Well, I vowed I wasn't going to see them again because it wouldn't be the same;
but then they played Kitchener on my birthday very close to my new home in
Cambridge and my son bought me a ticket for my birthday, so I thought I had to go.
I went with my husband and tried to tell him about the new line-up.
So it was very bitter-sweet, more bitter than sweet experience, and I'm still feeling shock/grief.
After following them and going to their concerts for 26 years, it was hard.
We had great seats, 3rd row right, in front of Tonino and Cosso.
Tonino smiled back at me before the concert and I was happy to be there and then a lot of other feelings took over.
Like who are you people with beards,( Nicolas' sons), and why are you singing??
Nicolas did a few songs and Tonino did some crazy, (crazy-good), guitar improvs, but it wasn't the same. They did one together too, just the two of them. I felt like shouting out, you two are the only authentic bit of the whole line-up, what the hell happened??
I wish they would retire and patch things up with their family before it is too late. Some things are more important than fame and money. Would their contract let them retire?
I feel we have this reaction, not because we are being disloyal and hate them; it is because we loved the Gipsy Kings so much and are very loyal to what that once was.