The Schlagerboys world came to an end last night when, after 12 years, we finally met schlager icon, Shirley Clamp! Oh My God!!!
We're been trying to meet Dame Shirley since 2004 but it's never happened. There have been a couple of close runs; one in 2005 at Stockholm Pride where we did talk to her over a table and she signed a postcard, but we never got a photo and a horrible manager-type moved us on quickly,
We bombarded Dame Shirley's manager with emails at this time asking for an interview in various hotel bars whenever we visited Sweden (quite a lot in those days). Our favourite response was, "Shirley does not meet journalists in bars" which we thought at the time was hilarious.
We came close in 2006 when she was scheduled to appear at some event in Gothenburg and we were there. We emailed manager to say we were going and asked to meet. Shirley then cancelled.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago and Dame Shirley did Eurofest in London. We were very excited to get her to answer questions for an interview via email but when we requested a back stage photo meet, the organisers refused! It was a schlager outrage!! We've never forgiven them!
Last night we finally got to meet our schlager idol and tell her how fabulous she was and what an influence she has been to our schlager lives. When ever we face a conundrum in life we always think "What would Shirley Clamp do?". We waited 12 years for that photo but it was worth it. We couldn't resist asking her to do some schlager poses for us too.
We may have to retire now. We've done everything!
Mind you,there's still Lotta Engberg to have....