Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Bakithi Kumalo - Bass
Steve Gadd - Drums
Mark Stewart - Guitars, Cello, Saxophone, selfmade instruments
Tony Cedras - Accordeon, Keyboard, Guitars
Andy Snitzer - Saxophone, Synthesizer
Jay Ashby - Trombone, Percussion
Jamey Haddad - Percussion
Alain Mallet - Keyboard, Accordion
Steve Shehan - Percussion
Evan Ziporyn - Clarinet, Saxophone
Harper Simon - Guitar
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Simon Murgatroyd was absolutely right when he told one day that they maybe kept this 3rd date to finish the work of the filmed concert. The day was today, the hour was noon and the place was Olympia. We were maybe 70 people (no more ) which means around 4 complete rows. They were late so they gave us food and drink. Around 1:30pm we got in and the musicians were here. Paul was giving interviews. They wanted to begin without him (with Ä«Diamonds...Ä«) but they werenÄ«t able so they waited for him.
He arrived at 3pm and the Ä«concertÄ« lasted 2 hours. Paul was really cool and not shy at all. He gave orders, he received orders to/from the production.
They said Ä«50 waysÄ« was the last one so afterward, I threw him a T-shirt Ä«AMPSÄ« in the front, Ä«alt.music.paul-simonÄ« in the back, and Ä«HimselfÄ« on the heart (instead of Ä«Paul SimonÄ«). He jumped to catch it then came toward me (I was on second row, central seat) to thank me. Of course everybody was
going to see him but I was the first, went on front row, and told him... What the hell did I tell him at this moment? Anyway he seated and gave us time. I told him I was from the NG, asked if he knew it: he said yes and that he was going to visit it soon. I asked him to sign my Ä«greatest hits etc...Ä« CD. I took pictures with him, told the Capeman was fantastic (I wore the T-shirt). He told me it was in England last month (I said Ä«yes, in ManchesterÄ«) and when I asked if he was going to play it again, he said yes, in few months but a different cast (Ä«we wonÄ«t have such a cast anymoreÄ« did he say). Like McD (Mel Pearce) told him in London I said: Ä«donÄ«t leave us so many years without any album, we love what you doÄ«, he said OK and thanked me.
It was incredible: he had time for everybody, he signed, made pics, kissed the girls, talked...
NOW THE BEST PART:
I had my Martin guitar OM-42PS with me. Alain Mallet told me before he was going to help me to make Paul signed it. By the way, Alain thank you for you kindness: youÄ«re the kindest of the band. He helped me for the guitar, said me goodbye and told me Ä«see you in NYCÄ« etc... Thanks!!! So: at the end I asked Paul to sign the case and he answered Ä«better to sign the guitar...Ä« I was a bit afraid but agreed. He wrote Ä«NicolasÄ« and signed below. He told me I could sell it without problem now and refund myself more
than twice! He said Ä«letÄ«s see how it soundÄ« so I said Ä«yes, play AnjiÄ«. He began to play Anji on MY guitar. Everybody was looking and clapped. We made pics together...Then I took it and played Anji too. The audience told me Ä«hey! YouÄ«re not the only one, we want autographsÄ«. I was in Eden park and f* them all (sorry)! Paul didnÄ«t really know many were made: I said Ä«223Ä« (info I had from Chris) Paul had to go; I thanked him again and told him that IÄ«ll be in NYC.
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This is my very first posting in this newsgroup because I hadnÄ«t heard of it until last monday. My name is Jorn Houtsma, and IÄ«m from the Netherlands. This was my very first Paul Simon concert: one IÄ«ve been waiting for for about 8 years. Now I finally had the chance to go see him in Paris (which means I finally had the money and the time), after having been a fan for about 13 years (IÄ«m 22 right now). I have only a few words for the concert of monday: great is one of them. I havenÄ«t many more words to describe it. I had the time of my life. But off course, the big surprise came afterwards when we could sign up for
the extra concert on wednesday. I decided quickly enough that this would be well worth staying two extra days in Paris for (as if you need many reasons for that).
And it was..... I wonÄ«t bother you guys with many more storys on how it went on (I think youÄ«ve heard much of it right now) but I can only say that I had never in my life expected to get so close to the man. I still have to wait for my two feet to touch the ground.
So, Nicolas, have you returned to earth yet, or are you still in musical heaven because of your signed guitar? Let me know if the foto of you and Paul that I took for you worked out!
Well, got to go now!! Take care you all, youÄ«ll be hearing from me