Part 1. The beginning
This story is permeated with magic from the very-very beginning — and it started back in February, 2013, when I was choosing a destination to spend my summer vacation with the family. Something above really wanted me to go to Greece, coz I tried to look for Spain and Italy ( the countries I wished to visit so much!) - but Greece was also a special country for me - besides that many things connected our countries — religion, history, even alphabet — and Greece and Greek ppl, were always friendly to us
So when I saw and felt that all the signs pointed to Greece, of course I chose it! And you all know that in February there was no info about any scorps show at all, not speaking about Athens!!! - and, among all the variety of Greek resorts I choose one wonderful Island — you know that I work in a tourist company and I know much about Greece, and the specific of its resorts -but unfortunately haven't bee there -so, when I was learning info, I just felt I must visit Zakynthos — to me personally it seemed to be the best for spending family vacation - and this island proposed me the best combination of the price and quality
. Besides, I also had in my mind a thought to visit Athens ( ok, then not for scorps show, of course, but just as a tourists' destination — to see the Acropolis first of all, and of course, the city itself) — so, everything also pointed me at Zakyntos, as it was not so difficult to get to Athens from there. Thus I booked my tour there.
Later on, there appeared the message from Matthias to Greek fan Club, where he told that they're prepaing something special for Greek fans in the end of August-beginning of September...when I saw it, my heart started to jump — end of August — beginning of September
????? Can it be real???? - the dates of my vacation originally were from 26th of august to 6th of September... So I just crossed my fingers and started to wait...
But, when I saw the dates they would be in Athens, I felt a bit sad — coz the shows were supposed to be a week after my vacation... And plus I saw they would do the acoustic show -and I always wanted to see it — it made me sad twice...
But, as I told you, there was a magic following me, and somebody\something really wanted me to go there — and soon I learned that my flight back was cancelled due to the Summit of G20, which was going to be held in my city — all our airports were closed ( they were accepting only charter flights with the participants of G20 summit) from 4th till 6th of september. I immediately though it was a chance, but, my bosses permitted me to rebook my tourdates only on 2 day later...I asked for moving my tour a week later, but they said I had to pay about 300 euro...hm.. for the same — extra 300 euro? - nope, with all my desire to come and love and respect to the guys, I really couldn't afford this. So I agreed on what they proposed, and in my thoughts said «good-bye» to Athens show.
And, a couple of days later, when I already let it go, and thought there were no chances, suddenly I got a call from our department, responsible for charter tickets, and a girl was apologizing and saying that they didn't manage to book the tickets for us on the return flight...gosh, at first few moments I was just devastated...I thought, that, besides that I wouldn't see the show, I wouldn't go to my vacation at all...I was going to cry, but thanks God my brain turned on that moment, and my mood suddenly turned to the opposite — coz I realized it was a chance...my last chance...I just said «hang on please!» and checked the available tickets — and found them on the dates 8th-18th of september — perfect dates for me!!!! - so I immediately asked if it was able to rebook my tour on those dates — and, hehe, it seems that that girl was also happy to hear that I was ready to find a compromise and move my tour to other dates — coz, after all, it was her mistake — so of course she happily said «yes» - and all I could reply her was : «you just made me the best birthday present ever!!! I'm going to see them!!!
!» - she tried to understand what the hell I was talking about, no, I was screaming about, but it seems she didn't
. Anyways in a few minutes my new tourdates were confirmed at the same rate ( hehe, and just a couple of days ago they asked me to pay an extra for rebooking — well, the justice exists
...) And why did I say birthday present? - just because this happened at my birthday eve
Gosh you can't even imagine how I felt after this...only 5 minutes ago I was sure I wasn't going to see the show in Athens, 2 minutes ago I was the saddest and unluckiest person in the world, and now.. I'm the happiest person in the world, jumping around the office, singing songs and screaming of happiness
!!!! Yep... Life is fast, changing, unpredictable and full of miracles....And I'm sure that this miracle happened with the power of FOS, I know it was also your positive vibes you were sending to me, my FOS friends, and in a combination with all the circumstances and, some power from above, it all made a miracle happen...one of the most wonderful miracles in my life
So the 1st thing I've done then was buying my show ticket — here I was almost sure on which date I was going to buy it ( as I couldn't afford seeing all the shows on several reasons) — it was 14th — coz I knew that my dear for friends -Curry, Nada, Joanne, and others were also coming there ( and, I must say it was another strong reason why I wanted to visit the show so much!!!) - and, I also knew that 14th is Nada's birthday — so I just couldn't miss just a great event — to celebrate my FOS sister's Bday!!! -well I just clarified the things to keep the order and bought my ticket, and it really was the best my bday present ever!!!!A miracle happened, and I was totally happy. Part 2. Athens, FOS friends and FOS party
So, finally that day had come. Yes, by that day I had already been for a week on my vacation on the amazing Island Zakynthos, but all my thoughts since the very beginning of my vacation were in Athens, coz even then, already being in Greece, I couldn't beleive I would see my FOS friends and The Scorpions, of course. It was friday, 13th, but for me it was going to be one of the happiest days in my life. I woke up early, and my heart was just jumping!!! I was going to Athens
!!! To my FOS firends!!!! I also took my husband and daugher into my Athens' trip — just to keep them with me, and, besides, my husband also wanted to see the city, and to make a small break from the sea bathing.
