I doubt we will get there much before the start of the show. I have to work, it being midweek! I will get away from work as early as possible, around 4pm, then I need to drive home from Rugby to Leicester to get changed and pick up Sue, then drive to Northampton. But I hope to meet up with you all before the concert.
Grant & Richard, I should be able to make the coffee shop for around 3pm latest so shall I see you there ?? Its becoming somewhat of an HWI tradition to eat at the local Wetherspoons - mainly because often its the only place open early enough i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif Anyway, thats fine with me for later on. Looking forward to seeing you and Denise and family again George.
Hi All I'm looking forward immensely to this, my first, ROD concert. I hope to arrive at around 4.00pm so if someone could let me have their mobile number (via PM) I will call to find out where you are!
I've got a ticket for this concert too, on row C. Do you expect Hayley will do her usual meet & greet with the fans after the show? Has Bedlam made any special arrangements for Hayley to meet members of HWI either before or after the show?
So far during this tour there hasn't been any meet and greet but members have been able to see her for a few minutes after the concert. Bedlam don't make any special arrangments for us in advance of the event and neither do we expect it, but they are always as accommodating as they can possibly be on the night. Although nothing can be guaranteed, it is highly likely that you will be able to meet her after the show provided you don't mind waiting for as long as it takes for her to come out of the building. Before the show is also a possibility and, if she sees us in the area, she will often come over to say hello. But we should never deliberately try to intercept her when she arrives as she has much to do and it is not fair that anyone should try to delay her.
Unfortunately, this is not one of the events that I will be attending but other member will be there. Make yourself known to them and I'm sure they will do what they can to enable you to see Hayley.
Got up to a dull and drizzly morning which didn’t improve all day. Consequently I wasn’t looking forward to the drive down to Northampton and was grateful for Hayley's soothing voice from the CD player as I made my way carefully through the fog and rain.
Found the car park and the venue quite easily and arrived at the coffee shop to find Gordon waiting. Richard appeared moments later, followed by Peter and the venue’s fire alarm which saw everyone turfed out onto the street. Richard suggested we go and stake out the stage door which we did from the shelter of an awning across the road.
Paddy and Mark soon joined us and we discovered that Hayley had travelled by train from Liverpool to London and would come to Northampton on the train also. Nevertheless, we hung about waiting for the tour-bus to arrive, but when it did, it was directed into the theatre yard where we were not allowed to go. We did, however, have a quick word with Andy who had jumped out to find someone to let them through the barrier.
We returned to the theatre for a warm before returning to the stage door, but hunger was setting in and we decided to go in search of the Weatherspoon’s. We returned to the theatre to discover that Hayley had arrived but Richard had not been able to speak to her as Richard (the other one!) had driven straight into the theatre yard. But it was quite late by this time and no doubt Hayley would be anxious to get on with her sound check.
We settled ourselves in a quiet area of the theatre to wait for the concert, an 8pm start tonight, and for other members of the group to arrive until gradually we had a full compliment. It was after 7.40 before we were allowed in but the auditorium filled up quickly with HWI occupying most of the front two rows.
Almost before we knew it, the musicians arrived on stage and quickly tuned up, then Hayley appeared smiling and radiant and to enthusiastic applause. Straight into “Prayer” and I watched her eyes as she glanced around to see who was sitting where, She soon picked Gordon and I out and, I guess, most of the others.
For most part the concert followed the usual form with a few exceptions, like when Hayley introduced the band and mentioned that it was bonfire night “But we’re all in here!” and added, “Ah well, it’s raining and cold outside”. For some reason, Hayley omitted “Now Is The Hour” tonight, launching straight into “Never Saw Blue” for her second set. A first for me was Kirsty introducing Raven’s set – she admitted after the concert to being very nervous but she carried it off without any trouble at all.
I must also mention Hayley's introduction to “Shenandoah” and the bit about it having 100 verses. Someone in the audience shouted “As long as it’s you singing them!” Hayley didn’t catch it at first and asked for it to be repeated. I think she enjoyed that bit of banter from the audience.
Several of the assembled HWI multitude were experiencing their first “River of Dreams” concert and Martin particularly seemed suitably Hayleywowed!