~Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful fan accounts with us Dani! *hugs* Feels like we were right there with you ^^
After he had left the ice-cream restaurant we also went to our room to rest a bit and get ready for the night.
We knew we will go and see him in an Opera house in a very very old and historical one, so everyone dressed up. And not just my friends and me, also as we noticed later, everyone … no matter how young the rain fans were, all were very elegant.
We left the hotel, to be in front of the Semper Opera at around 8pm, when we reached there we already could see a lot of ppl and mostly rain fans! I was overwhelmed to see so many german fans, western fans, so happy for this. Also the cloud did organize a donation thing, and I heard from the dresdner music festival fb page, the got 5000€. This is a lot!
There I also met a german friend of mine, she is a childhood friend of mine, and it was her first time to see Rain in flesh and blood, she was totally excited. When I was falling for Rain, I infected her too, but till now she never had the chance to see him.
Actually there were so many “first – time- see- him “ fans, you could feel the excitement in the air!
Then we entered the Opera house and I bought a program folder, a pity just in german but even though also the oversea fans bought, like I bought Korean newspaper in NY 😉
My ticket was in the 2nd row, and the 1st and 2nd row were a bit cheaper as the following one, so my friend and I who was next to me were wondering why? We were a little bit worried, maybe the stage too high we cannot see all??? Or what? Some one said cause of the acoustic thing, if just this we don’t care hahaha, as long we can see him ^^
We took our seats, and noticed wonderful, all fine and close! And then we could look around – the Semper Opera – wonderful place and what an honour for Rain to have this spot to sing and perform the very first time in Europe, when you start from here where will you go them?? ^^
Nearly all seats where taken, some where empty, but we knew all very sold. We just guessed, when we looked at the middle of the 1st row, that these seats where not in the official sale, but still the ppl who were seated there, looked very interested. I would have said about 60% Rain fans – the rest Vogler fans. But still everybody of the mixed audience looked interested at the other part! Behind me some young german Rain fans where seated. I could listen to their talking… like omg my heart will stop when he comes out, omg omg I will see him soon, I go crazy, I cannot breath, should we get up when he comes? And so on … they were sooo excited.
Everybody prepared the cameras, normally its not allowed to take pics but even the official ppl said, for this eve its allowed – thank god!
And then the light went down. There was video screen, Jan Vogler appeared and welcomed us in german first but then told us he will switch to engl now for our international audience. He explained what we have to expect now.
He will open the performance with his cello and “Bach-Suiten” 5th elements. He told us we should hold the applause till the end of this. Then Rain will come with his part, then they both will meet in the middle together and then he will do again alone and then Rain will end the eve.
Then Vogler appeared, started to play and even though the young Rain fans were totally excited they paid Vogler and his performance respect and listen to it quietly. For me it was nice I could clam down and had time to think of the coming.
And then Volger ended, ppl clapped, he left the Stage ………..
Light changed the video screen started to show parts of Rain clips and the fans started to scream and to yell – me too 😉 ….. and then he came!
And I was nearly crying, – I never expected this, but I was overwhelmed from the situation, so many things came together for me, my last time I saw him singing on stage 2009 in HK, and much more the main point – finally him in Europe singing and not just this – the first time in Europe and this in Germany!!!! I was hoping for this and waiting for this soooo long and now it happens. My eyes were teary, I could not even see him properly ^^. But then… I could and omg he was so close, thank god to the small venue, thank god to the close seat, and even my friends some of them had 7th row said omg such a great view – so close!
He was so close that even my poor camera could take great pics! This time again I could see he enjoyed the performance, he enjoyed ever of our screams and cheers, he immediately had spotted where the rain fan groups where seated and often looked at us or flirted with us. He seemed to be so happy that he so many ppl came for him.
He was sweating so much, and I could see every drop fall, so close 😉
Then Vogler came out to join him, they started to talk, in English, and what I liked the most at this point the Rain fans started to yell for Vogler too. I think this was the moment, they wanted to thank him that he brought Rain to german stage.
And yes I totally thankful to him. They showed a short clip how the met and how the worked out this eve.
The talk Rain and Vogler had, sure it was prepared, we know Rain is still struggling with engl, but he did a good job. When he was listing all the last concert stops of his Asia tour and the still missing one, I shouted – come to Europe! He looked in my direction and smiled.
Sorry girls not 100% sure if it was now … or later … but still. Vogler and Rain got a huge bunch of flowers … Volger throw it in the audience in the middle I think about 3rd row, but Rain moved to the right … our direction and ………… gave the flowers to the girl in front of me in the first row. *sigh what a pity I was not seated there 😉
And then they started together. I really liked this part, even though I would have wished they would have give the cello more volume ^^. But still the gap between east and west, classic and pop, young and old was closed. And all of the audience – really all started to move with the beat. They caught all! Great!
Then Rain left and Vogler did again a part alone, time to calm down, but after he got the same strong applause like Rain did before, the Rain fans thanking him.
Then Rain came again … cheering yelling … and it should have been the end but then again Rain and Vogler came out and did a song together again. After they left and then the whole audience young and old Rain fan, Vogler fan run wild and tried to call them out again for 10min … but no *sigh it was done.
But still from all I heard around me german, engl, I also guess Japanese, Chinese and Korean did say the same – it was great!!!! The whole thing.
Yes it was again just a Rain appetizer – makes us hungry for more.
I think it was a good thing, it was so success full, now Rain learned if he want he can come to Europe and can fill a venue for a real only Rain concert.
I know from other fan accounts he did gave some autograph and handshakes at the backstage door… but then he left for the hotel.
We went back to the hotel too, and when we arrived there were already german fans waiting in front. He was back in the hotel already and soon dancers came out…. And just a while later he appeared … hat, blue jeans shirt, head down leaving by food for dinner. My friends and I did not follow we had our time with him already. The young german fans did.
We went for dinner too, did choose the same restaurant Rain was the night before.
Then after 2 of my friends decided to look for him if they can find him … me and another friend of mine decided we got the full package already its okay we go back to the hotel.
When we arrived there, there was german fan sitting in the lobby (super tiny lobby – just one table, 4 chairs, and the glass lift) so we joined her for a chat. We talked about the concert and Rain .. and Rain …and I think Rain 😉 Actually it was coincidence that we met her and chatted, and it was a long while maybe 30-40min, cause if not … we would have already been to the room when my friends came back and told us – they are coming, Rain and his dancers … and we … there in the lobby – pole position!
So we just lean back … and he came, walking in head down pretending do look at something at the camera, not looking at us. Heading to the lift smiling. He went into the lift, and lean against the glass wall next to where I was sitting about 3m away from me. Still head down but he was smiling again … not sure about what … maybe pics on the camera? Then the moment the lift started he looked up smiling in my direction first, started waving – smiling and waving at all of us – we waved back – and he was out of sight!
Could there be a better ending for me before he join to the military?
My last glimpse on him – smiling face at us!
These were Rain in Dresden, the best time with him I ever had!
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