Universal Studios Orlando, FL
June 29, 2013
That was the best Adam show I've been to, EVER! Think pjd and Boca would agree. will write more later.
Boca Babe wrote:
getoverit is right - the concert was amazing. Adam was, of course, in fantastic voice, and he was more playful than I think I've ever seen him. He spoke to the crowd a lot more than he did in Pittsburgh (I wouldn't be surprised if time issues may have been a factor in that), and looked to be having just as much fun as the audience. Between the video screens and a pretty good position in the crowd, I can't complain about visibility problems this time.
Warning: This is way too long – I got carried away a bit and too wordy. So scroll scroll scroll unless you want to hear the sound of fangirl flailing.
Wow! The Universal Studios concert! I imagine everything I have to say about it has already been said here by someone else, but I’ll put down a few thoughts and impressions without reading all that first. My personal unadulterated thoughts follow.
First of all, it was wonderful to make a new AWOP friend in person by meeting pjd! And always fun to get together with my Florida concert buddy, Boca Babe! Boca and I met up with pjd just outside the barricades surrounding the open venue about 4:30.
Since I spent all day today, Sunday, either at the park, or driving home, I haven’t checked other posts at all today. But I am praying for lots of good YTs because this was a concert I want a record of! As I say, I’ll jot down my impressions and hope not too much of it is duplicative. You know, just scroll… What I will say, no matter how duplicative it is, is this: how GREAT this concert was! Hands down, for me, it was the best Adam show I’ve been to. What a joy to see him so “on.” He was joyful, happy, laughing, relaxed, engaged with the audience, and of course as always, sanging his face off!
That general statement behind, here’s how it went for me:
For the first time ever I got to see and hear a soundcheck!!! I was thrilled over this *big silly grin on face*. I mean, there he was, in front of the world being boss man Adam and doing his thing and randomly piping out beautiful notes. I was in heaven. Boca and I had just happened by the stage as it was starting, so we sat ourselves down and had an unobstructed view of his mini-concert. (It was right after this that we located pjd).
And BTW, there was no way we were going to camp out in line before the park even opened. Boca and I didn’t even arrive at the park until after noon. As for stories that a huge crowd was camped out – that’s an exaggeration. There were people in line, but not THAT massive a group. And when they did open the entrance to let the early birds in first, it was only enough people to maybe fill across the front of the stage by about 2 deep. And really, folks! As other people were let in, (around 4 hours before the show) for the first hour or so only maybe the front third of the audience area was filled. Boca, pjd, and I were there in that front third, without any camping out necessary at all. We’d been prepared to settle for being in the back of the audience, but we actually were fairly close.
I’ve seen what has been said about how mixed the audience was, and want to say it is absolutely true and it was a wonderful sight to see. Young, old, children, teens, adults and seniors. Families and couples – and it was not the husband being dragged along, no, it seemed like couples happily attending together. I would say it was because of the Universal park venue, but many of these people were in place like we were, about 3 hours before the show started.
A before-the-show observation: I’ve been to one other GA show and a few seated ones. For this one, as time neared for the show to start and the TALL people moved in and inserted themselves in front of us shorties (why is that a rule of some sort?) and as the standing and crunching together started, I told myself – ‘this is it. I am never, ever, ever going to another GA show again.’ … And then the show started. … Relatively on time, even. … And that glorious person came out on stage and took our hearts into his hands for the next (hour? I don’t know, time stood still) and by the time he’d let go, I knew that being there had been worth every second of GA standing, every shoulder-nudge with the crowd, every tiptoe-standing peek. Folks, it was that good!
I don’t even know how many songs he sang, but so so many personal favorites. FYE, Shady, Is This Love, oh, every song on his playlist was a thrill and I kept thinking how thankful I was to be hearing them at last live.
By now you must know the details. How he came out looking ‘cool’ in his leather vest, but after 3 songs had to shed the hot vest to get ‘cool.’ His getting down on the floor and putting his face into the little fan there – saying that Universal had the ‘wimpiest’ fans! His constant good-natured complaining about how hot it was (I don’t know if he heard us in the audience saying, “It’s Florida!!” duh) His playfulness. His happily coming down into the audience several times (oh, how I wished I’d forced my way to the front!!) (And no, there was no crowd surfing.) The smile on his face! The crowd was loving him, and he was loving the crowd. It was just a big mosh pit of singin’ along happy people.
The hip wiggles and thrusts! (Lord, I can’t wait to see those YTs!!!) His performance? Not flawless – a few lyric fails occurred – but only Adam and his Glamberts noticed – the rest of the audience would never have noticed a thing. But the voice? Yes, that was indeed flawless. There were so many moments I literally caught my breath and had chills. When it was over, we walked out awestruck by what had just happened. Big smiles everywhere.
Am I exaggerating? Am I over-the-top full of BS? Well, I’m obviously pleased (understatement) and maybe gushing a bit too much. Sorry. All I can say is, I know he’s done other concerts where he’s connected with the audience but this was the first time for me to be at one of them. This will hold me for a while.