JAN 07

Steven B @ Sony Open

I would like to give thanks to Sony for giving my girlfriend and I a once in a lifetime, dream vacation. We enjoyed 5 days in paradise and were given opportunities that are truly priceless. I sincerely enjoyed meeting everyone that was apart of the Sony Open Golf Tournament. Being able to play with professionals at the Kapolei Golf Club was one of the most remarkable experiences I have ever had and is something I will never forget. Our stay at the Sheraton Waikiki was also incredible, along with the many activities and special events. The preparation, effort, and kindness extended to us by Sony did not go unnoticed. Thank you all for making this possible. 
NOV 26

Jennifer and Jessica's One Direction Experience

It's the "Little Things" in life that create lasting memories... and seeing my daughter Jessica's  reaction when finding out she was going to see her idols, ONE DIRECTION, live the following morning on GMA was incredible! Jess was surprised at dinner when the waiter bought over a box we had previously wrapped with the VIP wrist bands, some 1D pins and cell phone case.  Inside she discovered a poem and underneath all the tinsel was her golden ticket (or in this case) yellow wristbands!. 

After many happy tears and the new found realization that in a few hours she would be "breathing the same air" as Harry and the boys...our journey to NYC began.

Central Park was alive with 27,000 fans by 3:30am and by the time we entered the GMA staging area at 6:00am the stage was bustling with crew, fans were fainting (literally) at the thought that they are going to see One Direction within the hour...and Jessica, her friends, and I anxiously awaited the announcement of the bands arrival.

When we first saw 1D, they came out to perform a sound check (pre live taping)...Harry was wearing a Knicks jacket (which got many cheers from the crowd) and they rehearsed "Best Song Ever" and "Midnight Memories"...we all got chills (and not just due to the sub-freezing temperature outside) but because the band really does sound the same live as they do on their CD's...in fact better! Every fan knew all the words and the energy was incredible!  

The sound check was followed by the bands exit for a wardrobe change and more warm up comedy and instructions from the stage manager on when the audience should scream, look at cameras, hold up signs, and put down cell phones!  Fifteen minutes later the show began!

One Direction ROCKED Central Park!  The audience was treated to over an hour of music (with some songs performed more then once for various "technical" reasons) which was perfect...no complaints from the crowd just cheers!  The interviews were quick and to the point -- okay so Robin Roberts referred to the band as One "Addition"...perhaps that was her way of voicing that 1D transcends multiple generations (i.e. the 1970's boy band "New Addition")...this actually got a lot of laughs both in the crowd and on stage. The biggest cheer came when Niall announced that the band was adding North America to their "Where We Are 2014 Stadium Tour". Jess turned to me and without saying a word I knew what she wanted for the holidays.  

The band continued to perform and in between songs chat with the audience (Harry asked what people would be doing for Thanksgiving...crowd yelled "eating"...Harry laughed and responded "eating..yeah...and what about being thankful??" - everyone laughed!  Niall thanked everyone for coming out in the bitter cold (while shivering), and Louise mentioned that thing he missed most about being on the road so much was his good "English breakfast".  

The taping ended with the band sitting on stage and performing "Little Things" (one of Jessica and my favorite songs) and with the crowd singing along. When it came time to say their farewell, One Direction, blew kisses to the fans, waived, and once again thanked everyone for coming out to support them on such a cold and blistery day.  Jessica turned and hugged me...and cried...she simply said "Thank you for making my dream come true".

Following the concert we ventured to Hotel Mela in the heart of Times Square and down the street from GMA, to warm up and rest before we continued on with our day. We lunched at "Robert's" at the Museum of Art & Design where Jessica and her friends proceeded to share pictures and videos of 1D and their experience with every member of the waitstaff - and anyone else who would listen. We explored the city, attended the first reading of a fabulous new Broadway musical "Never Grimm", and ended our long but incredibly fun day with dinner at "Tao" -- where again memories and videos of 1D were shared with all!

This once in a lifetime experience of seeing Jessica's idol's One Direction perform live, with her smiling and singing by my side...amazing! Spending an exciting  day and night together in NYC, eating, laughing, and sharing stories about One Direction's show...fantastic! Knowing that I now have to secure great tickets (and hopefully a Meet & Greet) for One Direction's 2014 concert in August...challenging - but hey who doesn't like a challenge! But...the joy on Jessica's face from the moment she found out she was seeing 1D and as a parent, being able to grant your child's wish...well that's simply PRICELESS!
SEP 25

Marc H's Earth Wind & Fire Experience

I will start by thanking you for the perfect trip, it was flawless; you even had the weather under control and gave us a mild summer feeling inside the big city!

