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I am the sound/light tech for our little town's performing arts center. We had Seals & Seals scheduled to appear on May 3rd, but a relapse of cancer caused the tour to be cancelled. BJ performed in Grand Rapids, MN on Friday, May 2, and was signed to perform in our town Saturday night. As soon as the word went out, the hall was sold out. Except for an appearance by Paul & Linda McCartney (who did NOT perform) around 1990, BJ is probably the biggest entertainer to come to our town of 10,500. I personally was thrilled, having grown up with the man's music. And his show did not disappoint - his pipes are as good as when I first heard "Mama" as a kid, and the band members are incredible musicians. Standing ovations and spontaneous applause were the norm for the night!
The sad part was the entertainer himself. He arrived just 15 minutes before the show, avoiding pretty much everyone. The band acted like this was normal behavior. During the show he seemed "disappointed" with the crowd - not laughing at some of his lines, and when he asked what the crowd wanted to hear (and the loudest cry was for "Two Car Garage"), he just looked back at the drummer and said "that's the first time no one asked for 'Raindrops', but we're going to do it anyway". After the show, he spent a few minutes in the dressing room, then his driver whisked him away. HUNDREDS of people were waiting to see him, buying CD's & t-shirts. One lady drove several hours to get here, waited at the stage with an LP cover for him to sign, but was told he wasn't coming back. These people were so disappointed. Out of all the acts we've had this year, including Michael Martin Murphy, this is the only one who ditched after the show, leaving the fans waiting.
In his defense, they drove all night to get here and he slept most of the day in the hotel, so he was probably shot - he's not a spring chicken any more. But I wish he would have spent some time with his fans - both old and new - that attended that night.
That is not like B.J. at all. Every show I have been to he came out after and talked with all the fans and signed everything anyone had. He must have had to go in a hurry for some reason. I even had a picture taking with him. Don't hold it against him.
I have been to nine BJT concerts and BJ came out to meet and greet after four of them. He does what he can and I think we should accept that. Mostly on the times when he didn't come out, he had been at a concert the night before or he had to leave in a hurry.( Two times he came out when he wasn't feeling good, one with having the flu the night before,and the other he had a sinus infection) And the fact that he was filling in for the Seals/Seals concert, I think that you might try to understand where he is coming from. He does give everyone their money's worth and then some. I know you said everyone enjoyed the concert, so think of how really blessed you were. JoAnn G.
They had just done a Sunday thru Wednesday night run (3 shows each night) at Disneyworld, then headed up here to MN for 2 shows, several miles apart. I would say that they were all a little worn down. However, BJ voice was still great!
My husband and I are from Wisconsin and met our good friends from Upper Michigan and attended B.J.'s concert in Grand Rapids, MN on Friday evening. He put on a great concert! The music was awesome, as usual. We would have liked to get a chance to visit with B.J. after the concert for awhile also but we do certainly understand that B.J. had a tiring schedule before that time so what people need to understand is that he is only human and needs to get rest sometimes. He has spent a lot of time with us in the past signing autographs, talking about what's up in his life, etc. He is not only a great performer but is a sensitive, caring person. It hurts to hear people judging him because they don't think he always does the right thing. We love you B.J. and are looking forward to seeing you when you are in our area in the future. Take care and God bless!