Close Encounters of the Jon Kind
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater
May 4, 2002
Well, this isn't some awesome
story of how I got to meet Jon one-on-one ... but I am pretty darn proud of
this one! I am a long-winded person, so be warned!
Things didn't start out
too well because we got there way too early and the doors weren't open and I
was in a strange neighborhood. The doors opened around 7 pm (we got there at
6) and when we walked in, there was this box where you could fill out these
forms to meet Jon after the show. My friend and I literally filled out at least
60 cards combined (we were there for 45 minutes filling them out). So, it's
amazing that I did not win and get to meet Jon after the show!
Our seats were pretty good.
They were like thirteen rows back -- not too shabby! My friend brought a tape
recorder and taped the entire show. Unfortunately it's hard to hear, but it's
still funny. Anyway, the show started around half an hour late, but it was worth
the wait. I was getting pains in my side from laughing so hard right from the
first punchline. Jon was AMAZING with interacting with the fans. Any fan that
would shout something, he immediately had some kind of great comeback. Someone
tossed him a Sponge Bob Squarepants lollipop, and he went on about how there
is nothing more f***ed up than Sponge Bob Squarepants, even if you were on drugs.
Someone also tossed on stage
a set of lip balms. He said, "Did this come in the N Sync value pack?" and then
he said "Five Outrageous Flavors? Thank you God!"
Anyway, I could go on and
on about all the funny jokes, but I will get to the point. So, my friend and
I kept saying that we would scream that we saw the movie "Playing By Heart"
because you know, not too many people have seen that movie. Well, there was
a point early on in the show were Jon went to grab his water and he bent over.
I screamed "WOO!" at the top of my lungs and he gave me the weirdest look and
the crowd was cracking up. He said "You just wooed at a 40-year-old man's ass.
I can't tell you how wrong you are. These pants are on for your protection."
Then he went on to say how hairy his ass is, and how there is a bald spot on
the one cheek and he uses the hair on the other cheek as a combover. Then I
tried to scream "I saw Playing By Heart" twice, after he was done talking about
his ass he was like "What did you say?" and I said "I saw Playing By Heart"
and he said "You know what, you stand alone!" He asked if I liked the movie,
and I said I loved it. The other people who saw it did some cheering and woo-ing.
I think he might have made a joke or two about it but I honestly don't remember
-- I was a tad bit star struck! Then he said, "Because you said that, I will
always remember you!"
The crowd was pretty rambunctious,
but Jon seemed to really feed off of it. He called us a disturbing crowd and
he loved how we just shouted out stuff. He said that was the Philadelphia he
knew and loved. ;)
Well, everything is just
a blur after that. That is probably the greatest moment in my life! :) It was
an awesome show, and I will never forget this encounter with Jon!
Compiled by Melly.