Barend & Trees Present: GINO VANNELLI and the European SLOW LOVE
Hamburg Show (Part 1) March 29th, 1999:
Speaking about LOVE and we know LOVE in the English and American language is
something else than in Holland, in Holland LOVE has a deeper meaning and we do
not say the word LOVE that many times, but when we use it when we really, really
mean LOVE deep from the heart!! Like the lovesongs on GINO'S SLOW LOVE
The GINO VANNELLI SLOW LOVE live concerts were really a LOVE
Anyway the amount of LOVE, kindness, sweetness, friendship we felt last week
was totally and completely overwelming and breathtaking and this LOVE hitted us
deep, very deep in our hearts and souls for sure!!!! And we will never ever
forget this week with GINO till we die and we will bring these memories
with us after we died to the Music heaven. We are non-religeous people but now
we know for sure that there must be some kind of a God somewhere. We are treated
in such A VERY GOOD WAY that we are still very emotional and shy about this
GINO VANNELLI adventure. GINO and ALL the Musicians, all
the Men from the crew, the Tour-Manager, the sound-engineer and the
light-engineer, almost ALL the Fans we met, people who worked in the venues,
people who we did not know, who came to introduce themselves because they saw us
on the GINO VANNELLI website! EVERYBODY!!!!! Yes JASON this website of
yours is really, really FAMOUS all over the World.
And my, oh my, your website helped really well for all the people we spoke
with, it was for most GINO VANNELLI Fans the only way to know about
GINO's live concerts for sure!!!!!!!! If your website was not there we
dare not to think what should have happened??
Anyway : lets get started! We were so uncertain to decide where to go, but
after this GINO VANNELLI adventure, we know we decided the right thing.
Sunday 28 March 1999 we decided to go for Hamburg Germany, we e-mailed for
tickets to the Fabrik, because you ALL know that we do NOT want to take any
advantage of anyone or from any situation, so we try to live on our principles
and the only way to support GINO in a big way is buying tickets and
albums!!!! Even when it made some of the Musicians mad that we bought our own
tickets, isn't it PAUL ???? Hahahaha!!! PAUL BROCHU is not only a FANTASTIC
SUPERB DRUMMER but also a GREAT personallity!!!! Next Mondaymorning 29 March
1999 we drove to Hamburg, about 500kilometers. Great drive with OF COURSE
GINO VANNELLI music and we tried to sing along with the lyrics, a real
problem for us, but we enjoyed it like crazy. With in our heads the GINO
VANNELLI live concert this night!!! WOW!!!!!!! We got real, really excited
now!! We were talking about that time we drove OTMARO RUIZ from Hamburg to
Gütersloh and what a great day that was!! And how fantastic it was to talk with
OTMARO for hours, so Barend was joking around : wait till we have GINO in
our car!!!! This was even too crazy to talk and joke about, anyway we had so
much fun and the ride was already a start into GINO VANNELLI HEAVEN.
We arrived at the Fabrik about 2 o'clock, people were building all the
equipment on stage, there is where we first met EEF, sorry EEF if we write your
name wrong. Very nice guy!! He introduced himself as GINO's soundengineer
and he told us to sit down and that GINO will come about later this
afternoon, we had to get back to the hotel to take a bath and change clothes, we
did and went back around late in the afternoon. Paul Brochu was already drumming
and now at last we had the chance to give him the TV show in which he drums with
GINO, Barend spoke with Paul and later Paul came to Trees to say hello,
he said if we want we can listen to the soundcheck, NO PROBLEM !! We walked
around the Fabrik, very historical place, it is an old bombfactory with still
machines inside and for the GINO VANNELLI live concert an incredible
excellent place. Barend still talking with Paul and Trees steeling all the
programbooks which she could find with GINO's name in it for our
collection, the German GINO VANNELLI concert poster was impossible to
steel because they did it with wallpaperglue on the walls in Hamburg, anyway
Trees still steeling programs and there was a kind of German magazine with an
article about GINO, while reading this article Trees heard something
behind her and looked behind her and YESSSSSSSSS guess who was there with the
most impressive and honest BIG smile, YESSSSSS GINO saying: Hey Trees how
are you????? Immediately hugging and kissing her on the cheeks, WOW!!!!!
