Summary of Ray’s Chat with FOD
Malaysia is mentioned a few times..good or bad, you decide LoL. but Ray, some of us DID try to control ourselves at the airport eventhough deep down,we definitely wanted a piece of him HAHA. Good times folks.
* Ray has been working for over 20 years as a tour and production manager with artists such as Devo and Smashmouth.
* The funniest moment with David: when they were in Kuala Lumpur at a venue trying to figure out where to go, and David was in a state of awestruck wonder, trying to understand that all of this (the fans, the venue, the big fuss) was for him.
* The scariest moment with David: “There are a lot of scary moments when we’re in situations that are not easily controlled.” One that stands out in Ray’s mind is the airport in Malaysia when they were trying to leave. “There was not one single person who wasn’t trying to get in front of him, grab him, hold him, block him.”
This? We totally understand Ray. Scary was an understatement yes yes.
* When responding about David’s relationship with fans, Ray said “David, more than any artist I’ve ever been with, spends a huge amount of time going through fan gifts and letters just trying to please the fans.” That’s why Ray is so vigilant about protecting David’s few precious moments of private time; he witnesses the fact that David has virtually no time to himself all day and is pulled in so many different directions. Ray is so impressed with how much David’s fans genuinely care about David, and the feeling is reciprocated.
* Most fans are very respectful, but there are some who won’t take “no” for an answer and don’t seem to get that the need to move away from an area when they are told to. David loves to spend time with fans–he gives as much of himself as he can give in a 24-hour day, so fans should respect it when Ray says to move on. [Editorial note from Jenny: please, I’m begging you, fans, don’t wait by the bus before or after concerts when Ray tells you to leave. David may see this and feel bad/obligated, when actually what he desperately needs and deserves is quiet time to rest and relax. Think of David and remember that he is a person, not a machine.]
* Gift suggestions for future concerts: DONATIONS to David’s favorite charities! [Rising Star Outreach, MS Foundation, Invisible Children, SU2C, and Make-A-Wish, to name a few.] He has an incredible number of gifts and feels obligated to go through each one. “I’ve never seen anybody with so many scarves in my entire life,” Ray noted. David is “genuinely touched” by all of the gifts but is understandably overwhelmed by them and out of space. This is why a donation to a charity is the perfect gift.
* If you include a self-addressed-stamped-envelope, make sure you put enough postage on it and include both an address and return address (yes, those would be the same).
* When asked what kind of music Ray would like to hear David record, he immediately answered “hard core rap.” Ha. Then he got serious: “Everything he does is totally cool–he has a gift to swim between different styles.”
* Who is the scarier, more aggressive fan: the teenagers or the moms? Definitely the moms, Ray said without hesitation. The teenagers are shy and timid and giggly, but the moms [and grandmas, I venture to say]…well, Ray was too nice to say it, so I will: some are called “cougars” for a reason!
* I asked Ray to describe David in five words, and Ray said “David Archuleta is the boss.” I loved that answer! He also went on to explain how genuine and talented David is. Sweet, kind, understanding, appreciative, genuine!!
* David’s eating habits? He eats and eats and eats and eats. Wow, the kid can pack it away.
* Does David work out? Yes, he often runs around the venues and runs the stairs. Kendra has been keeping him healthy!
* I asked Ray if he had any Christmas tour information, and he took that opportunity to remind us that he is a tour manager, not the booking agent. He did not have information about specific dates and tour stops, but they will be coming soon. And yes! Ray will be on the Christmas album tour. (At least that’s what I think he said. Right?)
* The unplugged acoustic experience in Louisville was very special for David, and he wanted it to be special for the fans who were there. Many artists like to give “surprise” concerts like this one. This presented Ray with a challenge, as he had to make sure no one was recording or filming the performance. Most fans were very respectful of this, and Ray wanted to make sure that we knew this. He really does love the fans.
We Are the BEST?
Because the person we love is the best!