Got home a while ago and I am tired but cannot sleep. I had to share
some of what happened these past few days
It all started Thursday morning as a small group of us met Michael outside
the TV station. We were on the sidewalk just outside the door to the studio
when he came out and greeted us with a beautiful smile and “Hello
My Lovelies.” We all got hugs and that beautiful smile and photos
that I am sure some of the other fans who were there will post. He was
so gracious and chatty and wonderful. I had brought a USA baseball cap
and I asked if he would put it on and he said “of course.”
AHHH!! Then he had to adjust the back and he put it on and we asked for
a group photo which he said yes to and I am sure those photos will be
We asked him if he was going to be at the rehearsal with the MTC and
he said yes and we went over to the Tabernacle about 6:00 PM. I’m
not sure what time they usually open the doors, maybe 8:00 PM but they
opened them earlier because Michael was rehearsing and quite a few of
us were there. They had some problems with the microphones and Michael
was using quite a bit of humor to take the edge off. It was like watching
him on an interview on TV but it was live LOL He was amazing. It took
a bit of time to get things straight with the mics and he finally asked
for a “hand held one.” At one point he said to the conductor,
“how many millions will be watching on Sunday? LOL He did get to
sing “Amazing Grace” with the choir and it was the most beautiful
thing I have ever heard. He was singing with 300 voices and he literally
blew everyone out of the Tabernacle.
Friday was the key to the city ceremony and while me and some of Michael’s
fans were over at the Mayor’s office as we were told it was happening
there at 12:00 noon, Michael was at the luncheon receiving the key. I
am told by everyone I talked to that it was a surprise to all in attendance.
Needless to say I was quite disappointed having missed Michael and the
ceremony but the good news was after we left the Mayor’s office
we went over to the stage door and caught Michael coming in. I posted
the photo of him coming across the road to us with his arms “stretched”
open to greet us in another topic. He stopped in front of us with that
“huge” smile and asked us to forgive him for rushing in but
he had “so much work to do.” And off he went.
I met up with some of the girls at the luncheon and some who did not
make the rehearsal Thursday and did not know where the stage door was
so I played “tour guide.” Not bad for a newbie, huh?? LOL
We got to the stage door about 3:30 and we were told that there was a
dress rehearsal that was supposed to run from 1:00 to 4:00. Some of us
hung out hoping to catch Michael and the crowed dwindled. I stayed with
several others and at about 5:00 PM Michael came out and we waved to him.
He got in the car with Bill and Scott and drove by us. He stopped, said
hello, signed a few things for me and Teddy from CA got a photo of him.
I have her e-mail address and will ask her to send it to me. I will post
it as soon as I get it as Teddy said I could YEAH!!
Then off to my very first Michael Ball concert. I was in the fourth row
on the right looking at the stage. Every time Michael came to that side
of the stage I instinctively leaned forward LOL I guess I was trying to
get as close as I could to him LOL
He was amazing!! All of these songs I have heard him sing, and here he
was singing them live. The first half of the show was very similar to
the song list from the Australia concerts except for “Any Dream
Will Do” from Joseph. I don’t believe Michael has ever sung
it in concert and it was fantastic!! There was a death in the Osmond family
and Michael dedicated the song to Donny which I thought was so wonderful
of him and I was so touched, it brought me to tears.
He also did “Prepare Ye The Way of The Lord” and followed
it with “Vaults of Heaven.” I can’t believe I got to
see that one live!!
He opened the second part of the show with “Oh What A Circus”
and then “This Is The Moment” which was too incredible for
words!! He also had on a grey suit, white shirt and a “spangly”
I not sure about the next group of songs but he did do “The Blues
Brothers” medley from the RAH concert I have on DVD. I have danced
that “medley” about 100 times around my bedroom and there
Michael was doing it live right in front of me. We were all sitting in
our seats, doing the “swim” “quack” “bird”
“loop de loop” and all the rest. When he and Callum put those
sunglasses on and “danced their dance” the crowd went crazy!!
After Michael sang “Love Changes Everything” everyone was
on their feet and I had to look over my shoulder to see “what Michael
saw.” Everyone in the hall was on their feet. I don’t believe
it was sold out but it was almost there!!
We waited at the stage door afterwards and Michael came out in the car
and had the window down and Scott was riding “shot gun” for
crowd control LOL I think Michael shook everyone’s hand as he went
Saturday was the CD signing. It was electric in Borders. The crowd was
huge and the excitement level through the roof. My number was in the early
teens and I brought David’s mega medley on CD for Michael and told
him that it was on David’s show last Sunday. He said, “oh
really. I’ll have to have a listen.” He signed my program
and my “This Is The Moment” tee shirt, while it was on me,
mind you LOL and Angela, who is a love, took about six photos of me and
Michael while I was standing in front of him. THANK YOU ANGELA They are
so very special to me.
Michael saw everyone on the VIP line. After that we went to the stage
door but realized after 3 hours that he must have gone to have something
to eat and rest and he did not show up until 6:00 PM I hung in there LOL
Got another photo with him thanks to Chris in Seattle and Bev. Several
other fans were there but I apologize because I cannot remember their
I literally “ran” to the Grand America to get changed and
back to the Hall for the concert, which was the most fun I have ever had
in my life. And Michael too, I think
You could have lit up the entire city of SLC with the electricity coming
from that stage.
When he sang, “Don’t Rain On My Parade” at the part
where he sings, “Hey Everybody, here I am” he sang “HEY
SALT LAKE CITY HERE I AM” and the crowd went crazy.
He also did Bread of Heaven and had a “sing along” and we
all had a blast with that.
In the balcony on the left side of the stage looking at the stage in
the upper tier some of the fans made a banner that said “YOU MADE
US LOVE YOU.” He got the biggest kick out of that.
He literally blew the roof off the Abravanel Hall Saturday night and
said “I told you I would come.”
After the concert there was a huge crowd outside the stage door. He came
out, got into the car, came out the sun roof and was waving to the crowd
and shaking everyone’s hands. A huge group of us followed him out
to the main road where he stayed standing up through the sun roof waving.
It was incredible for me to be a part of it.
Then came the disappointment of Sunday morning. We got to the Tabernacle
at 7:00 AM and I don’t know what time it was when as we were all
standing in line Michael came out of the Tabernacle. He said he could
not sing and he had lost his voice. I can only imagine the huge disappointment
it was for him, and my heart was breaking for him and us
He did ask that we stay and listen to the choir sing and many stayed
and listened and it was beautiful. They did make an announcement that
Michael was not able to sing and they invited him back. Guess I am going
back to SLC LOL
A huge thank you to Michael for coming to America to make my dream come
true, and my husband for supporting me and letting me have 5 days with
Michael and all of the fans I have been corresponding with for almost
I know this is very long but I wanted to share my first ever “Michael
experience” with all of you and hope I don’t have to wait
too long for the next one
Hopefully word will spread like wildfire here in the USA and Michael
will come back!!