The alternate title of this post should be “How A Windy Day In An Auburn Hills Parking Lot Was Better Than A Bar Stool” in reference to my fave five, NKOTB. In particular, an encounter with Donnie Wahlberg. As you know from my previous concert post that I had the total package bar stool seat and an Ultimate (private meet and greet) for the Grand Rapids show. I’m also not made of money and spent most all of my money on one show or have means to travel so I usually got all the way for one show. I couldn’t help it this tour, it was THAT GOOD. I had to experience it again and had to be in the pit. I couldn’t afford VIP again so I got general tickets.
For someone like me, who only just met the guys two years ago, it is a lot to compete with when you have all these people that have seen them in concert for years and years, many many meet and greets so much that they know them by name. These fans usually manage to have all access passes to events and the cruises. I can’t compete with that and don’t want to because I am my own kind of amazing. Still, there is one guy who manages to make me feel like he knows me even when I’m positive he doesn’t remember my name or probably my face. But I remember the times I got to have a selfie or moments here and there. Most recently a photo on a hot windy day outside of Detroit.
When you have VIP you don’t really think about finding a way to meet them because it is guaranteed. I didn’t have that, so I did something I never tried before and hung out in the parking lot sort of by the busses. We were there very early because our friends had VIP and had to be there early. I had to take a minute to run to the car and wouldn’t you know it, something happened after I left our viewing spots. I came running so fast! The funny thing is that I don’t fangirl around the guys anymore but they somehow have a way of making you forget what you are doing. I had a hat that I wanted to give to Donnie that matched his romper perfectly and completely forgot to reach for it in the hustle.
And then it happened…
He says ‘sup guuuuuurl’ and grabs me for the selfie. It’s our first one that isn’t blurry. Honestly I love it but if I had it to do over again I would have just asked for a hug and then maybe would have had time to hand him the hat. Such is life, right? I was so lucky to be able to squeeze Donnie before the concert and even see Jordan (from afar of course) because there was nothing guaranteed.
Fans of this world really range from the sisterly kind just supporting the fellas, to single women who are still in love with them. Then there are fans like me who have been fans the whole time but are still starting out on the journey. I’ve been to 6 concerts and 2 cruises. I’ve even had Donnie ask me to bake him more cookies on the cruise. Countless moments that mean the world to me. But it is the stuff that isn’t arranged and costs extra that have meant the most. Like seeing Solowood last year, seeing Joe this year.
The band reaches out to fans who need to be lifted up behind the scenes. They raise so many funds for good causes. Donnie especially takes care of the fans through social media. They might not know my name but somehow make me feel like they have known me for years. I hope one day that they will remember me and say, hey I know that girl that’s Candy Girl! But for now, I just enjoy loving their music and jeez the way they make me howl with laughter.
And because of THEM, I have found some of the most amazing friends. SO many friends!
And because of Donnie in the parking lot and those amazing friends, the Auburn Hills concert is my absolute #1 favorite of the 6. It’s amazing how you really feel like you are hugging an old friend when you are next to Donnie Wahlberg. It almost makes me feel bad that didn’t even have him in my radar until 2008 and that crazy Summertime video, with him nearly shirtless and on a beach. Even during my ultimate he admired my outfit very intently, and KNEW without a doubt that my entire ensemble was for that magical moment with my first crush, Jordan. But dammit if that Berg doesn’t find a way to steal half of my heart without trying.
As for the concert itself, hands down way WAY more interaction with all of the guys and the other acts too. I was surrounded by a ton of my friends and best of all, I had a seriously hot moment with Jordan. Best summer of concerts ever. The cruise is less than 50 days now and let me tell you, I wasn’t that excited for several reasons but after that Auburn Hills concert, oh man the excitement hit me like a wrecking ball!