The way to Athens was smooth and interesting. At 1st we had a 1,5 hour ferry trip, and then about 4hours by bus. And during this comparatively long way I was just enjoying the views of Greece, its sea, mountains and towns, and thinking of upcoming rocking time I was going to have.
Finally we arrived at Athens bus station. By that time I'd already got sms-es from my russian FOS friends -Dasha and Tatiana, who had already arrived there and were asking about the plans and meetings — so I replied them that I would be in the hotel in about a half on hour. Haha! If I only knew how I was mistaken then. When we got off the but, my husband turned on the navigator, and it showed to him that our hotel was about 3 km from the bus station.
So we decided to walk to the hotel...gosh it was one of the biggest mistakes I ever made...coz this our «walk» I'll remember till the day I die
...this walking seemed to be endless to me -as we had to walk across kinda industrial area, without any pedastiran zone, then there were only slums with all kind of..ammm.. Specific smells
( I won't descride it in details — I think Joanne can do it better- at least she did it in all colors then
), plus the hell heat of 30+ degrees didn't make our trip more pleasant
...so I really didn't think we would ever reach our hotel...hehe, and later I found out that the taxi to the hotel would cost 5 euro only....but ok, at least now I have something more to tell you
When finally we got there, the 1st thing I'd done was taking a shower and falling down on the bed under the air condition...and though out hotel was indeed very economic ( even more economical than our hotel on Zakynthos) —but it was clean, and everything worked there — so it was more than enough for me ( and thanks God there weren't any unpleasant smells there — lets say it that way)
After I finally, as we say, "got into myself", I remembered that my phone was just flooded with smses, so I made an appointment with my russian fos friends, of course near Acropolis. And then I sent an sms to Joanne, who were there for almost a week already, and to Nada, who was supposed to arrive the same day as me( Curry told me she would come only on 14 afternoon — but she made a surprise-naughty girl
). Joanne suggested to meet in the evening in HRC — what was ok. But Nada didn't reply — so I started to worry if everything was ok with her — besides, I was sure she was in my hotel ( me, Curry and Nada intentionally booked the same hotel, to be together), but receptionist ( who could barely speak english — mine is perfect compared to his..) said he heard about Miss Nada Saliba for the 1st time.. So I really started to worry, though, at the same time I thought he just couldn't say the name of the guests to others, so he just refused me in this strange way...And yep, our hotel had wifi, but I had no time for using it — I had to hurry to meet my russian fos friends.So I decided to have a quick trip around the Acropolis, and then to try to get in touch with Nada again.
Our tour around Acropolis was really something to remember — still I don't know how I made it... On a hell heat, climbing up all those steps...and it's a miracle that me daughter also made it! Yep she's a real hero after that haha! But of course I was impressed by this Architectural heritage! And now I can say with pride — I was in Greece and I was in Acropllis! Yes!
Ok, now I think this trip was a general repetition of standing in the queue before the venue, that was going to happen the next day....
After we watched Acropolis, we started to make the further plans — girls wanted to go to guys hotel, but I didn't see any sense in it ( well, also probably coz I was with my family, tired, hungry and thirsty like hell!) - and, looking at what time was already, I decided to find out where the HRC was and how to get there. We stopped near some cafes to look for any wifi, and also to have some rest, and suddenly my husband noticed the group of people wearing scorpions t-shirts, and said to me - «oh, look, these ones must know for sure where this *** HRC is!» - so I went to that group, who were, of course, members of Greek Scorpions Fan Club, I greeted them, introduced myself, saying that I'm a FOSer from Russia, and was about to ask them about HRC, and suddenly somebody clapped me on my shoulder, asking «... excuse me...» I turned around and saw...guess whom???? - NADA!!!!!!
Gosh, again it was something magical — we met with Nada thanks to the Scorpions!!! Coz I don't think we met then, if I didn't see those guys and didn't come to them... So it was another miracle, happened with me
- I finally met my FOS friend, my FOS sister, I dreamt to meet in person for so long, and just a few hours ago I was really worried that we wouldn't meet at all... But thanks to Scorps' power we finally met!!!
