September 24th - a date to remember
To go to Paris, there’s no need to look for excuses, but to be reunited with good friends and a concert by Roger, undoubtedly, is the best thing we could do to release the Fall.
With our suitcase full of hope, and eager to enjoy the magic of Roger we boarded the plane. Despite the strike, that canceled our flight, we had the great fortune to catch another flight the same Friday 24th, to keep emotion, the flight left late in Madrid. My God, we were a bundle of nerves!!!
As soon as we arrived in Paris, we met with all of our nice friends from French Fan Club, waiting at the door of the Palais de Congres, It was a happy time for the reunion. Four kisses, I won’t forget it.
Linda was kind enough to invite Vidal and me to sound check. See artists tuning their instruments, is always a sideshow to the concert, that I love. But this time there was a wonderful extra, and was listening to Roger playing "Babaji" - a song that usually he doesn’t play - just for me. A song so special to me that gives me goose bumps every time I remember. Thanks Roger, always so careful of all your fans. So charming...
Before the concert we were sharing with our French friends, full of sympathy and good mood. They gave us his new shirt, hat and a pen. Thank you guys, always so attentive. We love you.
There was still another spectacular gift, they booked for us the best seats in the theater, in front row, just in front of Roger, My friends I have no words to thank you so much detail. Vous ętes magnifiques!!
And the show? What to say!!. I always say that each time is better, but this time, I must say this concert was the best I've seen so far. The scenery, lights, sound, the venue itself, everything was perfect, and the audience, giving so warm welcome to Roger, so devoted from the first song. It was wonderful to watch the response from people. It was a party. We were marvellously and thoroughly enjoyed. The moment "It's Raining Again ", with children and their umbrellas wrapping up Roger was beautiful, and see, at the same time as umbrellas were opened throughout the theater, was the flourish to an amazing evening.
And to round out the night, the face to face with Roger, in the backstage. No matter how tired he is after the show, no matter how much people want to say hello to Roger and cross words with him, or take a picture ... nothing matters, Roger received us, as always, with his beautiful smile and his heart as open as his arms, always ready to embrace.
Thanks Roger, is always a luxury to share those moments with you. We are very fortunate for that.
And back to the hotel, two Portuguese and two Spanish, lost in Paris, looking for the hotel ... There was no shortage of laughter, good humour ...
And next day, meeting with French friends, around a great meal. Delicious "canard” and wonderful "mousse de chocolat”!!!! but the best, your company, Cecilia, Marc, Mila, Florence, Cathie, Olivia and …. Zebouille, your sweet pet!!!.
I raise again my glass of champagne, and cheers for our friendship which I hope is forever.
Meet again, even if there is a strike and our flight is canceled, even if I have to drag my suitcase around the theater, even if we remain locked in an elevator, even if we lose and don’t find the hotel, even if the waiting and delayed for the return flight is inhuman ... Because, everything is compensated when you meet again in Paris with good friends, and the soundtrack to that reunion is made by Roger Hodgson.