Here is my friend Nina's account of the concert! All pictures
on this page are ones she took at the show!
Many of them you can click on to get a closer view! Thanks again Nina!!! ;-)
Julian Lennon live at the Baden Airpark Festival in Germany. Sunday, the 30th of August 1998, one of the most wonderful days in my life !!!! Because in the end I saw him live after waiting 14 years for that moment....thanks again, CJ, for the information that Jules would be at this festival!
I enjoyed my time so much, I think the concert was just fantastic! Even though I had to wait 8 hours that day....it was really frustrating that I didn't know which time he would be on stage. Anyway, at least we had wonderful weather, sunny and hot, so I walked around the area and bought a T-shirt with the cover of Jules CD on it. I wear little Jules on my heart now....And I bought a poster, also with the cover of the CD on it, which was hand signed by Julian. I bought it that way because there was no chance to meet him or to ask for an autograph.
So, the time went by somehow, even though I thought sometimes I couldn't wait any longer....the last hour was the worst, the band before Julian wasn't one I liked (kind of mixture between Hiphop, Reggae and Funk) but the audience loved it and I thought what they were going to think about Julian then, totally different music, soft and relaxed... Anyway, I got more and more nervous and excited but the other band finished their concert (the audience wanted an encore but the band wasn't allowed! And I was happy about that !) I tried my best to get as close as possible to the stage. It was really busy (on Saturday there had been more then 120,000 people) but I made it to the 5th or 6th row, which was not bad and I stood in the middle, so I was right in front of the stage! (I was really lucky at that moment that I am quite tall !)
Oh, the last minutes were the horrible, I felt that I couldn't stand it to wait any longer... but the soundcheck went on and on (as it seemed to me). But in the end a woman came to introduce Julian. And the band started with 'Get A Life', Jules came a bit later. And there he was! Julian Lennon - sweet as always, I really couldn't believe it. I can't say much about the concert itself, I just can say that Jules was fantastic ! I just stood there and enjoyed, I could have cried because I was so happy.
And of course 'No One But You'. For all who couldn't see the concert via internet: the song is so beautiful, you'll love it. And Julian said he saved it for his next album !!!! (Can't wait for it !!)
I couldn't believe that he left already after 'I Don't Wanna Know', the time went much too fast...and I thought he always finishes with 'Stand By Me' ?! But I think we did our best to get him back on stage....he came again and after asking for his guitar they played 'Stand By Me'... a lovely song, I like Jules cover version best from all who've covered it!!!
All in all I have to say that I think the concert was fantastic, and his presence on stage is amazing. I like his natural behavior. He doesn't have to do much on stage, he just plays the guitar and sings but his presence is so strong, at least I felt it that way...wow.... I think for Jules the concert was a great success, the people loved him, so my worries at first were for nothing. I was so happy for him and I wished I had the time to try to get backstage, but I had to leave because I had a four hours trip home by train...so I came home in the middle of the night (1:30 am), totally exhausted but really happy with so many impressions.....and the long trip was worth it...I can't wait to see him live again !!!
Background/Flowers from the 'Photograph Smile'
CD inlet by Angelika Letsch.
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