oh! And, btw, one more interesting moment that happened while we were in Acropolis, which is also connected with scorps magic — one of my friends didn't go inside Acropolis ( due to money problem...) - and waited us outside -so after we finished our excursion we started to search her, I shouted her name a couple of times, then I saw her, but she didn't see us — so I screamed her name again, waved her — but she didn't see...and then I shouted «SCORPIONSSSSS!!!!» - and she immediately turned her head and saw us
- so, this magic word is the password to everything I quess
So, when we met with Nada,we were screaming of happiness, hugging and greeting each other
. Of course I asked her if she got my sms, and of course she didn't coz she bought the local greek sim dard, and I sent the sms to her Lebanese number...in her turn, she asked me if I got her message on FB — and of course I didn't either, coz I had no time to check my fb... but thanks god those were only technical problems, she was ok, and she told me that when she came to the hotel, the receptionist sent her to another hotel not far from it, coz of problems with A\C ( Curry,
) - so he didn't lie to me then, and frankly speaking I was a bit sad that Nada would stay in the other hotel, but after all, if was a minor thing. So after several minutes of greetings and short stories we went back to the question of searching HRC. And I finally finished my question to the Greek fans
— they said HRC was somewhere around, but I didn't understand where exactly... Also the guys suggested us to join them and to go to acropolis, as I understood, to make some pics there with the greek flag and banners. But, despite this offer was very good, I refused, coz I physicallty and mentally wasn't able to stand this climbing million steps again... ( not speaking of my daughter and hubby). So we thanked Greek fans, said bye to each other till the evening party, and went to HRC ( while we were talking with Greek Fans my husband and friends went to the nearest cafe and found out how to get to HRC from the point we were at.). We came to HRC about 1 hour in advance the time of meeting that Joanne scheduled. But we looked at menu prices, and decided to have a snack somewhere else, and then go back there just for drinks. So we had a dinner in a cafe not far from HRC ( frankly speaking it was not so delicious as I used to have on Zakynthos, but still better than burger at 12,50 euro
). When we came back to HRC, I saw that Joanne and others — Enya, Beate and Brigitte were already there — so of course I ran to them for greetings — and was stopped by a waiter, who was trying to ask me if I was going to eat or drink, but i didn't care about it — i just wanted to greet my friends!!!! But waiter didn't want to let me to them, so I answered — only drinks! - and she asked me to go upstairs...pfff.. I tried to explain her, that I want to be next to my friends, but it seemed she didn't want to hear me... And then I heard Joanne's voice «hey, trouble maker!!»»
- haha, yes, a was a troublemaker that night it seems
-and, I wanted to come to the girls quietly to make kinda surprise, but this waiter broke my plan. And in the end I made kind agreement with that waiter, and she finally permitted us join the girls ( gosh, I could never think it could be so difficult to join your friends at a cafe
I was happy, so happy to see all of them, all of my FOS friend!!! We finally met again! And now altogether - Joanne, Beate, Brigitee, Enya, me, Nada, 2 my russian fos friends Dasha and Tatiana, and later another Tatiana came and joined us!!!. I was missing Curry, but I knew I would see her the next day ( and I didn't know yet that I would see her much earlier
). So we had a great time at our, so-called pre-party at HRC, before the party of the Greek Fan Club. As usually, Joanne brought to me and my family many gifts ( thank you my dear, again!
) - we were talking about this and that, discussing the shows that paees and the upcoming one -to what to prepare, and other stuff — generally we just had fun! And I was enjoying that time, knowing that it would pass very fast...
When we found out that it was a time to move to the Greek Fan Club party, I said bye to my husband and daughter — it was a time for her to go to bed, and decided to go to the bar, where the party was going to be, by taxi -as we were told that it would cost about 3 or 4 euro. There were 9 of us, so we separated and took 3 cars. And here I also couldn't escape some adventures — when we were getting into the car ( I was with Nada and Tatiana), I started to explain where we need to go, but the driver interrupted me and said he knew where we needed to go. Ok, I wasn't surprised, as we all took the taxes at the same time, and I supposed that the driver heard the address from the others, so I said ok, and we moved... But, after a quite long way ( though I was told that that it was not so far from HRC) he stopped the car near the hotel, and said - «we arrived». So I started to explain that it was a wrong address, but he didn't understand me, saying that it was the place we needed...We had to get the paper with the address of the bar, and show it to him, so he finally understood where to go ( it was the in the same street, but a bit further) — and, when we finally reached the bar, he asked for 9 (!!!) euro! I didn't want to argue then, put him 10 euro banknote, to what he said «spasibo» ( ok, we were talking with Tatiana in Russian, so he probably understood what language we spoke=) - well, usually I'm not greedy for tips, but then I really didn't want to give a cent to this «all-knowing» driver, but I also didn't dare to demand my 1 euro change, and let him go. After all, it could be only a misunderstanding. So we entered the cafe- there were already some pl there, among them we saw 3 our girls 2 other my Russian friends, and Beate it seems ( don't remember now to my shame -pls correct me if I'm wrong) — doesn't matter — the fact is that these 3 got to the bar before us, faster, and paid only 3 or 4 euro for that(!!!) pff.. As usually I was a looser.
