In 1996 I went to a Party in the Park festival with some of my friends. At the tender age of 15 I was generally a stadium rock and Brit Pop enthusiast and had started to go to concerts – my first being Bon Jovi, supported by Van Halen and Thunder at Cardiff Arms Park for the These Day’s tour in 1995, followed by Blur at the GMEX. Despite my general rock persuasions, I also had a perhaps stereotypical penchant for boy bands and teen-focused male singers. Take That tickets had always been impossible to get and they were on the verge of splitting up, so when I saw that Peter Andre would be performing I jumped at the chance to see him.
I remember it being a beautiful day, and I was looking forward to singing along to Mysterious Girl and screaming about how gorgeous he was. Unfortunately, when we arrived there was an announcement that he wouldn’t be attending that day as he was ill, along with a voice message from him apologising to fans. I was gutted.
As part of the concert we saw a performance from a girl band that were hotly tipped to be the next big thing, and they performed the single that they said they would be releasing soon. At the end we were handed flyers with their image on and were asked if we wanted to go and get autographs at the side of the stage. I went along and awkwardly said hello to all five of them, but didn’t bother getting their autographs because I didn’t think we would hear anything from them again.
The group was the Spice Girls and the song they had just performed was ‘Wannabe.’
The Spice Girls.
I had missed out on the opportunity to get ALL FIVE autographs from one of the biggest girl groups of all time. You can imagine my expression when Wannabe was released later the next year.
At least I can say that I have seen them perform in concert, I suppose.
Incidentally, I did get to see Take That in 2006 when they reformed at Milton Keynes. My boyfriend at the time got us tickets as a surprise, and even though he wasn’t the world’s biggest fan, he let out a bit of a shout when Million Love Songs was performed. It turned out that his saxophone teacher (we both studied music at the same Conservatoire) was the guy who came out on stage to do the sax solo for Million Love Songs, and he didn’t know.
I’ve still haven’t met Peter Andre though.
What about you guys? Have you missed out on something that could have been big, or have you seen someone in the early stages of their career who is now incredibly famous?
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