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Prespes concert - 24th August 2002

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Who is the first to report?

Anna, Apostolis, Pavlo, Eleni, Niki, Kate, Nikola, Rena, I think you were all there.

Please ?

impatiently waiting Micki :)

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"Προς τιμήν του τραγουδούν ο Γιώργος Νταλάρας και η Χάρις Αλεξίου, οι οποίοι ξανασμίγουν επί σκηνής ύστερα από πολλά χρόνια." What about this new meeting between XA and GD ?

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Some 12,000 people filled the island of Agios Ahileios at Prespes yesterday night (24-08-2002)

Here is the programme of the songs of the concert:

ALEKSIOU-MPASIS-KOTSIRAS:

-Tzamaika

-Paporaki Tou Mpournova

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ALEKSIOU:

-Odos Aristotelous

-Olou Tou Kosmou Oi Kyriakes

-Hronia Helidonia

-Tha Pio Apopse To Feggari

-O Arhigos

-Anestaki

-Matia Mou Megala

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Eirini Papa: Asma Asmaton

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DIMITRIS MPASIS:

-To Agalma

-Kamaroula Mia Stalia

-Methyse Apopse To Koritsi Mou

-Tin Skotosa Giati Tin Agapousa

-Tha Sou Kleiso To Stoma

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GIANNIS KOTSIRAS:

-Stamatisan Tou Rologiou Oi Deiktes

-Poso S' Agapo

-Otan Vlepetai Na Pino... (I don't know the exact title)

-Den Tha Ksanagapiso (To Mertiko)

-Proti Fora

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** GIORGOS DALARAS:

- Ah Helidoni Mou

- Eho Enan Kafene

- Mana Den Fytepsame

- Hlie Mou Se Parakalo

- Deka Palikaria

- Stin Alana

- Min Vrodoktypas Tis Hantres

- Ti Sou Kana Kai Pineis (MELINA ASLANIDOU)

- Vrehei Fotia Stin Strata Mou

- Ksenos

Alltogether without Aleksiou:

-Aponi Zoi

-Ftohologia

Christos Nikolopoulos was also there (with his group) and accompanied Mpasis, Kotsiras and Dalaras at their songs

After that i will try to give a more detailed description of the concert but Apostolis, Nikolas, Niki, Rena, Eleni, Anna, Kate were also there ans do they can also give theirs.! :)

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Dear members,

am I the first one to report ? Well, it`s been a few hours since I got back home still feeling exhausted ( the trip to the Island was a looooong one) but so happy.

HAPPY to have been at the concert and Happy to have met Niki, Helen,Nikolas Regnis(Chris),Apostolis, Kate, and Anna.

As I `ve already mentioned , it was a very tiring trip to the island-we had to WALK for almost an hour to get there.The place was already crowded when we got there .

We tried to stay as close as we could to the stage but most of us were standing through the whole concert.

At first some people talked about L Papadopoulos,then 3 actors read some of his poetry and then the first to sing was Alexiou (she performed 9 songs) She was great!!! In the first 2 songs Kotsiras and Basis sang with her.

Then Irine Papa-a famous Greek actor- read from the poem ``ΑΣΜΑ ΑΣΜΑΤΩΝ``

Νikolopoulos and his orchestra now on stage.

D. Basis sang 5 songs and then Kotsiras the same.

The were both wonderful very happy to be there-we could see that. I personally liked Kotsiras performance more.He` touched` me more ,what can I say?

And Now you know who is on stage. Our beloved G. DALARAS who performed 9 songs alone, one with M. Aslanidou and 2 more at the end with everybody else except Alexiou

(I`ve kept notes about the songs everybody sang-if anyone is so anxious to know ,because we`ve recorded the cooncert and some how I believe we`ll be able to give it to everyone who is interested.)

Well,I don`t have to tell you that Dalaras was the best of all as always .I `ll let the other members tell you more about the concert.

Personally the big moment for me was ``Ηλιε μου σε παρακαλώ``

So as everybody has understood by now ,what we all expected never happened.

WHAT A PITY!!!!!

Not only they didn`t sing together as we all thought they would, but Alexiou didn`t come on stage at the end as every other artist did.

I would like to know why. It was a big disappointment for all of us.

