What a night!
We were blessed that the weather cooperated and the roads were clear for our 3 hour drive to Hoffman Estates.
We arrived just in time to be let in to make our way to the table.
Deana, the Gaither volunteer lady, asked the volunteers if anyone was there for a specific artist.
I raised my hand and said "David Phelps!"
The group of volunteers all went "Awwww man!"
Like "how did you get to do that?"
We met up with Jack, exchanged hugs, and got settled behind the table.
Jack needed 5 more volunteers to work DP's 2nd table, ME's table, and Russ Taff's table - so he
got his volunteers and started showing them how the tables worked.
While he showed the people ME's table, he asked me to train the 2 workers for DP's 2nd table.
Right away, Jack said that David would not be coming out to the table, as he was pretty tired.
I wasn't surprised to hear that, as they had been on the road for 19 days and still had a solo concert left!
Lots of people stopped at the table, some still not aware DP was back with the GVB, before the concert started.
We saw a few people from previous concerts, and enjoyed talking with everyone.
I was expecting Kathy (vegarn) to come to the table before the concert, but they were apparently stuck in the line for the parking lot!
We went into the concert late, and found some seats in the front row, to the right of the stage in the seats along the side. Several of the artists did their solo routine, and then the lights went dark.
Five beings took their place on stage - I knew what was coming
Alpha & Omega started and the crowd went nuts! David's face came on the big screen and the crowd errupted!
And again when he does that "Ohhhhhh" part
During one of the GVB songs "I looked at my hands, my hands looked new",
mom and I were waving our hands, and guess who was looking our way?
He smiled while singing and knew we were there
"Nessun Dorma" blew the roof off, and intermission began shortly after.
And lo and behold, the best tenor in the world made his way out to the table!
Right before DP headed back to the stage, we chatted a bit.
We asked about his suit (which according to Mark Lowry, "makes David look like a baked potato!" LOL! )
and he said something about he was ironing his shirt and ruined it, so he had to wear a different shirt.
Then he says "Are you coming to CT?"
"Ummm......no, unless you have an extra seat on the plane!" lol
I could tell he was pretty tired, but I was sooooooo glad he came out. Thank you David!!!
The 2nd half of the show went pretty quick. Bill Gaither announced that Sonya Isaacs was getting married Sunday, and he and Gloria sang the sweetest song to her. Not a dry eye in the place!
The GVB sang a song I had not heard before. Something about "reaching". I'm hoping it's on the new project out in January
"Silent Night" began and we made our way back to the table. I knew "O Holy Night" was next.
Sales after the show were outstanding!
We helped Jack pack everything up, and then said our goodbyes.
Well, until next time, at least
Oh.....I have to go through my pics to see what I have, and will post those later.
I don't have a pic with DP, as there wasn't time.