This is not a review concert.... this is little story about one of the most important part of my entire life! Thanks Raul C, Jon and Julio.
Kchito… THANKS, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!
Jun 23, 2006, Las Vegas NV.
“… after the show I was standing there, waiting in line to see Donna!!! In that moment I thought I was dreaming, maybe I’m sleeping and just when she arrives I’m gonna wake up! PLEASE NO!!!!!!!
First Mary Ellen came and talked with us a few minutes, she is a very kind person! We (Jon, Julio and I) took a picture with her.
Waiting keep beating my heart… and this could be no good because last march I suffer a little heart attack and doctor’s order was: “no hard emotions, no stress”, but c’mon! is Donna the soul I’m waiting for! Meeting her in person for the first time!
I was dreaming with this moment since 1976 when I first hear “A Love Trilogy” Album and when “Live & More” came into my hands and my ears see her in concert was like a mission, but here in Mexico this could be difficult, but not impossible!
In Feb 1994 she did three nights in concert before she goes to Viña Del Mar in Chile, I was there on Saturday Feb 12… She send me a kiss after my yell “I LOVE YOU DONNA!” and when she told us to ask her for songs, she went in front of me and said: “…you, ask me for a song, what song do you want me to sing for you”…. My mouth and my brain was disconnected… but after a few shakes from my friend I could speak just the name of one song: “All through the night” and she did accapella the chorus part… “All through the night, lay your head on my shoulder you can make love to my mind… and if you feel the magic , don’t be afraid…” I was in heaven! But one thing was missing… I wanted to shake her hand, give her a kiss, tell her how important she has been in my life! This was not possible that time…
In 1997 I first worked to convince the president of the radio company I work for that Donna could be a big success in concert in this big city… He said “OK, let’s do it, do what you have to do to bring her”, William Morris Agency, Stan Moress and a lot of people, telephone calls, e-mails, fax… the venue, publicity, legal permissions… I really worked hard… they said at least three nights, ok… two in Auditorio Nacional (10000 seats capacity) in Mexico city and one more in Monterrey in November 1997, everything was done! The publicity campaign start in August, OK!!!!! But…. a telephone call from William Morris Agency last days of July destroy everything! “Donna is not available for November, she has to cancel this Mexico concerts… She’s gonna be grandmother by those days! End of the project! The dream of see her in person was vanished again!
… a lot of scenes came into my mind when I was waiting in line, Donna and I posing for a picture, shaking her hands and telling her how much important she has been with her music in my life, this is gonna be real in a few minutes!!! Suddenly it happens!! A big curtain at the end of the hall opens…. a security guy walking … and behind him… DONNA!!! “Hi guys, how are you?” 30 years of waiting was ending! She raise her right hand and ask me: “what’s your name, where are you from?” “hi Donna, I’m Raul, I’m from Mexico city and I came to Las Vegas just to see your both shows…” “..thanks darling”… I took her both hands and it was impossible to contain my tears…. “..oh, don’t cry boy…” and she holds me!!!! “..Donna, I’ve been waiting for this moment for almost 30 years…. Thank you for your talent, for your music, thanks for being part of my life!” “…no, thank you for being a loyal fan, I love you” and another hug… “do you want a picture?” “of course Donna”, Julio has my camera and he focus Donna and me… in this few seconds I told Donna almost in her ear: “Donna, when a new cd is coming out?” “…what?” “yes Donna, we need a new cd”, “… as soon as I finish to recording it”, “ok, but, are you recording it?”, “yes, I’m…”.
This Time It Was For Real.
- Raul Mondragón, Ra