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Dec 22, 2010

Aussie Fan Saves André Rieu


CLASSICAL Music Superstar André Rieu Credits an Australian Fan For Helping To Save His Career.
Adelaide Now: In September, André was struck down with a debilitating infection of the vestibular nerve, which affected his balance. Unable even to stand unassisted, he was forced to postpone his Australian tour. While he followed doctors' orders and rested for three months, he also started doing exercises that were suggested to him in a letter from Perth man Bill Henshall.
"The doctor came to me and said 'This virus, there's no pill, no medication. There's only one thing. You have to rest and wait 'til it's gone'. And I did that," André says. Amid the influx of letters, emails, cakes, bottles of wine, pictures, stones and sculptures sent in by fans, the musician found a letter from Australia.
"There was a very kind letter from Perth," André says. "They wrote me 'André, I had the same thing and the doctor didn't give me pills, but he gave me exercises to come back and balance'."My recovery was due to the rest, of course, but also the exercises from Perth."Mr Henshall, 68, suffered from vertigo a few years ago and found the exercises worked wonders. So he sat down at his computer and wrote Andre a letter. "The motivation was purely and simply, if it was going to work for him, everyone was going to be the beneficiary of it." Bill says, "He gives so much joy, so much enjoyment to so many people. "He addressed the letter to "Andre Rieu, Maastricht, the Netherlands". "That's it. That's all that was on the letterhead. I'm tickled pink that he got it . . . I'm so pleased it helped him," he said.
André has now rescheduled his Australian tour, starting in Adelaide at the Entertainment Centre on May 3. And he hints he will invite Bill and his wife, Anna, to one of his concerts. "I'm really, really very grateful to these people in Perth," he says.
Photo by Al Girard taken in Vancouver

6 comments:

Barbara said...

Andre you are just absolutely adorable, sweet, kind and you have a big heart. love you blue eyes, Barb

Kay said...

We can all be grateful to Mr. Henshall since André is back on stage again. It's so like André to show his gratitude by "giving back" to those who help him.

Anonymous said...

can anyone pass on the exercises that Perth man Bill Hensall sent to Andre for his vestibular nerve problem...my husband also suffers this problem. Cheers Julie

Rose Gregg said...

That's so wonderful. I had read about this Perth man helping Andre out. So glad for doctors too who use their nouse instead of prescribing drugs all the time and so glad Andre is better because of the help. Rose Gregg (Ballarat)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Rose, and I for one would like to say a huge thanks to Bill Henshall for playing a part in helping Andre recover.

Will we see you in Melbourne in May?

Dee (Perth WA)

Barbara said...

I think the exercises were to stand on one foot with your eyes closed, and walk in figures of eight, and this exercise really helped Andre. It's great to have him back. Barb

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