-- While Beyoncé was regaling the crowd during her Formation World Tour concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, one man in the audience had his eyes glued to a book.
“I always have a book with me,” George Papageorgiou, 66, told ABC News today.
The couple did not have to pay for tickets, which range from $100 to over $1,000.
“I’m a fan of Beyoncé,” Papageorgiou said. “I like her CDs and she’s a very attractive young lady, but in a big event like that, the acoustics are not that great.”
He watched Beyoncé’s performance for the first 15 to 20 minutes and then sat down and opened his book.
That is when another concertgoer, Michelle Gardner, saw Papageorgiou engrossed in his book. A video she shot of him reading went viral on social media.
“I think it’s incredible,” Papageorgiou said about the response to the video. “It’s almost absurd.”
Papageorgiou said he was reading Danube Pilot by Jules Verne, a gift his parents bought for him 53 years ago in Cairo, where he grew up. He said he has read the book seven or eight times.
“Now if Elvis was alive that’s the concert I would watch,” Papageorgiou said, adding that he also listens to music from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, as well as Greek music.