My husband always jokes that Charles Aznavour must think I'm stalking him. I don't think I've missed any of his Montréal concerts since the 1970's (and there have been a lot of them)! Front row? You bet! But that wasn't enough. There was the time he performed in Ottawa and really, that's only a two hour drive from home so we went to that concert. And he was playing in Lille (near the border of Belgium). Well, we were in France anyway so what's a little detour north? And then he was at the Palais des Congres in Paris. Well duh! Aznavour in PARIS! How could I miss that?
|Aznavour and ME!|
Our First Meeting
Aznavour is a professional and seems to have respect for his audience. The first time I met him (yes MET him), he was at Place des Arts in Montréal. I was buying a poster after the show and the saleslady told me to wait, he'd be signing autographs. We waited. Unfortunately, it was all too much for me and I froze. My husband piped up, "she's your biggest fan". Aznavour signed my poster and we moved on.
Meeting Number 2
Again in Montréal at Place des Arts. He was at the stage door with a crowd of people around him. Lucky for me, I had had some surgery and was on crutches at the time so people stepped aside and let me through. I shook his hand, and said nothing.
Meeting Number 3
Several years back, Aznavour was in Montreal at the Salon Des Livres to promote his latest book. My sister and I sat in line waiting waiting waiting. Finally - my turn!!!! He was autographing copies so he asked my name....."Suzanne" I croaked. Then, he asked me (in English) if I could read French. "No, but it doesn't matter" was my oh so intelligent reply. The man is such a gentleman. I was backing away (like they do for the Queen) and he watched me and told me not to rush. ha ha ha. What an idiot I was! But, that's what happens when I'm so overwhelmed I don't know what I'm doing.
So, an Aznavour fan? You bet. Will I be at his next concert? I can hardly wait. Will he recognize me waving at him? I'm sure of it. :)