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My Weekend with Lisa Marie Presley

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Lisa Marie Presley Sellersville, PA 11.16.13

Lisa Marie Presley
Sellersville, PA
11.16.13

Lisa Marie Presley gets better every time I see her. Always a great songwriter and singer, Lisa’s performances this weekend were a far cry from her shy performance in 2003 when I first saw her. When Lisa opened for Chris Isaak in support of her first album To Whom It May Concern, her mic was turned down so low I could barely make out her words. Now 10 years later, Lisa Marie Presley blows audiences away with her impassioned performances, including singing a cappella and playing the drums.

This weekends’ back to back shows in Vienna, VA and Sellersville, PA were no exception. Last year’s first leg of Lisa Marie Presley’s Storm and Grace tour were songs off her third album of the same name. For this leg of the tour, Lisa has added songs from her first two albums: “Lights Out,” “Idiot,” S.O.B,” and “I’ll Figure it Out.” Coincidentally, these are four of my favorite Lisa Marie Presley songs.

Although I only live an hour from Vienna, VA, I left my house at 2:30 Friday afternoon for Lisa’s 8:00 show at The Barns at Wolftrap because I knew the Friday afternoon traffic on the DC beltway was going to be a nightmare. At 3:45 I arrived at the McDonald’s on Leesburg Pike, just a few miles down the road from Wolftrap. Using their free WiFi, I streamed tv on my kindle while dining on delicious items from the dollar menu as my pre-concert dinner: a mcdouble, a mcchicken, and a sweet tea all for $3! About an hour and a half later, my friend Birgit arrived. We chatted for a bit and then headed down the road.

We arrived at the bar at the Barns at Wolf Trap just as the doors opened. It was a much nicer setting than the McDonald’s. The place was really cute – actually looked like a barn, but nice. We sat at a table right next to the where Lisa Marie was doing her sound check. So although we did not have the VIP package that night (as they did not offer one), we were able to listen to the entire sound check. As we looked around at the people filing in, it was obvious they were not the typical Lisa Marie Presley fans. These were most likely ‘subscription’ people – those who get tickets to all the shows at that venue. It was an older crowd who were dressed as if they were going to the theater rather than a concert.

When the doors opened at 7:30, we were in our seats. Although I was disappointed it wasn’t a general admission show like last year’s in Lancaster, PA, I had a great seat for this one! I was on the aisle in the second row just left of Lisa. As I sat down, the man in front of me asked, “Are you Deena?” I was initially startled, but then flattered that someone knew me from my blog and tweets. Paulie and I became fast friends this weekend, hanging out at both LMP shows in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

With no opening band, Lisa Marie Presley took the stage at 8:15. She opened the show in typical fashion with “So Long” followed by “Over Me” and “Storm of Nails.” Lisa talked about writing “Weary,” the fourth song, with Richard Holly from the British band Pulp. This was the first song they wrote together, then went on to write more for Storm and Grace. Introducing the next song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” Lisa talked about how she was surprised this one got so much attention when songs off her first two albums were of very similar subject matter.

Lisa then took a seat and did an acoustic set of “Just a Dream,” “Soften the Blows” and “Idiot.” Lisa said “Soften the Blows” was one of her favorites off Storm and Grace. She introduced “Idiot” as the meanest song she’s ever written and ironically is the one everyone loves (myself included!). Lisa said he enjoys hearing everyone’s stories about how they love “Idiot” and what it means to them. When I met her in Lancaster last year, I told her I used to play it as my ‘get excited’ song while I was getting ready to go out. Lisa said the person she wrote it about is still very much alive and is still the most self-centered egotistical person on the planet.

While introducing her band, Lisa noted that it was the bassists’s first show. David Hoffman got the call the day before when Lisa’s previous bassist had to leave the tour because his wife had a baby. David learned Lisa’s songs in less than a day – some they didn’t even sound check. He did a great job! Throughout the show Lisa kept asking if everyone was having a good time. These subscription folks weren’t really showing her the love she deserves.

