David Archuleta ~ Next Stop New Zealand! Salutations from the Shire – Saturday Update: TOFW Auckland Saturday Snippets!

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David Updates His IG Post

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We Got Snippets! Pride & True Colors!

- click for the dropbox download

– click for the dropbox download of Pride snippets

True Colors snippets are embedded in twitter – so click to visit the David Archuleta Fans twitter and scroll down to view the vids.

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– True Colors snippet -click to view via David Archuleta Fans Twitter

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– True Colors snippet – click to view via David Archuleta Fans twitter

Pics Galore!

Pics started appearing fast and furious and DFT captured a bunch of them on the FOD Facebook page – credit to Teri Cox, click on the images to see the slide shows!

- click to view all the photos

– click to view all the photos

- click to view all the photos

– click to view all the photos

More Pics!

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- TOFW Auckland Soundcheck

– TOFW Auckland Soundcheck

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* via FOD FB – thanks to Patty-Ann for the find!

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- credit Terri Cox

– credit Terri Cox

Still on the lookout for full vids of the performances from TOFW Auckland – if anyone finds some, let us know!  Enjoy the Saturday snippets of Pride & True Colors and the plethora of photos from all over social media!  Thanks to everyone for posting their finds so we could gather them all into this post!

Have a great weekend & check back for new info as it becomes available!

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Salutations from the Shire

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Another pic from the Shire….

- David visits Hobbiton! via TOFW Auckland FB

– David visits Hobbiton! via TOFW Auckland FB

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David is in New Zealand!  What  great pics!  I love the Lord of the Ring trilogy and this visit to the movie set in Hobbiton is all kinds of WIN!  It’s fun when David gets to venture out and visit the sights in different countries – he’s quite the adventurer!

This graphic by Pocoelsy is worth a re-post!

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– David as Frodo – graphic credit Pocoelsy

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 David’s In New Zealand!

- Aotea Centre - TOFW Auckland - credit Freofan

– Aotea Centre – TOFW Auckland – credit Freofan

Pastel’s pal from New Zealand shared this pic of the Aotea Centre where the TOFW event will be taking place on Saturday.  Freofan also shared some thoughts and had some tips for David for sightseeing and food adventures!

From Freofan:
I am very happy for David to be able to visit NZ! I never imagined he’d come here. I moved here two years ago with my family from the U.S. after first falling in love with the area in the 1990s, but the time was not yet right then to make the big move. It took us more than a year to sell most of our belongings, pack what was left into a giant shipping container, and make the journey here with our two cats in 2013. I really miss the other Archie fans, but thankfully I still keep in touch through the miracles of the Internet. I’ve not any other fans down here (yet), other than Shanny online.

David will be in the heart of Auckland this weekend! He is performing at the Aotea Centre, which is a performing arts venue right in the heart of downtown Auckland. It’s located along the upper part of Queen Street that leads to the harbour. Queen Street is lined with many restaurants, cafes, shopping, and businesses. It’s always very busy.

As you can see from the photo, it’s winter here, but Auckland is quite warm and humid. My city is much colder than Auckland. I am usually wearing shorts in Auckland and a coat down here in Wellington, which is on the southern coast of the North Island.

Hopefully David will be able to do some sightseeing around this culturally diverse and sprawling city. Best of all, hopefully he will be able to sample some local Kiwi food specialties, like Whitaker’s chocolate, ginger slices, roast lamb, tasty cheese, Kiwi-style pizza, beetroot, and many other foods. And, hopefully he will enjoy this taste of NZ and Kiwi hospitality so much that he’ll want to come back!

Freofan won’t be able to attend the TOFW event, but if there are any other Archies out there who plan to attend, please let us know!

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The Shire – Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

- click to visit the Hobbiton site

– click to visit the Hobbiton site

So fun that David got to spend some time in the Shire, which is part of the Hobbiton Movie Set Tours.  Featuring the Hobbit houses with their famous round doors, this tour looks like an amazing step into the world of Lord of the Rings.  Hopefully David will post more pics from New Zealand that include his visit to Hobbiton!

I spent some time looking through their site, and it really looks like a great place to visit!  I can picture David wandering through the Shire singing songs from his new album (yet to come)  Hope we get some snippets soon!

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To visit the Hobbiton site:  CLICK HERE

To see more great pics from their FB:  CLICK HERE

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2,000 Seats Added To The BYU Spectacular!

There’s still time to grab some great tickets for the BYU Spectacular!  See David perform live – hope he sings some of the songs from BEGIN.

- click to buy tix!

- click to buy tix!

