Ovation: Good For Tim McGraw.
In my younger years I spent quite a bit of time on stage. I spent hours and hours practicing in front of a mirror because I didn’t want my mannerisms or my facial expressions to detract from my performance. One of the most common critiques that I got from friends, family, faculty and fellow musicians was that I did not have a “poker face” when it came to hiding my mistakes. Apparently, when I played a wrong note my audience couldn’t always hear it but they could see the disappointment on my face.
As I grew more comfortable on stage I learned to hide my mistakes and, actually, was asked on more than one occasion “did you mean to do that?” when something sounded a bit odd. My ability to interact with small audiences grew with each performance and my confidence continued to build.
Never once did it occur to me that someone in the audience might grab at my clothes and tear my pants like a Tim McGraw fan did at last Sunday’s concert Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta.
At the end of the night, while McGraw performed his hit “Truck Yeah” as an encore, he walked out on a catwalk to interact with his fans, fist-bumping and high-fiving as he sang. A woman in the crowd slapped him on the knee and then grabbed onto his leg and wouldn’t let go as he was moving through the crowd. He instinctively swatted at her to try to keep her from ripping his jeans but they were torn nonetheless.
Headlines across the nation announced that McGraw slapped a female fan at a concert but neglected to say anything about him doing so in self-defense. The woman was escorted from the stage area but I’d wager that if a man had grabbed hold of a woman performer’s costume in that manner there would be many more headlines.
I say good for Tim McGraw. She had it coming. I would’ve slapped her, too.
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