Alright True EBs! Here’s the low down on what went down at the show down featuring the MAN – Mr. Eric Benet! I arrived on the scene about 15 minutes before show time and the ladies (Sharon, Reola, Jamie, Reola’s cousin Patricia, Stephanie, and Emi) were waiting for me in the lobby. Also in the building were True EBs Peggy and Patrice. Emi was sweet enough to bring us gifts as well as gifts for Eric and Jonathan.
We chatted for a while in the lobby then made a Bee-Line to our seats because the show was scheduled to start at 8:00 pm. We sat with anticipation and started getting a little antsy around 8:15. Finally, around 8:45, the announcer introduces Eric and he starts making his way to the stage flanked by half a dozen or more security guys. We couldn’t really see him but we could hear him. As he made his way to the edge of the stage, the guards set up posts around the stage and his Royal Hotness was in full view and the crowd went wild! Screaming at the top of our lungs, hands in the air, throwing our heads from side to side – we were ready to receive and EB was ready to give it to ME… ahem, pardon me, give it to US! LOL
Our guy Jonathan was backing EB up on the keyboards and vocals – looking cool as a fan as he did his thang!
EB had on his usual dressy casual attire: Signature shades, jacket, vest, long sleeve shirt, tie, jeans and comfy shoes. But with each song, he started peeling off clothes, loosening his tie and opening his shirt. Caramelicious HOTNESS!!!
He started things off with the up-tempo “Harriett Jones” then went smoothly into “Chocolate Legs”. For the next song, he gave us a little background story of his ulterior motive for choosing the female soloist to partner with him on this particular endeavor – “Spend My Life with You”. He had the hots for Tamia but his hopes were dashed when she showed up with GRANT HILL! LOL Since he didn’t have a female counterpart, you guessed it – EB handled it all by himself!
Then came the pièce de résistance – “Sometimes I Cry”. The high notes this man attained during this selection always send chills up and down my spine! You would’ve thought we were in church with all those waving hands and screaming affirmations of “YES!!!”
I was riding the wave of that high on the rest of the songs: “News For You”, “Runnin'” and “You’re the Only One”. He didn’t disappoint with the show closer that always gets the house on their feet and rocking – “Georgy Porgy”.
After he left the stage, Sharon said let’s roll and we made our way to the backstage area. We bumped into the road manager and Sharon stop to chat with him letting him know the True EBs were in the building and if it was possible, would like to say hello to Eric.
So we set up post in front of the backstage entrance and were finally granted access. As always, EB was very gracious and engaged us in “catch up” conversation. Emi presented her gifts and Eric grabbed a piece of candy to munch that was meant for Jonathan but who was going to stop him! lol
We took individual pictures then a group picture, said our good-byes and headed for the house. It was another wonderful EB experience! Until next time, STAY TRUE!
Written by TrueEB Leatha