The set continued with Lisa’s first single “Light’s Out.” One of my favorite lines is from this song, and I always get really excited when I hear it – as Lisa noticed. When she sang, “And I’ll be damned if I ever get this, little son of a bitch from Memphis” I waved my arm and pointed to her and she did the same back to me. The next song was “S.O.B,” another one of my favorites off her first album. (are we sensing an SOB theme here?) Closing out the set were “Un-Break” and “Sticks and Stones.” These are my two favorite songs off Storm and Grace. Not only because Lisa plays drums during both songs, but also because the lyrics are fantastic! Lisa starts off “Sticks and Stones” belting out the chorus a capella – WOW! The second half of the concert was definitely my favorite.

As Lisa left the stage, we moved up to the stage – because apparently second row isn’t close enough. So we were front and center in front of Lisa as she came back out for her encore. She started with “I’ll Figure it Out” from her second album Now What and closed with Tom Petty’s “Need to Know.” Sadly, it was all over by 9:30 – just an hour and fifteen minutes after it began. I did manage to get the set list though. I have gotten one from every leg of all of Lisa’s tours. I was surprised “Storm and Grace” was left off the set list. “People” was on the set list, but it wasn’t played.

After the show, Birgit, Paully and I waited by Lisa’s bus in the rain with hopes of meeting her – again. Unfortunately, she did not stop but we waved to her as she boarded her bus. We did have a nice conversation with her drummer John, who told us way more than we should probably know. But he is a really sweet guy and a great drummer. He told us that Lisa’s drum sticks aren’t really real. After about an hour, we tore ourselves away and headed home.

Lisa Marie Presley Vienna, VA 11.15.13

Lisa Marie Presley
Vienna, VA
11.15.13

The next morning I didn’t wake up with my usual sad-that-it’s-over concert hangover because I was going to see Lisa Marie Presley again that night in Sellersville, PA! I stopped by CVS to get my usual road trip snacks and was on the road by 12:30. Two and a half hours later, I was at my hotel in Quakerstown just a few miles from the Sellersville Theater. I was unsure whether I actually needed to spend the money on a hotel when it was only a 2 1/2 hour drive back home, but I was really excited I did because I was exhausted after the concert.

I met my new friend Paulie at the Washington House, the tavern next to the theater. Sitting in the booth next to us was Jeff and Kristin Newman. I have been chatting with Jeff online for past year during Lisa’s Storm and Grace tour. We were both at her shows in Baltimore and Lancaster, but never met in person. Sitting in the booth on the other side of us was Stacy, as in Presley’s Pride Stacy! I have been reading her website for 10 years at least. It was great to finally meet her! It was a real love fest in Sellersville Saturday night.

Paulie, Jeff, Kristin and I had the VIP package for Lisa’s show in Sellersville. This was to be my fifth time meeting Lisa Marie Presley, although it would turn out to be the shortest visit. We were to check in at 5:00 and the sound check was supposed to start at 5:30, but Lisa was running late. They said her four-year-old twins weren’t cooperating – so we weren’t let into the sound check until after 6:30. We walked into the 400-seat theater and went right up to the stage. Lisa said that sometimes for the VIP package, they just pretend to do a sound check, but in this case they were actually doing a sound check. She performed “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Un-Break,” so I was pretty happy.

After the sound check was over, we lined up to get our picture taken with Lisa. We were told ahead of time that there would be no autographs. I thought this was strange because Lisa always signs and is very gracious about it, but I think it was the venue’s policy not Lisa’s. So I walked up to Lisa and told her the show the previous night was great, although the crowd was a little quiet and then told her about how nice her drummer was to talk to us in the rain. She agreed that he is sweet. Our picture was taken and that was that. No Q & A session, but we did get a Storm and Grace goodie bag, which was actually pretty cool. It contained an autograph 8×10, a small poster, LMP guitar picks and LMP keychain. We went outside to discuss our encounters with Lisa while we waited for the doors to open for the show.

me and Lisa Marie 11.16.13

me and Lisa Marie
11.16.13

For this show, there was an opening band. Much to my surprise (because I don’t like sitting through opening bands), Chuck Schaeffer’s rockabilly / country music was pretty good – although his “Folsom Prison Blues” left a lot to be desired. He was about to play his final song when someone came out and told him to play a few more. Obviously Lisa’s twins were still not cooperating. After the opening band, I moved from my seventh row seat and stood in the aisle next to the first row, but behind the tables that were situated in front of the stage.

Lisa Marie Presley finally took the stage just before 9:30. For this show, I put down my phone and enjoyed the show (without taking any notes). I just rocked out with Lisa. In between “Un-Break” and “Sticks and Stones,” Lisa said that she was a ‘wannabe drummer” – that she had always played drums. Just another reason I love her. The set list was the same as the night before, but this time the audience was more enthusiastic. Although there was a few weirdos in the crowd. Lisa dedicated “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” to those who were there for whatever sick reasons (most likely referring to the man with the long hair and sideburns) rather than there to actually hear her music. About halfway through the her performance, some man shouted out “ELVIS!” to which I replied “NO!” Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE Elvis Presley fan. I moved to Memphis to live where the King lived. But I like Lisa for Lisa, for her music. Like the previous night, Lisa’s show quickly ended after just an hour and fifteen minutes. We didn’t wait by Lisa’s bus after the show because we couldn’t find it, but then saw it fly by. I guess she was in a hurry to get to her next show in Massachusetts.

Both shows this weekend were great and probably the best I’ve ever seen of my 17 Lisa Marie Presley shows. I enjoyed the show Friday night in Vienna,VA more because I was closer to Lisa so I felt more a part of the show. But I enjoyed the overall experience Saturday in Sellersville, PA more because of the road trip, spending the day in Sellersville, the VIP meet and greet and sound check, and the audience was more into it. Also, it was nice to put down my phone, not take notes and just dance and sing along with Lisa.

It takes a lot of guts for Lisa Marie Presley to get out on that stage night after night to an audience of mostly curiosity seekers who still after 10 years and 3 albums ask the question, “Will she sing any Elvis songs?” NO!!! She is not an Elvis tribute artist, she is Lisa Marie Fucking Presley and you ain’t seen nothin yet!

To see all of my pictures from my weekend with Lisa Marie Presley, click here. Follow me on Twitter @DeenasDays.

Lisa Marie Presley performs in Jungle Room at Graceland

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In September during her stop in Memphis on her Storm and Grace Tour, Lisa Marie Presley performed in the Jungle Room at Graceland, the house where she grew up and where her dad recorded his last album Moody Blue. Today Yahoo Music released the performance on its site. Lisa performed “Over Me,” “Sticks and Stones” and “Weary.” (I can’t embed them, so please click on the song title for video) “Sticks and Stones” is one of my favorites – watch for Lisa’s drum solo at the end. And check out Michael Lockwood’s (Lisa’s husband and band leader) guitar in “Weary” – it’s Elvis’.

Not that I need another reason to get excited, but watching these performances got me SO excited for Lisa Marie Presley‘s shows this weekend! I am going to see Lisa Friday and Saturday nights at her sold out shows at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA and at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA, respectively. Although my seat is a bit closer for the Virginia show, I am more excited about the Pennsylvania show. On Saturday, I have the VIP package which includes a Meet & Greet with photo and a Q & A or sound check. Only 30 of us lucky fans will take part in this VIP extravaganza, which starts three hours before the show.

Follow me on Twitter @DeenasDays as I live tweet through Lisa Marie Presley’s shows this weekend. 

Lisa Marie Presley says Lancaster is “best show of the tour” 11.11.12

Me and Lisa Marie Presley 11.11.12

I really did not think I could have a better day with Lisa Marie Presley than I did June 15th when I went to two saw two of her shows on the same day – a free radio promotion show in Annapolis in the afternoon and then her regular show in Baltimore that night. I met Lisa, talked with her, got my picture taken with her and she autographed my set list. Perfect day. But as perfect as that day was, last night was even better. Unimaginable, but true. Lisa Marie Presley’s show at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA November 11, 2012 was phenomenal. Lisa said, “it was the best show of the tour – even better than Nashville.”

