Peace & Love

My dad and my sister went to see Ringo Starr and his All Star Band a while back in Vienna, and they had only good things to say about the concert! I knew Ringo would come to Rome too, but first, I couldn’t find anyone who’d be interested in going with me (no Beatles fans amongst my Italian friends?!) and second, the affordable tickets sold out crazy fast.

Anyhow, yesterday was the day. So I decided I’d go there anyway, perhaps grab some pizza and hang around, waiting to maybe hear them play. BUT: when I checked out the location online, I saw that they had a flash sale and released another bunch of cheap-ish tickets! That was a sign! I bought a ticket and left home in a hurry. 🙂

I never went to a concert that last-minute and I never went to a concert on my own before! 

I arrived at the Parco della Musica just in time and was at my seat at 8:55, giving me just enough time for a cheeky concert-selfie, as the concert started punctually at 9:00. (Most of the audience was late. The seats only filled up within the first two songs – noted also by Ringo, who jokingly told off the Italians.)

It was a open-air concert, in a rather small amphitheatre-like venue. The band was lovely, it was basically a bunch of elderly men having a good time on stage, joking with the audience and between them. The audience itself was also mostly composed by, as I’d call it, mature music-connoisseurs: mainly men, around my dad’s age, sporting t-shirts of the Beatles or previous Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney or Rolling Stones (why?) tours. For illustration: I’ve never been to a concert before, where the women’s bathroom had no queue at all, and the men’s went out and almost around the building. Next to me sat two guys who sang along euphorically, “played” all the instruments and did the background chorus too. I think they had a good time!

The concert was amazing! All the songs they played were well-known classics and it was simply fantastic to hear them live! One of my favourites was Black Magic Woman, it was very sexy. But the highlight was definitely to sing along to Yellow Submarine with Ringo! I mean, I sang with 1/4 of the Beatles! ❤ Ringo himself gave the impression of a humble guy who enjoyed being on stage with other great musicians. The atmosphere was really great! They finished off the concert with With A Little Help From My Friends and Give Peace A Chance – which many people kept humming and singing on the way out of the venue.

So I went to a concert all by myself – a thing I never thought I’d do. But it was an exciting experience! It being a last minute decision definitely made it easier, I didn’t have time to reflect on it properly. And despite missing someone to nudge and sing and share those moments with, I had a great time! I shouted and clapped and sang along to some of the most well know songs ever!

Hare Krishna,

City of Stars – La La Land in concert

Yesterday me and some friends went to see Tess & the Yellow Cabbies, a jazz band that played the most famous numbers from the soundtrack of La La Land.
The five-man band consisted of piano, contrabass, drums, trumpet and saxophone/flute plus the singer, who was American, but made all her announcements in a sweet Italian with a very strong accent and declared her love for Italy and La La Land more than once.

The show was great! I love the soundtrack and hearing it live made it even better! They did some very nice improvisations (just like the character of Seb explains in the film: they are the heart and soul of jazz) and when Tess and the piano player sang the slow duet “City of Stars”, the whole audience sang along.


The evening was supposed to end with a Swing dance party, but we soon discovered that the DJ who took over, didn’t take that very seriously. After some swing-ish songs, he shifted toward Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and eventually The Beatles.
I certainly did not complain and we sang along and danced until we couldn’t feel our feet! 🙂

Here’s to the dreamers,
XX, Angie

Boyband: check!

It’s mid-June. And now tell me, is there any better time to redeem Christmas presents, that exactly halfway between two Christmases? 😉 That’s what Kathi thought as well (probably).

Ok, let me fill you in about the details, because I feel you won’t understand much if I keep rambling on about Christmas in June and so forth. 😛
So my lovely little sister gave me concert tickets for One Direction last December and now the date of the concert finally came!! I was sooo excited, as I haven’t been to a concert in ages. I took the plane to Austria last Tuesday and on Wednesday Kathi and me went to Vienna to see the show.

One Direction is kind of a thing between me and Kathi. We somehow always made fun of all the fangirls, but we also liked to listen to them when we lived together in London. And yes, their music might not be the most original ever and their lyrics not very meaningful, but hey! It’s very nice and easy listening. And although we agreed to watch the concert with detachment and laugh about the crazy fans, we ended up cheering when they entered the stage and singing, clapping and dancing along. But we did’t faint – like many other girls actually did. But I suppose not all of it was due to Harry’s sparkling eyes and at least partially fault of the heat and the long queues at the entrance.

So we went to see 1D, so what? Almost all of my friends who knew made fun of me beforehand, but guess what? It was really entertaining!
The show on stage was good and I really enjoyed all the animations on the big screens. And apart from these obvious parts, simple things as watching tortured parents waiting with their kids and girls falling into frenzy because Niall said “Dankeschön” in German were very funny.

But what I enjoyed most, was that I was there with my little sister! I really miss her and we don’t always have as much contact as we’d like to, for the simple reason that we both have our lives to get on with 😛 So spending an entire day just with her, beginning with the long train ride to Vienna, the queuing and waiting, and finally the concert itself was a real blessing for me! 🙂

Danke, kleiner Stern!

XX, Angie

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