OMG! I MET, FREAKING- PAUL MCCARTNEY!!!
& Running into the Band!CHECK THIS OUT! PS. Long post :)
SO, after the gig in Verona, at the Coliseum.. I was kinda stranded.. I had a tiny piece of paper with the hotels name barely legible.. I sat there ( outside) reflecting on the nights gig... & how brilliant it was.. Fuck! I was all alone in Italy- funny & ironic at the same time.. I could see .. Paul & the band-- laughing in my mind to another huge success- that rocked people's socks off!. Another gig-- that just went down. I had to figure away to get back to the hotel, with no key card, I began to walk towards the direction of the hotel.. The night air was fresh--- the sky clear at least I didn't have to worry about it raining...
|Abe Me Brian Rusty- Verona Airport|
June 26th Whaaa You Ran In to the Band?
At the Airport,.. I had time to kill. Walking around, who do I see coming into the airport? Abe! drummer for Paul's band - than Brian Ray- guitarist ,, Rusty. Anderson- guitarist- WIX.- fearless .. organist & percussion extraordinaire...the MPL crew..
. I went up to Abe. OMG! Abe, after all these years I finally get to meet you .. Brian Ray, there's Harley! ( my nick name ) - I had met the other band members years ago).... I laughed with the guys.. took pics with the band.. MJ took a pic of himself with my camera.,, than, took a pic of me & Wix..Would have been nice to get a pic- with the entire ban.
|WIX- & Me-|
We all ended up in the same security line...for a very long time.. I wanted to chat with them, ( the band ) in that security -line but didn't want to bother them..
I thanked Wix for taking care of Paul.. "Paul is a big boy he can take care of himself'" said Wix.. Me: "Yeah, well, your're the back bone Wix, you're the one who holds it all together"
I told Brian, I loved them.. ...Security, jacked up Abe for his lap -top.. Abe, huge smile with airport security...
|MJ Kin- Photographer for Paul McCartney|
As they went into the bus.. Brian said "See you in Vienna"~ I love that dang band- lovely bunch..
As they went to get on their plane .. I had to wait another hour for mine...to Cologne, Germany,- than Vienna... Geez so many Airports I did frequent on this trip- many.. It was very difficult waiting on those planes. The Flight was delayed from Cologne to Vienna... Finally, landing in Vienna...Me & another fan took the train into the City Center of Vienna.. It was late 11:15 pm when I arrived at my hotel..12am when I got to sleep... wheew a huge day was coming up..
I was hurting for sleep when I woke-in the early am..I wasn't sure Id make the gig?! I thought about skipping the Sound Check, cos, I was dead tired..I figured, once I got ready.. Adrenaline would kick in and somehow I would be fine..I got to Ernst- Happel Stadium- huge! I had no info for Sound- check and walked half way around the Stadium... I see a familiar figure- Brian R- ( one of Paul security team ) he joked- ' What are you doing here?" i found the VIP line.. it wasn't as big as Warsaw & certainly smaller than Verona.. We went thru the line pretty quickly! damn we were even closer! ...
No Rain in site! Dynamite! haha here comes Paul & the band! My recall is usually excellent- but I got it a bit incorrect from what I told Beatles Examiner & The Macca report... I danced the entire Sound check
Sound check setlist:
|Paul McCartney & Abe Sound Check- Vienna!|
Paul to the crowd? how many people from Vienna? how many from Austria? how many from other countries?... we all cheer!- ( the ones from other countries )... next a huge instrumental with a reggae/Latin beat.. never heard it before
someone yells Monk-berry Moon Delight
Penny Lane -- Someone screams I Love You Paul
Celebration! -------a fave
Paul: that quieted you down now didn't? l ( Hilarious )
Whole Lotta shaken going on~
in the back ground- on mic- you hear 'meeeowwww',, who did that?
Paul: this is for Shelly Lazar- just because
San Francisco Bay Blues~
Sun is Shinning---
Midnight Special--- if you ever come to Vienna- sings Paul.. lalala
This Can't be happening! WHAT! WE'RE MEETING PAUL MCCARTNEY?!
Next -Paul is calling up two girls.. AHH Hell NO!!!
I'm never going to meet Paul! I thought! I saw security talking to Paul on stage.. here comes Brian Riddle again, he tells one girl Olga, you're going you're up..
Brian than comes up to me..- You're going up on stage!! Me. WTF?!!! No way! jumping up and down!!! in shock - We made it to the stage.....OMG OMG!!! I couldn't run because I have a bad knee.. I thought I was the last person on stage.. to speak to Paul but, It was a guy from Sweden---
here's what went down! Paul: what's your name Bettina- from Germany-- more talk..whats your name Chelsea, where ya from? Perth --more talk ...what's your name Olga-- from? - ( sorry Olga I couldn't hear..) what's your name Sue - my names Sue how do you do?...where you from California.. Sue, shows Paul her Beatles finger nails...
Oh God-- I'm Next!
I walked up to Paul, as I walked up he said I see a top hat- "Macca" I was wearing my 'Macca' hat.
I said: "Your freaking Paul McCartney!"--- Paul smiled...'Hi Paul' I said...
Paul: SO WHAT'S- your name?
Me: McCartney! - -- ( cheers )
Paul McCartney! yeah? Not it's Not?! --- Paul seemed amused,-grinning- surprised?
Me: Yes it is! .McCartney Giannoni
Paul: McCartney Giannoni--- did you change it?
Paul: - in a voice --I did Paul- just like Elton!..... Excellent!
Me: thinking-----yeah?.. Paul smiling ...
Paul: Where you from
Me: Can you sign my tattoo? Paul looks at tattoo
Paul: I can sign it... a bit later.... ( OMG! I thought )
I didn't get the " Just Like Elton" part at first duh!~ hahaha I was is shock, surprise, elation! but trying to maintain my composure am I really talking to Paul McCartney- on stage, with the band, in Vienna, Austria?!! Wow! just wow I felt every happy emotion you can think of
We are dancing on stage are you kidding me? haha!!!!
next a guy comes up-. Paul what's your name Alexander Paul Alexander the Great? where you from Sweden
Paul: Swedenn!! Paul than says we were all going to Dance to Buddy Holly's It's So Easy- Paul and the band began to play - this ROCKS! MORE LATER :)
|A picture I took of Paul McCartney I took while dancing on stage- Sound Check- Vienna Austria|
stay tuned- more to come!!!! haha!!!!!!