Saturday September 14th - 3rd Concert - standing only
Oh boy this was the standing only concert. After much plotting and planning we got there really early (2pm or so) to be one of the first in line. Not that it did much good in the end. Security caused some problems and the fans didn’t really help the situation either.
It would have been perfect if it hadn’t been for the sun beating down on us. I stood/sat in the queue with Nadia, Curry, Nada, Tatiana, Delphine, Bibi, Beate, Enya and Susan. I was actually a bit quiet for once as I absorbed this all in. After some security problems and in this case someone else has a tale to tell the gates opened. The original plan was to go on the side of Matthias again – away from the crowd in the center for safety’s sake. But thanks to some very cool people I managed to get up front center – if there had been a catwalk or “T” I would have been right in front of it. Perfect! But worry some as who knows what that crowd would do. They oversold the concert you see – they sold extra tickets for that night and it was packed. Security was the absolute suck – they didn’t really do much except for telling people to get off other people’s shoulders. Yeah that helps, sure.
It was a long wait for the concert to begin – standing up in that heat with a bunch of bodies around you that make even more heat. I was missing those chairs for the previous nights! But I will say this much, I am glad it wasn’t a real rock and roll concert and an acoustic one – there is just no way I would of survived up in front center. It didn’t get as bad as I thought it would – but it also wasn’t that great either.
Some things happened during this show – but it’s not my story to tell. This will sound strange of course but I think the person who had all these wonderful things happen needs to tell it from her perspective. I was a witness of course and I am so happy to see others happy. There were some very happy moments that I’m sure will be put in writing eventually.
As for the concert – it felt more like one this night. The pushing and shoving and hanging onto the barrier to maintain position. I was surrounded by friends for the most part, so that I was glad for. The band was definitely more relaxed. You could just tell they wanted to get up and move around.
I had my “From Canada with Love” purple flag, and the dear girls next to me had their FOS flags from Munich – everything felt “right.” One of the most remarkable things about this concert was the singing from the audience. I am 99% positive that the band had a difficult time hearing themselves play the music. There are two reasons for this – for one we sang loud and proud drowning out any sounds coming from the band. Two – while we were singing at the top of our lungs I noticed something – we were mostly singing the original versions of the songs. I found it so funny! That had to of been hard for the guys playing songs in a different arrangement while everyone else sang it in the original.
They should of videotaped that night I think – I hope they filmed it anyways to use some of that footage.
Oh hey I got to see everyone from the center for this show – even James! Speaking of James, it was very endearing to my old cold heart that he recognized me in the crowd. I wasn’t expecting that at all and it was really nice to see. Bonus – others noticed too, so I was not imagining it. But more on that later.
The show was really fantastic – it had the energy that the other two were missing. It’s not that the others were not energetic – they were just a bit different. Perhaps strict rules for MTV Unplugged – or maybe this band thrives on seeing everyone on their feet screaming for more. I know I didn’t have much voice left when that show was over.
There were many magical moments for me and those around me. It was almost poetry – there was something right and the moment was captured for many of us. We lived it, breathed it and enjoyed every moment of it. And we didn’t spend the entire time looking through our cell phones/cameras to video tape it! More bonus points right there.
At the end of the concert the crowd got a bit more aggressive mainly because of the “throwing of the stuff at the crowd to catch” thing that happens. At least it wasn’t a normal concert – I can’t even imagine what would of happened if Klaus threw a handful of sticks into the crowd – ouch! At one point something came in my direction (I think it was a pick from Mikael Nord Andersson) and as you folks might recall I got injured last year because of something being thrown into the crowd so unless the thing is for me or given to me – I duck for cover and protect myself. So in this case I did exactly that – I ducked and shielded my head with my arms and when I was recovering from my “duck and cover” routine I looked up and realized that James had watched me do that – gosh that must have been funny to see and I felt a bit embarrassed – some rocker chick I was! Then, when he came out to do the final bow with everyone – he came over to me – the little brat had his drumsticks in his back pocket I guess and he leaned over and handed one to me and made sure I had it before letting go. What a great way to end the concert – I won’t be forgetting that anytime soon.
When the concert was over – a funny thing happened. Normally people start moving away from the barrier immediately. But not in Greece – they will stay squished up there until the very last pick or set list is accounted for. Normally there are stragglers - but this was "we haven't moved from this spot and the concert has been over for 10 minutes?" This was the first time I’ve experienced that – and boy did I want to get out of there. Not only was I so dehydrated that I wasn’t sweating anymore but my feet were compelled to let me know their equally persistent complaint of – “HOLY CRAP SIT DOWN BEFORE WE MAKE YOU FALL DOWN!” Long day in the sun + standing up for hours + rock concert and no water = pain.
But so worth it.