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At A Loss For Words

Written by  Jun 09, 2008 at 04:08 PM
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June 15, 1998

Wow. It's two days later and I'm still at a loss for words but I'll try my best. June 13th was really rainy and I was so afraid that the show was going to be canceled but everything worked out. I sat in the 26th row of the orchestra section-i wish I had been closer but the seats were still good enough to see Stevie's expressions. I arrived 1 hour early but there were already about a million people there. Boz Scaggs came on at 7:55 and played 7 pretty good songs-but we were all there for Stevie. Everytime a curtain moved a cheer rose from the audience. Finally her band came out and everybody stood up as they introduced Stevie. I've never heard so much cheering in my life. She looked fantastic! And she sounded phenomenal! This was my first Stevie concert because I'm only 16 but she made everyone feel like old friends. I won't go through the whole setlist I have to mention a few songs.Gold Dust Woman-best I've ever heard it! Gold and Braid-nobody seemed familiar with it- but it rocked and I certainly sang along. Garbo and Rose Garden were so emotional half the audience was in tears(myself included). Rhiannon was indescribable-you all know how it is. Twisted rocked the house again-and then she did Edge of Seventeen where she shakes everyone's hand-but the security guard stopped me from running up there so only those in the first few rows had the honor. I never felt so great and so upset at the same time as when she left the stage. But of course there were the encores: I Need To Know was excellent but Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You was the defining moment of the night-everyone was on their feet and swaying to the music. She was so happy to be there that it made you even happier to see and hear her.
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Can't Believe It's Over

Written by Violett Jun 09, 2008 at 04:06 PM
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June 13, 1998

Well, I went to the Holmdel show last night - I still can't believe that it's over! It was just incredible! I think I was probably half in shock the entire night - no, I was "enchanted"….I couldn't believe that Stevie was there, right in front of me, on the stage!

My mom and I got to the PNC Arts Center pretty early, but they wouldn't let anyone in until 6:30! We didn't get our Best Buy certificates, because we didn't see anyone giving them out. We went in and I got a t-shirt (the one in blue with Stevie pointing), a tourbook, and a key chain. My mom forced me to eat something but I really couldn't because I was too excited. I looked around for Ali and the rest of the Ledgies, but I must have missed them, which was a shame because I really wanted to meet them. I saw SO many people in Dance t-shirts, and a couple of women dressed like Stevie, and a few college age girls wearing 70's type clothes - one was going barefoot! I didn't see too many little kids though - I saw about 10 the whole night. There were definitely people around my age - like in the 13 to 18 range. And a lot of college age or mid-30's types, and the rest of the audience was mostly baby boomers, like my mom. I kept looking around, and I noticed that I was the only one I saw with anything for Stevie - and some people looked at me kind of strangely. I didn't care though. Later on I saw a few other people with some beautiful bouquets of white roses. We finally went down to our seats just before Boz Scaggs came onstage - our seats were actually pretty great, I think. They were 4 rows back on the right side in the section behind the pit section and we were right next to the sound control box. I kept looking everywhere, to see if I knew anyone there, but there were SO many people! It must have been totally sold out because I didn't see any empty seats the whole night! I was looking down at the walkway by my section when I noticed this guy in a tie-dyed shirt and sunglasses walking around….I knew who he was right away - Lenny Castro! So I was like, "Mom, look, look - it's Stevie's bongo drummer!!! Remember, he was in the Dance!!?" He went over and was hanging around the sound box, right next to out seats. So my mom was like, "Go get his autograph!" So I went…I'm a little shy so I didn't really say anything to him but "Excuse me, would you sign this please?", and gave him my tourbook to sign….he was really nice though - he signed it and I was like "Thanks so much!" And people around me must have been thinking, "what on earth is she doing?" It was funny because he was walking around A LOT, and I think I was the only one that recognized him and asked for his autograph! That really was funny because he was wearing the exact same shirt and sunglasses as he was in the tourbook - you'd think people would recognize him.

So, Boz's band performed - I was so psyched - this was my first ever concert and so far I was having a blast! The band was GOOD!!! My mom really liked Boz, which was cool, considering she came to the concert with me even though she was getting over bronchitis (GO MOM!). I hadn't really heard of Boz before, but I actually recognized Lido and Look What Love Has Done To Me - and I really liked them. Boz's band really warmed up the audience.

