Music Diary – 12th January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 12th January!

Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten)

Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten)

Happy birthday to Mr. Christian Emmerich alias Blixa Bargeld, who was born on the 12th January 1959 in Berlin, Germany. Blixa became famous with his band Einstürzende Neubauten and as a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Beside his work as a musician, he is also well known as a performance artist, writer and actor.

Bargeld left school without completing and started to teaching himself in music – especially in experimenting with all kind of equipments. In 1980 he founded his industrial-experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten („Collapsing New-Buildings“) in West Berlin. Beside Bargeld (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), the line-up consists of Alexander Hacke (bass, guitar, vocals), N.U. Unruh (custom-made instruments, percussion, vocals), Jochen Arbeit (guitar and vocals) and Rudolf Moser (custom-built instruments, percussion, and vocals). On the 1st April 1980, the first performance took place at the Moon Club in Berlin. The line-up at that time featured Bargeld, N.U. Unruh, Beate Bartel and Gudrun Gut. One year later, the debut album „Kollaps“ („Collapse“) was released.

Blixa Bargeld became in 1983 also a member of The Bad Seeds, the backing band of Nick Cave – he stayed for twenty years, before leaving in 2003, because of focusing on his own band. With Einstürzende Neubauten, Blixa Bargeld recorded many albums all over the past 30 years. The latest release is called „Lament“ (2014). Blixa’s unique guitar style can also be heard on all  Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds studio albums from 1984 until 2003.

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Music Diary – 2nd November

Hey music lovers all around the world – welcome to my personal music diary!

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Today on the 2nd November I added some very different styles of music to my collection – so you can see properly that my taste has no boundaries at all 😉

Back in 1992 I was very happy to get my copy of the 3-CD-Box-Set „20 Years Of Jethro Tull„! Before that I had this release „only“ on vinyl (5-LP-Box-Set) and this one features unheard rarities, B-Sides and rare live recordings. So it was a kind of „Holy Grail“ for us Tull fans all around the world.

On the 2nd November 2007 I bought the albums of the German bands Die Ärzte and Einstürzende Neubauten. „Jazz ist anders“ which features a bonus EP comes in a pizza box – typically for Bela B,, Farin Urlaub and Rod. „Alles wieder offen“ is another fantastic release by Blixa Bargeld and his backing band.

And in 2012 I received my signed copy of the Woodbox Gang album called „Glorious Scars„.

Well, now you can see that I am into any kind of music 😉

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

More updates on „Concerts (May)“

Hey music lovers & headbangers!
I’ve started the updates for the section „Concerts (May)“:
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-may/

More to come – so stay tuned 😉

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Next update – „Concerts April“!!

Dear musiclovers!Here’s another update on my homepage – now the section „Concerts (April)“ is finished:
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-april/

Enjoy & spread the word!

Alex Melomane
P.S.: Comments are always very welcome 😉

Concerts (May)

01/05/1990:
LOUISIANA RED – Frankenburg (Gasthaus Preuner)

I can remember around that time I was completely into Blues. I discovered all these awesome musicians like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Howlin‘ Wolf, to name a few. And as I heard that Lousiana Red is going to play around the corner in a tiny village called Frankenburg in an inn named Gasthaus Preuner me and my friends, who were also infected by my Blues addiction, headed there to hear this outstanding musician. A very pure performance – just Louisiana Red and his guitar. Iverson Minter aka Louisiana Red died on the 25th February 2012 at the age of 81. Another great Blues man has gone …

Louisiana Red - Frankenburg (Gasthaus Preuner)(01.05.1990) Autograph © Alex Melomane

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04/05/1997:
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Munich (Circus Krone)

My second Nick Cave live experience – and another great one! At the beautiful Circus Krone in Munich the Australian singer introduced us his latest release „The Boatman’s Call„. Beside this he and his Bad Seeds gave us some classice and wonderful rarities („Mercy„, „The Carny„, „Plain Gold Ring„).

The Setlist:

Far From Me
Lime Tree Arbour
Stranger Than Kindness
Red Right Hand
Black Hair
The Carny
People Ain’t No Good
West Country Girl
Brompton Oratory
Let Love In
Mercy
Into My Arms
Henry Lee
The Weeping Song
(Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For
Where The Wild Roses Grow
The Mercy Seat
Plain Gold Ring
The Ship Song

After this fantastic performance I bought myself a huge „Boatman’s Call“ poster and a „Mercy Seat“ shirt 😉

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Munich (Circus Krone)(04.05.1997) Poster © Alex Melomane

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Munich (Cirucs Krone)(04.05.1997) © Alex Melomane

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Munich (Circus Krone)(04.05.1997) Shirt © Alex Melomane

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05/05/2012:
JUDAS PRIEST – Linz (Tips Arena)
Support by Thin Lizzy

Well, I do think that this was really my last chance to see the Metal Gods live in concert – the awesome Judas Priest stopped throught their farewell tour in Linz at the Tips Arena, a horrible loction with an awful sound. But anyway – Rob Halford and the boys will gave us a good headbang training, that was sure 😉

Unfortunately there was a support act – Thin Lizzy. It was really annoying to see this band – and they played far too long. But the cheesy perfromance was funny to look at. Especially the bass player – he acted like he would love to be in Manowar some day 😉 Me and my friend killed the time by drinking some beers and counting people who were wearing shirts from other Metal bands. This was really funny, because nearly any group (even the cheesy ones like Sodom for example) was represented in that way!

Before Priest started their show a huge curtain screened the whole stage and „War Pigs“ from Black Sabbath was played! A very good idea for an intro before the Birmingham Metal heroes started their set with „Rapid Fire„. The setlist was really perfect – Judas Priest played at least one song from any album which was recorded with Rob Halford of course! So no tunes from the Tim „Ripper“ Owens years, but that was more than okay 😉

The Setlist (Judas Priest):

Rapid Fire
Metal Gods
Heading Out to the Highway
Judas Rising
Starbreaker
Victim of Changes
Never Satisfied
Diamonds & Rust
Dawn of Creation
Prophecy
Night Crawler
Turbo Lover
Beyond the Realms of Death
The Sentinel
Blood Red Skies
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
Breaking the Law
Painkiller
The Hellion
Electric Eye
Hell Bent for Leather
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin‘
Living After Midnight

Judas Priest - Linz (Tips Arena)(05.05.2012) © Alex MelomaneVery remarkable was the scenery when „Breaking the Law“ was played: Rob Halford just turned his microphone to the crowd – he didn’t sing a note of this classic 😉

Review (in German!), pictures and setlist (Thin Lizzy) of that night you can find here!

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07/05/2004:
DIE ÄRZTE – Vienna (Arena – Open Air)

This show was one of the funniest I have ever seen: The German fun-punk-band Die Ärzte played during their „Unrockstar“ tour two dates in a row at the Arena in Vienna. Me and my friends attended the first show and we had a lot to laugh 😉 Most of the songs were from the current release that time „Geräusch„, but drummer Bela B („Wien, Du kannst Dich als gefickt bezeichnen!“), guitarist Farin Urlaub („Ich könnte eure Mutter sein!“) and bass player Rod Gonzalez added also some Ärzte classics to the setlist which you can see listed below:

The Setlist:

Nicht allein
Radio brennt
Ignorama
Angeber
Geld
Hurra
Richtig schön evil
Ein Mann
Deine Schuld
Ich weiß nicht (ob es Liebe ist)
Der Optimist
T-Error
Sweet Sweet Gwendoline
Anti-Zombie
1/2 Lovesong
Meine Freunde
Die klügsten Männer der Welt
Nichts in der Welt
WAMMW MESMAAG
Popstar
Ein Sommer nur für mich
Die Nacht
Revolution ’94 / Kopfüber in die Hölle
Schunder-Song
Dinge von denen
Unrockbar
Schrei nach Liebe
Biergourmet
N 48.3
Frank’n’stein
Monsterparty
Der Graf
Elke
Westerland
Zu spät

