In honour of Canada Day, here’s an excerpt of a recap I sent to FanBlast the day after the AI7 Tour show in Toronto — David’s only concert appearance in Canada to date! Ahhhh, memories….
I have a David Archuleta hangover. My whole body aches, my head’s pounding and my ears are still ringing. This is from four-hours plus of standing waiting to meet David in the afternoon autograph session (which he couldn’t make, unfortunately, more about that later) yesterday, then three-plus hours standing during the show itself. Was it all worth it?…. Oh, yeah!
Once David’s piano rose to the stage in the mist and he sang that first note, I was transported to that special place that only David can take us. His voice soared, taking me with him. His live sound was so rich and soulful and textured … the rest of the world literally fell away and I felt as though he was singing only to me. How does he do that? He was in such a different league from the others (although Brooke and Jason were very good), that when he began, it felt as though there had been eight opening acts and now the real show was beginning.
And, best of all, I was so proud of my town. Not only did he have the most fans waiting before the show, but the roar that went up when Syesha introduced him was deafening (poor Syesha!). And good old “Toronto the good” politely hushed every time he started to talk or sing, so you could actually hear what he said, and sang! (Loved that.) But then we cheered and screamed like crazy once he’d finished.
He did sound like he had a cold when he was talking (poor guy), but you heard nothing of that when he sang. And he’s so confident on stage now, really commanding. He even did a little improv riff singing the beginning of “O Canada,” which was so cool. I hope someone captured that on video. Not me, unfortunately, I was trying to stay in the moment and soak up every second. I don’t know if I was successful, though.
When David started singing, I welled up with emotion and felt like I was having an out-of-body experience. …
My husband was at the show with me and gave me the sweetest surprise. When we got home, I was exhausted but saw the light flashing on the phone indicating a message. As I listened to it, I realized he’d called on his phone from the concert so that voicemail picked up David talking then singing the beginning of “Stand By Me.” I’m welling up just thinking about how sweet that was. And SBM was an absolutely show-stopper, brought the house down and he changed up the ending… amazing.
It was a crushing disappointment that David couldn’t come out for autographs before the show but I totally understood (it also could have been because of media commitments). His handler, Ray (everyone kept calling out “Hi Ray,” very cute.) came walking down the line, shaking his head and saying, “This is terrible.” I knew what he meant. They’d set up a flimsy tape barrier like the ones you see in the banks, and the Idols had to walk to the end and back (no escape route). And with a concrete wall behind them, if there’d been any rushing, it would have been really dangerous.
And the crowd was HUGE. Carly told us how surprised they were at the turnout – that it was the size they usually get AFTER the show. We figured they were doing interviews in the room above, cause we could see the back of the Pop-Tarts sign….
David was actually the first one to peek out (people had been chanting for him and a cute group of girls singing the words to all of his songs) and the crowd exploded in cheers when he waved. I held up my sign and thought I saw him mouth the words “This is fantastic!”
He laughed and pretended as though he was trying to break through the windows to get to us [video of that HERE, with more than 13,000 views!], which made everyone cheer even more. Then the rest of the Idols followed suit and started waving at the window, but I think they knew who everyone really wanted to see.
Another great part of the day was meeting fellow fans Roberta, then Refnaf and her daughter (who interrupted a camping trip up North for the show) and Sunshine (who flew in for the show). We just met yesterday, but it was as if we’d known each other forever.
Sorry this is so long, and no Close Encounters with David, but it was still an amazing day!
P.S. This video is a little shaky but you can hear the ROAR that explodes when David dedicates SBM to the fans. *goosebumps*