Author Topic: Effingham Concert 2/24/12  (Read 2099 times)

TomCat

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Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:58:54 am »
Wow, no one has done a review on the Effingham concert yet. Well I'm not real good at putting down what I want to say into print, but I will do my best. This was one of the best days of my life personally!! It was my birthday & the band sang Happy Birthday to me at the Meet & Greet, which blew me away...I was so happy times a million!!!  ;D
The concert was awesome, I was right in the front of the stage!! I was rocking next to Jan, we were in front of Jeff Pilson...it was so cool to get a shower full of sweat!  ;D
I think just about everyone knows my favorite song is Urgent...I yelled GO TOMMY many times during that sax solo, not sure if he heard me, but my voice was a little horse after that.   :P
Some crazy drunk woman jumped on stage to get one of Mark's drumsticks, security quickly escorted her out.
Hopefully Jeff, David or Jan can jump on here & add to the review, it went by so fast I know I'm probably forgetting some things.
I also met Trish from the board which was cool!! I also got to talk to Babs & Tatjana on the phone while I was at Denny's with David & Jeff for my free Grand Slam Breakfast...it was like 1am, but I didn't eat all day I was to excited to eat!!! It was so nice to actually talk to them & thank you both for the birthday wishes!!
In closing I just want to thank Foreigner, Jeff, Jan & everyone else that was with me on my birthday, it was a night I will never forget!!!  ;D

Jennifer  :D

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Re: Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012, 01:41:23 pm »
Jennifer, I would say you had a great birthday!!  It was a pleasure to meet you also on such a fun night.  Loved the concert......It was so much fun.  I don't think anyone was disappointed Friday night.  I can't think of a better way to spend a birthday than at a Foreigner concert.  You are so lucky!! 

Hope to have the chance to see more shows this year and meet you again. :D


                                                       Trish :)

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Re: Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2012, 12:11:37 am »
Jennifer: I'm really happy for you!  ;D

It was fun talking with you over the phone. :)

Tatjana :)

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Re: Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2012, 01:10:35 am »
Wow, Jennifer did have the happiest birthday!!!  So sorry I didn't have my camera ready for the birthday song!!!!!!
I will be happy to add to Jennifer's review -- have been meaning to do this since Sunday!

First of all, thanks to all the Foreigner fans who made the trip to Effingham!!!  We had a great turn out!!!  Jeff and David came from Texas and Chicago respectively, Jennifer and David from the Chicago area, Margaret and her friend from Kenosha, Karen Phelps and her husband from Nebraska, Cheryl Farmer and her friends from Waterloo, Trish from near St. Louis, my sis from Texas, brother-in-law and friends from Phoenix, and family from Edwardsville IL.  Our local crew included Lisa, Jan V., Bonne, some boyfriends, husbands, and kids; Pam and myself!

Pam and I had put out 100 road signs and tons of posters a couple weeks prior!  We wanted to help get the word out!!!  EPC did a great job with radio ads including a live interview with Tom!  TV ads and newspaper inserts plus on-line marketing and the place was almost full!!!
  
We all met at the Firefly Grill, had some drinks and food.  Lisa and I had decorated both Firefly  the VIP room at the Performance Center.  We did red and silver heart balloons; and black -- some round, some stars -- wanted to be festive!!

The first group left to go to the VIP event around 6:30.  Got our bags, badges and tickets.  The VIP lounge had appetizers and we had some time to relax and socialize. The band came in a little after 7 and everyone cheered and lined up for photos.  When Jennifer's turn came, the band and fans sang "Happy Birthday!"  Very cool!!!  Jennifer definitely had "stars in her eyes!!!"

The guys were all just as nice as could be and seemed happy and relaxed.  They stayed for a while and chatted with fans, posed for pictures and signed some memorabilia.  Robin did an awesome job of coordinating the event and was snapped in quite a few photos, too!

