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Top Idol Goes to a David Cook Show: Part Trois

June 7, 2009

(If you need to catch up, here is Part Une and Part Deux.)

Thanks for motivating me to finish Part 3. And thanks to those who post these on Twitter. I like blog traffic, even when you’re calling me (paraphrasing) a nasty bitch, so thank you! Blog traffic is GOOD!

Anyway, since its been a few weeks, luckily, you will be happy I have a very good memory and have already documented this in several emails.

So Mistress P and I go for our cigarette, however, we decide to talk to a couple of the security team on our way out. Two very nice guys who had been having a very rough day.

I started talking to one, who had some hilarious stories…all of which had only transpired over the past 12 hours.

First off, it seems its not just the Front Row Crew who get to shows at 5am. There is a gaggle of older fans who aim for the front of the line, too, and I’m going to draw a conclusion here and say it is the Flat Andy & Cheezits / Hearing Aid & Earrings Ladies. As they were pretty much the next ones in line at the front door and bitchily asked another concertgoer if she had “been in line since 4am”. One of these women in particular was very difficult. One of them, who was “in a brown shirt” gave security numerous headaches throughout the day.

I asked if she was young or old.

She was old, like our mothers’ age old.

Hmmm…interesting. So what was the problem?

She kept going up to the bus, even after we roped it off. I had to tell her 17 times to MOVE AWAY FROM THE BUS. Then, she decided to yell at me for being rude.

So after security tells you umpteen times to get your ass away from the band’s bus, you keep going back. And then you have the audacity to rip them a new one for being rude?

The band’s road crew asked us if we were having any issues and we told them about the woman. They said, oh yeah, we know that one! That’s the one we call Turkey Neck.

Lovely. You know, I felt bad posting that, however, if you’re behaving like an idiot, you’re going to cause problems. And if you act like an idiot on numerous occasions, it’s no wonder the band’s road crew has given you a not-so-nice nickname.

In addition to Turkey Neck ignoring repeated warnings not to storm the bus area, security also had to deal with other “women our moms’ age” pushing and shoving. There was also one woman who made 1-2 dozen cupcakes and REFUSED to take no for an answer when the guy I spoke with told her the venue, under no circumstances, allows homemade food (or anything of that ilk) to be given to the talent. Apparently, this woman had a complete shit fit when she was told this was a RULE which is never broken.

That one really makes me laugh because, uh, who the hell would allow homemade baked goods to be given to a band or singer or anyone somewhat famous? Seems like a pretty standard and logical mandate given the amount of crazies out there. Common sense, right? Guess not in the minds of some people. Does this same woman bring a box cutter in her carry on? Because that would be just as smart.

The security guys told us they had never seen anything like this at any other show they worked, including David Archuleta, who had performed at the venue several weeks earlier. While that had a similar crowd as the Cook show, nothing really compared to what the guys dealt with that Saturday. Working the Cook show was definitely an all-day affair, the likes of which they had never seen. These guys had worked Bob Dylan shows and a lot of other big acts, but they were in complete awe of what they dealt with that day. And they reitterated it once more.

We’ve been dealing with this crowd since before 1pm. They’re the most unruly crowd we have ever had, and they’re like, our moms’ age!

After talking to security, we made it outside for a cigarette, where we met Ryan Star, Artie Fleishmann and their head roadie, Stoney. All these guys are AWESOME. I didn’t have any cash on me to buy Star’s CD but I will defintely be downloading it because I want to support these dudes. They are some of the nicest most approachable acts I have seen at ANY show. Even Star’s wife, Hallie, was outside selling CDs. In fact, myself, Mistress P and Niftywench ended up talking to her for quite some time after the show. She is pretty much the opposite of everything you would think about a “musician’s wife”. Beautiful, yes, but in a completely natural way, not a musician’s woman kind of way, ya know? Also very laid back and down to earth. She teaches the first grade and joins him on tour on the weekends when her schedule permits.

