I heard of the show last week, and i’ve been soooooooo excited!
A)I’ve been addicted to both of thier albums for the last few weeks
B)I’m an old tour junkie, and have seen Paula over 10 times. Shes always been a fave, and i’m so happy shes come out to play for us again.
C)Hmm. who DOESNT want to see mandy moore? The girl is hot. Her album is seriously good though.
It wasn’t the largest of crowds, and it seemed a bulk of the people were there for Mandy.
I don’t blame them! She did GREAT! I was soooo proud of her!
I thought she was going to be a “opening act”, but it was more like a co-billing.
She did more songs than Paula (14 vs 11-according to the setlist.)
I knew this was her first tour, and I expected her to be nervous and stiff …but instead she was dancing, pretty expressive, and quite talkative. I got video of “looking forward to looking back” (my fav), and most of “gardenia” (god….that song is SOOOOO AMAZING live. just like I knew it would. I had such shivers, that i had to put the camera down on the last few verses, so i could stand with my mouth open for a few. Along with most of the new album, she also played “moonshadow”, “help me” (joni mitchell), and “umbrella”. I saw a online video of her doing “umbrella”, otherwise I wouldnt have known what it was!
I was off to the side, and as the show wore on…..i kept getting pushed more and more to the side. Which wouldnt have been a problem, except that Mandy’s hanging hair blocks her face. Boo…. My pictures quickly became a game of, “get the photo while her head is turned”. I also was on the wrong side, she didn’t look in our direction much. And of course, I never had my camera ready when she did…
I don’t have a top-of-the-line camera, but someday! Concert photography is always of fun challenge of trying to capture what my mind sees. My dream job? to be the tour-videographer 😀 I want all access, so i can take concert footage from all areas of the club. That would be heaven.
As I mentioned, shes quite talkative! Of course you know i didn’t hear much of it (i’m HOH), but she had the crowd laughing. The one story i did catch was her saying how Portland, OR (a few days ago) was her first show, this being her first tour…ever…and she was sooo nervous. She didn’t know what to say to the crowd, so they would yell out random things like “I like your shoes!”, “you’re hair is shiny!”. LOL… They made sure to point out the articles of clothing they bought that day. I’ll have to watch for online reviews to see what else i learn, and for other photos.
Then Paula came out. By then, a lot of people left and i was suddenly in the front row. I was next to 2 women, one wearing a “saturn girl” shirt (paula song). Totally Nice! We all talked, exchanged emails, they were sooooo excited to be there. Old of fans as I am. They couldn’t believe that i was gonna take photos, AND put them online! lol… I found that amusing.
Paula started with 3 new songs. I’m DIGGING the new album, and was overjoyed about this…….. the crowd gave her MAD love, and she seemed so humbled, and appreciative of it. We missed her.
Now i was afraid of getting a “older,slower, more mature” Paula (which I was okay with…i prepared myself!) But instead, she was as much of a firecracker as she always was! I forgot how much I loved all her moves, struts, AND HER SINGING. damn, this woman still has no probs hitting the HIGHEST notes possible.
After those 3 new songs, she never played anymore. I’m probably the only one that was saddened by this…. It was a bit deju vu. There I am…… hearing the same songs, feeling the same things as i did years ago. The past didnt go anywhere.
I didnt get any video of paula though, and i really wanted to. I had wanted to get these 2 songs off her new album (that are amazing), and put them on youtube to help expose her…… but she never played them.
You know, not only was i surprised by how much old material she did…..but by how much ROCKIN old material she did. I found myself dancing so much, that i couldnt operate the camera if i wanted to. So Fun! I havent danced like that at a show in ages.
I was able to get both setlists, and was hoping to get them signed after the show. Didnt happen though… a ALMOST perfect evening.
I wish them both best of luck on the tour, and totally wish I could see another show!
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