But I didn't see Joanne and other 2 girls, so I just though they decided to to to the hotel first, and then here — and suddenly I had a thought why driver took us to the hotel first — that probably was girls' hotel ( coz I didn't know where they stayed) and he probably heard this address. So we ordered drinks and started to party. To my surprise I saw Delphine there!!
Wow!! I also didn't know she was coming!!! One more my fos friend I met!!! So cool!!! And yep, magic!!!! Then more and more Greek fans arrived — and wow! I was impressed with their positiveness, passion and unity
!!! They all were like brothers and sisters, greeting and hugging each other — indeed as one family!!! My heart was filled with extreme happiness then
!!!! And I became more happy, when almost all of them came to greet me, asking my name and where I was from, also they came to Nada and others, I saw how they were surprised to know she was from Lebanon, they were asking her about her flight, about the situation in her region... And it was not «to keep the order» - it was sincere..wow!
So I was already partying and having fun, when I finally saw Joanne and others — but they hadn't been at the hotel — they'd been in a car! - and they had even bigger adventure than we did ( I won't tell the details of her adventure, I think she'll do it much better). But ok finally we all gathered there, we only were waiting for the «mr President» -the president of the Greek Fan Club — Antonis
So finally he came — such an amazing guy! I was happy to meet him — yes, Antonis — you rock! You are so cheerful, friendly and open-hearted
! I was really-really pleased to meet you, to talk to you, and, of course to attend this incredible rock party!!! Everything was just fantastic!!!
So, I had a real fun! I felt myself home -and I have to thank for this all my Greek FOS friends!!!! Thank you all so much for your hospitality and warm welcoming!!!! You all are so amazing!!!
And, while I was partying, singing the scorps songs, which were played so loud and drove all of us crazy ( in a good sense of course), and enjoying the life, suddenly someone came from the back and hugged me...in a surprise I turned around , and...whom do you think I saw????Curry!!!!!
Wow!! That was a real surprise
!!! Hehe, as she told me later, she knew she would come at this party long in advance, but wanted to make us a surprise, and haha, she succeeded in it
! So we hugged and kissed, gosh, you can't imagine how I was happy then!!!! I was getting surprise by surprise, again feeling that magic of FOS power...they there was a great meeting of Curry and Nada ( ok, all the details girls will tell by themselves — but it was fully and amazing!!!) So.. I was happy! Completely happy — but how coudn't I be? - I was surrounded with the friendliest ppl in the world, including some of my closest fos friends — Nada, Curry and Joanne. And the accompaniment of the scorpions music made this night really magic!!!! One of the happiest nights in my life!!! We were rocking, chatting, going crazy — just enjoyng this party, which was really amazing!!! I felt myself a part of this huge crow, which actually yes, was my family — The Family of Spiders
When the time came to after midnight — it meat it was officially the 14th of september — me and Curry came to Nada, and sang a happy birthday song to her! I saw her happy face and again felt myself the happiest person in the world
— I finally could meet a person I wanted to meet for so long, and this meeting was in her birthday — so I had the opportunity to wish her happy birthday personally! Just great!!!
I had some bday small souvenirs for Nada, just small things, and Curry also gave Nada a bday present ( she will tell you what present — if she wants of couse). Thus the celebration of one of my dearest FOS friends, my fos sister, had begun!!!! Coz later on, when we were already about to leave ( coz the next day was going to be hard for us, - to wait under the hell heat in the queue, fight with Greeks for the place in the 1st row — frankly speaking I didn't count on being in the 1st row — coz, here, in russia, I know the audience, I know how to act to get into the1st row — though the fighting in Russia is also always very tough — but there, in Greece, looking at how crazy the Greek fans were — I prepared myself not to be in the 1st row — maximum somewhere aside...) -so, we were almost leaving the party ( though, of course I'd love to stay longer — but I was afraid that in this case I wouldn't stay the next day...) And, as my and girls' hotels were not far from each other ( as it turned out — Curry was also refused to stay in the hotel,where I stayed, and she was sent to Nada's hotel too..so girls were staying together, but separately from me — but well, at least we were close to each other territorially), I waited for girls,but Greek guy said us not to leave so far, as they had something for Nada — of couse! A bday surprise — how nice of them!!!! So there also was a happy birthday song and wishes from the Greek Fan Club to Nada!!! Yes! That's the way how the birthday of a die-hard scorpions fan should be celebrated!!!!
I was extremely happy for Nada and overwhelmed with the emotions, though, at the same time, after such a saturated day, I started to feel that I was terribly tired...So, again we wished happy bday to Nada and went home ( meaning to our hotels
).Part 3. It's a show time!
