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Demi Lovato Neon Lights Tour

Sunday night Demi Lovato brought her Neon Lights tour to the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT for the second night in a row. I had a bit of a falling out with Demi, so to speak, so I was moreso going to this tour to see the opening acts – from The XFactor – Fifth Harmony and British Girl Group – Little Mix.  I was also pretty excited to see that Collins Key from this past season of America’s Got Talent would be on the tour as well.

When I got to my seat there was already a DJ on the stage – Cole Plante – who was spinning all the typical songs. (Although I swear he played Katy Perry’s Dark Horse at least 5 times throughout the night).  Around 7, Collins came out and had on a black t-shirt under his jacket and said he had the wrong shirt on, turned around and ended up doing some sort of quick change into a Demi t-shirt.  His catch phrase now seems to be “NO WAAY!” Which I thought was a little bit juvenile (although I guess the crowd was a bit younger than me) and the fact that he kept asking us to say it – rather than amazing us to the point that we wanted to say it on our own got to be a little obnoxious.   He came back out during each of the breaks to do more magic with volunteers from the audience. Most of it was what he had already done on AGT.

Next up was Fifth Harmony – they were good and had a lot of crowd interaction, but I must be old because I thought their outfits were a bit much. Or rather, not much… clothing. At one point, Normani ran off stage. I thought something might have been going on with her top. Based on the tweets after the show – it seemed like I was right and her shirt was falling off so she ran off to get it fixed.

Little Mix was the next act and they were the ones I was most interested in seeing and they did not disappoint. They had 4 dancers with them as well as themselves and had a lot of great energy and even did 1 song entirely a cappella.

Then it was time for Demi! One thing I didn’t like though was how long the wait was after Collins left the stage (at about 845) and Demi taking the stage (close to 930).  If the stage was being set up between acts while Collins was distracting us – why did we have to sit around so much longer? (Although at that point I was pretty over Collins Key so I wouldn’t have wanted to see more of him)

Demi started her set out with Heart Attack. I had been counting songs because I knew that if Nick Jonas was going to come out to sing with her (like he did the 2 nights previous) he’d be coming out around song 6. But then she completely jumped from what I thought was the setlist over about 4 songs.  In addition to Nick not being there, Demi was sick so she cut the setlist down a bit. I was a bit disappointed with the shorter set – but if she was going to lose her voice and sing like crap for those extra songs – it was probably better that she did what she needed to do and cut out some of the songs.

The main set was 12 songs, with a 2 song encore.  For the last song of the main set – Neon Lights – we had been instructed to download her app. It is from Mobile Roadie, who also does the Hanson app. Fortunately my phone had enough space to install it (it’s been picky about those types of things lately!) and I figured I’d see what happens with it and how it is “interactive” during the show. It has what is called “Wham City Lights” and if you point the phone to the stage, it changes color and then when Demi gets to the chorus it gets the flash on the camera to blink along with the song. It was really neat and I’m glad I downloaded to check it out and see how it worked!

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Arthur Ashe Kids Day 2010

Yesterday we went to Flushing, NY for the 15th annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day.  It’s hard to believe this has been around for 15 years, but considering Hanson did it in 1997, I guess it makes sense! We got there earlier and just sat at the patio for a bit where we could kind of hear the Hess stage.  There were a lot of acts on that stage, most of which I had never heard of, and the sound system must not have been that great because they all sounded awful from where we were sitting. (And there was no way that they booked that many awful acts!)

We went over to the Hess stage to check out Burnham, we stayed for 3 of their songs Rich Kids , Shy and Untouchable.  When we left they were starting up with Glow In The Dark.  They were the last band on the Hess stage so the crowd wasn’t all that huge for them, but those who were around seemed to really be into them.  And Forrest is so little and cute 😉

When we left Burnham, we went over to the Arthur Ashe Stadium for the main stage show – which I am now watching on TV while I am blogging – I know, I know, I’m cheating just a little bit… For about an hour they had us just getting settled in and were teaching us about quick start tennis, which has tennis balls less compressed so it is easier for beginners to start playing tennis without needing to worry about the ball bouncing all over like crazy.

They also had a competition for some young tennis players, the winner would get to compete later against the pros and would win some money for their tennis program.

About 2pm it was time for the Jonas Brothers.  They sang LA Baby, from their Disney show “Jonas LA”, then Adrienne Bailon and Quddus interviewed them. (I think they had said Q had hosted it for the past 10 years!)  They also played S.O.S and Hold On.

Jonas Brothers tour mate and Camp Rock 2 Co-star Demi Lovato was up next – she sang Can’t Back Down from the movie as well as Get Back.

Then it was time for the pros to play the kids – Melanie Oudin, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn, Andy Roddick vs Nicole, Natan, Alex and Quinten. Nick Cannon was the umpire for the game and it was a combined game.  The Kids ended up kicking the pros butts!  Lindsey Vonn was having a lot of trouble getting the ball over the net and Andy kept throwing balls at her and then ended up sitting on the net so that she could get the ball over it LOL (She is a skiier after all)

After that, the Bryan Brothers band performed and were joined by Novak who made is rapping debut. They performed a song called Autograph and one other that I don’t remember the name of.

