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A Very Different Show

Written by Torri Jun 09, 2008 at 04:53 PM
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6/28/98

What an interesting trip! My husband, Dave and I drove 5 hours to Charlotte and got to the venue in the afternoon...it was VERY hot...and the set up...6 stages within one city block...we checked out the stage where Stevie was scheduled to play at 9:15...all lawn seats...and we got back in our air conditioned car and went for dinner...got back before Boz came on...Dave had listened to Keith's and my 5th row adventure story in Camden...and he wanted to be up close...so we inched our way up to the 2nd row...Sharon's side, of course :)...and everyone jammed and danced to Boz and Lisa...they are good and the crowd loved them...think big, happy street dance here...I was enjoying head dancing with Lenny myself...and the other drummer...what is his name?.

So Boz ends and the crowd closes in...and waits...other bands are playing on the other stages...they start setting up for Stevie...but think minimal...no background set...just a few lights...9:15 and the crowd is ready...and the roadie walks up and says...Stevie is going to wait...until they finish up...she'll be on at 10...get another beer...and the security guards started taking and delivering orders...and no one moved...we waited...all I could think was good for you, girl... one of the highlights for Dave...during that very long wait...while Morris Day is singing...Lenny was backlit on our stage...and he and the entire front row started doing the bird dance!.

Chris introduced Stevie...Outside the Rain/Dreams...and Stevie thanked everyone for coming and waiting and said the reason it's later is 'I didn't feel I could come out and play while there were other people playing'...I loved it! Then she did her welcome and maybe there is a message for you...and right then, she got them...Enchanted...there were many loud cheers...Stevie Rules...and I Love You, Stevie!...and then GDW...she played it up...danced a lot...and wailed...and a couple people passed out...most people were able to get a couple of pictures then security stopped them...and Stevie continued on like the professional she is...I so admire a woman who is good at her job!. .Then came Gold and Braid...the band really seems to like playing this song together...they were smiling and seeming to have entire conversations...I was enjoying Mindy, too...she's having such a good time, dancing, and really screaming/singing loud at times...Dave's gone...with that smile on his face...watching Sharon...she is why Dave has been a Stevie fan with me since '82...Stevie was very playful with the girls...dancing with Carlos and Al...then she went off stage...and came back and introduced Stop Draggin' by saying it was by her favorite songwriter and he hates that she says that...but she loves this songs...she and Frank are having some fun with this song now...and the crowd knew this one and enjoyed it...

Time for the acoustic/electric/acoustic..she talked quite a bit and it was quiet...then she ripped into ATGF...there was not a sound...she had the crowd in her power...Garbo...Rose Garden...sang 'break my heart' very softly 3 times...then Sleeping Angel...Stevie said...we like that as the crowd screamed...and went off to change again... Then Whole Lotta Trouble...the entire crowd did the chorus with one fist in the air...Landslide was dedicated to Pam...then Stevie introduced the band...and she introduced Sharon...mentioned knowing her since Hawaii and then Stevie said something...and Sharon LAUGHED so much that her nose actually wrinkled...this was a highlight for Dave! Then Edge of Seventeen...no stage rush...and it was just as well...Stevie did walk the stage and wave and did shake one person's hand and was given a silver chain....I, as you all know...just kept smiling...

Then Has Anyone Ever Written...wow...Stevie sounds great every time I hear her...and it's great to see the different shows with the different energies that pass...I'm loving this vacation...and enjoying sharing it with you guys (Come on, Maureen, Grand Rapids?)... :) Short set... Twisted and I Need to Know were not played...very different show...but I enjoyed it...and hope you guys enjoyed this...but now I'm off to Virginia Beach with my friend, Katy...
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