(I posted this in the newbie forum, but wanted to share with everyone without having to type it again, is that ok?)
Hi! I'm new to the Garth board. I was bored tonight waiting for my husband to get home from work and was just looking around on the net and decided to see what Garth has been up too. I've been watching fox news all day and I'm getting kinda war weary myself I think. I'm pleasantly surprised to see that there are still so many loyal Garth fans that post regularly. Let me give you a little background on my Garth experiences!
When I was 18 years old (1993) Garth was coming to Lexington and I just had to go see him. Well, I stood in line with my pregnant sister in law for eight hours for tickets for them to only end up selling out while I was still several hundred people back in line. I was so disappointed. Later that week I heard a local station in my little town was going to give away the chance to buy tickets. So I went everywhere I could that they were signing people up to try to win a chance to buy tickets. (This local station and a car lot had bought a whole section and were selling them to "winners" at face value.) I not only signed myself up but everyone in my family that I could think of their name, address, phone, etc. Well, one of my brothers ended up winning a $100 gift certificate from a local music store. Finally I ended up winning a chance to buy tickets. So I was going to the concert!!!
Ok, as the concert drew near the little (I mean little bitty) station said they were going to give away lower arena tickets. Well of course I had already signed up like a hundred times all over town. But on the final day when they were going to draw for the tickets they allowed five people to call in with the answer to a Garth trivia question, “what is Garth’s mother’s name” I was the only person to call in with the answer and I even had time to look it up! Well, the DJ told me they were going to draw for the tickets within the hour and to stay tuned. Which I did. Within the hour I got a call and the lady said I had won but she wanted me to stay on the line so she could tell me again on air. When she got me on air she told me that I had won two tickets and two backstage passes! I told her “Thank You” like 15 times and after giving her my information, I hung up the phone and my mom and I screamed for like 20 minutes.
Fast forward to the day of the concert. We were so excited (I ended up taking my mom cause she just decided she was going). We were told to meet the DJs beside the stage at like 6:45. We got to the stage and stood there for half an hour. I was nearly in tears because I thought the DJs weren’t going to show up and we weren’t going to get to meet him. But at the last minute they did show up. We were escorted backstage by security and waited a couple of minutes for an other DJ (Coyote Calhoun (sp?)) to come out from talking to him. Coyote only stayed back with him for like five to ten minutes. When we finally got to go in his dressing room he had his back to us and I remember asking the DJ if that was him because he was so thin! At that Garth turned around and said “Hi! Can you hold on just a second I have to put my hat in the bathroom.” We all kinda looked at each other with a “His hat has to go to the bathroom?” look. When he returned he explained that he always turned the shower on hot and put his hat in the bathroom so he could shape it after it soaked up some steam. He then shook each of our hands and said our names back to us as we introduced ourselves.
When the DJs told him that I had won the backstage passes he said, “Really, congratulations! Do you want this?” and he held out his hand with something between his fingers. I had no clue what it was, but when Garth Brooks hands you something you take it! And I held out my hand. He placed the “Stetson” pin from his hat (which I still have) in my hand. He then asked us to come on in and have a seat. There were a few chairs and sofa in one part of the room. For some odd reason the DJs and my mom took the seats on the couch after he had sat down in a chair beside the couch which only left a chair kinda out away from everyone. I didn’t know what to do with myself, I was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a rocking chair factory anyway. So I went to sit in the chair across the room. Garth jumped up and said, “No, no, come over here and sit.” He promptly gave me his seat and pulled an end table like thing up beside the chair so he would be sitting right beside me. That was really nice of him. He was really nice the entire time we were backstage with him. We got to spend like 45 minutes with him, because when we went in there was no one else waiting to see him. But when we came out there was a ton of people waiting. I don’t think he knew there were people waiting outside because we were just jawing about nothing. At one point I did get to tell him that I had wanted to go into the music business myself and he told me to go to school first and foremost. I told him I wanted to go to college but my dad was dead set against it (which at the time he was because he didn’t have the money to send me and he is kinda old fashion and thought I should just get married and let my husband take care of me). I explained my situation to him and Garth asked my mom why she wouldn’t just sign for my student loans. My dad wouldn’t even have to know until I was leaving for school. Which is exactly what we did. When I graduated in 1998 my dad cried. I think it was only the second time in my life I ever saw him cry.
I actually got to see Garth again three years later in the Nashville airport and had a chance to tell him how much his talked to my mom had changed my life. He was very nice to me that time as well. I’ll have to tell more about that “meeting” and more about the first one later. I know most people have already given up reading this by now because it is so long. Sorry about that!
Can you post pictures on here? I’m always glad to share some of the pics!