What's in a name?
spent some unforgettable (!) days in Istanbul, finally the moment
arrived we had all been waiting for... The TARKAN concert!
The concert ticket
Chris, Yvonne, Judith and me arrived at the concert hall, Mydonos
Showland. After having entered the front door, they kept us
waiting until 8.30pm before we could enter the concert hall.
Chris, Judith and Yvonne at Mydonose
the moment of the opening of the concert arrived, the press gathered in
front of the stage. They took some pictures of the audience and interviewed
them. They even took a small interview of me! - they were really
surprised to find people from Belgium (Chris and me) and Holland (Yvonne
and Judith) coming all the way
down to Turkey for a Tarkan concert.
Pictures of me, with Yvonne and Chris
right behind me
at 9.30pm, accompanied by the sounds of "Yaylalar Yaylalar"*,
the concert opened with "Unutmamalı" (Musn't be forgotten),
dedicated to the earthquake victims. In the background, images of
the disaster area were shown on a large screen. Tarkan, who was
dressed completely in white - white suit, white tie and shoes (!)
continued with "Bu Gece". Four erotic female dancers
accompanied him on stage. Tarkan, under huge media attention,
expressed he "still couldn't believe to be back in Turkey",
and continued with singing "Kış Güneşi", "Salına Salına Sinsice" and again "Unutmamalı".**
A male and female dancer accompanied him again.
* Yaylalar Yaylalar is a song
used as a chant by soldiers while in military training.
** I don't remember the exact play list of the songs, if anyone does,
please fill me in on it.
Tarkan dressed in white
Tarkan sang most of his hits
having changed the white jacket for a red shirt, he continued with many
of his hits like "Beni Anlama" (while he was seated on a chair), "Dön Bebeğim", "Ikimizin Yerine" and "Şıkıdım".
Luckily for us the press, as they were blocking our view, had to leave
the room after the first songs.
Fans greeted Tarkan with written placard such as "The greatest
soldier is our soldier"* and "I came from Kocaeli** for
* This is traditionally used
like something of a calling mantra by the farewell crowd as the newly
registered soldiers are sent off to camp
** Area hit by the earthquake
|And then on to one of
the high points of the show. Tarkan came back in tight leather
pants (yeah, that surely was a high point too... ;-) sexyyyy...) and a
very typical Tarkan shirt with reflecting stripe. To the sounds
of "Şeytan Azapta", a running board lowered and Tarkan ran
to the back of the bridge in order to sing a few song right in front
of the seated audience, namely "Şeytan Azapta" and "Inci
tanem". Coming back towards the stage, fireworks erupted as
Tarkan walked by. Simply sensational!
Sexy leather pants and shirt - definitely my favorite outfit of the
another change of wardrobe into gray pants and black glittering shirt,
Tarkan continued singing "Vazgeçemem (Asla)" twice (one of my
favorite songs), "Gitme", "Kimdi?", "Ölürüm
Sana" and "Gül Döktüm Yollarına". The dancers
joined him again on stage, and unfortunately for us, the press also.
us to the alluric erotic moves of the dancers to the sound of "Şımarık",
Tarkan perplexed the audience by reappearing having had an army
haircut! Talking about a surprise! He wore the same gray
pants and a white sleeveless shirt -very sexy again!- and sang "Şımarık"
|And so the concert came
to an end, it was over so quickly - like all good things do! We
were left so aimlessly, not knowing where to go or what to do.
It took us so much trouble (and money!) to get over there in Istanbul,
but it was certainly worth it. I wouldn't have wanna missed it for
the world! The days we spent there were a once in a lifetime
experience. And this concert confirmed again what we had
know all along: TARKAN IS THE BEST!!! Hope it won't take us
another 9 months to see him again!
These are a few pictures of Tarkan and
As you can see he looked simply stunning!
How, when and where we
met, and what we talked about is very personal to me and I would like
keep it to myself. So, please, don't overload me with e-mails about
Wanna know more about
the concert? Go to the
Istanbul concert page and choose your link.
A VERY special
thanks to a VERY special man (you know who you
are when you read it) for making this dream come true, THANKS
and to Ali Yıldırım
for filling me in on the things I didn't quite understand.