Then, Stevie. Her brother came out and read the definition of enchanted, and before Stevie even said anything, I was totally enchanted. I mean, she was THERE - she was RIGHT THERE!!! That was enough for me! So the band started playing Outside the Rain first, and it went right into Dreams. She did Enchanted after that. I kept yelling and clapping and everything - my mom kept telling me I was making her deaf, but how could I stop yelling? It was Stevie!!! And I sang too - to every song…I really didn't care what other people thought. My mom noticed and she was like, "These people came here to hear Stevie, not you!" But I didn't stop - I was having so much fun! Stevie was so incredible! She's just such a beautiful person - she really does cast magic over the audience - she was so sweet when she explained the songs! I'm not going to write about every song though, because everyone knows what she sings. I totally got teary during a lot of the songs though - Gold & Braid, because that is one of my favorites and I couldn't believe she was singing it live!, and Garbo, because it was just SO beautiful - the music sounded WONDERFUL! And then Gold Dust Woman was EXCELLENT!!! She was twirling around the stage and it was just great!! I got teary again during Stand Back, because it's a song that really has special meaning for me, and again, I couldn't believe I was hearing it live. I kept singing to every single song though - but the best part was when the rest of the audience started singing too! Loudly enough to hear too - my mom was like, "They're singing!" I smiled and said, "Yep." The whole audience sang Rhiannon and Landslide with Stevie - it was SO cool! She looked like she was having so much fun! She dedicated Landslide to some girl that her guitarist picked out of the audience ( I was wishing right then that I had front row seats). Whole Lotta Trouble was awesome - Stevie really got into it! Twisted was great too - and it really started raining - the clouds had been holding off for awhile, but the rain came - no thunder though, which was good. The whole show was just wonderful! Stevie was so sweet when she introduced the band - you can tell they all just love her. She said that Sharon had been with her like forever, and that she was "My Sharona" - and Sharon looked really touched. Stevie also said that her musical director, Carlos Rios (I think), was another special person in her life, and she hugged him. Hmmm…..

Then came the time when she went offstage to change, before Edge of 17, and Lenny started his bongo solo…and it was time for me to try to get down to the stage. I grabbed the small bouquet of pink, purple, and white flowers I bought for Stevie and the letter I had written to her, and started going down. I went towards the right, because that was closer to where my seats were….and was promptly stopped by some crotchety woman. I told her I had bought Stevie flowers and could I PLEASE give them to her, but she said no. Then I said I had a letter for her too….the response was "Get back to your seat!" I was crushed, but still determined. Thank goodness it was dark, because I walked to the left side and tried there….this time I was luckier - a girl my age let me through, but then I was stopped by some guy wearing some security type headphones. I told him the same thing - that I had flowers and a letter for Stevie, and could I PLEASE give them to her? I made my eyes look watery and as big as possible - but he said no!!! I COULD NOT BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE!!!! What was wrong with them???? But I politely asked him if he would put the bouquet on the stage for me (and I think I must've said please about 80 times.) He said he would and I profusely thanked him - but he still made me go back to my seat….I kept thinking, when is the song gonna start???? There was no way I could have stayed down there until it started, so I dejectedly walked back up to my seat….but the good thing was that when I looked back at the stage, I saw my flowers on the edge of it. I kept praying over and over and over that they wouldn't get knocked off or anything. Then I got the surprise of my life - I had been sitting in my seat for all of 30 seconds, when crowds of people rushed up to the stage - and WERE NOT KEPT BACK! Talk about crushed and dejected? I had been there - right at the stage, right were all those lucky lucky people were! I really really felt like crying. But I consoled myself because Edge of 17 was so great - Stevie was WONDERFUL! She was dancing around, her voice was perfect (as it had been the entire night), and the song was just excellent - the best part was when Stevie and Sharon shared Stevie's mike for the "Well I see you in the morning, etc," part. And the wail Stevie did was awesome!! Everyone was clapping and singing and dancing - it was great! I didn't do that much singing though, because I was watching all those other people up at the stage, shaking Stevie's hand and giving her their flowers, right where I had been standing. I couldn't see what happened to my flowers, as there were people in the way, but I hoped (and am still hoping) that someone from the stage had grabbed them. Not too too many people gave Stevie flowers though - but she did get two teddy bears, and some people gave her little stuffed animals too - I think one of them may have been a penguin. Someone also threw a little stuffed Mickey Mouse up onstage, and one of the stage hands picked it up and put it on the platform where the piano was. Then came the group bows, and almost everyone stood up - I did, and I was screaming again - I'm so surprised I didn't lose my voice! Then the first encore was I Need to Know - I absolutely love this song and it was GREAT!!!! I think a couple of people sitting near me were singing too - a lot of people were dancing - mostly in the pit section, where everyone was standing up - they looked like they were having a lot of fun. Then, Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You - I KNEW I would cry on this even before she started singing - and I did cry - a lot - I couldn't stop the tears from streaming down my cheeks….and I sang too - right back to Stevie, who was written many many things for everyone. I kept crying even after they all stopped and took their bows….it was all just too much - like Stevie said during the Hall of Fame inductions, "We are so full…", well, that's just how I was….full. The emotion of it all was astounding! It was my first concert and it was incredible! Next tour though, I am going to get down to the stage!!!!! I was completely enchanted, and still am - I'll never forget that night.
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NOTHING has been exaggerated!

