Concert a dream come true as Joel meets Evermore idols

Gladstone’s Joel Dennien, who has cerebral palsy, with Peter and John from Evermore.
Gladstone’s Joel Dennien, who has cerebral palsy, with Peter and John from Evermore. Contributed

IT'S not every day fans get to meet their idols, but for Joel Dennien it was a dream come true.

The 31-year-old Gladstone resident, who has cerebral palsy, attended the recent Evermore concert in Gladstone with carer Regina Jones.

Listening to bands like ACDC and the Butterfly Effect in his spare time, Regina said music-mad Joel loved every minute of the gig.

"He was getting into it."

But when Regina was approached by security at the event, she didn't expect Joel to be asked backstage.

"There was this girl who came up to me and said that her other half worked at the venue and she could get us backstage," she said.

"So after the gig we were walking to the car park and they stopped us and asked us to come backstage to meet them (Evermore). It was surreal. Joel was really excited."

Regina said Joel was so grateful for the experience he kept thanking the security staff.

"Even after a big night out he still remembered his manners," Regina said.

As for the Evermore boys, Regina only had praise for them.

"They were really lovely and so down to earth," she said.

Regina has worked in the disability sector for most of her career.

"I love my job," Regina said. "I've never been the kind of person to work from behind a desk. It's nice to get out and about."

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