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Tim McGraw Birthday Concert

Updated on May 1, 2014

Tim McGraw Birthday Bash in Orlando

I've been a Tim McGraw fan for 15 years. Each year on May 1st I would celebrate his birthday whether it was by singing happy birthday, baking a cake or just listening to his music.

You might be's a bit obsessive, but I'm not. Fine, maybe a little.

I'm extremely appreciative of Tim's music. Okay, the fact that's he's a good looking guy actually caught my attention at first, but his tunes and caring heart are what made me a longtime fan.

Through the years I always thought it would be cool, if I could actually sing happy birthday to him while he was in the same room.

Tim McGraw May 1st, 2011
Tim McGraw May 1st, 2011 | Source

A chance of a lifetime

I finally had that opportunity on May 1st, 2011 when Tim announced he'd be performing in Orlando. I had purchased the tickets months ahead of time.

Dave and I were extremely excited about the concert. We were good to go, nothing was stopping us now.

While anticipating the big day we saw countless commercials via Live Nation announcing the tour dates and that tickets were still available.

Hmmmm. It's Tim McGraw, tickets should be sold out, at least that's my opinion.

This was his first time back in Orlando since 2003. Could the economy be that sluggish that people just aren't spending money on concert tickets?

McGraw Fanatics Linda and Dave
McGraw Fanatics Linda and Dave | Source
Photo from our seats....we were close, but not close enough
Photo from our seats....we were close, but not close enough | Source

Let the show begin

Well, this was most likely a once in a lifetime chance to celebrate Tim's 44th birthday with him. We arrived early enough to check out the crowds and the other fans. We didn't find much activity by the time we got there.

There were a few long lines of people, but one line caught my attention because they had passes dangling from their necks. So being the extrovert I am I approached a woman on the line. I asked her what the badges were for. She replied with "a private pre-show concert". I asked how she received one. She said "the radio station gave them away but there were no more." Hmmmm....GAVE them away? Wow. I know for a fact people have to win them or give the shirts off their back for one. I knew this couldn't be good. I was fine with not receiving a pass since my mission was to sing happy birthday and I knew it wouldn't happen there.

It was time to enter the arena. Our tickets were scanned. The attendant told us to proceed to the blue table because we had a surprise. I sprinted and almost knocked a guy over, but he survived. When we approached the table the nice gentleman notified us that we were being upgraded to the lower level. YAY! No nosebleed section for us! We grabbed our new tickets and went to find our first class seats.

We were thrilled that they were closer to the stage! Now again, being the extrovert I am I began conversing with the other fans seated around us. I found out that most of the lower bowl was relocated and the upper bowl was closed off due to low ticket sales.

The Amway Arena can hold 14,000 people for a concert. This concert had only sold 6,000 tickets. Hmmmmm. Made me wonder as to why?

Last Dollar....

Happy Birthday Tim McGraw

WELL, the 6,000 fans had more space to dance and the time of their life! The Band Perry opened the show and entertained the crowd for 30 minutes. I use the word entertained lightly due to the fact that I didn't notice one person stand and applaud, just basically sit. I thought that maybe they were napping before Tim took the stage. It was a laid back performance but excellent nonetheless.

The next act up was Luke Bryan and OH MY the crowd exploded! I was a bit surprised. Yes, Luke has many top hits but I had no idea he was this popular. He had the crowd in an uproar. He was enjoying shaking his thang! Dave and I both agreed that Luke Bryan is ready for his own headlining tour!

Tim was next. He of course teased the fans before he made his appearance. Anticipation filled the air of the Amway Arena. We listened to the introduction music and clapped, hooted and hollered until Tim took the stage. It was an amazing moment for all. He performed many hits both old and new. Since I am a people watcher I would occasionally glance around the crowd as I shook my thang and got lost in the music. I noticed the younger generation were clueless with his older tunes and I asked a few of them if they knew the song and they said no. How sad for them that they missed out on an experience of appreciating Tim's older tunes along with his newer ones. Personally if I like a band I want to know ALL their music, not just the top hits. Regardless I relished the moment. Of course the football talk came into action. There were quite a few boo's about him being an LSU fan and there were plenty of hoots and hollers from the Gator fans. It was amusing watching Tim do the gator chomp while on stage.

Tim performed a duet with The Band Perry, it was mellow. He then performed his hit "I Miss Back When" with Luke Bryan....that performance was my highlight of the concert. Two good old country boys had the crowd erupting in applause and cheers! Immediately following the performance Luke appeared back on stage with a huge bouquet of balloons and all 6,000 fans sang Happy Birthday to Tim. It was a surreal moment. One we will always remember and I'm thankful for it. We were hoping Faith Hill would come out and sing the birthday greeting but she didn't and that's okay.

While performing Tim was signing autographs, giving high fives and even brought a toddler on stage (Last Dollar performance) he never broke his stride. Well except for a tiny mishap during a song which we think is because a fan might have attempted to touch something they shouldn' surprise there, it happens's just a good thing Faith wasn't there cause she would have kicked some country ass.

I commend Tim not only for his musical and acting talents but for his heart. Word on the street is he's an amazing husband and father. It's obvious how he takes care of the rookies of country music. When a disaster strikes Tim and Faith are there to lend a helping hand. Rumor is one day Tim will run for office, let's all hope he does. He's got my vote.