Early in the morning I was woken up by my daugter ( hehe, of course, she didn't party all night long — so she slept well and was ready for some activity with her mom, who could barely open her eyes
). So of course I had to wake up, and we went for a walk once again, so see some more sights we didn't manage to see a day before, but unfortunately suddenly felt very bad, probably coz of lack of sleep and too much emotions ( even though they were only positive emotions...) We had to go back soon from our walking, but I'd already got a call from Curry that they were ready to go to the venue — so I went back to the hotel, took a 5 min break to make myself to feel better ( frankly speaking I was scared a bit that I wouldn't stay, and was just praying to feel better -thanks God everything started to become ok soon!) So, again I had to leave my family — but I wasn't feeling sad, coz I was leaving one my family, to join another one
So we took a taxi and drove to Lycabettus hill. When we arrived, Joanne , my russian fos friends and some other fosers were already there. Yep. It was an open area, with just several small shadow places aside..omg.. "How can I sand this" — I thought then...coz after spending about 5 min at the sun, despite there was a hat on me ( which made me look ridiculous, but I didn't care — I had to survive then...) -again I started feeling not very well, so I had to move to the shadow not to faint...
Thanks God soon all my bad feelings were gone ( probably again coz of the magic of FOS, probably just coz I was already at the place, and there weren't so many ppl, so I even had a chance to fight for the 1st row. - probably this all made me feel better)
So, while we were waiting, we also were talking, taking pics, doing anything to make this terrible waiting shorter...Finally there was some movement and we had to go to barriers, to reserve our places...I looked at the clock on my moblie... It was still too early...but I really had to survive it!!!
And this waiting was really worth it! Coz, thanks to to a miracle ( again!), my friends, and some circumstances I got right in the central part of the first row...gosh I was shocked, extremely happy, and overwhelmed with the emotions...I couldn't even dream of this — I was standing in front of the stage, on a very special show, going to which was a real miracle to me, and now thatns to another miracle I will see everything from the closest distance...the Klaus' chair at arm's length...I was standing between my dearest FOS friends -Curry and Joanne. Nada was next to Curry, and my russian girls were next to Nada — all in the 1st row!!! It was a dream, a real magic...yes, as I told u, this time magic followed me everywhere...
So the 1st this I did is looked around -and -wow! What I saw was really impressing — the decorations of the stage, the general view of arena, the atmosphere of all of this was so breathtaking, wonderful and harmonious, and it became more and more impressing when the light went down...I was looking and admiring it...
But still we had to wait 2,5 hours more...but fortunately there wasn't this heat already. We tried to entertain each other with chatting, joking, we even started to teach each other the swearings in all languages. And the way Curry said Serbian swearings just made me laugh so much
( you rock my dear, now I love Serbian swearings too)
. In my turn, I tried to teach Joanne to some of Rssian swearings — and as I was on the emotions, I probably said the words loud, so that my Russian friends even looked at my side to know what happened, coz they didn't know that I was only saying the word and explaining its meaning then — they though something really bad happened to me, as I was saying THESE words.
So yep, we had much fun, waiting for the show, though, still I looked at the time every 5 minutes...Indeed, everything is relative in this world...those 2+ hours of waiting seemed eternity then, and the show passed as one moment ( in a million years...)
Finally the last preparations were finished, and we all were»frozen in anticipation»...gosh these last moments before the show start are the most exciting moment for me..my heart was ready to jump out, still I couldn't believe all this was happening to me...and finally the guys appeared on the stage!
Oh, I've to say, that the stage was flat ( mean there wasn't any catwalk -that's why I worried about getting to the 1st row) Gosh still I was looking at all of them and still couldn't believe it was true...
They all were looking great! All dressed stylishly ( esp Klaus..mmm...
) hehe, and one thing in their clothing I didn't understand was the meaning of Rudolf's trousers
...but, doesn't matter.... So the show begun, and it was a really different, a special show — I could see and feel it, so again I tried to remember, to soak up each second of it.
And hey, despite it was an acoustic show, still the crowd was active, and we all went crazy and rocked as at the rock show. And I liked it from the 1st seconds!! Yeah!!!and even me, who never cares for the set list, was really happy to hear something new and different. Esp that there were so many songs I loved and dreamed to hear live ( like "passion rules the game", "when u came into my life", "speedy's coming", and... of course "born to touch your feelings"
) — so I was esp high on emotions listening to these songs. And hehe, actually the most songs were sung by the fans, they were indeed, a «karaoke versions» as one good man said
Well, you all probably saw some videos where you could see and hear all of this. And it was really fantastic! And I saw that guys loved it and also enjoyed the show. And this their positive energy was pouring to me, getting me high above and making me fly....I enjoyed that magic, divine voice...gosh the way he he sang was...again and again I can't describe all the emotions, and the feelings I have about Klaus... A unique, incredible man.. One in a billion...I was filling with this positive, happiness and complete freedom... It was really a kind of magic... And it made all those moment more magic, that I was standing next to my fos friends, and I could share my emotions with them. Just incredible!! Of course Klaus recognized girls — Curry and Nada — he looked at them, smiled, pointed, and send air kisses — yep, he's so sweet - and I was happy for them. Ok, don't think he recognized me — coz he answered me with the air kiss only after I sent him one ( oh, yes, I went totally crazy, as that Greek craziness came to me also
) — but after all, its not a big deal. The thing is that he surely noticed our group, it seems he even talked smth about fos friends
— of course — we all brought our fos scarves from Munich to the show, and raised them from the 1st song — so Klaus and other guys saw them, and, I think recognized, for sure
We all had fun then, we enjoy the show, charged our batteries with lots of positive energy! Matthias also was ion a good mood — made faces and smiled to those he knew and recognized ( yep and of course all my fos girls were among them — so cool!!!). Pawel also was good in the interacting with the crowd — I loved the way he acted. And James — yeah, as usually crazy — though we couldn't see him much — we definitely could hear his drums — and their so called competition during percussion solo was just kicking ass!!! Btw, that guy on percussion is an extreme professional — so crazy about what he is doing he had so much passion and energy!! Just wow! Another crazy guy! I loved him!
