Sorry it took me a minuet to get this post up but it’s pretty good, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
Shari wanted to hit up the crew from The Voice Tour and asked if I would go along with her and well…the rest is history. I felt kinda bad because I didn’t watch the last few seasons and had no idea who any of these singers were but you know me I am always down for a good stalk. I wish I had done some research at least (and I said I was going to but it came up really fast) this way I could have related to them on some level, but I did ok.
I worked till 3:30, swung by picked Shari up and made our way to Cleveland. By the time we parked and walked to the Playhouse it was probably a little after 4;30 and there were 3 giant busses already parked. Shari had picked us up some food and we sat on the sidewalk across from the parking lot and had a small picnic while checking our Twitter for any important tweets. At this point we figured everyone was in there but it was still a good 3 hours before the show and hoped we could catch a few walking back and forth.
There was plenty of activity but no one of importance… to us at least. The one thing that hurt us is that there is a building going up right next door and blocking the side of the building that we usually hideout at, it was rather annoying. So the one main door was butted up to the construction fence and it was really hard to see anyone or thing unless they came out past the building. At one point Tessanne Chin (season 5) and Jake Barker (season 6) popped out and Shari jumped up and tried getting their attention, waving and calling out Jake’s name. He waved back and gave her the “Hold one minuet” finger gesture and then sat down next to Tess on a curb behind a few cars and out of sight. Assuming they came out for a quick smoke and didn’t want to be bothered. Shari wanted to walk over there, I said he acknowledged you so he’ll be over no need to run them down. WELL, a few minutes later they got up, never looking at us and walked back inside as we yelled. That just made us salty right there, so we sat back down and watched the ants devour a puddle of ranch dressing we left on the sidewalk. It was getting closer to show time so we started pacing around and walked to the one side of the bus so we could look down the side of the building to see if anyone was hiding. We saw a couple, dressed nice and making out. Like creepers we watched and I took some serious stalker video and pictures (maybe I will post later). It looked like the guy could have been Will Champlin but it was hard to tell for sure and at one point they saw us but it was a weird situation all around. He started walking our way so we figured it was him and he was being nice but he made a sharp right turn and started towards another bus across the parking lot. So I started walking in that direction to try to get a better view of him, he never looked over and got on the bus. I wasn’t sure, Shari wasn’t sure either but I didn’t think it was. Maybe a relative but this mans beard was a little longer so we took our seats again but this time we moved up a few feet sitting on the edge of the grass/curb like situation with our feet in their parking lot. Literally 30 seconds a voice comes booming over some speakers somewhere and tells us we are on private property, and on surveillance and need to leave. Shari and I just sat there like, is this really happening. We waited and then it spoke up again, “the police have been notified leave the premisses now”. Well this was a first for us, we’ve been to many a stalking at The Playhouse and never had this happen. It was very embarrassing (if there were anyone around to see it) and a little unsettling. security seen us, staff had seen us and if they had a problem they could have told us to move along like they’ve done in the past. Well, anyways we decided to take a walk and come back after the show, just in case they did call the cops. Plus the sidewalk is not their property, could they really make us leave? So this really chapped my ass and I kept thinking and thinking about it. On the building there was what looked like some old ass speakers and next to that was a camera so yes, this could be real right now but I still couldn’t believe the Playhouse would stoop to that level.
The two of us walked to some new cupcake place and indulged a little then we went to Starbucks and rehydrated before pressing our luck at the Playhouse. We ended up standing on the corner, literally by the cross walk for fear of being arrested. It was close to 8 or 9 or something and Cleveland workers were emerging from the shadows, they help set up and take down stage equipment for shows and such. Most of the guys were hitting on us and who could blame them but we told them about the loud-speaker and they couldn’t believe it either. Which made me think that it wasn’t the Playhouse and here’s why. When we were watching that couple make out they probably felt threatened or they were just being dicks and wanted us to leave so when the guy walked to the bus and 30 seconds later the voice of God filled our bodies with electricity I figured it had to be him but how? I finally noticed that this bus had what looked like two speakers pointing outward on either end of the hood of the vehicle, I am still not 100% sure but I am leaning towards that it was the guy trying to scare us off. We may never know and even when the original Playhouse security came out I almost asked them but I didn’t want to get involved just in case.