Tim expressed his mellow and rock 'n roll side during the concert. It was an amazing experience for both my husband and myself. Whether the critics think so or not is their opinion. I don't know whether the lack of attendance was due to the economy or Tim flip-flopping between his acting career and his singing career. This McGraw fanatic will always remember being able to sing Happy Birthday to Tim while he was in the same room. Mission accomplished for me and it was a darn good feeling! Seriously what were the chances of Tim performing in Orlando on his birthday! It was my lucky day!

The fans favorite ears told me so!

In addition...

To the 8,000 other potential ticket missed an outstanding concert. Thank you for the great seats!

To the females at country music concerts PLEASE check and double check yourself in the mirror before you leave the house. What you exhibit with your appearance never needs to be seen in public. We all thank you.

To President Obama...Thank you for interrupting Celebrity Apprentice and not my concert when you broke the official news of the "Gettin' rid of Osama Bin Laden". Much appreciated sir.

Luke Bryan had the crowd on their feet
Luke Bryan had the crowd on their feet | Source

Luke Bryan


Back When w/ Tim and Luke (this concert was 2 weeks earlier but same performance) worth the watch!

The Band Perry


© 2011 Linda Bilyeu


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    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy 48th Birthday, Tim McGraw!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It was a great time Jthomp! :)

      I agree Paul...Tim and Luke put on a great show!

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      Paul Schlacter 5 years ago

      Good to see Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan together! That's a nice video! I love music so I wanted to buy cheap Luke Bryan tickets from

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      JThomp42 5 years ago

      Good for you!! Sounds like you had a GREAT time. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Ava, I'm glad you enjoyed my concert journey. This was my second time at a Tim McGraw concert and my favorite time. Thank you for stopping by!:)

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      Hi Linda! Lucky you, sounds almost too good to be true, your loyalty paid off! YEY! Awesome hub, kept me on my toes..I wanted to read on. Tim is so hot. Shaking your thang, go girl! Very refreshing hub, thank you.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Kelley, This concert was and always be one of my favorite memories. Mission accomplished. Thank you for stopping by:)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      What a great time full of memories! Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading this! Take care, Kelley

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      countryluvn! What a memorable experience you had at Tim's concert. I hope you still have that bracelet he gave you. I never heard of him doing that before. Good for you!!

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      countryluvn46 6 years ago

      I finally got an opportunity to attend one of Tim McGraw concerts as I had resiged myself to never being able to attend a concert because of my mobility issues but my Grand-daughter took me to amphitheater in Clark County and she pushed me in my wheelchair to the front of the pit area and during the show he held my hand and sang a few lines of a song to me and I was really grateful for his attention. Well needless to say , he went on with the concert and had the Band Perry come back on and sing with him and then brought out Luke Bryan. What a performer and I was having the time of my life. I hadn't had a great time like that in many years as my health has been very bad to say the least and I wasn't expected to live but with many prayers I survived and was able to see TIM MCGRAW, BUT THE SHOW WAS COMING TO AN END AND THEY WERE CALLED BACK FOR A CURTAIN CALL, much to my surprise he took off a metal bracelet from his wrist and walked it back over to me. That was by far the best evening of my life! Does anyone know if he does that very often but no matter what the answer is, Tim McGraw made an older woman feel very special. I just want to say thank-you for making me walk on a cloud and feel again like I have a will to live. THANKS

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It's a pleasure hearing from you Faith :)

      Tim did perform that song...the fans were soooo quiet during that performance it was eerie, until of course when it was over and he received a standing ovation! :-)

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Great job on your article. I'm an ultimate Tim McGraw fan. Have you heard his latest song, "Better than I used to be" It's a truly inspiring song.

      Thanks for sharing your experience of Tim's concert.

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      Mich B 6 years ago

      Looks like FUN!!! I like that Tim did the gator chomp ;) Your seats were close!! Yay for the upgrade!! Glad you two had fun!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Geegee we have a lot to catch up on!! We do have a lot in common according to your other comments! Looking forward to your hubs!

      Cogerson....what more can I say but your comments are the finishing touch to my hubs :)

      Thank you!!!

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      It sounds like you and Dave had a great time Sunshine....I am happy you got to sit closer to the action and to sing Happy Birthday to have written a very entertaining account of your night at the concert with great photos and videos ...voted way up

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      geegee77 6 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      Aw Sunshine, I am soo glad I read this hub..Im also a huge fan of Tim I live in Corpus Christi Tx and he performed here on April 8th 2011, ive got to say it was awsome!!! I'd had the tix since Jan went they went on sale:) I couldn't wait, well worth the wait!!, great hub I see we have at least two things in common. Cant wait to read your other hubs:) ge

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I am thrilled y'all enjoyed my review. My intention was to make you feel that you were there and I was successful with that! I'm hooting and hollering! Woot!!! :-)

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      Renee 6 years ago

      Oh wow that was so cool Linda, so glad you and Dave had an excellent time! Wish I could of been there with you! Thank you for sharing! xoxo

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      Tassie Devil 6 years ago

      Oh wow!! Just like I was there! Awesome Sunshine. You?? Obsessive?? NEVER!! lol. Glad you and Dave had a great time!! Lucky to get an upgrade too...can't say I've ever heard happening of that happening here in Aust. Thanks!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank YOU Fay! Mission accomplished again if that's how you felt!

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Oh, are you a lucky one. But I felt like I was right there too. I listened and enjoyed each video. Thanks!