Lisa Marie Presley
Chameleon Club
Lancaster, PA
11.11.12

I left my house around 11:30 Sunday morning and made the 90-minute drive up to Lancaster. I met my friend Abbey at the Brickyard Sports Bar to watch the Denver Broncos football game, which they won. After partaking in some yummy, unhealthy foods we made our way over to the Chameleon Club around 5pm to line up for Lisa’s show. There were about seven people ahead of us. Much to my surprise and delight, they were my old friends (Tee, Rosanna, Matt, Maria, Bambi) from Lisa Marie Presley tours past. Then Birgit and her husband, whom I had met at the Baltimore show, joined us. It was great to see everyone again, which ultimately made the night even more special. We were let inside around 6:45, then into the club about a half hour later. We secured our spots on the front rail. The opening band, El El from Lancaster, played for about a half hour then Lisa took the stage at 9:07 and played until 10:23.

This Lisa Marie Presley show was better and longer than the one in Baltimore a few months ago. It is still a promo tour for her latest album, so all songs but three were off Storm and Grace. A welcome addition to the set list for me was a re-worked Idiot off Lisa’s second album Now What. It is probably my favorite Lisa Marie Presley song – if I was forced to pick one. Lisa said Idiot was the “meanest song she had ever written.” The crowd cheered, and Lisa laughed and asked why that made us happy.

Idiot - the meanest song Lisa Marie Presley has ever written:
Please remember me
Forever believe in me
As someone whose never gonna wish you well
I’m gonna tell you what I think about you in that unforgivable way I do
You’re an idiot
And I hate your guts
I guess I’m about as happy for you as I would be a cockroach in my food
I know it’s terrible I really hate you though
Do you have your fairytale lie
Are you dancing to the white trash twist
Please remember me
Forever believe in me
As someone whose never gonna wish you well
I heard the thing that you hate about me
Almost every day
But you still wouldn’t leave
I had to pull the plug
I hated your guts
And I heard the opposite of love isn’t hate
It’s indifference but I can’t relate
It’s not good enough
Cause I hate your guts
Did you settle your mediocre mind
You had the fine wine your better off with Bud Light
Please remember me
Forever believe in me
As someone whose never gonna wish you well
Please remember me
Forever believe in me
As someone who wants you to go to hell
You’re raining you’re boring oh did you hear me snoring
I’d wanna mutilate myself when I’d talk to you
So here we have it I hope you can tell
That I’m no referral you can have ‘em call hell
You’re gonna drive ‘em nuts
They’re gonna hate your guts
Please remember me
Forever believe in me
As someone whose never gonna wish you well
Please remember me
Forever believe in me
As someone who wants you to go to hell
Please remember me
Forever believe in me
As someone whose never gonna wish you well
Please remember me
Forever believe in me
As someone who wants you to go to hell

Lisa’s drums on the Chameleon stage

I think I was the most excited during the show when Lisa played drums on Un-Break and Sticks and Stones because it truly is all about drums. I have a newfound love for Sticks and Stones. I loved the lyrics before, but after Lisa’s amazing performance last night…Wow!

Sticks and Stones - my new favorite song:
That girl I’ve seen her
I don’t care for her at all
She got a silver spoon
An attitude, she got a wall
Why does she do this, Why is she doing that
She never smiles it all her fault that everything went bad
Chorus:
You can take my place
You’d do it better anyway
But you better hide your bones from all the sticks and stones
So they don’t break
Too bad she ain’t just like her Daddy
Oh what a shame
She got no talent of her own
It’s just her name
She looks bad, she looks mad
Why is she saying that
Why she so angry and so mean
I just don’t understand
(Chorus)

Lisa was interactive and expressive as always and this Lancaster audience was amazing – very enthusiastic and singing along to every song. Lisa said one of her favorites off Storm and Grace is Soften the Blows. The set list last night was as follows: So Long, Over Me, Weary, Storm of Nails, Just A Dream, Storm and Grace, Idiot, You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet, Forgiving, Soften the Blows, Un-Break, Sticks and Stones, Lights Out, I Need to Know (Tom Petty cover). For some reason Storm and Grace was not played even though it was on the set list.

