You know who has spunk? Say it with me -- Casey James. He's back again tonight and I'm sure the fans who waited so long for their turn to see him perform live are thrilled -- even if he might not be able to meet with them in person. No word yet if his schedule is being modified today as it was yesterday, but we have Casey fans on Twitter who will be at the venue to let us know.
Before tonight's concert Casey tweeted his concerned fans the following:
Then, as an added bonus, he tweeted a picture his mom had sent him:
North Country Girl wrote on Jamestown II about her pre-show Casey encounter:
I saw some fans in Casey shirts, so I went to hang out with them. They said they saw Casey come out of the venue and go on the bus. So we went down to the other end of the bus, by the venue door. There were about 5 of us. Casey came off the bus walking like an 80-year old man, carrying his guitar case. He stopped by, said he couldn't do pictures, but y'all get a hug. He got one done, and of course it was prolonged by pictures. He started a coughing jag and bent over, his face turning bright red. We all started saying we felt so bad, he didn't have to perform like that, but he said he wanted to (that must be why he wrote the little yellow note) and excused himself back to the bus but said he'd be right back. When he came back, a pretty blonde woman was first in line for a hug, and then the handlers said he had to go. Her cousin said she (the blonde) was his biggest fan, she even follows him on Twitter (!!!), so he asked her Twitter name, and promptly forgot it. That is what you saw on Twitter. (An aside -- he didn't seem that tall to me!)
|Photo by North Country Girl|
Twitter fan MNCyn was also at the concert tonight and took along two young friends. I spoke with her after the show. Cyndee raved about Casey's performance, even though she knew he wasn't 100%. She had seen him briefly before the show when he left the bus to go get his guitar case. She said he looked drained and pale. She and a few fans went over to him. One, Jesselynn_ on Twitter, told Casey "you don't have to sing tonight, you know." Casey responded, "I want to" and then gave her a hug.
|Jesselynn_ and Casey|
Cyndee said "Casey opened to the roar of the crowds like always." The audience was up on its collective feet for his set. When Mike came out for their duet he asked Casey, who he called Mr. Pretty, "How you doing?" The two, as they did for the first time on the tour the night before in Iowa, performed sitting on stools, no doubt in consideration of Casey's health. He still threw picks out to the crowd and moved around on stage. He even waved at Cyndee's grandson, Spencer (a good thing considering how hard Spencer worked voting for Casey during American Idol).
By the end of the show's last group song, according to Cyndee, "Casey was smiling and it was almost as if doing the show gave him strength and wellness. He was smiling and his eyes were brighter." She observed that "performing was like medicine to him."
While Cyndee was a Casey fan going in, her fellow-concert goers, teens Anne and Ashley, "were so so about Casey before the concert - and afterwards --- wow." They said of Casey's performance: "hot -- crazy good ... only a true artist could do that while sick." One of the teens, Anne, who plays guitar herself said, "His guitar playing was amazing! We were not expecting that at all." Ashley agreed.
If he can get that kind of a response when he's not feeling well, it's no surprise Casey's been gathering new fans all along the concert trail!
I Got Mine
It's All Over Now (multiple versions since no one has the full song yet)
|Photos by @LilyLulu2 more here|
|Above Photos from JesseLynn_|
The StarTribune.com reviewer posted a rather negative review of the entire American Idol show. About the nicest thing he said of the performers was his comment about Casey:
The big discovery of the night was that Casey James, who finished third in this year's TV competition and signed with a country record label, aspires to be an electric guitar hero. He got bluesy on the Black Keys' "I Got Mine" and unleashed his George Thorogood-evoking slide and chicken-pickin' on a swinging sendup of the Rolling Stones' "It's All Over Now." James has the Goldilocks good looks of a rock star and encouraging guitar chops, but his voice was as generic as his name.As bad as this seems, it was nothing compared to the ripping he gave everyone else.
His review generated some contrary opinions, including this from Casey fan Jenna366:
Casey James in particular, who I also voted for like crazy and thought should have won, is incredible. Although you did say some nice things about him as a musician, the reference to his voice being as generic as his name is ludicrous and uncalled for. Give credit where credit is due but stop this ridiculous bashing and be objective. This season's tour was fabulous and the lower turnouts are more an indicator of the poor economy which has caused many tours to cancel shows or the entire tour in some cases. CASEY JAMES, LIKE ADAM, IS WELL ON HIS WAY TO BECOMING A HUGE STAR AND RIGHTLY SO.
Cyndee also responded to the lukewarm review by posting:
Here's another statistic for you, Mr. Bream. With a hospital worthy case of bronchitis-pushing-pneumonia and bed rest orders from the doctor, Casey performed at approximately 75% last night - and STILL he was the stand out performer of the show. And PS re: his name? Tell that to brother Billy James and mother Debra James. I think it's the real deal. And my bet ~ so is Casey!With dedicated and loyal fans like these, and the others we've met around the country, Casey should soar when this tour is over!