Everyone associated with Star seems to be a class act. Stoney made it a point to tell me Artie was newly single. Uh…I didn’t think I was flirting. And come now, I wasn’t even wearing heavy makeup or a miniskirt. I think he was just being funny, but both of those guys were awesome. Artie told me to send him the photos I took of the show and we exchanged FB info so I could send him the shots I took. Everyone in Star’s crew seems to really be using this tour as a way to get new fans and they are definitely out there making it happen.

At this point after the show, the crowd outside had filled up, taking up both sides of the road, waiting for Cook & his band to come out to the buses. We decided to get something to eat. We couldn’t get through the crowd so we had to walk in the street, which they were trying to keep clear, but we had little other option. The lines on the sidewalk weren’t budging.

This brewpub we walked to had stopped serving food, as had another pizza place. And another pizza place was packed. It turned out, we had to walk to the parallel street behind the club, meaning we had to walk through all the people at the buses once more. Hey, Mistress P can’t walk all that fast, remember, so I would estimate about an hour passed in between us starting down that way again. And the crowd had not thinned out one bit, even though it was pretty obvious the guy’s were not coming out to shake hands and collect boxes of Cheezits.

At midnight or so, we finally arrived at this place called Fitzwilly’s, which was serving a full menu. We were all starving since we had not eaten all day. We ordered a beer and sat at a table in front, waiting for our meals. We then saw the buses drive away. A few minutes later, the Front Row Crew was coming up to the door.

We wondered if the band was going to be there, too, as they seem to know where Cook & his buddies are at after the shows, right? They came in and went to the bar. A few minutes later, Neal Tiemann and that sound tech guy, Javi, showed up. (Cook had introduced this guy on stage earlier in the night.)

Obviously, Niftywench and I were curious about this…did they all come to the bar together? Tiemann spent a bit of time talking to a couple of girls at a table while the Front Row Crew were at the bar. And after he said his goodbyes to them, he joined the Front Row Crew.

And since I actually do like to talk to people and hear what they have to say, I went up and talked to them. They remembered me and said, oh, you must have gotten a ticket. They asked me if I enjoyed the show. I said, yeah, but…there are a lot of crazy bitches I who made it difficult at times.

I would say there were about 6 or 7 of them, 2/3 of which I had recognized from my interweb travels. I only really talked to 3 of them, the one girl I had not seen before, but the other two I spoke with were Jess and Serena. These three were friendly. I got the impression the others didn’t much talk to outsiders, but I flat out told them I wrote a blog. I didn’t say which one it was but I said, yeah, I know who you guys are.

And then I said:

After going to the show tonight, and seeing what I saw and encountering some of the people there, well, I can see where you guys have probably pissed some people off, because a lot of those women are total twats. I don’t know what you guys do other than what I saw tonight, and I’m not the type of person to go follow some guy or band all around the country on tour, but I can now say I’ve experienced some of the things you may have to deal with on a regular basis and it does shed some light on the issue.

They also introduced me to Neal, who asked me if I enjoyed the show. I said, yes, but damn, you guys have some crazy fans. One girl told him then, yeah, we were talking about the crazies. He said, oh, yeah, we do have some crazies.

I point blanked asked him:

So these girls are cool?

He replied:

Yeah, they’re cool. They’re not the crazies.

Now the Front Row Crew, I don’t know their entire story. And maybe they talk shit about people behind their backs, maybe they push and shove, and maybe they are relentless about getting their front row spot. However, I don’t know if I can blame them in some aspects, at least on the last part since if I were the type to follow a band around a country and dealt with a lot of the people I saw on a regular basis, I might go out of my way to piss them off as much as possible, too.

