The following information was taken from American Idol's Michael Johns' primary FAN website, and I have included quotes directly from them; so you know I’m not making it up. I am such a huge fan of this man and his talent and had to share this juicy tidbit.
If you go to that website, and take time to peruse all of the forums, you will find more topics and threads than you have room to fit in your head, or time to read for that matter. You could spend hours and days in there. This is a very open place, where fans are encouraged to leave their comments. It would seem I’m not the only fan who has an opinion (not that I ever thought that I was). I picked out only one of the newest, juiciest bits, and decided to share it with my readers.
According to some of the comments I read, Michael Johns now has people (a.k.a. an entourage). That would seem to indicate, his status is well into the metamorphosis stage, transforming him from one of the "American Idol Top Ten", and changing him into an individual star on his own. "It Won’t Be Long" before the association with American Idol is just a footnote in this rising star’s story. (note: "It Won’t Be Long", is the title to one of Michael's unreleased pre-idol songs. More information will follow for all 21 of them at the bottom of this article.)
I’m sure you’re thinking by now, "Okay, enough with the foreplay already, let’s get on to Michael Johns needs!"
Here’s the quote I referred to before, where Java/Allison (site admininstrator), posted the following announcement in the forums:
For those of you attending any of the future American Idol concert shows MICHAEL needs your help.
He is wanting someone from each show to gather email addresses from people before and after the concerts.
This is effective starting with the St. Louis show on July 18th and going on for each show thereafter until the final show on Sept 18th.
If you are willing to take the time to do this you will get a very special reward. VERY SPECIAL. It's so special that I don't even think I can say what it is. *squee*
I just got the word on this and my head is kind of spinning right now. This is so exciting!
PM me if you think you are up for the task.
UPDATE: I will be getting more information about this tomorrow. I have a few questions one of them being if more than one person per show. I will keep this thread updated!
UPDATE Part 2: There can be 2 people signed up for each show.
Below are the remaining tour dates and the people who have signed up.
There is more information in the rest of the article listed in the forum!
Be sure to sign up, and enter your e-mail address at the sites main page! They have hinted that there might be upcoming features and surprises, by entering your e-mail address at Michael Johns Online (MJO).
The posted topic goes on to list what cities are left in the American Idol Tour 2008, and which ones still have an opening left for a lucky volunteer to claim the reward. Keep in mind, there will only be two people allowed to participate in each city, so you'll have to hurry to stake your claim. As with everything else recently, regarding this star, the reward is left in mystery. From the sound of excitement Java exudes, whatever is the reward, it will be well worth having.
I'd claim it myself, but the nearest tour to where I abide is seven hours away. It's not that I'd mind the drive, as a matter of fact; if I were able, I'd walk on water to get there, just to see this show. The problem is, last time I checked about two months ago, the show was completely sold out of everything but the nosebleed section, left of the stage. Not even that would keep me from going if I got the chance. My problem is, I don't know my schedule that far in advance. My suggestion would be, if you've not already done so, get your tickets now.
The videos I've seen so far of the tour show there are huge screens on all sides of the stage, tastefully utilized to give close-ups of every performance. They lend the illusion of having front row seats for every seat in the house. With all of the idols so near; you could almost reach out and touch them. This is one tour, where the stars' presentations are very professionally put on display. We would not expect anything less than the best from American Idol, and at least with this show, they don't disappoint us!
I'm off again on another topic, to address the previous subject to which I eluded. It may come as a surprise to some of you Michael Johns fans, to learn that he even has pre-idol music. There are 21 songs available for free download. There is a link at my personal MySpace page.
Michael's generosity never ceases to amaze me. After all, what artist gives away that much of his art in unreleased songs, which should be put on the market for sale? Yet, he's offered these songs for the entire world to download for themselves, and share in freely. All you need to do in order to claim the entire list of 21 songs, is click on the link above and go to the Ayos iShare program found on that page.
From there, you click on the title of the tune you wish to hear. It brings up a small music player, and a link for download directly to your computer. There are no strings attached. You don't have to add me as a friend, since my page is in essence, an open book of tribute dedicated almost solely to Michael Johns. You don't have to join any clubs, or try a new product, or leave any information about yourself. The only requirement is that you find time to go there and enjoy the music.
These songs showcase Michael Johns in his astounding talent and versatility. There are tunes from every type genre of rock and soul one could imagine. They compare in styles ranging from such classic rock as done by the Beatles, to the hardest rock done by masters like Ozzy and Nickelback. There are tunes boasting his talent from the sexiest blues, all the way up to rock, and modern pop.
All of them are clearly intended to evoke emotion of some kind in the listener, and they are all perfectly done. Some of the "missing you" types and "break up" songs will rip your heart asunder. That's assuming of course, you've ever broken up with your love, or missed someone that you care about, or were ever in love to begin with. His voice expresses the deepest emotions as he renders the songs through his soul.
It seems to his fans, that Michael has the unique ability to evoke in us emotions unbidden. It doesn't appear to the average fan that he even knows what effect he has on us. He surrenders himself to the live performances, and is most comfortable while he is performing. His subtle command of that realm makes it appear as though he can control what we feel effortlessly. Having seen the reaction of his fans while he is on stage, I would have to agree with that assessment.
Clearly, he will be one of the great super stars of all time, the likes of which have not yet embodied in this century, until now. He has so quickly captured worldwide acclaim, and the phenomena of unshakeable fans. I can't wait to see what he has in store for all of us. Join with me and the rest of the world, as we watch with anticipation, what's yet to come in his future!
I have a feeling it will be so bright; you might wish to upgrade your sunglasses now. I've gone so far as to purchase several pair for protection, while I witness the unveiling of the star in Michael Johns. Who am I to say?
As always, mine is Just One Opinion.