- Teena's Trip to Fan Fair
and catching up with her favourite artist Keith Urban
Well here I am at
3am, Friday , extremely jetlagged. went to take a nap at 4pm and now
its 3am.. I'm still working in American time.. and feeling pretty
worn out.. BUT I HAVE TO SAY!!... it all goes towards making my
experiences of my trip as one fantastic memorable time!
Well this trip was planned back in the beginning of march...with
full intent of surprising Suz, and many many other urbanite
friends.. with Dorena and Jodi helping me so much to make to make
things happen.. planning tickets to the same events that I knew that
Suz and everyone was planning. So many times along the months
leading up, major plans and accommodations and flights had to be
changed, as not to give the surprise away..
Dorena met up with me in LA when I arrived.. and we spent a day in
Disneyland together and went out for dinner,.. When I met Dorena I
really felt as if I had known her forever! we did click together so
well... ( I must say that about everyone I met on my travels.. all
were really lovely fantastic people in life!). Dorena flew to
Nashville ahead of me, and I stayed in LA an extra day to get my
bearings and sleep pattern right, so I would be set to party in
On the 1st I flew to Nashville...Dorena met up with me there telling
the girls at the condo she had to meet up with Cagel friends...
hehehe ..we then went shopping, and took a look around, went for a
bit of a drive, and then had dinner at cracker barrel.. yummy!!!!
that was nice!
The following day, I met up with Dorena again, and we did some more
shopping!... then she had to return to condo and the others to make
taco's for a special dinner...I then met up with Jodi, and we
proceeded to the condo to surprise the gang!
I have to say we did surprise them!!!!...lol.. Suz was in shock and
so was everyone that watched on!.. Diane, Joanne, Ristie, Chrisie,
ect ect...Suz had to phone home to tell her hubby and son I was
there!! I think they were just as surprised as Suz!
I then gave out some little gifts I brought the girls, and we then
proceeded to make an Aussie favourite ( chocolate crackles)... I
wanted them to try them, and also make some for Keith!, because I
knew it would have been forever since he would have even seen
them!.. I brought had to bring one of the ingenious with me, called
copha, as Dorena had spent so much time chasing everywhere trying to
get that for me before I had arrived!... Dorena and I gathered the
other ingrediences the night before from Krogars.
then we all had pics together taken. I have to say it was real mean
to spring the surprise on them all like that.. BUT HECK IT WAS SO
MUCH FUN ALSO!....
and worth all the work that us girls had put in, leading up to it
( will now do a party two)
I just loved meeting my mates so much...and they definitely people
that that I would choose as VERY close friends here in OZ...to have
had this chance to meet them all in one place at one time, was a
dream come true for me..
the 3rd was the IFOC concert, we were all separated in different
seats, but this was my first chance to see Keithy after so many
years.. when he came out on that stage.. the emotion just
overwhelmed me, I was not expecting to be so emotionally charged, I
just started to cry...because it was beyond my comprehension at the
time, that here I was in Nashville, with all my friends watching
Keith perform to all of us at the same time.. tears just ran down my
face like a fawcet. for about 4 of his first songs, and the emotion
in my heart at that time is indescribable! it was like a huge
feeling of shock!.. 'I WAS THERE!!!!SEEING EVERYTHING, HEARING
EVERYTHING!!....and I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined
it to be so wonderful! Also moved hotels and stayed with Jodi and
her family and friends..
The next day the 4th , we went to the taping of the cmt 100 songs,
that Keith was to host!...but it was my first real taste of seeing
so many people that never tour Australia, seeing all these great
artists live was fantastic, and loved every second of it all...then
after that, us girls went to the Ryman to await Keith leave there,
we hung out at the back stage door....that was also a chance for me
to meet other Keithy fans, that I had come to know through the
boards and emails...
When Keith ran down to his awaiting car, Suz yelled out to him..
Keith!!!! Teena is here!... he turned straight to us and said
YEAH!!!!...I will see ya's at the party tomorrow!.. the crowd then
carried Keith off....but he definitely recognized us...this was also
a huge awakening of me, of just how big Keith is over in the U.S.
To see the crowd just swarm him like that!. .and the way he had to
frantically jump in the awaiting car!...( I bet only 4 years ago he
couldn't have imagined running to preserve himself from an awaiting
part 3 coming next
The day of the fan party!
we arrived and lined up outside... the line of fans getting into the
door, was astounding, I could truly see why people missed out on a
ticket, I was one of the lucky ones... that phoned the office even
before they went on sale.. so i would be assured of a ticket...
thankfully,.. so many people were there, and we were all crammed in
as tight as they could get us in... I brought along a heap of stuff
for the auctions for St Judes... and thankyou to anyone that made
bids on the stuff I brought!.. then came the time to meet Keithy
face to face...after so long, I think you may have read where he
made me kick my leg up!..lol...
I have to say that personally that was just the most amazing part of
my trip...one that will live forever in my heart! and one of my most
happiest moments! it just felt good being reunited with him after so
long!... but ya know the nicest thing?....and that is, although he
is so huge over there, with millions and millions of fans, which he
appreciates, but he still had time and remembered the small people
from back home!
I think that really says so much about the kind of person he is,
never forgetting anyone! or the people that he met on his way to the
I ADMIRE THAT SO MUCH ABOUT KEITH!
