When i bought the ticket for the meet & greet in Birmingham last november I was the happiest person in the world and got really excited about meeting my biggest idol, Bette Midler, in person. In the confirmation of the ticket buying process I was told that I would get all the informationÂ about that evening before the concert. Â As i didnt receive any information 2 weeks before the concert, i wrote vipnation to ask when the meet & greet would be and when i would have to be at the concert hall on that special day. They told me the meet & greet would be before the concert and that i would Â have to be in birmingham Â at 15:00. So i booked my flight from vienna to london and the train from london to birmingham. For the return trip to london i booked the last train that was possible to have as much time for the concert as possible. One week before the concert i got the regular information which told me the meet & greet would be after the show and so i hoped that everything would be in time and that i could get my train back to london after the concert.
I traveled to london the day before the concert and on the final day i got up early and spent the day in birmingham.Â What really surprised me was that i didn get nervous about being eye to eye with the most divine person in the world.Â The day went by fast and i had to check in at 17:00 for the dinner.Â As i dont know any hardcore Bette Midler fans like me in person it was so great to meet all these wonderfull people who love and adore her like i do or even more. During the dinner i went down to the souvenir shop to buy all the stuff i wanted and as a nerd for merchandise i also bought the ukulele (and still dont regret it).
When I sat down for the concert i also met another sweet couple who were placed next to me who also loved Bette as much as i did. When the curtain opened i was thrilled for a moment to have Bette Midler right in front of me â€“ just some meters away, reassured quickly.
After the concert when we got collected together and were taken to the room where we were finally to Â meet Bette it did not change â€“ i still was really calm. Then she came in the room and we lined up for meeting her one by one. When it was my turn, i gave my bags to one of her assistantsÂ and my present for Bette to another one of her assistants.
We got introduced to her and she saidÂ â€œhi Benny â€“ how are you?â€. I told her iâ€˜m a fan of hers since i saw her riding on her riding broom. Then the picture was taken and i told her that i came all the way from vienna to meet her and that she has never been there. She told me that she went to vienna many times but never for a concert â€“ only for food. I always had the stupid train on my mind and so i forgot to tell her about the present. So i thanked her and left without saying anything about it. If you want to know â€“ i bought her a necklace with 7 â€œSisi-Starsâ€ made of Swarovski Crystals. One for every 10 years of her life.
I ran to my train and was lucky to reach it. Back in London i realised what happend that evening and that i just had met Miss Bette Midler. All my blood rushed up to my head and i had a little breakdown. I went straight to the next hotel and stayed there for the night. It took me one complete day to recover and come back to myself.
IT was worth every effort. I made my biggest and till that day most far away wish come true. I have met the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, and will capture this moment till the day i die. I will write in my testament that on my gravestone will be written â€œhis biggest dream came true â€“ he met Bette Midler and was the happiest person alive.