Monday, May 08, 2006

Blessed to be there!

So here we were, mommy and I in Westcliff-on-Sea, in this beautiful hotel. Westcliff is in Southend, just 10 minutes walk on the beautiful promenade you see below. This is actually a Panorama I made from our room window (top middle on the hotel photo)
After a beautiful walk on the promenade we were back to the hotel to get ready for 6pm, when Mark and Jill would come to pick us up (always so nice!) We arrived at the Cricketer's Arms and boom! Tom Matchett (the lovely Mr T, the MC of the Convention) was there, and Ben Reeve and then Charlotte and Cat arrived. Woo hoo, lovely! Such a nice company, and then it got nicer when Mikey and Rene came by and sat with us for a drink! How sweet!!!

Twenty minutes before the show Mikey's family came by. Before I know it, my mom was chatting with Mikey's dad.
I come back from the ladies, and what do I see?
My mom in Mikey's arms! What the?????
Turned out that Mikey with his dad and brother and sis have been going to THE SAME GREEK ISLAND AS US! They have been going for the past six or seven years, we've been going for 35. As Spetses is a small island, we happen to have quite a lot of common friends!
Good God, that's what I call a coincidence!

So here is my mom with Mikey, being old acquaintances, LOL! (this was taken after the show)

But now, it was time for the much anticipated show!!!!

Here are a few pictures of our lovely Mikey singing beautifully his great songs!
I like his voice more and more, his song writing is exquisite and I think last night he gave a tighter performance than the Bedford and Basement Jam.
He gave us 11 beautiful songs and among them, his renditions of Better Me and Clever Girl were amazing.
Also, songs we've learned and loved: We Will Fix It, Tourist, White Stripes, Misery Needs A Friend. There were some people at the back who were rudely noisy, or noisily rude, but when Mikey sang Plasticine they shut up! Hehe...
As a last song Mikey sang Invisible, which I don't think I've heard before and it was a really nice surprise. Overall an honest and very talented performer! (and yes, Mikey, I AM biased, LOL, but I also have very good ear!)

And then Casbah Club came on stage!
Lordy, Lordy! What brilliant musicians they all are! Bruce Foxton was so good, very professional, smiling and feeling the rhythm and also the pulse (huge difference!)
Mark Brzezicki was a master behind the drums, providing great sound.
Bruce Watson was just great! He played lead guitar with such ease and had fun while playing with the band and with the audience. He's so sweet!
Simon was just incredible, so energetic and with that great voice of his!

The songs were all fantastic, I couldn't get enough. They played a couple of new fab songs, and also all my favourites were played: Save Me From Me, Venustraphobia, a mellow Comeback, a rocking (our b....cks off!) Sex Change, my current fave Vibrate and the highlight for me was when Mark Brzezicki gave a thundering drum solo that led to Any Way She Moves... W-O-O-O-W!

After the show I wanted to say hi to Simon, but our chevalier for the night had to drop us off to the hotel before him and his lovely Jill were to drive back home. I couldn't ask for more from that night, it was PERFECT!
My mom really enjoyed it too, she was dancing and screaming, God!

Thank you to all of you who made this night so special and let's hope we'll all meet again soon!


Meg said...

Marietta it sounds like you had a blast! I guess yours and Mikey's families will be having Sunday dinner together from now on! You have to promise to keep all of us here in the States up to date on any Who and Who related shows you attend. Thanks

BallerinaGurl said...

Mari you are going to make all the women swoon like your Mum! ROFL. I love the blog. Next time it will be you and me jumping up and down like a bunch of mental kooks LOL.


lryicsgrl said...

What is meant to be is meant to be!!!!
What a cool coincidence, and you are so lucky to have a cool and hip Momma. I love that she is rockin' out with you, it will keep her "forever young".
Hi btw, not sure if I have left a comment before? So here is me, leaving a comment.
Best to you,


Gary said...

Hey, great write up. I loved that photo vista you made of the beach. My camera can do that, but I can't figure out how to stich the shots together.

Really wish we were in England for all the fun. Am sitting here listening to Lifehouse on WhoTV, my little escape... ahhhh I call that a bargain, the best I ever had.

Mary Beth said...

Hi Marietta,

Wow, what an awesome coindicence with Mikey!! That's so exciting - maybe you'll see each other on vacation sometime..?! Sounds like it was a great night overall. :)

greekzoe said...

Excellent post! I am jealous!! No not really. It sounds like you and your mom had a blast. The pictures are great! Thanks for the review.


Anne-Marie said...

What a fabulous post! I'm so glad you had a fun time- it's not everyone who can rock with their mum, you know, and the island coincidence with Mikey's family was just too cool.

