Thousands of music fans piled into Ann Morrison Park on July 17 for an all-star lineup that included the Backstreet Boys, Macy Gray and Bret Michaels. The all-ages crowd included plenty of screaming 40-somethings proving that you never outgrow your adolescent glam and boy band crushes.
Before offering an impassioned rendition of “Something to Believe In” and a crowed-pleasing take on “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Michaels thanked Boise fans for their well-wishes during his recent illnesses and suggested he and the fans gather again for Boise Music Festival 2011.
Hundreds of lucky concertgoers were treated like rock stars in a VIP lounge area and a few really lucky fans were allowed backstage, rubbing elbows with the likes of Macy Gray and Bret Michaels who obliged to autographs and photos with star-struck devotees.
“We had a really good time and there were a lot of people. We didn’t expect this many people,” Gray told Boise Weekly after the show.
Bribes and creative offers surfaced from some of the fans left on the other side of the fence separating the backstage from the rest of the park. Among the bribes put before security in exchange for a backstage pass: $20 and a little strip tease. Security personnel refused all offers.
At least two fans found one sure way to make it back stage: hit someone. A fight broke out near the front of the stage just before Bret Michaels finished his act, prompting officers to break the security barrier and haul the two alleged brawlers backstage where they were handcuffed.
If you didn’t make it backstage, Boise Weekly was there. Here’s a look at some of our favorites moments from the night: