All Is One Orlando Unity Concert
Last night I had one of the best nights of my entire life and I owe it all to Hard Rock Live, Nate Ruess and Imagine Dragons. They came together to put on the All Is One Orlando Unity Concert to benefit the OneOrlando Fund. 100% of the ticket proceeds went to the fund and that’s quite a profit to be able to share with the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and their families. It is also a huge amount of money for these three businesses to eat on their own. I was actually moved to tears when they all talked about what Orlando or at least the situation at hand meant to them personally. Joey Fatone MC’d the event which was quite special since he is a hometown celebrity that we all love so much.
Nate Ruess – Grand Romantic
I’ve talked in depth about how much I enjoy Nate Ruess from the band Fun. Tim and I danced to his song Nothing Without Love at our vow renewal last June. He’s recently released a solo album called Grand Romantic so keep an eye out for that. I’ve always wanted to see him live and I was able to see him up close and center and it gave me chills.
He hates shoes and seems to love to be barefoot. He can hit all the high notes except for “We’ll Come Clean” from Just Give Me a Reason which he made the crowd sing in his place. He helped, I’ll give him that. He just dances and dances and I couldn’t get enough.
He told us that he is in Orlando quite a bit which I didn’t know (interview time). He was intensely passionate about everything he talked about whether it be the drink in his hand or that love is love and I could have listened to him talk all day. Usually I want to do all the talking so this is surprising.
I did sing along with all of his songs. He mostly sang songs from Grand Romantic so if you aren’t familiar with it you may have been lost, but he did toss a few in from Fun like Some Nights, Carry On and We Are Young. It was probably my favorite concert of all time.
Imagine Dragons – Not What I Expected – But Wonderful
I always say I love Imagine Dragons. Apparently however, I have no idea who they are anymore. They came out and sang about 8 songs I had never heard. It was a bit heavy for my taste but Dan Reynolds makes everything SO FUN. I swear he is an Asguardian. He seems to get drunk on mead and then come out to entertain us all, which probably isn’t a fair statement because chances are he doesn’t drink alcohol at all being a Latter Day Saint. He’s incredibly tall, loud and nimble. I wonder now if his feet ever touched the ground.
His compassion shows from the way he talked to us about his family, to how he interacted with his band mates to the way he spoke about how important this event was to him since he hadn’t been touring lately.
Once he sang Demons, which I coined my “favorite song in the world” many years ago, I was back on track. Imagine Dragons then began putting out numerous Radioactive album hits and I once again felt joined in the party. The most touching moment however was when Reynolds sang Forever Young as a tribute to our Orlando Pulse shooting Victims.
It would have been great to see Reynolds and Ruess on stage together but this wasn’t in the cards. No matter how it went down, the All Is One Orlando Unity Concert was undoubtedly a benefit well worth the price of the ticket no matter where you chose to sit in the concert hall. If you weren’t able to visit you can still donate to the OneOrlando Fund here.