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« Thread started on: Jul 5th, 2014, 11:56pm »

They say you should never meet your heroes.
Well last night I did.
I met Tony just before the orchestral performance in Cheltenham Town Hall.

He was a total gentleman as you would expect, despite the fact that I managed to gate crash the private function which was held in a side room just off of the auditorium.
The only other people I recognized was Tony Smith and Margaret Banks. The room was full of people of all age groups, none of whom I knew, must have been friends and family.

I walked up to his group, Duke and Curious Feeling in hand, and he broke off from his group without being asked, shook my hand, signed my CDs, spoke for a few moments, got a photo taken with him and I left as the happiest man on earth!

His new classical piece, Arpegg, was stunning.
Full of melody, with wide ranging dynamics, you could imagine how good it would sound played by Genesis.

What a night, what a beautiful venue, what a pleasant man.

(I am on holiday now, I will reply to further questions on my return, unless I get WiFi)

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« Reply #1 on: Jul 6th, 2014, 03:27am »

Great story David. Nice to hear again what a true gentleman the great man is. smiley
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 6th, 2014, 05:11am »

You're one lucky guy, David. I can't imagine having that opportunity to meet him. I'm sure it'll be a memory to last a lifetime.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 6th, 2014, 08:26am »

on Jul 5th, 2014, 11:56pm, dgb01 wrote:
They say you should never meet your heroes.
Well last night I did.
I met Tony just before the orchestral performance in Cheltenham Town Hall.

He was a total gentleman as you would expect, despite the fact that I managed to gate crash the private function which was held in a side room just off of the auditorium.
The only other people I recognized was Tony Smith and Margaret Banks. The room was full of people of all age groups, none of whom I knew, must have been friends and family.

I walked up to his group, Duke and Curious Feeling in hand, and he broke off from his group without being asked, shook my hand, signed my CDs, spoke for a few moments, got a photo taken with him and I left as the happiest man on earth!

His new classical piece, Arpegg, was stunning.
Full of melody, with wide ranging dynamics, you could imagine how good it would sound played by Genesis.

What a night, what a beautiful venue, what a pleasant man.

(I am on holiday now, I will reply to further questions on my return, unless I get WiFi)

David


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Congratulations!!! Tony is the one man on this planet I would LOVE to meet!!! My No1 idol!!

Absolutely great!!

I don't know how you managed to sneak into his inner circle - but I certainly would've tried to do the same!! smiley
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 7th, 2014, 1:33pm »

A fantastic night. Tony was on great form in the pre show talk & really interesting topics were freely discussed along with Tony answering audience questions. His classical piece was showcased at the start of the second half of the orchestral concert with the Bournemouth Symphony & received a standing ovation until Tony was beckoned down from his seat to front of stage. Tony took his bows after leaping up onto the stage....impressive.

Tony Smith & Nick Davies were in the bar at the interval. A fantastic & unique night which I would not have missed for the world.

Roll on the 5 man tour.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 7th, 2014, 2:54pm »

on Jul 7th, 2014, 1:33pm, 11thearlofwigan wrote:
A fantastic night. Tony was on great form in the pre show talk & really interesting topics were freely discussed along with Tony answering audience questions. His classical piece was showcased at the start of the second half of the orchestral concert with the Bournemouth Symphony & received a standing ovation until Tony was beckoned down from his seat to front of stage. Tony took his bows after leaping up onto the stage....impressive.

Tony Smith & Nick Davies were in the bar at the interval. A fantastic & unique night which I would not have missed for the world.

Roll on the 5 man tour.

A nice read until the delusional last sentence. wink
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 7th, 2014, 11:16pm »

on Jul 7th, 2014, 1:33pm, 11thearlofwigan wrote:
A fantastic night. Tony was on great form in the pre show talk & really interesting topics were freely discussed along with Tony answering audience questions. His classical piece was showcased at the start of the second half of the orchestral concert with the Bournemouth Symphony & received a standing ovation until Tony was beckoned down from his seat to front of stage. Tony took his bows after leaping up onto the stage....impressive.

Tony Smith & Nick Davies were in the bar at the interval. A fantastic & unique night which I would not have missed for the world.

Roll on the 5 man tour.
Ah, so the private function was a pre show talk.
So how did you get in?
I must have sneaked in at the end when it was all breaking up, the show was about to start.
My wife and my son were with me and met him at the interval too.
Unfortunately for us I was the only one to have my picture taken with him.
(I'll post the picture when I get home next week).
It was my 9 year old sons first concert, he was very tired, we left after Tony's music.
We waited till Tony had miraculously jumped up on stage to take a bow.
Strangely, he wasn't given the mic to address the audience.
Tony must have been pleased, the sound was fantastic, and Arpegg sounded terrific, especially as it was the first time we had heard it.
I cannot find the words to describe how it felt to finally meet him, I just know it was a moment that will forever remain with me.