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What can I say!!! It was great!!!! Dalaras was once again wonderful!! It was a great concert but it was greater that I saw again my friends {Niki, Nikola, Anna, Kate, Elenitsa, Regnis( Chris) and Rena}.

I loved every moment of the concert. The magical moment or me is that I managed to talk to Proedro (L.Papadopoulos). I wanted it soooo much!!! :)

Because I'm not very good in reports, I let the others who were there to talk about this magical night!! :)

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The two days at Prespes was a great experience (one of my greatest .... I could say) for me as I met the members of the club (Nikolas, Apostolis, Niki, Rena, Eleni, Anna and Kate) and we exchanged opinions about Giorgos etc (Mia dalarosyzitisi 2 imeron!). The whole excursion was fantastic but I think that the other members can describe it better.... I will be limited to a description of the concert itself: :) :)

The weather was good for the concert and also there was nearly a full moon (the fool moon was the day before the concert)

In the beginning, there were some speeches (of some politicians, actors,, etc.) and L. Papadopoulos has also spoken. He was very touched.

First of all, Kotsiras, Basis and Aleksiou appeared on stage and sang 2 songs while after that Kotsiras and Basis made an obeisance to her, saying: «Τα σέβη μας»!!

Aleksiou was good and also touched being there. Her best performance, I think was at the Olou Tou Kosmou Oi Kyriakes and also the Tha Pio Apopse To Feggari

After Aleksiou, Irene Papas read some passages from the poem Asma Asmaton and then Christos Nikolopoulos came out on the stage along with his group of musicians in order to accompany Kotsiras, Dalaras and Basis

Kotsiras and Basis said 5 songs each one and they were also good. Mpasis had a good control of his voice but Kotsiras was more expressive and finally that did better effect on the audience.

And then Dalaras came on stage He was (of course) great. "Hlie Mou Se Parakalo" and "Mana Den Fytepsame" were great moments. I was also happy because he said Ksenos (The last time I listened to this song live was at the Theatro Dasous of Thessaloniki in 1998). Melina Aslanidou was also there and said Ti sou kana kai pineis and did some vocals in Vrehei Fotia. After that he said that he was very happy being on stage with Christos Nikolopoulos after many years

The duet that all waited for didn't finally come true (!) and even at the end of the concert when all the singers, politicians, L. Papadopoulos (he also thanked the composers that wrote music for his lyrics) were on stage and singing Aponi Zoi and Ftohologia, Aleksiou wasnt there. Even Lefteris Papadopoulos said: Where is Charoula? She isnt here.!! But Charoula had already left

We tried to find Dalaras after the concert (we managed only to see him before the show while he was walking with his wife in the streets of the island) but it was not so easy as there was some 12,000 people on the island and it was not easy to search him! ! We spoke to Papadopoulos and Nikolopoulos, however !!

Some bad things was some wild spectators that threw some bottles to those who were standing on their feet (όρθιοι) in order have better view! and also the politicians who came up on the stage and sang (!!) as the elections are near and the programme was shown on the TV

....

:):):):)

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What can I say?... How can 3 days fit in one report? They can't...

All I can give you is snapshots of a small trip...

Athina-Saloniki-Kastoria-Prespes and back

23th of August

I've packed my things. On my way to the train. My heart beats fast. My first trip all alone. Feels like being free.

On the train. A wonderful trip. Dalaras is singing and I'm looking out of the window... I see mountains, fields, ravines... I'm having a getaway. And it feels great.

On the railway station in Saloniki. Calling Rena to get instructions. First time I'm staying in Saloniki -I've only passed through it some years ago.

On the bus, passing by the harbour, seeing the White Tower.

In RENA's place. A warm woman is opens the door. She's treating me like she's my mother. She has cooked for me and we eat together. It's amazing but it feels I know her for a long time, even though it's only the first time we meet. But I shouldn't be surprised. Isn't this what has happened with all the ones of you I've met? From 4.30 to 22.00 we've been watching Dalaras videos, reading magazines refering to Dalaras, watching photos and sharing stories. 22.00 o clock. Eleni comes. It's so good to see her again. Can you believe that we live in the same city and yet we had to travel to Saloniki to see each other?

24th of August

Out in the city. We are walking by the harbour and near a rose garden under a wonderful full moon. We sit and watch the sea and the moon. It's a great evening. It's amazing what thoughts are passing by my mind.

