By David Shalom
Translated from Portuguese for KISSonline by Jill Cataldo
On the eve of the first major rock concert of her life, Paula Schornberger, a young high schooler, did not have the freedom that she envisioned. She has been been camping out since Friday in the line of fans in front of the Arena Anhembi in Sao Paulo, where KISS is playing this Saturday. The young girl was being watched closely by her mother, who claimed almost to have torn up her daughter's ticket to the show when she heard about her Paula's idea to sleep out at the concert site. "She didn't want to let me come, but I said I would come anyway. So, after much pleading, she ended up letting me come," said Schornberge, stating that her mother is staying in a hotel next to the venue so she won't lose sight of her daughter.
"And she's not leaving me be. I am talking to you now, but my mom is sending text messages asking if I want something, She came here three times today to see how I was. In fact, she wanted to come here and sleep out with me, but I said no, because otherwise I'd be dying of embarrassment," said the girl. Soon after, her mother left the hotel for a few minutes and then appeared, quietly delivering biscuits, snacks, and supplies for the night out.
Anamartha Mecca, also 17 years old, in turn, claims to have had no problems convincing her parents to let her spend the night in line at the show. On the other hand, she still had to deal with someone else wanting to veto the idea: her boyfriend. "I wanted to come here on Tuesday, but he is very jealous and didn't want to leave me. So much that he's now going to sleep in the tent with me tonight too," she explained.
A thin drizzle started to fall on the Anhembi, and Gabriel Fernandes, 13 years old, was engulfed, alone, with some supplies arranged on a small sheet stretched on the sidewalk. "But I came with my mother, who is a big fan and goes camping with me," said the boy, denying fears of possible rain during the night, since he did not bring a tent. "If that happens, we brought a cover to protect us. I think it will help."