We moved into the theatre and found our seats for the opening act -- Taylor Wagner. She was lovely and sang some country tunes!

When she finished -- people started moving up to the stage!!  Before the lights even dimmed, there were several hundred people down there!!!!  The venue had advertised that fans would be standing and rocking out!  They offered to reseat anyone who was not happy!  The stage is perfect -- hip high and no barriers!  Cameras were fine and we were ready to rock!!!
 Foreigner exploded onto the stage playing Double Vision to a lot of cheering and screaming!!  The band was just full of energy and rocked so hard!!  Most of the audience stood all evening -- lots of dancing in the aisles, too!!!  Setlist included the usual songs with an acoustic version of "Say You Will" which was just so lush; a rockin' version of "Can't Slow Down,"  "Blue Morning, Blue Day," and "Long Long Way From Home!"  Every song was awesome!!  "Urgent" was amazing!!  Tom outdid himself -- he always does a fabulous job -- this time was even a notch above!!!!  Wow!!!!!  All the guys rocked so hard!  They really interacted with the crowd -- lots of energy going back and forth!!!  Michael and Mark did a super key/drum solo before JBH!!!  Excellent!  The sound was just perfect!!!!!
Kelly's vocals were strong and clear, Jeff was just wonderful on both bass and acoustic guitar!  Bruce did a great job!  Tom was awesome on keys, guitar and sax!  
The Effingham High School Choir did a stellar job of singing " I Want to Know What love Is!"  The band walked them to the front of the stage for a bow!!!!!  
"Hot Blooded" took us home!!!!  There was a huge amount of yelling, screaming and whistling!!! The band walked off the stage smiling and I think concert goers were smiling just as big!
What a great night!!!!  Wow!!!!!
The EPC was delighted and the audience loved the show!!!!!!!   Woo hoo!!!  A big thank you to Foreigner for coming to Effingham!!!!  A huge thank you to the EPC for bringing Foreigner to us!!!!
It was just awesome to see so many people from the board!!!  So nice to meet and see everybody!!!!


 

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Re: Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012, 04:48:35 am »
Thanks for your reviews, Jennifer and Jan! Awesome!
And what a big crowd, so many people travelling to Effingham, wow!
One could see on the photos Jennifer posted on FB that the stage was very low and that people were standing very close to it. Really sounds like a great venue being run by thoughtful managers.
I just can imagine that you, Jennifer had the best time - unforgettable memories.
Thanks to Jeff again for calling and letting me also talk to Jenn & David, lovely!
Wish I was there ....
Babs

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Re: Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2012, 08:41:34 am »
Thank you Jan for adding to the review of Effingham, I was so beyond excited that I couldn't believe what an unbelievable night that was!! You always do so well describing everything in such detail!! You are so right, when they sang stars were in my eyes & I was floating on the clouds!!! It was so cool to meet so many new people!!! I can't wait for the next concert, Freedom Fest in LaCrosse, WI in June!!! I'm still hoping for a Chicago concert this summer where maybe we can all meet up again & maybe some that couldn't make it to Effingham can make it to Chicago!!! :)
It was the perfect ending to a perfect night talking to Babs & Tatjana!!!  :D
I want to do this again next year!!!  ;D

Jennifer :D

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Re: Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2012, 10:55:29 am »
Fantastic review!! Thank you for sharing and "bringing us with you," for the ride!

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Re: Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2012, 10:10:08 pm »
Great review Jan and Jen. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. Also, thanks guys for sharing your photos on facebook. Love them all.

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Re: Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2012, 10:43:55 pm »
It was the best of times -- we all had so much fun!!!   Hopefully, just the beginning of a great Foreigner year!!  Hope we all get to meet up with each other at future shows!!!!!

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Re: Effingham Concert 2/24/12
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2012, 11:59:15 pm »
...and a truly great time was had by all. Plus, I got a crazy hug from Kelly during Head Games...priceless!