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One Last Attempt to see John Mayer – epic fail!

Published August 31, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

I’ve always been known for my spontaneity. I’m the type of person who wakes up today and says, “I’m calling off and we’re heading out of town for the weekend!” While I can be an incredibly obsessive overplanner, I can also easily adapt to just taking off to anywhere at the drop of a hat! I believe it’s one of the things that makes life exciting, everything shouldn’t be planned. Living without constraints as much as possible is not only good for you physically and mentally, but good for the soul as well! Perhaps I was a traveling gypsy in an old life. I’m thinking a gypsy from Prague, because I have a serious obsession with getting to Prague, but that’s getting totally off subject. Perhaps someday I’ll start a travel blog. I have lots to write on that subject!

Anyway, we returned from Allentown at about 2:00 am with heavy hearts and nothing to look forward to now that our “chasing John Mayer” had come to a conclusion. As Morgan retired to bed I decided to quickly throw a blog together before I slept. As it happens, that blog never did get written that night and I spent several hours looking into John Mayer’s next show on 8-28-13 in Long Island, getting to and fro from Manhattan, and other last minute travel details. Now let me preface this with the fact that I love NYC! Next to Paris it is my favorite place in all the world (thus far anyway) and it does not take much to talk me into going into the city whether by bus or driving out to Hoboken and taking the ferry. So, with great expectations I went to bed for a few hours, got up told Morgan we were going without tickets hoping to get our hands on some, and made a call to my sister and brother in law who are my always reliable sitters for my 3 dogs!

Well, we were on the road by noonish and super excited, but realistic that we wouldn’t necessarily get tickets. At this point I was watching stubhub pretty closely to watch for some of the prices to come down and booked a hotel on our trip out to Hoboken! I know NYC like a native and always know of something to do. So I figured if we couldn’t get tickets we’d still have fun!

That was exactly the case! I missed the stubhub tickets by about 5 minutes and we were a bit bummed, but knew there was that risk at the beginning of the trip. So we hit a bar with live music (not as good as John Mayer, but good nonetheless) and planned a day of museuming for my hangover the next day before heading home.

Tragically, the only thing I got accomplished was a decent buzz before Morgan got kicked out at 11:30 for not being of age. This is about the time EVERYTHING went wrong! Shortly after returning to the hotel room my sister called crying that our one dog had attacked my poor old fat cat, Rigby! Now Rigby is my love. She’s like my second baby and I was devastated being so far away. I’ve never felt so helpless! As for the dog, well Nelly (her real name is Penelope) we’ve had problems with her being aggressive with other dogs for several years. We’ve tried a lot to help her through this problem. Eventually we ended up having to keep her separated from the other 2 dogs, but she still got a great deal of love and affection. Recently I noticed her growl at one of our cats and redirected her, but thought nothing of it. Apparently this was a mistake in judgment on my part. I should have realized her aggression was now surpassing other dogs and moving on to cats.

She hurt my Rigby pretty damn bad and I know this cat. I’ve had her for 10 years! She’s 20 pounds and barely moves let alone cause any problems with anyone. I didn’t need my sister to tell me it was unprovoked even though she did. I knew for Nelly to go after Rigby there had to be something very wrong. The sad thing is, Nelly was such a wonderful, sweet, gentle, big lug of a dog 90% of the time! The only problem was that unpredictable 10% that was left. She is the first dog Morgan raised from a puppy. We had her since she was 8 weeks old. There was nothing that happened to her that could have traumatized her in the 5 years we’ve owned her. All I kept thinking was “What if it’s a child next? or Morgan at night?”

With a heavy heart and a great many tears I made the decision to have her euthanized. It was the most difficult choice I’ve ever had to make. I could not risk allowing her to be readopted and possibly hurting someone, because no matter what they say about dogs not being good with children or other dogs there is no guarantee that anyone can prevent that from happening. Given the fact that Nelly was so sweet and gentle someone might take her home and decide the info on her was wrong, that she seemed so good maybe the previous owners had done something wrong. Trust me, I did all I could and that assumption could have gotten a person hurt or killed.

My heart breaks and I wonder how such a wonderful month could possibly end in such a horrid way! Not only did we not get to see John Mayer for a last time before he’s gone too far for us, but I had to put down a beloved part of my family. That’s just plain Shit!

Sorry for the rant. I know it’s completely off topic. Thanks for understanding!

