So ~ the concert was great…I mean look how happy I was before we even got inside!
I was really excited for the concert but it was also great to get a little break from being Mommy for a while and focus on being with Jerry. Awww ~ I know some of you just had a bit of a gag reflex . . . but deal with it. I’m now, once again, madly in love with my husband and can’t get enough of him!
For reasons I can (and cannot) blog about here, I smiled pretty much all day yesterday. Nothing really bothered me, even when I was bothered. Work seemed easier and my kids seemed a little bit more well behaved (except for Danika right after her nap – does anyone know why 3 year old girls insist on crying for 20 minutes after waking up from a nap?).
Anyway ~ back to the concert…We started the evening with dinner at Longhorn Steak House. Yummy – I got to eat a hot meal and didn’t have to pick 1 thing off the floor or try to cut something with one hand because I was holding a baby in the other!
After dinner, we headed down to Pitt’s Campus and the Peterson Event Center for the show. Parking (just like everyone said it would be) was horrendous! We got there early enough that there was a garage near by that we could squeeze into – and I do mean SQUEEZE. I can’t imagine if we would have had the van – Jerry’s little car barely made the turns!
We walked around for a little bit and watched the college kids who were enjoying the nice weather. There was a very small grassy area next to the event center where they were throwing Frisbee and tossing footballs around. It made me miss college a teeny tiny bit – but I LOVED school…so that’s not really a surprise.
After getting to our seats, the opening act started. We didn’t know there was going to be an opening act – but we were pleasantly surprised. These guys were pretty awesome. Naturally 7 makes all their “music” with their voices. No instruments – just them. It’s worth checking out – we actually bought their cd (which Michael Buble sings a song on with them) and got their autographs! Really nice guys, too! Each one of them took the time to shake our hands and say hello. Looked us straight in the eye, too! I know they were probably told that it would make a difference if they did – and it does. :) They opened with this song.
As I expected, Michael was awesome. He was funny ~ which I remembered well from the first time we went to see him. He was cute ~ which I also remembered well from the first time we saw him. He gave it his all – he even made fun of us a bit…after all he’s Canadian and they love their hockey. He commented on how we need to shut up about the whole Gold Medal thing…after all we have been lucky enough to watch great players like Lemieux play in our city and have a little bit of Crosby and Malkin on our team now. hehehe
The whole show was wonderful. I was surprised when I read a review that didn’t RAVE about it…then I realized why it didn’t. I noticed that Michael’s voice seemed a little bit off…it seemed tired. However, he is an amazing performer and when he gets you in the moment while he’s singing you don’t hear that he doesn’t hit every note perfectly (or that he was a little pitchy, as they ALWAYS say on American Idol…I hate when they use pitchy as a critique.) He gives you a great show and you walk away really feeling like he was singing to you…even with 9,000 other people around you.
Watch this – and you will see what I mean. This isn’t a recording from Pittsburgh, but this is how he closed his show. There was no screaming or anything at the end in Pittsburgh. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop in the bathroom on the first floor of the arena. It was amazing. I started tearing up. I think Jerry may have even sniffled a little (but it could have been from the disgusting perfume the girl in front of us was wearing – yuck!)
I can’t wait until he comes back. I will definitely be there – hopefully with closer seats but I would sit anywhere and just be happy to be in the same building as him. (BTW – that’s extremely similar to the line I used to get my dad to take me to see Metallica when I was a Freshman in HS. I said, “It’s okay, Dad. At least I’ll be in the same State as them.” We had tickets the next day! Love ya, Dad – you buy the best concert tickets!)