... ( and I hope they finally managed to find and get back the flag and Ron
So.. now I'm impatiently waiting for the reviews from other Belgium crew members
The last thing I heard from Ron is that he didn't get the flag back.
Here is the 1st part of my review. If people are seeing themselves in photos I linked, and don't like that, please send me a PM, so that I remove those photos/links.
Normally I was not planning to go to the show in Antwerp, I've seen them enough I find, but my sister Cindy wanted to see them once more and also my little nephew Warre. He's 9 years old and this was going to be his first concert. So I couldn't leave them alone. So after work I picked up Cindy, my brother in law Wim and little Warre. At 16:15 we left for Antwerp. Because the trafic is always a mess in Antwerp, and because the tickets inlcuded free use of public transport, we decided to stay at our side of the river (Linkeroever
) and take the tram
Around 17:30 we arrived at the venue. There were not so many people waiting yet, maybe 50. I immediately spotted Marc and Nancy glued to one of the doors and we had hardly taken a place behind the people that were already there, when Ron greeted us in his own unique way.
Because the people were not really making a queue, and not standing close to each other, we joined Marc and Nancy and Ron in the front. We found also Vero there, and a fan from Brasil. A bit later also Kristof and Joanne arrived, so there were quite some known faces
waiting there. The last from the forum who joined was Enya, shortly before the doors openened. Wim and I had discussed a whole strategy to obtain a good place in the first row for Warre. I was going to run, and Wim was carrying the backpack with survival kit, in case the security wanted to check that, and coming behind with Warre.
When I hit the barrier, there were only 3 or 4 people at the end of the T, where we wanted to be, so I used my whole body to secure some spots in the "Italian corner" of the T (the Matthias side of the end of the T). Not so much later Wim joined with Warre, and still a bit later, Cindy came walking by, as a tourist who had all the time of the world, and expected nothing less than to have a reserved place from her bodyguards. I was updating Lenita and my Katerina all the time with text messages about our whereabouts. At 18:51 I could send a message
that we were all inside, at the corner of the T, starting from the corner, going to the left (audience perspective) we had Wim with Warre, Cindy
, myself, and on my left Joanne, with Kristof behind her
. Behind Warre was Enya
. On the part of the T that was going to the front, in the middle between our corner and the main stage were Vero, Ron, Nancy and Marc
Now we could start to wait for the support band. I was wearing one of my favourite T-shirt
s, and Nancy had already made some poisonous remarks about it while we were waiting outside. She and Ron continued shouting and making gestures about it once we were inside. I first "thought" they were trying to catch the attention of someone behind me, but that made Nancy a bit angry, and I "understood" it was me they wanted. So I made my chest bigger and pointed at the letters on my T-shirt, while making some movements with my head. What follows is an attempt to reconstruct how that was:
Nancy: It's a disgrace what you're wearing, on the left they sell Scorps T-shirts!
(some minutes later, Ron had left his place and came back waving with a T-shirt)
Ron: I have a Scorps T-shirt here! Swap with yours?
Hans: Hell no, not in a million years!
Ron: What if I throw in my underwear as well?
Hans: In that case most certainly not!
Nancy: I will take off my T-shirt and you yours and we swap?
Hans: Hmmmmm, that sounds more interesting already... But I cannot do it, take off my shirt. If I do it the womenfolk will not look at Matthias anymore...
Nancy: WHAT? You bragger! I want to see proof! Evidence! Take it off if you dare!
Unfortunately at that time, the support band came on stage, so our converstation was rudely interrupted, but more about that in part 2.