And they manage to stay that way even though they are constantly admired, getting their egos fed, put under pressure and tested by their surroundings. Even though they have fans that are not always behaving nicely, they still have trust and faith and allow you to connect with them, they dare to open up and let you in.
Author: Jane Cedenberger
Let’s take ”Tainted Love” as an example here. It was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964. Soft Cell made it a hit song in 1981, and since then it has also been covered in all kinds of possible and impossible styles – by Scorpions, My Ruin, Coil, Shades Apart, The Living End and so on, and of course my favourite version by Marilyn Manson. A version I absolutely love.
With ATSC, btw – the fun thing is, that I first met the entire band at a signing session in Germany – and the lovely singer was the one I got to first. I had my own pen with me (of course, always be prepared!!)(and it was actually needed). And out of the blue, even though we had never met before – she said “we should take you on tour with us” – and well….the year after they actually did.
…also known as Post Tour Depression. Also known as really painful and tough feelings to deal with....
But yes – going to shows can be really expensive. We have to buy the ticket and pay for the trips if it isn’t nearby, and sometimes get a hotel or stay at a camp site or whatever. Everything costs, that is true.But everything costs for the bands as well, and that is sometimes easy to forget. If we want the bands we love to continue touring, buying their merchandise is a truly good way to making part of that possible. #supportthebandsyoulove
But you allow that thought to get inside your head – because without the fans, where would you be? And you tell yourself IT IS POSSIBLE to please everyone that demands a piece of you, and you give and give, even though you lose yourself more and more along the road.
I have seen Queen with Paul Rodgers.And also with Adam Lambert, which was an amazing show, but still… I never saw them with Freddie. And since I don’t have access to a time machine, that wish will always be a mission impossible.
There are also those songs and bands I love, that I will never get to experience live. Like ”The show must go on” by Queen. With Freddie Mercury. That song has always been, and will always be, special to me. And I will never get to cry watching them perform it live…
Well, yes.But it makes me happy. And happy is good.Actually, happy is way better than good.Happy is amazing.
You take me to places I could never dream of going, you bring out the sun on a cloudy day, you trigger the tears when I really need to cry… and you give me answers to questions I didn’t even know I had. And some days I just really need the music, other days the lyrics – to bring me comfort, give me power and help me heal.