The only thing was about Rudolf — though he enjoyed the show, still i saw and felt he was kinda sad — he looked at us and smiled, but there was smth sad, that I could feel.I really hope that it wasn't anything serious.. Just a bad mood or some minor organization problem or smth like this....
So, during all the show there was such an informal atmosphere, all the guys looked happy and relaxed, talked much - esp Klaus — before each song he told us it's story -how it appeared, in what circumstances etc — some stories I knew, and some were new to know for me - esp about the new songs! — anyways it was a really good idea. and I felt as if I gathered with old good friends to spend a good time, to sing good songs and to tell some good and funny stories. But wait a minute, wasn't it so?
And of curse, I totally fell in love with all the new songs that guys introduced. Each and every of these song is special. It has its own soul, and good in its own way! I was happy ho hear all of them live. I really felt honoured to attend this show.
And, there were some top moments in this show — when I was so overexcited, so overwhelmed with the emotions!
First one is, of course, Klaus wishing happy birthday to Nada — gosh, it was really something!!! When I saw him saying it, my thoughts went like «he said happy birthday — but to whom? Only Nada has birthday -wait a minute — he said to..no-no-no.. can't be.. But...Gosh HE SAID IT TO HER!!!!!!!!
» and I looked at Nada — and saw her surprised face — it seemed she also couldn't believe in it — and after I screamed «KLAUS SAID HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO NADAAAAAAAA!!!!!» it seems she realized that it was truth, and Curry also joined this screaming — we were jumping and hugging beach other for some moments — and it was..really.. Something incredible...to receive bday wishes from Klaus...precious...it was a moment in a million years...a magic moment... And I'm so happy for you, dear Nada,such a wonderful and warm person as you, just must receive such bday presents! And still my heart starts to jump when I think about that moment...
Another moment is when Klaus, after WOC, said «spasibo» to my russian friend — yep, she had russian flag and waved it during WOC — of course he noticed it -and though I don't think he remembered I was russian also, I didn't care — the thing is he said it, and I was happy ( and even proud a bit )
The 3rd moment is when James recognized Joanne and gave her hand-in-hand his drumstick! This time I was happy for my dear fos sister Joanne!!! Yes, you so deserved that my friend!! Again and again, I'm happy for you!
And, one more moment ( actually 2 moments
) is connected with my friend Dasha (ScorpionAndRose) from Minsk. Well, as she couldn't come, I felt that still she must be there, at least in spirit and via mobile connection:) -so we had an agreement that I would call her on "NO One Like You" song . But, during the show, when I felt that atmosphere, I just couldn't resist of making her a surprise -and of coure, I desided to call her on a Klaus new song "Follow your heart" - coz I was touched by this song so deeply, and that spirit brought so many emotions to me, that I decided it was the right song to call her. Thus there were 2 calls from me. And I'm glad she liked it - and glad everything went ok, coz I was afraid about the connection - I had problems with roaming, and was afraid that I wouldn't be able to make a call at all or that the connection would fail. But, again, as there was so much magic in the air - everything wend well - though I couldn't hear Dasha at all, so I just said "hello" to her and a couple of words - I guess she answered me something, but I didn't hear coz of the screaming of the crowd
- esp on No One Like You, hehe
And, I guess Klaus also noticed, that I was calling to my friend, as he looked at me right at the moment I raised my phone closer to him, and looked at it - so yes, I can even say he even noticed Dasha's presence there! Cool ( and magic
Generally, all the show was fantastic!!!! I can say now that it was surely my best show so far.
I was lucky to touch the legend, to see and to hear those guys who saved my life, and whose music keeps me alive and makes me feel the life, keeps me go ahead and never desperate...So it was a real gift of Fate, and I'm endlessly thankful to who\whatever above gave it to me.
