Dave’s Brush with Fame at the ACMs!
Believe me, he won’t forget the little bald guy with glasses during the ACM broadcast!
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Since K99 was nominated for Small Market Radio Station of the Year at the 47th ACMs, the boss let me go to the show!
While in Vegas, I was fortunate enough to get an invite to a brunch on Sunday held by Toby Keith‘s record label – Show Dog Universal Nashville. Free food, a bloody mary, and three great acts performed acoustically: J.T. Hodges, Rose Falcon and Jessie James. Jessie James, incidentally, had just gotten engaged to Eric Decker of the Denver Broncos the night before! All three of the acts were GREAT- -however the only decent picture I could get was of Jessie James:
So later, it’s time for the awards show (I DID have another buddy, Randy from Loveland, fly out and join me- a boys weekend!). We were seated on the floor of the MGM’s Grand Garden Arena for the live telecast; during which, if you leave during a commercial break and are not back before they go live again, you don’t get to come in. Knowing that, I told Randy I would go and get a couple of beers- I would miss the upcoming segment-not a big deal. However, the beer line was SO LONG, that not only was I out for one commercial break, but two!
Here’s where the ‘brush with fame’ comes in.
As I waited and waited in that beer line- I look around and BAM! Justin Moore was walking around mingling! It’s not hard to mistake Justin, he’s shorter (like me) and wears a big cowboy hat (unlike me).
I wanted to go up and say hi- but DID NOT want to give up my place in line- I was already going to miss TWO segments of the ACMs, I couldn’t risk missing another! Finally, I realize I COULD snap a photo; but by the time I got my phone out and got the camera going, Justin had turned his back to me, and then walked off to the left. Not that he was avoiding me, I was just another person in that “long beer line”.
Here’s my awesome photography skills at work:
I finally get my two beers and head over to ‘the tunnel’ where you walk into the arena floor. There was a line there too: people waiting for the thick black curtains to open and let us through. If you had just the right angle, you could see Jason Aldean singing ‘Fly Over States’. I was enjoying myself though- I was AT the ACMs- no whining!
Then, I just happen to look around behind me, and a few people back is- Justin Moore! I’m standing there holding two beers (both hands full), so I can’t grab my phone to take his picture. So, I thought it’d be hysterical if HE took MINE. It just cracked me up, so I turned around to face Justin:
“Justin! Justin Moore!” I shout.
“Hey!” He said.
“Justin, what if you took MY picture!” I shout out. Holding up the beers to demonstrate I’m in a pickle. People around me laugh.
“Sure!” Justin replies.
Then, I realize, he isn’t reaching for a camera or his phone or anything.
“You don’t have a camera, do you?” I ask, knowing what he’s going to say.
‘Damn’ I think to myself.
But I have broken the ice, I have to try and get a picture now. So I turn to this woman next to me and ask her to hold my two beers.
“Sure” she says, and kind of clumsily takes the beers- by holding them underhanded in her palms. I don’t have time to figure out a better way for her to hold the beers- gotta get my phone out.
As I’m moving over to Justin and his manager, I’m trying to get the camera working the right way. I just got my new smartphone and haven’t mastered it yet. In the milliseconds that are going by, I notice that neither Justin nor his manager are moving in to assist or get into position for a photo. I also notice that in the time I’ve been looking down at my phone, the line has finally started to move into the arena.
I shove the phone back into my pocket and dart back to woman who was kind enough to hold the beers; she seems very relieved that I haven’t forgotten her.
By now, the line is in full throttle- everyone moving as fast and as quietly as they can to get onto the floor and to their seats.
My moment…. has passed.
Such, is life. I take my beers and move on to my seat. Justin Moore goes to his seat- way up there with the other Country stars.
Turns out, Justin was there at the ACMs with his wife Kate!
Maybe he’ll remember Dave Jensen:
‘The Little Guy with Two Beers Who Wanted Me to Take HIS Picture’.
Maybe he won’t.
It was still fun…. and that’s what it’s all about, right?