Hi friends! So you might remember a post way back in February about how I purchased Goo Goo Dolls tickets, which included a meet and greet and VIP treatment. Last night was the show. It was at Mohegan Sun in CT. A group of 5 of us drove out and had the best time! Myself and one other friend had the VIP tickets. I was soooo nervous. I wrote on my hand each thing I wanted to happen at the meet and greet. Many meet and greets are quick and you literally say hi, face the camera, and walk away, not my boys. They are so gracious to their fans, and I know this so I had my plan.
On my hand it said: Fan (tell him I’m a fan since the 90s and never miss a tour)/ Hugs/ Talk/Pictures and one just with John/kiss/presents. I am happy to say all of it happened and more. As I waited on line for my turn I watched him hugging as the girls approached. Here we go: I walk up to him; he opens his arms and I tell him I’m Traci; he hugs me and says in my ear: “What’s your name? Traci?” I say yes. I tell him I’m a huge fan since the 90’s and I point to my concert buddy and tell him we see them every summer. Then we are face to face and I told him how much I loved his music and one album in particular meant a lot to me. I said it was Something, and I couldn’t get the rest out, and he said, “Something for the rest of us.” I said I know that was a difficult album for you, and he said it was the worst time of his life. I told him it was my divorce album. I told him I listened to it every night and sobbed for hours; I told him Soldier really hit home, because my world had slipped away. I said I needed to do that and he said that’s why I wrote it; I needed to do that too. Then he said but we are here and we’re all good and we did a high 10. Then I took my picture with both boys and then I turned to Johnny and said can I have one with you and we hugged cheek to cheek for the picture. Best part……I pointed at my cheek and said, “Can I have a kiss on the cheek?” He kissed me!
Johnny recently became a dad to an adorable daughter Lili, so I had a shirt made for him that says, “Because I’m the dad and I said so, that’s why.” He loved it and he put in front of his chest and he said, “Yeah I’m the dad!” Then we took another picture with the shirt as I leaned on his shoulder. I gave Robby some cool socks and he gave me the biggest hug. I said thank you and then I went to my seat in the 6th row!!!! The concert was amazing and there’s nothing like sitting that close. I jumped up and down for 2 hours and screamed my head off. My package also included a huge lithograph poster signed by both boys; it is now hanging on my wall. I am still basking in the high of it all; it was surreal.
My friends and I had so much fun too; we had drinks and krispy kreme donughts, oh and dinner…lol. We stayed at a no frills, yet quite nice hotel a mile away. It came with free breakfast too! I woke up without a voice and I keep replaying the meet and greet over in my mind, and oh by the way, his eyes are soooo blue!
Life is made of moments and experiences. Are you putting joyful experiences in your life? This experience was priceless; better than diamonds (I’ve never really been a big jewelry person), designer clothes, or anything you could buy and bring home and put it in a drawer, or hang up in a closet.
I’m so grateful for last night; I’m so grateful for my friends; I’m so grateful for Johnny and Robby and their time and attention, and the kick ass show they put on!!! I bounced black balloons and giant white light up beach balls, and the confetti was all around me.
Grateful, oh so grateful.