Oh. My. Golly. Gulay. Last December 7, 2007 was a night to remember (Yes, Shalamar, you heard me right). We thankfully got tickets to the Vertical Horizon and I swear it was the best I ever had (hehehe…yup, it’s going to be that kind of post). They give you everything you want and then some! I’m still here, almost a week after, still unable to accept that it’s over. How I wish the show would go on forever. Matt Scannell, you’re a god. Okay, okay, enough! Better judgement and a modicum of good taste demand that I quit this juvenile fawning (Fawnition? Fawninity? Fawnshop? Lordy, I’m in a cornball mood) and get down to business. We got to meet and greet the band, which basically means a photo-op, 2 pics, then out we went. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am, not even time for a cuddle and a ciggie. Still drunk and giddy on the fact that we just occupied the same room and shook hands with the band, we proceeded to our seats to catch the tail end of Rivermaya’s set with their new lead singer. Then, Jamie Kennedy came on stage and we were surprisingly (sorry Jamie, we had REALLY low expectations…) laughing our heads off! He won me over the first minute because the guy is simply hilarious. With the crowd sufficiently fluffed, the time was then ripe for Vertical Horizon to take center stage and to give us, what for me was the best rapport between performer and audience I have ever personally witnessed. I’ve watch bigger, more famous acts, but the connection in this show was really palpable. So much love going back and forth, to and from the stage. And did I mention that we really enjoyed ourselves? We even called up a friend in the U.S. so she could listen to 2 songs – “Best I Ever Had” and “I’m Still Here”. So here’s my humble homage to a band I now respect even more than before. Hat’s off to you, Vertical Horizon!
And the money shot: