We had planned this long time in advance.......ever since i got that email from Lars & Marco ( which we are very thankful for! ) Annemie, her mother and me where going to Zürich!

We had planned to go by car and would leave to Switzerland friday evening the 26th ( Tina's Birthday )

But, unexpected problems and surprises decided otherwise, here's my story:

We had planned and talked, e-mailed & written........so everything was going as planned untill..........once of a sudden we got the information that there was a contest on two radio stations in Belgium where two people could win two tickets for the Bennisimo show, hotel, flight to Zürich and a meet & greet with TINA TURNER!

So many fans went totally crazy , including me and Annemie. Since i had to work during the time of the contest and i was not home when they broadcast ed the radioshow......i could not participate. But Annemie was able to enter and to make long story short..........she won!

That evening was nerve breaking for me........now i had to see that i got in Zürich , because Annemie was going by plane....

The night came , I did not sleep much , got up at 7am , and then waited for the call from Caroline........at 9am.........still nothing , I got even more nervous......then finally.....

At 10.15 ..........the phone rang , and yes .......it was Caroline, i had to call the travel agency to make all the arrangements and payments ( yeah ....LOL ).

15 minutes later everything was organized............now i had to hurry..........

i had half an hour...........to pack my bags & get to the train station ( 5 Kilometer from where i live ) , i was there in time and got the first train to Brussels........where i got together with Annemie, Lia ( Annemie's mother ), Benjamin, Mathieu & Caroline ( From EMI Belgium ) , now our trip could begin!!

We took the Thalys train to Paris en from there the plane to Zürich airport.

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On the train and plane it was all Tina we talked about .......we all can't get enough of that lady!

We stayed at Hotel ' Renaissance ' a 5 star hotel at about 5 minutes walking distance from the TV station ( SFdrs ).

That was the same hotel where the band members where staying ( booked by EMI , so makes sense we where in the same hotel ;-)

I also got some discount in the hotel since it was booked by EMI , so that was my second good luck that day! , Caroline had arranged it all for me.

We checked in into the hotel and unpacked our bags and then we had some sleep , because the next day was the day that Annemie, Lia, Benjamin & Mathieu where going to meet Tina , i didn't know anything yet , Caroline was going to try and arrange it for me so i could also attend the meet & greet , but i didn't think about that , did not want to get my hope up high.....

The next day we had breakfast in the hotel and at about 9h15 we took a Taxi to the train station .......we first went to the swarowski shop, Annemie wanted to buy a gift for Tina, and since Tina loves Crystal....

At the end Annemie bought her gift in another shop, a crystal bonbon dish ( one you can close after you have taken a candy ;-), it was very nice and i was sure Tina would also enjoy that gift from Annemie!

We had to be at 12h at the Haubptbahnhof ( main railway ) and so i called Lars to know where he was and so we met at the station.

From here we went to the meeting point and we got together with fans from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Denmark, France, Spain , Italy & Portugal!

Was a pleasure to see some people again who i had not seen since a long time like...........Dave, Lars, Marco and many others;-)

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It was nice to meet all those people, we know them from concerts or from the internet , but now we met them in real live;-)

Then the lady from SFdrs came to tell us what was going to happen:

They where going to film some footage, fans talking , shouting , screaming ..........it's a TV station , so some acting was required! LOL

They also filmed everyone , they had to tell then from which country they where from.

Then we went to the TV studio by tram & Bus........

We got some info there and also directions on how we should behave, and where to go that evening for the live performance by Tina on ' Benissimo '.

We got a little drink in awaiting that Annemie, Lia, Benjamin & Mathieu would go down to meet with Caroline to attend the meet & greet with our ' Goddess '!

I wished them ' All the Best ' and i was lucky for Annemie that she was finally going to meet Tina.........so then they went down.

After about 5 minutes i got a call from Caroline..........Sidney.........it's OK , you can attend the meet & greet!!!!!

Now..........my heart went bang bang bang bang ............i could not believe that she was able to arrange it!, i was feeling so happy........my weekend started very good , and it was going to go even better........

I thought to myself...........Sid.........your Love............for Tina.................is that going to be enough to meet such a great lady.........;-) , it was like i had lived my whole live for such a moment........maybe i does not always show on me.........but i can assure you...........inside me it's all nerves!

I stood up and went down to meet with Annemie......( i walked very slowly............Duh ;-) , i rushed in the elevator and walked slowly out of it........LOL

I had to see caroline and hear her repeat it.............Yes Sid.........you are going to meet TINA!

I did not had much nerves that day..........but at that moment i could explode inside............but i thought let's not do that........hehe

Then we went inside and we attended the Rehearsal from Tina , she did two times ' Open Arms ' , the first time there was a little commotion.......one of the cameramen fell and his camera went walking alone LOL , Tina .........finished her song ( she is indeed a Pro! ).......and after the song she said.........everything alright.? , not for you ........but for the camera , and she laughed ( Tina has a sense for humor;-)

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The Rehearsal was awesome , i had not felt this feeling anymore since the last concert is did on the 24/7 tour in 2000............the energy, the passion, the strenght...........you have to see it live on stage, he TV shows don't always give you that feeling...........so i was totally out of my mind, Tina girl.........you still have it!

After the rehearsal the presenter talked some with Tina ( they told her what hey where going to ask/do that evening )............

After that finally.............yes , we went up to meet Tina!

We had to wait a little while , and Carlo ( from EMI Switzerland ) told us what we could / could not do.........we where not allowed to make photo's during the meet & greet, they where going to make some photo's of us all together , we where allowed to take one item and to get it signed by Tina.........awesome!

