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August, 2nd, 2015: I have booked only a few days before the gig a flight to and a hotel in Berlin and thankfully still snatched a residual ticket for the gig.You might know this: You want something sooooo bad in your life. My dream, probably the same as it is for most of you, was meeting Shaggy!!!

As I arrived in Berlin at 6.30 pm (the concert started at 9 pm), I went immediately to the venue. There, I wanted to get in touch with a dear friend (shaggyfanpage [sissiluvsreggae]), who told me that she is already backstage with Shaggy! Now I had the proverbial ants in my pants and I also wanted to go backstage !!

So I waited at the backstage entrance, and after a few moments, Rayvon came out! I asked him to make a selfie. The next one who came out was Kue! I also welcomed him, introduced myself - he praised my work with the Page and we shot a "proof photo"! When asked if there was a chance to come backstage, he said he will see what can be done and disappeared. Shortly thereafter, the third member of the Ranch Family appeared: Paul "Rossi" Lee. I also imagined him, he also raved about shaggyfan.com to take me (I think as a reward for working on the side) backstage.

As I arrived backstage, I greeted everybody and saw immediately Samira and GC!! 

As I wanted to do a photo of the whole backstage area, I went one step back and stepped on someones feet- It was Shaggy!!! OMG!!! Himself front and personal!! 

I was at the target of my dreams. I asked Shaggy asked to take a photo and began a very short (about 5 minutes) talk. But then we were interrupted because Shaggy started with the concert. He promised me I could come backstage again after the gig!


Now I enjoyed the concert. It was fantastic....in Shaggy´s words: Boombastic! After the last song, I went to the stage door, hoping to get back to the rear. But the more than strict bouncers, which were provided by the venue, didn´t let me pass. I was yelled at and refer to the courts. Between about 200 other fans waiting, hoping to see Shaggy, my salvation came after about 5 minutes: Kue !! He advised the Security to let me in because I am a personal guest of Shaggy.
Under vociferous cries of other hordes of fans who waited even at the stage door (and under attack by beverage cups) I came backstage again. But Shaggy was not there yet.  I took advantage of the time and made interesting conversations with Paul, Kue, GC and Samira. Every member of the Ranch familiy is warm, tender and really nice. As an evidence for this claim I have some screenshots with feedback from these people about our meeting on Instagram:

And suddenly Shaggy appeared again and we were about 1.5 hours backstage. I could ask him everything which is interesting for me, for you or even the page. He did photos with me and signed a couple of things. I also asked him to make a jingle for the fanpage (you can find it on the start-page).

On top of that, Shaggy is following me now on Instagram!! A huge, big honour!

I wanted to thank every member of the Ranch familiy for making me an unforgetable evening! Hope to see you all again very soon!! Keep doin your work- it brings joy to so many people around the world!!!

Blessings to the Ranch Family- yours Michael from shaggyfan.com !

Now here´s for you the content of the conversation with Shaggy:

Of course, one of the first questions I asked Shaggy: "Is the counter on our Start-page correct?" - But that he could not answer, unfortunately, because he does not know how many songs exactly he has published in the past nearly three decades. He has produced by his own admission over 1000 songs.

He also told me that "Man A Yard" was not his first song, but "Bulletproof Body"! Although he did not appear until the second album "Original Doberman", but it was produced in 1988 and just before "Man A Yard".

His talked also about his dissappointment regarding Robert Linvingston.

Great, however, was his joy in the more than 60 million views for his video for "I Need Your Love". Although he spent the last years first in the dancehall genre (Intoxication) and then, unfortunately with far less attention in the Roots Reggae sector (OOMOM), it was very noticeable that Shaggy enjoys beeing back in the charts, back on the top!

Several times he also said to me that he does have a lot of stress, and so I asked him why it is no opportunity for him to do less touring? But this is no option for him. Sure it has its disadvantages, as seeing the family quite rarely, but he can not escape the magic of the stage and he loves to perform right in front of the fans.

A question which I also asked Shaggy: Is "Only Love" the second single from the upcoming album"? , and he said yes and asked me if I've heard the song (at that time the song wasn´t published yet). As I said no, he took his Iphone and a portable speakerbox and played the song for us all. His parts he was singing for himself as the video to right shows.

As he finished the performance of "Only Love", I´ve asked Shaggy if more unreleased songs were on his cell phone? He said yes and immediately he began to present us a few of the. I get goosebumps. Will I really hear now some unreleased projects of him??? OMG!! Some of them will appear later this year, others may never! I was such a great honour to be part of this moment! It´s almost impossible as a Shaggy fan to expect more from an evening with him. Shaggy is an affable, charming, cute, interesting conversationalist and I have enjoyed every minute!

THANK YOU Shaggy!

 

 

June 21st, 2017- I was pleased to meet Shaggy and parts of the Ranch-family again.

At about 4 pm I arrived at the location. I met a good friend of mine there: @sissiluvsreggae. After a few minutes of talk, the tourbus arrived on the area. All tourmembers except Shaggy where there and the tourmanager, Paul Rossi Lee came over to us and greeted us warmly. He said, we can come in with them if we want and and we are allowed to watch the set up of the stage and the soundcheck afterwards.

So we did. We could not miss such an opportunity. We also enjoyed the buffet in the backstage area.

As Paul Rossi set up the merchandising corner, we mentioned, that if we run the shop, the revenue would increase by 30 %. He smiled a us and said: Ok, please do! And suddenly we ran the merch-shop for about 45 minutes. The trust in us honours us very much! 

After we were replaced at the shop, Rossi said to us that Shaggy arrived a few minutes ago but he will stay in the tourbus for a while. To our great surprise we were allowed to enter the tourbus and Shaggy was pleased to see us again. We talked about everything we want to know and he presented us new tracks which will be released in autumn or winter 2017 or maybe never. A dream come true.  

Spiked with a lot of unforgettable moments, Shaggy said, we all have to leave because he wants to start the show. If we want, we can watch the gig from a new angle: We were allowed to stay in the back of the stage next to the drummer. We hardly can´t believe what we hear!!!! Amazing!

After the show we had a funny time with Shaggy backstage. Meeting Robert Dubwise Brown and Shane Hoosong was also a big pleasure. The evening was unforgettable and a big experience. 

A big big THANK YOU to Shaggy and Paul Rossi Lee, who made this possible. Ranch family rulez!!!!! 

Take 3: On 14.07.2018 I was pleased to meet Shaggy again!

At 4.30 pm Sissi (@sissiluvsreggae) and I hit the venue. Paul "Rossi" Lee was waiting for us outside to give us our green "Guest Stickers" for the backstage area. Arriving there, we first saw the rear view of an impressive stage, a breathtaking buffet (see photos) and last but not least Sting, who had a leisurely snack.

During a walk through the concert-area about 3 hours before the gig we could take a look at the stage, the mixing tower and the food stalls.

Backstage we were able to meet a lot of old, beloved friends again. But also some people, with whom only contact via Instagram existed (Melissa Musique, Rebecca Burrell, Martin Kierszenbaum) were on site. The joy of finally meeting them in person was huge!

Shaggy, Sting & I
Shaggy short before the gig
Shaggy´s wife Rebecca
Producer Martin Kierszenbaum
Tourmanager Paul "Rossi" Lee
Singer Gene Noble
Melissa Musique & Sissi Grimmer
Band (without Shaggy)
Shaggy and "Rossi" consult