Written by Jeffrey Roth Jun 09, 2008 at 04:05 PM
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June 13, 1998

While reading all of the reviews from this tour thus far, it's easy to come to the conclusion that we're a heavily biased group, paying tribute to Stevie. Let me just say that NOTHING has been exaggerated! What you are reading are the FACTS. Stevie definitely is bringing the house down. Last night she was in the finest voice that I have ever heard her...and I am now a veteran of 21 shows, both FM and solo. She was noticeably happier, more talkative, and delivered each song with what seemed to be more confidence than ever before.

The show began at 8 with Boz delivering a rockin'/bluesy 50 minute show which included one encore---rare for an opening act, but well deserved. Then the skies in the distance started to light up with an approaching storm. While the thunder and lightning never did actually make it to the PNC Arts Center, the rain did. Stevie took the stage in the same fashion as we've read before...Christopher reading from a dictionary and Stevie handing flowers to a lucky fan in the front row. From there, the show rocked in the same order as we've been hearing. But THAT VOICE!

No one has seemed to be able to express how STRONG she sounds now. The vocal training she has been doing is paying off for us all! Some small points of interest for those not at this show---Stevie had Frank Simes go to the edge of the stage while she held his guitar and pick a young lady from the audience to dedicate "Landslide" to....this time it was "Gabriella". During "Edge of 17", she changed the wording from "I know what it sounds like when doves cry" to "I know what it sounds like when you cry...it sounds just like me". The security at the Center were not interested in stopping anyone from taking pictures....they were only trying to keep people out of the aisles. I saw several people go and stand right next to a security guard and flash a picture or 2. Also--as soon as you hear the drums at the beginning of "Edge of 17", head for the stage as fast as you can. They allowed a large bunch of people down to the front of the stage.
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Some Enchanted evening.............

Written by Amy C. Jun 09, 2008 at 04:03 PM
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June 13, 1998

We arrived an hour before the show, it was a beautiful evening, a little muggy, but breezy. It had poured in the morning and there was to be more rain later, but nothing could put a damper on this evening for me. Nothing can prepare you for 6th row center seats, I could not believe how close I was and how intimate the venue was. When we took our seats at 8, the orchestra seats were not even half filled. Boz Scaggs and his backup singer, especially were very good, but I didn't really want to get into a bluesy mood for Stevie.

People finally started filling the seats in Orchestra, and they readied the stage for Stevie (the perfect set, by the way). The band came out first and the audience was going crazy, personally I was jumping up and down, with my Mom trying to calm me down, my heart was going a mile a minute. She came out and everyone was on their feet, she walked all around the stage while they were doing the intro to Outside the Rain and she gave a bouquet of flowers to a young woman waiting by center stage, then Stevie had to run back to the mic to start the song.

For the first song I was in a bit of shock, believe it or not, I didn't quite know what to do with myself, yet. First off, the people around us were drunk and seemed disinterested. There was still a bunch of seats available right across the aisle, so Mom and I jumped across to 4th row on the aisle. Now, I was ready to rock! There was some really cool, happy people seated around us.

Stevie started Dreams, and I was just looking at her, not believing I was really there, and I just started crying. I think, at least where I was sitting there was a good amount of audience participation, standing and dancing for: Enchanted, Gold Dust Woman, Stand Back, Rhiannon, Landslide (which everyone joined her on singing), Edge of 17. By the encores everyone was standing, rocking back and forth, singing Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You. Everyone was so happy, what a high! Stevie looked and sounded fabulous, my mother said to me "she looks just like an angel", I said " she is".

Every time she would go for a break or shawl change, she would put her little pointer finger up and say " I'll be right back". Stevie was so full of energy and above all, happiness, during instrument solos she would either rap with the musicians or just be there dancing and talking. Her band is top notch, very talented musicians. Stevie, the band, the set, everything was visually appealing, all of your senses are stimulated. During the bongo solo for Edge of 17, people in the know tried to make their way to the stage, but security was like, no way! It was probably too early, so a few moments after Stevie started singing, they could not hold us back anymore. Towards the end of the song she came down to greet us, I had 4 big guys in front of me and I had a little gift to give to Stevie. I asked one of them if I could get in front of him, at first he said no, then he turned around and put me in front of him. My gift was a teenie weenie beanie baby penguin and a little key chain license plate for NJ (animal lovers) with STEVIE on it. It was so small, but when she got over to me she took it, went OOOOHHHHH!!!!, KISSED IT!!! and then held it up (shaking it) to the ENTIRE AUDIENCE!!!!!! then she leaned down and shook my hand, I was sooooooo happy, I will not forget this ever. She had the smallest, softest hand, and it looked to me like she didn't have a lot of makeup on, but, she's just so beautiful!

She talked a lot during the set, I couldn't make out much of it because we (audience) were so loud. I do know at the end she said she loved being able to interact with the audience and meet the people. Stevie loves what she does, and she does it well, her warmth and sincerity shines through, and that love goes right back to her. Same time, next year, I'll be there.
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