 Die Ärzte - Vienna (Arena Open Air)(07.05.2004) Shirt Front © Alex MelomaneDie Ärzte - Vienna (Arena Open Air)(07.05.2004) Shirt Back © Alex Melomane

Die Ärztet - Vienna ( Arena Open Air)(07.05.2004) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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08/05/1994:
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Salzburg (Kongreßhaus)
Support by Kim Salmon & The Surrealists

Unforgettable – my very first Nick Cave live experience! With The Bad Seeds he played in Salzburg at the Kongreßhaus.The performance was breathtaking and most of the songs were from the masterpiece „Let Love In„. After the show I was simply speechless and as I wanted absolutely a souvenir I bought myself a pair of black socks featuring the bandname in red colour on it 😉

The Setlist of this tour:

Tupelo
The Good Son
I Had A Dream, Joe
Do You Love Me?
The Ship Song
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
Plain Gold Ring
Brother My Cup Is Empty
I Let Love In
Deanna
Jack The Ripper
The Weeping Song
The Mercy Seat
From Her To Eternity
I’m Gonna Kill That Woman
New Morning
Loverman
Nobody’s Baby Now
Your Funeral My Trial
Long Time Man
Black Betty

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Salzburg (Kongreßhaus)(08.05.1994) Review Salzburger Nachrichten © Alex Melomane

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Salzburg ( Kongreßhaus)(08.05.1994) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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09/05/1992:
JETHRO TULL – Graz (Stefaniensaal)

My third Jethro Tull concert was a very special one, because this tour was under the name „A Little Light Music“ which means, that Ian Anderson and his band will play the songs in  acoustic style and regarding the official tourbook, which I bought myself (of course!), it seemed that some rarities will be played too! So we were very looking forward to the show which took place at the wonderful Stefaniensaal in Graz. And we were told that this special tour will be recorded for an official release.

Tull started the show with a rarity from 1968 – „Someday the Sun won’t shine for you„! I was smiling all the time, because I never expected this tune. More surprises followed like „Under Wraps“ (as an instrumental), „Nursie„, „One White Duck“ or „From a Dead Beat to an old Greaser„. The band was in an excellent mood and Ian Anderson talked a lot and funny things between the songs. Like his introduction to „A Christmas Song„: „This is not the time for overeating, heavy drinking and having casual sex with farm animals – so be warned, David Pegg!“ 😉

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The line up on that tour was Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, guitar, madnolin), Martin Barre (guitar), Dave Pegg (bass) and Dave Mattacks (drums, keyboard). The Austrian television did an interview with Ian Anderson before the show for the magazin „Seitenblicke“. This broadcast also featured two of the biggest Tull fans I knew: Elisabeth and Michael Cermak from Vienna (both passed away and they are still sorely missed – R.I.P. Gucky & Michi) ….

The Setlist:

Someday the Sun won’t shine for you
Living in the Past (Instrumental)
Fat Man
Rocks on the Road
Life is a long Song
Under Wraps (Instrumental)
Nursie
Too old to Rock’n’Roll: Too young to die!
One white Duck=Nothing at all
A new Day Yesterday/Kelpie
Aqualung
From a dead Beat to an old Greaser
Roll yer own
Reasons for Waiting/Look into the Sun (Instrumental)
A Christmas Song
This is not Love
Bourée/Double Violin Concerto
When Jesus came to play
Pussy Willow (Instrumental)
Jump Start
Locomotive Breath
Thick as a Brick

After the show I bought the official tour programme and after a little waiting outside Mr. Ian Anderson was so nice to sign it for me 😉

Jethro Tull – Graz (Stephaniensaal)(09.05.1992) Signed Tourbook © Alex Melomane

To have an idea of that wonderful tour just check out this video – it’s the entire performance from Mannheim which took place a few days before (5th May 1992) – enjoy!

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10/05/2014:
EVERLAST – Linz (Posthof – Small Hall)
Support: WORTH

Everlast – Linz (Posthof - Small Hall)(10..05.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane

Everlast – Linz (Posthof – Small Hall)(10..05.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane

The Setlist:
Broken
Today
Gone for Good
Friend
This Kind of lonely
Love for real
Long Time
Ends
Weakness
Lonely Road
Black Coffee
Stone in My Hand
White Trash Beautiful
My Medicine
What it’s like
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash Cover)
Lean on me (Bill Withers Cover)
Black Jesus
Jump Around?
Put your Lights on

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10/05/1998:
MARTIN BARRE (Jethro Tull) – Munich (Babylon)

Well, this could also be called „Jethro Tull without Ian Anderson“, because as Tull guitarist Martin Barre did this solo tour his backing band was:

Doane Perry – Drums
Jonathan Noyce – Bass
Andy Giddings – Keyboards
Maggie Reeday – Vocals
Joy Russell – Vocals

Unfortunately not many people showed up and so it looked very weird that Martin Barre played the Babylon which is a huge hall for appr. 500 people at least! And it was really strange that only a few Tull fans came along … anyway – it was a wonderful performance of one of the most underrated guitar player.

Some songs I remember from the setlist
(many tunes from Martin’s solo releases „A Trick Of Memory“ and „The Meeting„):

Running free
Way before your Time
A Blues for all Reasons
The Meeting
Morris Minus
Time after Time
Spanner
Another Mean Day
The Whistler
To Cry You A Song
Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix Cover)

Martin Barre - Munich (Babylon)(10.05.1998) Shirt Front © Alex MelomaneMartin Barre - Munich (Babylon)(10.05.1998) Shirt Back © Alex Melomane

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12/05/2005:
HELLDORADO – Vienna (Chelsea)

When I first heard some songs from Helldorado I hardly believed that they are from Norway! The sound of that band is very Americana (mixed with Tex Mex and Western Spaghetti rattles) and if Quentin Tarantino is looking for a new soundtrack he should drop singer Dag Vagle a line 😉

That time Helldorado was a four piece group with two guitars, bass and drums. „Director’s Cut“ was the current release which was released by Glitterhouse. Unfortunately not many people showed up in Vienna at the Chelsea, but those men and girls were very enthusiastic. So it was really an amazing show with some fine surprises as the covers of „Psycho“ (The Sonics), „For the Love of Ivy“ (The Gun Club) and „Jack the Ripper“ (Nick Cave).

Some pictures of that night you can find here! And a review in German is here!

Helldorado - Vienna (Chelsea)(12.05.2005) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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13/05/2014:
WORTH – Salzburg (Denkmal)

The Setlist:
Mrs. Rosie
Ain’t no better Way
Unknown Song #1
One Woman
Unknown Song #2
Hard Times (Ray Charles Cover)
Care
Music
Unknown Song #3
Fire
Let’s make it last
Unknown Song #4
Unknown Song #5
A brand new Day
One Way Road
Eventually
Lucky me
Instrumental Part (Interlude)
It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (James Brown Cover)
Fly
Return
Jesus gave me Water (Sam Cooke Cover)

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13/05/2006:
THE WEDDING PRESENT – Vienna (Planet Music)

A friend of mine, who travelled a lot with me around to see some concerts, is a huge fan of the British band The Wedding Present. And so he told me that I have to follow him to the Vienna concert, which took place at the Planet Music (formerly called the „Rockhaus“). David Gedge and his band were part of the „Gravity“ festival and they were on the bill on the second day. Before the group entered the stage there played a few other bands, who were really annoying (the only funny thing was a name of those supporters – „Castiotone For The Painfully Alone„, for example 😉

As I really didn’t know any songs from The Wedding Present I was very relaxed as they started the show. But after a few minuts they hooked me with full force! They kicked ass and so I was shaking until the last song was played. Very impressed I walked to the merchandising to buy me two shirts and as they didn’t had any CDs with them I bought myself later the current release „Take Fountain“ which features this awesome song called „Interstate 5„. So – if you have the chance to see The Wedding Present live in concert – just do yourself a favor and be there!

