There was a quiet excitement building outside the box office of Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO on August 13, 2009. As Demi Lovato fans arrived to pick up their VIP passes and tickets that afternoon, I could tell that we were in for a special night. Super fans had brought along flowers, candy, and gifts for Demi. Two little girls carried a red poster, hand-decorated with a large glittery heart to show their adoration for Demi Lovato. My daughter’s birthday present was a VIP pass for Demi Lovato’s concert, which included sound check, early entry for merchandise purchase, a meet and greet with Demi, plus amazing floor seats. I knew my daughter was thrilled to be there, but, as a mom, I didn’t know I would come away from the concert saying what an amazing time I had. It was all because of the talented and inspiring Demi Lovato.
We were escorted to the sound check, where we heard Demi’s band practicing without her for a few minutes. I was quite impressed with this group of musicians. According to the Tour program, Demi’s band members are Mike Manning and Drew Taubenfeld (guitars), Kevin McPherson (bass), Alex Wright (keyboard), and Drew Steen-affectionately nicknamed “Animal” (drums). Demi’s accomplished background singers are Emily Glanville and Ana Alicia Garza. Then Demi appeared and took a few song requests from her fans. She also answered some questions before leaving the stage. A fan asked her about advice for young people who want to break into music. Demi encouraged budding artists to “practice, practice, practice”. Demi also mentioned that she still takes voice lessons in order to keep improving.
After the sound check, we were taken to the merchandise stand to purchase concert shirts, tour books, posters, glow sticks, and other various types of merchandise. Many people bought items that Demi would be signing during the Meet and Greet portion of the day.
Before too long, hundreds of people lined up and were taken to a Meet and Greet room to meet Demi Lovato. Demi greeted each fan individually, signed autographs, and leaned in-cheek to cheek-to have a picture taken with each one. The look on my daughter’s face was priceless as she met her idol. I was pleasantly surprised at Ms. Lovato’s sincerity with her fans. There were fans of all ages, ranging from two-year-olds who were held for a picture to parents like me.
We had just enough time to come back to the food stands outside the arena to grab a bite to eat before regular ticket holders were allowed in. When we arrived at our second row seats on the floor, we chatted with other fans for a few minutes before the opening acts performed.
Jordan Pruitt and David Archuleta were the opening acts for Demi Lovato. David Archuleta certainly has his fair share of loyal followers who were there to support him. Although David kept talking about how bad his allergies were, he didn’t miss a note. His performance was energetic and flawless. After a short intermission, fans crowded the stage and barricades in anticipation of Demi Lovato.
Demi arrived through the floor of the stage singing “La La Land”, a hit from her freshman album Don’t Forget. She continued with the upbeat tune “So Far So Great”, the theme song from her hit Disney show Sonny With a Chance. Demi spiced it up by belting out the songs “Gonna Get Caught”, “U Got Nothing on Me”, and “Party”. During “Trainwreck”, Demi showed us her skills on the piano. Demi slowed it down with her acoustic performance of “Catch Me”, a song from her sophomore album Here We Go Again. This is a song Demi said she really enjoyed writing and performing. Judging by the the number of fans singing along with this song, I can tell that it will be a hit for Demi. Demi performed at least seventeen songs during her show, a good mix from both of her albums. She did a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman” that was soulful and really showed off her musical prowess. The hardest, edgiest rock song for the evening was “Remember December”. Although Demi Lovato has a style all her own, this song and her vocals were reminiscent of Pat Benatar. The crowd was ready for more and Demi delivered by singing “Here We Go Again” before the final encore. After a quick wardrobe change, Demi poured her heart out, singing the emotionally-charged “Don’t Forget” while fans sang in unison. “Get Back” was the final song for the night.
After seeing and hearing Demi Lovato in concert, I can tell that she is passionate about her singing and songwriting. Although she has had success as a Disney actress, music is what will keep this soon-to-be seventeen-year- old in the spotlight for years to come. Demi has a powerful voice which cannot be ignored.
Although the Demi Lovato Summer Tour is coming to an end, you can still catch her and David Archuleta in places such as Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Demi Lovato and David Archuleta recently won the Teen Choice Award for Music Tour, beating out larger acts such as Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears, and Taylor Swift. Their performances are definite “must-see’s”.