I told some of this story, back on September 23rd, when my husband and I took my son, Dalton, to see the Little River Band, for the first time ever!
So, we started our small journey from Hampton to the Virginia State Fair. We went early, because I like to be as close to the front of the stage as possible. We placed our chairs up front, towards the left side of the stage, and went on to have something to eat. When we returned, my husband and Dalton, decided to hang out by the tent, where the merchandise would be sold. Shortly after, this smiling man, with spiked hair appears, and starts bringing in boxes of shirts and lots of other LRB goodies for sale. I did a double take, because I thought, there's no way someone from the band is selling merchandise! Well, before I knew it, I was talking to Chris Marion (the smiling man). My husband and son didn't recognize him...I even said to Dalton..."look, here's the whole band on the front of this CD". Still didn't see it!! I decided at that point, to not staying anything to either of them. I went on to treat Chris, like I would anyone else. Plus, I couldn't wait to see Dalton's face, when he saw Chris hit the stage! Anyways, Dalton immediately took a liking to Chris, and I think Chris was digging him too.
At one point, Chris had to go get more shirts off the bus, so he asked Dalton to "hold down the fort" while he was gone. I attached pictures of Dalton working the tent, and having fun at the show! Dalton also brought his allowance money, so he could buy his own T-shirt. Chris was nice enough, to give Dalton a discount, since he helped him out.
Now to the stage entrance...I wish I could've gotten a picture, of the look on Dalton's face, when Chris got on the stage with the band. It was priceless!! My husband even got a kick out of the whole situation. Needless to say, my 14 year old son, is a big LRB fan now. He wears his T-shirt proudly to school on a regular basis. I'm actually doing this for him. I don't want to go into the details, but Dalton is a very special kid. He has been through alot of medical issues, since he was a toddler. We are lucky to have him with us today, and that he can enjoy the music as much as I do. I've loved LRB since I was a kid, and I always will.
The moral of the story is...my son didn't feel like "another a face in the crowd". You see, he felt very special, and he talks about his experience still to this day. He has a guitar pick and his signed photograph of the band (also given to him by Chris). I can't thank Chris enough, for making my boy feel so special that day. My Dalton tells people, that he met a real rock star, and that he even got to work for him and shake his hand! Thank you Chris, and LRB, for making your fans feel extra special!!