thank u so much Adriana & Lennu *hug*....nice to meet u both ^^....
well yeah i have an epic story to share
but don't know how to share pics :/
i've been in the Iron Maiden FC & i copy paste the pics when i need to share them
....but here i don't know how :/ can anyone help plz?
about the story...
...first i couldn't believe that Scorpions decided to have 3 concerts in Lebanon …it was their second visit to Lebanon.
& since i'm a painter...( i usually paint & do art works related to Iron Maiden) I painted an oil paint for Scorpions (1m by 75cm) since I believe that Scorpions really deserve a special gift from their Lebanese fans and specially from a devoted fan since she was 6 years old…I just wanted to thank them cos their songs have been my lullabies and a part of my life since the first day I got to listen to their songs.
Back to the story
….afterwards I met a friend that has connections to Byblos Festival who helped me to meet Torsten Hilse,Scorpions photographer, who was glad to help me after he saw my paint…he called Rudolf to check their location after we searched for them in Phoenicia Hotel and couldn’t find them
…they were having dinner in a restaurant near the hotel (I was gonna faint when I saw the whole band for the first time lol). Torsten went first to ask them if they like to meet some fans…but unfortunately they were having a private time together …Torsten joined them….then me & my friend enjoyed watching them from far away then left home. This was the first day Scorpions came to Lebanon Before their first concert…. it was Sunday July/ 3/ 2011.
on Monday Torsten promised to do his best so I’ll get to meet them…we were allowed to go backstage since we accompanied Scorpions photographer
….there I met the whole crew, Pawel, & James…we said hello & talked about my paint where Torsten put it in Rudolf & Matthias room so it won’t be lost. They didn’t see it life yet but James happened to see it on fb where I tagged him in a pic of it. Then the annoying Byblos festival people asked us to leave the backstage…eventhough, we were kicked out of backstage lol… I still had hope to meet the rest of the band
…at the concert & at the barrier… before the concert starts in 15 mins… I saw Torsten running on stage towards where I was standing & was calling out my name
….he wanted me to follow him backstage….i couldn’t move from the people all around…so the bodyguards there helped me to cross the sea of people
and reach an opening. there where hundreds of people looking at me & they were ALL jealous …why I was the chosen one to meet the band XD lol…I walked on Scorpions stage while their crew were fixing everything…I just heard everyone calling my name & asking me to let them join…and saying u’re a hell of a lucky girl…even people I don’t know… my name spread fast LOL …& others clapped LOL
…Torsten said while we were on our way to backstage, that the band…asked about the one who made that paint & want to meet her….when I reached backstage their manager, Peter Amend, saw me and asked me from where I got my Scorpions shirt…I thought that he asked how the hell I’m here LOL…& was gonna cry XD hahaha…then Alex (a member of the Scorpions crew) explained the question lol…so I answered Peter that I made that shirt
….he & the crew were shocked & smiled while saying wow that’s a wonderful job ( I just love handmade stuff ^^)
..then I met Matthias & Rudolf they welcomed me with hugs & kisses ^^…& thanked me ALOT….Rudolf said u’re an artist & couldn’t believe that the paint is just a gift (not for sale I mean)
then Matthias said u’re OUR artist now
…then Torsten took some pics of us with the paint…then both of them signed my vinyl record…thanked me again with a hug…then went out. After that I went to James room & Torsten said…that’s the painter…he said :”OMG u’re Hibunia!!! the one on fb… who tagged me?!!!!...OH thank u so much it’s awesome” (with a hug)
..then I took some pics & he signed my vinyl…and I asked will u take the paint with u?...he said of course I don’t leave any gift from our fans my whole house is full of their gifts ….thank u so much…. he gave me a sign that was hanged on his door… written on it James Kottak & Pawel Maciwoda…(I don’t have it now
I forgot it with Torsten…but I’ll get it by either post or when Torsten comes back to Lebanon for his Photography exhibition
I got Pawel sign my vinyl as well…BUT Klaus was the hardest one to reach!!!!...even Torsten didn’t want to bother him while he’s in his room practicing…I respected that & thanked Torsten so much & went back to the waiting fans outside…they ALL screamed & wanted to touch me cos I met & touched Scorpions & shook their hands…. so they’ll get the Scorpions bless hahaha
…all the crowds were looking & pointing at me XD LOL….i can say that I was REALLY the luckiest Scorpions fan in the Middle East
….during the concert, the band recognized me (except Klaus
) since I was on the barrier…also James took a pic of me with his own cam LOL
..after the concert…Torsten helped me to get back stage again LOL…where I found Pawel (he’s such a humble kind hearted rock star) he asked us to join him (me & my friend) in his room then took some pics with him with my paint…we talked for like 1 hours, had drinks, listened to some Stirwater songs, helped him fold his cloths…afterwards he invited us to spent some time in a bar…but I had to leave it was so late at night lol
(like 4a.m.) we planned that tomorrow we’ll go and scuba dive in the morning & at night we’ll hang out, have a dinner & a tour in the country…he gave us his cell phone number :O / email/ & his hotel room number & phone number…to be honest I couldn’t sleep at night LOL
I needed someone to pinch me to make sure that I’m not in a sweet dream!!!
