It felt like I had been waiting my whole life for a Suzanne Vega gig – then I saw her twice in two weeks. First in Australia (I couldn’t take the chance that there wouldn’t be NZ shows) and then I saw her in Wellington also. Was worth the travel. And the two shows. They were different – first one was with the full band and a set of Anniversary album run-throughs, the Wgtn show was her and long-serving bassist playing more a hits set, with plenty of great songs we didn’t get to hear at the first gig.
It was wonderful.
Of course I was always going to like it. But it really was wonderful.
After, I lined up to meet her – to say hi, get my record signed. I introduced myself (because we were going to meet-proper the next day and because we had corresponded a couple of times over the years) and she thanked me for my review of the Sydney show.
Got my record signed and we went off with friends to recap the show and uncap a bottle or two. I had work at 4am the next day, and got to bed around 1.30am. No matter, I skipped out the door. Several songs in my heart. And at lunchtime that next day I met Suzanne Vega properly and we recorded a chat for my podcast.
Dreams are real. They can come true.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.