Thanks for sharing the pics with us, especially the panorama. Lovely view indeed.


musicmikey said...

Hey Marietta, it was lovely to see you at the Casbah Club gig, I had a great time performing, and I felt more confident then the bedford or basement gig's, which I put down to IN THE ATTIC.
Your Mum was brilliant, thankyou very much for dancing to all my song's and singing along, it was so lovely to see you again, hope you enjoyed Southend, take care.

Suesjoy said...

Thanks for the pics and write up Marietta!
Glad you and your mom whooped it up! What a sweetie.

I want to go to your Greek island.
BTW, two students (older women) had a bit of a screaming match about Cyprus (sp?) and Greece and Turkey. It was brief, but YOWZA. I have to read more about what they were so upset about.
One lady was German, raised in Greece, while the other is American, married to a man from Cyprus.
They made up (kinda).
I was singing Give Peace a Chance, of course...

John Sullivan said...


Great the way, like that "Pictures Of Lily" video as they record. Great stuff!

Would like to see the Casbah Club one night!


blue said...

Hi Marietta!

Thanks for sharing.
The pics are so fabulous.Your report sounds so exciting.
Wish I were there with you and your beautiful mom.

I love Vibrate, too.
It makes me DANCE!

Tomoko xx

E.L. Wisty said...

Damn, I sure wish I had been there. Sounds like everything was pretty much fantastic. Funny you discovering your Mom in Mikey's arms and finding out about the common holiday history. Real life is usually more wonderful than fairytales, isn't it? Your mom is pretty rock'n'roll, btw :)

elena said...

Hi Marietta,

Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!!! Your Mum and Mikey look great, haha...


Suesjoy said...

Hi Mari-
I just re-read your post - I had to skim it last night because I had to put my daughter to bed.
I didn't realize that you and mikey's family have friends in common -wow!
It really is a small world.
That's neat.

Tausha71979 said...

Hi Marietta!!

WOW, I'm so glad that I stopped in..what a great event for you! I always love that you put a detailed story with your photos, makes me feel like I was present! The hotel was indeed beautiful looking=) Thanks for sharing love, and I hope that you are well!!!


Tausha71979 said...

P.S. I LOVE the photo of Mikey and your mom


Bblayla said...


What a wonderful night! I am soooooo jealous---but so happy for you. Hopefully we will meet someday at a Rachel/who/Casbah/Mikey gig. Wouldn't that be a trip!!!

Thanks for sharing

Take Care

Delbut said...

Thanks for the pics and write up Marietta. Sounds like a good time was had.

Hopfully see you at the next one.

Mike S said...

Hi Marietta,

Thanks for stopping by and your
nice comments.The pictures are
brilliant,I love reading your
accounts of the evening with
the Casbah and Mikey,absolutely
dashing!!Hope to meet up with
you for a WHO/Casbah gig here
in the States oneday!! Keep up
the fantastic posts!

Grace said...

thanks for sharing you photos. Looks like a really great time. Beautiful shot from the hotel. x Grace

PTfan said...

Excellent photos! Great story! I can't wait for them all to come to America, and YOU too! I wish I knew when they were coming. I need to make plans. You're mom i s great! What fun she is, just like you.
HAve a great weekend with Momsy.

Michael said...

What a blast "M"!!!!, Mikey looks like he was in great from...thanks for you kind words on my blog and yes things are going soooooooo well at my home ("abode") thansk Keep posting pics Im finally posting my picture and everybody can see what I look like. Nooooo Geek jokes......michael :)

Michael said...

PS I saved the pic of MOM and Mikey and used it for my desktop, just for a while then Ill put my boys back up....I love the posters in the back of The Who and The Jam very very cool stuff....michael :)

AlianaDrex said...

You and your Mom have all the fun! Sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had a great time. I hope I get to see Casbah Club when they come to the states. I've been wanting to see Simon perform live for a good 10 years now.

keep the faith,

Boo said...

oops i forgot who i was wait a second while i flip my identity btw hi from dales owners

Dale said...

Dear Marrietta

Well, that's better. I had to kick the animals off the computer lol.

I'm getting caught up on my blogging this morning. It's Saturday, so I'm just doing what I want - not what everyone else wants me to do...

It sounds like the show was the superlateral of superb! Superber...superbest...

I envy you so much being able to attend all these great shows...with your Mum...and mingle with the celebrities...

Wow - you must be walking on air...still!

The photos are great & I especially like the one of Mikey & your Mum.

Take care & regards to your Mum, too.


Mark T said...

Hi Marietta, a great write up for a great night. Looking forward to the next one. Take care. Mark