 

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RIP my Frisbee obsessed baby girl.  now you can run all day nonstop…

John Mayer – Allentown Fair 8-27-13

Published August 31, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

Well our last official show was the Allentown Fair on August 27, 2013. This was the show we received free tickets for from GlobalCitizen.org. that we actually hadn’t planned on attending. Allentown is only about an hour and half from where we live. So it wasn’t a long trip. We figured it be a great way to end a run of shows by having a fun time at a fair. We had hoped that the tickets would be decent and we were pretty excited and pretty sad at the same time! What in the world were we going to look forward to now?

We got there super early b/c where I come from fairs open really early. Well, not in Allentown! We sat for about 3 hours waiting for the gates to open, but at least we got awesome parking! lol

John Mayer was in rare form this night. Now I’m not accusing anyone of anything, but it would appear he was under the influence of “something.” Personally, I enjoy him this way! He was more like his old self: chatty and silly, funny and rambling at times! It was great! Music wise he was outstanding as always. Definitely not his musically best performance, but most certainly the best entertainment wise! He brought a girl up and autographed her arm for a tattoo which seriously set Morgan on fire because it has been our goal all a long that if we met him we’d get his autograph tattooed! Overall, I just felt like he interacted more with the crowd and that was great to see even if it wasn’t us!

This would have been my favorite show by far if only we had better seats. Now I am familiar with the old adage that “beggars can’t be choosers,” but I think 2 things happened here. 1. We went to so many shows and had awesome seats for all of them that we were a tad bit spoiled. and 2. We had our hopes up that seeing as how they gave away one set of tickets at a show they might be good tickets. Unfortunately for us, they really kinda sucked. Granted there were worse seats, but not many. I feel like such a wretch saying that, but it is true. We were in the back section wayyyyyyy to the right of the stage so you couldn’t see much and the jumbotron screens were very hard to see. BUT the tunes were awesome as always and we got to be there to see the “old John” resurface. So it was very much worth the trip and did I mention the 96 degree weather? Yeah, that was tough! Couldn’t even enjoy us some fair food! (not that we need it anyway) lol

Here’s the setlist from the Allentown Fair 8-27-13
Queen of California
Wildfire
Paper Doll
I Don’t Trust Myself
Fool to Love You
Something Like Olivia
Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad
Love is a Verb
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Free Falling
Your Body is a Wonderland
Born and Raised
Waiting on the Day
Who Says
Half of My Heart
Vultures
Age of Worry
Waiting on the World to Change
Face to Call Home
Gravity

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Our Last John Mayer Show Tomorrow in Allentown!

Published August 27, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

I’m having a difficult time sleeping tonight which really isn’t a “new” phenomenon really. I’ve had chronic insomnia for 25 years. It’s FANFRIGGINTASTIC, but it does work when you’re a night shift nurse! Anyway, it’s the night before our last official road trip for the Born and Raised Tour with John Mayer! Boy, it sure came and went fast. Morgan and I both agree that the occasional stress (sometimes more frequent than occasional) and nonsense was all very worth it! We met some cool people, had a lot of laughs, became twitter and instagram famous, found some really great new music from Phillip Phillips & Zane Carney that we wouldn’t have discovered otherwise, made a lot of stupendous memories, and had an overall fantastic time!!!! We’re just sad that now it’s going to be all over. We don’t have anything to look forward to anymore. lol If only I had the finances to see John Mayer in Europe! That would be a combination of my hobbies; traveling to Europe and music (especially John Mayer’s.) Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen and it’s back to the real world for Morgan and I.

Tomorrow is show number 7 of 7.  We’ll be traveling to the Allentown Fair which is where I actually won John Mayer tickets from GlobalCitizen.org . I suppose ending with winning tickets is a pretty cool way to go out!!!! I can’t wait to see what type of seats we’ll have! I’m pretty excited since I’ve never won anything in my entire life! I also figure if we are going to have any shot at all of meeting anyone including even phillip Phillips (cuz I just love him) it’ll probably be if they’re walking around the fair, right? We don’t even know if Phillip is going to be there or if it’s just going to be John Mayer.  Lets keep our fingers crossed!

Talk to you all soon and don’t forget to check out GlobalCitizen.org It’s a great site with some great ideas put together by some great people! Hopefully that link works! Oh that reminds me, we may have one last chance to see JM in Central Park in September at the Global Citizens Festival if we can make it there. We already have tickets. Now it’s just a matter of planning and luck!

