Taylor Hicks Tour Experience Part 1
+ – Published March 23, 2007 by:
Fans Discuss Taylor Hicks Tour with Me
Taylor Hicks is on a nationwide tour. The tour started on Feb. 21, 2007 in Jacksonville Florida. Taylor will be making 42 stops along the way. As of now the last scheduled stop is May. 12, 2007 in Seattle, WA. There are constantly more stops being added to his schedule, so this can change. Taylor Hicks tour stops are selling out in most places.
If you ask critics about the tour most are raving about how Taylor Hicks puts on a show that is showcases is talent with the harp and his voice and that is one big party for all in attendance. However, that same critic will usually add that Taylor's CD sells are not up to par. The facts speak different then what the media is reporting however. The CD Taylor Hicks debuted #2 when it was released in December. It has since has gone on to sell over 650,000 copies. The album is certified platinum. This has all happened with very little radio play. I do not know when having a platinum album suddenly meant that a artist was not selling good. There are many artists out here that would love to have a platinum selling album.
Last July Taylor Hicks and the other contestants from American Idol Season 5 were out doing the tour. I interviewed several fans than and asked them to tell me about their Taylor Hicks experience. This time once again I decided to go straight to the fans to get their insight into the Taylor Hicks Tour Experience.
When I put out a request for fans to contact me I received a huge out pouring of fans who wanted to share their experience. I had to turn a lot down. As it is I kept 15 and I got so much information that this will be a series of articles so be sure to keep checking back for the next in the series.
This first part will cover the Specific things of the concerts that stick out in fans minds, energy level at the concert, and the demographics of those in attendance. Ok on to The Taylor Hicks Tour Experience Part 1.
How many concerts on the Taylor Hicks Solo Tour have you attended so far?
Tracy - 1
SallyannLady - 4
Sandra - 1
Tammy - 1
Jackie - 3
Chuck - 2
Melissa - 4
Cydter - 2
Tara Renee - 2
Leslie - 4
Lvs2dance - 2
Amy - 2
Tina - 10
Lubiana - 3
Linda S - 2
Critics have said that those who Like Taylor are "middle age women" what was the age/sex demographic at the concert/s you attended?
Tracy- While there were plenty of women who fit that demographic that attended the show in Knoxville, there were also many, many other groups represented. I personally saw Soul Patrollers of all ages there, from young children to senior citizens. I was overjoyed to see that a sizable part of the audience (about 1/3, I'd say) were in their 20's-30's, which is my age group. I would also like to mention that I saw quite a few men in attendance, with many of them as excited to see the show as the women were!
SallyannLady - It seemed to me that most of the people at the concerts were probably at Least 15-20 years older than he is. His type of music is the kind that attracts the more mature audiences, but there were several younger people in the audience as well. I think he is very happy with the audiences he's been getting.
Tammy - I thought it was a pretty good mix. Of course there were more middle aged women than anything else. I am 38 (does that make me middle aged).
Jackie - It varied from 3 to 60, or older, there was everyone from every age group.
Chuck - Mostly middle aged to older women 40-65 probably was the majority.
Sandra - Most of the women I saw around me were probably in their thirties and forties. A vast majority of them, in fact, however, Taylor, I believe, draws a large number of fans from all walks of Life for a number of reasons. For starters, the whole "underdog" thing from back when he was competing on Idol, the more people said there'd be no way he'd win it, the more attention it brought to him, resulting in people Listening to him more and really liking what they were seeing and hearing, which resulted in votes for him in record numbers. As his popularity on the show grew people saw more and more sides to him and his real personality, and spirit, and humility, and they liked him even more for it. By the time of the finale and he was crowned the winner, the journey had only just begun for the fans. Now people knew who he really is and they want more and want to be a part of everything that he is, including buying his CD's, his merchandise, his concert tickets and donating to any charities he supports. He's Likeable, generous, humble, grateful and not too tough on the eyes. That, I believe, is why so many people care about him.
Melissa - True and false. The crowds that I have seen have been women men and children of all ages. I had a blast hanging out with two teenaged boys who arrived at about two hours prior to the Orlando Universal Studios concert just to see him. They shouted out his name multiple times and were totally digging it when he played the harmonica. They both had his CD they stated and asked me to email the picks that I took to them. There were also two adorable little girls dancing and enjoying the show right beside us. As far as saying middle aged, exactly what is middle aged? LOL...I am 30 yrs old and there were several fans there my age and I don't consider myself middle aged.
