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We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn’t have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky
Smoke on the water – Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
And so we all came out to Montreux. All (or many of us) from the Airport FAB Conference 2016 that is.
The occasion was the opening night of the 50th anniversary Montreux Jazz Festival, to which FAB delegates were invited as VIP guests by Caviar House & Prunier Owner Peter Rebeiz.
The magnificence of Montreux, with its enchanting mix of mountains and lake; the magic of the music; the warmth and generosity of Peter’s hospitality; the exquisite pleasure of a seemingly never-ending supply of caviar; and the sense of international friendship among delegates combined to make this one of those nights that will live in our memories forever.
I’ve been a very lucky man in my life to have worked in such an exciting world, to run my own business, and to have met so many wonderful people from around the globe. Of all the moments though that I have enjoyed down the years, there are few that could match the sheer pleasure of Friday night. Peter Rebeiz, a remarkable, visionary, cultured and generous man, was the most extraordinary of hosts. As weary FAB delegates arrive back home to all parts of the world, they will regale anyone prepared to listen about the night they all came out to Montreux.