ALAN Jackson has made one Tamworth woman’s dream come true.
Julie Harpur has been a Jackson fan for about 20 years and met her favourite artist for the first time on Wednesday night.
Mrs Harpur won a meet-and-greet through Jackson’s fan club for the Sydney show at Allphones Arena on Tuesday night.
She wanted it to happen in her hometown, though, so she moved it to Tamworth.
“I told him I’d been looking forward to this for a long time,” she said.
Mrs Harpur had second-row seats for the Tamworth show and met Jackson before he went on stage, with about 20 other fans.
During the concert her daughter, Christie, also got Mrs Harpur’s copy of Jackson’s biography autographed.
Mrs Harpur also caught a guitar pick during the show.
She said the Tamworth show was far better than the Sydney concert the previous night.
“I’ve been to the Sydney one twice (the first time when Jackson toured in 2011) and the atmosphere was the best in Tamworth,” she said.
“Everyone in the country just made it better.
“The people in the city were pouring alcohol over each other and I got kicked in the back of my head.
“I get home to Tamworth and it was so relaxed and everyone had a great time.
“If people believe they don’t love country music, they’d have to after that concert.
“He did all the songs everyone wanted to hear.”
Mrs Harpur said TRECC was “a terrific venue for it”.
“It was much better than the Sydney one, which had too many people,” she said.
“Tamworth was more intimate and he really connected with the people.”
During the show Mrs Harpur displayed her sign, which said “Welcome to Tamworth, Country Music Capital” and which was captured by the cameras numerous times.
“I had one in Sydney that said ‘I’ll see you tomorrow night in Tamworth’ and he saw it and smiled,” she said.
Mrs Harpur said she hoped the success of Jackson’s show made more artists visit Tamworth.