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Featured Fan: Steve Antipas

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Full name: Steve Antipas
Nickname: Married Couple ; Cruise Couple
Age: 42
Hometown: Chicago
Favorite Rick song: Tear It All Down ,Time Stands Still
Number of Rick concerts: 105
First Rick encounter: My first Rick Concert in 1993 (rib fest in Cleveland).
The longest distance you have traveled to see Rick: 2008, 2010 cruise

Your Rick Story: Fan since 1981.  His music helped me through the loss of my parents, and through the loss of my cat named ‘Sylvia’.  Since meeting my new wife, we have gone to every Rick show we can, and together have a special connection with his music.  I’ve had fun meeting Rick, and just being a part of the crowd trying to get an autograph or a picture with him. Its all been a blast!  I’m glad that I got up the nerve to ask about proposing to Jill on the cruise. I was scared, really nervous.  But, it was one of the best times of my life, and will cherish that moment forever.

How do you feel about being cast as a feature fan? Shocked and blown away.  I’m honored that our story was considered to be so special.

Where did the camera crew film you? Milwaukee 2010; various Chicago-area Rick shows 2010; our wedding 10/21-23/2010; departure to and on 2010 RS cruise

Why do you think you were selected to share your story? I think my proposal idea was the first that Rick has done (correct me if I’m wrong).  I think the uniqueness of it and that it was in such a limelight (on stage, cruise 2008), that it was something that most people on that cruise remember.  I can’t believe that he brought us up on stage.  I wasn’t prepared for that, lol.  I have an intense past with Rick’s music, and I feel that it made a strong impression.

What was the most memorable experience during the filming process? When the film crew brought us to an old ballroom with Laurie (airplane girl), and we were surprised with Rick hiding behind a pillar as we entered the room.  I was shocked!  It was emotional and intense.

Did you have any revelations you’d like to share as a result of being a part of this film? I can see how Rick interacts with his fans, and I see that it seems he really cares about them, as fans and as real people with real lives.

How are you feeling as we are counting the days until the first official screening? nervous!

Anything you’d like to add: Thank you to all of the crew, and to Rick, for being a part of it all.

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