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Tatu at G-A-Y in London, 17th September 2005Time of publication: 18.09.2005
Although it was ment to start at 8.30 pm in The Edge, some of the fans were already there, snuggled around a large table. Some old faces were there (Debz, CTU) and new ones as well. I joined around 7.45 pm, and we were joined by Lucy and her mates, then Chey appeared. About a dozen in all.
Top marks to the girl that appeared in jeans and miraculosly re-appeared in a very fetching tartan mini.....! Debz showed us her dirty piccies of Yul taken at cd;uk earlier. She gets to see all the best bits....
We moved on to G-A-Y bar; bad move. It was packed and only three (hard-working) guys to serve over 200 punters. Crap! I didn't even get a drink and although promised, no Tatu on the video screens. S**t.
Me and Chey moved on to an agreable Irish pub, well, quiet so you could chat (but what WAS that smell?) and the others finished their drinks and moved to the queue at 10.15.
In the queue someone (who will remain nameless) chalked TATU over every bit of spare wall he could find.
We were one of the first in, I left my big Russian flag with reception to see if they could take it round the back and get the girls to sign in. Some hope, I never expected to see the flag again. But, you never know...
We had to wait THREE long hours for our heroines. No, they weren't late, mucking around or being bolshy. That was the schedule. Try to pass three hours of cheesy disco whilst drinking the minimum of beer so as not to lose your place; and starving in the process. It must be love.
What can I say. After a songstress I'd never heard of sang a tune I didn't want to hear, it was our turn. It was all about us.
*From Russia, will you please give a big welcome for....t..A..T..u!!!!*
Like he had to ask.
Dim the lights, on come the girls. Julia wearing an identical kit to the video, but minus the fishnets, and Lena looking very sophisticated in a dress-suit; she should have been carrying a clipboard.....
They belted out All About Us first; I think Lena was live, but not so sure about Yulia, I never saw her lips move, mind you I couldnt keep my eyes off her legs. They shone so brightly with a little twinkle, could have been faint hair or very fine shiny tights, oh, if only I could heve touched to find out!
We natch joined in the song, and then we had Not Gonna Get Us, with me trying to scream out the stuff in Russian. By then I was well hourse anyway. Finally they gave us All The Things She Said, but in the middle they looked at the crowd, and we were baying them to kiss but they didn't. A little peck on the lips would have been nice,girls!
After that, the PA brought some flowers on for them, and asked them, in Russian, to do an encore. They belted out All About Us again.
Wonderful stuff. For an open gig it was just about right, stuff the non-fans could sing along to.
Despite some stuff on the G-A-Y website, there were no problems on the night at all, just some pushing and shoving to get to the front! Everyone had the right attitude, and there were even some real Russians in the crowd! Fantastic.
I was sitting on the stairs of the entrance foyer at the end, calling a mate after saying bye to Debz and Chey. I got a tap on my shoulder, it was one of the managers. He had my flag. Not only had the girls signed it, they wrote some lovely stuff on too. And, I can authenticate it too...how? Cos I wrote "xyn Bohne" instead of "xyn bonhe" and only a Russian would have spotted that, and the girls corrected it for me!!
Stuff all my personal things and money at home, that flag now means everything to me, and I ain't never gonna let it go.
They are more beautiful in real life than on video.
Thank you for being my favourite group in the world, ever.
By howard h for tatu.us
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