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Is this heaven, Kevin? No, heaven’s not this cold.

January 28, 2009 | Iowa,Kevin Costner,Music

That’s what you get for writing a song about Leland, Iowa, and not, say … Palm Springs.

The thing about living “in the middle of nowhere” is that not all celebrities fly over. Some drive through on a tour bus. Some actually stop.

That’s exactly what Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West, did. They’re on tour up this way (and they’ll be in Tampa on Jan. 31, my Florida friends), and they stopped in Leland on their way from Minneapolis to Omaha.


Band member John Coinman has relatives in the area, and he wrote the song Leland, Iowa, for the band’s album Untold Truths released in November 2008. Besides, the local radio station called and asked them to come.

So … who knew I’d be living 10 minutes from where Kevin Costner would sing? For free. In a barn. (Yes. A barn. This is Iowa.)

:::Go to the diner, and they will come:::

The barn could only hold 200 or so people, and Leland residents with tickets got first dibs. The rest of us froze outside for 45 minutes (which is about the time it takes for frostbite to set in), waiting to see him maybe walk from his warm bus to the warm barn. Even better. He stopped and thanked us for waiting so long in the cold. (Everyone was quiet because, well, our lips were numb. I couldn’t feel my toes anymore.)

Then he said he felt bad that there wasn’t room for us in the barn. So he said, “Go to the diner, and we’ll play some songs for you there.” So we did. So did he.

He sat on the bar and sang three songs, the last of which was Leland, Iowa.

He said a few words and kissed a few girls.

He signed a few hockey sticks, shook a few hands and took some pictures.

Gee, he’s taller than I thought.

And that was that.

Posted by Becky @ 8:16 pm  

15 Responses to “Is this heaven, Kevin? No, heaven’s not this cold.”

  1. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah Says:

    I could have sworn you just said “Kevin Costner’s band”.

    I can’t wait to tell you about this dream tomorrow.

  2. Anita Holste Says:

    It’s good to know you are still having such an exciting life even if it is a bit cold and sorry you didn’t make it into the barn! Diner’s good. And…great picture with that handsome man.

    Happy snow days.

    My best to you and your family. Anita

  3. Barbara Hutton Says:

    YOU are unbelieveable!! Only YOU could meet MY FAVORITE DREAM GUY in Iowa!!
    Tell me MOOOOORE.. is he wonderful?
    way to go Becky. :)
    See it pays to live NORTH!!
    loveya, “our very old, old former boss”

  4. Matthew Says:

    Didn’t you used to live in Florida?

    Did you ask him to donate something for my auction?! :)

  5. Else Says:

    Wow! How cool is this, Becky!? No wonder you smile so broad in your picture with Kevin… :)Hope the winter bite you less than it used to do back here in Molde, but I guess there is no problem,having such handsome guys popping up in your neighbourhood… :) Have a nice day! Hugs

  6. Patricia Says:

    Hi Becky

    Thanks for sharing that with me!! You lucky thing!
    Hope you and the family are all well…
    The weather here in London is slightly warmer than there – no snow thankfully because you know us Brits – one flake of snow and everything grinds to a halt!!

    Take care

    Patricia x

  7. Rhonda Says:

    Cute haircut, Becky.

  8. Anca Opstad Says:

    Oh wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Imagine me being sooooooo happy for you from far far away land! :) I’ve told everyone today about my friend meeting my hero! I could be his daughter but in my dreams I am old enough for him anyway :). You are sooooo lucky! Hope you had even more fun than I can imagine & it will get you through the winter.
    P.S.- and amazing enough…I am not green with envy but very happy for you!

  9. carolyn kruse Says:

    Hi Becky I am shocked that he has a band, you are looking good.

  10. RAllen Says:

    wow ! I never would have thought living in Iowa could be so much fun ! You look awesome with Kevin. If all of Tampa could see you now.

  11. Sunshine Says:

    Sometimes, weird things happen here. Gotta love it!

  12. `ChewY` Says:

    Wow! Kewl

    Guess Iowa ain’t so bad after all…

  13. Midget Says:

    Green with envy? You betcha, and every other color you could think of.
    Remember the very first movie you took me to? Robin Hood with you-know-who!!


  14. PunditMom Says:

    I so cannot believe you got your pic taken with Kevin Costner! You go, girl!

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