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Rascal Flatts + Taylor Swift = Happy Awesome!

Concerts I have attended over my lifetime:

New Kids on the Block
Most of the MTV Spring Break beach concerts from 1991-1993
Lalapalooza 1-2
Stone Temple Pilots
Reverend Horton Heat
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Garbage (yes, Mom, I actually paid to see a band called Garbage)
Smashing Pumpkins
George Strait (what can I say, I was confused)
Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Jimmy Buffet – many times
The Cure, 1994 and 2008
Hannah Montana (ear drums have still not fully recovered)
Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift

Do you see that last one? That was Saturday night.  It was awesome!

Natalie, the Thelma to my Louise….without all the guns and cops, though…was my date for the concert. Peter couldn’t be here to go, and really isn’t right in the head a huge Rascal Flatts fan and why would I waste a FREE TICKET! on him if he isn’t aching at the seams to see them?  Natalie, however, was.

Oh yeah, you heard that right, our tickets were free!  Can I hear a big WAHOOO for Jenny and Travis of US 103.5, one of our local Tampa stations that stepped up and smacked one out of the park for Natalie and myself!  A long story short, Jenny is a friend of a friend and started reading our website…I got the chance to meet Jenny and Travis when we did a tour of their studio and Jenny recognized Peyton….a desperate plea casual comment about tickets for the upcoming RF concert was made and they made this night happen for us.  Yeah. That’s right. That’s pretty darn cool!  Thank you so much to Jenny and Travis because Natalie and I? We had a wicked fun time!  And at $85 a ticket, it wasn’t something we would have ever been able to do for ourselves, so thank you thank you thank you.

Taylor Swift was the opening act.  Once I get past the fact that the girl has made more money before graduating high school than I will see in my lifetime, she put on a rockin’ good show. The people behind us were all “Encore! Encore!”  Which is funny because 1) you generally don’t encore the opening act and 2) she only has about 6 songs so what’s she going to encore with?  But give her a few years, that girl is going to be making some mad music magic because she is adorable and talented and I wanted to wrap her in a blanket, sneak her home and keep her like a pet bunny.

It was a sold out show at the Amphitheatre, which meant hours and hours in the oppressive Florida humidity and heat.  It was so worth it.  Rascal Flatts blew the roof off the place, they put on a tremendous show of how funny and gifted each one is, the amazing musical talent they posses and what awesome showmen they are.  There was only a slight glitch in the night when the band started up the song Skin and Natalie and I had both prepared for hearing it, yet we both burst into tears.  FYI for those who don’t know, it’s a heartwrenching song about a girl who gets cancer, loses her hair and her boyfriend shaves his head for the prom.  Pretty simplistic description for a song that tore our hearts out and stomped them into teeny bite sized pieces.

Feel free to have your heart torn out by watching this:

**sorry for the broken linkage, all fixed now.

Truly, I have to tell you that one of the highlights of my night was the crazy enthusiastic woman sitting to my right.  Not Natalie, she sat to my left.  Ms. Right was super excited to not be sitting in the lawn seats (which she had every right to be, we had really great seats), thrilled about all the free stuff she’d collected (cause, really, who can’t use more beer cozies, bottle openers and shirts advertising Copenhagen “even though I don’t chew anymore, ya’ll”) and was WAAAY too into telling me all the details of her life: like how she is the person all her girlfriends send over to get numbers from strange guys when they’re too shy to go themselves, and sometimes…just a few times…she’s set up hotel rooms for them too….because that’s what friends do.  They set up hotel rooms for you to meet up with your soulmate when you’re too nervous to call the local Motel 6 and tell them to leave a light on for ya.  She went on to share more information that I didn’t want and couldn’t seem to stop her from spilling…their trailer, their car, her daughter’s boyfriend she doesn’t like.  I nearly promised to run to the van to get the free beer coozie I had left out there if she promised to just ZIP IT during the music.

It was a small price to pay to get to enjoy this FANTABULOUS concert.

So, thank you to all the great people who made this outing possible.  Travis and Jenny from 103.5, our fairy-ticket-parents, who made two cancer moms verrry happy tonight, Ronnie and Alannah Willis who took the 3 Mayhew kids into care so that I could steal Natalie away for the night…again.

And to Rascal Flatts for being one of my all time favorite bands AND sounding every bit as good live as you do recorded.

AWEsome seats….lousy phone camera

Why yes, Rascal Flatts, I WOULD drop everything and go on tour with you!

8 Comments on “Rascal Flatts + Taylor Swift = Happy Awesome!”

  1. #1 Kristine
    on Aug 18th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Sounds like an awesome night! Glad you had so much fun!

    Kristines last blog post..Show and Tell of the feline variety – part 2

  2. #2 Jennifer
    on Aug 18th, 2008 at 9:45 am

    I saw them about two years ago (Rascal Flatts, of course…Taylor was too busy with high school at that time). They were fantastic then too! I’m glad you & Natalie got to go!

  3. #3 Natalie
    on Aug 18th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    What a GREAT night, huh!?!? I had one of ‘those ladies’ behind me as well. As she was gyrating to the music, she fell into Shawn T. and pulled her hair. Shawn turned around and said “I will CUT. YOU. if you do that again” … it was SO funny.

    Natalies last blog post..Rascal Flatts

  4. #4 Jennifer
    on Aug 18th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    I’m going to pass on watching the video again because you know what will happen to me!!! But if you and Peter are ever in need of a hotel room, I’d be happy to set one up for you because, ya know, that’s what friends do!!! LMAO!!!

    Jennifers last blog post..Oh Dear…

  5. #5 Sarah Clapp
    on Aug 18th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I can understand why that song goes straight through your heart. WOW!

    On a lighter note, I love the collection of concerts you’ve gone too! I love that you went to the New Kids. (I’ve seen Britney Spears!)

    Sarah Clapps last blog post..SO TYPICAL

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  7. #7 alex farguson
    on Apr 8th, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for point that out. It is so difficult to get it nowadays.

  8. #8 Kidney Bladder~Detox Infosite
    on Jul 6th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    taylor swift has a warm sweet voice. she is also a very beautiful person.