“He proved how fake we live; how we pretend to be happy about the deceit of toxic surrogates” wrote the Romanian press after the 1992 concert in Bucharest. The tears of his admirers, suppressed by the TV cameras when he left Otopemi Airport: he had brought newfound hope through music and performance they were never permitted to enjoy in their corrupted world, and left with it. It was sadness, desperation and despair in those tears. But moreover, it was the reaction of a nation of a once silent nation that had been given a global voice through their first music concert. It was sheer empowerment. A moment we, as Romanians, will never forget.