Tomorrow will mark the one week anniversary of my Glam Nation experience. I simply cannot get back into the real swing of things yet either!! This is the second time I am sitting down to write this, as the first time my power outage erased it before I was done adding the pictures, grr.
My first show was the Milwaukee, Wisconsin show last Tuesday night. We had a great crowd show up for dinner at The Rock Bottom Brewery which was literally right around the corner from the venue. Thanks to Ellen G. for using her name for the reservation and for everyone there for hanging with us. It was great to see everyone including Carol, my co-writer here, at dinner too! She hopped on a plane to come out for the two Glam Nation shows out here. This was the show that I was able to bring my daughter Jess to, along with our friend Jenny. In Ellen’s group was our mutual friend Janet, whom Ellen and I met through our Illinois Glamb group, Carol, and Ellen’s sister!!
We had a great gathering of friends for this leg of the journey.
The venue was really very beautiful inside, and our seats were in the second row of the balcony. We had a great view looking down on the stage. Thankfully, you have already seen most of the pictures from our friend Haley, because I didn’t get very many good ones. Once we were sitting, we realized that the indoor temperature was sooo hot. The air was not working so we were sweating before the show even started. Once the show began though, it got way hotter. Allison and Orianthi did a great job, and then we were given the greatest gift of all, Adam. Everything about the show was spectacular, from the costumes, to the dancers, to the band, and especially the vocals from Adam. He was spot on once again, and seeing him “live” is such an emotional experience. The way he takes you on a journey from song to song, is second to none. As soon as the first note of the show began, we were transfixed by everything that was going on on that stage. The way he uses the lights and the lasers, it is a visual celebration. I have to say, I LOVED If I Had You!! Just the little speech he gives, and introducing all the friends that are close to him, and the meaning of the song is just the total package for me. We were up and dancing and singing along for the majority of the show!! Unfortunately, just as quickly as it began, it was over…
After escaping to the outdoors for some cool night air, we were walking past the busses on the street and saw that they had barricades lining up along the alleyway. We decided to stop and watch them come out. As his dancer’s began the walk to the busses, we could see that it was going to be hard to see any of them up close, so we ran acroos the street to where the busses were actually parked. This turned out to be the smartest thing we ever could have done. After a few minutes, Tommy was walking right towards us so I asked him if he would mind taking a picture with Jess, from Oprah?? His eyes went wide and he was so excited to see her again, it was awesome!! He was asking her questions about that whole day, and then he let us get a great picture of the two of them. He also took pictures with us that aren’t quite as cute because we look like old lady stalkers, haha, but it was fun nonetheless.
At that point, he had to get on the bus so we waited patiently to see who would be next. As we stood there, we were approached by OLGA and JILL, who always contribute comments on our site, and whom also attended the Oprah show!!! I am so glad they spotted us because they didn’t meet up with us at the taping, so it was fun to finally meet them. They did a great write up for us on THEIR Oprah experience that we posted, do you guys remember?? We took pictures together as well and it was awesome to meet them. Jill and I were discussing the power of the mother/daughter bond when out came Monte!! Now, we decided to do the same thing, to push the pretty 15 year old at him to get his attention. As we asked him if we could take a picture of him with Jess from Oprah, he said, “JESS, AND SUE!!”. AAAAGH, HE REMEMBERED US TOO!!!! We all were laughing and telling him that he was awesome for remembering us, and he pretended to swing a baseball bat like he had just hit one out of the park. He was very proud of himself for remembering too!! At this point, he told the security guard that he was safe and that he could leave him with us, haha. He was great about taking pictures, and he was teasing Jess about how since she wasn’t crying this time, he could always get her to cry by taking her away to see… nah he wouldn’t do that. Totally cute. We talked about his new twins and I told him to make sure and pay attention because before long they will be Jess’ age, and he looked at her and shook his head like that was all too overwhelming for him to believe. He then spent some time with Olga and Jill, and we then realized by the screaming that Adam was walking to his bus. Unfortunately, we were at the back end of the bus that he got on so we didn’t get up close, but the other guys made up for that in a huge way. Thank you Tommy and Monte for a great night all around, and I hope you all enjoy my few pictures.
P/S~This is a regular work day for me so I will post about Hammond hopefully by tomorrow, darned “real life”…