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The Setlist:

Sticky
Brassneck
Ringway to Seatac
Corduroy
Flying Saucer
Montreal
Wow
Keep in touch
Mars
Click Click
Daft
Kennedy
I’m further North than you
Reasonable
Mercury
Dalliance
Silver Shorts
Take me
Octopussy

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14/05/2000:
MEGAHERZ – Munich (Metropolis)

As I worked for a German music online company that time, we were invited to this show of the Munich band Megaherz, which sounded very in a way like Rammstein or Oomph!. So nothing really special to me, because this kind of music was and stil is not my cup of tea. But I have to admit that the perfromance was really very impressive when they played new songs from the album „Himmelfahrt„.

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14/05/2010:
WOVEN HAND – Paris (La Machine du Moulin Rouge)
Support by Josh T. Pearson

Another mini Woven Hand tour with one of my best friends! This time we decided to do three shows in a row of the „The Threshingfloor“ tour – Paris, Diksmuide and Amsterdam. So this concert was the start and it took place at La Machine du Moulin Rouge in Paris.

Before David Eugene Edwards, Pascal Humbert, Ordy Garrison and Jeff Linsenmaier entered the stage, the support act Josh T. Pearson opened the show.

Josh T. Pearson – Paris (La Machine Du Moulin Rouge)(14.05.2010) © Alex Melomane

And I have to admit that this performance was not my cup of tea – very weird and noisy in my opinion.

Then Woven Hand started with brandnew songs: „Sinking Hands„, the title track and „A Holy Measure“ marked the beginning of the concert. Then, powerful as always, „Tin Finger“ followed. The next tune was a wonderful surprise for me: „Swedish Purse„, which sounded very close to the amazing studio version, gave me the creeps. After „Dirty Blue“ and „Kingdom of Ice“ another new song was next: „Raise Her Hands„, for which Pascal played the upright bass like in the old days of 16 Horsepower again, filled the room with full force. The two new tracks „His Rest“ and „Orchard Gate“ were laid-back before „Winter Shaker“ kicked ass again. And with the straight forwarded „Off the Cuff“ the normal set was finished. After the encore break the wonderful „Iron Feather“ received the attention of the loud clapping crowd again. And the last song of that night was an outstanding version of „Kicking Bird„. As anybody (also Pascal, who put his bass away) expected the end of the song, David continued playing after a long feedback, and so it was no wonder that the people in Paris went completely nuts again 😉

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The Setlist:

Sinking Hands
The Threshing Floor
A Holy Measure
Tin Finger
Swedish Purse
Dirty Blue
Kingdom of Ice
Raise her Hands
His Rest
Orchard Gate
Winter Shaker
Off the Cuff
Iron Feather
Kicking Bird

Some more pictures of that show (taken by Robert Gil) are here!

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14/05/2013:
SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB – Zürich (El Lokal)
Support by A. Tom Collins (Denver, Colorado)

My first live show in 2013 was the one and only Slim Cessna’s Auto Club again! To see one of my favorite bands I had to travel to Switzerland once again (like I did before in 2009 and 2012). And it was my first time that I visited Zürich.
With my friends we headed to the location called „El Lokal„. It’s a pub/restaurant and not really a good place for a rock band. The tiny stage is perfect for some solo performances, but not for a group which consists of more than two people. Anyway – I was quite sure that the Auto Club will shred it 😉
A.Tom Collins, also from Denver, Colorado, opened the show. They played very nice tunes mostly from their current release called „Stick & Poke“ which was produced by Robert „Big Bad Bob“ Ferbrache, who also toured with Slim Cessna’s Auto Club this time and over the last years.

When Slim Cessna, Munly Munly, Lord Dwight Pentacost, Robert „Big Bad Bob“ Ferbrache, Daniel „Danny Pants“ Grandbois and Todd „El Peeler“ Moore began with the intro of „Americadio“ I found myself dancing, shaking and cheering in the front row 😉

They played a very tight and intense set – and it was just breathtaking again! Although they played already thirteen gigs in Europe the band was full on energy and approved once again, why Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is one of the best live acts on this planet! And it was so nice to see and hear that the crowd was also completely into the music – so another magic night has happened! Thanks to Slim that I was the „first sailor“ again 😉

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SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB: 32 Mouths gone dry (Edit)


The Setlist:

Americadio
32 Mouths gone dry
Cranston
Jesus is in my Body – My Body has let me down
This is how we do Things in the Country
Red Pirate of the Prairie
Children of the Lord
My last Black Scarf
That fierce Cow is common sense in a Country Dress
Everyone is guilty #2
Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
Do you know thee Enemy?
Hold my Head
He, Roger Williams
Providence the New Jerusalem

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15/05/2009:
AC/DC – Munich (Olympiastadium)
Support by The Answer

After seeing AC/DC just two months ago in the same city (at the Olympiahalle) this one was much bigger – an open air spectacle at the footballstadium Olympiastadion. The same place where they recorded the awesome DVD „Stiff Upper Lip Live„. This time we were not that close to the stage, but nevertheless we had a good stand for the „Black Ice“ show. Again, the Northern Ireland rockers of The Answer did the support before AC/DC started their „Rock’n’Roll train over Munich“ 😉

The setlist was almost the same as in March – one more song was played this time: „Dog eat Dog“ from the classic album „Let There Be Rock“ (1977) was sandwiched between the new tunes „War Machine“ and „Anything goes“. During the second set it poured with full force. You could see the water on the stages and when „Let there be Rock“ started I thought, that Angus Young would not do his show, because of the heavy rain. But I was completely wrong: He did his solos and rocked out in the rain like hell! I never saw something like this before! He really didn’t care at all about the weather, the rain and the danger (hey, he’s playing his Gibson and EVERYTHING around him was just drenched!). Nobody is like Angus – and nothing in the world is like AC/DC!

The Setlist:

Train Intro/Rock’n Roll Train
Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
Back In Black
Big Jack
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Shot Down In Flames
Thunderstruck
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot To Thrill
War Machine
Dog eat Dog
Anything Goes
You Shook Me All Night Long
T.N.T.
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock
Highway To Hell
For Those About To Rock

 
More videos of this breathtaking show can be viewed here!

AC/DC - Munich (Olympiastadion)(15.05.2009) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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15/05/2010:
WOVEN HAND – Diksmuide (4AD)
Support by The Black Atlantic

One day after the Paris show we drove to Belgium to see Woven Hand playing at the 4AD, a very nice but also tiny location. And this time the show was sold out! I was afraid that the club would be full packed but luckily this was not the case. So we had no problems to get a place in the first row. In contrast to the show the day before the support act was not that annoying at all. The Dutch band The Black Atlantic did a fair job for opening for Woven Hand.

After Woven Hand played the first three songs from the new album it was obvious that the band was more into it than in Paris. So the tracks from „The Threshingfloor“ sounded much tighter that night.

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The Setlist:

Sinking Hands
The Threshing Floor
A Holy Measure
Tin Finger
Swedish Purse
Dirty Blue
Kingdom of Ice
Raise her Hands
His Rest
Orchard Gate
Winter Shaker
Off the Cuff
Iron Feather
Kicking Bird

Very remarkable was David’s announcement before playing „Kicking Bird„: „This song is written by this Belgian fella“! And to be honest I didn’t know that Peter van Laerhoven has penned this awesome track for Woven Hand! This Belgian guitarist left the band after touring for the album „Ten Stones“ and it was a BIG surprise for me to meet him again at the merch stand! It was so nice to talk with him again and I still miss his awesome guitar work on stage.

More awesome pictures (by Bram de Greve) from this show are here!