Even after the lights were up and Lisa was long gone from the stage, we stayed there soaking in the wonderful show we had just experienced. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in my quest for a set list. Unless I get one at Carnegie Hall Saturday, this will be the only leg of a tour I have not gotten a set list. After a while we went to the merch table to see what new and exciting things I could spend my money on. When I finally made it to the front of the line, I discovered they were out of Storm and Grace on vinyl which I had been wanting since I heard they were selling it at the Tunica shows. I was told that they were out of the vinyl and the shipment was late, but they should have it for the Carnegie Hall show in New York Saturday. I had already bought the hoodie and tour tee from Lisa’s website, so I left with nothing. We waited around a bit longer. Abbey decided to leave, but she had a wonderful time celebrating her birthday at her first Lisa Marie Presley show.

my autographed LMP ticket

I got back in the merch line and noticed Lisa was standing right next to me waiting to start the Meet and Greets. She heard me say “I’m back” to the merchandise lady. Lisa leaned over to me and asked, “Are you buying everything?” I told her no, just a hat because I had bought everything on her website. She asked if she could sign something for me, so I had her autograph my ticket. I told her that I love Idiot, and it was my ‘go out’ song – that I used to listen to it before I went out to bars to get me excited and hyped up. I told her that I also wanted my picture with her, so I was going to go to the end of the Meet and Greet line – since I wasn’t technically in line for the Meet and Greet yet. It was just pretty cool that Lisa initiated a conversation with me. (yes, i’m geeking out a bit) When I got back to Lisa for my ‘official’ Meet and Greet, I asked her to autograph my M&G pass and asked for a photo with her. I also thanked her for doing the Meet and Greets because a lot of bands charge for them or don’t even do them. She had no idea that bands actually charged for Meet and Greets – she was appalled. Lisa Marie Presley is the sweetest person. She is so gracious and down to earth. It is always a pleasure and a privilege to meet and speak with her.

me and Lisa

The Lisa Marie Presley show at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA last night was absolutely amazing! Lisa sang beautifully, the band was tight, and the audience was enthusiastic. Everybody in that room was a great mood and there was a fantastic energy. It was just one of those one in a million kind of nights. Thanks to Abbey, Birgit, Tee, Rosanna, Matt, Bambi, Maria, LMP’s band and crew, Michael Lockwood, and of course Lisa Marie Presley for making November 11th in Lancaster, PA a night to remember!

my autographed Meet and Greet pass

Lisa Marie Presley – Storm and Grace

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Yes, it’s starting again – my Lisa Marie Presley obsession. Not that it ever stops really, but it is heightened in the weeks leading up to her tour. I watch her videos and listen to her albums over and over. But this time I am only listening to Lisa’s newest album Storm and Grace - on repeat at work and in my car. When I saw Lisa in June, I was a little disappointed that she only played a 50 minute set and all but one song was off of Storm and Grace. I didn’t truly appreciate the album then. It was such a departure from her first two albums. There were no songs like Idiot or SOB. Nothing on the new album really rocked. I was wrong. The songs on Storm and Grace do rock – just not in that obvious way. And Lisa’s lyrics are even more profound and beautiful. My favorites are Over MeSo LongUn-Break, Storm of Nails, Sticks and Stones, and Storm and Grace. I am completely in love with Storm and Grace. I enjoy it just as much as, if not more than, Lisa’s first two albums. It takes me a while to adapt to change. I wasn’t too crazy about U2‘s Achtung Baby either when it first came out because it was such a departure from The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum – and now it’s one of my favorites.

So with my newfound appreciation and love for Storm and Grace, I am even more excited to see Lisa Marie Presley again in concert – although I am hoping her set is longer than 50 minutes. If I still lived in Memphis, I could be going to her first three shows of the tour – two in Tunica and one in Nashville. Since I can’t go her first show, I am going to her last show of the tour. I am seeing Lisa Marie Presley at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 17th. And since I could not wait until the last show of the tour to see Lisa, I am also seeing her six days earlier at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA on November 11th.

Did you know that Lisa Marie Presley loves storms? While everyone else in Memphis was scared of an upcoming tornado, Lisa would be excited. She even named her only son Benjamin Storm. And now twenty years later, Lisa’s third album is titled Storm and Grace and has two songs on it with storm in the title - Storm of Nails and Storm and Grace.

