It's actually not that exciting of a story.
Glasgow Pavillion 91 (I think I'll check the exact date).
First time I'd seen her live I'm with my pal Colin, guy I worked with.....good guy but kind of kept himself to himself.
Anyhow, great gig, thoroughly enjoying it.....towards the end Maria goes "This one' s for my good friend Colin".
My pal Colin goes to me by"this'll be 'My Girlhood amongst the outlaws'".
I give's him a look, but got on with enjoying the gig.
At the end Colin says "Come with me" and we go through this door, along a corridor......come to a staircase.....here's Maria sat on the stairs talking to a few folk, she clocks my mate "Colin.....what did you think?" I'm like.......gobsmacked.
So there's a couple of cases of Budweiser sat there, Maria heads upstairs but goes to Colin and me....."guys can you take the beers up please?".
It turns out that Colin, couple of years earlier, had followed Lone Justice on their whole UK tour and became pals with Maria......
Never told me.
So we took the beer up, we're in the dressing room.
At that time Maria was dating Ally McErlaine of Texas, lead singer Sharleen was also there.
In the dressing room there's me, Maria, Ally, Colin, Sharleen Spiteri, Bruce Brody (keyboard player for Maria and Lone Justice) and a couple other folks.
I'm like "STARSTRUCK" but had a beer and got talking to Ally, massive Celtic fan, so we were cracking away about football.......and our shared hatred of r*****s.
Maria comes over "What are you boys talking about" so Ally ( I'd already been introduced to Maria by Colin) explains "fitba" and describes why, being an Aberdeen fan, I'm a "Sheepshagger".
So we chat away, then eventually all of us head to a late night food place mainly burgers and chips........I think the joint was called "Change at Jamaica's".
Before the night ended she signed my ticket "Love A-baaaaa-deen(a play on Aberdeen and sheep) Kendo (my nickname)".
I still have that ticket in a wee frame.
It was a great night......Maria was (and I'm sure still is) unbelievably beautiful and just dead lovely and down to earth.
Ally, great guy, Bruce B ..... lovely bloke, Sharleen very quiet girl then, sat and said nowt.
Loads and loads of fun.