But I’m reporting on what I saw and its clear they are somewhat friendly with Neal Tiemann, as anyone who would have walked by would have seen a group of people out having drinks and assumed they were all friends. He wasn’t trying to run from them. I’ve heard he’s a really nice guy and he definitely was when I met him, and maybe he’s just really nice to every fan, but I don’t know, so maybe this explains why he kicks back a few with a group of girls following him to every tour stop. I’m going on what I saw and the impression I got was that they’re all friends, so….while I don’t know about the rest of the band, I really don’t think these girls are sticking GPS on their buses or anything after meeting them or seeing what I saw in Northampton. Granted, I only talked to a few of them and I think the others gave me the evil eye a few times, but whatever. The three I spoke with were nice to me and by this point in the night, I was quite thankful to speak to people who weren’t shoving me or telling me I was standing too close to them.

Niftywench, Mistress P and I then paid our bill and embarked on our two-hour drive home. I cannot thank them enough for inviting me on this little excursion to western Massachusetts.

And that’s the recap of what happened when Top Idol went to a David Cook show. I don’t know what goes on at other shows, as I’ve only been to one, but hey, this is what happened. This is what I saw, this is who I met, blah blah blah. I don’t care if you think I’m a bitch just because you hate what I write on this blog. You don’t know me, just as I don’t know very many of you. Maybe I’ll go to another Cook show again if/when he returns to these parts. I must admit, I had fun…and definitely loved writing about my adventure.

So please feel free to email me or leave comments about your experiences, etc. I really enjoy reading other people’s recaps, so please, send away.

Oh yeah, and one more thing. Just because I forgot to bring it up again this time around. If you are attending a show and consider giving a member of the on-site security staff a fraking handy, you really don’t deserve to meet the band. You just deserve to get sticky security staff spouge all over your palm.

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  1. Nich permalink
    June 19, 2009 3:08 pm

    I just came across this blog. LOVED these recaps of the show. Hilarious! This is why the guy was doing a college only tour for so long. To get away from nutjobs like these who are too old to act like this.

  2. Tabby permalink
    June 11, 2009 10:10 am

    lol – a TRUE fan (at least in the eyes of the FRC) is one that continues to clamor for guitar picks and copies of set lists at their umpteenth show and pictures with Cook after the show even though they have dozens. Thank god, I cannot count myself as a TRUE fan.

    • Cam permalink
      June 11, 2009 3:42 pm

      Did the FRC ever think about the countless fans they’ve PREVENTED from meeting David and the band, due to their insistence that they MUST meet him after every show that he comes out? Then they proceed to hog his time from what I’ve heard, so naturally he often won’t get to everyone outside. I guess that they feel entitled since they slept on the sidewalk and stalked him all over the country. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t imagine wanting to meet David dozens of times! If you already have an autograph and a few photos, why is there the need for more? And what on earth would you talk to him about after a bunch of encounters? He’s just going to start to get creeped out and wish you would fuck off.

      • Tabby permalink
        June 11, 2009 4:55 pm

        If the FRC do think about preventing other fans from meeting/seeing DC, they don’t care. Again…the sense of entitlement with no sense of courtesy whatsoever is galling…”I was out here all day and the first one to run to the barricades after the show is over so I DESERVE to have my 10 millionth photo and autograph of Dave (or whoever happens to be out).” How about move your asses back and let some folks in to see Cook that were out there almost as long as you or, heaven forbid, can’t travel to every damn show??

        Cam, you’re right, why the need? I still haven’t figured out the need for them to HAVE to be front row except for the perceived “attention” they get from the band. From what I’ve seen though, the band ignores them except when they can get them to pay for booze.

        • TopIdol permalink
          June 11, 2009 5:06 pm

          I need to find someone to pay for my booze.

        • Cam permalink
          June 12, 2009 12:48 am

          As long as Neal gets free beer and JD from the FRC, he’ll tolerate them. I highly doubt David has any use for them, though, which is why it might not be a bad idea for them to stop talking to him after shows.