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« Reply #7 on: Jul 7th, 2014, 11:50pm »

on Jul 7th, 2014, 2:54pm, Down And Out wrote:
A nice read until the delusional last sentence. wink

I know, just can't seem to control it....I have a theory though....Tony's last cd was titled "Seven" & the Cheltenham show was almost Seven years to the day since the Manchester, UK re union show on the 07/07/07......so the five man tour will be in SEVEN years time.It's got to be a sign!
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 7th, 2014, 11:57pm »

Hi David, no, I meant the Tony Banks interview session at the Parabola Arts centre just before the concert at the town hall with Tony being interviewed by Brian Moore (ex England rugby player & fan).Did you attend that one?.Well done for getting to meet him.on Jul 7th, 2014, 11:16pm, dgb01 wrote:
Ah, so the private function was a pre show talk.
So how did you get in?
I must have sneaked in at the end when it was all breaking up, the show was about to start.
My wife and my son were with me and met him at the interval too.
Unfortunately for us I was the only one to have my picture taken with him.
(I'll post the picture when I get home next week).
It was my 9 year old sons first concert, he was very tired, we left after Tony's music.
We waited till Tony had miraculously jumped up on stage to take a bow.
Strangely, he wasn't given the mic to address the audience.
Tony must have been pleased, the sound was fantastic, and Arpegg sounded terrific, especially as it was the first time we had heard it.
I cannot find the words to describe how it felt to finally meet him, I just know it was a moment that will forever remain with me.

David
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« Reply #9 on: Jul 8th, 2014, 1:29pm »

on Jul 7th, 2014, 11:57pm, 11thearlofwigan wrote:
Hi David, no, I meant the Tony Banks interview session at the Parabola Arts centre just before the concert at the town hall with Tony being interviewed by Brian Moore (ex England rugby player & fan).Did you attend that one?.Well done for getting to meet him.

No, I wasnt at any pre-show event.
From where I was sitting in the auditorium I could see see Tony chatting to people in the next room adjacent to the hall.
An annoucement had just been made that the show would start shortly.
I said to my wife "Do you think I should try and get in there to meet him? It may be my only ever chance"
Gail said go for it, so I did.
I just walked straight past the two girls with the guest list and went straight up to Tony who was chatting to people I presummed were family.
By the time I got my discs signed and had a chat the show had already started, I stood outside the auditorium door with Tony, and he joked by saying that he didnt think he should enter as he didnt have a ticket!
I just laughed and entered during the first piece of music.
Which I now know is a classical faux pas, you show wait outside till the tune is finished.
Tony waited, then he was shown into his seats.
A great evening.

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on Jul 8th, 2014, 1:29pm, dgb01 wrote:
No, I wasnt at any pre-show event.
From where I was sitting in the auditorium I could see see Tony chatting to people in the next room adjacent to the hall.
An annoucement had just been made that the show would start shortly.
I said to my wife "Do you think I should try and get in there to meet him? It may be my only ever chance"
Gail said go for it, so I did.
I just walked straight past the two girls with the guest list and went straight up to Tony who was chatting to people I presummed were family.
By the time I got my discs signed and had a chat the show had already started, I stood outside the auditorium door with Tony, and he joked by saying that he didnt think he should enter as he didnt have a ticket!
I just laughed and entered during the first piece of music.
Which I now know is a classical faux pas, you show wait outside till the tune is finished.
Tony waited, then he was shown into his seats.
A great evening.

David


I'm glad you had such a fantastic time. Re the faux pas, however, just imagine, if you'd waited, you'd then have been able to enter the hall WITH Tony, in front of everyone! How cool would that have been? wink
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on Jul 9th, 2014, 03:46am, foxfeeder wrote:
I'm glad you had such a fantastic time. Re the faux pas, however, just imagine, if you'd waited, you'd then have been able to enter the hall WITH Tony, in front of everyone! How cool would that have been? wink


ha ha ha!
I hadn't thought of that!
That would have been great!

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« Reply #12 on: Jul 9th, 2014, 8:52pm »

on Jul 5th, 2014, 11:56pm, dgb01 wrote:
They say you should never meet your heroes.
Well last night I did.
I met Tony just before the orchestral performance in Cheltenham Town Hall.

He was a total gentleman as you would expect, despite the fact that I managed to gate crash the private function which was held in a side room just off of the auditorium.


No surprises there! Did you crash it on purpose, or was it by accident? I'd imagine if it's the latter, you were properly mortified, LOL! grin
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on Jul 9th, 2014, 03:46am, foxfeeder wrote:
I'm glad you had such a fantastic time. Re the faux pas, however, just imagine, if you'd waited, you'd then have been able to enter the hall WITH Tony, in front of everyone! How cool would that have been? wink


*imagines it*

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on Jul 9th, 2014, 8:52pm, kittenmommy wrote:
No surprises there! Did you crash it on purpose, or was it by accident? I'd imagine if it's the latter, you were properly mortified, LOL! grin
It was intentional.
Once I had seen him, I had to get in there.
I knew it may be my only ever chance to meet the great man.

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