I don't much care for country music. With the exception of some bluegrass and that Gourds cover of "Gin and Juice." Yet somehow Saturday night I found myself front row at the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw concert at Madison Square Garden. (In case you didn't know, Hill and McGraw are the First Couple of country, Bible Belt royalty. Combined, they've sold over 60 million records, not including McGraw's craptacular collaboration with Nelly.)
So, front row. Well, actually, there's front row, and then there's this. I did not know seats like this existed at concerts. The circular stage had two runways extending from the middle with five seats at the end of each runway. We had five of those seats. Sitting level with the stage, we had just a short obstacle in front of us, upon which we set our beers. Yes, we spilled beer on the stage.
Now, if these had been artists I was a huge fan of, I would have flipped out. As it is, it's hard not to have a good time at such a perch. The musicians kept coming over and talking to us as they played their guitars, etc. Faith stroked my hand, and I drew a fist pound from Tim. (Boo-ya.)
Oh, and we had preshow party passes, where we hung out in a small room as Faith and Tim warmed up, all for the amazingly low price of...FREE. All you country-luvin' haters, keep hatin', but happenstance happens. My friend Lauren is a yoga teacher, and one of her clients is the production manager for the tour. Hey, it's not my fault.
Soap-luvin' haters may recall my trip to the Days of Our Lives 40th Anniversary Party a few months ago, where I pretended, poorly, to belong. "So what do you do? Oh, you're the star of the show? Um, that must be nice." Hard to miss the stars in this show, but I still felt a little 'baggy when they were just feet away and I couldn't sing along with the rest of the crowd. Gosh, I hope I didn't hurt their feelings.
Two quick notes on their outfits. Faith wore Pumas that night (as did I). I highly approved. And Tim wore tight jeans covered in crosses made of jewels. In fact, I'm pretty sure he Bedazzled them himself. I don't think I've ever seen a piece of clothing so Christian and so gay at the same time. With the possible exception of that technicolor dreamcoat Joseph used to flit around in. But hey, I don't mean to judge. Some of my best friends are Christian.
[Pic 1: Jae, Lauren, me, a bit of Jess, taken by Leta.]
[Pic 2: The stage from our seats.]
[Pic 3: Faith crooning to me, with Tim in the background doing his cover of "I Have No Legs" from "Kids."]