Back in the house. Phonecalls with Nikolas to made the arrangements. We lie down for a while to get some rest. Not more than one hour. Then Nikolas and regnis are here. They come upstairs. It feels like we're a big family. At 6.00 we're on our way to Kastoria. Dromo painrw dromo afinw...

It's great.

At Kastoria. We arrive at 10. It's too early to go to the hotels so we find a place to sit. There we are. A small cafe by the famous Kastoria lake. Tired but happy. Talking, laughing, thinking, dreaming...

At the hotel. We meet Kate. Nice to see her again. Had some funny stories with the rooms. We try to sleep to have strenght for the concert. Phonecalls with Apostolis to decide where and when we meet.

Meeting. We are all set. The weather is cold and it's about to rain. We meet Anna and Kate in a cafe and later Apostolis and his father. We're all together now. Amazing. It starts raining. Who cares? We're on our way to Prespes.

Going to Prespes. I'm in Apostolis car with his father and regnis. Dalaras is playing loud and clear and he scares the clouds away. We are singing along with him. Similar things are happening in Nikolas car where Rena, Anna, Kate and Eleni are. Amazing trip. You are so close to nature. Trees and green all over as far as the eye goes. This is something I'm not used to here in Athens.

Prespes. It's a lovely, magical place. We are there. We are waiting for the bus to take us to the bridge. Nikolas and the others went there with their own car. Apostolis father's makes us eat. Wise move.

Agios Axileios. Words cannot describe it's beauty. Photos neither. 12.000 people are up there. We try to find Nikolas and the others. We get to see Dalaras with his wife. Heart attack. We try to follow them. They enter in a house. We go our own way to the place where the concert will be held. We met the others but few minutes later we are separated again. But united as well. I'm with Nikolas, Kate and Regnis. Apostolis is with Anna. Eleni with RENA. It's cold but my heart is so warm.

Concert. People come on stage and talk about Papadopoulos. Actors are reading his poems and songs. Eirini Papa reads from his translation of Asma Asmatwn. Aleksiou, Kotsiras, Basis, Dalaras. They all sing with their hearts. Candles are being lit up. Tears are falling down my face from time to time. The moon is up in the clear sky. Dalaras says: "For so many years I've been singing for you. Tonight alow me to sing for a friend. And you sing for a friend the song flows smoothly from inside you. It's a great love between me and Papadopoulos. And I hope it stays that way untill the end." Phonecalls to friend to share some moments of the concert. Excitment, happiness, joy, even love are my feelings. It wasn't that way during the whole concert. Many sad things happened in this concert. They were mentioned by the others. I just keep in my heart the good ones. Dalaras is shining. As all the ones who participated were. Not only the singers but the actors as well. Magical moments they gave us. In the end Papadopoulos is on stage and he sings along wih the others. Great moments. The concert ends with the presenter saying these words: "Καληνύχτα, καληνύχτα, τα τραγούδια που σου'μαθα κρύφτα, ζέστανέ τα σα να'ναι πουλιά... "

After the concert. We meet again the others. We try to find Dalaras. Hopeless. But we meet Papadopoulos. I'm so shy I don't even talk to him. Apostolis and Nikolas manage to be photographed with him. Papadopoulos as usual is saying his things... this time against a photographer. He's given him a hard time, photographing him repeatedly. And Papadopoulos while possing and huging people, his people, keeps saying to him: "Get lost... ****** ....You think that all concerts are being held for you to take photos?" We meet Nikolopoulos as well. Still I'm silent but Apostolis talks to him as well.

Trying to get to the bridge. Leaving the place where the concert was. We are barely moving. 12.000 people were there. It takes us 2.30 hours to get to the bridge. And another 40 minutes to get to the bus.

On the way back to Kastoria. I'm dead tired in Apostolis' car. Dead tired but happy. I fell asleep. Dreaming...

Back to the hotel. I can barely move. My body hurts but my heart feels great. I'm sleeping like a baby.

25th August.

Waking up with no problem at all. I go with Eleni and eat some bougatsa. We pack our things, ready to go back. Kate has left and I haven't say goodbye. Apostolis calls. We say goodbye and arrange the next time we'll meet. On the car it's me, Nikolas, Eleni, Regnis, Rena and Anna.

Going back to Saloniki. Thoughts are passing by my mind again... sad and happy ones.

