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The Long-Awaited Gavin Story!!!

Finally! Summer vacation and ended the school year with a B in oral math and an A in written =)

Now I finally have the time to get up to date with my f-list and the 489 messages in my lj inbox :0
Monday I'm flying to the Faeroe Islands to visit my family and see my friends and old classmates graduate :) It's going to be bittersweet.

So after the gruelling social studies written test, we took the train to Copenhagen and after a quick hot dog we took the bus to KB Hallen where the concert was going to be. I had gotten a letter from the local radio that had had the competition, saying that we had to be at some stairs at the right at 6.50 pm. Marvel_master and I asked some security guards where the stairs where, but they just looked puzzled. While waiting outside we met the other winners, a young couple. At 7 pm we where allowed to go in (along with everybody else), although we did get to go through the VIP entrance ;D
So then we waited inside, none of the people who were supposed to handle this had any clue what was going on, and we were getting kind of frustrated... Meanwhile I bough a t-shirt with the cover of the 'Free' album on it, for him to sign. I'll post a picture of it later.

Then finally someone came over to us and told us that around 8.20 pm we would get to meet him. At this point I was really frustrated. Not only did we have to wait for an hour but I was also going to miss his brother Joey DeGraw doing the warm up! Then I though about how lucky I am to have gotten this opportunity and the waiting got a little less painful. At 8 Joey went on stage. We stood in the back and watched for a while and I did get to hear the only two of his songs that I know "Miracle of Mind" and "Our Own Time" Then we went outside in the entrance hall again because we didn't want to be late and miss it. We notice a group of people gathering at the right stairs and hurried over there. A tiny little woman greeted us with a big smile. Apparently there were about 20 people from all around the country who had won the same meet and greet. Then she told is that Gavin is a real down to earth guy, and he might seem a little shy, but if you just talk to him he'll talk for so long that she might have to stop him again. Then she looked over and he was just standing a little longer down the hall looking at us. Then she laughed and said that he was not supposed to be there and waved at him to go into the room where we were to officially meet him. I just find it so adorable that he came out so see us, lol :)

So we all formed a line and waited to meet him.
Suddenly it was our turn and I must have been sweating like a pig and shaking like a leaf I was so nervous! We shook hands and he said "Hi I'm Gavin" I said "I'm Sarah" he said "Hi" again and then he pointed at the t-shirt and said "May I sign this?" So cute! Of course you may sign this!!! BTW he has very soft hands :) Then he asked if we wanted to get a picture taken, because I was holding the camera. I gave the tiny woman the camera and he said "Come hold me!"

After the picture was taken we left, while I mentally kicked myself for not having really talked to him. I had had all these questions and comments in my head since I found out that I had won, but I was just too nervous to say anything. But it was still an amazing experience. Gavin was really sweet although you could tell that he was a little uncomfortable, but who wouldn't be. Imagine if 20 complete strangers were going to meet you and get a picture taken with you like you were some circus freak or something. I'd be horrified if that were me!

The concert was amazing too! He is an extraordinary singer, I can't believe that lungs that guy has!! Also his guitarist was hot as hell!!
Here's the setlist as I remember it, but I'm not sure it's all accurate:
  • I Have You To Thank
  • Meaning
  • Follow Through
  • Indian Summer
  • Cop Stop
  • Unknown - AMAZING - song! I'm so sad I have no idea what this one is!
  • Free
  • Untamed
  • Cheated on Me
  • Close Up
  • Just Friends
  • Lover Be Strong
  • Never The Same
  • Chemical Party
  • Easy (Lionel Richie) - Cupid (Sam Cooke) - Chariot
  • Stay
  • We Belong Together
  • I Got A Woman (Ray Charles)- In Love With A Girl
  • More Than Anyone
  • I Don't Want To Be
"More Than Anyone" is amazing in concert, because the whole crowd is singing along and it is just so beautiful and in my mind this is the moment in every concert where Gavin just takes is all in and tells himself how lucky he is.

In the end of "In Love With A Girl" Gavin got up on the piano and ended with signaling that he was going to flip backwards off the piano. Of course he merely jumped off it, but it was quite funny. My friend took this picture off the end of the song:
gavin degraw

The "Easy-Cupid-Chariot" 'medley' was one of the greatest things I've ever seen on a stage, so this is what I'll leave you with, it was not taken by me. Enjoy!


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 19th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)

*sorry, just cant help it*

I'm so glad you had a blast! Gosh! I sooo wish I was there. It's the second time that I miss him in Paris. *pouts*
Jun. 20th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
I KNOW!! =)

BTW I realized there was a lot of text missing in the post. I hate html!! And html hates me!

So go ahead and read it again. Now you can see the picture of me, me friend and Gavin too =)

It's so sad that the Paris concert was cancelled :( I feel so bad for all of you. I was almost going to scold him for it, but he had said in a video that it was not his fault that it got cancelled, so... Maybe next year?
Jun. 20th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
OMGOMG!!! He signed your T and actually asked if you wanted a pic? Aww... that's so sweet. Hey! no pro for being nervous, I would've been to. I didn't know his bro sang to. Didn't even know he had a brother.

Gotta check his musical records asap.

I sooo hope I'll be able to get to see him next year, third time lucky of sort. At least you saw him twice, makes up for me missing him twice: maybe that's what they call "balance"?
Jun. 21st, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
He's the sweetest guy ever!

Yes, Joey is a musician too, and also a voice actor. He's got a cool speaking voice, very deep. You should check out some of his youtube videos @ http://www.youtube.com/user/voicedriven

Haha, yes hopefully both you and he will be trouble-free and ready for concert in Paris :)

BTW I found out what that unknown song is: it's called Mistake. You should listen to it, it's amazing!
Jun. 22nd, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
aww... not bad at all! And you're right, Mistake is fantastic!

I really hope I'll be able to see him perform in Paris one day... :)

Have a super week...
Jun. 20th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous I could cry. :(

But I'm so glad you had a great time! From all the comments I can read everywhere, people agree that Gavin is the sweetest guy. I love that he was the one to ask if he could sign the tshirt and take the picture. :p
Jun. 21st, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I know, he was so polite and sweet :)

Hopefully he'll come to France for the next tour. Maybe you can meet him then, and take cyad with you ;)
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
I hope so! I have to admit I was disappointed that he left after the show and we couldn't see him. :(
Jun. 26th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
He said after this concert that he would be around if anybody wanted to say 'hi' and get an autograph, so it's weird that he didn't in Paris :/
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