I have never in my whole career missed a concert by being let down by planes, trains or automobiles or indeed any other form of transport! I’ve missed 2 concerts in my life through ill health but never have I been let down by public transport!
Last Friday (29th August) I firmly believed at 3 points in the day that I was not going to get to our concert that night in Kristiansund, a city on the west coast of Norway above Bergen. As we were due to go onstage at midnight, I set off with a 1pm flight to Copenhagen with a connection to Oslo, then on to Kristiansund arriving at 6.30.
The plane to Copenhagen sat on the runway for a while, then it was announced “we would be returning to the gate and the flight was cancelled, but don’t worry we would all be re- routed to our destinations”. Then begun a 2 hour queue to be re-routed, but as it happened there was a direct flight to Oslo with a connection (20 mins) to the last flight for Kristiansund leaving at 9.45. Well, I could relax then! However we got on to the runway again only to be told we would be leaving in 1 hour and a half. I knew then I was going to miss the gig and called to inform the relevant people who were very understanding but determined not to give up. Private jets were mentioned, helicopters… anyway we left earlier than expected. I called all again and turned off my phone for the 2 hour (normally) flight to Oslo .The plane flew a bit faster and had a tail wing and low and behold we got to Oslo at 9.35. The Flight attendants assured me I could quickly get off the plane and run downstairs for that 9.45, last plane to Kristiansund. But the plane didn’t have a gate as it had arrived so quickly, so we were told we had to take a bus, my heart sank but….. my name was called out to see the attendant at the front of the aircraft. I’m gonna make that plane I thought, but no, it was just to tell me I had been rebooked on a flight to Kristiansund in the morning!!!!
Point 2 when I knew I would miss the gig.
On the bus, I turned on my phone, messages kept popping up. I was to take a plane at 10.00 to Molde and be driven 1 hour to the gig. I looked at my watch 9.50. I rushed out of arrivals, sprinted to departures, it was deserted, and punched the new booking reference I had been sent, in the machine to get a boarding card for a plane leaving in 4 minutes! The machine told me to seek assistance. There was nobody to be seen.
Point 3, I knew I was gonna miss the gig. Suddenly I saw a woman leaving the Norwegian counter, rushed over, she told me the flight was leaving, but something made her look in her computer and she saw that plane was delayed, gave me a boarding pass and wished me luck. I raced thru security and to the gate, last one on the plane and they shut the door after me.
Well, again we sat on the runway for a while, arrived in Molde at 11.20. A driver picked me up and drove the distance to Kristiansund in 35 mins. I arrived at 12.03. Change and did the gig, finished at 2.15am. What a day!!!
Just had to share that…!
The show must go on…
P.S. Just got back from a quest appearance with PUR in the Veltins arena, Schalke. A fantastic concert, 54,000 people singing “You’re the Voice” what a sound!! A HUGE THANKS to Hartmut and the band, they played the songs note perfect, and with great energy. I sang the wrong words, but hey, that’s what makes it special.
P.P.S. Just to clear things up, I am not singing (well as he put it, and I quote “I used one line and mixed it with an octave below”) on Manfred’s new solo CD even though my name appears as a vocalist!!