On Tuesday Pawel couldn’t join us for Scuba Diving since he had a band practice :’-(…but he joined us at 10pm
we picked him up from the hotel …he was so excited…as much as we were!!!...he enjoyed listening to local Lebanese songs LOL…& loved Beirut at night…I couldn’t believe myself sitting in the same car with Pawel…he told us that he ran away from his bodyguards & from a dinner that was held in the German Embassy for Scorpions…he said that he’s full of such stuff…he loves local humble people.. he he just feels free & younger around them
…after 40mins of driving we reached a restaurant where the mountains are on one side & the sea on the other…Pawel fell in love with the place…he said that this visit to Lebanon is not for work it’s a vacation…everything is healthy… food ..weather…nice places..nice people….he said that he is definitely gonna come back to Lebanon for either vacation or with Stirwater…then he said that the best thing is to marry a Lebanese woman & live here hahahaha…XD…we enjoyed our dinner & Pawel loved Lebanese alcohol such as Araa and local beer Almaza
….he just kept on eating Hummus he said that he can live on Hummus
…etc etc etc…after dinner we made a tour in the area…& took lots of photos & videos…it was a CRAZY night….we dropped him down to his hotel at 4a.m. LOL…we’re now his best Lebanese friends
…& before he left…he told us that the band will leave the hotel for the concert tomorrow at 5p.m. & he told me to BE here at 5 so I’ll be able to meet Klaus ^^..also he said that we don’t need the tickets to enter the concert or backstage…cos he’ll let us in
LOL…the tickets were useless LOL.
Wednesday July 6..at 5pm in Phoenicia Hotel’s Lobby I saw Klaus ( my hero :O ) next to Peter Amend talking….then I also saw my friend who told me not to get near Klaus while the manager is around cos we’ll get killed
lol….again we met Matthias & James then took some more pics
(when Mattias saw me he said….OHHH here’s our artist XD
) then Pawel came he was our guide
…we had a plan to distract the manager until Klaus is finally alone….when that happened the 3 of us ran to Klaus LOL…we had some pics (Pawel was the photographer
) , autographs, and a little chat…I just told him the thing that was a dream to tell him …KLAUS MEINE u have the best voice in the WHOLE world!!..RESPECT!!! and I’m a fan since I was 6 years old
…he was delighted!!!....he’s so kind & lovely!!! After a while, the manager yelled at him to leave us hahaha
…he was in an angry mood that day!!!...he said his last gdbyes & left :’-(….they reached the concert zone with a yacht…cos the traffic was insane in Beirut streets!!! After the concert…my friend came to me saying that Pawel is searching for me… he wants me to join him backstage….i tried to go backstage but a giant bodyguard stood in my way & started screaming he didn’t believe that Pawel was calling me :’-(… so I waited…until Pawel came out by himself & grabbed me & my friend backstage….the Bodyguard wide open his eyes & was stunned lol….again all the fans around envied me & couldn’t believe what their eyes were seeing
….same routine lol…:P after spending some time backstage he invited us to Alex’s suite we went there had some wine & I went home since again it was so late
Same for Thursday …but at the end ….Pawel went swimming in Byblos sea facing Alex’s hotel …he asked us to join him….but we just watched him swimming LOL
Friday the day that Scorpions were leaving Lebanon :’-(….I DIDN’T GO to say gd bye :’-( cos I was absent to my uni classes for 1 week …& I would fail my courses if I’ll have one more absence…so I just gave my friend my paint so he’ll give it to the band…& say gd bye & especially to Pawel
….I’ve sent Pawel a gd bye phone message …& after he replied….my friend called me saying that James took the paint & he said ….thank u again & again…and Pawel gave me a special souvenir so I’ll always remember him
…I wish I know how to share pics I would show u what is the souvenir :/….& at last I met Torsten & thanked him so much for everything…& he gave me my vinyl singed from ALL the band including Klaus
THE END ^^
sorry if I bothered u with ALL those details