The Circus Starring Britney Spears - Best... Night... Ever...

Let me get this out of the way first: I adore Britney Spears. I’ve been a fan of hers since the first single, put up with the craziness she went through a few years back, and never stopped supporting her. So last night was, for me, the reward for all of that.

I had the privilege of sitting ringside for her concert at Madison Square Garden -- the same exact concert I’d seen from the 13th row the night before. There’s no comparison though. Sitting along one of the outside rings, so close that I was leaning against the stage for most of the show, there were moments when Britney was literally just inches away from me. It was definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced.

The energy in the arena is always electric for a Britney Spears concert, but it’s hard to explain just how amped up that is when you’re that close. You can see the expressions of everyone on stage. There was a moment when Britney was dancing about three feet in front of me and she smiled. I knew it was just part of the routine, but it looked like she was smiling right at me, and I practically melted (oh, on that note, when you’re that close to the stage, you can feel the heat from the stage lights -- so I did nearly melt, but I didn’t care).

During the opening acts (Kristinia DeBarge, One Call and Jordin Sparks), I kept tapping my foot on the floor -- not in time with the music, but in nervous anticipation of Britney’s arrival on stage. When the huge video board that surrounded the center ring rose, and Britney began to descend from the ceiling to perform “Circus”, I think I screamed louder than I ever have in my life -- and that includes the time I shredded my knee ligaments. I will readily admit to singing along to pretty much every song, and yelling “I love you Britney!” multiple times, including once where she was close enough that she might have been able to hear me.

Obviously, no Britney concert experience is complete for me without taking a ton of pictures, which I did. You can check out all 299 of them in a photo gallery. I also took video of “Do Somethin’” on my iPhone and “Womanizer” with my camera. Click the links to get some sense of what it’s like to see Britney Spears from the front row.

On that note, I have to say that no matter who your favorite artist is, you owe it to yourself to see that person (or group) perform while sitting/standing in the front row. I’ve been front row for a handful of concerts in my life, but this was the first time I’d been this close for Britney, and it really was an experience like no other.