The Birchmere
Alexandra, VA
July 26th, 1999

Report and Photos by Sujin Lee

Photograph Smile

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Special Thanks to Sujin for sending in her report and photos! 
Sorry you missed the first part of the concert... congratulations on meeting Jules though!

Julian LennonOn July 26th, I met Julian Lennon for the first time in my life. I kept getting lost in the highway, so I was terrified with the idea that I might not be able to see him at all, but thank God, my friend and I finally got to the venue, The Birchmere, around 9:00pm. The show had already started. 

When I entered the venue, he was singing my favorite Julian Lennon song, "Saltwater." How beautiful he was!!!! I almost cried because I knew I was looking at him singing besides, the song he was singing was "Saltwater." He looked so much younger than when I saw him on TV. While he was playing and singing, he smoked and drank wine (I guess). 

Personally, I hope he will quit smoking someday, but...he was absolutely gorgeous at the stage with cigarette....I brought some flowers for him and during the quick break (real quick, between song and song kind of break), I ran to the stage and gave him the flowers. Julian said "Oh, thank you, thank you very much." and shook my hand and then guess what!!!! He gave me a kiss on my right cheek. I was almost frozen with shock and happiness... I believe that he sang "Day After Day" (my favorite Photograph Smile song) that night, but I couldn't ask for more since I was able to see him singing "Saltwater," "Valotte," "Too Late for Goodbyes" and "Good to be Lonely." 

Greg Darling, Julian Lennon, John McCurry It was a wonderful show. Julian definitely knows how to act on the stage. He was a polite and nice gentleman!!! After the show, I was waiting for him to come out to meet fans, but the staff said that Julian already got on the bus and he would not come out to meet fans, so many people left with disappointment. However, I was still hanging around with the others who hadn't given up seeing Julian once again. A few minutes later, someone came out and said that Julian would come out, but only the first 30 people would be able to meet him for one autograph per person. Fortunately, I was one of the 30 people (I believe Julian took time and met more than 30, though.) and when it was my turn, I was like, "Julian, Julian, Look at my T shirt!"( I was wearing the Julian Lennon onelist T- shirt which says "JULIAN LENNON FAN AND PROUD OF IT!") and he was like, "yes. I know, I like it." I said, "Thank you so much for coming back to us." and he said, "thank you." 

After I got his autograph, I said, "Bye, Julian, " and he looked at me and said bye even though he was still busy meeting the other fans. That night, I missed John Lennon more than ever, not that I missed John through Julian, but that I couldn't help but think that he would must have been very proud of his son standing on his own again. Before he sang "I Don't Wanna Know" on the stage, he said, "Now, I accept that I sound like my dad or the Beatles, so let's move on." and I believe that people -at least those who have been there that night-were definitely ready to move on or they already have. 

Jules, Thank you so much for being so nice and sweet. you are absolutely wonderful. Thank you and I love you.