We just got amazing photographs of Thomas during the Déjà Vu Festival in Szeged, Hungary.
Thank you Erika Endresz and Nora Baranyai for these great images and your article
about the show. Enjoy! Thomas Anders Webteam
Thomas Anders and theModern Talking Band fires up the summer season in Hungary
Déjà Vu Festival is a new, flagship brand of season opening music events in Southern Hungary, held for the very first time in the lovely, medieval town of Szeged. Who else would be more suitable to kick off the Summer Holiday than the favorite pop-star of many generations, Thomas Anders and the guys of the Modern Talking Band?
After the opening evening on Thursday, Thomas conquered the stage Friday night – the show took off at the somewhat unusual time of 9.30 pm – by that time, temperatures dropped to the bearable 20’s instead of the boiling 33 that we had earlier that day and stage lights prevailed perfectly under the starry skies.
But before we could dive ourselves into an exceptional performance, the evening started with a meet-and-great at the local shopping mall (extra bonus: air conditioning inside) where all 400 fans that showed up, could fulfill their long-awaited dream of getting a photo together with their childhood idol. We also have to give credit to Thomas for dispensing several hundreds of autographs – and still being able to hold the microphone steady later that night. Around 9 pm, a solid party crowd of 4000-4500 people gathered tightly around the main stage, expecting something to happen. In the meanwhile at the backstage area Thomas and the band tried really hard to get away from some extremely dedicated fans – with little to no success – and the situation only heightened after the show, which made it rather difficult not only for them but also for the press and photographers to do their jobs properly. Well, I guess, it is just hard to be a superstar sometimes.
Besides the usual hits, the concert had some hidden treasures in store for the audience, like the unplugged version of This Time that Thomas performed together with Lars and an acoustic guitar – this unique adaptation of the song truly captured the hearts of many. As always, time flew too fast as one hit followed the other. Have you ever heard over 4000 people screaming YMHYMS together? We did! As it seemed, this reaction came as a surprise even to Thomas – the experience definitely was an epic one that gives you goosebumps on your arm and butterflies in your stomach.
On the way home I was trying to figure out, what is the key element, the very essence of such unparalleled success that lasts unbroken for over 4 decades? At every show, there are these moments… Moments that make it unforgettable, that make it differ from the others, a few words to the fans, certain gestures, the usual jokes with the band and the great humbleness that Thomas always shows towards his audience – and of course the tone of this perfect voice that still ensures that all shows go sold out, no matter which corner of the world he will perform..
Conclusion of the evening? We surely will see you in Hungary (or elsewhere) soon!
Text: Erika Endresz
Photos: Nora Baranyai, Erika Endresz