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    It was the best of every tour and such a good night of all the songs we love. I could be wrong, but I get the feeling it's the finale to an era of very successful touring and the beginning of a new chapter in his life. It's been good. I was at Josh's very first arena show on May 5, 2004 in Ames, Iowa cost me $30 for 11th row! And Josh and band all signed autographs after. The ticket this time was $660, way above my means. Times have changed.

    We had the whole meet and greet VIP experience, thanks to my concert buddy, Kelsi. Nice to have a split-second photo with Josh. He has such a kind smile, so he always looks good in photos. I can see that all the pre-show m&g's can get exhausting for him if they didn't hurry it along.

    The concert was a collage of every tour Josh had done, along with new favorites to complete it. All the elements were there for us veteran fans to appreciate, yet new for the people who just discovered Josh's music. I absolutely loved the Milwaukee show, and Josh, Idina, and bands seemed to love the great response of the audience. We were cheering after every song until I was hoarse.

    The show started at 7 with the Idina Golden Hour. I mean that with all due respect. Of all the people opening for Josh over the years, imo, Idina was the best choice ever. She brought to the stage an in-the-moment presence that's pure power when she sings and casual honesty when she talked to us. She just owns the stage and seemed to love being there. I saw her give a nod to her pianist, which I'm guessing meant she would sing Gravity as her special closing song. The whole arena gave her a well-deserved standing ovation. Singing along to Snowman was perfect for us Wisconsinites. She really enjoyed hearing our singing. I'm sure some sing-alongs don't go so well, but our state isn't afraid to show our musical side.

    After a half-hour break, the lights went down, and the piano music began at 9:30. Like the Closer tour, the band was in place for all to see, then Josh came out to center stage singing Bigger Than Us. The crowd went wild. He surprised us with Alla Luce and Oceano. Still powerful and technically spot on. I was close enough to see his neck shake from the power of his voice. I had to laugh when he spit-showered the microphone a few times. Other simply gorgeous performances were Pure Imagination and all the heart-on-your-sleeve songs we have all cried to: Bring Him Home, To Where You Are, and Awake. Touching when he asked couples how many years they were married--48, 22, and one guy yelled, "Today's our anniversary!" Then he sang Won't Look Back. Love his words about commitment. I noticed he wasn't wound as tight when he talked, but Wandering Kind was definitely smokin' in cut time. If his mind works as fast as his fingers, no wonder he sings, acts, plays instruments, and hosts shows.

    There were so many hints of the familiar, like giant hanging lights that reminded me of glow sticks, light streaming through smoke like the Closer Tour, and a second stage at the far end and Josh walking through the crowd like the Straight to You Tour. No risers or fancy set this time, just a giant video screen so everyone could see him up close. This tour has so many thoughtful touches.

    One great song after another, duets, drums, percussion, choir, and all the band--never a dull moment. And suddenly he was singing YRMU, and then the encore. It was all so good. I wonder where this bridge leads.

    This was my 18th concert in 14 years. It's become an unbroken tradition to attend his show. I didn't travel beyond the upper midwest for his shows, so I'm grateful to have had that many chances to follow Josh's career. (I told Josh I went to Ames in 2004, and he said, "Thanks for following.") I can't imagine life without the gift of his voice and music. He's given so much of himself. I really hope he can devote time to a life of his own now.

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on November 8, 2018 - 11:11pm

It was the best of every tour and such a good night of all the songs we love. I could be wrong, but I get the feeling it's the finale to an era of very successful touring and the beginning of a new chapter in his life. It's been good. I was at Josh's very first arena show on May 5, 2004 in Ames, Iowa cost me $30 for 11th row! And Josh and band all signed autographs after. The ticket this time was $660, way above my means. Times have changed.

We had the whole meet and greet VIP experience, thanks to my concert buddy, Kelsi. Nice to have a split-second photo with Josh. He has such a kind smile, so he always looks good in photos. I can see that all the pre-show m&g's can get exhausting for him if they didn't hurry it along.

The concert was a collage of every tour Josh had done, along with new favorites to complete it. All the elements were there for us veteran fans to appreciate, yet new for the people who just discovered Josh's music. I absolutely loved the Milwaukee show, and Josh, Idina, and bands seemed to love the great response of the audience. We were cheering after every song until I was hoarse.

The show started at 7 with the Idina Golden Hour. I mean that with all due respect. Of all the people opening for Josh over the years, imo, Idina was the best choice ever. She brought to the stage an in-the-moment presence that's pure power when she sings and casual honesty when she talked to us. She just owns the stage and seemed to love being there. I saw her give a nod to her pianist, which I'm guessing meant she would sing Gravity as her special closing song. The whole arena gave her a well-deserved standing ovation. Singing along to Snowman was perfect for us Wisconsinites. She really enjoyed hearing our singing. I'm sure some sing-alongs don't go so well, but our state isn't afraid to show our musical side.

After a half-hour break, the lights went down, and the piano music began at 9:30. Like the Closer tour, the band was in place for all to see, then Josh came out to center stage singing Bigger Than Us. The crowd went wild. He surprised us with Alla Luce and Oceano. Still powerful and technically spot on. I was close enough to see his neck shake from the power of his voice. I had to laugh when he spit-showered the microphone a few times. Other simply gorgeous performances were Pure Imagination and all the heart-on-your-sleeve songs we have all cried to: Bring Him Home, To Where You Are, and Awake. Touching when he asked couples how many years they were married--48, 22, and one guy yelled, "Today's our anniversary!" Then he sang Won't Look Back. Love his words about commitment. I noticed he wasn't wound as tight when he talked, but Wandering Kind was definitely smokin' in cut time. If his mind works as fast as his fingers, no wonder he sings, acts, plays instruments, and hosts shows.

There were so many hints of the familiar, like giant hanging lights that reminded me of glow sticks, light streaming through smoke like the Closer Tour, and a second stage at the far end and Josh walking through the crowd like the Straight to You Tour. No risers or fancy set this time, just a giant video screen so everyone could see him up close. This tour has so many thoughtful touches.

One great song after another, duets, drums, percussion, choir, and all the band--never a dull moment. And suddenly he was singing YRMU, and then the encore. It was all so good. I wonder where this bridge leads.

This was my 18th concert in 14 years. It's become an unbroken tradition to attend his show. I didn't travel beyond the upper midwest for his shows, so I'm grateful to have had that many chances to follow Josh's career. (I told Josh I went to Ames in 2004, and he said, "Thanks for following.") I can't imagine life without the gift of his voice and music. He's given so much of himself. I really hope he can devote time to a life of his own now.

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