John Mayer showed VA Beach how it’s done 8-24-13

Published August 26, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

Saturday in Virginia Beach proved to be another outstanding show by John Mayer and band! Again John seemed really into the groove and still keeping his chitchat too a minimum put on a fantastic show!!!!! These past 2 shows were both supercharged! Unbelievable! So happy we were lucky enough to be there for them! We got to see John on the keys again. Seems this is going to be a regular part of the show now and it’s a great addition! Also heard a cool mellow cover of “Friend of the Devil” for the first time this tour! We also got to hear “Why Georgia.” That’s a first for our ears as JM doesn’t bring that classic out too often. It’s nice to see a bit of a change from John Mayer! And Good Lord, I don’t know what’s gotten into Zane Carney, but he has seriously stepped it up a few notches as of late! Maybe it’s the announcement of his upcoming cd release and gig in NYC. Whatever it is, I say keep it coming. I didn’t know he had it in him and I’m really liking what I’m hearing! Think Mr. Mayer may have some competition in the future!

Again we were off to the left side of the stage, but could see very well! No complaints about that at all. What I will bitch about this night is: although most of the crowd seemed to be pretty intense, somehow we ended up sitting with the most miserable bunch of folks I’ve ever seen that side of the Mason-Dixon line! We were second row and no one near us wanted to stand. The 2 chairs in the front row were occupied by a couple who stood for the first song and then sat down. And hey, that’s their prerogative, but tell me, who gets front row seats and sits????? LAME! Then I had an antique couple sitting on each side of me and Morgan. At least the ones by Morgan stood up and moved around a bit. The wretched old man and woman next to me did nothing, but bitch from the minute Phillip Phillips started until they walked out towards the end! We were seriously cramped and in the beginning of the night I almost said the hell with it and left. I just kept thinking OMG we drove 8.5 hours to have a miserable time! I begged the security guard to let us stand up by the stage b/c there was at least 10 feet of open area by the wall there and he was an ignorant dickhead who barely acknowledged I was even talking to him. When he did his answer was “absolutely not!” Such a waste of good space for people to right up there to enjoy themselves!

Even with the crampy quarters and grouchy people around us it turned out to be a terrific show!!!! When I finally just gave up and said, “oh well, I tried, let them complain,” I felt much better! It was a splendid night filled with great music! I love the Virginia Beach area. It was nice to be back there. We had dinner at a great little place called Abbey Road Pub before the show. It was as excellent as I remember it being 15 years ago!

I actually caught Zane Carney’s guitar pick! Caught it! ::poof:: right into my hands! I was astonished! Probably should have played the lottery that night! lol On top of that, Morgan finally got her hands on a John Mayer set list. This was a huge accomplishment as she has been trying so hard at every show and always the roadies gave them to someone else. She was thrilled! I was thrilled! We were thrilled! It was a fabulous time and worth every minute and every dollar!

Setlist from 8-24-13 in Virginia Beach
Queen of California
Wildfire
Paper Doll
Half of my Heart
Vultures
Dear Marie
If I ever Get Around to Living
I Don’t Trust Myself
Stop This Train
Why Georgia
Your Body Is a Wonderland
Lost at Sea
Something Like Olivia
Waiting on the World to Change
Age of Worry
Who Says
Born and Raised
Friend of the Devil
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Face to Call Home

John Mayer ROCKED Camden 8-23-13

Published August 25, 2013 by ChasingJohnMayer

John Mayer was certainly “in the zone” on Friday when we saw him in Camden, NJ! What an amazing show!!!! Definitely the best we’ve seen thus far! The crowd was into it, the band was into it, and John Mayer was certainly into it! There was a kind of electricity in the air that I haven’t felt yet on this tour. What a fantastic show! We got to see John pull out the piano to play “I Will Be Found” from Paradise Valley for the first time this tour (well I didn’t, but Morgan and everyone else not having a hissy fit did). I believe he played it on 8-21-13 in Holmdel, NJ, but we couldn’t make that show. So it was a first for us. And what about that Zane Carney?!?! He let into a seriously intense guitar solo and he’s damn good! Keep you eye on that kid! I’m going to post you some of his youtube videos later. I’m seriously impressed! All in all, it was an astounding show!