GINO looked really FANTASTIC, happy eyes, big smile, good shape and most
important as sweet as always, it really felt like He is our Brother!!
GINO was dressed in the most coolest coat we have ever seen, WOW!!! A
very beautiful long, very long black coat!! GINO knows how to dress and
the most important he wears what he likes and in which he feels good!!
GINO hitted me (Trees) deep, very deeply in my heart, I got real
emotional inside, at that moment because he immediately asked me : " where is
BAREND ??????" And GINO could say Barend's name perfect, very perfect!!! OH MY
GOD WHAT AN EXPERIENCE AND WHAT A GOOD FEELING!
So I told GINO that
Barend is inside talking with Paul Brochu and GINO went straight
to Barend and hugged Him too!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!! What a Friend, nothing fake all
true and honest emotions!!!!!! Really like a Brother.
You ALL can believe it or not but we BOTH were very emotional and had tears
in our eyes, yessss Barend too and we BOTH have absolutely NO shame in our
hearts and we really do not care what other people think about this, we both
will NOT cry easy but this past week we did!!!!! GINO gave us both this
feeling of relaxation and peace and freedom! We felt so comfortable around Him
without being pushy!! Because we hate being pushy and impudent.
GINO said immediately we could stay if we want with the soundchecks
and backstage etcccc… real soon we met DAVID GOLDBLATT, Barend wanted to take
some pictures of David behind the GEM piano and Barend asked him if this was
okay, to send these pictures to our Friend, David asked who is that Friend,
Barend said OTMARO RUIZ , HUHHHHH do you know OTMARO ??????? Paul Brochu said
yes of course Barend knows OTMARO and David very honestly said if you are
OTMARO'S friend than you are my friend too, and it clicked between us
immediately. Now we know why he is OTMARO RUIZ friend, my, oh my what a very,
very NICE and sweet Man, same quality as GINO and OTMARO, we mean
as a Musician and as a person!!!!!!!!
David was very excited and he told us His wife is pregnant and that they will
have a Baby very soon, around the end of May and he was sooo very proud and
talked very sweet about his wife, again real love in Davids eyes, he missed his
Wife like crazy too and was really looking forward to the birth of His first
child. He told us that OTMARO, yessssssss our own Master of the Grandpiano will
replace him on the 27th of May in the South of the USA, and South-America,
because David wants to stay with His wife. And that is something we could
understand very, very MUCH!!!!! After talking with David we can totally
understand why he is a BIG Friend of GINO and OTMARO and than the
way he plays is really breathtaking, he plays the same GEM piano as Otmaro and
the intro to HURTS TO BE IN LOVE was really, really OUTSTANDING!!!! We were so
lucky that we could hear it 4 times!!
During the soundcheck GINO sat down next to Barend and pinched Barend
in his knee, in a very friendly way and asked how are my Dutch Friends
doing???????? We talked a while and in the meanwhile recognized the tunes during
the soundcheck, WHEELS OF LIFE, KING FOR A DAY , WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We could not
wait for the concert!!
The soundcheck took more than 4 hours and the people were waiting outside to
get in. Der Fabrik is very cosy and we prayed that there was enough audience and
yes there was, pretty full and cosy, soon we started talking with people and
people came to us because they saw our picture on the internet and on GINO
VANNELLI's website. We asked people why they did not write on the chat page,
but for a lot of German people writing in English is very difficult and a German
GINO VANNELLI fan told us that German people cannot handle e-mail yet, we
were very surprised about that because German people are always first in row
with new technology. Anyway they knew about GINO because of the website
and that is very important because the promotion of GINO's concerts is
just horrorible and it makes you very mad and sick! That's why we are sooooo
very happy that people still come to these SUPERB GINO VANNELLI live
My,oh my, we were and still are so impressed by GINO'S LIVE
PERFORMANCE, His voice, His musicians, His condition, His everything!!!!!!