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16/05/2013:
SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB – Martigny (Les Caves Du Manoir)
Support by
Hannibal Slim & Captain Boogie (SWITZERLAND)
A. Tom Collins (Denver, Colorado)

Two days after the Zürich show me and my friends travelled into the south of Switzerland to Martigny. A very nice village and the location Les Caves Du Manoir was just perfect for Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. But before we got our second dose from this outstanding band we had to be patient because of the support acts. First, the local two piece band called „Hannibal Slim & Captain Boogie“ started the show. Two slide guitars, one bass drum with vocals – a kind of thing which is trendy in these days, I do guess. Nothing special at all but they did a nice job. After that A.Tom Collins played their set like in Zürich again.

Well, I was afraid that Slim Cessna’s Auto Club will not play that long like in Zürich. And unfortunately I was right so they shortened the setlist and „Do you know thee Enemy?“ and a second encore („Providence the New Jerusalem„) were not played. But nevertheless they rocked like hell again! And one of my friends saw the band for the very first time – but it was obviouis that he would become also a huge fan and so he smiled a lot the next days in his brandnew Slim Cessna’s Auto Club T-Shirt 😉

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SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB: Holy my Head

The Setlist:
Americadio
32 Mouths gone dry
Cranston
Jesus is in my Body – My Body has let me down
This is how we do Things in the Country
Red Pirate of the Prairie
Children of the Lord
My last Black Scarf
That fierce Cow is common sense in a Country Dress
Everyone is guilty #2
Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
Hold my Head
He, Roger Williams

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16/05/2010:
WOVEN HAND – Amsterdam (Paradiso – Big Hall)
Support by The Black Atlantic

In Amsterdam a dream came true: Finally I was going to a concert at the wonderful Paradiso! I always wanted to attend a show in this breathtaking location, which was a church long ago,  and when I stepped into these halls I already got the creeps. And with the lightning the stage looked so amazing – words can’t describe it. So if you have the chance to see a concert at the Paradiso in Amsterdam – just do yourself a favor and visit this outstanding place.

So this was the last Woven Hand show for us (after Paris and Diksmuide) – number three in three days 😉

The support act was The Black Atlantic again and this time the boys had a home game. So it was visible that they enjoyed every minute of the gig that night.

Then Woven Hand did their set – and with this special lightning it was such a wonderful experience to see David, Pascal, Jeff and Ordy playing in this unique place. The setlist was the same as the two shows before, but that didn’t mean, that the concert was boring. Any performance of Woven Hand is very special and so you always see and hear new things. And in Amsterdam David did more of his vocal improvisations between the songs. For us, this show was the best of the three, because especially the new songs grew tighter and the band played them better from show to show. But we have to admit that all concerts were wonderful, amazing and outstanding. Every night had its highlights – like it is when you are touring for Woven Hand 😉

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The Setlist:

Sinking Hands
The Threshing Floor
A Holy Measure
Tin Finger
Swedish Purse
Dirty Blue
Kingdom of Ice
Raise her Hands
His Rest
Orchard Gate
Winter Shaker
Off the Cuff
Iron Feather
Kicking Bird

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18/05/2015:
JOSH SMITH – Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)

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18/05/2007:
KRAUTSCHÄDL – Wels (Schlachthof)

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20/05/1995:
IAN ANDERSON – Munich (Prinzregententheater)

Another very special concert: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson recorded in 1995 the instrumental/orchestral album „Divinities – Twelve Dances With God“ with keyboard player Andrew Giddings. In Munich at the beautiful Prinzregententheater they were supported by a band, which you could call „Jethro Tull without Martin Barre“ – the line up was:

Ian Anderson – Vocals, Flute, Guitar
Andrew Giddings – Keyboards
Doane Perry – Drums & Percussion
Jonathan Noyce – Bass
Chris Leslie – Violin

The show was divided in two parts – the first one featured the whole „Divinities“ album and after a short break the second part, picked with fantastic Tull suprises, followed. So it was the first time for me to hear one of my all time favorites from Jethro Tull – the wonderful „Heavy Horses“! Also „Jack-In-The-Green„, „Dun Ringill„, „Cheap Day Return“ and „Wond’ring Aloud“ came in a live sound the very first time to my ears. And the band didn’t play the other classics like always – so they arrangements for „Aqualung“ and „Locomotive Breath“ were completely different.

The Setlist:

In A Stone Circle
In Sight Of The Minaret
In A Black Box
In The Grip Of Stronger Stuff
In Maternal Grace
In The Moneylender’s Temple
In The Defence Of Faiths
At Their Father’s Knee
En Afrique
In The Olive Garden
In The Pay Of Spain
In The Times Of India (Bombay Valentine)
Heavy Horses
Life Is A Long Song
Sossity: You’re A Woman/Reasons For Waiting
Dangle The Billies (Instrumental)
Wond’ring Aloud
Cheap Day Return
Nursie
Dun Ringill
She Moves Through The Fair/Dust Devils (Instrumental)
Jack-In-The-Green
Bourée
Aqualung
Locomotive Breath

Ian Anderson - Munich (Prinzregententheater)(20.05.1995) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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20/05/1996:
K’S CHOICE – Vienna (Metropol)

Not an Addict“ was the song from the Belgium group K’s Choice, which charted nearly worldwide (indie charts). With „Paradise In Me“ the band of the Bettens sisters (Sarah and Gert) recorded a timeless gem which features also some other great tunes like „Mr. Freeze„, „Iron Flower“ or „To this Day„.

In Vienna at the Metropol K’s Choice played in front of a handful people, but nevertheless they did an amazing gig. I can remember that they started with „To this Day“ – so I was from the beginning until the end completely into the show. After the performance some guys from the Austrian radio station FM4 did some interviews with the people who showed up. Well, they interviewed also me, but as I was really speechless of this wonderful concert, I only said things like: „This band is unbelievable and the next big thing.“ In some way, I was right, I do guess 😉

K's Choice - Vienna (Metropol))(20.05.1996) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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22/05/2014:
WOVENHNAD – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Support: Our Survival Depends On Us

Wovenhand – Salzburg (Rockhouse)(22.05.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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22/05/2015:
MURDER BY DEATH – Munich (Orangehouse)
Support by Red Blood Cells (GERMANY)

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22/05/2010:
AC/DC – Wels (Fluggelände)
Support by Volbeat

This was the biggest concert event in Austrian history: Over 90.000 people attended the show of AC/DC in Wels! It took place at the airport area and when you look at the first video listed below, you can imagine, how huge it was 😉

Flight over the area just before the show:

We queued very early to get a good stand. So at appr. 2 p.m. we waited for the entry, which was announced for 4 p.m.. During the waiting the first showers came down and then we heard that the entry will not be before 5 p.m. So we waited on … while our feet and backs started to hurt. Finally they opened the bars and we headed to the stage – we stood on the left side and we had a good sight to see the whole band. So before our heroes started their show we had to bear some support acts. The first two (from Austria) were just crap – nothing special at all And this really didn’t help to kill the time. But when Volbeat from Denmark started their set, we forgot our pains for a while – a very nice mixture of Heavy Metal, Rockabilly and Punkrock cheered the whole crowd up. Then some renovations were done and so we were waiting again …

At 9 p.m. AC/DC started with the funny cartoon intro again before everybody in the audience headbanged to „Rock’n’Roll Train“! After „Hell ain’t a bad Place to be“ the rain started again and it grew heavier and heavier. Brian appeased:“ Hey, it’s nothing!“ Well, if this was nothing, what is really heavy rain for Mr. Johnson? Anyway – AC/DC didn’t care at all about the weather and so they rocked through the well known setlist with full force again. Funny thing was that during „Thunderstruck“ some thunderbolts appeared around the field – what a scenery! So we also forgot everything around us – the rain, the hurting feet and backs and also the mud 😉

After the show we walked throught the mud back to the car – that was not easy at all, because if you didn’t take care about your shoes or boots it could happen that they stucked in the mud, which was appr. 20 centimeters high! At home I recognised the dirt all over our shoes, boots and trousers – this is what I do call ROCK’N’ROLL 😉

