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I just wanted to make a quick post to introduce myself. Name's Conor and I would love to be an official DiHard. I just got back from the Bakersfield concert but I'll update with that when I've got more than 2 min (which is what I have right now :P Talk to y'all later!
EDIT**Since nobody posted anything since my post, I'll just put the recap of the two days here. I'll try and make this as organized as I can. Hope it's not too bad. :) One more thing, I'm going mostly by I took so if the order isn't right (of performers) or someone is forgotten, please excuse.
Starting on Friday at around 12:30.
Mom picks me up from school. Load up the car. Get on the road. I've got my iPod going through the AI3 cd the whole way pretty much. Two hour drive to Bakersfield actually took about 4 and that sucked. We got to the hotel (btw, my mom wanted to get a hotel because she didn't want to drive back home after the concert for however many hours it would have been), checked in, got something to eat at the Wendy's across the road, and headed over to the show.
We got there a little late. I think Camille was onstage when we got in the place. We found are seats and, lo and behold, they were NOT 15 rows from the stage as I was told by the ticket-man, but were about 60 rows back (and in the friggin mezzanine!). I remember before we got there I was thinking about how it wasn't gonna be as cool because Matt wouldn't be there but as soon as I heard the singing, I totally forgot about it and was having a great time. JPL came out and sang "Superstition". It was really great how he (and everyone for that matter) improved since the last time I heard them. I was also bummed that I couldn't get any good pics because I was so far back. Anyway, JPL was awesome, running around through the crowd and everything. Then John Stevens came out and did "My Funny Valentine". I think he's the one who has grown and matured the most. His voice sounds a lot better. Real smooth operator, great performance. Then came George Huff. Another class act, super performance. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg". He did a great job and really worked the crowd well. Jasmine Trias followed. I can't remember the song, unfortunately, but she is still really solid. Great voice and loads of talent. Then, one of the major highlights, DIANA! Dreams was definately awesome. Like Newsgirl said, it was great to hear her (and all of them) sing IRL. She was so cute too, saying "Hi" to everybody, and just being her usual down to earth great self. Fantasia did dreams which I enjoyed (for the most part). She does this awful screeching thing but other than that, it was a good performance. Intermission.
I got myself a buncha posters and pictures. I got the tour poster with all of them, Diana's big poster, and a picture of George and one of Jasmine.
Back to seat. More great music. JPL's version of "Hey Ya" was so awesome. When it started all slow, I was thinking, "I've heard these words before" and when it started up, I was just grinning from ear to ear. Then "Johnny Red" did "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" with Fantasia. That was great because I love the song and John is really cool. They performed well together. Then Diana did "Heard it Through the Grapevine" with George, John, and JPL. It was really excellent. I loved how they got each section to sing along and see who did better. It was a lot of fun and they did really well. Then the big finale, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". Just spectacular.
I know I left out a lot of performances but they were all good and I enjoyed the whole thing.
I didn't realize how sad I would be about it later, but I didn't even think to look around to see if I could catch any of them for photos or autographs or anything. I know my mom would have waited around too, because she's great like that. I'll be kicking myself for a *LONG* time for not going for it. So if you had any contact (visual, photo, physical, w/e) don't feel too bad, cuz you got more than I did. *sob*
The rest of the night was pretty chill. I took a LOAD of photographs just of the hotel and stuff because I love those kind of night shots. I'm working on putting them up to a website so if you ask nicely, I'll tell you where they'll be. ;)
One of the great things about the concert was seeing so many people in my demographic (particularly 17 y/o male). I thought it would be nothing but girls and little girls. Nice surprise to see I wasn't the only guy (although quite a few were there with dates). BTW, did anyone else go to the Bakersfield show??
Definately a great trip. Best night ever.