Next up was Joe and Demi performing Wouldn’t Change A Thing on the courts while they set up the stage for David Archuleta, who ended up singing his new single, Something ‘Bout Love and Crush.  We ended up leaving after this as it was waaay too hot!

On the way back to where we parked, a guy with bootleg shirts ($10) was worried about my leg that I had hurt. (I have Cerebral Palsy and wear a leg brace) He ended up giving me one of the shirts for free lol

Photos coming soon…

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6/21/09 – Demi Lovato, David Archuleta, KSM

I feel like first I need to start off by saying how thankful I was that I had stashed a pair of earplugs in my bag at some point. As I walked into the venue, a little girl screamed in my ear. I’m not sure WHY she was screaming either, she was only waiting in line for merch. The whole way to my seat I was just hoping that I might find a set of ear plugs in my bag and as soon as I sat down I found them.

Also worth noting is the fact that I pulled up row C one day on ticketmaster and bought it thinking it was 3rd row near the stage. Not too shabby. Except, when I got to my section the usher told me it was the first row, all the way at the bottom! There were a few feet a couple of chairs and then the catwalk! It was front row, not 3rd! How exciting.

Up and coming group KSM was on first. I had heard a bit about them because they had been opening for Honor Society out in California. They are a rocking girl band and I really liked their style (though I’m not sure I could pull it off) They did 3 songs, one being “I Want You To Want Me” the theme song from the new TV show – 10 Things I Hate About You based off the movie. (too soon?) They also had green beach balls with their logo lined up at the front of the stage which the lead singer kicked out into the crowd every once in a while. It seemed like more people were just grabbing these as keepsakes rather than hitting them around and playing with them, but I really can’t talk because I probably would have done the same thing.

After their set was over, they put a huge curtain in front of the stage. Fortunately from my seats I could see behind the curtain and saw that David was just standing on stage for a bit before the curtain dropped. At this point, the ear plugs went in and I again thanked my lucky stars for having them as the two girls behind me were apparently being murdered by David Archuleta’s voice. I get screaming (to a certain extend) but they really needed to work on coming up with a sound different than “OMG IM BEING KILLED!” when they really meant to be sending the message “OMG ITS DAVID ARCHULETA!” across.

David really gets into his performance. He puts his whole body into hitting those notes, which is really cool. At the same time, he seems to completely ignore that there are tons and tons of girls screaming and reaching for him all around him. There was one girl with a rose and it was being waved basically right in front of his face and he never grabbed it or even acknowledged it. Not amused, the girl finally just threw it at him and I think it landed on the catwalk. I don’t recall him ever picking it up!

David did 8 songs, including Apologize which he had previously performed on Idol. He said it was his first time every accompanying himself on piano for the song. He seemed a bit nervous, but he did just fine.

After David left the stage, it was time for a 20 minute intermission. First Demi’s band took the stage and played for a bit. Her guitar players were a little bit TOO into it in the beginning and were totally blocking my view of her. Finally they calmed down a bit and stayed back. (And one had on a suit jacket and had pit stains on it like 2 songs in. I’m all for looking good but if you know youre going to be sweating like a pig, maybe wear something more comfortable that breathes?)

I love Demi, but I wasn’t really into it because she did too many new songs. I wanted to sing along more than I did, but I didn’t know any of the songs or the words. Plus it being the first show of the tour, I couldn’t have even watched videos to try and figure out the words. Oh well, guess I will just have to try and catch the show again after the album is released.

She really worked the stage, she was all over all 3 catwalks. (The ones on the further ends went back 4 rows, and I think the one in the middle only went back 2) She used all 3 staircases on the stage, played several guitars and piano. The first time she played the piano, it wasn’t really pushed out far enough so I could see her beyond the bar that was around the stage. The second time, I noticed 2 roadies pushing the piano out further. And here I thought it was all rigged up to move on its own! Nope! Just good old fashioned man-power.

After 18 songs she left the stage for what seemed like a LONG time for a break before the encore. A lot of people were leaving. I don’t get the point of leaving to “beat the traffic” and miss what usually are the best songs of the night. Demi came back out in a cute, but short, pink dress and sang “Don’t Forget” and “Get Back” My whole section was rocking, literally. The seating section was temporary so it really moved as the teenies jumped up and down. I was hoping I wouldn’t get sea sick.

With help from my friend Christine, I made it up the stairs and retraced my steps back to my car in the parking lot. (The only down side to going to shows alone – no one else to help you remember where you parked! I really should get that app for my blackberry!) I waited a bit for the traffic to clear out a bit and made it home by 11:30. Without much help of my stupid GPS who decided to turn itself off because I was trying to set it up inside the parking garage so I wouldn’t have to hit buttons while I was driving.

David and Demi setlists and photos under the cut!


David’s Setlist:
A Little Too Not Over You
Waiting For Yesterday
My Hands
You Can
Works For Me
Touch My Hand
Don’t Let Go
To Be With You
Apologize
Zero Gravity
Crush

Demi’s Setlist:
LaLaLand
So Far So Great
Quiet
Get Caught
You Got Nothing On Me
Dynamite
Party
Trainwreck
Catch Me
Until Youre Mine
Solo
Cant Stop The World
Two Worlds
Natural Woman
Behind Enemy Lines
Everytime You Lie
Remember December
Here We Go Again

Don’t Forget
Get Back

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