- BYU Arena Seating Chart

– BYU Arena Seating Chart

Ali in comments said that sections 4 & 14 were probably opened and will provide an additional 1,000 seats each night!

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Pineapple Double-Take!

Lisa shared this pineapple print shirt that reminded her of David’s pineapple shorts!  I’m glad that David likes pineapples – we have lots of those here!

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Yesterday Was Left-Handers Day!

In honor of Left-Handers day, Shadowbenny made this great Lefties graphic! To all you left-handed Archies out there, hope you celebrated your special day doing something fun!

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Awesome that David tweeted a photo of him at Hobbiton!  Hope he shares more pics of his adventures in New Zealand, and that there are some Archies who attend the TOFW event tomorrow and maybe can share some pics and vids!  Can you imagine if he sings different songs at this event?

And since political campaigning is picking up steam, this candidate gets my vote every time!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a Saturday update!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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David Archuleta~ Tuesday, More From TOFW Down Under, Onward to Auckland, A “True Colors” MGR by Pocoelsy, A Lovely TOFW Blog by Lisa J King, Fan Finds, WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Shanny’s Terrific TOFW Recap

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Australia TOFW credit LisajKing

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Wednesday Update August 12, 2015

~Shanny’s Terrific Day at “Time Out For Women”  Australia! … Especially for the fans~ :)

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– credit Shanny

ed note: I approached Shanny the other night with an invitation to possibly collect all of her thoughts together in one “writing” about her TOFW experience and seeing David “live” for her very first time. I told her if she agreed that it could be own her own time table (no deadline pressure) as her home life is very busy and she needs to catch up on sleep!  She told me she’d be happy to oblige!  I was both surprised and delighted this morning to hear from her and to find her story recap in our box!

Shanny, you are amazing and we are all so incredibly grateful to you for bringing us along on this very special journey! Your videos, pictures, tweets, and now your beautifully written recap have brought us right “down under” with you to share in your experience! I’m so looking forward to meeting you one day!! Much love and thanks from all of us! ~joanie ~   p.s.~ your grandmother rocks!

**I’ll begin her story here, then continue below at the bottom of the post**

In years past, upon arrival at TOFW, my first mission has always been to get to the sales tables before the merchandise runs out but this time I had no concern with such trivial matters, I had one mission and that mission was to get as close to the front of the stage as possible. With this in mind, I dropped my grandmother off at the door with instructions to hold a place for us in line while I went and found a carpark. 

When I joined her, the auditorium doors hadn’t opened yet but I was disappointed by how far back we were in the line and I found out that we would be entering from up the back at the top of the bleachers – meaning the furtherest point from those blessed front seats. I had seen some people entering the building from a lower floor so I decided to leave my nana in line there while I went and investigated down below. People were already entering the hall there and there wasn’t a queue at all. I didn’t have my ticket on me – my nana had it with my bags – but it was pretty informal so I just quickly slipped through and headed right over to the front middle section. There was lots of reserved seating right there in the prime position but just as I came up, some ladies in the second row stood up and decided to sit up in the bleachers area, enabling me to jump into their spot.  My poor grandmother soon found me, huffing and puffing carrying both our bags.

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While we waited I got all my recording devices ready and at hand. One was for photos and tweeting, one was for video recording and one was for back up. I sent a tweet of the stage and messaged my family members that knew we were here and they were sending me excited texts in response, wishing me a ton of fun and so forth. Reflecting back, I had anticipated being ultra nervous but I was just too busy to have time to feel nervous. *** CONTINUE BELOW IN THE POST***

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Shanny’s TOFW Videos in a Playlist

Definitely worth a reposting are Shanny’s videos of David performing and speaking at Time Out For Women in Sydney, Australia August 2015. I’ve put them in a neat little playlist for you to continue to enjoy as David makes his way to New Zealand later this week. As I told Shanny, her videos are like sweet manna for the fans. Thank you, again, Shanny! :) * * * * * *

DA Candy “Down Under” From Abrra!

Abrra's Candy JAr Abrra at The Voice has all of the Sydney TOFW MP4s and MP3s from Shanny’s videos ready for you in her special candy jar! Click above to save these special treats! Thank you, again, Abrra and Shanny! * * * * * *

Onward to Auckland

Australia TOFW Aukland The next performance for TOFW will be on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. Do we have any fans who will be in attendance? Be sure to let us know! :D

But While in Australia

australia fun map It sounds as though David’s next couple of days still in Australia, though, will include firesides so we may not be hearing much, although a pic or two may be shared… Tweet Ivy Ting Fireside in Australia message

