If one thing is for certain, it is that Melissa Etheridge’s fan are a loyal breed. The crowd of nearly 1,500 people seemed to know almost every word that left the singer’s mouth at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park as part of their summer outdoor concert series on June 8.
“Are you ready to be fearless?” she asked the crowd. “This is our time. This is me and you. Let’s get this started!”
Flanked by an outdoor stage whose ceiling was covered with Boston Ivy the singer began the show with her hit “Fearless Love.”
Etheridge interaction with the crowd was stellar. Words of wisdom flowed from her mouth between each song.
“I don’t know about you, but I am not giving my attention or energy anyone who does not think I am fabulous,” Etheridge said as the crowd cheered.
Etheridge may have been alluding to the recent settlement with her ex-girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Michaels. Michaels got royalty to some of Etheridge’s music as well as a significant chunk of change. According to TMZ, Michaels will get $10,000 a month in child support and $13,000 a month in spousal support.
“I Want to Come Over,” “Come to My Window” and other less-known songs rocked the crowd with her unique smokey bluesy-folk-rocker sound.
The diverse crowd featured people from all walks of life. Gay, straight, young and old. It didn’t matter, they all came together to hear a talented musician give it her all.
The singer talked about her struggle with breast cancer as many people shed tears thinking of themselves or a loved one who has the disease. It was the most powerful moment of the night.
“It will grow back,” she said flipping her hands through her long hair and pointing at a woman who had breast cancer.
Kelly Wotring, 42, of Grand Rapids is a huge Etheridge fan. In fact, she managed to get Etheridge’s guitar pick at the end of the performance.
“It was wonderful,” she said. “She played for two hours with no breaks. She has a lot of energy.”
For more information on upcoming concerts visit www.meijergardens.org.