Had bought my VIP ticket on July 2nd, the minute sales were open... had to set my alarm to 9AM for it. To afford it, I had to spend my summer holidays getting up at 5AM to deliver newspapers.
Mainly I got that tick so I could meet Dweezil, and I was gutted that, there being 60 VIP ticketholders and only one hand-shaker (though Heineken Music Hall advertised it as a "meeting with the band") my list of questions had to be cut short to "may I have you signature?" and "thank you". It made me a bit down, to see the meeting I'd been so wanting to place, end in such a way, but hey! At least I got his autograph!
The sound-check was great! I got to stand at the front, in the middle, so I had plenty of good photo opportunity. Unfortunately my scanner is a bit crappy...
Imaginary Diseases was awesome! Which reminds me I still need to get that album. (Actually I got it by now, great!)
Dweezil seemed a lot more open, more cheerful and relaxed during the soundcheck, than during the show. At the soundcheck he was making jokes about the tour being cancelled, and Gloria Estefan.
The concert itself was amazing! The only bring-downs were the CD and the ladies in the VIP box bothering and walking in front of you with dishes full of tasteless snacks.
But the band played fantastically! Terry was just amazing, it was great to hear him sing live, Steve Vai's solo (thank you for the MPeg!) was rippin', DZ sobbing at Sofa must have been the sweetest thing I've ever seen... Pete Griffin was a joy to watch, he's an amazing bassist... Wish I could have seen more of Aaron Arntz, his soloing was just too cool! And Napi was such a great entertainer and singer, I didn't much care in the end that Ahmet wasn't there. It was just superb!
My ticket, which wasn't returned to us. Instead, we got a bracelet (which I put on the wrong wrist, so I couldn't remove it after the concert).
Me at ZPZ, taken by me with a Nexia APS camera and a cheapo 200 ASA film.
Will be going to Brussels on the 30th too...
Dweezil, thank you for one beautiful night, another great night still to come, teaching us how to pronounce Estefan, and your signature!
For a lengthy review on both ZPZ nights, click here.