1 (edited by cathysiler 2009-05-19 00:53:34)

Topic: Ospel and RAH

Sorry for being late..d#@n computer!!!

Anyway....Landed in Amsterdam in time to experience my first Queen's Day. Masses of people, dressed in Orange, celebrating in the streets. I imagine I would have been much better at this in my youth. So, no wild stories.

Dressed in orange, examining a mountain of shoes and boots - http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/7312/p4160015.jpg

On May 1st George and I headed to Ospel to meet Bonabuddies for the band's first pre-RAH show with Anton and the horn section. There was a large , and I mean LARGE, tent with a stage at one end. All standing...very popular in Europe....which means hordes of people all pressing forward!! Met Geko, Rudy, Eva, Marianne, Marco (talked to Andre on Marco's phone..tic..tic..tic). Got to say a quick hello to Rick and Carmine before the show. It was obvious that the pressure for the RAH, touring with double the number of folks, etc, was wearing on everybody.

Outside the gate at Ospel with Eva- http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/3729/p4170025.jpg

Inside with Geko - http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/3663/p4170026.jpg

The assembled Bonamasses pointing the way - http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/3306/p4170029.jpg

With Carmine and Rick - http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/5941/p4170036.jpg

Squashed in at the front of the tent - http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/7260/p4170039.jpg

And there he was... http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/5526/p4170051.jpg

We first saw James Hunter and Watermelon Slim, then Joe&Co....No need to worry. The show was great and well received. The addition of "Further on up the Road" confirmed rumors of an appearance by E.C. at the RAH. Saw "The Boss" briefly after the show and the weight of it all was apparent. He looked exhausted, but he was pleasant as ever, of course!!! So, we kidnapped Eva and headed back to Amsterdam. In bed by 2:30 a.m.

Showing Joe the way to England - http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/3952/p4170060.jpg

Saturday we were up and out early. We drove to Dunkirk on the coast of France (Eva and I got to add France to our list of countries visited) from where we then took the ferry to Dover. Yes, I wanted to see the white cliffs. I'm such a tourist! I did get a kick out of it I admit.

Enjoying the sea air on the crossing - http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/8394/p4170072.jpg

Our unbelievable find on the ferry - http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/3889/p4170074.jpg

The white cliffs at last - http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/4982/p4170078.jpg

I love England! I was happy to see hills!! Holland is so flat! But, it took Eva and I a little time to not freak out when we looked to our right, and instead of seeing the driver of that car we were looking at the passenger. Believe me, it is odd to see the seat reclined and the person asleep! London traffic was a nightmare, but soon the car was parked for the duration at George's friend's house in South London. Right by a tube station..yeah! Eva went off to meet her Mom while we went to eat fish and chips.

Sunday the real fun began. I can't stress enough how wonderful it was to meet so many Bonabuddies. I liked everybody!!!! Wonderful people, all thanks to J.B. and this place!!! Magic!!!  Anyway, the meet and greet before the Aynsley show, walking across the lock to Dingwall's, the show, mishaps on the journey home...all part of a memorable night/morning!

Waiting for the tube to Camden - http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/3053/p4180084.jpg

Hoaxed at last! - http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/6343/p4190098.jpg

Two happy ladies - http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/4936/p4190122.jpg

Telling Aynsley what to write big_smile - http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/4971/p4190130.jpg

Monday arrives!! I was really hoping time would slow down. I didn't want it to end! George and I had lunch with his youngest son, before heading back to get all spiffied up! We headed to the meeting place in Hyde Park. Job well done Michael!! What a lovely place. More faces to forum names!! More wonderful people. ALL so excited about the show. Before we knew it..time to head to the RAH!!!!

The cabby who took us to the Lido showing us his newest acquisition and asking 'do you know this band'?  big_smile He also told us that he has all Joe's CDs and thinks he rocks! He was very envious of our evening to come. - http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/4852/p4190153.jpg

The Bonabuddy meet-up, at last!




Our seats were to the right of the stage, 2nd balcony, front row. I kept telling myself "You're in the RAH", and I still couldn't believe it! My heart was full. Looking down, we watched the front row fill with "our friends" and a strong feeling of family pride welled inside me. I know we all felt like we were sharing a milestone event with "our boy".( While I understand complaints about the quality of sound, it did seem too loud to me, I knew I'd get the best sound from the DVD).

Our view - http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/9690/p4200159.jpg


I won't go song by song, but I will say that front row should have had rocking chairs, because Patty, Michael, Shred, Roy and the rest were doing some serious chair dancing and rocking. It was wonderful! Then "Sloe Gin" and I got teary. My maternal instincts were in full force and I felt such pride! (Joe's Mom told me she cried thru the entire rehearsal..lol)

It was over in what felt like minutes. Not a hitch in the performance. Joe owned the stage!
We poured onto buses..(all with our name tags thanks to Wooders). Cocoon was a very classy place. Again, so many names to match faces, so many truly kind and bright folks. I really wish we could have had one more gathering, in a quiet place, where we could have talked....next time!

Cocoon (before the battery went dead) - Shreddy at last! - http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/4246/p4200162.jpg

Three beauties and a lurking Duncan -


Joe arrives - http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/512/p4200164.jpg

Well, at least two people look decent in this shot roll -


Joe and family were received by a grateful group. He was spent. I can only imagine. But, as is his way, he took time to speak to everybody. His sister said she had to book him far in advance for her upcoming wedding, I assured her he would have worked her in..lol...It was great to see his parents again. They really deserve honors for the fine young man they raised!

