Hannah Montana concert makes parents, kids and even the Illinois governor squeal
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Zeal for superstar Hannah Montana drew scores of admirers — including Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his family — many of whom shelled out hundreds of dollars for tickets to a Rosemont concert.
“We’re big fans,” Blagojevich, who was accompanied by his wife and two daughters, said before Saturday’s concert. “I’ve seen every ’Hannah Montana’ episode.”
The fervor surrounding the Disney Channel superstar was intense and Allstate Arena usher manger Jim Hennessy called it “the hottest ticket in 20 years.”
Parent John Jaeger, of Clarendon Hills, splurged $385 on a limo to take his wife, four daughters and two friends to see the concert.
“This is the Beatles,” Jaeger said. “This is awesome.”
He paid an online broker $500 for two tickets and also asked colleagues at his real estate office to use 20 computers to get more tickets through Ticketmaster.
Parent Wendy Gustafson, of Carol Stream, cried after she found out that the $600 tickets she had bought online for her daughter’s birthday were fakes.
Montana, whose real name is Miley Cyrus, is starring in an upcoming Hannah Montana film. She is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
Published in The Messenger on 12.12.07