So I was chatting with my uncle Keith recently, and he busted out with a story about how in 2002, he had great seats at an Aerosmith concert at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA. He’d been sitting with his arms crossed, and Steven Tyler looked down, saw him, and mockingly crossed his own arms as if to say, You can’t cross your arms at a rock show, dude. When my Uncle Keith recounted that story to a friend shortly after the concert, another friend, who’d been at the show that night, said to him, “That was you!?!” Awesome.
I wish I had a great concert story like that, but the closest I’ve come to interacting with the artist onstage was sitting next to my friend Sheila when Duran Duran taped their appearance on Viva Variety in 1997. Duran Duran performed their then-new single “Electric Barbarella,” and Sheila was the only one in the crowd who already knew the words — which she sang. Simon Le Bon totally looked at her and smiled. I can confirm that (as opposed to my sister’s assertion that Garth Brooks waved to her when we had shitty seats at the Clearfield County Fair many, many years ago).
Do you have a good (legitimate) concert interaction story? Relive it below.
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