WOW!!!! what a power!! The audience went totally crazy in a very good way, the
good vibes blow between GINO, PAUL, LUC, DAVID, FRANCOIS, ALAIN and
MARCO and the people in the audience, like musical lightning and thunder, oh
my goodness this GINO VANNELLI LIVE CONCERT was beyond every expectation, GINO's
top shape and condition were amazing and his dancing and moving were just too
wild for words. This GINO VANNELLI live concert did our hearts so good, a
real energy medicine!! While our GREAT FRANCOIS D'AMOUR or FRANKY LOVE played
His solo, geezzz what a Musician Franky is, our very deepest respect for Him
too!!! GINO took BOTH our hands, shaked our hands in a way that hitted us
again in our hearts, very deep and gave us this smile, oh my God this said
All the happy eyes of the Musicians, they gave us these special
looks, we were hit by there kindness in our hearts again....again and again.
GINO started with BLACK CARS, so we did not expect STAY WITH ME but
yessss he did STAY WITH ME when they came back, WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KING FOR A
DAY already made us crazy and than STAY WITH ME!!! The expressions on
GINO'S face singing KING FOR DAY and the way his muscles blow up in his
neck was just major impressive and totally out of this world. SLOW LOVE and the
looks at us both made us really pinch each other and it brought tears, real
tears in our eyes. The Spanish song : TIERRAS DE AMORES Y SOMBRAS was SUPER,
SUPER OUSTANDING and we talked with GINO about the high and very long
notes and he explained that it is sometimes very scary to do and to know the
right time to stop and GINO said when it feels good I can go on and
on………………and on..... WOW !!!!!! What a Man, what a quality, what a talen !!!!!!
The audience yelled and applauded very enthusiastic and wanted more and more…….
We had 6 packages on stage for the Musicians, it looked a little bit like
flowers, the way it was packed, so we had to give this to the musicians on the
right time. But GINO understood perfectly what we wanted to do, because
we did this before in The Hague, Holland. When they came back for an "encore"
GINO came to us and immediately directed everything and gave all the
Musicians our THANK YOU "flowers"!!!! WOW!!!!!! GINO really understands
that we want to thank all the Musicians too! Trees said to GINO: " Not for you
GINO!!!" We gave GINO His package later, when we had a more
After the show we talked with MICHAEL and his wife Judy, very nice couple and
they drove hours to see GINO and had to drive hours back in the night,
Michael is a real true GINO VANNELLI Fan too and his wife loved the show.
We were overrunned by people asking things about GINO and his music and
we could tell alot and we wrote a lot of names and address down to mail GINO
We hope the CD sales will increase because GINO DESERVES
We owe it to GINO to help him sell his excellent
music. We are non-musicians and we do not know nothing about music or sounds but
we know how to appreciate good Music and good Musicians.
We sat down with a nice cold drink with Paul Brochu and we had a very nice
conversation, suddenly GINO came to us and he started to hug us both
again and this felt so good again, he knew how we loved his live perfomance and
he could see and feel our happyness and love for His music and His live
We did not bother Him because he was talking to Fans and giving
authographs. But we could help out with making pictures of GINO and his
German Fans. These people were so very happy we did that, because they had no
camera, because it was NOT allowed to take pictures in Der Fabrik. Quickly the
Fans had to write down their names so we can mail them the pictures and WOW!!!!
these pictures ended up really good. We can imagine the faces when they see
these pictures with GINO, it will be a good shock for them and a dream
come true. IF ONLY GINO COULD FEEL HOW MANY PEOPLE HE MADE HAPPY with all
his live concerts, we tried to tell him that too and that it is a real medicine
to go to GINO VANNELLI live concerts, true energy and vitamin hits
in the hearts of the people in the audiences.
Anyway we talked with GINO and he told us to come to Tilburg in the
afternoon, we hugged again and said goodbye. A GINO VANNELLI live concert
and His hugs 3 times a day that is what a human being needs, nothing fake, real
true honesty, right from His heart, what does a human being need more??????? And
we both mean that in a kind of BROTHER TO BROTHER / SISTER way!!!!!
THANK GOD WE HAVE SUCH A GOOD LIFE AFTER 40!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANKS TO GINO VANNELLI's MUSIC and VOICE !!!!!!!!!!!
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See this photo-book 1 about the SLOW LOVE tour 1999.
And here is photo-book 2 also about the SLOW LOVE tour 1999.
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