia” that he’d performed for a year on a cruise ship, and that just days before 9-11 Adam had had his photo taken on the ship with the Twin Towers in the background. Barnaby said that when Adam heard that, Adam slapped the table and said he was impressed and that I’d done my homework.
Well, needless to say, I about swooned. Adam had heard my name!!! Barnaby said he wasn’t able to give us back stage passes since he had no involvement in that, but I didn’t care. My day was made. We soared back to Brann’s to share the news that if Adam didn’t know about us Glambs before, hopefully he knew us now!
At the Arena we met up with the Famous Mary C. and her sister Sue for hugs and photos before finding our seats. I was in Section 109, close to the stage but off to the side. Not as good as the front row, so my photos aren’t as close-up this time, but there’s always a money shot in the bunch (check out the 6th Adam photo down!!!). The crowd was definitely a Matty G crowd, as I expected, but Adam’s fans showed enough love and support with their screams to let everyone know that Adam was the star *we* came for. The sound system was horrid, but Adam overcame and treated us again to “Woman” and “Back-Door Man.” I’m happy to say that my sister-in-law is now an official Adam convert!
We skipped out early again after Adam’s set, and at the barricades Mary C. called to me. I knew I would stand next to her, in whichever spot she chose, because no one is luckier than her in meeting Adam. Glambs lined up next to us, and as always, we agonized over whether we’d picked the best spot on the barricades and whether Adam would even come out at all. I was very optimistic, first because I felt Adam would do a brief or no-show backstage meet and greet to give Matt the spotlight (this is what Adam did in Milwaukee with Danny), second because of the upcoming off day (no need to “rest his voice”), and lastly, because I was with Mary C.
And our hopes were realized! Adam came out first, looking all calm and sparkly in his heavy eye-makeup under the near-full moon. People were going mad all around him, but Adam’s serene and composed demeanor never wavered. I almost got squeezed from the barricade as he approached, but Mary C. handed Adam a Glambs card, and I finally worked up the nerve to talk. I told Adam that I was the one who’d been interviewed by the radio station, and that my name was Jeanette. He looked right into my eyes and replied, “oh, yeah!” I softly squeezed his hand, he signed my Rolling Stones photo, and as he moved on, I took a few more photos before it hit what had just happened. I backed away from the barricade to give someone else my spot (I was done for the night – what more could I want?), so addled that I left my bag with my camera and photos hanging on the fence. Someone called “is this your bag?” and I was able to retrieve my treasures. All the Glambs were lucky, each getting an autograph (Judy got 3 doing the famous Mary D. trick of continually moving down the line in front of Adam!) and a touch and a chance to speak to Adam. I hope all the Glambs who were at the Grand Rapids concert will comment below with their own experiences and adventures.
My concerts are done – I can now join the many of you already in concert withdrawal. But when I return at the end of the tour, I hope to host a cyber (and an in-person) Tour Wrap-Up Party. Then there will be a CD Release Party, and next year an Adam Tour Kick-Off Party…well, you get the idea. Seriously, there really is no letdown with Adam, for there is always a party on the horizon.
Check out the most unbelievable Mad World video on the GR TOUR VIBE article here.
See you all in a couple weeks!
~~Jeanette, Glamb #5
PS – Terry, Cheryl, Jane, Mary C. and ALL you guys – I had a blast and I love you all!!! Thanks for making it a special, special day that I will never forget!