On the railway station. No tickets. We'll go to Athens by bus. We say goodbye to each other. Nikolas, Rena and Anna will go together. Regnis takes the bus to his place. I'm with Eleni. We go to the KTEL, where we met Kate. Nice surprise.

On the bus. I'm trying to read a book. Hopeless. My mind travels away to all the moments I lived in 3 days.

Athens. I say goodbye to Kate and Eleni, take a taxi and arrive home at 24 o'clock. Mixed feelings. I promise to myself that I 'll do this again.

I thank you all. Rena, Nikola, Eleni, Kate, Anna, Apostolis, Regnis for the moments we share together. For being open. For being who you are.

Athina-Saloniki-Kastoria-Prespes and back. And Dalaras uniting us. And Dalaras making me happy and free. Even if this freedom lasts only for 3 days. But Dalaras keeps playing music and singing... So there is still hope...

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So I found how much it can cost to not go to Greece.

Does it mean anything to say thank you all once more? Well, maybe it does.

Thank you all.

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WOW :) Niki!!!

I watched it on tv but after your report I realised that being there was much better!!! You sure had a great time! :)

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Thanks Niki for your great report .. I think that i' ve also felt the same emotions and sentiments during this beautiful trip ! ! :) Thank you all of you being there ..! :)

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This is what Dalaras said about L.Papadopoulos :

"Τόσα χρόνια τραγουδάω για εσάς, επιτρέψτε μου μια φορά να τραγουδήσω για ένα φίλο μου. Και όταν τραγουδάς για το φίλο σου το τραγούδι κυλάει μέσα σου αλλιώς. Είναι ένας έρωτας μεγάλος αυτός με τον Λευτέρη. μεγάλος έρωτας και αληθινός. Κρατάει πολλά χρόνια. Ελπίζω να κρατήσει για πάντα."

DalarasSp.zip

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Thanks a lot, all of you for your reports! Especially Niki!! So warmhearted and sensitive.

It was a unigue event, just great! And I'm very proud I could be there. Although the way from Leverkusen to Prespes is a bit long and as I could do it only for this weekend, finally now I'm a little tired!

So just a small story:

Saturday, Athens, check-in OA Greek destinations

2 queues, of course I choosed the one which didn't move very quick. So, while standing and waiting and looking down on my luggage, suddenly, in the other queue, next to my small suitcase, a guitarcase.

On top of it a small label with a photo of Sting, at the side a small red plastic sign: ADAMAS G.D.!

I raised my head to see who's with the case!

No, not Dalaras, Kostas Konstantinopoulos.

And what happened?

The guy behind ( I think it was the guitarplayer who was with Xaris Alexiou ) opened the case...of course I took a look, yes! THE GUITAR!

This guy tighted the strings of the guitar and it was the last one, when he did it too strong.

'Pling' was the answer of the string, as it broke!

'Ooch' I shouted, as I was shocked!

And they? Just had a look into the case, do we have reserva, ok!! And closed the case

So, finally, my suitcase on the left, the guitarcase on the right counter checked in the same time.

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The duet that all waited for didn't finally come true (!) and even at the end of the concert when all the singers, politicians, L. Papadopoulos (he also thanked the composers that wrote music for his lyrics) were on stage and singing Aponi Zoi and Ftohologia, Aleksiou wasnt there. Even Lefteris Papadopoulos said: Where is Charoula? She isnt here.!! But Charoula had already left

Yes 'tis pity she left so soon, but as I saw in "TO BHMA" a few minutes ago, she had to sing at a concert in Thessaloniki too. This must be the explanation. I hope so, anyway...

But whatever may have happened, you all had a great time there, enjoying excellent poetry, excellent music and so many excellent singers and musicians and I am really very happy for you all !!! :)

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Wow, Anna, meeting THE GUITAR is almost meeting GD himself! :) Great :)

Thanks for telling us! And all thanks for the reports, it is lovely to get them! :)

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Anna, im glad to hear "The Guitar" is still well guarded and hand carried onto the airplain and not in the regular music crates that carry all the other equipment...I see Georgo still has has it transfered by hand..

When Georgo first got it he would not let it leave his side.He personally carried it onto the plain and would not allow the airlines to check it into the luggage compartment..He also carried it personally to the hotel after each show....Great stories and reviews of the concert....Thanks to everyone..

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