October 2, 2000
No Iranian concert -- for a while
My wife and I went to Ebi's concert in London last night - billed as
"aasheghaaneh-tareen konsert-e saal". It was supposed to start
at 8, after the doors opened at 7. It was not until 9.15 that Ebi and his
band came on.
The venue was not right. A seated concert hall would have been better,
but it was in one of London's bigger discoteques. We had managed to position
ourselves upstairs in the balcony area overlooking the dance floor and
Within 10 minutes there was fighting at the front of the crowd by the
stage. The floor was jam packed (sineh-be-sineh). Ebi was saying "be
jadetoon ghasam, ye nim metr berin aghab, aakheh man ghorboonetoon beram
After an exchange of a lot of "mosht-o-lagad" from the "laat-o-loot"
hamshahrees and the venue's security guards, couple of drunks were evicted.
Ebi sang for just 50 minutes and went for a "short" break.
40 minutes later he came back, but we could only stay for another 45 minutes
until 11.30 as we had to pick up our daughter from the child-minder.
The child-minder, who is also Iranian, commented: "Oh yes there
was fighting at Andy & Aghassi's concert too, something to do with
Andy only doing a 45 minute set on stage."
As you can imagine we won't be going to an Iranian concert for a while.