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A very nice compilation of the show
(feat. Intro Cartoon/Rock’n’Roll Train, Thunderstruck, Hells Bells, T.N.T.,
Whole lotta Rosie, Let there be Rock & For those about to Rock)

The Setlist:

Train Intro/Rock’n Roll Train
Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
Back In Black
Big Jack
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Shot Down in Flames
Thunderstruck
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot To Thrill
War Machine
High Voltage
You Shook Me All Night Long
T.N.T.
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock
Highway To Hell
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

Broadcast after the show (from the Austrian television ORF):

AC/DC - Wels (Fluggelände)((22.05.2010) Ticket © Alex Melomane

AC/DC – Wels (Fluggelaende)(22.05.2010) Krone Souvenir © Alex Melomane AC/DC – Wels (Fluggelaende)(22.05.2010) Review Krone © Alex Melomane AC/DC – Wels (Fluggelaende)(22.05.2010) Review Kurier © Alex MelomaneAC/DC – Wels (Fluggelaende)(22.05.2010) Review Salzburger Nachrichten © Alex Melomane

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26/05/2015:
DEAD CITY RUINS – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Support: Mictrotonner (AUSTRIA)

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25/05/2008:
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Vienna (Gasometer)

First of all, I have to admit that I was completely disappointed by this performance. The album „Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!“ was beside „Nocturama“ the weakest work by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. BUT I have to say that we are talking about this outstanding composer Mr. Nick Cave! So if he records a weak album compared to his other works, means NOT that it’s a crappy one. To qualify it: Thousands of other bands would be happy if they could release an album of that standard in their career.

Anyway – the show at the horrible Gasometer in Vienna (the sound there is in most cases awful!) was really weird to me. It was far too loud and the mix was a desaster. And it was the first time that I left a concert: During „We call upon the Author“ I went outside, because as an admirer of the work of Charles Bukowski I didn’t want to hear his singing „Bukowski was a jerk!“ … Returning to my seat I was still wondering about Nick’s behaviour on the stage. I did know that he gave up smoking, but for me it looks like he has changed his cigarettes with coloured pills. And when he completely killed „Into my Arms“ I was very sad and disappointed. Into the bargain it was the last concert I saw The Bad Seeds with longtime man Mick Harvey who left the band one year later. After seeing and hearing this noise chaos I totally understand Mick’s decision.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Vienna (Gasometer)(25.05.2008) Ticket © Alex MelomaneThe Setlist:

Night of the Lotus Eaters
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Tupelo
Today’s Lesson
Red Right Hand
Let Love in
Midnight Man
The Mercy Seat
Deanna
Lie down here (and be my Girl)
Moonland
The Ship Song
We call upon the Author
Papa won’t leave you, Henry
More News from Nowhere
The Lyre of Orpheus
Get ready for Love
Hard on for Love
Into my Arms
Jesus of the Moon
Stagger Lee

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Vienna (Gasometer)(25.05.2008) Wiener Zeitung Review © Alex MelomaneAnother review in German you can find here!

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28/05/1992:
SOUNDGARDEN/FAITH NO MORE/GUNS N‘ ROSES
Stuttgart (Cannstatter Wasen)

A friend of mine who moved to a village near Stuttgart invited me to see with him the one and only Guns N‘ Roses live in concert. He was a huge fan and I liked them too, but not that much. The „Use Your Illusion World Tour 1992“ stopped at the Cannstatter Wasen. A very large area where appr. 75.000 people came to watch Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and the others.

It was a very warm and sunny afternoon (no cloud at the sky!) as we queued up for a good stand. Then the waiting begun until Soundgarden opened the show with a very weak performance. After the first songs, some people uphold their tickets and booed. Guitarist Kim Thayil’s answer was the middle finger – so the booing became louder and louder …

When Soundgarden left the stage a huge applause followed the band. After that Faith No More was ready to rock our socks off. All members were dressed in orange overalls and it was obvious that there showed a lot of people up just to see this amazing crossover group! A very tight and heavy performance impressed me and many others, who never heard from these guys so far.

Setlist
Faith No More:

Caffeine
Land Of Sunshine
The Real Thing
Midlife Crisis
RV
We Care A Lot
From Out Of Nowhere
Jizzlobber
Surprise! You’re Dead!
Epic
Introduce Yourself
Edge Of The World
 

Then the waiting continued until appr. 9 p.m. – finally Guns N‘ Roses entered the stage with „It’s so easy„. Beside songs from the latest releases „Use Your Illusion I“ and „Use Your Illusion II“ the Gunners suprised with some fine tunes (like the intro of Pink Floyd’s „Mother“ before starting „Paradise City„, the „The Godfather’s Theme“ and „Wild Horses“ from the Rolling Stones).

Guns N' Roses - Stuttgart (Cannstatter Wasen)(28.05.1992) Ticket © Alex MelomaneSetlist
Guns N‘ Roses:

It’s so easy
Mr. Brownstone
Live and let die
Bad Obsession
Attitude
Don’t cry
Double Talkin‘ Jive
Guitar Solo/Civil War
Welcome to the Jungle
Wild Horses
Patience
It’s alright
Piano Intro/November Rain
You could be mine/Band-Introduction
Drum Solo
Guitar Solo/Godfather Theme
Sail away sweet Sister/Bad Time/Sweet Child O‘ Mine
Only Women bleed
Knockin‘ on Heaven’s Door
Estranged
Mother/Paradise City

Watch this performance here – but be warned: The quality is not that good 😉

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29/05/1993:
RORY GALLAGHER – Bad Reichenhall (Sternenzelt)

This day was very special for me because finally I was going to see one of my all time heroes: Mr. Rory Gallagher! The Irish Blues-Rocker played in the tiny town Bad Reichenhall in Germany, which is very close to the Austrian border. The location was called „Sternenzelt“ – a huge tent, in which in the spring and summer time many concerts happened. Unfortunately this place has been removed forever.

Me and my friend were lucky enough to be very close to the stage to see Rory Gallagher with his classic Fender Stratocaster in full action. The line up of his band was:

Mark Feltham (Harp)
Richard Newman (Drums)
David Levy (Bass)
Jim Leverton (Keyboards)

Unfortunately I can’t remember the exact setlist of this memorable concert, but Rory played among others „Out on the Western Plain„, „The Loop„, „Tattoo’d Lady„, „Bullfrog Blues“ and „Messin‘ with the Kid„. During the show a man held the vinyl cover of the classic album „Irish Tour ’74“ over to Rory for signing. Strangely it seemed that he was not really happy with it and so he threw the signed cover back on the stage after one or two songs. Maybe he was frustrated that Rory didn’t play all the tunes from that record …

Rory Gallagher - Bad Reichenhall (Sternenzelt)(29.05.1993) Ticket © Alex Melomane

Rory Gallagher, one of the best and outstanding guitar players, died on the 14th June 1995 at the age of 48.

Rory Gallagher – Obituary "Salzburger Nachrichten" © Alex Melomane

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29/05/2010:
MURDER BY DEATH – Munich (Ampere)

My third live experience with the fantastic Murder By Death from Bloomington, Indiana. This time I had the chance to meet singer Adam Turla before the show for an interview, which I did for the Austrian independent radio station B138. It was a very funny and interesting conversation which you can stream/download for free here!

Many of the songs that night were played from the current release „Good Morning, Magpie„, another masterpiece by this outstanding band.

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The Setlist:

’52 Ford
Sometimes the Line walks you
Ball & Chain
Black Spot
A Masters in Reverse Psychology
White Noise
King of the Gutters, Prince of the Dogs
Steal away
Foxglove
On the Dark Streets below
Yes
Bang Bang (my Baby shot me down)(Sonny & Cher Cover)
Brother
Raw Deal
Comin’ Home
Until Morale improves, the Beatings will continue
Dynamite Mine
One more Notch
Spring Break 1899
Rumbrave
Those who stayed
Boy Decide

After the concert I did some shopping for another Murder By Death shirt and I thanked Adam for the interview. He, Sarah, Matt and Dagan were so nice to sign some pictures which I had taken a few years before 😉

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31/05/2001:
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Munich (Zenith)
Support by Goldfrapp

In 2001 NIck Cave & The Bad Seeds recorded their masterpiece „No More Shall We Part„, for me, one of the best albums ever recorded! So I was very looking forward to this concert, which took place in a horrible huge hall called Zenith in Munich.

