OK, so I wasn't supposed to go to Troy, or so I led Amy into
Truth be told, I had known for a few weeks that I would
indeed be taking off to go to the Troy/Storrs weekend extravaganza, but I
decided I wanted to make it a surprise for Amy.I didn't even list the show on my site as an upcoming
concert, and told all of 2 people I was
going before the fact.So, I leave New
Jersey, with a WHOPPING cold, destination: Troy.
I arrive in Troy a few hours before show time, and check
myself into the Best Western only .5 miles away from the venue.Cool.I lay down for a while, eat dinner alone in the restaurant downstairs,
then realize that the show starts at 7pm and not 730pm, so I bolt from the
hotel around 635pm.
I get to the venue, make my way into the theatre, knowing
full well that my seat is only 2 rows behind Amy.I walk up to her, hit her on the head with the program, and look
away. She SQUEALS "Oh my
god!!!!" Yay. I made her happy. :-) I was worried that I
kept it a secret all that time and she'd not be surprised.
So, I get to meet all of her friends (basically everyone
I've ever heard about for the past few months) and then I make my way to my
seat because I was running a monster fever and needed to sit. The opening act begins...The Rusty
Pipes. They were a cute a cappella
group from the area. Entertaining yes,
especially the one guy who spent most of the show jumping around and getting
all the attention.
Next came the break between the opening act, and Rockapella. Some local radio guy came out and talked to
us, and told us we couldn't take pictures.
OK. Maybe I heard him say it,
but my shutter finger didn't apparently ;-)
Finally, he lets them come out and play. Sigh. There they are. Kevin in the red
zipper sweater (sigh) and black leather pants, Elliott in his new favorite
red/black shirt, with his red pants from HSN last year, Scott was in his PBS
outfit (SO CUTE), Barry was in the black pants/shirt with the sparkly blue over
shirt and Jeff was in his PBS gear, sporting the zipper pants, black T-shirt
and gold over shirt.
The night played out pretty typically, with some Christmas
favorites thrown in. Amongst my
favorite moments are: 1) Elliott
telling us about how Eli now likes to say "Momma, I pissed off",
2.) Kevin HOWLING when he walked in
front of the main speakers with his microphone (mic + speaker equals
feedback). Kevin decided to try to
cover the loud feedback with his howls/squeals which became a running theme for
the whole show, and last but certainly NOT least 3.) Kevin looking the wrong direction for the pause in Kingdom of
Shy. The last one was especially funny
because at the Mamaroneck show, Kevin told the story about how he's always
confused as to which way to look, and how he uses his "perifial"
(READ: peripheral) vision to see which direction Scott was looking. Seems this time, his vision failed him.
Everyone in the line was looking straight
ahead, and Kevin was looking straight out at the audience! It was CLASSIC!
The show ended and we all piled out into the lobby, where we
run into Phil. He tells us there won't
be a meet and greet, so Amy gave him a can of brownies to give to Kevin (that
she made for Kevin for his bday), and Phil told us he'd see us in Connecticut
(funny how he assumed we'd be there, like there was no other way it could
possibly be lol). We hung around
talking for a little while, but eventually go to our respective
homes/hotels. Next stop: Storrs.
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