  3. Lily permalink
    June 10, 2009 2:41 pm

    Touche! 😉 I also don’t want to clamor for a guitar pick..I guess that REALLY means I’m not a true fan. Although I admit to finding him somewhat attractive in that wierd rockstar way and maybe getting a little giddy when I met him on the AI tour and was able to get a photo with him (what can I say, I’m a girl, cut me some slack!)

    And thanks to you, I may try to de-lurk more here. Keep up the good writing!

  4. Bonehead permalink
    June 9, 2009 8:59 pm

    LMAO! you probably right, all the hot flashing around me was projecting my way! What really made me stop and just blink at the teenager beside me was when the band started playing ‘Man in the Box’… she yelled out to her boyfriend “WHAT THE HELL SONG IS THIS?” my response: *blink blink blink*

    Are you f*cking kidding me?!?! Oh and the flat Andy’s… WAY CREEPY, I actually startled when one was pushed in front of my face…

    I also attended the show in Niagara Falls at the Seneca Casino, LOVED that show. I had an assigned seat! *go figure* No one bothered me or got in my way so I was happy and enjoyed the shit out of that show. However, some people didn’t show up that had the front row on Neal’s side and the FRC decided the seats were theirs for the taking. WTF?! did they stay near their seats? NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOO as soon as he came out *bam* they were standing in front of people who PAID for front row. *Snort* really chapped my hide, but… so it goes

    🙂

  5. Flawless Victory permalink
    June 9, 2009 3:08 pm

    Cook should write a song called Turkey Neck, that would rock.

    • dukie permalink
      June 9, 2009 7:05 pm

      Flawless, Cook sure has lots of material to work with on that one!

  6. Cam permalink
    June 9, 2009 1:16 am

    One of my friends got dirty looks and nasty comments from the Krunk Jess-Serena gang (not sure which ones were there at the show in question, but some of them were) for no good reason, so yes, they can definitely be massive bitches when they want to be. My guess is they were jealous since she’s actually thin and attractive, LOL.

    Also, I thought I heard several accounts of these chicks moving up to empty seats near the stage at one of the early casino shows when the tour first started? Apparently security kept having to shout at them OVER and OVER and tell them to go back to their own seats.

    I agree with those who said they were probably on their best behavior in Northampton since they have acquired a horrendous reputation for past obnoxious, stalkerish behavior.

    • Tabby permalink
      June 9, 2009 2:02 pm

      Wasn’t Krunk bragging on DCO about being kicked out of the Biloxi show by security several times for trying to move to the front?

      • Cam permalink
        June 9, 2009 6:22 pm

        Biloxi, I bet that’s the show I heard about – I wouldn’t be surprised if Krunk bragged that security reamed her ass out, those chicks live for ANY kind of attention. Pathetic.

        • TopIdol permalink
          June 9, 2009 8:20 pm

          She did tell Cook all about it, I believe. When she wrote up a recap of her detailing her big meeting with him after some show.

  7. cooktard permalink
    June 8, 2009 10:59 pm

    Jesus, this fucking terrifies me. I’m going to see Cook in San Diego next week. If one ancient hag tries to push me around I will choke a bitch.

    • dukie permalink
      June 8, 2009 11:02 pm

      You are a brave person, Cooktard. The tarding should be at a fevered pitch in San Diego as the crazies will all be like bitches in heat, after suffering from withdrawal for past couple of weeks. Be prepared!

  8. Lily permalink
    June 8, 2009 10:08 pm

    I’m a regular lurker on your blog, and have been eagerly awaiting part three. Thanks for writing! Glad you enjoyed the show, I too enjoyed Ryan Star when I saw him and thought some of his music was actually better than Cook’s.