First we just checked this impersonal hall – a very old factory building. During walking around the support act Goldfrapp opened the show. This indie-electronic band entered the charts with the album „Felt Mountain„. And for this kind of group the Zenith was the worst place to play live. These kind of sounds need a small club atmosphere and not a hall which has place for thousands of people …

When Goldfrapp left the stage we found our place – perfect situated between the bar and the stage. With a beer in my hand I was ready for Mr. Nick Cave and when he and The Bad Seeds started with „Fifteen Feet of pure White Snow“ I was completely into the performance. And with the next tune the goose flesh became more and more: „Oh my Lord„, one of Cave’s best compositions drove me to tears of happiness. The other songs were a fantastic mixture of brandew tracks, classics and rarities just like „Saint Huck“ or „The Curse of Millhaven„. For that a big clipboard was prepared for Nick – just in case he forgot some of the lyrics 😉

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Munich (Zenith)(31.05.2001) Ticket © Alex MelomaneThe Setlist:

Fifteen Feet of pure white Snow
Oh my Lord
Lime-Tree Arbour
Red Right Hand
As I sat sadly by her Side
Do you love me?
The Weeping Song
Love Letter
We came along this Road
Papa won’t leave you Henry
Hallelujah
The Mercy Seat
And no more shall we part
The Ship Song
Stagger Lee
Saint Huck
The Curse of Millhaven

After one of the best shows I have ever attended I bought myself the official tourbook. Now years after this memorable concert I now know that this was Nick Cave at his best. Hallelujah!

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Munich (Zenith)(31.05.2001) Tourbook © Alex Melomane

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31/05/2007:
WOVEN HAND – Vienna (Szene)

My first Woven Hand show in 2007 – and some more should follow that year (Prague two days later and some dates in France at the end of that year) 😉

David, Pascal, Peter and Ordy played the Szene in Vienna again. The hall was well crowded and I was standing very close to the stage and ready for the show, which started with full power: „Winter Shaker“ was the first possibility for doing some headbanging. To the songs „The Speaking Hands“ and „Elktooth“ I continued my banging in front of David. The wonderful and atmospheric „Truly Golden“ (written by guitarist Peter van Laerhoven and a slightly more different version was used for the Belgian movie called „ Een ander zijn geluk„) followed. For „Deerskin Doll“ the band rocked with full force again before David fetched his Banjola for „Whistling Girl„. And with „White Bird“ an all time favorite of mine gave me the creeps again. „Tin Finger„, heavy played as always, was the perfect soundtrack for more headbanging. Then it was Banjola time again: A wonderful rendition  of „Phyllis Ruth/Swedish Purse“ left me speechless again. Some vocal improvisations of „Into the Piano“ led into another live classic of Woven Hand: „Your Russia„! After the encore break the 16 Horsepower tune „Black Soul Choir„, played by David solo, filled the room. And with „Dirty Blue“ a heavy conclusion finished the concert.

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The Setlist:

Winter Shaker
The Speaking Hands
Elktooth
Truly Golden
Deerskin Doll
Whistling Girl
White Bird
Tin Finger
Phyllis Ann/Swedish Purse
Into the Piano
Your Russia
Black Soul Choir
Dirty Blue

As a real Woven Hand fan you always want more of this outstanding band – and so me and my friends headed two days later to the next gig in Prague 😉

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Latest Update: May 2015

Concerts (April)

07/04/2014:
THE DANDY WARHOLS – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Support: Jigsaw Beggars (AT)

The Dandy Warhols - Salzburg (Rockhouse)(02.04.2015)

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07/04/2014:
KING KING – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)

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08/04/2000:
THE ROLLING STONE ROADSHOW – Munich (Georg-Elser-Halle)

Gomez
The Lightning Seeds
Andreas Johnson

Well, to be honest, I hardly remember this night and I got there because of having a free ticket 😉

Ticket - Rolling Stone Roadshow (08.04.2000) © Alex Melomane

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10/04/2015:
MONEYBROTHER (Anders Olof Wendin Solo) – Ebensee (Kino)

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10/04/2014:
DAME – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Support: Train D-Lay

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10/04/1996:
LAMBCHOP – Salzburg (ARGE)

This one is a real classic for me – you have to imagine this scenery: Me and my friend were sitting in my room while listening to a sampler which was part of a German issue of the „Rolling Stone“ music magazine. One of the tracks was „The Man who loved Beer“ and I said to my friend: „Well, this band is playing tonight in Salzburg.“ His answer: „Oh, really? Then we have to be there I guess!“ And a few minutes later we drove to Salzburg to see Lambchop at the ARGE. Not many people showed up and sometimes I had the feeling that more people were on the stage than in front of the band – very strange feeling. But nevertheless Kurt Wagner and his band bedazzeld us with a sort of quiet and slow country style. Not everybody was enjoying this music – I can remember one blockhead shouted something like „More Rock!“. Well, so they played at least one speedy track 😉

Another funny thing was the merchandising: They sold shirts, CDs (the actual release of that time was „How I Quit Smoking„), vinyls and – you won’t believe that – their own Lambchop cigarettes! I never saw anything like that and I talked to Kurt Wagner a few years later about that weird topic in an interview 😉

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11/04/2008:
JETHRO TULL – Brighton (Dome Concert Hall)

As a friend of mine was living in the UK that time I thought about a trip to England and to visit Brighton for some sightseeing and Jethro Tull, one of my favorite band all over the years. And I was quite sure that this show will be not a normal one because it was my first chance to see my heroes live in their home country. And I was told that a special guest will appear because of the 40th anniversary of Jethro Tull.

The Dome is a beautiful place and we had some fine seats (3rd row – left) and I was very looking forward to the show. Well, what followed was the weakest performance I have seen from Mr. Ian Anderson and his band so far. I knew that he had some voice problems since the mid-eighties but that night his singing was really painful for my ears during some songs. Especially „Heavy Horses„, one of my all time Tull favorites, sounded that night really awful. Apart from that, the lightning was very annoying and I have to shelter my eyes from these pink and yellow lights which were straightened directly to our seats (as you can easily see on the pictures below).

But when special guest Dave Pegg (who was Tull’s bass player from 1980 until 1995 and is still the boss behind the UK folk rock institution Fairport Convention) entered the stage, the sorely missed Tull spirit was back again and the bumpy performance changed completely! It was so good to see him back, making some jokes and performing one of his solo songs called „Level Pegging„! He returned then for the performance of „Farm on the Freeway“ and „Locomotive Breath„. So many thanks to Mr. Dave Pegg who rescued that night 😉

But I have to admit that the concert was not that bad – for persons who saw Tull the very first time it was a wonderful show. For us die-hard fans, who saw this band so many times, it was more or less an average show.

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The Setlist:

My Sunday Feeling
Living in the Past
One for John Gee
So much Trouble
Sossity; you’re a Woman (Instrumental)/Reasons for Waiting
Nursie
Serenade to a Cuckoo
We used to know/With you there to help me
A new Day Yesterday (incl. Kelpie)
Bourée*
For a Thousand Mothers
Dharma for One (incl. Drum Solo & Count the Chickens)
Heavy Horses
Level Pegging*
Farm on the Freeway*
Thick as a Brick
Aqualung
Locomotive Breath*

*: With Special Guest Dave Pegg (Bass & Mandolin)

Unfortunately the songs „Love Story„, „Song for Jeffrey„, „Up the ‚pool“ and „Witch’s Promise„, on which I was very looking forward to hear them, were dropped from the setlist ;-(

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12/04/2014:
TON STEINE SCHERBEN – Salzburg (Rocknhouse)

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13/04/1997:
JAN GARBAREK – Linz (Brucknerhaus)

The fist time that I saw the Norway Jazz Saxophone master Jan Garbarek. With his so called Jan Garbarek Group (Rainer Brüninghaus – Piano, Eberhard Weber – Bass, Marilyn Mazur – Percussion) he introduced us his latest release „Visible World“ at the Brucknerhaus in Linz. Wonderful performance, perfect sound and a thrilled audience made this evening very special.