Cydter - In Coral Springs there were allot of men!! I had a pre-party and believe it or not 25% of the attendance was men that were fans -the wives just tagged along. There were a lot of younger people at the House of Blues concert in Myrtle Beach.
Tara Renee - Mostly women but some men, which were mostly husbands. Some children but mostly older women 30+ (my friends and I are 30/31) but there were some who looked younger
Leslie - I saw the most children at Huntsville and Nashville. very few children at Pham-- which was interesting b/c that's where I took my 4 year old daughter to see the shows. I saw people of ALL ages-- teens, 20's, 30's-- etc. -- all the way up to early 70's. I would say the AVERAGE age would have been mid-30. Also, I would say it was probably 40% male.
Lvs2dance - I do agree, because most of the concert attendees were middle-aged women, even though I am 14.
Amy - At the Myrtle Beach show there was a great mix of people. I did notice a Lot of older people but there were a Lot of males in attendance as well. I think the Asheville show attracted more of the younger set as it's a college area.
Tina - The demographic makeup of the concerts has been a pleasant surprise. At every concert, there has been a mixture of young and old, from pre-teens to grandmothers. Intentionally, I have asked people after the show what they thought about the concert. Every response has been overwhelmingly positive. The men smile and always respond with how they were quite surprised and did not realize that Taylor was a musician and how extremely entertaining he had been. They all indicated that they would go to see him again if he were to come back to the area. The teens and pre-teens are awestruck and want to meet Taylor. Since I have met him several times, I always show them the pictures and things he has autographed. They usually squeal with glee. At the general admission shows, particularly in Atlanta, there were a Lot of young people dating and many were in the back of the room dancing and having a great time. Columbus Georgia was a very different crowd. There were many "stuffed shits" there, or people in business attire. We spoke with an administrator of the theatre who happened to be sitting behind us and she told us "Columbus was a very conservative crowd and many who were there were simply those who had season tickets". She was anxious to see how the audience responded. Taylor really had to work the crowd but half way into it, he had them on their feet, dancing and smiling. I overheard several of the business men afterwards say they enjoyed it and he was definitely born to entertain!
Lubiana - There were a Lot of older women around me, but also men, children and younger women. I think everyone was pretty much represented in this crowd.
Linda S - Myrtle Beach - close to 50-50 male - female and some groups of just guys [we discussed it with people around us too] - we had a great perch and could see everywhere except the stage left balcony right over our heads - - wide range of ages including some kids [one that had to have been about 3 sat on her dad's shoulders all night and boogied until about 20 min before Taylor got done when she finally put her head down on dad's head and dozed off - so cute!!
Asheville - not as good a perch but would say a little older crowd but still some kids and 20 something's - a lot of men back where we were but think overall more of a 60-40 female - male mix - the guys around us were definitely liking what they were hearing though - saw at least two all guy clusters
Can you describe the energy Level at the concert?
Tracy - Fantastic, to say that "the crowd went wild" would be a very gross understatement. The room was lit up with energy from the very beginning. In fact when the Lights went down and Taylor's band started to take their places on stage (you could only see some fog and the Light from their flashlights on the stage), most of the audience started to cheer and chant, "Taylor, Taylor"!! I haven't seen that kind of joy and anticipation at a concert in a LONG time Let me tell you! From then on many members of the audience stood up to dance, sing along, and yell We Love you, Taylor!" cheer, whistle and much more
SallyannLady - What's the highest reading on the Richter scale? I think that about covers it! That man is energy itself. If they packaged what he put out, he could light up the whole world for 10 years at Least. I don't think his feet hit the stage for more than 5 seconds at a time if that.
Sandra - I can tell you that the build up at his concerts, and I mean from the moment you first walk in, is palpable. Everyone is excited and smiling and Looking at each and smiling, knowing we're all thinking the same thing and by the time they announce his name, its pandemonium! And throughout the concert it's a mixed bag of emotions. One minute you're watching his every move and listening with bated breath and the next thing you know, you're on your feet, screaming, applauding and just going totally nuts over him.
Tammy - It was insane. It was the best concert I have ever been to.
Jackie - Extraordinarily High.
Chuck - The energy at his shows is amazing. You can really feel it. The women think he's hot. He's also a nice guy and very down to earth. He appreciates all his fans.