Then..........we got in.........and there she was...........the lady.........the Queen of Rock...........the reason i'm living for..........Tina Turner!

They introduced us all to Tina and........you won't believe it but..........

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When they introduced Annemie , Tina was going alike..............

Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, You're my Nutbush Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how are you.......................

Annemie was shocked and could not believe Tina would remember her.........and asked Tina.........you remember me? ...........Tina said..........offcourse.............you always had your cap on! Super! ( Super with a German accent , so sweet ;-)

We had talked about the fact that it would be awesome if Tina would remember her , since Annemie also sang with Tina many times during several concerts. ( WD96 & 24/7 2000 ).

Then she looked at Benjamin and said.........Hi Robbie ( LOL )........Ben has somewhat the eyes like Robbie Williams and so that was really funny that Tina said that......

When the introduction was over we all had our cherished piece of item with us to get it signed........

Annemie her photo ( from Tina during, We don't need another hero......photo taken in Zürich in 2000 ) , Ben had his tour book, Lia her CD cover from ' All the best ' , Mathieu his cd cover and me...well.......i had a new promo poster from ' All the best ' which i just bought on Ebay! ( thanks Lars for bringing it with you for me! ).

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Lia got very exited when Tina autographed her CD cover .......and i'm sure she will hold on, on this precious item forever!

When Annemie went to sign her photo........Tina asked her name........she said.....' Annemie ' .........tina didn't quite understand and so Annemie repeated it..........then Tina said.........hey! It's like mine.......Anna Mae..........and Annemie said ' no , it's annemie ' ..............so Tina said.........close! LOL

On Annemie's photo tina wrote : Always all way to Annemie from Anna mae , XX Tina Turner..........and believe me........this is rare.......i have never seen tina sign a photo with Anna mae!

Then it was my turn and Tina said..........and you're Anna who? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL , awesome!

Tina wrote on my poster: Love to Sidney.........Tina Turner ( she wrote something else too but can't read what i says.......yeah i was too shaken up at that time LOL )

And then she signed Benjamin & Mathieu their item, on Ben's tour book she wrote something about his Robbie williams eyes , really nice ;-)

Benjamin also asked tina about her movie........so Tina said.......yeah it's gonna be difficult , cause i have to speak with this Indian tongue;-)

After that i was time for a groups photo.......and then we all said goodbye to Tina and we all got three kisses!

Bye Tina...........we had the time of our live and you were awesome!

Tina really is so friendly.......has the energy on stage...........and you can feel her strength and warmth when you are with her, she really is a Goddess!

Then the meet & greet was over , but not our Tina day!

The four winners had tickets for the show , so they left at 19h.........i left at 20h to meet with the other fans to see Tina performance on TV.

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At 21u15 we went inside and we had to wait behind the curtain until we were allowed on to the set to see tina perform!

They first showed some footage on TV from the fans ( yeah me too LOL........and i don't quite fit for TV ;-), and after that we went to the performance where we had to stand to see Tina!

and then...........

and then................

Tum tum dum, tum tum dum.........tumtumtumtum........( while waving to annemie and the other fans )

Ask me no questions............whooooooooohooooooooo, Tina you are ' simply the best '

Tina performed her song ( Open Arms ) , and she did it really really good..........

When the song was over the presenter asked tina a question and wished her a happy birthday! and we all sung , Happy birthday to you.........!

Tina then left the stage to go out and leave for home ( we guess ;-)

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We all had to wait then to go out again , since tina left first........and when we got out we talked some more and then everybody said goodbye en went back to the Hotel.

Lars, Marco, Annemie, Benjamin, Mathieu and me went to my hotel to look at some photos , videos and dvd.........

after that we said goodbye and went to sleep.......

The next day was back to belgium and get things ready for the next day.........work! ( i was home 23u15 and had to get up at 4am , so i did not had much sleep )..........

We travelled back to Belgium.........first to Paris by plane and then the Thalys train back to Brussels........on the airport in Zürich we saw a music shop......and yes ........they where playing Tina's ' All the Best ' CD , it was number one in Switzerland! and my photo proves it ;-)

On the tain we had our own compartiment ( nice! ) and there we talked about the things that happend in the weekend , and we looked at some things from Tina and listened to some music ( euhmmm........Tina offcourse!, what did you expect....? ).

and you will not believe it.......but....

When i got back in Gent.........i still had to take the train to the town where i live.........so i deceided the train would be best.......saw him standing ready to leave........so i got on..........i was tired and therefore happy that the train would leave soon.......once the train left the railway station......the lady on the speakers..........' welcome on the train to Brugge '...........i was going crazy..........LOL , i was on the wrong train.......so next station i got off and waited for a train back to Gent .........once there the safest thing was to take a taxi home......so i did that! ;-)

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But.........this weekend was the weekend of my life! would not have missed it for a thing!

I will always remember it...........and.......i can't and will not forget this:

SPECIAL THANKS to:

  • Annemie & her mother for helping me.........and for their friendship.
  • Benjamin & Mathieu for their friendship and the wonderful time in Zürich
  • Tina Turner for her signature and for being there.........and for her music!
  • Caroline........for her help for Hotel , flight and the chance to meet Tina!
  • Gilbert.......for bringing me to the train station faster then the wind!
  • My friends for their support in my Tina world;-)
  • Lars and Marco for arranging the ' Benissimo ' trip for all the fans
  • EMI for arranging it all
  • SFdrs for the organization of the show and the chance for fans to enter!

 

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