[Be sure to first read Is Front Row Asking Too Much?, Part I]
There wasn’t much time to bask in the afterglow from the concert the night before. This was a new day, and tickets needed to be scored! Previously, I said I wanted front row seats for this second of two Neil Diamond shows, and in the back of my mind I wondered how realistic that really was. And after such a fantastic experience the night before, could this now be asking too much?
But I held strong. Why not?
Expecting the best
Once again, there were no good seats available for the show that night and tickets on the broker websites were exorbitantly priced. As Bill headed out for work that morning, he pulled one of his Hawaiian shirts out of the closet and said, “I’m gonna wear this tonight. It’s my new ‘front row center’ shirt!” Have you heard that old adage: “Act as if”? Well, my trusting hubby was acting as if we would be sitting in the front row. What a great attitude to choose, and I figured I better adopt it as well. I had nothing to lose!
Our plan for the evening was to get downtown early and let things unfold again. But as a back-up plan, throughout the day we searched the internet for other possibilities. In the afternoon we checked online one final time. And not only had ticket prices dropped…but one special pair of front row center tickets was staring right at us for a ridiculously low price! WHAT?!
We certainly didn’t foresee it working out this way, but here were those front row seats I asked for!
So we grabbed ‘em.
Only two lucky people out of the 17,000 or so concertgoers got those amazing seats—front row, dead center. What a thrill!
Ready for fun
It was a beautiful summer evening and we finished work early to get started on the festivities. We love to make a big deal out of everything. It wasn’t just a “concert” to us, but a whole “experience.” So we enjoyed walking around, people-watching, bar hopping, talking with other fans, having dinner on an outdoor patio, and taking in the warmth of the summer evening…in awe of the city buzz all around us.
We felt so fortunate to have the best tickets in-hand and talked about what we wanted out of the night. With our immense gratitude in tow, we decided that we had a job to do up front. We wanted to show Neil and the band a good time, just as they have showed their fans a good time for decades. What a unique and special opportunity to let them know how much we loved and enjoyed them.
Once inside the arena, we made the trek down to our seats—down several tiers of steps and all the way to the front, feeling very special and having to go through a multitude of checkpoints. Instead of the usual, “Can I help you find your seats?” question from security, most of them just smiled and said: “You know where to go!”
We were pretty surprised, though, when we got up to the front. All the way along our row I was cheering to the other lucky people around us saying, “Isn’t this great? Aren’t these seats awesome? This is going to be a fantastic show!”
But I didn’t get much response. The reality: We were sitting around others who weren’t quite as thrilled with the opportunity. One woman had won her tickets and even complained that she was too close to the stage!
Taking our roles seriously
Okay. So after taking the pulse of the group, we did have a job to do. We felt so blessed and honored to have these amazing seats and wanted to share our gratitude and enthusiasm. We wanted to help create a lively and energetic mood up front. The band needed us and our section needed us.
We were up for the task!
And so for the entire two hour-plus concert, we were on fire. Our genuine full-faced smiles beamed light and energy onto the stage. We danced and clapped, yelling out the words to all the songs.
What was absolutely amazing was to see that whenever we shot up out of our seats, we’d look around and see the people behind us then follow and jump up, too; and then our whole section; and then the rest of the arena…all the way up to the top! Pretty cool. Even our new friends right around us were dancing and enjoying the show, no longer able to contain their smiles.
Connnecting with the band
From our front row center spot, we exchanged smiles, nods, and acknowledgments with many of the band members. We knew they felt our energy there and enjoyed our presence. What an experience to be up front, and this time, the legendary performer who I had loved and respected since I was 12 was only about six feet in front of us much of the time! We were totally present, completely in the moment, laser focused, and enjoying every minute. It was definitely a “highlight-of-a-lifetime” evening for me.
After the show we walked across the street to a hotel bar. And on our walk from the arena, we felt like celebrities as people came up to us and said, “Hey, you were the guy in the front row!” and “How did you get those amazing seats?” and “You certainly looked like you were having fun!” Obviously, Bill’s loud Hawaiian shirt was easy to spot.
The best part was when we walked into the bar and one of Neil’s guitarists was there mingling with fans. We went over to thank him for a great show. And with a big smile to show that he recognized us, he shook our hands and said, “Hey, I saw you guys in front. You obviously had a great time and that’s what makes it all worthwhile for us. Thanks so much!”
So that defining moment for me a few years ago showed up in the form of concert tickets and an awe-inspiring experience. I was clear on what I wanted. I said it out loud. I trusted it to show up (that is, with a little help from my partner). I figured that everything would unfold exactly as it was meant to; things always, always do anyway.
We were supposed to be there up in the front.
Bill taught me the power of “acting as if”; what’s there to lose?
Gratitude and joy go hand-in-hand
I also learned that gratefulness plays a huge role in the scheme of things, and that when you come from a humble place of pure intention and playfulness, nothing is too much to ask for—not even front row center.
Since then, I’ve seen close to 40 concerts all from within about five rows…and more than half of those shows have been in the front row. And every time, there’s an amazing story about how it all happened and why it was meant to be. Truly mind-blowing. The common thread each time is that it all comes down to me following my joy.
Wanna read another great story on how the Law of Attraction helped me get front row seats to sold-out shows two nights in a row with The Who? Check out Rockin’ With The Who.
My very first experience being in the front row and how it impacted me was actually the catalyst for my initial blog post! It was with Fleetwood Mac; see it here at: Following Your Joy, Fleetwood Mac Style.
And finally, to see a really cool story about the pinnacle of seeing Neil Diamond from the front row four years later, definitely read this one!
So let’s wrap-up. Coming from a place of gratitude:
–What will you ask for that feels like a stretch?
–What will you do to “act as if”?
–How will you trust and allow it to come to you?
Enjoy the ride! It’s all worth it…every single minute of it.