May 21, 2016
Our failure or Why are there two airports in Kiev?
Since Friday eveningI was trembling with excitement – looking through websites of Boryspil, Zhulyany, Domodedovo and Minsk airports I was trying to figure out when and where our beloved ones would appear in Ukraine. In the morning we had two options and a headache because of a difficult choice: where to go – to Boryspil or Zhulyany airport? But there wasn’t much time for thinking – at 2 o’clock fans of the band gathered on the Independence Square to rehearse a song-surprise for the band. The people had a great sense of humor, so the meeting was fun. Besidesthe songs,which attracted attention of passers-by, we signeda large Finnish flag – another present for the musicians.
A little rest – and we go to the airport. It took us an hour to get to our destination and during this time wecalmed down and became anxious again five times at least. Finally we enter the terminal building, the arrival hall, take the Finnish flag and cameras and then... a call on the phone. Arrived. They are here, in Kiev, Zhulyany. And we? We are in Boryspil... I wanted to think it was just a dream or a bad joke. But no. What shall I do? Go back. Only those who do nothing never make mistakes. We will see them later J
May 22, 2016
The day X
Sunday started early and nervously. The day which we had been waiting for had already started, and this thought didn’t allow anyone to stay calm. Secondly, there were lots of things to be done in order to give a fine account of ourselves. It took some time to lay out and pack presents for the musicians. In my opinion, there were lots of gifts and all of them were interesting and extraordinary. However, the only thought that within a few hours we will present these gifts made my hands tremble.
At the appointed time we gathered at the staff entrance of the National Palace "Ukraine". Besides us there were other fans that had enough money for the Meet&Greet, so they were waiting for a meeting with the band too. We also saw familiar journalists who interviewed us not long ago. This time mass media were interested in our gifts for Nightwish.
My excitement increased when we saw the tour manager who was in no haste to let us see the musicians. A few minutes of waiting, appearance of Ewo, trembling hands, a body search – and we enter the staff area of the Palace, where, in a large and bright room Kai, Emppu, Floor, Marco, Troy and, of course, Maestro Tuomas are already waiting for us. They are sittingat the table in a line, as if they were the examinationboard, looking at us with interest, and this only increases the excitement.
But there always must be a fly in the ointment, this time the guards were such a fly. Our photographer was already in the room, but seven other administrators of the fan club were allowed to come up to the musicians only in groups of 4 and 3 people. The first four people had come closer to the band, I was left at the entrance to the room, waiting for my turn. I could see the musicians well, they were sitting in only a few meters from us, obviously in a good mood and ready to communicate. While I was looking at them Emppu smiled and gave me a wink which made me extremely happy. It's no secret that Emppu is my favorite one. These few minutes of standing and waiting at the entrance seemed to be long hours. I saw my colleagues giving the first portion of presents, laughing members of the band and I wanted to come up to them as soon as possible.
Here, finally, my turn. I can not believe. Just like in a dream. Kai was the first one I came up to. He sees my great excitement, shakes my hand, encourages and asks how I am doing. I quickly express my admiration and ask him to sign the Ukrainian flag, which is now the flag of our fan club. Emppu is sitting next to him. Finally I have a chance to talk to the guitarist and thank him for his kindness on M'era Luna festival. The next one is Floor. I give her silver earrings by “Scythian Ethnic” and explain what this ornamental design means and who the Scythians are. Floor seems to like the present. The first time I saw and talked to Floor was in Germany, at that time sheseemed to me somewhat cold and restrained. This time Miss Jansen was much warmer. I come up to Marco. I give a long speech, say that Marco was one of the reasons why I started listening to Nightwish, he is listening to me and laughing. We give him a smoking pipe. Couldn’t open the box at once, but then... I will never forget Marco’s facial expression when he opened the box and saw the pipe. It was obvious that he liked it very much. Being amazed, he was showing his gift to his fellows. Troy was sitting near him. I am always very nervous when I meet Nightwish, but as soon as I see Troy I calm down a bit. He has very special energy, and I feel with my heart that he is a kind and sincere person. Well... and Tuomas. Just a look at him – and I panic. I admire this man so much that I have no words to describe what I feel when I am near him. This time (the universe has sent me the third chance to talk with Maestro) I finally told him that I wantedand asked that was eager to ask. After taking photo with the band I gave Tuomas one more gift – a Finnish flag signed by fans. He liked the present, it was a pleasure to see Maestro’s reaction, as he touched the fabric and looked at signatures. To my great surprise, when I was about to go, Tuomas took my hand and thanked. The touch of his hand I will feel and remember for a long time.
The whole process of gift giving did not take much time, but I lived a little life during those minutes. When I went outside I could not believe that afew minutes ago I was talking and touching the idols. I didn’t have enough time to come to life as the destiny gave us another present – the band’s manager, incomparable and racy Ewo Pohjola appeared at the door. He took a few sips of coffee, lit a cigarette and didn’t seem to be in a hurry. We took advantage of the opportunity to come closer. In real life Ewo was much kinder than I used to think. And now the manager of the world famous group was standing and talking with a bunch of fans, being absolutely friendly and relaxed. He was answering all our questions, and frankly expressed his admiration of our country and the city in particular. It was a nice surprise when he recognized in me the girl who was plying him with various organizational issues during the last several months. At the end of our conversation I apologized for that and Ewo replied with a smile: “That's ok, no problem, no problem!”and gave me a lot of Nightwish stickers. It was very unexpected and nice.
