***UPDATED WITH PICS OF MY AUTOGRAPHS*** Note regarding photos: These photos are all taken by me. Milwaukee photos sent by other Glambs will be posted and credited on the Milwaukee TOUR VIBE article and the Glambs Photos & Videos article.***
Here is my first autograph:
Here is my second autograph. You can tell it’s briefer and more hurried. This was obtained at the very end of the barricades, after he’d already signed dozens of photos. The initials top left is the real thing. The silver “signature” on the bottom is what comes preprinted on the photo.
Friday dawned like an October morning, gray and chill, and I fought to not let the sky dampen my enthusiasm. I talked to Mary D., the Glamb I was going to meet up with for the afternoon signing session. We agreed on 1:00. I ran a morning errand to the sound of raindrops on my windshield. Things were not looking good. However, when I got home, I glammed myself up and prepared a Plan B – I threw a fleece jacket and umbrella in the car in case the sky fulfilled its promise to rain all day.
I got downtown around 1:00, parked right across the street from the Bradley Center, and saw a smaller-than-expected crowd at the barricades. I easily found a spot right on the barricades and camped out, watching the leaden sky. As I waited for Mary, blue patches started to appear, and the sun came out! Was my “magic” indeed happening? Mary arrived, and we hugged like old friends. Our adventure was beginning! At 2:30 the Idols started coming out, one at a time. Between 2:30 and 3:30 all came out except Adam, Kris and Lil. Some stopped for photos, others zipped thru doing signings only. I didn’t expect Adam to come out, so I wasn’t disappointed in that.
Megan is tiny and exquisitely beautiful, but she wore the weird afro hair thing. She was sweet and stopped to do photos. Michael was nice and did photos, too. I got my pic with him (the only one of me and an Idol). Danny only came out for a few minutes, so I didn’t get his autograph, but he stopped right in front of us, so I got pix. He said he had to go do press. Scott came out with his mother, but didn’t do photos. I got autographs from Megan, Allison, Matt, Scott, Michael and Anoop.
After the Idols disappeared, I spent some time trying to hook up with other Glambs who had contacted me ahead of time. It was so great to meet those I did meet, and I apologize to those people I missed.
My seat was good…I had no trouble seeing. Sat next to an old guy with white hair who was a total Idol fantard. Met a lady a few rows up named Sandra who had flown in from Minneapolis. Finally the moment came for the show to start! Very heavily partisan crowd, which I expected. Michael got cheers starting things off and said that the show was being dedicated to Danny. He and everyone kept referring to Milwaukee as Gokeyland, which bugged me a little after about the third time. None of the three girls really seemed to connect with the crowd. Anoop had a lot of fans there. The old guy next to me barked like a dog for Anoop. My focus on each of the first eight wavered, and I found myself counting the songs in each set, happy when each set ended to bring me that much closer to Adam. Matt got insane screams, and my ears almost started bleeding from the shrieks from the ladies behind me.
When Danny came on, I was happy because I knew Adam was next. Danny had his moment in the sun to the delight of the crowd, and when Danny’s set ended, the screaming just went on and on. There was no break between the final accolades for Danny and the anticipatory shrieks for Adam, just a sustained blast of ear-splitting noise. I rode that communal scream, adding all the volume my lungs were capable of, until the thunder and lightning and smoke on stage gave birth to Adam in all his glittery glory. Whole Lotta Love was primal perfection, capped by a “woman” that was like the best sex – long and sweet and up and down. The rape and pillage of the mic stand, however, was toned down. In deference to Gokeyland?
Starlight broke the spell a bit, as Alvin the Chipmunk took the sound system hostage. I don’t know why they can’t fix this problem. The only thing I can think of is that the sound system isn’t made for the kind of notes Adam hits. Mad World was as hauntingly beautiful as Adam himself, and Slow Ride was fun but made me realize Adam’s set was almost over. Nothing was thrown on stage that I could see. One doesn’t throw sex toys in Gokeyland. The Bowie medley made me wonder why I’d bothered to memorize lyrics, because all I did was watch Adam’s beautiful, toned body eat the stage. Like great sex, it was all over too fast.
