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Glasgow – better late than never
09/30/09 @ 03:30:47 am, Categories: General, 1183 words   English (US)

Apart from a near-attack by a metal tube lost by the lorry in front of us on our way up to Scotland, the journey went by rather peacefully. We had a look at beautiful Lancaster and Morecambe at the coast and took it slowly from there.

The closer we got to Glasgow the greyer the clouds became. It was pouring by the time we had reached he hotel. But that doesn’t diminish our joy to be back in wonderful Scotland. After a day of chilling we decided to brave the walk to the stage door in posh shoes as it wasn’t supposed to be far….well, it isn’t…technically. Trouble was that we had to do two detours as the streets were blocked off for residents. So it did take us well over 30 minutes in drizzly rain. Arriving fairly shattered we joined our friends. There is a roof over the stage door and there is plenty of room. One of our fave stage doors actually. Despite cold wind and rain time went by rather quickly as we spent it with a great bunch of people. We had so much fun! After a while though we were told Michael would be late due to his TV appearance (we walked past the TV studios! If we had only stood there! But had no idea it was a live show, we thought it was pre-recorded.). It would be half past five until he’d arrive. It actually got a little later than that (which is great, over 2 hours of standing in the cold…the things we do). By then we knew: this would be a runner. He had the meet and greet to go to, so when he appeared he basically ran pas us all, saying how very late he was. He did look rather yummy though…but those of you who could watch his appearance on telly will know that. Seeing the whole encounter lasted about 30 seconds there are no stage door photos we are afraid.

Desperate laughter all around and we all dashed off to grab some food and get changed.

While we were waiting an issue came up that would have some effect on the rest of the evening: The venue had printed a wrong time onto some of the tickets! They read doors open at 8 pm!! This would indicate the concert starts at 8:30! A full hour late. Michael confirmed it was 7:30 pm, as usual. Ticketmaster claimed they had sent Emails out to the customers who were given the wrong time, unfortunately though none of us ever got that. So we really could not imagine the concert to start at 7:30pm.

The Concert

We finally decided to get to the concert by car as we could not face such a walk four times a day. When we got there shortly before 7pm, we could tell, we were right about the concert. There was hardly anyone in the foyer. We have never seen it THAT empty. Getting into the auditorium was even weirder. You could count the people on two hands. By 7:30pm the auditorium was not even half filled. By then we had found out the venue would claim this was due to traffic jams that were caused by a football match nearby. LOL, yeah right, what a co-incidence. Some minutes later they even made an announcement the concert would not start before 8pm due to most attendees stuck in traffic. Well never mind, we had loads of lovely people to talk to. By 8:05pm finally the musicians took to the stage, as did Callum…. Needless to say to much applause by the audience. By now most people seemed to have arrived. And we discovered that the management of the Clyde Auditorium must have learned from the past. No ushers sitting on the aisles as they used to during the recent shows.

The concert started and everyone got on their feet and enjoyed themselves dancing for the first two songs. Michael was on top form and you could tell he enjoyed being back in Glasgow.

For one moment during The Rose there was a detectable strain in Michael’s voice. Spine chilling memories of this one concert 2 years ago when he suffered from a bad cold and could hardly talk. It was a memorable night, seeing him soldiering on so bravely. But luckily it was over quite quickly. Just goes to show to how much perfection we are used and how worried you get the second something doesn’t go to plan. But all was well.

After the interval we returned to our seats to find two ushers seated in front of the audience, backs to the stage, one in each aisle. The poor things. Will they ever learn?? But we heard how they were briefed to move back to row F before mayhem would break lose after the Duffy number. Phew.

The audience was quite….enthusiastic. When he recounted how he went to see Jesus Christ Superstar when he was 12 some people broke into hysterical laughter. Michael did a double take, smiling, saying a bit stunned: Yeah, I was 12…I know, I am older now..but I was 12 (with the what’s the big deal?!-voice).

We know the poor ushers were in for a comment from the stage. And sure enough at one point Michael quietly asked for a spot to be directed onto them individually. As they wriggled in their seats, their backs still turned to him he kept asking “Was it anything I said?” Giggles. The girl who guarded us was nearly dying of embarrassment, bless her. He said they were waiting for the attack, right? “You have no bloody hope.” Too true.

When he introduced the bit on Dame Vera Lynne and singing in close harmony there was a loud crack…something to do with the microphone. He jumped and laughed “Is she in then?”.

We got to Just When and he did the usual introduction, but added that this song was written for someone he loved very much and who happened to be in tonight – no pressure, boys. Having Cathy in the audience surely did add to his energy on stage. Family members in attendance always guarantee a great night for the audience.

He talked about returning to Glasgow for Hairspray and the place went wild.

Oh, we had such a great time! Party time rocked and the audience absolutely loved him. That’s what we enjoy so much about Scotland – apart from all our darling friends, there is always top reception for Michael.

After the concert we had the feeling he’d sneak out through another door. We kept our distance and saw him do just that, but naturally respected his wish for privacy and just stared from the shadows. Had a lovely chat with Adrian and Ben though.

Another wonderful evening…now it’s time to pack our things (oh god…the room looks like …we cannot even begin to describe what it looks like….packing may take some time) and head to Edinburgh. Hopefully with less rain and more stage door.


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