Melissa - Oh my goodness, it is like none other. As soon as the man walks out on to the stage the crowd goes wild. He eats that up and gives us these Looks with his eyebrows kind of raised like...y'aLL ready for this?? The more the crowd yells and gets into it the more he gives back. One of my favorite things he says is "Let Me Hear Ya Say Yeahhhh" and when he puts his arms in the air and starts clapping for us to clap back. It's just the most interactive of all concerts I have ever attended.
Cydter - The energy Level is incredible....from beginning to end. The excitement that precedes Taylor's appearance on stage is unbelievable. When he is on stage he commands the band, the audience and the stage for the entire 1 1/2. He does not let you go!
Tara Renee - Unbelievable!! I have never experienced anything like it. The excitement of seeing Taylor and the love for fellow Soul Patrollers was just totally unbelievable that is all I can say.
Leslie - Ok-- compared to buffalo wing sauce: Huntsville: hot; Nashville: mild; Birmingham-- 3 mile island, cayenne pepper, Tabasco, jalapeño pepper, habanera pepper all boiled together!!!
Lvs2dance - The energy is high - you know everyone in the building can't wait for Taylor to get out there.
Amy - Each show had great energy. The crowd in Myrtle Beach seemed a Little more upbeat than the Asheville crowd and I even spoke with people after the Asheville show that said "what was up with this crowd tonight? They seemed dead.
Tina - Each concert has been different. Most concerts the audience has stood for either the entire concert of the vast majority. Taylor has been sick for several of the concerts that I have attended, and in Jacksonville I saw him in the hotel lobby accompanied by a nurse and physician who boarded the bus with him. The energy Level coming from the stage is always 110%, but if you have been to as many concerts as I, you learn when Taylor is not feeling his best. For example, the first Birmingham show I knew he chose not to dance and move as much and concentrated more on his vocals. He did not have the stamina (due to illness) to do both. But for the second Birmingham show, he apparently was feeling much better and danced and moved much more than the previous evening. Regarding the audience, the energy Level rises when Taylor Launches into his dance moves or plays the harmonica. The higher energy songs of course bring more of a response to the crowd than a slower paced song such as Just to Feel That Way. The energy Level also increases when he "tags" songs together- the audience really seems to enjoy that aspect of his performance.
Lubiana - Phenomenal! Tay took off like a rocket! For me, the Universal Studios concert was the best out of all the Florida shows.
Linda S - Myrtle Beach crowd was really into it - Taylor got a lot of response to Chain Gang for example - about five repeats out of us before he took it back - he looked like a kid who's just been given the keys to a brand new convertible when he walked to our side - he looked up at the balcony with such a mix of joy and amazement on his face I almost lost it - had to look away from hubby for a minute so wouldn't have to explain. Asheville - we didn't think the audience was as wound up as MB - lot of people sitting, still - They were clapping and all but just not as bouncy and verbal as MB
BUT Taylor was really psyched - very intense - very growl and gritty vocals. My husband noticed he seemed focused on the middle of the crowd a lot - - found out later he had a group of friends that had come to see him since he had Monday off B'ham would be so crazy.
Is there anything specific about a concert you attended that really sticks out in your mind?
Tracy - How welcoming Knoxville was. The radio stations in this area haven't really played Taylor's songs more than a couple of times, so to see Knoxville welcome him with open arms, and with such Love and enthusiasm, was very inspiring! The glowing reviews from those who attended the show was icing on the cake.
SallyannLady - In the Sunday night Birmingham concert, when he finished with "My Homes in Alabama"- tears from him on-stage (which I caught on camera), and tears from the audience it was such a highly emotional moment.
Sandra - What sticks out in my mind the most about the concert, I would say the way he interacted with the fans. He sang to us, smiled at us, joked with us, flirted with us, shook hands with some (I was jealous) and really showed he appreciated us being there for him.
Tammy - Taylor's nonstop energy, the man was on fire. He definitely knows how to work a crowd.
Jackie - The song "My Homes in Alabama."
Chuck - The Tabernacle in ATL was more of a club type atmosphere, no seating, you didn't have to be stuck in a seat that was nice.