    Just have to say that it’s interesting you gained this perception on the Front Row Crew – not that I doubt you observed it in person. I believe they may be nice to everyone they meet because they know the rumors spread about them, but I still wouldn’t trust them. I was in Gainsville, FL with a friend of mine a few months ago – it was her first Cook show – and they were a few rows in front of me. From what I heard, they got to the venue at 5am and bitched out anyone who tried to get in front of them or even behind them, because they had so many people coming that they had to hold spots for. Throughout the whole show, they were EXTREMELY drunk and acting loud and obnoxious and pushing and I heard from another friend (who was behind them) that they tried to push their way ONTO the stage. One of them, I don’t know if it was Serena or Jess because I don’t know names from faces, apparently yelled something about “we deserve to stand here because we stood outside all day.” I was appalled that these women would act that way in front of a band they follow, because even though they’re not cougers, they’ve GOT to be at least in their mid to late 20’s to do all this stuff. I heard that they stalked the band after the concert as well to a bar, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a regular occurance for them. I also wouldn’t be surprised if this Neal guy only tolerated them because of what someone else posted – free beer. Plus, I highly doubt that Cook’s management would be happy if he told someone (or implied) that the people who are batshit crazy are the ones that see him the most.

    But, to each their own, and I have not talked to them so maybe I really don’t know. Just throwing my opinion out there. I do agree Cook has some scary older fans that need to be, dare I say, on some sort of leash. I feel for the poor guy.

    • TopIdol permalink
      June 9, 2009 12:39 am

      Interesting. Like I said, I don’t know them and I’ve heard the stories. I’m sure they’ve earned the reputation somehow, but I saw enough bullshit on my own to see that there are lots of violators. It’s rather said, actually. (And I still don’t know why they had a big ass fan…?)

      It’s pathetic when you’re someplace and you start finding it refreshing when you’re not shoved or yelled at. Don’t know about the other shows but if any of them are like the one I saw, I definitely feel sorry for the bands because they shouldn’t have to put up with that shit. Period.

      • Lily permalink
        June 9, 2009 9:45 am

        Oh, I don’t doubt that. I also don’t doubt what you saw at that show (which I was actually debating going to myself, since I had the long weekend and figured it might be worthwhile to go see this show and also see Boston, since I had never been to that area.) I just think it’s interesting how they apparently are so extreme. But like I said, I do agree that the batshit crazies are largely the older women. Just from what I remember of the American Idol tour alone, these women scared me!

        Rock concerts should have some element of craziness, and no doubt Cook puts on a great show. But there’s no excuse for being pushed, shoved, yelled at, etc…especially by those who feel entitled. Glad you had a good time regardless and looking forward to, as always, reading more of your stuff on here.

    • Jessica permalink
      June 9, 2009 12:02 pm

      everything you said was something “you heard”. This is how false statements happen. I will say that they dont stalk the band, they dont try to get on the stage (to the front of the stage, yes, but who doesnt want to be in the front?) You really should have talked to them, b.c your negative attitude towards them would have been changed, i promise you. I havent had/or seen one bad experience with these girls.

      • Lily permalink
        June 10, 2009 10:38 am

        Okay, whatever. You obviously know them, I don’t, which is something I made sure to say straight out. My point for posting (in addition to wanting to reply to the original entry) was to show that even though someone had a good experience with them, they DO have major issues that have affected the rest of the fandom…and from reading the replies here and around the web, I’m clearly not alone. Simply put, no matter how old you are or how many shows you go to, NO ONE should be exerting the amount of immaturity and entitlement that these girls have apparently been spouting. Sorry.

        No need for me to talk to them, I don’t have any real interest in knowing those kind of people and I don’t think I’m going to many more Cook shows in the future anyway. If I do, I’m hopefully not going to have to contend with any fans. I plan on staying in the back this time and enjoying the concert for what it is – great music – rather than worry about Cook knowing my face and name.

        • TopIdol permalink
          June 10, 2009 1:01 pm

          Wait…you don’t want Cook to see your face and wave? You mean you don’t want to hold up a sign talking about his recently deceased brother?

