edmonton, canada. aka "shirtless josh!" where my adage, "there are no bad seats" was born. we were already, "rocky mountain high" 'cuz HOG worked for john denver for three years and edmonton is in the part of canada that the songs, "cold nights in canada" and "sweet surrender", to name two, were written about. got to the venue early. the fun started in line. people heard us talking, "are you from the states?" us, "yes!" now, what is the first queston that people outside of USA ask american grobies, "have you seen him on "ally mc beal?"" us, "omj! yes, i've seen both and i have one on tape." canadians hadn't seen those shows yet. they were green! got into our seats. up a bit, on piano side. perfect view of backstage. saw tariq, zack, tim and craig, running around, out of costume. DOG and i slapping each other, "look! LOOK!" we were happy! happy! the opening act, i can't recall who. JOSHie's turn. thru a door at back of stage, we saw the pre show peace circle. all holding hands. josh talking. then they dropped hands and with a " whooo!" swung out of circle. the groband came onto stage. josh standing all alone in that doorway. head hung down, hands clasped in front of himself, holding the mike. the music started up. josh, lifted his head, big smile, and went out on stage. we had a PERFECT view backstage. the people next to molli, "we've been watching you and your mom... you know all the words!" DOG and i looked at each other... "yes! we do! we looove him."
a hint... whenever lucia is alone on the stage, josh is off stage doing something. another adage, "never take your eyes off josh. follow him into the shadows." all night long we watched him, taking drinks, talking to the crew and, how i'm alive after this, i don't know, changing shirts. he swung tummy first right at us, thru the stage end bars, down to the floor. his dresser right there, he lifted his arms, off with the old shirt, buttoned, right over his head. on with the new shirt, buttoned, right over his arms and head. his dresser fixed his hair, patted his cheek, "you look good, honey!" and josh ran back out on stage. pics? sorry, no. it was waaay before i was even FoJG and i didn't know that such a delicious topic as shirtless josh, even existed. all i can say is, i want to learn how to knit.
i didn't really know that i'm probably the only grobie who's seen him like that, until my first meet and greet. at that party, we paired off to interview each other. when i told my interviewer that story, she screamed, "WHAT! i have to tell everyone THAT! right now." everyone looked. the way she told everyone that story, so funny. " she, she, she has seen josh without his shirt on!" fanning herself and acting verklempt.