Contest Winner - Memories from 1999 Solo
Earlier this month we announced that Thrasher's Wheat would be giving away a copy of the DVD film "Heart of Gold". Thrasher received a bunch of entries and it was a tough call. But here's our winner from Suz M. in Michigan and her Neil tale. Thanks to all the entrants. A few other entries are posted in the comments below.
Well here is a story of one of my most memorable days of my life! It was back on a beautiful day in May of 99' and I was heading with my dad, brother and friend down to Detroit to The Fox Theatre to see Neil solo acoustic and I had no idea how great of a show and night I was in for.
I had been raised on Neil and it was always "dads music" until I was 13 and my favorite band Pearl Jam was opening for Neil. I went in Pearl Jam crazy and came out with a new perspective and love for Neil that I never knew I had. From the second I heard Neil live opening with "The Loner" for the first time I was taken in by him in a way that I had never been thru live music before.
So back to that sunny day in May 99....entering The Fox Theater was an incredible sight, such a beautiful theatre a perfect setting for Neil solo, no one else but Neil for the night and I wasn't even dreaming. Entering the gates we were upgraded to better seats and that alone was enough to make my day, but I had no idea what was ahead for me that night. The show was amazing the crowd was so respectful to Neil and remained quiet for most of the show and Pegi was just to the left of us which was fun to see.
At the end of the show I go up to my dad and brother only to hear the news that the first 5 rows were part of the "Golden Circle" and were staying to head backstage to meet Neil!!! I was shocked and there was no way I was going to wait in the truck for them to get out so I took my chance and waited around to see what was going on. As we headed up the back stairs I was certain that I wasn't making it past the security, I had no wrist band or "Golden Circle" ticket in hand but as fate would have it they didn't check me and I was in.
It was a surreal moment Neil just walks out and the room remains quiet. Pegi talks to several fans but come on Neil is here I knew this was my only chance so I crossed the room and approached Uncle Neil. I had no idea what to say and looking back on that day, there are a thousand other questions that I would of liked to ask but I just said what came to mind, which was "So Neil are you a Leafs fan?" Neil chuckled and said "not anymore....I take my boy down to the San Jose games, they are great to us there". He jokes across the room to Pegi about how they lost money on The Red Wings (who lost out of the playoffs that week) as I continued to talk and follow Neil thru the crowd. He was soft spoken and kept the conversation going, he listened to me talk about girls hockey and I talked about the first time seeing him play at the Ex in Toronto back in 93' and how I just stood with my mouth dropped for most of that show. I found myself intrigued by the chunks of hair hanging out from underneath his hat, how perfectly unkept he was and his soft voice. I followed him and talked with him until he had made it thru the crowd and finished signing autographs...gave him a pat on the back and said what a great show it was tonight and thanks.
So my tale isn't anything too exciting or crazy but it was for me a day that I'll remember and treasure forever.
"So Neil are you a Leafs fan?" .....priceless.
Also, some more contest entries below in comments. Thanks again to all who entered!