          You must not be a true fan, Lily… 😉

      • Tabby permalink
        June 11, 2009 3:52 pm

        No doubt you must have been behind them then, Jessica (i.e., no threat to them and their incessant quest to be front row). If that was the case, they couldn’t care less except if it looked like you might be able to outrun them.

        • TopIdol permalink
          June 11, 2009 4:25 pm

          Were they somewhat friendly to me because I was wearing heels? Hmmm…the plot thickens!

          When does Cook start the tour back up again? I love tour stories.

    • Tabby permalink
      June 9, 2009 1:56 pm

      I was not there but I heard through the grapevine a very similar Gainesville story…totally out of control. I heard Cook was not exactly happy with some of the antics of the FRC.

      The level of bitchiness at these shows (and in the lines beforehand) is unreal! It’s frakking unbelievable actually. Aren’t we supposed to be there for the music??

      And, yes, whoever said that Neal is there for the free booze, you are right about that.

  9. Cam permalink
    June 8, 2009 6:52 pm

    “If they are such buds with Neal, why don’t they have backstage passes or something?”

    Yes, Dukie, my sentiments exactly. I don’t believe that those stalker chicks (Krunk Jess, Serena, Cat) are real friends with Neal if they can’t ever get tickets or passes backstage from him. He probably just uses them to get free booze after the shows. And while those chicks are mostly fat and unattractive, he may find them preferable to the Cheeze-It Lady or Cook Earring Lady just because they are closer to his age.

    • TopIdol permalink
      June 8, 2009 7:09 pm

      If I was that poor Andy guy, I would feel scared to go out anywhere, wondering if I would be accosted by those wielding my head on a stick.

  10. June 8, 2009 9:38 am

    oh – i would love to see the photos you took that day if you get a chance sometime. 🙂

  11. June 8, 2009 3:05 am

    YAY PART TROIS.
    Wow.
    Cooktards are almost as bad as Gayken Frau.
    I really want you to meet Archies now! HAHAHA Here’s one you quasi-know… now go meet the 30-somethings who spend their lives updating Fans of David. I used to read their site but now I think they’re completely psycho and blind for anything David. Kid could throw up in a bin, record it, and they’d love it to pieces.

  12. Verbally Dyslexic permalink
    June 8, 2009 1:15 am

    Finally! Thanks for keeping us on tenterhooks for so long, TI! You’re quite the tease, aren’t ya!

    I’m of the opinion that if some people are lucky enough to be able to spend months and life savings following their favourite artiste while on tour, then good for them. As long as it doesn’t adversely affect others. From your recap you only saw Neal hanging out with the FRC? Wonder where Dave and the other bandmates went. Do they not know where the cool kids hang out? Maybe he was back on the bus, hiding from the ladies with the cupcakes and Flat Andy.

    But as a Cook fan ankle-deep in her 30s, knowing that he still gets Turkey Neck, Cupcake Mom and other women my mother’s age coming to his COLLEGE TOUR is kinda hilarious. Poor boy was hoping to see some hot chicks on the floor and instead ends up staring out at what could be mistaken for his mom’s church raffle group or something.

    And Bonehead – maybe the heat you felt was from all the hot flashes happening to the ladies around you! I’d get the hell out of there too! Great that you got to speak to Ryan. He and his wife and crew sound really fun to hang out with.

    TI – I dare you to go to the Foxwoods show!

  13. niftywench permalink
    June 7, 2009 11:25 pm

    i’m really glad you were part of our adventures that day – P and I loved hanging out with you and would love to get together again soon. out of the people i have met through the Idol world, you are the most fun and honest and cool and you write great posts. and you’re beautiful, inside and out. so there! Maybe we can get Ryan Star to come back up here someday! xo

    • TopIdol permalink
      June 7, 2009 11:49 pm

      I was just thinking the same thing this weekend! We have to go out again soon. When are you guys free?