Melissa - Yes, the one thing that sticks out in my mind the most is right before one of the times I met him there was a fan that was so excited about meeting him she was trembling and had tears and he said "don't shake honey, it's aright". That was touching. I also totally admire his affection for kids, he just lights up around them. I think that is great because children need someone like him to look up to, music is what these kids need rather than video games. I am a pediatric nurse and I get tickled when one of my patients talks about Taylor Hicks or wanting to sing and play harmonica Like Taylor Hicks.
Cydter - I would have to say that in both concerts I saw the leadership role that Taylor takes on stage.... he just has control of everything... he is an entertainer.
Tara Renee - When he sang "My home is in Alabama" he just sounded and looked so sincere and we were all crying and trying to sing along. Just his energy and respect for his band members. Then there's of course running into Soul Patrollers at the shows whom I hadn't met before and being blown away with all these people knowing me and I not knowing them (by face).
Leslie - As far as Taylor himself-- I'LL never forget the Homewood Drum Corp-- genius! And, I'LL start crying yet AGAIN if I talk too much about him singing My Home's in Alabama. As for the Soul Patrollers I met along the way-- Last week was such an amazing journey. I met about 20 or so Soul Patrollers that I've been talking to on the board since Last June and when we all met, it was as if we'd all been friends for 20 years. Apparently, we all had that same experience, and we've all been VERY emotional this week after decompressing from our trip.
Lvs2dance - The drum Line in Birmingham. He has such great ideas!
Amy - My first show, Myrtle Beach, when he came out and performed Compared to What, this was a new cover and the very first time he had ever performed it on this tour. You could tell that he was a man on a mission with that song. It has a Lot of underlying meaning in my opinion and tells a story about himself in a way.
Tina - The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on March 4, 2007. Taylor was totally "on fire" that night and did everything with an intensity that shocked me. He was intense, fierce, interactive and playful at the same time. At one point, he jumped about 4 feet into the air, twirled around and began dancing. But the dancing was not the type that he had been maligned for in the past. It was as if he was dancing with a woman in a club and his moves were totally incredible and smooth. At another point in the performance, he finished a particularly lively number and slammed the microphone back into the stand as if he were so proud of his performance he could not contain his enthusiasm. His vocals were excellent and his intensity far exceeded any thing I had previously witnessed. Birmingham (March 11) - this was the second show Taylor performed in Birmingham. The encore was absolutely awesome. Taylor had arranged for a local high school drum line to march down the aisle
from the back of the theatre onto the stage and launch into the Runaround. Taylor ran through them, weaving in and out, while singing The Runaround. The man was a ball of energy tonight. The crowd obviously loved it because it was a special moment to everyone from Birmingham. Taylor is a genius when it comes to orchestrating something special to get the audience into the performance. This one worked. He had one more very special gift to offer those of us lucky enough to witness this performance. A stool, a microphone and a guitar were brought out and placed under one lone spotlight. Taylor emerged from the back, fidgeted on the stool a few seconds, and then gave us something from the depths of his soul. Those of us from Alabama instantly recognized the first chords as he strummed them on the guitar. I stood there with my hands on my head and my mouth open. As Taylor began to sing, tears streamed down my face. The song was written by Randy Owens from the country group Alabama and was a huge hit several decades ago. It has always been special to those of us who call Alabama our home. It's name...."My Home's In Alabama". While its original version is country, Taylor sang it with passion and soul. His emotions were apparent as tears welled in his eyes also.
And Taylor quietly waved and left the stage... moving on to another city in another state...taking his music to "people who really love him and let him know when it's good".
I talked to a lot of people that night who have seen many of Taylor's shows...everyone was in total agreement that this one was the best one yet, and may never be rivaled
Lubiana - Tay's dancing- he just kept moving throughout each show, it's like he never stopped.
Linda S - haven't seen this posted in anyone else's recap - - in Asheville Taylor mentioned the Christmas Jam and how cool Marty Stuart was - I let out a yell but don't think a lot of the crowd knew why he said it - had to explain why I yelled to the people around me. Taylor sat in with Marty Stuart and his band at the Pre-Jam that was done at the Orange Peel - he played harp and Marty gave him a nice shout out during a song - think it was that's Country? - - Taylor was so low key about it but you just know he had to be proud of it or he wouldn't have mentioned it - and he has every right to be - he was obviously respected by all the great musicians that he was on stage with that weekend.
Be sure to keep an eye out for part 2 coming very soon. Fans will talk about meeting Taylor and what it meant to them and much more.
