(Marion / GSI).
shared by Pat Larson and her friends from the USA,
with photo credits as noted.
Story credits: Pat L. and Cindy B.
Barry and Robin together on stage again.
Close up of Barry on one of the big screens.
Barry on the big screen with his guitar.
After the performance, before the encore and hand shaking with the fans.
“This time we’re going to keep it close to the vest…we aren’t allowing anyone in the sound check…but I assure you you’ll enjoy the performance…we have a big surprise in store this evening”. At that point I just KNEW that it had to be Robin performing. It HAD to be!! So, to me that confirmed it! I’m an optimist….I know miracles DO happen.
The way they did it though was sooooooooooo cool. I heard that the last time Robin made a guest appearance at the Love and Hope that it was toward the end of the performance when he joined Barry and Mo…so that’s what I was expecting in my mind.
But………….as the lights lowered….the back up band started playing some really cool beat with drums…kinda reggae in a way…and bluesy too…We didn’t really recognise it at first….turns out it was a new rendition of the beginning of JIVE TALKIN’….just totally cool! So that “got” us right there….then with all that energy in the room going on…we were on our feet at this point of course…the UNBELIEVABLE happened!!! Barry comes out in that bright red shirt and Robin walks out right there with him!!!…and grabs that microphone….(You Robin girls know what I mean ) The crowd went WILD!!!! INCREDIBLE!!!!! Big smiles on their faces, especially Robin’s. They had two big screens on either side of the stage so you could see everything!
Barry shaking hands with fans...looks like he's enjoying himself too.
Their performance was AWESOME! They’ve still “got it”…never lost it! They even joked a little on stage….Barry was saying something about his “mum” being there and that she should stand up…Robin added a funny quip (I didn’t quite hear it) and then Barry adds….something like this…don’t quote me here….
“Well what do you expect we’re just a bunch of stand up comedians.” lol too funny.
I happened to be on a table way in the back of the room and “gushed” to my heart’s content. I was actually hoarse for four days after the ball from yelling and screaming so much during their performance…I kid you not…lol We were standing most of the time but didn’t feel we were in anyone’s way except maybe the busboys. I even caught two of them dancing!…not with each other of course……lol. A number of guests also gathered on the dance floor in the back of the ballroom and danced during the performance…they were totally into it.
At the end of the performance when the band was still playing the “You Should Be Dancin” encore…I think….they went down to shake some of the fans hands that had gathered toward the front… so even though our table was in the back of the ballroom…around 800 to a thousand people there…we made a beeline to the front because we weren’t going to miss this moment for nothing!…and just before they left the stage I reached out my hand and first Barry came toward me…. and I held on to his hand for dear life….OMG!!!!! No kidding… then it looked like Robin stood back a second and looked like he was ready to leave and I caught his eye and he came near me too….I’m dyin’ here!!!!….. and I got to hold on to his hand too!!!! Right after that they hugged each other and Robin gives the thumbs up… and I gave it right back at him. It was an out of body experience…let me tell you!!!!
Barry shaking hands with fan Debbie next to Pat, taken after the encore.
Barry and Robin grinning ready to shake more fans hands....
Here is my friend Cindy’s report of her getting that awesome “Hug” picture.
Barry is about to reach out to Robin to get a hug.
The moment we've all been waiting for, the HUG.
Many thanks to Marion for allowing us to post this “Love and Hope Ball Experience”