Kenny Rogers fan-atic hits his bliss zone
Billboards, a custom- made jacket, a signed tambourine and a Kenny Rogers fanatic running through the aisles dodging security guards and the crowd at Jupiters Casino.
That was me a few years ago when country legend Kenny Rogers (now in his 80s) toured Australia for the last time before his retirement.
I asked my partner to make a custom Kenny jacket to wear to the show.
We rocked up to Jupiters Casino on Gold Coast and in an instant, I fell in love with the huge Rogers billboard out the front of the casino.
I want that, I thought to myself.
The show went on and Rogers' performance was wonderful. At the end of Rogers' show he throws a couple of hand-signed, wooden tambourines into the audience.
I was seated halfway down the auditorium and knew a tambourine certainly wouldn't make it into my area.
I threw my jacket off, legged it down the aisle past security and presented it to Kenny. He leaned down and gave me his tambourine.
I was elated - but not satisfied.
The day after the show I phoned Jupiters to ask about the billboard. They contacted the company who made it and said I could have it. Goal complete.
Months after the concert I wrote to Rogers' lead guitarist and he sent a personalised photo of the singer which Rogers signed to myself and my partner.
A trio of bliss.