Taylor Hicks on Tour: Fan-tastic
When Taylor Hicks and band came to New Jersey last month, one family was more than ready, and waiting.
“We were so excited to see that Taylor Hicks was playing at Mexicali Live. We bought the tickets as soon as we got the email so that our two daughters could be up close to see. Charlee, 9, has been a huge fan since American Idol and saw Taylor in GREASE on Broadway as well. Isabella, 7, liked Taylor but wasn’t sure if she would like the show since it was going to be her first concert.”
What did Isabella think of the show? “This was my first concert, and it will be my best concert ever! I want to go see Taylor Hicks here again!” While older sister Charlee knew most of the songs, it took a little while for her to warm to the concert setting. She was hesitant to approach the stage during the show, but did inch closer to take some pictures. Just before the encore, both girls found a comfortable place by the stage with Taylor’s other excited fans. By the time Hicks returned, the girls had relaxed and were dancing and screaming for more.
Said Charlee and Isabella’s father, “We never could have imagined that Taylor would notice them and give them harmonicas right there from the stage. It was so exciting to see their faces at that moment and that just continued as they waited for autographs and pictures. They both walked out with pictures with Taylor and signed t-shirts and harmonicas; better yet were the smiles that lasted for days.”
What did the girls’ Dad think of the show? ”I really enjoyed it and definitely have to say that Taylor and the band seem to love what they are doing. They looked like they were just having fun up there. It wasn’t about anything but the music AND having a good time with the crowd. Especially in a small venue like Mexicali, it’s like you are part of the show too.”
“Taylor did a great job of mixing it up with different songs and types of music. Gotta say my favorite might have been when he threw a little Smokey and the Bandit into Soul Thing. But of course we loved the “Takin It To The Streets” encore when the girls were up at the stage. The piano player and the Great Balls of Fire solo were excellent. The sax player was very good too … he kinda stayed tucked away to the side but he was really great. Can’t say enough good things about the show, Taylor, or his fans after this great night.”
The whole family enjoyed the opportunity to meet Hicks after the show. ”We love that Taylor takes the time to take pictures with everyone after the show (really just a down to earth guy). He was the same way when we saw him after GREASE. Thanks Taylor for acknowledging the “little” fans too and being so amazingly nice to our daughters at the show. We’ll be looking for your next visit to New Jersey or New York!!!”
Family friendly, fan friendly, fan-tastic: the Taylor Hicks band returns to the northeast in mid September for shows in Norfolk, CT, Tarrytown, NY, and Rutland, VT. More information is available from the concert page in the blog header, or from Mr. Hicks’ official site at www. taylorhicks.com.