If you would like to read about my day with Lisa Marie Presley in June where I saw her perform twice in one day (in Annapolis and in Baltimore), please click here. If you would like to read about all of the Lisa Marie Presley shows I have seen over the years, please click here.

Lisa Marie Presley – me and lisa marie through the years

20a me and Lisa Marie on my birthday in Virginia 10.4.06

So the obsession begins again! With the release of Lisa Marie Presley’s new album Storm and Grace and her upcoming tour, I am completely obsessed with Lisa Marie Presley again. I never stopped loving her, but I become completely obsessed with her when she tours. I looked back through my Lisa Marie scrapbook that I started in 2002 the first time I saw Lisa. She introduced her song Nobody Noticed It at Elvis’ 25th Anniversary concert at the Pyramid in Memphis. She didn’t sing it live, but played the recorded version with the words on the screen. That was it, I was hooked.

The next time I saw Lisa Marie Presley was in Baltimore on July 24, 2003. This was the first time I saw her in concert, and the first time I met her. Lisa opened for Chris Isaak at Pier 6. It wasn’t crowded, so I moved down to the front row – standing and singing the entire time! At the end of Lisa’s set, I asked for a set list and one of the guys gave it to me. Then I left missing Chris Isaak because I wanted to meet Lisa. I went to the parking lot and after about five minutes, Lisa came out to greet everyone. She got to me, and I handed her my set list. Lisa smiled and said, “Oh you got a set list!” I told her it was a great show, and she said thanks. Then she said, “You were the one in front singing, right?” Lisa Marie Presley noticed me!

A week later I saw Lisa Marie Presley in concert again. This time in Memphis at the Botanic Garden on August 1, 2003. Lisa again opened for Chris Isaak. I wasn’t as close as I was in Baltimore. I wasn’t standing at the stage, but I was seated at one of the front tables, but off to the side. I was about two tables away from Priscilla! It was amazing to watch Priscilla watch her daughter on stage – and in Memphis! Lisa sounded so much better than she did in Baltimore because the sound was so much better – the band did not drown out her voice this time. Lisa was so excited, and her performance was just amazing!

The next day I saw Lisa Marie Presley perform in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium on August 2, 2003. I ended up staying at the same hotel as Lisa and her band. I waited near her tour bus from 4-7 before the show, but never got to speak with Lisa. I saw her walk by a few times and saw Priscilla. My seat was in the 6th row, right behind Priscilla – she beamed with pride watching her daughter perform. Everyone was forced to sit in the Ryman, but we periodically stood up and cheered and Lisa acknowledged us and Priscilla turned around and smiled at us. When I got back to my hotel room after the show, I realized that Lisa’s band was staying on my floor. We talked with them in the hallway, but we never saw Lisa.

I didn’t see Lisa Marie Presley again for another two years. She performed at the Beale Street Music Festival on May 1, 2005. I arrived at the festival just before the gates opened, but there was a long line waiting to get in. I had to run all the way to the other side of the park to the stage where Lisa was playing. I didn’t get a spot on the front rail, but three people back dead center. Luckily those three people were short, so I had a great view. And Lisa put on a great show – so much better than her first tour. She was so relaxed. Lisa played my favorites Indifferent, SOB, Lights Out, I’ll Figure It Out, and Idiot.

The next day I saw Lisa Marie Presley in Nashville at the Cannery on May 2, 2005. After waiting four hours in line, I was rewarded with a spot up front on the rail. I thought this Nashville show was even better than the show in Memphis. For the first time ever, Lisa played High Enough, which I love! She also played Now What, Road Between, and Here Today, all of which she didn’t play the previous day in Memphis. I got a set list for this Nashville show!

A few days later I saw Lisa Marie Presley at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on May 9, 2005. It was a seated show, and I was at a table right up front. The set list was the same as the Nashville show, except Turned to Black was played instead of High Enough. It was a great show, and Lisa talked a lot. She was really funny. Unfortunately, the meet and greet was cancelled after the show.