      Oh, and I heard Cook added an August 1 date at the MGM Grand in Foxwoods :0

      • June 8, 2009 9:36 am

        on NO! FOXWOODS! we’ll have to invite our moms! 😀

        we’re going away this weekend – but the weekend after i know i’ll need a night out (moving is frustrating)

        • SarahBeth permalink
          June 8, 2009 11:12 am

          Keep me in the loop about a night out this time, ladies. I’d love to get together and finally met you! 🙂

  14. Bonehead permalink
    June 7, 2009 11:10 pm

    *applause* I’ve been waiting for this!! Well worth the wait 🙂

    I also attended this show with 6 other friends; it was a great girl’s weekend… My part to add is right after DC sang “Always Be My Baby” I had to leave, the heat and the strange people touching me was too much to handle, plus I needed a smoke and I left as he was singing “Come Back to Me”. I made my way thru the crowd, promising as I was going that I was not coming back through *lol* and FINALLY got to the back (my gawd the place was packed) where I got a bottle of water and took my happy ass outside! I stepped outside and sweet nicotine! As I was out there I plopped my ass down on the sidewalk right outside the doors and was smoking and was approached by Ryan’s wife and his band, just general conversation and yes they are some of the nicest people. I pulled out some cash and bought a cd and that’s when they told me that Ryan would sign it if I’d like, I didn’t even notice he was outside, so I walked over and waited patiently while he was speaking to a lovely couple. I was still smoking when I asked him to sign my cd and of course apologized for the smoke and stepped back, it was then I realized that he had asked me a question (hello, pay attention bonehead), he asked me what my name was and I told him (my name is commonly misspelled) I asked him how he was going to spell it and he got this look on his face like ‘shit don’t get this wrong’, which made me laugh. HE SPELLED IT RIGHT!! I told him I loved him for spelling my name right, and he signed my insert and the cd and handed it back, I said thanks and went back to sit down, after a minute it dawned on me to see what he wrote, it said:

    (my name),Love you too. Just stop smoking,

    That made me literally laugh out loud, I put it up and then *facepalm* duh! Go get your picture with him, so I walked back over to him and asked for a picture and then told him thanks for the note (I was laughing) he laughed back and said “Sorry I had to, you’re too pretty to smoke” which in turn got a snort and ppfftttt from me and I replied “Nice try” 🙂 All in all Ryan and his band are the shit (IMO)… I stayed outside till the show was over and then waiting on the other side for the street for my friends, we then went and ate at the pizza place that was still open.

    I didn’t run into any of the front row crew but I did see some crazies! The cheez-it lady for one creeped me out and then there were the loud, older ones that just made me roll my eyes and feel for DC at the same time. And they were ‘dressed’ up for the occasion too, or so they thought… IMO I think it’s really weird to hear these women talk about their grandchildren and then how much they love DC and what they could ‘show’ DC… EEWWWWW-A! I personally just find it awkward and…weird. I am David’s age and I felt out of place there! Like a kid at an adult party, AWKWARDDDDD…

    Loved your re-cap and have to say you are spot-on 🙂 Thanks so much for the entertainment

    • TopIdol permalink
      June 7, 2009 11:15 pm

      Ryan Star and company…I really should have written this soon after my other ones because I’m sure I would have elaborated even more. They are really all amazing. I’m sure Cook and his band would love to do the same sort of thing after shows, alas…rather impossible with the merry band of loonies awaiting with Cheezits and Cougar signs at every port.

    • SarahBeth permalink
      June 8, 2009 11:17 am

      Ryan is indeed awesome. I talked to him after too (and got him to sign my CD) and he made me blush. I looked at the CD after, and he wrote my name and then just made a bunch of marks (he had made it look like he was drawing something). I really hope he comes back up here on his own, because I’d totally go to a solo Ryan show (he was really great)

  15. Victoria permalink
    June 7, 2009 9:48 pm

    Great recap. I’ve been to a few Cook shows, including VB most recently. I’ve also talked to a few of the front row crew a few times. They’re cool. Lots of people seem to dislike them and I don’t know why. Doesn’t seem to be for any reason other than jealousy. But you know what? They sleep on fraking sidewalks and drive all night to get to shows. For that, I think they deserve the front row. No hatred from me. Hell, seems pretty cool, if you’ve got the means and the time. I’d do the same thing if not for the job, and husband, and kids.