Taylor Hicks Tour Experience Part 2– Published March 24, 2007 by:
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Fans discuss meeting Taylor and what it meant to them too meet the man that they have been watching, listening to and hanging on his every word since the journey began last January. They also discuss all the special things Taylor has done for his fans.
Did you get to meet Taylor?
Tracy - No and I've been kicking myself ever since for not sticking around long enough to see him at the busses.
SallyannLady - Yes, I did.
Sandra - Sadly No.
Tammy - Yes, I did! It was very fast though. I think I told him "thank you" at Least 5 or 6 times. I got an autograph and picture (which my daughter deleted).
Jackie - Yes twice. He is so precious.
Chuck - Yes I got to meet and talk with Taylor, Becky, and Ace at "Oasis" in Birmingham after the show at Work Play... That was a CRAZY night.
Melissa - I have been fortunate enough to meet him twice during the American Idol tour and once in Birmingham for the solo tour.
Cydter - Yes- I was fortunate enough to meet him both times.
Tara Renee - Yes I saw him a few times out by the buses but a Lovely Lady (Cathy) gave me her M&G pass once she got it from Will Call as she didn't want to lose her place in line (ATL was Gen. Adm.) and I'm so thankful to her for that. I also met him at Lasers Edge in Birmingham and gave him a goodie bag from all us IHOTS (International House of Taylor) here in Europe
Leslie - yes. I had a meet and greet and then saw him several times by the buses.
Lvs2dance - Yes - at the Laser's Edge meet and greet. He signed my guitar!
Amy - Yes
Tina - Yes, I have met Taylor 5 times in various setting. I won three meet and greets, bought a meet and greet at Laser's Edge in Birmingham, and spoke with him for a couple of minutes at the bus in Columbus (very relaxed atmosphere). Additionally, I have been able to get various items signed at the buses on two other occasions, but I did not get to speak directly to him in these settings.
Linda S - Yes, got a M & G in Myrtle Beach - - he is way too cute to have a M&G wasted on someone my age - LOL - think meet is the wrong word though because it sets up a certain expectation for some people who then run around posting how disappointed they are - - these are more like a drive by Hi there ! with a picture - - feel sorry for him actually and wish people would put themselves in his shoes - some of the whining on Gray's made me sick to my stomach - - new meaning to the concept of selfish also did the bus bit - but only because I really wanted to get the hat I bought for my son signed - he was very methodical going down the line and his manager said they really needed to get the bus headed for Knoxville.
RagsQueen - Yes, 3 times during AI tour and 4 times on his current tour; first time was a personal M&G that was not planned in advance
Can you describe what that meeting and what it meant to you?
SallyannLady - He did not have to take the time to meet me. I did not have a Meet & Greet pass, and it was actually over, but when a friend of mine who did go to the M&G told him about me and the distance I had traveled to see him,(Canada) he told her to go and get me. He was sweet and very gracious to take the time to walk towards me with his hand out, and call me "dear", to take a photo with me, sign a picture of him I had, and to just give me a couple minutes of his very valuable time. It made me cry to think he would do that for me. It meant more to me than anything that has happened to me so far in my life.
Tammy - The meeting was really quick but he was sweet. I had left the things I wanted autographed in the car so when I walked in I said "the only thing I have for you to sign is my ticket". He said "that's okay" very friendly like. I don't remember what else was said it's all kind of a blur. I feel very fortunate to have met a future "Legend".
Jackie - Even though he was sick, he was very personable, very sweet, and easy to talk to. When you think you are nervous, he makes it better.
Chuck - It was just insane how it all worked out. It's a real Long story.
Melissa - Taylor is very genuine, and devoted to his fans. He has given Lots of time to them even when he didn't feel well. When I met him in Birmingham during the meet and greet at Laser's Edge people were saying that he didn't give them much time or didn't smile much, in my opinion he was very gracious and very genuine. To meet him three times means the world to me because that right there says a lot about his devotion to his fans, I have been to lots of other concerts and have never met the performer.
