The Symphonica-Show on Sept 4th in Vienna was the first concert ever for me seeing my favourite singer George Michael finally live on stage.
You can imagine how excited I was... and it was overwhelming!
But lets start from the beginning: first of all it was such an honor (a pleasure) to meet some members of the George Michael Forums in flesh. They all were so lovely people – well, there´s a reason why George Michael calls his Fans „lovelies“...
The City Hall was big, the stage was covered in red curtain and so were the seats.
People were coming into the Hall from every side. Next to me there was a guy who started talking with me about George Michael and he couldn´t believe that I knew so many facts he didn´t know. To be honest: Would I be a big fan if I wouldn´t know his birthday or the year when his solo-career started? He also couldn´t believe that I recognised George´s father from far away.
The audience was clapping after every single song before the show began.
At 8.26pm the lights went out, the stage glittered and the sound started. There was a big shadow behind the curtain – it was George himself standing on stage, still covered with the red sparkling curtain and began singing „Through“, one of his most soulful songs. His voice was incredibly clear and at the end of his song I had tears in my eyes. The curtain opened and I was so thankful just seeing him live on stage and listening to his gorgeous voice. The next songs were as emotional as the first one.
After one hour there was a little break and I went down to ask for an autograph of Jack Panayiotou. He was so kind taking pictures with some lovelies and giving me my third autograph from the George Michael Team. As it is so hard to get George´s autograph, at least I have one of his father! I`ve bought an autograph book for my „George Michael Experience“ and guess who were the first who signed in there? It were Shirley and Lucy, the two GM-Background-Singers whom I met one day before the show. They were so sweet and charming and talked to my friend and me during their break from rehearsals.
During the break there was a big digital clock projected on the red curtain. It was counting backwards. I got back to my seat again and waited for the second half of the show. My heartbeat was constantly on a high level. Then the lights went out once again and he started to sing „Waiting For That Day“. Such a lovely voice. And again tears in my eyes. Then I saw a lot of people goint to the front. After the first song I stood up and went to the front too just as he began singing „Patience“. Unfortunately the security pushed us back to the mixing-table. And there we stood watching the stage from behind.
After „Russian Roulette“ the first tones of „Praying For Time“ were played and everybody stormed to the front – me too! And I was so glad standing in the first row and watching him so big in front of me. Everybody could see his joy when he saw how many people were standing in front of the stage. I think he is much more comfortable when his fans are in front of the stage. After „Praying For Time“ he mentioned the doctors, thanked them for what they did and played „Feeling Good“. Another moment with tears in my eyes.
After that, he went down from the stage and everybody was screaming for an encore. It was bloody loud! After a few minutes he came back on stage and performed a wonderful medley of „Amazing“, „I´m Your Man“ and „Freedom `90“. His Background-Singers came to front of the stage as well and waved to the audience. It really was Amazing. The last encore was „White Light“. One more time he thanked the doctors who saved his life just 10 months before and one could really say that it was such an emotional show for him playing for his lifesavers.
After „White Light“ the final intro came and the lights went on. That was the unmistakeble sign for the end of this gorgeous first Symphonica-Show in Vienna.
It was one of my best days ever!
THANK YOU GEORGE!!!
Ok, favourite George memory:
When George phoned me at work on 17th July 2012.
I was lucky enough to win a competition on Heart radio where George phoned and spoke to me at work live on the radio and gave me tickets to his Symphonica show on 17th October 2012. I couldn’t believe my luck, I sobbed down the phone to him so much I could barely breath let alone speak to him! All I remember was screaming down the phone to him saying ‘George Michael has just said my name!!’ It was the most amazing feeling! I really couldn’t believe that I was talking to my idol on the phone, I was in complete shock and I was on such a high for months afterwards! Later that day I tweeted him saying: ‘I SPOKE TO MY GORGEOUS GEORGE EARLIER!! I can’t believe it, so shocked and I FEEL LIKE THE LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE! ;-)’
I really couldn’t believe it when he re-tweeted my tweet and replied with: ‘It was nice to speak to you too Kelly……’ (I’ve attached a photo of the tweet!)
That day was like a dream, I truly felt like the luckiest girl alive!
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY GEORGE! Have a wonderful day, I hope you get very spoilt, sending all of my love and BIG kisses on your special day! Love you lots and lots!
Encore un choix difficile à faire... Mon meilleur souvenir... mais j'en ai tellement de bons souvenirs qui concernent notre magnifique George, des concerts, des rencontres, des amitiés...
Merci pour toutes ces images, ces sons, ces débuts de chansons que je reconnais à la première note et les sensations que j'ai éprouvées lors de ton passage en 2006 à Bercy, et oui j'y étais avec mon fils qui a été élevé avec tes chansons, tes mélodies.
Lorsque tu es apparu (avec 1/4 de retard) sur scène, mon corps a été parcouru de frissons, les larmes me sont montées, j'ai reniflé et suis entrée en communion avec toi et tous tes fans présents d'ailleurs rien que l'écrire, je ressens les mêmes impressions.
18 ans que j'attendais ta venue sur une scène parisienne. Ma seule déception c'est que tu ne sois pas venu nous voir au VIP SNIFF.
Au stade de France j'étais là aussi (2007) encore pas ta présence en VIP.
2011 (malade physique et moralement de pas avoir pu te voir)
Tout cela pour te SOUHAITER un heureux et joyeux anniversaire, que celui-ci t'apporte le bonheur, la santé, et que tu nous gâtes encore et encore de ta merveilleuse voix (la plus belle au monde)de tes superbes mélodies et surtout de tes sourires.
Merci , merci d'exister.
A très bientôt de t'entendre et de te voir.
Attending George Michael's last spectacular Symphonica Concert At Earl"s Court, Oct. 17,2012 :
George appeared so relaxed and really enjoying himself, with a couple spins around in his seat, while singing.
Waiting in anticipation for George to appear on stage, after singing a few words of "Through", was one of the most exciting nights of my life.
HAPPY "FABULOUS FIFTY" BIRTHDAY Dear George.
The attachment is a Print of a sketch done in 1988 by Artist Gary Sanderup.
George Michael is PHENOMENAL!!!!
Photo was taken on 26-6-2007,
Georges 45 th birthday!
We did our handcuffed dancing moves and made George smile while he was singing to us!
All the best,
Vienna 7.13.2007 :
My first concert and made my life very happy!
George's birthday. 2013-06-25
I would like to settle with the best of the best singer songwriter send messages, nice pictures of love and regards,
I wish you a very happy birthday
I have so many great memories of our lovely George that it’s hard to choose.
I know it sounds cheesy but he has really been the soundtrack to our lives.
During good and bad times he’s been a constant comfort and inspiration.
From the first time I saw Wham on Top of the Pops I was hooked.
Over the years he has shown what a funny, generous , amazingly talented and down to earth guy he is.
I can’t help but love him for it. Who else but George (after the toilet incident) could get away with releasing such a tongue in cheek song & video for Outside.
Watching the video for the first time made me laugh out loud and love him even more!
It’s hard to think that the world and his Lovelies could have lost this beautiful, unique , extremely talented and very special man.
He truly has angels watching over him & I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
My word to describe George is IRREPLACEABLE .
There can and will never be anyone quite like him.
Happy 50th Birthday George, I wish you love, much laughter and good health always.
Lots of love