Last night I went and watched my favourite singer/songwriter play... His name is Steve Poltz.. This may seem like any ordinary story about a guy seeing another guy play music except that Steve, a world renowned musician with fans in every city and town in earth,, a guy who plays 300 shows a year and is constantly on the road actually knows who I am! Why is this? How does he know my name? Well its because i'm a crazy stalker.. I'm always watching his videos and posting them on youtube and tagging him in them, i'm posting about going to his shows and tagging him in the post, putting my own stuff on the internet and tagging him in the hope that he might see it...
I don't want to seem like a weirdo, but 'if the shoe fits'? right?
So last night I walk into the venue to see Steve play thinking I can watch him play then leave before I make a fool out of my self.. The place is packed! I''ve never seen anything like it at this place, sold out and it seems i'm the last one to arrive. There is not a spare seat in the room - except the very front row - Fuck! Looks like Andy is going to be fulfilling his role as a crazy stalker tonight 😁
So Steve walks out to play, acknowledges the crowd and looks at me and says 'i reckognise you..' Fuck. I felt like saying of course you do i'm the guy who is always posting stuff with you in it on my social media!
Later in the set he makes up a song and sings it about some people in the crowd.. He looks at me and sings 'this guy has a beard, he writes songs and sends me emails and isn't weird' which means he thinks i'm weird but didn't want to embarrass me.. That's ok though I comfortable with that - at least he knows I write songs!!
After the show I hung around having a drink with my friend and I caught up with Steve and I gave him a hug and he said 'thanks Andrew, did I do good?' i stuttered and said yeah you did.. Then I awkwardly said I want to be his support act when he comes back to Australia in November.. He smiled then turned and walked out the door.. I might as well have said 'hey Steve Poltz, i'm coming to San Diego for a few weeks can I crash at your place?' Such was his reaction.. But thats ok too cos maybe he might be bored one day and look up my music and maybe he will let him open for him somewhere..
If you have a chance in your life I urge you, not because i'm a crazy stalker but as a music lover and human being to go to a Steve Poltz concert. There is no other show in the world like it. For 2 hours Steve will invite you into his world and you will leave feeling as though you have made a friend for life.. After the show I met a lot of people and we shared stories of Steve Poltz concerts and they would tell me how they met him - it seems as though i'm not the only one! Maybe we should all start a group like AA but it seems no one wants to quit!
Now it's Saturday morning and i'm in bed having a cup of tea nursing a sore head after a few too many red wines. Then I hear 'daddy!' and for a moment I feel like Drew Barrymore at the end the movie 50 First Dates when Adam Sandler says to her 'you have a daughter' and I remember.. I have a daughter! She's 2 1/2 and this is my weekend with her. My mum came to Sydney for the weekend and looked after her last night so I could go to the Steve Poltz concert.
I'm laying in bed writing this story, enjoying my tea (which my mum made me) and my daughter is laying next to me watching Peppa Pig on my ipad. We have the whole weekend together now to do fun things! I'm going to teach her music and maybe we can write a song together...
I look forward to my weekends with her so much and I spend the time in between her visits looking at photos of her on my phone like a crazy stalker..
I guess it's not such a derogatory term after all..