But we did not have much time for talking with Ewo because there was one more important task to do – while two of our colleagues were interviewing Tuomas, it was necessary to prepare a concert hall for a flashmob. Organizers had kindly agreed to let us enter the concert hall a few hours before the show, so we saw the sacred action – the stage preparation for a Nigtwish show. Incredible feeling! The very fact that we were in all the staff premises, saw (and even touched) huge boxes with Nightwish equipmentcan make any fans envy, because not everybody has this possibility. In the concert hall we immediately startedto work: we needed to put on the seats more than 600 sheets of paper of different colors that would form a Finnish flag. Those papers were not allowed to fall down and everyone hadto see and read the instructions.
Finally, everything is ready. We can exhale. There is still time before the show, fans of the band are coming to the Palace, and we are already tired but full of emotions and impressions.
The show started at 19:20. From the first sound of intro, people gradually began to stand up. This time there was no fence between the stage and the fans, and I was so close to the stage that could put my hands on it. We hear the voice of Richard Dawkins –- Shudder Before The Beautiful is starting, one by one the musicians appear on the stage, and finally we see beautiful Floor. Whatever somebody says, she is beautiful, very charismatic and talented woman. I am listening to the song attentively and can not relax, because soon we will have a flashmob. When the time comes, I take the right sheet of paper, raise it and ask myself how it looks and ifthey understand. I look back – one and all are holding their sheets of paper. I look at the stage, I see emotions of Floor – and it gives me a shiver. Yes, they saw, they understood. They appreciate! “What a wonderful Finnish flag!” – Floor says from the stage. Emotions run high and me and my "neighbors” are blown away. I remember that once Tuomas said: "A good concert is like a collective orgasm." A very good expression, in my opinion. I think, it is what we had in Kiev. During the second song I already feel tired and it is difficult to breathe, but do not pay attention. Emppu is standing in front of me, as always, staring at female fans, occasionally smiling and winking. I blow him a kiss and enjoy the reaction of a fair-haired guitarist. With each song I had more and more emotions and less physical strength – but in spite of fatigue, I felt completely happy. I would like to highlight the public – very grateful to everyone as they behaved politely, and there was no tussle or fights like at a concert in 2012! J
The concert passed very quickly. One moment – and the band takes the curtain. My eyes immediately fill with tears. I already know that they do not have encore, and the next concert will not be soon, and an infinite happiness changes intoan infinite sadness. Several times I managed to touch the hands of my favorite musicians. Tuomas saw me, with his facial expression showed that he had recognized me, and it soothed me a bit, but I still had tears in my eyes for a long time.
May 23, 2016
Good morning! Surprise!
After the concert, I could not sleep for a long time – I was full of impressions and emotions. I could not believe that fairy tale was over, and I wouldn’t see the band for a long time. Going to bed, I was sure that would sleep long, but... in a dream I felt as if somebody was telling me to wake up. “You must wake up”. I opened my eyes – it was 10 a.m. I was surprised why I woke up so early, took my smartphone, checked the fan-chat... and found out that the band was leaving a hotel at midday. It was like an electric shock. I jumped out of my bed, quickly got ready and ran away from the house. In half an hour I was already at the hotel, I saw familiar faces of fans. Made it! The band has not gone yet. Waiting ... time passes slowly, we are a little nervous, guards are mocking: "Are you fans? Yep, clear." After a few hours of waiting we saw the bus and some fellows carrying a lot of suitcases of different sizes. Later Ewo appeared, recognized us and waved with his hand. 15 minutes later the musicians go out. Marco comes up to us: “How are you doing?” After a small pause everyone comes up to him for a new portion of autographs and photos. Then we see Emppu and Tuomas leaving the hotel quickly. Maestro is waving at us, but doesn’t come closer – he is rushing to the bus. When we saw Floor Jansen, we gave her pink roses, and she was giving autographs patiently, although management was telling her to hurry up: we do not have time, there will be problems at the airport.
Finally, the fans let her go and the door of the bus closed, other musicians were already sitting inside. The bus departs, we applause and the Finns are waving at us saying goodbye.
P.S. Dreams Come True!
Coming to life at home (in less than two hours after we saw off the band), I log in on Facebook, and see that Nightwish official page has responded to one of my comments. I read, and I do not believe my eyes: It was great to meet all the Nighthearts people J And congrats for the Official NW Fan Club of Ukraine status;)
Luckily I was home alone because my cry would have frightened those who might be nearby. With trembling hands I am phoning to other fan club administrators. We are shouting together)) This feeling is something incredible. Our love, our work and efforts to show that love to the band were noticed and appreciated! My heart still misses a beat when I think of that moment. I thank the band, management, including incredible Ewo and, of course, my utterly amazing friends and colleagues from the fan club, I love you!!!