Fans wait six hours to hear Songz
Shirtless Songz heats up Orlando
Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 16:07
Saturday's crowd at Universal Studios overwhelmed both employees and the artist who preformed that night.
Fans gathered as early as 3 p.m. to see Trey Songz, winner of the 2010 BET Award for "Best Male R&B Artist."
For the first time in the series, Universal decided to give out free paper tickets for those wanting to get close to the stage. The line for tickets lasted more than an hour, and employees started letting fans into the concert area after 5 p.m. to claim a spot for the show.
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Once in the concert area, fans found it difficult to get food and water, enjoy the theme park rides, or use the restroom without losing their spots.
Angelica Ellis and Natalia Figueroa did not care that they were missing the rides and attractions in the park.
"We had [an] over-an-hour drive to get here. We have not ridden any rides, seen any shows or eaten any food. We came to Orlando only to see Trey," Ellis, an Ocala native, said.
After the show concluded, the girls' only regret was that they were not closer to the stage.
"The last part of the show was the best because he took off his shirt," Figueroa said. "I wish we had been closer so we could see his muscles."
Songz has toured both as a headliner and as a special guest on Jay-Z's massive BP3 Tour 2010. His show at Universal appealed to the mainly female audience, giving them exactly what they wanted. During the show, Songz reminded the audience that he was a very single man looking for that perfect girl.
Songz started the show off with "I Invented Sex" from his 2009 album, Ready. He kept the crowd screaming during his hour-long performance with other hits like "Neighbors Know My Name," "Can't Be Friends" and "Say Aah."
Toward the middle of the show, Songz took a moment to thank the diehard fans who waited hours in the heat to see him.
"I know I saw these girls over here at sound check hours ago. Thank you for waiting hours to see me! Trey's Angels are in the house tonight," he said.
He took off his shirt and gave it to a fan in the front row who made a poster asking for his shirt.
Songz was not the only one who was throwing garments Saturday night. During his song "Love Faces" from his latest album Passion, Pain & Pleasure, a few bras from the audience made it on the stage.
Danei Stephenson, who will be majoring in computer engineering at UCF next month, was amazed by the number of people in the audience.
"I thought I had enough time by getting here at 6 p.m.," Stephenson said. "I came to see Ne-Yo during Mardi Gras and was able to be close to the stage. I have been a fan of Trey Songz since before he cut his hair and I wish I could be closer to the stage for this show."
Out-of-town annual pass holder Ali Landron decided to make a weekend out of the show.
"I am a big fan of Trey Songz so we decided to drive to Orlando to see the show and get a hotel room tonight," Landron said. "I was here a few hours early but wish I had not been so far away from the stage."
For fans who were not able to get front and center, Universal provided large screens to project the show. No one missed out on seeing Trey Songz, with or without his shirt on.