^ Of course you're excited.
I think it was sweet.
I've met them and talked to them a few times. The first time was at a signing in Stockholm 2012. I told Till I really like his poetry and he should keep writing more. He reached for my hand and thanked me, very sincerely.
After the concert that night I was invited to the after party and my friends and I got to talk to Paul for a little while. He came up to us and asked why we were speaking English with each other. "Are you not Swedish?"(we're foreigners so we always speak English). Very sweet and kind. Before he left, he hugged me, shook hands with friends and told us all to go inside because we were cold.
I saw them live in 2013 as well and Paul and Till came and waved at me and my friend backstage, but I didn't talk to them.
In June 2014 I met at a Biergarten in Berlin when I went to watch football at a public viewing place. When I went to have a drink, Ollie was in front of me in the line. He is seriously tall!
I met Joe Letz (also crazy tall!) who wandered around looking for them and then when I was going to the restaurant, Schneider was standing right by the entrance. So I took the chance to talk to him and he was very sweet. When I sat down to have some dinner I ended up sitting right among them. Paul was sitting next to me and Richard was standing next to him. Jacob Hellner, their producer was there too and I kind of forced him to be my photographer.
I just shoved the camera in his hand and said "Do you mind?". Richard yelled at him when he couldn't figure out the camera.
Richard also told me to stand in the middle, instead of next to them, and he actually grabbed my arms and moved me over.
I talked to them and some of their friends for a little while, they were all very sweet and kind. I didn't talk to Ollie, he was having a family dinner and not even the band bothered him that time. His wife was sweet though and she held the door open for me when I went inside. They all said goodbye when I left.
In December 2014 in Berlin I went out for a beer with my husband on my birthday. It was late in the evening and we went to a quiet little place. Richard and Flake were standing outside talking to some friends. Richard said "Hey" and nodded at us when we approached the restaurant, then got out of the way so we could get in. Flake smiled and sort of said hi. They just greeted us the way you would be normally polite to anyone here.
Inside the restaurant Paul and Till were having dinner with some friends. At a table close to us. My birthday is 2 days after Paul's, so they were having a small birthday dinner. Paul looked over at me a few times and smiled at me wen I looked at him.
The restaurant closed after a little while and we all left at the same time, so my husband and I took the chance to talk to Till and Paul. They were very polite, calm, friendly and curious and we talked for a little while. None of them had a problem switching between English and German (my husband doesn't speak much German) and at the end Till switched to English with me as well so that my husband wouldn't be left out. He was very curious about what we were doing, where we were staying and so on. Paul also asked my husband some things.
In September 2015 in Berlin I went to the signing at Kino International. While me and very few fans were waiting outside, Jacob Hellner came by and wasn't let in at first (their own producer had to wait outside!
). He looked over at me with this puzzled look for a moment and then looked at me once more as he went inside. He came back out and greeted the fans and then he just leaned up against the fence and talked to us like we had known each other for a long time. I told him that we had met before and that I forced him to be my photographer then. His face lit up and he said: "Oh that's right, the Portugal game!". He actually remembered me.
Very kind and sweet man as well.
Inside at the signing Till recognised me and I talked to him for a moment. It's a pretty cool feeling when your favourite rock stars remember you.
I was handed a free ticket to see the documentary and live concert there at teh cinema that night. I honestly don't know how I manged to be that lucky.
In December 2015 my husband and I went out to a small pub one evening and we got to sit right next to Schneider who was having dinner with a friend. He looked at us a few times and when we both got up I asked him for a photo and he was very friendly and sweet, to my husband as well. When he left later on he smiled at me and said goodbye in German, then tapped my husband's arm and said goodbye to him in English. Just to make sure he understood.
I've seen them a few more times in Berlin. Flake and his wife walked past us a few times one night, Paul and his wife have walked by in my neighbourhood with their little dog, I've sen Paul's son here a few times as well and Schneider was sitting outside a bar one evening. My husband bumped into Ollie a few times in our old neighbourhood.
I'm not going to talk to them every time I see them. Only if there is actually and opportunity to do so and be polite. I've never asked them for an autograph when I met them and I never asked them anything about
. It's not so important to me. They have all been very willing to be in a photo with me.
It's really cool to meet the people I've admired since 1999 and then have been so friendly and sweet to me. It surprised me as well how willing they have been to tell me, my husband and my friends things while we were having a conversation. So calm and natural.