there we were in traffic, wondering if we would ever make it to Everett!
It's a long way from the SeaTac area, let me just say. As I looked out at
the darkness, I clutched my roses tighter. All glitzied up, I just
couldn't wait to see the last concert of the Soul Revue tour - Average
White Band, Michael Mcdonald and Hall and Oates in my hometown of
Washington! It would definitely be a night to remember, but since we ran
late, I would once again miss the Average White Band, (I just caught the
last song of this with DeChant!) The night before, I had missed them when
I went to go meet Michael Mcdonald, which was just amazing. He even
dedicated my fave song of his to me on the stage! So, I guess good luck
and AWB was just not mixing. Ah, well...
I got up to my front row seats, (thank you, Lori!) and mingled with other
fans in between the sets. I saw Mel again, (read his great interview
here), as well as local fans like Chris Clanton, Steve Braden and Teresa
and we all mugged for shots. Seeing a sea of people with Daryl Hall's
likeness on their shirts was truly a sight to behold. Soon enough, it was
time to get ready for Michael Mcdonald's set and it was a stunner!
Starting with "It keeps you running" - I scrambled to my seat
and enjoyed my private show with Michael! His songs, (both new and old),
touched me, (as they so obviously had the night before), but this time I
got to hear more of his set, including personal faves of mine like
"Minute by Minute" and "Ya Mo Be There". I was up and
dancing for most of the set! Thank you, Michael, for such an amazing night
set change and we staked our places right by the stage! I knew where Daryl
would be for most of the night so I got Teresa, Steve, and myself in that
general area. We waited with excitement, (no bathroom breaks allowed now!)
for the greatest music duo of all time to hit the stage. When the lights
went out, the crowd was at a fever pitch and I saw Daryl & John from
backstage. It was almost like a dream - I hadn't been this close since
Summer Nights at the Pier in 2000! They came on stage to rousing applause
and started with "Out of Touch", (my friend and fellow fan Steve
Braden noted that this year marks the 20th anniversary of Big Bam Boom.)
We got to hear great new songs from the Our Kind of Soul album like
"I'll Be Around" and "Love TKO" as they talked about
the album that was only days away from being released. When they performed
"Sara Smile", the audience sang along so well that we even
surprised Daryl - and he clapped for all of us!
As we moved towards the end of the set, the whole crowd moved along to
"I Can't Go For That" and "You've Lost That Lovin
Feeling". Daryl & John have never looked happier sharing these
moments with their fans and the end seemed to come too quickly. Daryl
coyly asked the audience to stick around and we held on to our spots...
I ran over to get my roses - three roses, which were, in fact, for each of
the guys - Daryl, John, and Michael (they had little to and from's on each
of them). I get back to my spot just behind my friend Teresa and brought my
friend Chris over to take pics while I enjoyed the rest of the amazing set
with all bands on the stage together! Starting with "Work To
Do", it was so much fun to watch everyone jamming and to be able to
see both Michael and Daryl sing songs of each others that I adore was
icing on the cake, (Kiss is On My List and What a Fool Believes).
When the end came with "Love Train", I just couldn't believe it
was all over. I asked Teresa if I could move closer to the front and held
up the roses, hoping to give them to someone. Well, it wasn't just anyone
who took my roses. It was Daryl himself who came down, looked into my
eyes, mouthed "thank you" while staring right at me and then he
took his bow. I can tell you I just about died then! LOL Wow! The Soul
Revue Tour was everything I could have ever dreamed of - it did indeed
make my dreams come true!