QAL North American Tour 2019 10 Jul Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena 12 Jul Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome 14 Jul San Jose, CA SAP Center 16 Jul Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena 19 Jul Los Angeles, CA The Forum 20 Jul Los Angeles, CA The Forum 23 Jul Dallas, TX American Airlines Center 24 Jul Houston, TX Toyota Center 27 Jul Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena 28 Jul Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena 30 Jul Washington, DC Capital One Arena 31 Jul Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena 03 Aug Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center 04 Aug Boston, MA Xfinity Center 06 Aug New York, NY Madison Square Garden 07 Aug New York, NY Madison Square Garden 09 Aug Chicago, IL United Center 10 Aug St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center 13 Aug Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena 15 Aug Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena 17 Aug Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center 18 Aug Tampa, FL Amalie Arena 20 Aug New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center 22 Aug Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena 23 Aug Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
Popping in to say that we crammed a nostalgic visit to the Pacific Northwest, our old home, with the Vancouver and Tacoma concerts. I had already seen QAL five times, but this was even more of a wonderful sensory overload experience than ever. I will never say pinnacle with them because I have no doubt that they will continue to create and delight their ever-growing fan-base each go round for as long as they can.
A couple of brief thoughts on some recently discussed items. Dr. Bri and his heart-felt, generous, and accurate response of Adam shows that they really are a family. And Sizzlin63’s points about how she wishes we could get some windows into Adam’s thoughts/life are ones I have been feeling for some time. Brian’s Instagrams could quite often be a “master-class” on effective use of social media and are in large part (at least I believe) of why he now has 1.8 million loyal followers, other than the to be expected trolls and gad-flies. He doesn’t get deep into his life with Anita or his children, though he mentions them as he wishes from time to time. He mentions himself and his professional, personal, etc...to the extent that he feels comfortable. What he does do that is super-effective is often use the salutation “folks” to open his posts...inclusive and informal. Then, he will move to whatever he wishes to discuss, explaining it concisely and in quite understandable terms. Finally, and quite importantly, if appropriate, he will ask the readers what they think. Now, they are even more part of an online community that he has built up. 99% of the time, he’ll close out with a simple Bri. Has anyone noticed that when he leaves that out, he will get many comments asking for/pointing out that Bri is missing and asking why? Bri is the leader of this large community but in an approachable fashion, almost like we are part of his family or pretty good friends. People can always use a connection. A couple of posts have gone a bit awry, but whose haven’t in this medium, and if he felt it was his wording, he has been quick to correct himself, but he is a rousing success on social media, and his supporters, me right up there, prove it.
I don’t know what Adam used to be like as a social media, or at least Instagram presence. I admire beyond belief Adam, but I don’t like all of those little things, links I guess, to pictures that I have to open up and can barely see for which little or no commentary is provided. Maybe he could keep some of those because I may be about the only one who feels this way, so maybe that could still be his main thing if that is what he and others relate to most. But maybe every few days or so, he might post a little something like Brian does. It doesn’t have to be overly personal, but anyone who has heard him speak knows how articulate he is and that he does have his interests and, as he stated would be important in a partner, things he feels passionate about. They don’t even have to be very long, most of Brian’s really aren’t if you look at them. They don’t have to be that deep—a couple of Brian’s are him and his exercise bike. I guess I have just had this on my mind, and maybe not many other people feel like this. Just as a curiosity, has Adam written his customary “Thanks Vancouver!” after these shows and I have just missed that? A really nice thing to do, I think, and super-quick.... Again, I admire, adore, etc... Adam, so I mean no disrespect with what I have written above, and I don’t mean I would expect him to be just like Dr. Bri in his posts, but Dr. Bri is a ready example.
That critic: well, his first article is an excellent example of “damning with faint praise”, and the second whatever it is he published—not an article, for sure—is a lazy way for him to garner, or attempt to garner—some marginal recovery, if you will. It screams, Look at me! I’m that one that made Brian May of QUEEN mad! And lots of his fans, too! Look: I’ll cut and paste a bunch of fan posts right here! And then nothing.... Nope, I won’t admire him either for saying he made Brian mad or for being ‘courageous’ enough to cut and paste negative responses to the writer’s article. Lazy journalism going on here.
This is too long. Sorry! I just want to end ny saying that if the sight of Adam’s boots for the encore isn’t enough alone to get him an invitation to The Met Gala next year, then there is no justice indeed!