May 16, 1999
First of all I have to say that this is my 2nd Goo show and it was just
as incredible as my first one. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful day
for a concert.
We got to the Star Pavillion around 2 or 2:30ish and just stood
in line for a while. Finally we saw the unmistakeable Goo tour bus pull
to the other side of the pavillion. I moved to the front of the gate so
I could listen and try to see them do the sound check. I could spot
John's cowboy hat, along with Mike in his blue jacket (I think that's
what color it was) along with Mr. Adorable, Robby!!! We tried to yell to
them to get their attention, like it was gonna work from where we were
Anyways, the doors opened at 6:30. I was one of the first
of people in. After the usual inspection I ran to the front of the
Low and behold I got front row this time!! I was thinking Holy Crap
they're gonna be right there!!!
Waiting for the show to start seemed like FOREVER! But let me
tell you, when Fastball came out, they put on an excellent performance.
I felt bad for them though because not many people were moving around
and hardly any were cheering for them.
So, after Fastball is done, and there gear is gone with the Goos
stuff out....it goes pitch black. Dave comes out with the usual organ
music, which went back and forth from the speakers on the left to the
speakers on the right....totally awesome!! I could see Johnny and Robby
getting ready on the left side of the stage. Mike comes on and starts
beating on his drum. The music is getting faster, and faster, and
faster, and then you hear that first chord of "Dizzy" which always makes
me go wild with excitement!! Johnny and Robby come exploding onto the
stage. Dizzy rocked so much!! It seemed like a whole different audience
than when Fastball was on. The crowd was so pumped and was just
So, a little ways into the concert John is in the spot-light.
Everyone else is in the back and it's pitch black except for John. He's
cracking some jokes and I decide it's time to give him my gift. It was a
plush Hershey kiss that I bought from Chocolate World before the
concert.I had written on it: A Kiss 4 John; and Love Erica. Now, I have
really bad aim, so I asked the man next to me to throw it on the stage
for me right by him. (It was the first thing of a few items to be
tossed on the stage). So, the Hershey Kiss doll hits him. He jumps and
says something, then picks it up. He says "well isn't this sweet. What
does it say here...and reads A kiss for me," Then he makes my night by
continuing, "well, thank you Erica" and runs to the back of the stage
and places my Hershey Kiss doll on Mike's Drums!!! I was trying to let
him know it was from me, but it he didn't see the few people pointing to
me saying the doll was mine. Oh well.
So he finishes talking and they begin to play more songs. I was
right in front of Robby the whole night. John wasn't that far away from
me though. They worked the stage very "Goo"d. Robby smiled at me a lot
and I'd wave or blow kisses. He'd play peek-a-boo with us. Totally
amazing. What entertainers!!!
So, not even half way through the show I figure it's time to hold up my
poster. It said: Saw you in Wilkes-Barre; Here with you tonight; See you
in Scranton (May 26th). Robby saw it first, since it was closest to
him. I think I was like the only one there with a poster. He smiled at
me. Johnny comes over after a little and bends down a little to read
it. (He's smiling the whole time and playing his
guitar). Then he chuckles a little and sings the song. Sorry, but I
don't remember exactly what songs were sang when all of this stuff
ocurred, I was too into the guys!!
He took off his cowboy hat eventually and threw it back
towards Nathan. Then when he walked back there, I don't know who had
it, but he says "hey, don't F--- with my hat!" and laughs.
The rest of the night was beyond words. After playing Iris
(which I might add that Nathan played a wonderful solo in), they all
left the stage once John had said it was all over. But you could still
almost the same effect that was in the beginning. They come back for
the encore. Before Two Days in February John tells a little story about
it, using "hypotheticals" I understood where he was going with it b/c
I'm die-hard goo, the other people laughed just as much as me though,
which was great. So, it's just him and Robby on stage. He sings it as
usual, but sings "because I don't wanna pay $500 dollars for my f---ing
phone bill" (sorry if that's not entirely word for word there). That was
hilarious. Then he changed another part to "i think i'm gonna call you
collect, i know that's not what you expect" where he says I know you're
living way out west, don't get me wrong I'm not impressed". That was
In case you were wondering, John wore grey adidas pants with
orangish-yellow strips, a white wife-beater, and his cowboy hat. Robby
had no socks (of course), his brace :( (I HOPE YOU GET WELL SOON
ROBBY!!) and this black velvet shirt with a thin white pattern on it and
black pants. I couldn't really see Mike; Nathan wore a white t-shirt
and black pants, and Dave had on a burgundy shirt and black pants.
After the concert I stayed for a little and managed to get
Robby's guitar pic AND Johnny's guitar pic. I was thrilled!! We weren't
allowed to stand by the tour bus for autographs though :( because you
needed to have Meet and Greet passes for that. But my night was
excellent, so much fun!! I can't wait until Scranton!!!
GO TO A GOO SHOW EVERYBODY, AND YOU'LL HAVE A WHOLE NEW RESPECT
FOR THESE GUYS. THEY PUT ON THE BEST SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN!
Oh, and if you want, check out my fan encounter from Wilkes-Barre on
the Fan Encounters page!