By Jennifer Brown.Almost 10 years ago, I saw the end of the video for PUSH.´The music channel didn’t inform me of the name of the band, but I later realised the voice I had heard was the same as that on the song SMOOTH. I learnt from that Santana album that was the lead singer of .
Armed with only a 1 minute recollection of PUSH, my love for Smooth and the knowledge that had written the lyrics of this song, I went out and bought all 3 albums in one go. I didn’t need to hear any extra samples before I bought the albums. I already knew I would like them. And I did.
A lot of the time, being a fan in the UK means frustration when you say who your favourite band is, and then having to explain who they are. You mention PUSH and 3AM but eventually give in to having to say the line “You know that song Smooth? – yeah, that guy.” You normally feel dirty afterwards.
It has always been a dream to meet . The fact that you almost never hear them on radio or TV in the UK always made me think it was a dream that would never come true, as I don’t really travel abroad. I don’t even have a passport.
I’d seen in concert once before at Wembley for the Exile tour in 2008. I screamed with excitement when the date was announced, when I got tickets, and most of the time I was there. I was right at the back, and with no live footage screens, the guys looked like ants but it was an amazing show.
I’d missed out on seeing ’ solo show for Something To Be in London. I didn’t know about it until after it had happened. I’ve always regretted missing that.
When tickets for ’s gig at Shepherds Bush went on sale I was so excited. Presale days came and went and I had no tickets. I was in tears. Then general sales came and I managed to get 2 tickets as far away as I could get from the stage. But that didn’t matter. I was there.
Then the 1st twitter competition for 2 tickets and a meet and greet came. Complete a lyric from OUR SONG. I entered and allowed myself to believe I could win. I stayed up until the winner was announced at midnight. It wasn’t me.
The girl who won seemed so excited. Although I was a little jealous, I was happy for her as she was a real fan and I wasted no time in congratulating her.
I didn’t think there would be another competition. Then Wednesday 12th came along. Another twitter competition! Take a photo of your copy of North to win. I took my photo of my 2 albums with my cat Fudge in the background. I didn’t plan on him being in the photo, but he came over as I was setting up the albums for it. He sat down next to them as if to say “have me in the photo, I’ll win this gig for you – I’m cute”.
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