Back a few days ago from an incredible vacation in La Ville Lumiere.
The concert was a highlight right in its middle, and even after 10 days, I'm still not sure I have the right words to describe it.
The smile I flash at people who ask me kinda did the job so far...
Those of you who were lucky enough to catch concerts in small venues know what I'm talking about it feeling like an incredibly intimate concert -- like "an evening with LC and friends"
. It was my first LC concert in such a small venue and I was captivated by the experience. (my first concert was with 47,999 other people in Tel Aviv.. and yes, it's still at top pf my list, even after being blown away by Paris)
The welcome was roaring warm, standing ovations a plenty, sound pristine and LC and band in high spirits.
Olympia, being an Old World venue, has no screens but also not stage barriers. First rowers were sitting literally at LC's and Javier's feet. 7th row was close enough to feel like 3rd and far enough to give a wide angle stage-view.
Barriers were absent in physical and metaphysical sense: with the venue being so petite, emotions poured from the stage right onto the audience, circling the venue and resonating right back to the stage. And it showed on faces both on and off stage for those magical 3 hours and 40 something minutes.
With encores, the masses fled to the stage. Being on the short side, I again politely asked the taller peeps in front of me if they don't mind letting me through so I can see something. And again they generously agreed. So I found myself standing at the foot of the 3 steps leading to stage, less than half a meter from Javier, soaking the experience from the most unique angle (albeit a bit squooshed.. )
We were not sure till last minute how long encores would be - concert started late due to political rallies putting the city under nightmare of a traffic blockade and it was almost 11PM.. I'm an avid optimist, but there was a second I thought "Closing Time" is going to be it. After taking numerous vids in Berlin, I decided none in this one (besides, the pro duo Maarten and Albert were in the house..), but when I Tried to Leave You's first accords were played, at my standpoint, I couldn't resist it, pulled my iPhone out of my jeans' pocket and pressed the button..
So here it is - an awesome number, with most energetic crowd behind me, Rafael blowing a kiss a tout le monde, missing catching his drumstick, only to be saved by Roscoe.. Hope you enjoy it too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uy3PgZ ... ature=plcp
(Those who might ask where's 'Save The Last Dance For Me' and UHTC's lil' dance shenanigan that followed - the woman next to me accidentally knocked my hand off 90 seconds into it... bummer doesn't even begin to describe it.. )
Roll on break and North American leg.
It was great meeting many friends and if all goes according to plan, I'll see some of you guys in NY.