Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Woodinville (Seattle), Washington - Thursday, August 29, 2002


As one who was there, it was truly awesome!!!!! Missed Canut, but what the heck. The fans were adoring, the music was incredible (as usual), the Seattle weather cooperated and we had a blast. Who cares what some reviewer thinks of one of their pieces? However, I did agree that I could have used about another hour of encores......

Have only seen GK in 4 venues, but this is the best, by far, for me. We had reserved seats and those people on the grass had to get there mighty early for the best seats, but it was worth it.

At around 5 o'clock my son Tim and I arrived at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, it was a warm summer's evening tempered by a slight breeze.

The Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, a wonderful venue for such a concert, ..... a grassy field sloping down towards an outdoor stage with the Chateau in the background all of this surrounded by towering hardwoods.

7:15......... as if the heavens opened up and a warm provencial wind descended on us, it left me awe struck, the total abandon with which the band started to play caught me completely off guard. We were "seated" in the reserved section, why chairs were supplied is beyond me, as by the second song, after a subtle prompt from Paul, everyone was on their feet for the entire performance.

The "Gipsy Kings" kept up their infectious enthusiasm for the whole evening, Patchai's spirited interaction with the audience, Andre's unstoppable smile, Nicolas' duende, Tonino's craftsmanship, Diego, Paul and Titi all of them their tireless passionate playing never let up even for a moment. To ever meet even just one of these wonderful men from the Camargue, would be a great honour indeed.

Great backup was delivered by the bass player, the percussionist, drummer and of course the man behind the keyboards. A manifestation of magnificence, worth every kilometre of the 1300 we drove to get our first LIVE "Gipsy Kings" experience.

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