14 February 2013
I’m sure if a bunch of fans got together, they could write a book about their experiences of seeing Paul live. But what I’d like to know is some of their experiences of “getting to the concert”! I didn’t write but a “blurb” about my 2nd Paul concert back in August. But there was SO MUCH MORE that happened “on route” to the concert.
It went something like this: got up early and on the road by 7:00 am (concert time 8:00 pm). After witnessing an accident (driver fell asleep at the wheel), two short gas/food breaks, almost thinking the clutch had gone in my car on one said break and my road companion being full of negativity….we’d been on the road for 8 hours. We missed the poorly marked sign to Moose Jaw (where we were staying because all the hotels in Regina were full due to Paul’s concert) & ended up adding another HOUR of driving on to the already LONG day. At approximately 4:30, we checked into our hotel…9.5 hours after leaving home. We quickly freshened up and headed out to grab a quick bite before getting the shuttle bus to the stadium. In my excitement…I backed my car into a pick up truck. Just a very light “bump”. Thank goodness the driver saw my Paul shirt, knew I was concert-bound and just told me to have a great night Then we went to the restaurant where I couldn’t eat because I was TOO EXCITED. I watched my somewhat grumpy friend pound down her meal before we headed to Walmart to park the car and find the shuttle bus.
There were about 20 people waiting for the next shuttle when we arrived. We met people who worked at the hotel that Paul was staying at. We met another fellow who worked for the catering company that was catering Paul & Co’s meal that night. He told us that they had reserved the room for their meal from 6 to 7:30, so we knew the concert would be late. We told people who hadn’t seen Paul before what a treat they were in for. The bus arrived and we were crammed in there like sardines! The vibe was AWESOME. So much excitement. This was the biggest concert (entertainer) in Saskatchewan history, so it wasn’t just the city that was vibing on Paul…it was the whole Province. We stood in line with 40,000 others moving slowly into the stadium.
Did I mention we were on the floor? Row 27, pretty amazing seats. I had the best time talking to fans young and old(er). Then the concert began…..MAGIC!
Then we did the reverse….crammed in the shuttle, where I actually sat on the floor between seats because there weren’t any seats. Did I care? Nope! I was riding my Paul-High Got back to Walmart and back to our car by about 12:30 am. Half hour drive back to Moose Jaw and in bed by 1:30 am.
Up the next morning for breaky and another 9 hours on the road home. Again – clutch issues with my car (the clutch finally did die a month later – thank God it didn’t leave us in Saskatchewan), my crabby companion and me just in a happy haze all the way back.
Now, that’s commitment! 9 hour drive, watch the concert, have a sleep, 9 hour drive back home When people say they won’t go see Paul somewhere “cause it’s too far to drive” and it’s like an hour or two away I CRINGE. I’d drive 24 hours if I had to. But that’s just me!
I read Parlance’s getting to the concert story. Anyone else have one to share?!
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29 November 2012
^very nice story, thanks for sharing!
Mine is included in the review of the show I posted back in July…if you want just the “getting there” part, it’s in the first couple of paragraphs:
And I think it’s a great idea! We’ve all got interesting tales to tell, and they’re sure fun to read!
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14 February 2013
^^^Thanks, Dr. B!~ I had read your story too! Sorry, I didn’t mention that & thanks for the link. You and Parlance are much better writers than I am.
I think its a great idea too! When I finally got home after my ‘adventure’, I was quite emotional telling my hubby all about it. He said to me jokingly “you should write Paul and tell him some of the hell you went thru to see him” LOL! Yeah…but my story would just be one of thousands
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20 August 2013
I should be ashamed. I’m probably the newest fan here, and it seems like I had the easiest time getting to the concert. Several days before, hubby and I had driven to my mom’s house for the Memorial Day extended weekend. The night of the concert, we just had a 30 minute drive to get to downtown Memphis. I know my way around there pretty well, so we didn’t have any trouble finding a place to park. We took a leisurely stroll down Beale Street listening to the music spilling out into the street to the FedEx Forum.
Well, I do have one thing to tell. Our seats were in a section that had a bright spotlight shining right into our faces. We were already getting a headache from it, and the show hadn’t even started. We waited for the show to start thinking that the light would go away. When it didn’t, I found a customer service person who moved us to another section. We ended up sitting by a very young couple that was totally rocking out. They were so much fun to share the concert with.
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1 May 2011
I got on a train with my sister, who i went with, to the nearest train station to Hampden Stadium in Glasgow (Mount Florida) and then walked to the stadium which was 5 minutes away. Waited in a queue for about 30 seconds to get in and then went to our seats.
I doubt i will make the final draft.
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8 November 2012
Just so it doesn’t get lost, I’ll add a link to my first-Paul-concert saga. Getting there was fine. It was the battle for front row that turned into drama.
And Trud, you’re a perfectly fine writer.
Edit: I never posted much beyond a blurb about the wait for the Jimmy Kimmel show, so I’ll have to add that at some point.