The concert lasted a lot longer than we had anticipated it to but finally people started to flock from around the corner and with the presence of security it was almost time. It took a few minutes but finally the singers all came out and everyone but 2 made an appearance however Shari and I only got 6 out of the 9 because Tess slipped away before we could snag her.
Below is some video clips of the majority of the guys and girls coming out and being friendly. enjoy!
Everyone was super nice as you can see, took pictures, talked, and signed. (I still need to add Shari’s pictures)
The boys came out first while the ladies showered the stank off of them, first to jump into the crowd was Will Champlin (Season 5). He was the one we thought we saw earlier in the day but he never said anything to us and up close he looked differently than the other guy.
The picture came out a little blurry and let me tell you why – my new camera is pretty sweet and by accident on vacation we found out it has a feature that takes random video while you’re taking pictures. I figured what better way to actually get me in some shots as well but the downfall is that it doesn’t let you focus it (that I know of) and thus the blurry effect. It’s really not a bad picture at all, very pleased with this one.
Next up was Jake Barker from earlier, the one that teased us and then ignored us but he redeemed himself. When Shari walked up to him he asked if she had waived before, of course we did and he replied with how sorry he was. He felt really bad but he had to get back inside and then gave us both a hug. So, we didn’t feel salty about him anymore.
Another great picture, damn Instagram you done good.
I do believe Josh Kaufman (Season 6) shuffled by after Jake, I thought he was super cute and of course very friendly.
We had to take a couple of pictures because the flash didn’t quit work the first time, it took a picture but this one came out better.
Jack Worthington (Season 6) appeared after Josh, they actually met in the middle and had a fun interaction together that was caught on video.
He actually almost walked away from me after Shari got her picture but I was like “hey” and he came back, everything worked out and no punches had to be thrown.
During all of this the ladies, like a heard of sheep came out all fresh and so clean-clean. Some went to the bus and never came out and some went to drop their bags off and then worked down the line.
First gal that made an appearance I think was Jacquie Lee (Season 5) and I didn’t know it was her. She had come from the back of the line and when she got closer she was all energetic and running around, I almost punched her in the throat because I thought she was a line jumper. I quickly calmed down when I realized she was signing ticket stubs and taking pictures. She was adorbs and very nice, I’m glad I didn’t take her out with my karate chop.
I look like a chooch standing next to her but whateves at least I got to meet her.
I do believe during this time Tes came out but she was only waving and you could tell wanted noting to do with her fans as she tried to back away. There was this one woman who was hanging out in the back and when Tes came out she was all over that shit, she pushed through and gave Tes a big hug. I’m assuming they knew each other and then after that she left. By this time Tes got sucked into the crowd and not to appear as a giant dick took a few pictures with people but still trying to rush back. She was getting close to us so we thought oh cool this might happen but then Christina Grimmie (Season 6) came running out towards us and everyone went wild. She came right over to Shari and I first and was pretty cool, we shared a few moments. During all of this Tes had slipped away and made it back to her safety zone but that was fine, I’d rather have met Christina over her anyways.
The bright building lights make for a sexy effect on the picture, even with my cheesy grin.
So we got what we needed from her and then waited for the other two to come out but rumors were flying around that they weren’t. I’m not sure which story belongs to whom but one girl was visiting with her family and had left only to return later and then the other was on an intense phone call and couldn’t come out. That’s all I know and our security friend told us they were shutting it down anyways so Shari and I called it quits.
We ended up getting home later than we wanted to but the outcome was worth it, we met some new friends and had a nice time. The weather held off and was actually warm and dry which made for an easy stalking.
I got them all to sign my printer paper, haha.
It’s pretty ghetto but it does the trick.
Thanks to The Playhouse Square for putting up with us and for the performers of The Voice Tour.
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