"Nur die Liebe zählt"
On Friday we’ve been to Cologne at the Sat1-program "Nur die Liebe zählt".
Some were wondering about what we wanted there but as they got information about the show act they understood : Anastacia!
So we left on Friday at 8 a.m. after we brought Jana to the kindergarten with case and car seat because a good friend took care of her.
The traffic was kept within limits and because of no traffic jam we arrived in Cologne at 12:15 p.m.. Then we bought a snack for lunch and looked for the studio.
In spite of that early time a big group of Anastacia fans had already flocked together at the parking lot, tickets were available not before 15:45 p.m..
So there we met the Italians, that I already knew from Munich, people from Holland, Germans from the North and of course our Austrian members with Babs. We said hello to everybody and then checked for the situation.
There was an entrance at the back where the stars drove directly in front of the hall. But we couldn’t reach this entrance because of a few site of works and decided to bypass the halls with 8 crowded cars. Babs led the convoy, behind her two Dutch cars, the Italians and then Germany with 4 cars. We were like 40 fans and to be waiting together in such a convoy and the community was very fascinating.
Unfortunately there was no parking lot at the back side and that is why we placed our cars in front of the new IKEA-gate way, that was still constructed and of course forbidden to park there. As a passant asked Babs what we wanted there and if we would be IKEA-tourists, she just answered that we were already waiting for the opening offers. Andreas who did not really want to wait that long and preferred to surf a while with his phone, said he would keep a watch on the whole situation. Everyone was grateful for that and so we made our way to the side entrance. There our group grew so that we were like 50 fans at the end, that constituted ¼ of the audience later on. Unfortunately Anastacia was a little late and so we went back a little disappointed at about 15:30 p.m., but very excited about the show.
At 15:45 p.m. we should get the tickets, that is why we joined the end of the queue and waited, waited and waited. After 1,5 hours everyone finally had the ticket, not side by side but a few red spots were identifiable.
We were brought into the studio then, it was a lot smaller than I had expected. On TV everything just seems to be bigger.
And then the warm upper came in real fast who explains where and when we had to clap, that we should not shout “ooooouuuuhhhh” if a couple does not get together again.
The highlight for us Redshirts was as the poor Sonja was fetched onto the stage to play a guest. She sat down at the sofa and he asked her: "So why are you here today?". Sonja a bit sheepish: "To see Kai Pflaume?????" and he: "Yea, right!! That’s why you are wearing a Kai-Pflaume-Fanclub-Tshirt!!!". We shaked with laughter. But Sonja got our whole support as she answered the question why she would be a member of the Austrian Fanclub and living in Bremen, that this would be the only Official Fanclub.
After that Kai Pflaume came in. He tried to tie up the great atmosphere and did a few jokes about the Dutch people without knowing how much have actually been into the studio that day. It was funny anyway. And then the show began with a video. While that I looked a bit through behind my row of seats and could really see Wayne and Anastacia standing there.
The instruments of the band were build up during the video and then Kai presented her with "I can feel you".
We stood up and the whole audience clapped with us. Anastacia had fun obviously and looked into the audience, searching for known faces. She waved to the people again and again. After the song Kai brought her a little bunch of flowers and thanked her while promoting her new album. Then she said: "Oh, look at all my fans being up there!" and waved to all sides. Kai had another present for Anastacia as well. He gave her a photo of him and her from the first show act in Germany 8 years ago.
The two eyed up the photo and Ana was like: "Yea, I changed a lot and you still look handsome!". Their views again rambled the audience lines and she spotted our Dutch friends at the right. Kai asked for it because he realized that this were no Germans only now.
So also Sabry and Fede from Italy could call attention to them and Mr Pflaume recognized that this show would be a international one. He explained to the girls that this show would also exist in Italy. And right after that the Dutch people began to sing the fan song "We are Fanily" and Anastacia introduced herself as well. Kai tried to give her the microphone but she did not need it at that time. She seemed to enjoy all the fans being in the audience, thanked again and left the studio right away. We followed the rest of the show and I have to say that it was really exciting to be part of such a record. It is a lot different being in the studio than watching the show at home in front of the TV.
As the record started a little late we left the studio not before 8 p.m. and had to say goodbye to almost everyone then. Babs got a SMS that Anastacia would be at Saturn after her show but it was too late – you just cannot have everything you want.
So we said goodbye to the rest and headed for the expressway with Babs and the Italian girls. Unfortunately we lost the Italians because of our navigation device. The ones that remained decided to have dinner together and then we left them as well. It was a wonderful trip, full of Heavy Rotation and I was just soo glad to meet known faces and also new ones again.