And, just like that, it was over. BOO!!! G and I dragged our old bones back to his friend's, but the smiles lasted for days!! Thanks to you all!! I love each of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. My house is open to any of you that cross the pond. I hope I can be half the host you all were. (Sorry, this was as brief as I could make it)   Cathy

(first edit for paragraphs, pics to follow.....the editor)

(second edit, lots of pics, more to come....the editor) wink

(final edit, more pics added - all the text with the pics is mine - ed.)

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Excellent Cathy , love that detailed post and you captured it all in there perfectly from what we all felt on that crazy early May weekend

it was great finally meeting you and George together and i know where Deep In The Forest" is
Rocks Rd , just in case there's a spur of the moment "Moment"

seems like you packed it all in plus you got to see Aynsley/Hoax/JB/Little Feat in less than 2 weeks ... like WOW!

Soon Sista Cate

........................ Michael

Joe Bonamassa .......  His Greatest 3 Videos ... IMMHO   After Much Deliberation
3rd ...... Mountain Time / Rockpalast       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h01xa6NMsJo
2nd ...... Sloe Gin       /  Vienna            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRASS8O8ZnE           
1st ....... Blues Deluxe / The Borderline    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnl3E_KLxYg

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Lovely post Cathy, it was pleasure meeting you. Must happen again sometime smile

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Great post Cathy!!!!!!!!

Thanks for always being so kind to all of us, you truly are a Bonadiamond!

Hope to meet you soon again.

Andre Wittebroek

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Is that the nice American lady from the Camden night bus? wink

Glad to hear you're home safe and sound and that the only unfortunate bit of your whole trip was that little adventure.

I'm so pleased to have met you and George.


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I hope to get more of our pics up in this post tonight. I have a request for Tom, Sandy, Martin and any others who took lots of pics over the weekend - can you let me know if there are any decent pics of Cathy or me, either together or with others amongst the many thousands of pics that were taken? I'm sure that I saw a few good ones but have no idea any more whose they were or on what link I saw them. Help an old man with a failing memory. neutral

Thanks in advance.

RIP Iron Man

Rock On and keep the Faith

7 (edited by Geko 2009-05-18 22:49:15)

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Cathy i hear you !!! and thanks for your Belated Review
and i dont belive that computer thing........ you just are too lazy  :lol
no just kidding you know

i do some flying experiments/training that i have invented by my owen   to come over the pond wink

once the day i Jump from My Bed on the Flor and make a Roll , wear my winter vest and Go out in the Rain ,there i call for Help for an hour or so (depends on the Naibors mood ....that realy makes me feel safe when they shout we get you !!! big_smile

so i think in the next Years Geko Goes on Air ...lets see cool


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Hey Cathy, glad to see you have returned, did you get a boat back to the USA or what?

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, it was great to meet you, and everyone else too! smile

Funny I'm in your Hoaxed pic, someone should have pulled me back!

"The recently formed Edinburgh Blues Club has identified an appetite for the personal communication between musicians and audience that the blues long ago perfected." The Herald Newspaper (Scotland)

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Greenose wrote:

Funny I'm in your Hoaxed pic, someone should have pulled me back!

Funny Duncan, you seem to have an unrivaled talent for appearing in the background of lots of pictures. big_smile

currymandavid wrote:

Is that the nice American lady from the Camden night bus? wink

Glad to hear you're home safe and sound and that the only unfortunate bit of your whole trip was that little adventure.

I'm so pleased to have met you and George.


The feeling was entirely mutual, David! Next time we're going to have a KILLER curry together! wink

RIP Iron Man

Rock On and keep the Faith

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Welcome back Cathy! Now wasn't that the absolute BEST vacation?
Great pics!

Major Tom to ground control...

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Well Cathy, thanks to you we get to see the White Cliffs of Dover.  One of the sites we were thinking of, but didn't quite make it.   It was such a pleasure meeting you!  Looking back on the trip if I could wish one wish...I would wish that we could go back to the pre-show party, The Show, and the after show party and put everything into a time warp.  I would love to be able to sit down and talk with everyone again.  Looking back it now seems like it all went by so fast.....I guess there's only one solution...we need to do this again wink   Again thanks for sharing your adventures and pics.  Fun! Fun! Fun!

"I'm not nice to any guitar!"      lol
                 Joe Bonamassa 05-03-12


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Great post Cathy. It was so nice meeting up with you and the rest of our bonabuddies. To put faces and personalities to names is always interesting, but never as enjoyable as it was that weekend!

Geoff O

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Just a quick bump-up as I've added quite a  lot of pics since Cathy first posted. wink

RIP Iron Man

Rock On and keep the Faith

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Hello Cathy

What a great story about your journey. I enjoyed reading it very much.

It was a pleasure to meet you and George in Ospel and what a surprise: I found myself on a picture together with you and JOE!!! cool


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Aah, Cathy ... I knew this post had to come SOMETIME ! big_smile

Thanks for all the pics and memories of these very memorable 5 days ... like Patty said - we HAVE to do this again, it was just too much fun! America, America .... ? smile