Of course something always has to go wrong or we’d think we were dead, right? My review of the venue is far less flattering than that of the artists performing. First of all Camden isn’t known for being the “nicest” place in the U.S. especially for a couple ladies from the quaint little suburb of Clarks Summit, Pa. So we get there early as we do for all shows and not because we party or tailgate, but just to get our bearings and decent parking. There are who knows how many parking lots all over the place and none of them are open. Finally I ask a sheriff when we can park. Not until 4:30! Are you kidding me?????? I guess the law enforcement of Camden really feels tailgating is a bad idea. lol And forget about free parking! Live Nation makes a mint off the parking in Camden, let me tell you! $25 a car no matter where you parked and they did have “live nation parking” signs all over them. The center itself is a very nice place. Lots of concession stands so you didn’t have to wait forever for a water or libation of choice. So that was pretty cool. I’ve been to the Susquehanna Bank Center one time previously and I had seats back in the 200 section not nearly as close to the stage as we were this time. Our seats were front row to the left side of the stage and unfortunately for some unknown reason they don’t set up the bands in the center of the stage. They were more off center to the right side. Which for our intents and purposes was ok. We weren’t on top of John Mayer, but we could still see very well and that’s enough to make us happy! Plus we were right in front of Zane and I’m liking him more and more each time we see him! I did feel bad for the people behind us and further to the left, because there was at least one full section that was A LOT farther off to the left than we were. That would have been disappointing. However, those folks should be thanking whatever higher being they happen to believe in that they weren’t down closer to the stage. From the moment we sat down Morgan kept asking me what that nasty “porta-potty” smell was. Come to find out, there were grates in the floor directly in front of the stage and it was the smell of sewage!!!!! YES, you read correctly! Sewage! Apparently this isn’t something new because the security guys (you know the ones that stand there by the stage looking all tough and miserable as fuck) knew exactly what everyone was talking about when it was mentioned. Talk about nasty! At one point I actually had to leave for fresh air. I literally felt nauseous! Completely unacceptable! I plan on sending the Center itself and Live Nation an email about that! My only other problem with the place was that the people there are seriously like animals! No wonder they can’t park early or tailgate. The ladies room had no attendant which is unusual, but holy crap! The concert goers tore the ladies room apart!!! No kidding, The soap dispensers were torn off the walls, the paper towel holders were broken apart, there was vomit, urine, and trash everywhere! I’ve seen my share of nasty bar bathrooms and this was disgusting! I wouldn’t even use it and I know it wasn’t like that when the place opened and I previously used it. But even with all these things to bitch about, It was a such a great night!!!!!

We got a bit miffed though, because exactly one week earlier, Morgan took a rose for John Mayer to Darien Lake. Well, we couldn’t hand it to him so we finally tossed it up on stage and he never acknowledged it. Just walked right over it like it wasn’t there. So we said ‘ok, well shit happens.’ Fast forward one week later to a middle aged woman with a poster, flower, and a balloon that towards the end of the show she holds up and JM says “oh thanks you, you didn’t have to, but I’ll take those.” HOLD UP NOW, what was that? Yeah, and what makes it worse was she was right next to us and while I don’t expect to get any kind of acknowledgement or public recognition I do know that John Mayer and band have seen us and do recognize us from being at so many shows so close together. So, maybe it hurt my feelings or maybe it was my hormones, but I was PISSED! While he was standing there in front of us I actually called him an asshole and walked out for the last 2 songs and the encore! Perhaps not my classiest moment, but hey, I have feelings too and I happen to be more concerned with those of my daughter’s than even my own! And after looking at her face at that particular moment, he’s lucky he wasn’t standing next to me. Or maybe I’m lucky, because my motherly instincts kicked in and I probably would have ended up in jail! lol

In the end though, when they were done with the encore Zane Carney did specifically point to Morgan and tossed his guitar pick right to her. She was thrilled, but sadly, I missed her moment because of my temper tantrum. She was a bit upset with me, because I wasn’t there to take part in her happiness and then I felt like an even bigger schmuck! She forgave John Mayer his transgressions almost immediately. Me?  Well it took me a bit longer and even longer to forgive myself for not being there for her!

Stay tunes for some pics and see the setlist below:

Queen of California
Wildfire
Paper Doll
Who Says
Fool to Love You
Something Like Olivia
Dear Marie
Goin’ Down the Road
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Your Body is a Wonderland
Comfortable
Free Falling
Waiting on the World to Change
Waiting on the Day
Half of my Heart
I don’t Trust Myself
If I ever Get Around to Living
Born and Raised
Age of Worry
Gravity
I Will Be Found
Vultures