I also had the great pleasure in meeting up with Varcy and Sara, and
many others that I have grown to know through the net in the past
years...again for me, these were people that have always included
me in letting me know all about the concerts over there and have
sent me pictures.. and special little memento's~.. to have the
chance to thank them personally was very special for me!
after the fan party, we left to go the celebrity softball game.. we
only caught 1 and a half innings at the end... but again it was
another great chance for me to be with my mates, and see some of the
Friday went to see the exhibition halls... met up with the
Wilkinsons... now they are a nice bunch of people... also saw Dorena
and Diane there...
the next couple of days where spent just bar hopping and eating, and
catching up with the girls when i could... and watching the shows
down by the riverfront, That was another thing i loved... to be able
to experience so much country music! all the time!.. ( that's
unheard of in OZ)...I met up with Joanne and Suz at Tommy Steiners
fanparty, ( which Dorena had obtained the tickets from them in
secrecy for me)..
Tommy was good. but definitely no Keith! ( my own personal opinion
On Sunday the last day of Fan Fair...I heard that a fellow Aussie by
the name of Lee Kernigan was to be performing down on the river
front so I went down there to give him my support, The CMT had a new
special award for out standing achievements by a foreign
entertainer, it was about all they had achieved, and Lee Kernigan
won over so many others!....BUT!!!.... unfortunately he wasn't there
to my dismay!...he was actually touring in my home town!.. lol.. and
couldn't make the award in Nashville... the crowd thought that was
wrong that he should have been there... I also have to say the same
thing... Lee should have been there to accept the award!.. but
another new Aussie artist ( female ) accepted the award on his
behalf.. I smiled when the crowd said listen to that accent!...
hahahah ....I never heard any accent!.. they made fun of the way she
said artist!... I thought it was cute!... I stayed and watched the
concert, then they announced that someone special wanted to call in
and say hi to everyone.. that he wouldn't be performing, and they
said .. KEITH URBAN!.. I screamed in shock .. ran with my Aussie
flag...Keith came out and said hi everyone!!!.. that he hoped that
everyone would come to the Colusiem tonight ...
I was in shock.. to see Keith appear there before my eyes!.. it
really had me smiling so big!
That night I went to the Coliseum.. and he shone like never
before... amongst all those stars there... he was definitely the
best artist there!... I don't think I have ever danced and jumped
around so much as I did when he came on... I looked at the huge
arena, filled with people... and watched everyone dancing and moving
to his songs... to see Keith perform before so many people. and have
them in the palm of his hands... and have their attention as he
did... was something I had never seen before~
AT THAT MOMENT I FELT SO PROUD OF THE BOY FROM OZ..... AND THOUGHT
TO MYSELF... HE DID IT!... HE ACHIEVED WHAT HE SET OUT TO DO!.. to
be one of the best in Nashville... and he achieved it in such a way
that I could have never imagined till that point in time!...I AM SO
PERSONALLY PROUD OF HIM!
then the next day was sadly time to leave Nashville... Dorena and I
had time before our flight, so Diane and Dorena picked me up and we
did some driving around Nashville and went to a plantation... I
enjoyed that so much , seeing some of the culture and history of the
place.. back in LA Dorena spent the night with me , then the
next day her family came to meet me and take me on a tour on LA...
we went down to muscle beach and we walked and walked miles... IT
WAS WONDERFUL!.... we had a lovely farewell lunch together ..and
then drove and toured around...
one funny thing happened... on my drive to the airport, Dorena
called her radio station to request Keith.. for her friend returning
back to oz from Fan Fair... and she put me on the phone.. to talk to
the DJ... and they played it.. all that I had said!.. hahaha it was
so weird to hear myself on the radio!
I just spoke of how wonderful Fan Fair was, and Keith was...and the
DJ actually knew where I came from in Oz..
In final, I just want to thank so many people for making my trip
such a special moment in my life!
Dorena!.. for all her efforts and time she spent on the run up to
Fan Fair...for helping me so often while I was there.. in helping me
to achieve my plans to surprise everyone, for always trying to
include me in the things she had planed...and taking real good care
Suz, Joanne Risti Diane....YOU GIRLS ARE A HOOT!... again I thankyou
all.. for making me feel so welcome and special, and a part of
everything that went on!
Jodi, and Lori.... Man ohh man.... I laughed so hard at times.. I
would ache.. Thankyou for allowing me to stay with you, and for
taking me to so many different places, and sharing in all the things
that you did, and for spoiling me!..
I REALLY LOVE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!.....YOU LEFT FOOTPRINTS ON
MY HEART ....I CAN'T THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH FOR ALL YOU DID FOR ME..
TO MAKE MY TIME IN THE U.S. SUCH A WONDERFUL PLEASURE...YOU REALLY
ARE SOME OF THE GREATEST PEOPLE ON THIS EARTH!...I do hope so much
that one day I get to return some of the wonderful things you all
did for me.... if you ever get down my way!
I am really left with so many wonderfull memories, and so many
wonderful emotions......I THANK YOU ALL.
- I was watching CMT there in
America.. and they did a news break thing... and guess what?... they
showed some of Keiths party, and they also mentioned me.. saying that
one of Keiths fellow countrymen made the journey from Australia to
attend his fan party... I just thought that was so cool they mentioned
Click here for Keith Urban's Artist's Report
Fan Fair is getting a name
change only. Next Year's event will be known as
the CMA Music Festival.
Print out and have the memories