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  1. Chicago/Grand Rapids/Cleveland

    This is my first attempt at a topic post, so please be gentle. I'm sorry if I break some etiquette rules! I'm also sorry if this ends up to be a bit lengthy. First, let me start off by saying I went to see these three shows because I had the time and resources available...and Regina is just that awesome to me. However, after seeing these three shows, you can tell she has a very different enthusiasm level for different shows depending upon the atmosphere. The first concert I ever attended was practically perfect in every way (Upper Darby, PA this past May), and honestly I cannot recall the details that specifically to judge it side-by-side with these three shows. So the comparison will only be between these three shows and my own observations and interpretations. The Cleveland concert (my hometown) was something I had eagerly anticipated the moment the tour was announced. I knew I could plan it better and improve upon what I thought I didn't have the chance to experience while in Upper Darby. The House of Blues was a general admission, standing-room venue (with some reserved seats, but why sit so far away when you have a chance to be right at the stage?!) that kept the audience to a relatively small and intimate gathering. However, because it was general admission, I knew my spot would be based on how early I was willing to get there. I wanted to be first in line...but since I had to compromise with my friends who were willing to accompany me, we made it there two hours early and was tenth in line rather than first. oh well. haha Now I had thought this would basically secure a spot along the rail right at the stage, and I would get to take great pictures and have the best seat in the house. Little did I know that the House of Blues would sabotage my plans. They had informed people that if they spend $20 in their gift shop, they would be given an advantage to go in before the line that had formed. I did not expect a hundred people to have been let in before myself when the doors opened at seven. This was probably the most disappointing aspect of the show. It wasn't even only the fact these people were let in earlier, but some of them at the front were definitely not her biggest fans in the world, and continued to interrupt the show. Don't get me wrong, I feel like Regina was a trooper - keeping her cool the whole night and sounding magnificent as always - but there were glares towards stage right at the front of the crowd because they kept talking. I did not know this until later, but I'm fairly certain 2 songs were not sung that night. (Oh Marcello and Hotel Song). If these were sung in Cleveland, please feel free to remind me. I just cannot remember them though. After the show, she was really unable to stay long (I had originally attributed it to the cold and less-than-desirable weather), but maybe Cleveland fans had upset her enough that she didn't want to stay? That is all just speculation though. Anyway, I think opinion developed about the Cleveland show only after seeing the other two. ------------------------ Honestly, I cannot believe no one has posted from the Grand Rapids show! That was a show full of energy, and just incredible enthusiasm from the crowd and herself! She might have been a little sick or something, but you could definitely tell Regina was more than smiley about the show! (Maybe because it was Mathias' birthday and everyone had had a few drinks?) Regardless, the show was super awesome and she wore the dress that she wore in the Ne Me Quitte Pas video! Does everyone know what I'm talking about? If I ever get my pictures uploaded, you can see about what I am speaking. (Is that grammatically correct? Sorry, my mind wanders.) Really though, the show was fantastic, she was jamming out for a little while just to life, had a fun story about jumping on a trampoline in Detroit with her friend's little kid, and so much more giggly than the Cleveland show! Afterwards, there were about 20 of us that waited out in the cold to meet her, and she was more than happy to take pictures with us all and sign everyone's items. It was really cool to see some of the things people brought too! I'm pretty sure she signed someone's credit card, a girl had a copy of the Survival Guide to Soviet Kitsch, and another guy had a vinyl of Soviet Kitsch (at least I think it was that album). The group waiting was really talkative and really friendly. Also, none of the people that were waiting after the show claimed to go to Calvin College. Maybe we're all just crazy fans. ------------------------ For Chicago, the venue was incredibly beautiful, and the crowd I think was of 5,000 people-ish? This one had a little more noise to it though. People were still walking in the theater up until Jack's final song (maybe even after), and during the show people were still slightly chatty. However it was definitely a show that you could tell Regina was super lively! Maybe it was because she was really excited her 91-year-old family friend was in the audience, or maybe just loves the city of Chicago? (Both very acceptable reasons to me.) Whatever the case may be, she was really happy and even seemed extra talkative with the audience that night. She shared a few random stories with the crowd (one about the Scorpions and what she thinks every time she says hello to the city of Chicago, and some fun interactions with her Microphone tech guy and Jack). After the show she waited for every single person again to give an autograph and take pictures if they wanted. You could tell she was a walking zombie by the time everyone was finished though. She's just sooo freaking nice though! Basically still an amazing role model to me. Hopefully she'll go on tour again near me and I'll be more than happy to see her again. ----------------------- After my little tour, I wish I could have a little question and answer session with her. Maybe some of you have the same questions? (or maybe they've been answered long-ago and I just haven't read them) 1. Do you hate it when audience members shout out song suggestions? 2. Does it bother you when the audience sings along? 3. How do I become a roadie/employed by your tour? haha Also, I feel like I want to ask Jack some questions (more the social-scientist in me I guess), but I don't know if it is taboo or not! Please tell me someone has the same feelings about the subject of opening for his wife and having people still walk in the concert while he's performing his opening set. After hearing Jack, he is freaking hilarious! That's both on-stage and after the show. You can tell he has a great sense of humor and loves interacting with everyone that comes to talk with him after the show. Anyway, that's my gargantuan post. Here's one picture I have that I really like. Hope you all enjoy it too! (hopefully I posted it correctly too!)