Jan Garbarek - Linz (Brucknerhaus)(13.04.1997) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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13/04/2010:
SIVERT HOYEM (Madrugada) – Munich (59:1)
Support by Christer Knutsen

The Norway band Madrugada was and still is one of my favorite bands. Unfortunately this amazing group is history now but the singer Sivert Hoyem is still touring and recording. And so I was hoping for some Madrugada songs on that night in Munich at the 59:1.

Just before the show I did an interview with Sivert for the Austrian radio station B138. We talked about his solo career, his latest release „Moon Landing„, about Madrugada (of course!) and the music scene in Norway in general – you can stream/download the entire interview for free here!

Christer Knutsen, who is the guitarist of Hoyem’s band, did a perfect support. And it was obvious that he enjoyed it very much 😉

Then Sivert, followed by his other members, entered the stage and opened the show with one of his new songs called „Belorado„. The performance was so awesome, the setlist perfect (as you can see listed below), the audience enthusiastic – you could feel the energy in the room. And when you looked at the smiling faces of the band you could see that they also recognised that this night was a very special one. As the last encore: Sivert did „The Cool Song„, a wonderful song written by St.Thomas, solo (he recorded this one with his guitarist Cato Salsa under the name „The Hyler Twins„). So this was the perfect last point.

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The Setlist:
Belorado
High Society
What you doin’ with him
Lost at Sea
Going for Gold
The Light that falls among the Trees
Honey Bee
Majesty
Into the Sea
Shadows/High Meseta
Exiles
The Kids are on High Street
Arcadian Wives
Sister Sonic Blue
What’s on your Mind
Moon Landing
Don’t pass me by
The Cool Song (St. Thomas Cover)

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15/04/2003:
CALEXICO – Vienna (Szene)

As far as I remember this was the beginning that Calexico become really big and famous. They played two shows in a row at the Szene in Vienna (I attended the first one on the 15th April 2003) and both concerts were sold out very fast! It was a fantastic performance and I can’t get my eyes off John Convertino’s playing – his drumming is so unique and pure! And I also thought a lot of that „problem“ during the fantastic show that Calexico is becoming bigger and bigger now. Their release at that time called „Feast Of Wire“ charted nearly everywhere! But hey, it’s okay and I do think that Joey Burns and John Convertino don’t have any problems with that 😉

The Setlist:
Gypsy’s Curse
Across the Wire
Quattro
Crooked Road and the Briar
Fade
Wash
Sunken Waltz
El Picador
Gilbert
Deep down
Close behind
Black Heart
Dub Latina
Taster
Minas de Cobre
Güero Canelo
All the pretty little Horses
Not even Stevie Nicks
Ojitos Traidores
Alone again or
Jesus & Tequila
Cancion del Mariachi
Crystal Frontier
Attack el Robot! Attack!

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16/04/1999:
JAN GARBAREK & HILLIARD ENSEMBLE – Vienna (Votivkirche)

A very special concert with Jan Garbarek at the wonderful Votivkirche (a church!) with the fantastic Hilliard Ensemble. Words can’t describe the sounds that floated around me (and also Jan Garbark, who walked in the church around while playing!) when was enjoying this outstanding performance in that wonderful church. Most of the music was from „Mnemosyne“ (edited by ECM Records in 1999).

Jan Garbarek & Hilliard Ensemble - Vienna (Votivkirche)(16.04.1999) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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18/04/2008:
EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN – Vienna (Arena – Big Hall)

My very first live experience with the German experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten at the Vienna Arena. A place where Blixa Bargeld and his group played the first time appr. 25 years before. I have to admit that I’m not really into their earling recordings – they still sound very strange to me in some way, but I have to say, that the compositions are really very unique and special. So I’m that boring guy who prefers the latest releases – like „SIlence Is Sexy“ (2000), „Perpetuum Mobile“ (2004) or „Alles wieder offen“ (2007).

The performance was excellent and the band in a very good mood as you can see on the videos below – many thanks to Isabella Felidae who put their recorded videos on YouTube.

EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN: Let’s do it a Da Da

EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN: Die Befindlichkeit des Landes

EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN: Ich hatte ein Wort

The Setlist:
Die Wellen
Nagorny Karabach
Dead Friends (Around the Corner)
Let’s Do it a Da Da
Weil Weil Weil
Unvollständigkeit
Tagelang Weiß
Rampe
Von Wegen
Die Befindlichkeit des Landes
Sabrina
Susej
Ich warte
Ein leichtes leises Säuseln
Heaven is of Honey
Ich hatte ein Wort
Alles
(Dave?)
Youme & Meyou

An example for the experimental spirit is the song „(Dave?)“: For this one every musician drew a little note, on which the instructions were. So every night sounded this song different 😉

After the show I bought myself a shirt and the recording of the show, which is unfortunately not complete, but it’s nevertheless a wonderful souvenir of that night. An idea, which was very innovative at that time 😉

Einstürzende Neubauten - Vienna (Arena)(18.04.2008) Shirt Front © Alex MelomaneEinstürzende Neubauten - Vienna (Arena)(18.04.2008) Shirt Back © Alex Melomane

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19/04/2014:
HONG FAUX – Ebensee (Kino)
Support: Glory Dead

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20/04/2015:
KING KING – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)

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20/04/2008:
GUTTER TWINS – Vienna (Szene)

The Gutter Twins (feat. Greg Dulli from The Afghan Whigs and Mark Lanegan from Screaming Trees) introduced us their latest release – the masterpiece „Saturnalia„. To the sound of „The Proposition“ (yeah – the fantastic soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis) they entered the stage of the Szene in Vienna and started the show with „The Stations„. The atmosphere was a little strange in some way, because Mr. Dulli was not really amused about people who were taking pictures and videos. And also Mr. Lanegan had his „problems“ with one fan in the front row. He pushed the micro stand two times down the stage … But apart from this it was a breathtaking performance and Greg Dulli came down for some singing in the crowd (as you can see on some pictures below).

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THE GUTTER TWINS: The Stations

THE GUTTER TWINS: I was in Love with you

THE GUTTER TWINS: Papillon

The Setlist:
Intro – Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: „The Proposition“
The Stations
God’s Children
All Misery/Flowers
Live with me
Seven Stories Underground
Idle Hands
Bete Noire
Down the Line
I was in Love with you
St. James Infirmary
Spanish Doors
Each to each
Front Street
Papillon/Shadow of the Season
Hit the City
King only
Methamphetamine Blues
Number Nine

Support by Ed Harcourt

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21/04/2007:
MURDER BY DEATH – Munich (Atomic Cafe)

My very first Murder By Death live experience was in Munich at the Atomic Cafe – and I was very looking forward to see this band from Bloomington, Indiana. With „In Bocca Al Lupo“ the band, who took the name from the classic movie which features David Niven, Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Truman Capote and Maggie Smith) received huge acclaims from all over the world – and also in Germany. Hence it was the release of the month in the „Visions“ magazine.

