Last year December Katie Melua would come to The Netherlands to perform here. I had tickets for that performance. But sadly Katie became sick. The show was cancelled and moved to another date.
The new date was yesterday… and as I had chosen to keep the tickets (and not have them repaid) yesterday was the day.
In December it was the idea that Marion and I would go together. But we already knew for some time that Marion would not be able to be there yesterday. It was Marion her own idea to ask Sanne to come along.
Sanne was really happy with the invitation and was happy that she could make it.
When Sanne’s nephew heard that she would be going to Katie Melua, he asked if he and a friend would be welcome to come along. As I already knew both of them, that was no problem to me. They managed to get also tickets, so all was set.
Yesterday I left early from work and went in the direction of the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. I was way in time in Amsterdam. It was not long after that Laurens and Peter (the nephew and his friend) joined me there. While we were waiting for Sanne we went something to drink close by.
In time Sanne joined us and the waiting for the performance of Katie started. But we were not bored for a moment. We had lot of fun and laughed a lot.
Around 20:00 the show started. The supporting act was by an Israelite artist (who’s name I forgot) how made very nice show with sounds effects, but it was not what we were waiting for.
Finally the time was there… Katie and her band walked up on the stage…
Woaaa…. what a performance. Katie has a great voice… a great guitar player… and a sight to see. Yes, she is really a beauty.
I know quite a lot of artists who are better in the studio then on stage. I also know artists who are in the studio and on stage great. But in my opinion Katie belongs to the few who are better on stage then in the studio. And as Peter remarked correctly.. in the studio she is even already great.
Katie sang her older songs as her newer songs. There is really a change in style, but not necessary a bad one.
As so often with that kind of things, time flies and before you know it is all over. Out side we talked a bit more and agreed that we had a wonderful evening together.
Laurens and Peter went on there way home. Sanne was very tired and it would have been very irresponsible to let her drive all the way to Haaksbergen like this. So I offered her to sleep at my place (and keep your mind out of the gutter. Sanne is a very good friend of mine who slept more often at my place. She is a welcome and trusted quest and friend).
Once at my place, Sanne and I sat, drank something together and ended up in a long but very good conversation. And it was around 3:30 before we went to sleep, which was maybe not the most clever thing for me to do as I had to work the next day. Ah well, as the Dutch saying tell… in the evening a man, in the morning a man. And it was it all worth… a very nice evening spend.