As all the others, the show passed as one moment, and again, as after all the other shows, I had a double feeling after it — yes I was happy, but I was sad a bit that it was over...I still had Klaus, standing ( to be more correct - sittng) before my eyes, smiling ( and sometimes to me, I gues, I want to hope a least haha), joking, and, of couse singing...ahhh.. And in the end he looked at us and said bye-bye to us...what a wonderful moment
...So I was recalling all those moments, of course discussing them again and again with girls, and we all understood that we couldn’t get enough and we must continue the party
.Part 4. After-party.
Yes, couldn't get enough, so of course we all decided to go to guy's hotel — we got the info it was Hilton — just to «try a fortune» - if we were lucky — to see, maybe even to take a picture and talk to some of the guys — but I didn't tune myself on something — and actually all I wanted was to extend this magic night, to continue partying all night long with my friends, and, meeting at least someone of the guys would be, so called «a cherry on a pie» for me
. So we went to the hotel, got inside, and started to search for a bar or something to have a drink, just to be so»public fans» - as if we just came to have a drink. But the only bar, as we were told, was on the roof...we went there at 1st, and the 1st thing I saw was the advertisement that on that night everyone was welcomed to the after-party with scorpions and their music, besides they proposed even 20% discount on menu if you showed them the show ticket...wow
! Of course I thought that it's just a trick, and that of course there won't be any of guys there — yes, the music and so on, but not the guys — it just couldn't be so public! So we thought we had nothing to do there, and decided to go back downstairs, in the lobby, and wait for some time there...But while we were sitting, we saw some group of fans coming to the roof - but, again I though that all of them were caught on this advertisement trick. But when I saw some guys from the «guests of the show» - a woman who said the words in the ending of Born to Touch Your Feelings, and some other guys, coming also there ( we could see where elevators lifted them) I started to think that there indeed was something special happening. And a few minutes later we totally convinced in it, coz we were told about that indeed the guys are on the roof bar. Gosh, I couldn't even believe that that advertisement said truth. Still I had some doubts — it just couldn't bee that the guys had such a «free» after party. And yep, actually it was so. On that bar on the roof, there was a panoramic terrace with a very spectacular view to the city, Acropolis and Lycabettus hill — and in the lights of the city and moonlight it was really great! We started to search a table to sit. Though it wasn't an easy task, still I could found one eventually. We ordered drinks ( though the rates were..ammm..so to say high...). And I saw a kinds crow and movement in the end of this terrace. Of course I decided to go and check what was happening. Some girls joined me then. And when I came closer, immediately I was stopped by a security guy saying it was private area. Ahap, I got everything — so that's how it all looked like - everyone was allowed in this bar, but the guys and their guests were on their private area.
And in that moment I noticed James, who was talking to someone, then he turned and saw us -greeted us, and moved further — he was hurrying somewhere -well ok, good beginning, though!
Then I saw Matt, also talking to someone — he didn't look at our side, but we didn't claim to anything, we were just watching. And, to my big surprise I saw Klaus ( dunno, but somehow I didn't expect he would be there at all..) - he was standing further, and also looked happy and relaxed. Hehe, now that I saw everything and everyone, I was supposed to go back to our table and continue partying with girls,but my feet were rooted to the floor...I was standing and watching.. At the same time feeling a bit stupid, coz I knew that to stand and just stare at this VIP area was stupid...finally I could get myself back to girls, and we continued having fun. Frankly speaking now I don't remember what we were talking about then, but it doesn't matter -the thing is that we had fun, we enjoyed that magic night on that magic roof of Hilton
. Yep from time to time we moved close to VIP area and back, but for me it was only kinda walking around - I didn't expect anything — as we joked then - how could that be -James or Matt were passing just behind our backs, and we didn't care, continuing the conversation. Hehe, and now I also can't stop being surprised at myself for feeling so calm then — but as I told you, there was something magic there, that put this calmness into me ( esp after I persuaded myself to go away and stop staring at guys) . So once me Nada, and Tatiana again came to VIP area — but we were talking about something, and suddenly I saw that Matt was standing near and talking to fans. We moved closer, and — tadamm!!! He recognized Nada, greeted her, and hugged so warmly! Wow!
I was so surprised and happy for her!! So he started to talk with her, and then looked at me and also said some greeting words to me, said something else, and among all of us there started kinds friend's conversation — we talked about this and that, different subjects. Haha, then he recognized my friend Tatiana — and he ever remembered that she spoke german! Wow!And I was really, really in a positive shock of this man — coz I was often told, but never saw him being and acting this way. I mean, I always thought that After the show Matt usually is tired and not in the mood of communicating with fans, so I didn't even count to say at least some words of thankfulness to him, but in fact I said much much more.. Gosh we were standing on the roof of Hilton, discussing different casual subjects, as old good friend, that finally met after being apart for a long time...and though I felt really calm and relaxed -still deep in my mind I couldn't believe it was happening to me...
