This is not a vast post because, to tell the truth, I didn’t know what else to write about this word. Besides, I got some entertainment news to tell. Hold your breath.
On September 22, 2020, I’m gonna go and see Elton John in Helsinki. It’s his final tour ever so I decided to go. I loved his music since the 1980s. I don’t really remember what song I heard first. I do remember one of his videos but I’ve never remembered the song title. The video had this couple going through different rooms and Elton John was there too playing the piano in one of the rooms. The song was, ‘I don’t wanna go on with you like that‘ Now when I watch the video, I think. “So that’s how it went” The song came out in 1988. We got cable in 1987 so there was Super Channel, MTV (when they played music videos) and Sky Channel. I think I saw the video on of those channels. Great memories.
This concert will be my 2nd real one. The first was Robbie Williams in 2017. The ticket wasn’t cheap but this is one of a lifetime. It’s 10 months to the concert so anything can happen. Nothing bad though because then that’s 130 euros I’ll never see again. There are so many other concerts to see but you have to chose when money doesn’t grow on trees. This is one way to get out of my comfort zone. Being in an arena with a lot of people around. It’s gonna be a blast.
Yesterday I went to my first ever live gig, Robbie Williams. If someone gives awesome delivery, it’s him. He’s Robbie “F@cking” Williams (his words) after all. I’ve only seen him live in the movie theatre. He’s always been a great entertainer. He’s just awesome and funny too. The atmosphere was great. People singing along and cheering as loud as they can. Finns really love him and it’s mutual. He was surprised people knew the words to ‘Love my life’ which is a new song. During that, people had red hearts or anything red in their hands. That was arranged by a Finnish radio station. Everyone should bring something red with them and show them during the song. He was really impressed about that. That was our surprise to him.
Songs that were played were e.g. Party like a Russia, Kids, Love my life (obviously) and Millenium. He paid tribute to George Michael by singing “Freedom” That was Robbie’s first single. I know the lyrics by heart so I sang along. Then there was “Angels” of course. It’s compulsory in his concert. It’s an amazing feeling hearing people singing along and the sea of lights in the audience. Beautiful.
One of the best things was when his father performed a song. His absolutely brilliant. We know where Robbie has got his performing talents. His dad is also a performer. He sang and told jokes on stage as well.
There was a little sing along when Robbie sang part of older hits from other artists. One of them was “Don’t you want me” by Human League. Even a song from his Take That years. The chorus to “Never forget” There’s a lot of clapping at the end of that song. He mentioned Bruce Springsteen and imitated him a bit. Apparently “The Boss” sings Robbie songs in the karaoke. Robbie is really good at rapping and the song “Rudebox” has it. I haven’t listened to that song in ages and it sounds even better live. It went straight to my heart.
Robbie has a great way of connecting with the audience. Flirting if you like. Maybe that’s one of the reasons girls want to get close to the stage. One young woman was picked up from the audience to sing with him. It’s was absolutely brilliant. She put on a mask where you could only see her eyes. Then they sang “Something stupid” but she wasn’t actually singing. I guess it was someone from the band. Only the mouth of the mask was moving. The voice was kind of deep which was the funny part. What a lucky lady she was. She got a kiss on her cheek and she took a selfie of them both. That sure was something she could remember the rest of her life. Another woman got his attention as well. She had sat on someone’s shoulders and he said “Maybe you’re that tall or you’re sitting on someone shoulders” He started to sing “She’s the one” to her.
After the encore, the last song was Frank Sinatra’s “My way” It was a perfect ending. This experience I’ll treasure the rest of my life. If I had the money I would go and see more of his concert. Even though I had to stand up almost the whole concert, it was all worth it. Who could sit still anyway? I’m usually shy when it comes to public gatherings but now I was like any other there. I didn’t dance but at least stomped and clapped besides the singing along. There were 30 500 people watching but yet getting out of the stadium went smooth. There were a lot of entrances so it helped a lot. This concert was the one I’ve had been waiting for and it’s definitely the best experience I’ve ever had. The weather was good too so it couldn’t have ended better.
When you get the concert ticket in the mail, you know the concert is happening for real.
That’s what I thought when I got the ticket to the Robbie Williams concert in Finland on August 10. It’s 4 months to that but I already got concert symptoms. I got the collector ticket so I feel like a VIP. I’ve never been to a real concert before so this one will be one of those, been there done that things. I’m really excited but also a worry how to get home. I haven’t really thought this through. I have to take the bus but I don’t know when the concert is over and how long it takes to get out of the stadium. I can’t afford a hotel either. Oh well, problems can always be solved. Besides, there’s still time to think about that.
I’ve seen Robbie in concert in the movie theatre so I know what a great performer he is. Now I’m actually gonna see him live for real. It’s not just him but also Erasure who’s the warm up band. So it’s to kill two birds with one stone. It’s gonna be a night to remember.