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30 November 2008 @ 05:40 pm

Hello everyone,

We have just come back from the final Sydney concert and it was fantastic! We arrived for the pre-concert cocktail party thinking that we were early...not quite! There were thousands of people lined up in the warm afternoon sun and pretty soon we were all settled in our respective parties, picking through showbags and sipping champagne.

About an hour later, somebody realised that it was raining – or, more correctly, pouring. We lifted back the curtains to find that the reverse side of the castle had become an elaborate water feature with November rain streaming off the grey sheeting in waterfalls. The deep rumbling sounds occasionally present over the cheerful chatter was not the Bolero drums but rather, thunder rolling over the darkening skies.

Deciding that it was better to ignore the weather, we resumed the party until it was time to wander down through the stadium and into our seats. We seemed to run into a bit of a traffic jam as people, hearing that dreaded sound of rain, reluctantly donned ponchos and slowly drifted into the main stadium.

It was a spectacular sight – the castle rising high up into the rafters with thousands of camera flashes lighting up the stadium. We heard Andre’s entry music and immediately made haste to our seats just as he reached the stage. Our group walked straight past Pierre who looked remarkably relaxed, watching the beginning of the show. Because of the weather, people were still filing in, picking out their seats amidst the light rain. Instead of mocking us – which we had been told was a real possibility :) Andre played, ‘Singing in the Rain’ which put everybody in high spirits. During this ‘pre-show entertainment’ somebody threw a signature bear on stage and he played another piece – though its title escapes me!

Miraculously, the rain tapered off and the concert began. He was on excellent form, with a lot of impromptu humour about how fantastic we all looked in our complimentary ponchos! Not to mention I think that he was allergic to the rain because he produced possibly the loudest sneeze in recorded history and the subsequent minutes that followed were very entertaining.

With the threat of the weather imminent, most kept their new ‘trendy’ fashion accessories and the show continued. The weather though was kind and held off as the acts progressed. I must admit that I was very impressed by the sound quality. Having been to the Olympics and several school sports carnivals I know that this stadium has terrible acoustics but last night the quality was crisp and deep. It was only when Andre was speaking that the echo was detectable but he was very careful to phrase his speech so that this wouldn’t be a problem.

Before we knew it, it was time for interval but Andre informed us that ‘rain’ was on its way so he played straight through interval! The crowd roared and the show continued. Before playing ‘The Beautiful Blue Danube’, Andre said,

‘I have one thing to say to the crowd of Sydney – take off your ponchos!’

 Most of us did, and we waltzed down the aisles (though there were a few souls who performed the raincoat waltz which was adorably Australian).

There was no rain! Andre came to introduce ‘Bolero’ and fatefully said that it is a song which at the end, ‘the heavens open up!’ The crowd gave a nervous glace to the black expanse of sky as lightening flashed threateningly across it. Sure enough, when the wonderful music rose to its final crescendo, the audience slipped their plastic hoods back on as drops trickled down from the sky.

Andre pretended that this was the end, accepting a bouquet of flowers and exiting the stage. Those in the know ditched their seats and headed to the front of the stage as the crowd applauded and screamed, stamping their feet in a kind of rumble that rivalled the skies above.

Highly entertained, Andre returned to stage and began the encore segment. I’d managed to weave my way right to the front of the stage, scant feet from the man himself (who is more dashing in person – if that is possible). By this stage, the atmosphere of the stadium was in supreme party mode. I forget the order of songs as everything from now one is one blur of awesome, but they were excellent. The pipers in particular were fantastic as they processed through the light rain. Flags and Australian umbrellas waved back and forth in time. Most of us standing did away our hoods and succumbed to the fact that we were all about to get very wet.

Believe me, we did.

Andre wiped the rain off his violin with an amused smirk as the crowd continued to beg for encores – which he gave in full. It was a surreal atmosphere – pouring rain, cheering fans who refuse to leave and a party in full swing.

All I can say is well done Andre, and thank you so much for coming to our little island.

From Australia with love,



Emma: ejo gleealtitudeandwine on November 30th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
The Dutch violist

I finally get it.
I'm quick like that!

So glad you had a lovely time!
ellymelly: brainfreezeellymelly on November 30th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)

that is all

back to recording :D lol
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ellymelly: it is only your soulellymelly on November 30th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
LOL! it was my first andre concert (although i did meet him when he came to sydney last year :D ) he travels the world though so you're in with a chance! :D the mosh pit was the best, if you ever go, i recommend you end up down there :D
andrerieufans on December 1st, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
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Hi Elly: Thanks for sharing this page. It looks like you had a great time. "Take off your ponchos!" haha, that's just like Andre.
If you don't mind, I'll put a link on the AndreRieuFans.com site (on the BLOG) so others can see your story and photos. :)
Kind Regards, Sally
ellymelly: oooooooooohellymelly on December 1st, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
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Hi Sally,

I'd be honoured to be linked! Please tell people to ignore the 'adult content' warning and click on - it's a standard LJ thing.

thank you again!

(Anonymous) on December 1st, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
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Hello Elly, Wow thank you so much for the wonderful review and photos. I am so glad you had a wonderful time. I knew you would - André is the greatest!
Jeanine Ann
ellymelly: for squeeellymelly on December 1st, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
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this was my first Andre concert and i'm going to be booking my next one pronto because it was the highlight of the year! :)