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Better late than never. Here is my summary of the day on August 12, 2010. I'm sorry for the length, I know it's a bit long.
The doors of the Bell Center were opening for the VIP's at 3:00 pm. For sure, I was there dressed with my blue suit Sgt Pepper. The entry was made without problems, it has not been searched or anything. (I was expecting something more severe. In Toronto in 2005, I lived through the metal detector).
Seats have been installed in the hallway of the Bell Centre for those who wanted to sit. The first thing I did was go to the souvenir shop. Usually it's the rush to the booths, while there I had 3 employees in my service! Then I walked around a bit and the security guards made us move towards the entrance of the Bell Center's auditorium. When lowered into the auditorium I felt enormously privileged and I knew that at that moment I did not want to be anywhere else.
It's a Paul McCartney dressed very casually with sneakers that appeared on stage for soundcheck. We had in frot of us a man of good humor and in great shape. The atmosphere was warm and intimate, as if we were in his studio. In our group the mood was festive as most of us were standing to sing and clap. At that moment, we would want to be anywhere else because it is a great privilege to live this moment with Paul McCartney.
This magic moment lasted about one hour twenty minuts long, where we enjoyed every minute and every second. Throughout the performance we saw a Paul McCartney energetic, sometimes even mocking, who was playing as a little crazy on stage. Several songs have been covered, some of the concert, but other songs from the repertoire of the Beatles as well as covers.
Once the sound check completed (which lasted about 1h20) It was now time for the VIP's vegetarian cocktail.
After the cocktail, I am lowered into the amphlitheatre, 3rd row in floor! OH MY GOD! I liked the mix of songs from Paul and the Beatles played before the show. Suddenly the lights went quickly closed (I must admit, it took me by surprise!) And the euphoria has won the Bell Centre. The emotions that run through us during these few seconds are indescribable, nervousness, butterflies in the stomach, etc. I had seen Paul soundcheck in the afternoon, but it was the real show, with the cry of the crowd. Wow, these are moments forever etched in my memory. Even if it was my third show, the emotions are so intense that at first sight. I remember someone told me long ago, we never fully recovered from Paul McCartney' show, I quite agree. Every time we feels like the first show!
I see a Paul get well all dressed up, smiling and in great shape (he was beautiful!). When the first notes of Venus and Mars have ripped the air at the Bell Centre I was the happiest girl in the world. So many times I was hoping to ear Venus and Mars in concert, this dream was real! The show started out strong and not so.
At the 4th song I decided to show my poster. At the beginning timidly but then I was lifted up to my head and Paul was immediately read my poster. My neighbor gave me a nudge to tell me: Paul just read your poster. It was a so special feeling to see Paul McCartney concentrate to read my poster. WOW! I was already honored. By the middle of the show Paul said at the microphone that he would sign for me later. Not sure exactly who it is for (there was others peoples around me with posters) I do a hand sign to say "ME?" and Paul is "YES!". I remember jumping for joy! I knew then that I had a good chance of going on stage. I had to calm myself repeating often, because I was too upset and I wanted to enjoy the show at its peak. I continued to enjoy the show while being stressed. Shortly before Live and Let Die he is a gentleman of the first row ask me if I wanted to come by his side; has left me a seat next to him. OMG. In less than two seconds I was in the first row! I was now leaning against the fence in the front row for a show by Paul McCartney!! Who would have thought this!!! Completely awesome and yet it could not be more true because i was there! Be at the forefront for Live and Let Die was really something. Unfortunately there is no sight of the effects because we're too close of the stage, but we feel the heat of explosions. It was a great time of the show, very energetic!
During a song, I raised my arm over, and Paul saw that I had moves in the first row and he gave me a wink. He was so cute!! Awesome! At that point I had telling in my head "calm down Julie, Julie calm down." I had receive 1 or 2 other wink of Paul (a nod from Sir Paul McCartney. Wow I am tripping so!) I have seen the generosity of Paul and especially to see how he really have fun on stage. Especially since it seemed suddenly accessible, not only Paul but also Bryan and Rusty. These are legends, people seen as idols and we admire. But the first row, we see them interact with the public. They play music with the big smile, looking at the audience. Sometimes one gets the impression that a smile comes to us. Suddenly we feel closer to them as it has ever been before! This smile, this small close, yet these are frozen in our memory and become an image engraved forever.
Meanwhile, the bodyguard realized that Paul was planning to sign my costume, so he watched me so near. By the time Jessica (who has to sign his arm for a tattoo) went up on stage, the bodyguard made a sign to Paul to know if I was up too. Paul ask him to wait. I knew then that my turn was coming too. Again it was a challenge to stay focused on the show knowing that Paul was likely to invite me on stage!!
The last song of the show begins "Sgt Pepper / The End" and Paul did not always invited on stage. I say, well too bad he forgot. I still spent a wonderful evening, I did not complain. At the end of the song, the bodyguard said "up your poster one last time it's now or never." I listen him and at the same time Paul invited me to join him on stage. I dropped my poster and I immediately followed and the bodyguard who escorted me onto the side of the stage. Paul ask to wait a few minutes, then let me know to move towards him. I walked at once to enjoy the best seconds of my life.
Once on scene the emotion was so intense that I had some time a total blackout of what happened. I remember a few moments, for example, when I walked to meet Paul, when I handed him my pen, I still feel the strokes of the pen in my back and I remember the moment that I hug him. I did not hear any screaming from the 17,000 spectators at the Bell Centre. Descending from the scene I remember screamed with all my strength returning to the floor. I returned to my place in the rain of confetti, and suddenly there were lots of people around me. People I do not know who told me "Paul hugged you, then I want to hug you too" and people took me in their arms, take pictures of my costume. I telephoned my mother to tell her the news. I was in shock. The output of the Bell Centre was long because I was always stopped by people who wanted to see the signing and talked to me. At one point it was a point where I have stored my costume in my bag.
Needless to say, that night, I did not sleep much. I was on my cloud and I barely slept 2 hours. The next morning, the first thing I did was to go take a look at my dress to see if I had not dreamed, and fortunately, the autograph was definitely there
I have a lot of pics that friends took for me and there's videos of this moment on YouTube that's help's me to remember that I was not a dream