I can't guarantee this but I think you will find that if you receive an 'I'm running late' then you know that they do not either have time or want for whatever reason to talk to fans on arrival! And they will disappear through another door if they do not want to speak to people afterwards.
The big issue is for fans to appreciate this - some do some don't. I don't like waiting at stage doors anyway and only go there to meet up with other folks plus it is so important that the artist gets to meet folks who have not met them before. But have bumped into people around a theatre before now - did that at the Palladium with Hayley she was coming out of another door entirely and she shared my umbrella for a brief unexpected chat. At the same event there were loads of Gary Barlow fans and he disappeared before the end of the show so they were all very disappointed - Jonathan had told folks that he was going to the aftershow party and would not be out for some hours. Some artists take meeting their fans more seriously than others and many would be very disappointed if there was nobody there but as has been said timing is everything not to mention communication as it is not too difficult to let people know not to wait.
I think Peter summed it up pretty well in his post when he said "The key is to be subtle enough to notice how she responds and to be sensitive to it".
I think everyone here at HWI is responsible enough to respect that. I also believe it can be beneficial, on occasion, to have some of us at the stage door both before and after a concert as 'added protection'. This proved to be the case at Bridgewater Hall last November when I found myself fending off fans trying to get CD's signed after the concert had been cancelled.
I thought that was totally insensitive and unacceptable behaviour.
Hi Richard. I know that all those of us who are fortunate to be in the UK and have the freedom to travel are looking forward to her safe and healthy return but please don't wish the year away. I'm horrified to find we are halfway through the first month already! [Your post 32] here. Peter S.
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Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
I have been very lucky in the past and have got various items signed before the concert from Jonathan and afterwards(at concerts where I stayed overnight) Before concert at times Jonathan has said he got to go in for rehearshal-- and he sign later and he always does going on his way for meal on way back from meal Now he could order takeaway to be delivered to the theatre or say sorry he meeting someone at resturant and running bit late or what ever if he did not want to sign I of cause will go by what Hayley wishes if she just gives a smile/wave dash in theatre its fine by me Jeff if I may say about your comment about starting early in the office I agree on the comment about starting early etc but thats only for non entertainment careers, but with greatest respect I have to differ in opinion about autographs etc as I said I of cause take lead on what Hayley wants my opinion is that theres nothing wrong in wanting to take photo/getting item signed as its part of what the career of the world of ''entertainers actors etc'' You get fanswhom think the world of an artist and it makes them extremly happy getting item signed or even more then 1 item and photos taken Of cause not everyone thats entertainer likes that side and of cause its up to them,likewise fans whom just like to see their fave perform and they happy with that
Hi Di, Haley never misses an opportunity to chat with her fans. She spoke with us in Northampton even though she was ill at the time. Hayley's the tops.
Yes she did, and I felt horribly guilty afterwards for bothering her. She had seemed fine during the show itself, which was fabulous as always. Afterwards, I felt things were not right, and if I'd I had known what I know now, I would not have hung around after the show and asked her to sign my ROD programme. She had had a very demanding day, as I later found out, having performed the previous evening in Liverpool, then travelled to London for a TV appearance before returning to Northampton. Then afterwards returning to Liverpool for an appearance the next morning. This would have been hard work for someone in full health, but Hayley was fighting off her chest infection, and cannot have been feeling well. Sometimes I think she pushes herself too hard, Yet she still gave us a fine performance, that Wuthering Heights finale will live in my memory forever.
Hi Martin, I agree with you regarding the Wuthering Heights number. It's as though she reached down deep within her being and gave her best performance on the evening. I also felt bad for her, but I didn't think her illness was that serious at the time. When I went too the venue in Llandudno and found the concert was canceled I really felt bad for Hayley. No doubt she pushed herself to hard with that rigorous schedule over Remembrance Day. She's a real trooper. I'm counting the days till I see her again in Reading.
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