Opening for Elton John
Sorry my blog update has taken so long but you'll find out why soon what I've been occupied with. So first off we drove over to Christchurch then flew down to Dunedin on the Wednesday. It was my very first time in Dunedin so it was great to have the day and night to have a wonder around.
On Thursday we headed to the Forsyth Barr Stadium - if you look at the photos you'll agree it's an amazing venue for a concert. We got to meet the promoter, sound & lighting guys and have a sound check. I'd like to thank Phil the promoter - he is such an amazingly calm guy (for such a major event) and he has such a great team that is so organised!
So Friday morning I was up bright and early and headed into Dunedin's Classic Hits Radio Station to talk to Callum & P about opening for Elton. It was great to have a chance to get Impossible played on the radio down there. Callum & P were also the announcers on the night at the concert - they done a great job!
So . . . . after the radio station we had breakfast and then packed bags had make sure we had everything as we had to get to the stadium early. Traffic started to get busy around 12.30 so we got there in time to have lunch with everyone. It was amazing how relaxed the atmosphere was. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. So once Sir Elton John entered the building we had to clear the hallway. At this stage it was about 4pm and we knew that we weren't really going to get a chance to met him. Completely understandable right - he flew in and was flying out again straight after the concert. So we had a run through our set in our dressing room then got to go over one song on the stage at 5pm before people started arriving. That was the first round of little butterflies. To see those seats empty one last time. EKKK!!!!
7.25pm we walked down the massive hall way to back stage. I don't think there is anything worse than waiting. We could see the crowd and hear 'em all gearing up. Loved seeing all the people dressed up!! Once we were on stage all butterflies flew away. I don't think I've ever felt so calm and content on stage. The crowd was extremely responsive to our songs. Even had people singing the "ooh ohh ooh ohh" in Good As Gold - very cool. My brother Chris was on guitar along side me. He done an amazing job and it was a privilege to be on stage performing with him. At the end of the set it was amazing to look over and say "well job well done!"
Once we got off stage we headed back to our dressing rooms to drop guitars and get to the corporate box to watch the show. This was amazing timing because as we were heading down the hallway Elton was getting ready to go on stage. I can't quite remember how it all went word for word but I was introduced to Elton as his opening act - we shook hands - he said "did you enjoy that" - I said "It was amazing - thank you so much!" then we hugged! Completely forgot to curtsy!! Ohhh I was bouncing around for a very long time.
So favourite moments - walking into the stadium for the first time, first sound check, hoping into a mean Audi with security guards, having around 35,000 people clap for songs I wrote, seeing my brother smile when we got off stage, meeting Sir Elton John & dancing and screaming "Electric Boobs" to Bennie & the Jets!!! It all feels like a wonderful dream now.
Thank you sooo much to everyone who voted for me. I am so lucky to have such amazing people that believe in me and enjoy my music. A once in a lifetime opportunity - cheers!
So a lot more exciting news coming soon. If you are a fan on Facebook you probably already know most of it! Will do another blog tomorrow to fill you all in!