Cydter - It was an affirmation to me that he is serious about his craft and his love for music. I met him in Coral Springs after the meet and greet. I had a problem with Music Today and getting taken off the M&G List. I was having an onsite pre-party so I really could not attend too much to the problem. He came out for a brief moment to sign some autographs... I yelled at him and said" Taylor Hicks I am having a pre-party for you and I was not allowed into your meet and greet! What's up with that? "He was very gracious and said "Well come on down and meet me then!" He thanked me for the party and hugged me. We posed for a picture then. He sent his handler in to take picks of the party- he could not attend - for security purposes. The second time was at HOB. We had a prearranged M&G because of Proud of Our Troops. So we had a relaxed 15 -20 minutes with him backstage. He signed things and talked to us - took pictures. It was great- he is a sweetheart.
Tara Renee - They were quick; I was nervous and couldn't say much. So handsome in person and although he wasn't talking due to his cold he was still nice and polite. I said in ATL that I didn't have anything for him to sign I just wanted a photo with him and he held up his finger "hang on" and he grabbed that Little Leaflet that is in the CD about downloading DIMYP and signed it for me and smiled. Meeting him was great and did mean a lot to me just wish I hadn't been so nervous and had properly introduced myself
Leslie - Editors note- Leslie's Description was very in-depth and will be on part 4. Make sure to read it. You will not want to miss it.
Lvs2dance - The days before the meet and greet, I was very nervous, but when I met him, he had this calming aura about him that makes me love him even more.
Amy - When I first discovered that I had won a meet & greet in Myrtle Beach I honestly didn't know if I could go through with it. I wasn't sure if meeting the person that I had spent so much time learning about and getting to know online could live up to my expectations and I truly wasn't sure what I could ever say to him. I went through with it, had my photo taken with him and he signed a couple of things for me. He was very polite, very kind, very quiet. I actually had to keep the conversation going! It's a great memory and I hope it's just the first of many meetings in a career that will withstand the times.
Tina - Each meeting has been very different. The first time I met Taylor was at his first concert in Jacksonville. Five of us were led into a room and I was the last of the first five. Taylor came out and said, "Where's the table?" He clearly wanted to be seated behind a table, but security said there would not be one available. So Taylor stood the entire time. He was rather distracted and there was no one there moving the crowd along. At times he asked, "So what's next?" The distractions may have been related to the fact that it was an hour prior to taking stage for his first solo tour- I am sure that man had better things on his mind. But there was clearly no one in charge so Taylor was at the mercy of each fan who wanted to linger perhaps longer than necessary. I really feel that he is more comfortable with a "boundary" between him and his fans (i.e. the table). He clearly seems much more comfortable seated behind a table with his handler beside him directing the meet and greets.
The most memorable time I met Taylor was in Columbus, Georgia. We arrived early and were going to just sit in the car and take a short nap. We parked in plain view of the buses and I could see many of Taylor's friends from nearby Auburn University coming and going. We then saw Taylor interacting with a small group of people whom he clearly knew. He was hugging them and spending a lot of time talking. We got out of the car and strolled over as other fans were beginning to do. Taylor was very animated and clearly enjoying seeing people from his past. We waited our turn in line and then Taylor finally approached us. My husband immediately extended his hand for a handshake and said, "Taylor, I just want to meet the man that has taken my money and my wife all over this country!" Taylor Laughed so hard he bent over! He then looked at me and I quickly said, "Now, Taylor, it's only 15 concerts so it's not as bad as he makes it out to be". Taylor looked at me over those thick eyebrows and said, "Wow, 15? Thanks, that's cool!"
At a meet and greet in Mobile, I gave Taylor a Ray Charles t-shirt and thanked him for being so kind to me in Jacksonville, reminding him that he had autographed some things for a young fan back in Birmingham who had cerebral palsy. I don't think he remembered signing the items, but when I gave him the shirt he looked at it and ran his hand softly over Ray's image. It was the way in which he ran his hand over the image that let me know that Ray was indeed a special force in his life.
Linda S - the M& G is very structured by his tour manager [name escapes me] and Bill Will, his friend that takes the picture with your own camera - - - Taylor in person is quite possibly the most handsome man I've ever seen and I've met some pretty damn nice looking guys in my life - not being fangirly with that either, too old, more of a mom thing with me - just a fact - think that he truly does value his fans but that these sessions are hard for him - - he is obviously an introvert when not "in character" for the stage or the camera
RagsQueen - It was very personal & very special. It was much like an out-of-body experience when you know what happened but it's surreal
We have heard many stories of Taylor going the extra mile to let a fan meet him and making sure kids get a chance; do you have anything to share concerning that?