Mary and Sandra and I had talked about skipping the finale to stake our claim at the barricades, but I didn’t want to pass up one last chance to see Adam. In the group number he towered above all the others, and while he gave props to Kris as the Idol winner and Danny as the hometown favorite, he owned that stage with his sheer strength of presence. All the others were just mere squatters, and while Milwaukee may be Gokeyland, that stage was Adamland.
After the finale Mary and Sandra and I rushed outside to the barricades. It was raining pretty hard! Luckily Sandra had an umbrella (I had put mine back in my car after the afternoon signing, sure that the rain was done), and the three of us huddled together feeling pretty miserable. A check of radar on Sandra’s iphone showed a huge mass of green and yellow headed east toward Milwaukee. I knew no one would come out in the rain, but we in our fellowship strengthened each other, and we waited with patience and determination.
But the magic of the night continued, and just at the exact right moment, the rain stopped, and the guys started coming out to sign, much earlier than the midnight time frame I had anticipated. I didn’t pay any attention to the ones I had already gotten pix and autographs from earlier…I didn’t even care about Kris or Lil, who came out. I only wanted Adam! He appeared to the accompaniment of screams from the crowd, though not to the kind of OMG orgasmic screams of other cities. Gokeyland, remember. Adam started on the far side and worked his way slowly around. I strained to get closer to the barricade, so afraid I wouldn’t get his autograph. Would my camera battery die? Would I? I was a mass of nerves on wobbly legs, sustained only by my new friends Mary and Sandra. It seemed to take forever for Adam to come to our side, but then he was in front of us. The Moment.
That moment was like the time, years ago, I had been a close-up witness to an armed grocery-store robbery. You see what’s happening, but you can’t believe it. Your mind voices silent “OMG, OMG, OMG” but no words come forth. You stare, but the shock robs you of your ability to see. The moment freezes in time, then is over before you know it. I had nothing coherent to say to Adam – my apologies to him and to you. Gutsy Mary asked if she could feel his pulse, and as she did, I touched the back of his hand and rubbed his skin. It was so warm and soft! I got my first autograph, and I got a few pix but most looked like they didn’t turn out. It didn’t matter – my expectations had already been met and exceeded. My legs started shaking, and my mind went as mushy as my legs. I stood there in a daze, but the calm and delightful and always-thinking Mary said “let’s go down to the far end of the barricades so we can see him again!” Somehow my legs gained the strength to scamper to the end of the line where we waited again for Adam. I got a second autograph as he came by. He did the entire barricades, took his time, and smiled that angelic smile of his the whole time.
Somewhere in the back of my mind I heard HUGE screams for Danny as he came out last, but I didn’t care. I already had what I wanted, and more. After Danny made the rounds, the crowd dispersed, but Mary and Sandra and I stayed, basking in the wonderment of the evening, not wanting it to end. Sandra and I already have tickets for Madison, and Mary hopes to go. Our excellent adventure together has only begun. Though the three of us were strangers earlier in the day, by the time the midnight struck, it felt as if we’d been friends for years.
The day, as I’d dreamed, had been full of not only hopes and expectations, but magic and surprises, and I thank the same God who created Adam for a day I will never forget.
Many pics to follow! ***ADDED*** Just saw this tweet from Adam: “Thank you Milwaukee. Fans were so sweet tonight. Thank you for the support! :)”
No, Adam, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
***ADDED*** And Michael tweeted this: “I got so many nice gifts last night in Milwaukee. The most gifts in a single city of the whole tour.”
So this may be Gokeyland, but we’re still pretty nice here to all the Idols. Thanks, Milwaukee!
~~Jeanette, Glamb #5