***UPDATE – VIDEOs ADDED – CHECK OUT THE EXCELLENT BOWIE MED VID – UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL!***After the madness in Florida, the tour bus rolls into the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA on Friday, July 31st.
The last few days have been emotional ones for Adam’s fans, both those who attended the Florida concerts, and those of us who watched from afar through the filter of second-hand news. I don’t know how much of what I heard was rumor, exaggeration, truth, or downright lies. But the bottom line is that everyone is safe and excited to be headed to the Atlanta area. Michael Sarver sent a tweet on July 29th that said, “I am fine and so is Adam. We are all ok.”
It sounds like everyone had a good time in Florida in spite of Adam not coming out after the Tampa show. (Did he come out after the Sunrise show?) A couple of sex toys were thrown onto the stage in Tampa (handcuffs and a cat-o’-nine-tails) which Adam took in stride. During Fame he twirled the red CO9T and swung it over his head, clearly taking advantage of the moment to please the crowd. (By the way, I now have an obsession with the CO9T – Adam wore one for Ring of Fire and also Black and White. And thanks to very detail-oriented fans before me, I now realize that on the itunes video for ROF the cat tail moves from Adam’s left hip to his right hip to his left hip. Go look! Some not-so-nice editing with some rehearsal footage cut in with the live show footage. But I digress…)
But after this incident, the Adam blogosphere went crazy. When do fans cross the line? Everyone seems to have a different opinion on this when it comes to throwing things on stage and also when it comes to the meet and greets. Is it okay to throw some things, but not other things? Should nothing at all be thrown? A bra or even the CO9T seems harmless, but what if Adam or Allison or any of the performers slip on something and fall? Are over-zealous fans early on in the tour going to spoil all the fun for those of us whose shows are late in August or September?
Should Adam’s fans try to reign themselves in at future shows? As some of you Glambs have mentioned, this could be a double-edged sword. For the sake of everyone’s safety, we certainly don’t want fans going off the deep end and possibly hurting Adam, themselves, or other fans. On the other hand, if fans try too hard to “chill,” might that give the impression that a crowd is giving Adam less support than he deserves? If Adam’s fans DON’T scream at the top of their lungs every time Adam’s face is shown on the screen, will the journalists write that the crowd did not respond to Adam with the same enthusiasm as crowds at earlier concerts did? Is it even possible for a fan to try to control their passion when it comes to Adam?
So where should the lines be drawn? I think it’s probably a bad idea to throw things on the stage, even “harmless” things, but I know people are going to disagree with me on that. But it’s a matter of safety. It’s also a matter of this type of behavior escalating from show to show. Where does it end? As for the meet and greets, mostly I think people should just treat Adam and the other Idols with common courtesy, which means you don’t grab people or even touch them, unless they offer first. I am already resigned to the fact that I probably won’t get Adam’s autograph in the future due to the stupid things some people have already done. It’s too bad, but I think the one thing we ALL agree on is that Adam’s safety comes first, and if fans are going to be out of control, that is the price we and Adam are going to have to pay.
So here’s my opinion on where those lines should be drawn. I think what it boils down to is that we have to restrain our behavior, not our enthusiasm. Actions like throwing, grabbing, or even touching are not good things. I think these are the things that need to be moderated. Dressing up, screaming (as long as it’s not right in Adam’s ear), the signs, etc. are all good and show Adam and the world that we love him.
If you’re going to the Duluth show, we want to hear from you! I am more curious than EVER to know how the shows are going! Comment below with your experiences and opinions, and if you have photos, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can either email us links to photos you have on a photo-sharing site, or just email us your jpeg files as attachments.
~~Jeanette, Glamb #5