Tweet Ivy Ting Fireside in Australia

Tweet Ivy Ting Fireside in Australia

And one of the firesides he’s expected to attend will be in Melbourne! I hope he’ll have a little time to sightsee there! CLICK TO LEARN MORE about Melbourne! Still hoping to see David in a picture with one of these darling fellas, too!! Koala * * * * * *

Lisa King’s Blog: TOFW

The Kings blog Yesterday, I took some time to read Lisa J King’s blog about her experience as a presenter and time spent with David Archuleta for TOFW in Sydney. She’s an absolutely lovely woman who’s been through great loss and heartache over the past few years losing both a 10 year old son and her husband within months of each other. Her attitude is beautiful and her spirit, humble and bright. Lisa has great admiration for David, too, as she shares some endearing moments and observations from the day. Click the pic above to read her blog in its entirely, and be sure to watch her (background) video and the video of David’s message to her sons.  Here are just a few highlights BUT BE SURE TO CLICK ABOVE TO READ THE ENTIRE BLOG!: King Blog David and Brad Wilcox Lisa King with DAvid from her blogKing blog 2King Blog 3King blog 4 * * * * * *

True Colors MGR vid by Pocoelsy (Live Track credit Shanny)

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Upcoming David Archuleta Shows!

Tickets  available and on sale now to see David in Idaho Falls, Midland, Texas, and Arizona (2016) Click the links below!

Idaho Falls September 17th and 18th

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Midland, Texas November 12th

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Queens Creek Arizona March 26, 2016

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Fan Finds

An Awesomesauce Australia (and Mexico) Collage by Shanelle

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A Mexico “Muy Bueno” Screencap by Patty-Ann!

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Australia ~ collage credit Shanelle

TOFW  pic Credit @NikiRebekah IG

TOFW pic Credit @NikiRebekah IG

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SHANNY’S TERRIFIC DAY *CONTINUED*

Shanny story auditorium sang Glorious first

Soon the countdown on the screen begun, an introductory video began to play on the screen – and as in previous years, I was expecting the Emcee to come out first and welcome everyone and then introduce the presenters. But not this year! As the short video concluded, it was announced over the speaker ‘Introducing David Archuleta!’, people began to clap and cheer and suddenly there was the man himself, walking on stage with a microphone stand in his hands! He instantly began to sing Glorious and I just had the feeling like this was all the most natural thing in the world. Like I had seen him and heard him do this very thing a million times before. Lol.

I was trying to position the camera somewhat discreetly but there was no such thing unless we were going to just see his head and shoulders. After Glorious concluded, he invited the other presenters up on stage and then shared a little of how he was asked to record that song while he was still on his mission in Chile. Then he handed the microphone to the other presenters and stepped back in line with the others.

After introductions were over, everyone left the stage and it was announced that David would be doing an autograph session during the first break.  I had considered bringing some David paraphernalia with me for him to sign but had opted against it since we had only brought carry-on luggage on the airplane.  Due to trying to get a seat, I also hadn’t purchased any merchandise yet. I wasn’t worried though, I quickly formulated a plan to execute during the break.

One of the presenters spoke first. After her spot David came back out and spoke about what true beauty means to him and followed that up with singing Beautiful. I was so excited about that song choice and so glad, knowing that the audience would love it. And of course….he killed it, adding all his signature licks and runs….showing this audience of whom most probably weren’t all that aware – exactly what kind of a treat they were in for!  He got a great response with people whooping it up and cheering and clapping. At the conclusion he walked off stage and a clip from his missionary DVD ‘Called to Serve’ was played on the screen. I was so glad about that because it gave the audience an opportunity to get to know more about what a special person David is and that he is more than just a stellar voice. I knew that in doing so, they would come to love him all the more.

David then came back out on stage and spent some time speaking about his experiences with American Idol and his decision to go on a mission and the things that have helped to bring happiness into his life. I love how he speaks so carefully, with so much intention, not rushing onto the next point until he has expressed the first thought clearly.

Next up, was Bridge over Troubled Water and he slayed it, and the audience. This was where some stood up to give him a standing ovation. Personally, I was overcome with exhilaration and adrenaline and excitement that squashed any remaining nerves about meeting him.

As soon as that was over, it was time to execute my plan. I had drunk too much water and had to take a small detour lol, so I sent my dear grandmother yet again, to the merchandise tables with instructions to buy a copy of whatever they were selling of David’s. I met up with her while she was waiting in line to pay – she had the Begin CD and the Called To Serve DVD. I left her in line, went over to where David was sitting at the autograph table, snapped a pic of him to tweet and then went to the back of the line. His line was easily the longest of anyone who was doing autographs. In fact they’ve never done autographs before and I believe that idea came about simply to control the anticipated rush for David. Click below to continue~ Continue reading

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