Since it was my wife's first trip to the big apple, I hoped that it would be nearly perfect, and it was. The weather was very mild and the hotel room spacious and comfortable - although we did not spend more than couple hours in it. We met with Mark, the publicist of the band, and he arranged for us to meet the band before the concert. We took a couple pictures with them and had a quick chat about their new album. Then the concert began and what a show! I do not remember sitting for more than 10 minutes. They started by playing some of their hit songs but also incorporated a couple from their new album, which is actually very refreshing and well put. The Beacon Theater was a great choice of venue as it made us feel very close to the band (we were seated on the 6th row right in the center). After 2 "encores", the concert ended and it was time for me and my wife to explore New York by night. We grabbed a bite in a typical New York Style Italian restaurant and headed for Times Square. The next day we managedd to go see the 9/11 Memorial Site, walk by the Empire State Building, and climb on top of the Rockefeller Center. Then it was time to head back to the airport to catch our plane back home.

Again thank you for the experience, it was worth every Sony Rewards point.
JUL 10

Mark S' Grown Ups 2 Premiere Experience

Thank you Sony for a great Showstopper Experience at the Grown Ups 2 Premiere in NYC. The theater was beautiful and the movie was very funny, but, of course, it was the red carpet and stars that made our evening. Getting to see Adam Sandler and Kevin James was exciting, but having Shaq stop to take pictures was unbelievable. Everyone that we got to meet was friendly and seemed genuinely happy to meet their fans.
JUN 16

Tom at Playboy Jazz Festival

 Oh yea! Thanks for a great day & night at the Hollywood Bowl. Box seat was in a great location, the music was why I was there and it was off the charts. The Hotel was also excellent. Thanks for a really great experience.  
JUN 11

Lisandro's E3 Experience

It was a crazy once in a lifetime experience.  Never would I imagine that I  would step foot inside the Los Angeles Convention Center for E3. I saw so many great things that have yet to be revealed to the general public and I don't want to spoil any of that stuff for you guys, but I can definitely tell you it'll be worth the wait. Thank you Sony Rewards for this awesome opportunity and I hope you guys will continue this Showstopper as an annual tradition and give people like me and my cousin this crazy awesome opportunity.
APR 28

Our Cheap Trick Adventure

Our Cheap Trick Adventure started with a little wine and cheese at The Standard Hotel in the East Village. The experience came with two rooms and four tickets so my brother and his wife were able to join my wife and me for the festivities. Our rooms at The Standard were very nice with a beautiful view looking south towards the Freedom Tower. Then it was off to John Varvatos (formerly CBGB) for a Meet & Greet with Cheap Trick before the show. We thought it might be a little awkward meeting the band, but they were nice enough, and after a few hellos and a few pictures we looked around the venue at all the cool music stuff on the walls from the days when the premises housed CBGB. There was an open bar thanks to Jameson Irish Whiskey and Heineken Beer, so we checked that out too.

As the place filled up we grabbed a spot towards the front and waited for the show to begin. Cheap Trick came on at 8 and Rocked the House. They really sounded great playing the set list from the Live at Budokan album. It’s hard to believe that this show was on the 35th anniversary of that legendary show in Japan. That was the same year I graduated from high school and this night made us all feel like we were back in 1978. After the show we grabbed a bite to eat and headed back to The Standard. In the morning we had a nice breakfast up in the penthouse of The Standard, enjoying the view, and then headed home with some great memories from our Cheap Trick Experience. Thanks Sony for giving me the opportunity to take part in such a special evening.

I almost failed to mention that I’m looking forward to receiving my Nex-5R camera, a signed commemorative poster and a Cheap Trick-Budokan Anniversary Box Set in the mail. Nice!!
MAR 26

Adanne's White House Down Experience

Thanks again for having the contest! My friend and I had a lot of fun at the WHite House Down trailer premiere screening. There was soda, water, and popcorn given out before the screening, and White House Down posters handed out after it. It was a great surprise that Sam Champion was hosting, because my friend LOVE's him. She was so happy that he stopped for photos after the presentation. Jamie Foxx and Roland Emmerich were super funny and the movie clip looked so good.  We were sad we have to wait until June 28 to see the full movie.
FEB 13

