NIK KERSHAW IN MANCHESTER
21st June 2005 - Review by Kathie from USA.
I am back in the states this evening, and I have to say how
much I enjoyed not only the gig (of course!) but meeting everyone. I had been
able to check email from time to time while I was traveling but wasn't
to send! I also didn't have the address of Derek's site with our pictures,
to be able to go and refresh my memory of who was coming. So I went to the
Hard Rock Cafe and wasn't able to find anyone (though I believe Chris and
Artur were already there) and I stood outside and hoped someone would come
up and recognize me. :) And someone did, thank goodness! The gig was
wonderful but I had so much more fun being there as part of this fun
Deb and Kathleen, bless you for missing sound check to come and fetch us!
I could not believe when we walked into the place to see this gentleman
with glasses and grayish hair leaning against the bar. I think Chris and I
in particular had our eyes pop out of our heads as we thought "is that...
but it can't be... but it is!" I had already been thrilled to pieces the day before to be able to walk into a music store in London and buy *the
Nik Kershaw CD* off the shelf. I certainly would have never been able to
that here in the US! (Although if it does come out here, I will buy it
again to prove there are fans here!) But then I was able to have the CD
book signed by Nik... I had just barely dared to hope that might happen!
As they were checking names against the list of winners on our way up the
stairs, when I told the man my name, he didn't even look at the list but
said, "Oh, from America?" I felt very famous! ;) Turns out he is the one
who called me to tell me I had tickets!
Sorry to run out on you all so soon after the gig was over, but I was
thinking of that 3am wakeup call so I could catch my early plane this
morning. Mark and Giles, thanks for getting the photos up so quickly! I
will put mine up as soon as I have time. At one point near the end of the
show I looked around at the bunch of us up near the stage and just enjoyed
how thoroughly happy everyone looked, smiling and singing along. I have a
terribly unflattering photo of Matthew and Paul, as it looks like I caught
them singing a "shh" sound instead of a nice "la" which would have looked prettier. :) But it is still a nice memory. Speaking of unflattering, when
you see the pictures of me, please imagine that I remembered to comb my
hair after walking through the windy streets - eek!
Someone said it was quite surreal, and it truly was, and I felt so lucky
be there and a bit overwhelmed. No one saw me feeling very silly for
through the first song, right? Good. :) The singing along on every song
amazing. After joking that he couldn't play "Dancing Girls" as an
Nik did a great job and that was incredible to hear. The conversation in
the background bothered me a bit too, but at least those who were up front
were obviously fans well versed in Nik's music.
I believe that's more than I've written to this list in a year! :)