    But VB was quite an experience. It’s the old “cougar” wackjobs that are bitches. Just nastiness throughout the entire show. Between bitching at other fans, holding up signs, calling themselves “cougars” (which does not help Cook–please stop), being more focused on their photographs and videos than the actual experience (and getting mad if you block their camera’s view–yes, really), etc., these fans are really ruining the concert experience.

  16. dukie permalink
    June 7, 2009 9:36 pm

    Enjoyed part 3 (finally!). Still think attending every show is abnormal behavior. Sleeping on the sidewalk night after night just to be first in line is plain idiotic. If they are such buds with Neal, why don’t they have backstage passes or something? Totally believe it’s the older demographic acting like assholes, but certain it is not limited to them. Glad you enjoyed the show though.

    • TopIdol permalink
      June 7, 2009 10:21 pm

      Like I said, sleeping outside locked doors and driving around the country is nothing I’m interested in doing, and hey, it is kind of odd, but…I think I expected to see more crazy behavior from that group. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was definitely more shocking to see the behavior of others who clearly had zero experience seeing any sort of rock show in their lifetime.

      • dukie permalink
        June 8, 2009 7:04 am

        I think that the original front row crew got a bad rap early on. While they have settled down into their routine, they have been outdone by the cougar contingent on the outrageous behavior now. Oh, and I wanted to add that your observations on Ryan Star were spot on, from what I saw at the show in Atlantic City. I agree that it is too bad Cook can’t have that kind of contact with his fans. Notice that he was not out with Neal after your show. He’d probably be mauled to death by the oldsters (or force-fed cupcakes).

  17. Painfulltolistento permalink
    June 7, 2009 9:26 pm

    Loved your recap. I was waiting with baited breath for part 3. Is earring lady the same as turkey neck? I think I read her recap somewhere. And she literally chased Cook down the street while he was on his way to get something to eat and had a long winded conversation about how much he meant to her or something like that.

    I can’t believe someone would bring cupcakes to a concert. WTH? This is not a freakin bake sale. It’s a concert.

    I’ve been to a Cook concert and have been lucky enough to not run into any of the crazies. But then I don’t show up hours in advance for a concert and usually stand towards the back. So… ya know, that might have something to do with it.

    I also had a chance to observe the “Front Row Crew” and I didn’t see them do anything crazy. Well… if I don’t count following a band across the U.S. as crazy. Which it is. I’ve said this before, but maybe it’s like Stockholm Syndrome were you become sympathetic and friends with your captor and in this case your stalkers. Shrug. Ehh…this got long winded. Meh.

  18. June 7, 2009 8:46 pm

    Neal = fug drunk moron who is going to get himself injured because of his drunken acceptance of freaks.

    • TopIdol permalink
      June 7, 2009 8:52 pm

      I think there was some incident recently involving a crazed Neal fan in VA?

      Honestly, he didn’t seem a bit drunk. I was checking out for indications of drunkenness, too. Didn’t some other band member…didn’t they used to call another one a drunk who would take beers from anyone or something? It all blurs together now.

      • SarahBeth permalink
        June 7, 2009 9:06 pm

        CELINE the crazy stalker Neal fan was in VB/NC.

        • TopIdol permalink
          June 7, 2009 9:07 pm

          VB…NC…I knew it was south in places with sweet tea and beaches.

  19. SarahBeth permalink
    June 7, 2009 8:41 pm

    I’m so glad that you finished this. I was dying to read part 3. I really am glad that you had fun, and I kind of wished I had stuck around but my friend was tired so we left.

    Your recaps are always so fun to read. 🙂

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