A few days later I saw Lisa Marie Presley at the history Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on May 15, 2005. It was Lisa’s last official show of this leg of her tour. After waiting in line for several hours, I got a spot on the front rail all the way at the end. Lisa was sick, so she didn’t do the acoustic set of Now What and Road Between. She also didn’t play Turbulence or Indifference, but she did play High Enough and Turned to Black. It was still a great show. Priscilla was in the crowd, so Lisa sang Raven. It was amazing! Lisa kept looking at her and she and Priscilla were tearing up – as was I. During Thanks, Lisa invited some fans up on stage to sing with her. At the end of the show, Lisa Marie Presley shook my hand, looked into my eyes, and said, “Thank you!”

Two days later I saw Lisa Marie Presley perform Idiot on Good Morning America on May 17, 2005. I got up at 4am and got a cab from my hotel in New Jersey and waited on the streets in New York City until they let us in the studio at 7am. Lisa didn’t come on until 8:45am. It was only one song, but I was SO close and apparently I was on tv because my mom called to tell me she saw me singing along. After her appearance, Lisa stopped to sign autographs with her fans.

Still in New York City, two days later I saw Lisa Marie Presley at City Hall Park for a free concert. I was right up front and center on the rail. The set list was changed a bit. Lisa played I’ll Figure It Out, Sinking In, Turbulence, Lights Out, Dirty Laundry, Idiot, Here Today Gone Tomorrow – and the Ramones drummer played along on their cover.

I didn’t see Lisa Marie Presley again for over a year, but it was well worth the wait. It was my 34th birthday – October 4, 2006. Lisa performed at the Birchmere again in Alexandria, Virgina and I had been selected for a Meet and Greet after the show. For the show, I had a seat up front, but way to the left of the stage. Lisa announced my birthday during the show. She had never sounded better. She played SOB, Lights Out, Sinking In, Indifferent, Excuse Me, High Enough, Yellow to Blue, Idiot, I’ll Figure It Out, Turbulence, Thanks, Dirty Laundry, Here Today Gone Tomorrow, and a duet with Ryan Cabrera. After the show, I met Lisa Marie Presley and got my picture taken with her. She signed my cd cover and wished me a Happy Birthday. I told her she gets better every tour, and we discussed how it sucks to have seated venues and how excited we were for the Stone Pony show.

Two days later I saw Lisa Marie Presley in concert again at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on October 6, 2006. After four long, cold, windy hours waiting in line, the doors opened and I got a great spot front and center on the rail. The crowd was great, but the sound wasn’t that good. It was the same set list as the Birchmere show, except she closed with a cover of Joan Jett’s I Hate Myself for Loving You.

Two days later I saw Lisa Marie Presley in my hometown of Baltimore at Rams Head Live on October 8, 2006. I was again front and center on the rail. Rosanne Barr opened and was hysterical. Lisa sounded amazing! The crowd wasn’t great because they weren’t really Lisa Marie Presley fans, but by the end of the show, they got into it. The set list was the same as the previous two shows except for the encore Lisa played Turned to Black and did a duet with Rosanne - Baby I Love You. There was a lot of interaction between Lisa and the audience. After the show, Lisa stopped to sign autographs and meet with her fans. This Baltimore show was my favorite of the tour.

The next day I saw Lisa Marie Presley in New York City at BB Kings on October 10, 2006. I was once again up front on the rail, but a little to the left of center. This New York crowd was amazing – everyone knew the words! The set list was the same, except instead of Yellow to Blue it was Turned to Black and she closed the show with a Joan Jett cover.

A year later I saw Lisa Marie Presley as she performed In the Ghetto in Memphis at Elvis 30th Anniversary concert on August 16, 2007. It was amazing! The crowd went wild, and Lisa sounded great!

It has been almost six years since I have seen Lisa Marie Presley in a full concert. She is touring this summer to promote her new album Storm and Grace. I am going to see her at the Soundstage in Baltimore on June 15th. I am excited to see Lisa in Baltimore because it’s my hometown, and I have seen her perform every time in Baltimore.  Lisa’s Baltimore show is a seated show for $75 – well I paid $75 because I wanted a table right next to the stage. I am very excited to see Lisa Marie Presley in concert again! What a great way to start off my summer concert season!

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