Ok, this was a BIG deal for me. I’d been wanting to see these live ever since catching them on satellite tv back in ’97. They just never played the UK though:-( Well, I
I planned to go see them in Utrecht ,but then they announced a London gig. No contest; London it is. If anyone would have told me how this gig would effect my future gig going, I wouldn’t have believed them. Never in my wildest dreams, could i have prepared myself for the unexpected fun all thanks to my (soon to be) buddy, Henning. I got there early & had took CDs hoping to get them signed. Well, I managed everyone except for Sandra. I told Henning & he said “Go in after her”. I went in with the rest of the band. Got autographs & some nice photos with Sandra & Henning.
I told Henning about being a fan for years & that I had seen live broadcasts via satellite tv & that I’d collected a bunch of live audio recordings as well. He seemed impressed. In fact, there were some that he didn’t have, so, he asked me to send him copies…yes, he gave me his private address 😉 The band & crew were going to find a nearby bar & I was invited to join them. What? Seriously? For sure I’ll join.
The gig was just great. I’d earlier told Henning that “Innocent Greed” was my favourite song (coincidentally, also his at the time) & before they played it, he dedicated it to me 🙂 So, I guess you now think I’m the luckiest SOB out there (& someone may be wildly jealous). I’d agree, I am/was. But as “someone” once said to me, “sometimes you get a feeling that a person is genuine…”
And this started my amazing Guano Apes “journey”.
P.S. I’ll never forget how a couple of times Henning told me his memory of arriving at the Borderline & seeing a guy in a Rock am Ring shirt, thinking it was a German tourist 😉
If you have got here via that link, firstly, thank YOU for checking it out. Please take a look around my blog for other entries from where I’ve seen Guano Apes (& many other bands) & feel free to comment. If you put Guano apes in the search on the left, it will list all the GA shows I’ve seen around the UK/Europe (over 50 shows) including my first time in Amsterdam, where they filmed the live DVD, travelling on their tour bus in 2000 & being interviewed for a tv documentary!, managing to meet Dave Grohl at a German festival, following every date of the “final” tour in 2005. The reunion shows at Portugal & then Sofia, Bulgaria in 2009 (Sofia was THE BEST ever) & of course stories of meeting my old friends I’d met on the road along the way back in the day. I’ve said it before, but will again ; thank you Guano Apes for accepting me into the family & giving me so many unique moments on tour. You rock guys ! Here are a couple of direct links to some of the other shows :