Jessica S' Happy Endings Backstage Experience

We had an amazing time and would have stayed all day if we didn't both have to get to work later that night. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and invited us to stick around for as long as we wanted. Getting to meet the writer, some of the stars, and more was fun. We took the golf cart tour of the backlot and several of the sets featured on the show, including each of the apartments, the cafe, and the bar. It's always surreal to see something on screen and then get to walk around in that same environment in real life. We also got to sit in and watch the taping of a scene between Damon Wayans Jr., Eliza Coupe, and Rob Corddry. Craft services was amazing by the way, as dangerous as always their was food everywhere we went; everyone wanted to feed us. The last thing we did before leaving was an unexpected treat. We got to sit in on a table read for an upcoming episode yet to be taped with everyone from that episode: director, writer, the entire cast, everyone's assistants, and many more. The room was packed and we all had scripts to follow along with the read. It was intriguing to see each of the actors' unique approach to the read. The whole experience was an inspirational kick in the butt for myself and my friend Ryan, since we are both actors in LA as well working to one day get to that level. Thank you for an amazing time that I wish never had to end.
SEP 12

Retribution was getting closer, and I had lost hope…

I definitely thought my chances were up and I was going to miss out on this LA premiere. I had already decided to go either way, just to show support...and ofcourse to see some of the stars from afar. Little did I know that there was still one last chance. I first saw the ShowStopper on friday 09/07/12 and eye'd it all the way till the end. I would constantly check the site to see if any bets were made, it definitely had me going crazy and thinking the worst. When the day came, I waited impatiently for noon to hit. Finally two minutes before noon I started the process of my bid. I was nervous, and shaking thinking to myself, "Why did i wait so late to bid? I'm not going to make it!" I kept looking at the countdown and typing fast while assuring everything was fine. As soon as I hit "Process" I got the rewarding message. I was speechless, and could not wait to brag about it. All I had to do now was wait. That same right after the bid, I hit the road and headed out to San Diego for a LinkinPark and Incubus tour. It was a day full of joy. The following day was just spent like any other, casual.

I woke up the day of the premiere happily and anxious. Waiting for sunset to get here. I got all pampered up, and ready to head out. Running a bit late (as usual)but was excited to make it on time. As soon we walked up to the theater, we happened to see Milla Jovovich getting interviewed, along side Paul w.s Anderson. After fangirling for a bit, we started to move towards the door. We spotted Johann Urb along side Boris Kodjoe, also doing interviews. Follwed by having Shawn Roberts right in front of us. We make our way into the theater, get seated and wait. While we wait the stars slowly start coming in. We spot Oded Fehr enjoying his popcorn. The lights dim a bit, and Paul starts giving a speech bout the franchise and thanking the people who worked on it. Finally the movie starts, and I'm just like a little boy all over again. After the movie finished, we waited it out and were one of the last to exit the room. As we exit I see all these people that attended. Then I spot Paul and was able to get my picture and posterboard signed. (he liked my posterboard, "Very creative")

So we wait it out for a bit. After a few minutes we headed over to the after party. Wow it was a fullhouse. Me and my sister walked around for a bit, enjoyed ourselves and had some drinks. We did chat with a few other fans. As i decided to go back to the bar, i happened to see Dylan Syrett. She was the contest winner for Face of the Fan. I greeted her, and she seemed lost wondering who i was, but happy i recognized her. We talked for a little bit, when I noticed that all this time Milla was right by us. I asked Dylan if she could do me the favor of a picture. As I waved to milla she came towards us, confusing me for Dylan's brother. It was funny and adorable. So i got my picture, Milla was a doll. Although i could not chat with her (it was her time, to have fun and catch up.) i completely understood and basically got one of the things i wanted. The rest of the night went by so fast. Fianlly after a while me and my sister got to greet Johann Urb (got our picture) and Shawn Roberts (got our picture). Both were very kind. As the night was coming to an end, and we were a few of the last that stayed...when the time came to head out I saw a GIANT poster board by the lobby. I asked security if i could take it (chances were it would get thrown out or taken by someone else, why not be me A HUGE fan.) they said if i asked one of the people from the movie i could, depending what they said. So i went back to ask Paul, he was the last one there. I asked hime he said "Fine by me" with that amazing smile he has. He even said he'd sign it. I go back to let security know, they are being a bit hard about. Not allowing me to take it, talking about who is Paul? I explained and basically i was told no. If Paul told me yes (although he's only the director and i know it belongs to the studio) then i was leaving with it one way or another. I got it ofcourse, Paul Signed, talked for a tiny bit and once like a little boy and a toy I left happily. (I don't think it's considered theft, right?) Overall my night turned out to be amazing, I got to see the movie friends and family, and met a few of the stars. All I wanted for the day. I have Sony Rewards to thank once again for this opportunity that "I" as a fan got. Thank You very much!