And then I realized that I hadn't got a picture with him — and usually I never ask for making photos, but this time I felt so comfortable that decided to ask. And as I didn't take my camera with me to the show, I asked my friends to make a picture of us. But, to my surprise no one from surrounding me ppl had a camera...oh, cool! The only cameras was my mobile camera -so I had to make pics on it. And it was not only my pic, I also took pics of Nada, Tatiana, Enya with Matt — but the trick was that my camera was too slow, coz it was dark and it had to focus too long. Plus there was a really blinding and irritating light on it ( to make the image brighetr) — so Matt started to be angry with it — well, of course he just joked about it, as he was in a really-really good mood - but still I understood that this camera light irritated him. So the pics were not of a good quality ( some of you saw them on fb) but frankly speaking I don't care — the main thing is the memories I've got from that night, which was indeed full of magic
. And of course I was happy again when Matt also wished Nada Happy birthday, and sang a happy birthday song to her. That was really fantastic. I was happy-happy-happy
!! It was a dream...that came true!!! After our conversation with Matt was over ( there were other fans waiting to talk to him, and we realized that we were taking too much his time), we were discussing it for some time more -coz all the girls were so pleased to have such a friendly and positive conversation with him. Yes.. A kind of magic...
And, although it was already about 3 am, I wasn't feeling tired at all!! I knew that I had to enjoy each second of that night, so I was enjoying it!!!
The only a bit sad moment, that I have in my heart from that night, is that I couldn't thank Klaus then — he left so fast, only several ppl could say a couple of words to him and my russian friends even took pics with him. But you know, I can't just come and ask for photo -so I was standing aside, when he was leaving, hoping that I would have a chance to say at least «thank u» — that was all I wanted then — but either he was too tired or just not in a good mood — after all, he's just a man ( yes, incredible, but still, a human being, like all of us) — so he passed by — but, still he noticed special for him fans — and Curry was among them — yes he looked at her and said «hey! Bulgaria!» and hugged and kissed her
...awww!!! I was so happy for Curry!!!
And of course again and again I was amazed this the kindness of Klaus, who always finds a few seconds to greet the fans he knows! So great!!!!
And, after Klaus left, I realized that Nada wan't there, and gosh, I immediately felt ashamed that I hadn't called her...but things happened so fast, that this thought didn't come to my mind in a right moment. I'm so sorry. Sis, I should have called you then - and probably you would have received more bday wishes, personally....
But...ok, still it was a magical, fantastic night, which continued till the morning — as we were having party till almost 5 am! And we couldn't get enough, we wanted that night to last forever...But finally we realized we had to go... This sad moment of parting...agh...we were hugging each other, and saying bye for numerous times, and I had again this double feeling — at one side — I was absolutely happy — on the other — extremely sad coz it's all was over...
The last ones whom I sad bye were my 2 FOS sisters — Nada and Curry — and we couldn't leave each other - we were standing at my hotel's doors and talking, talking, talking...till the end...in the very last moment I even couldn't hold my tears...just coz of so many emotions I had...And, despite I had to say final «bye» to them, a moment later I wasn't feeling sad, coz I just couldn’t be — it was one of the most wonderful weekends I ever had, and only positive emotions filled me then...I was in a dream.. A dream that had come true...
Though I slept ( if it can be called so) for less than 2 hours -I woke up feeling extremely happy! So I didn't feel any tiredness, on the opposite — I wanted to live, to do something, to create and to enjoy my life — I loved ppl and I loved my life!!! And, I had to thank for this The Scorpions and my fos friends!!!!And that's what I'm going to do right now — to thank everytone:- All Greek FOSers
and, personally Antonis
, as a president of Greek Fan Club — many thanks gyuys, for being so hospitable and friendly! I will keep your warmth in my heart forever! Thank u Antonis for such a brilliant organization of the FOS party — everything was just amazing!!! I was roking at 123456789% then!!!! Really have no words to describe it!! Probably there's one quote I can use — YOU KICK ASS!!!!!!
-All my FOS friends
I was happy to meet on that fantastic weekend — Curry, Nada, Joanne, Enya, Delphine, Beate, Susan, Brigitte, 2 Tatianas and Dasha.
Girls I also can't describe all my feelings I had then and I have now...all I know is that now I have real friends all around the worls, whom I can rely on!!! Thank you girls!!! From the bottom of my heart!! You all made those days in Athens magic for me!!!
-and, of couse, my special thanks goes to those, who saved my life, those who made my life brighter and brought all these wonderful ppl in my live —THE SCORPIONS!!!Thank u guys for the amazing, really special show !!! You are the best!!! Your songs, your music, again charged my batteries!!! Again you made me feel that freedom and happiness, you made me feel the taste of life!!!
I was enjoying every second of the show, every note you play, every word that Klaus sang...all that atmosphere of love and unity!!!and I will keep those precious moments of this magic show forever in my heart!!!
I was blessed to attend this historical event, to be a part of it! And it was... A kind of magic!!!PS my apologies for all mistakes and mistypes....
PPS okay.. As I see my review is the second one...hopefully my and J's testimonies coincide