QUOTE(Sharon @ Dec 10 2010, 08:20 PM)
[size=4] Ok, someone in the south has to have gone to the Christmas Shows..........or, someone has seen a review from a Florida newspaper.....inquiring minds in California want to know how the show is going............Some year maybe I can attend one of these events.
Okay, Sharon. Here's a post by a fan from Amy's site. We're still awaiting setlists, fan photos and videos. But this will give you a little 'flavor' of what has been happening.
Christmas concert in Melbourne, FL
Greetings to all from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
This past evening my wife and I attended the Amy and Vince Christmas show at the King Center in Melbourne, Fla., and we had a great time.
I apologize to the person who asked for a set list. I didn't know that was of interest so didn't write the songs down. I can tell you that, in general, they sing mostly from the more recent Christmas albums, and Amy does "Better than a Hallelujah."
Here are some random thoughts/memories, for what it's worth:
Amy opened with Jingle Bells.
Pretty much alternated with Amy doing a song, then Vince, then Amy, etc.
To close the first half they did a tribute to veterans/active duty military, asking everyone to stand up who had or is serving. You have to know that we have a strong military retirement community here at the Cape so out of the 2000 in attendance at our venue it looked like almost half stood. Then Vince sang I'll Be Home for Christmas.
Overall a very Christmassy night, a lot of old standards.
Vince did a great Oh Holy Night.
Together they did more general secular Christmas than not. I didn't have a problem with that, although a few folks could be heard in the hallways after grumbling there was no overt Christmas message shared. That brought to mind a line I read once quoting Amy where she said she was tired of Christians telling her how to be Christian. I say, Amen, Amy.
Vince and Amy led the entire crowd in a couple of Christmas Carols (O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night) -- which was my favorite moment of the night. Although I was one in 2000 doing so, it's fun to be able to say I was singing with Amy Grant. (I thought our two voices blended very well together over the others!)
Vince complained of having a cold and poked fun at us Floridians for our warm, sunshine state weather this week -- when it's been highs in the 50s, lows in the 20s and 30s. Very cold for us this time of year.
Amy wore four separate outfits: a blue evening dress with one strap, what I would describe as a Christmas cocktail dress, a sort of black suitcoat with brown boots that went up to her hips, and then black tights and a black top for the end and I swear she was barefoot on the stage, but that could just be my eyes.
One comment to make that I offer as constructive criticism. Neither Amy nor Vince said the name of the town or the venue they were in a single time. In their opening words of welcome to the audience it was almost like they forgot to say it, or forgot where they were. I've been in situations myself where after being in a number of conferences/conventions all hotels blend together and you catch yourself forgetting what city you're in -- happens to me in airports too -- but the connection between performer and audience is always made stronger by acknowledging the home town and something of the local flavor. (Had either of them said something to the effect that they were sad to have missed the big rocket launch we just had on Wednesday while they were in Sarasota -- that would have been perfect!)
Other songs I remember them singing (sorry if I blow the exact titles): I Need Another Silent Night, Tennessee Christmas, Baby It's Cold Outside (very fun with the two of them!), Grown Up Christmas List, The Christmas Song, Do You Hear What I Hear (as the encore). Vince also sang a song with his daughter and another love ballad he said he just wrote about Amy.
Amy had some jingle bells to share with folks in the front row of the audience. But you have to give them back.
The two backup singers, one was Vince's recently married daughter, the other was a new mother with a six-week-old baby on tour with them.
Finally, over a span of some 30 years, I have now seen Amy in concert three times. Once back in the pre Age-to-Age days when we were all too young (she's now 50 and I'm a close 49), once about six years ago and last night. I have never seen her so relaxed and comfortable on stage as she interacts with the audience, and as she danced and moved around. It was a joy to see that she has found joy, and I'm sure a big dose of peace, as well as love of course, in Vince and her blended family. I wish I had better words to describe what I saw in her. Confidence. A strong sense of self, perhaps. Whatever it was, it was great to see during the roughly two-hour show. And the voice is as wonderful as ever.
Hope this gives you a sense of what we saw. I'm sure I don't need to encourage this group to go see the show if you can.