The Centre - Evansville, Indiana (USA) - June 13, 2006
Review by Rick (rickm811)
Hi, my name is Rick and I am a Sheryl-aholic. I admit it. I am addicted. In a good way tho. After enjoying a great tour opening night in Indy I headed south to Evansville, Indiana. Check-in time for the 5 star was 5:15 because, due to circumstances from the cancelled show in March, there was no soundcheck. To my surprise there were only 12 of us, making this the smallest 5 star I have experienced. It was pretty cool too. It made for an informal group and allowed us some liberties. It was fun meeting other Sheryl fans and once Stephanie, our wonderful ILAA guide, told the group I was at the show the night before I suddenly became the ‘veteran’ to ask questions. First order was to enjoy food and free drinks. Something about free drinks, ya know? It was fun meeting Marty from Illinois who was attending her first Sheryl show and boy was she excited! She has met some famous people but she was looking forward to meeting Sheryl and attending the show. She has a great taste for fashion and really wanted to somehow tell Sheryl she should consult with her about what she should wear when on stage. She wasn’t sure she would know what to say or IF she could even broach the subject. Since the group was small the decision was made by Stephanie and Sheryl to let us go back stage to meet Sheryl rather than have Sheryl come to us. Usually the meet and greet is done on stage right after soundcheck so this was different. We were lead back a hallway where we could see some dressing rooms (nobody was dressing) and taken to a large area where Sheryl and the band would be just before they go on stage. We turned the corner and we were greeted by Rex the dog! ILAA should consider taking group photos of us with Rex! He is so adorable. Sheryl had just returned from her run and was still in her jogging suit and had that hot and sweaty look. I mean that in a nice way. Chris Hudson, his son, Pam, and a few others were hanging around by the ping pong table. Apparently they enjoy lots of ping pong games on the road and actually travel with their own table. We all shook Sheryl’s hand and posed for a quick photo. Marty didn’t say a word to Sheryl about wardrobe consulting. Maybe another time. Afterwards, one of the women in our group said she was so excited because Sheryl stepped in to the line directly next to her and she couldn’t believe she was inches away from our favorite rocker.
Off we went back to our party room and received our tickets and then the raffle for prizes started. I thought because we had such a small group that everyone would be a winner. The night before we had 40 and Stephanie gave away lots of t-shirts and other Sheryl paraphernalia with the two top prizes being a signed Wildflower cd and the signed framed photo of Sheryl. But Stephanie informed us that each night the odds are the same of winning a prize. She drew five tickets with the final two for the top prizes. A man at another table said he was going to win the signed cd because that is what he wanted. Stephanie obliged. Then it was time for the grand prize drawing. As Stephanie was stirring the remaining stubs in her bag she said “I hope Rick wins” (I was winless in 5 previous 5 stars which is why she felt sorry for me) and voila! I too was a winner. What a surprise! We talked some more at our tables and it was fun listening to Stephanie talk about her brushes with famous people from other jobs. At one party there were quite a few celebrities and she said Tommy Lee actually hit on her! She was very impressed that Tommy Lee was trying to hit on her but she rebuffed his efforts. She said some hilarious things about why she couldn’t be with him.
The first surprise of the evening was Leaving Las Vegas which wasn’t on the set list in Indy. We all know how she likes to talk thru parts of LLV and tonight was no different. She said she wanted audience participation so she told Peter and Tim to sing the backups that she wanted the audience to sing. Sheryl sang her part then she turned to Peter for him and Tim to sing. Peter was a bit awkward as Sheryl put the boys on the spot to perform but we got the hang of what she wanted and the audience sang along for the rest of the song. The sound for the whole show was very good, even sitting up front. Sheryl played and sang with a lot of energy. For some reason the mics were set up about 8 feet from the front of the stage so she wasn’t as close to us as the night before. A few times she and Peter would get close to the stage but the best was saved for last.