Tracy - Although I did not see this personally. I've heard stories from several people who were at the show and they told how wonderful Taylor was with everyone, and how he paid special attention to every single one of the children that were waiting to see him.
Tammy - While we were waiting to get in we went around back to the buses. There was a lady there with a little boy that they let in to see Taylor. He got an autograph on his baseball cap and a signed picture I think. There was another little girl and her mom that were let in later.
Chuck - Taylor has always been very gracious to all his fans.
Melissa - One of my favorite experiences was meeting him at the Galaxy in Dallas Texas. I was there to see Limbo. There were Lots of people there who left early in hopes that Taylor would be there and Left before Limbo finished. When Limbo had finished their fans were hangings around chatting and Taylor walks in through the front door He had just finished a performance and was just glowing. I will never forget that moment; it was unplanned and very spontaneous.
Cydter - He does make things happen... I call it "Taylor Magic". I have seen it happen with Phyllis, SallyannLady, and some kids.... He does go the extra mile.
Tina - I work for an organization in Birmingham that serves children with disabilities, and we serve one little girl who is a huge fan of Taylor's. At the meet and greet in Jacksonville, I took her picture and showed to Taylor while I told him about her disability and her Love for him. He immediately responded by asking her name and personalizing the items I had brought for him to sign. Additionally, he said he wanted her to have a picture of him, so he personally walked into another room, obtained a photograph and also personalized a message to this five year old child. I have been at two concerts at which Taylor made a pointed effort to acknowledge those in attendance with disabilities.
Linda S - there were some kids near the front stage right in Asheville that he made a special effort to play to especially during the chorus of Young Turks
Young hearts be free tonight.
Time is on your side,
Don't let them put you down,
Don't let em push you around,
Don't let em ever change your point of view.
RagsQueen - In B'ham at Laser's Edge, I had only 2 wrist bands because I was taking my younger granddaughter to meet Taylor (the older one met him last summer); they had a dog dresses as Elvis to give Taylor . I spoke to a VIP & explained situation and she went to let the officer at the door know to let her in and then told me to go get her. Both girls got pictures with Taylor & gave him the dog whose name is "Soul Patrol"
Some of you had some very heart touching stories about meeting Taylor or things that happened after the concert can you share those?
Sandra - Yes, I waited by the stage door after the concert, along with a bunch of other people. After a while a man came out and told us Taylor wouldn't be coming out for a while because he was sick, and that even after he did, he'd be whisked away to the bus on account of not feeling well. At that very moment, it suddenly didn't matter to me whether I got to meet him or anything because my only concern was that he was sick. A bunch of us just decided to go ahead and go home but I had tears in my eyes all the way back to my car at the thought of him not being well, especially after he'd just put on such an incredible show for us. I prayed for him several times that night and for the next few days.
Cydter - Mine would be when he saw my friend Lauren silks portraits she painted for him. He was very touched. It was a great moment for her and the group. Another one had to be Taylor meeting PaytheDevil. He commented with her about "The Maze" video. This was very touching for her as well as our group.
Tara Renee - Well we caught him in the hotel Lobby in Atlanta on his way to the bus and he did stop for a photo with my friend and her mom which was great because he was ill and he didn't have to stop. He told me by the buses that he does hope to come to England one day. When I gave him his IHOT goodie bag I told him there were some golf things from Harrods in there and that we hoped he liked it all and he said "I'm sure I will, thank you"
Leslie - Sunday night after B'ham 2, out by the buses, Taylor was SICK and tired. But, he came out and signed for about 2 to 300 people. My four year old daughter crouched down, and found her way through about 10 pairs of Legs and walked underneath the security tape, stood toe-to-toe to Taylor, straightened up and looked up at him. He stopped what he was doing, the crowd let out a collective "Awwwwww", he knelt down and got a big smile on his face and talked to her for a couple minutes. Belle was so star-struck, she couldn't say a word, but he didn't care, he was VERY sweet to her!
RagsQueen - I've met Taylor a number of times lately. Once was at the Endymion ball where he actually made eye contact that really hooks you. Another time he acknowledged having met me before and I teased him about "not kissing & telling". Most are very special in one way or another, and I've never posted or blogged about them.
Be sure to check back for Part 3 of The Taylor Hicks Tour Experience. Fans will discuss the songs on the tour that they enjoyed the most and the ones that had the crowd going crazy. They also share what you can expect from Taylor on the Taylor Hicks Tour.