Adam Turla (guitar, vocals), Sarah Balliet (cello, keyboards), Matt Armstong (bass) and Dagan Thogerson (drums) were obvious surprised that the club was nearly sold out! So they enjoyed any second of their performance – and also the enthusiastic crowd. One of the fans did some stagedriving during the song „Brother“ – and he landed on the floor. After that Adam called him „The Death Angel“ 😉

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The Setlist:
Sometimes the Line walks you
A Masters in Reverse Psychology
Boy Decide
The Desert is on Fire
Dynamite Mine
One more Notch
The Devil in Mexico
Raw Deal
Flamenco fuckin‘ easy
(Bang Bang) My Baby shot me down (Sonny-&-Cher-Cover)
Brother
Until Morale improves, the Beatings will continue
The Big Sleep
That Crown don’t make you a Prince
Those who stayed
Steam Rising
Killbot 2000
I’m afraid of „Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf“
Shiola

After the show I did some shopping at the merchandising and I also talked a little bit with the band. What a perfect night!

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23/04/2009:
SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB – St. Gallen (Grabenhalle)

Do you remember the feeling when you were a child and it’s Christmas? When you are unpatiently waiting for the presents? Do you remembert? Yes? Then you have a small idea about my feelings when I was going to my very first Slim Cessna’s Auto Club concert back in 2009. I was very long hoping and crossing my fingers for an Europe tour and when I was told that this is really going to happen I decided to start a sort of mini tour for four dates in a row. So it started for me in St. Gallen (Switzerland) at the Grabenhalle.

When we arrived Slim Cessna was standing at the door of the location. So we took the chance for some talking and my friend, who joined my mini tour through Switzerland and Austria, took a picture of me and Slim. I do think you can see how happy I was at that moment, knowing that I finally see the fantastic Slim Cessna’s Auto Club from Denver, Colorado! And it was not only the band from the US I met – I also crossed the paths of three long time fans: John Dalby from Denver, Carol Kennedy from Albuquerque and Tony Kiernan from Scotland attended already some shows on that tour and they also saw the guys a few times all over the world! We had very much fun before and also after the show! And it was also a start of fantastic friendships – thanks again to the Good People 😉

While waiting on the beginning Munly showed up – and I was hooked! Seeing this outstanding musician in real life was really very special to me. Unfortunately he disappeared very fast so I had no chance to talk with him before the concert.

I have to say that I was really disappointed that not many people showed up – I do think there were appr. 40 or 50 people in the room waiting for the band. But when the Auto Club entered the stage and started with „Pine Box“ it was obvious that this band don’t care at all how many people are watching. They rocked with full force and after a few minutes I found myself headbanging, dancing, cheering, screaming and singing in front of this amazing band – the line up for the first Europe tour was:

Slim Cessna (vocals, guitar)
Jay Munly aka Munly Munly (vocals, guitar, banjo)
Lord Dwight Pentacost (double neck guitar, banjo, vocals)
John Robert Rumley (harmonium, slide guitar, keyboards)
Shane Trost (upright bass)
Greg Garcia Jr. (drums)

During „32 Mouths gone dry“ something very strange happened: Munly Munly came up in front of me and put his fingers into my mouth while singing! First, I really didn’t recognised at all, because I was so thrilled by the performance. But after a few seconds later I was thinking to myself: „Was this real?“ Anyway – I fell back into my enthusiastic behaviour and rocked with the boys like there was no tomorrow.

Speaking about strange things: During the song „Jesus is in my Body – My Body has let me down“ Munly Munly crawled under the stage so that only his boots were visible (see some pictures below)! Luckily he appeared for his singing part again, sitting and lying on the floor 😉

I took a tons of pictures and I always looked on my watch during the songs – I wished I could stop the clock and that this show will never end! Most of the tracks were taken from the current release – the masterpiece „Cipher„. After the last tune of the night „This Land is our Land Redux“ I was speechless, grinning, sweaty and the happiest man on earth 😉

For some souvenirs I bought me a shirt and a fantastic photo book of the band by the awesome photgrapher Gary Isaacs. Then I waited for the band for some signatures – Slim was so kind to sign all the covers I brought along. And also Munly Munly signed everything I gave to him – especially all his solo stuff (which is OUTSTANDING by the way!) and his book „Ten Songs With No Music“ which is hard to get nowadays. For this he took his own ballpoint and wrote something on the first page 😉

Before we left the Grabenhalle, my friend took two pictures of me with Munly and we had to say goodbye to John, Carol and Tony who returned to their homes. But our paths should cross again very soon 😉

Back at the hotel I tried to get some sleep before we were heading to Winterthur for the next show at the Kraftfeld.

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Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – St. Gallen (Grabenhalle)(23.04.2009) Poster © Alex Melomane

The Setlist:
Pine Box
32 Mouths gone dry
Cranston
Jesus is in my Body: My Body has let me down
Mark of Vaccination
That fierce Cow is common sense in a Country Dress
Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
This is how we do Things in the Country
Hold my Head
Last Song about Satan
Goddamn Blue Yodel #7
Jesus Christ
He, Roger Williams
Children of the Lord
Red Pirate of the Prairie
This Land is our Land Redux

More picture of that show are here!

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24/04/1995:
CALVIN RUSSELL – Vienna (Rockhaus)

Unfortunately this was the only chance for me to see Calvin Russell live on stage. It took place in Vienna at the Rockhaus where this self titled outlaw from Austin, Texas, introduced us to his latest album called „Dream of the Dog„. I was very disappointed that there was no merchandising at all – so the ticket is the only thing that reminds me on that very special gig. Calvin recorded awesome albums (to get started I advise you the albums „A Man in Full“ and „The Story of – This is my Life„) and it’s really a pity that this man was not that well known. He passed away much too early at the age of 64 on the 3rd April 2011. Another great „Soldier“ has gone …

Calvin Russel – Vienna (Rockhaus)(24.04.1995) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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24/04/2009:
SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB – Winterthur (Kraftfeld)

Slim Cessna's Auto Club - Winterthur (Kraftfeld)(24.04.2009) FlyerSo after the amazing show in St. Gallen at the Grabenhalle we headed to our next Slim Cessna’s Auto Club night in Winterthur at the location called Kraftfeld. There we met Millie from France – she also did a long trip to see this awesome band from Denver, Colorado.

Before the show I met Slim and it was obvious that he was not healthy – he had a cold and he tried to get fit for the night. I crossed my fingers that he will be okay for the show – and it seems that this helped 😉

When we entered the room we laughed a lot because I have never this kind of stage: The rhythm section was „upstairs“ – on another level. So Shane and Greg had to play over the heads of Slim, Rum, Munly and Dwight! To have an idea of the scenery just take a look on the pictures below 😉

As you can see this location is really tiny but it was very well crowded when the Auto Club started their show. Although it was exactly the same setlist, the show was breathtaking again and so I after the intro of „Pine Box“ I was completely into the music again – until the last tone of „This is our Land Redux„. Also the people there went nuts and so it was an unforgettable night for everyone, I do guess 😉

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Slim Cessna's Auto Club - Winterthur (Kraftfeld)(24.04.2009) Flyer

The Setlist:
Pine Box
32 Mouths gone dry
Cranston
Jesus is in my Body: My Body has let me down
Mark of Vaccination
That fierce Cow is common sense in a Country Dress
Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
This is how we do Things in the Country
Hold my Head
Last Song about Satan
Goddamn Blue Yodel #7
Jesus Christ
He, Roger Williams
Children of the Lord
Red Pirate of the Prairie
This Land is our Land Redux

While Shane Trost was signing the photo book, which I bought the night before in St. Gallen, he admitted that he has no head of heights at all! So I can imagine that this gig will be in his mind forever! After that I saw Munly talking with a girl – and I was quite sure that this wonderful lady is Rebecca Vera! She is also a musician and played with Munly’s band called „The Lee Lewis Harlots“ and so I took the opportunity to give her some covers to sign and while writing her name on the covers of „Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots„, „Jimmy Carter Syndrome“ and „Cipher„. She told me that she will be also at the show in Innsbruck the next day and maybe in Vienna too.

Before we left the club we said goodbye to the band and Rebecca and I wished Slim (who did an amazing performance again!) a speedy recovery.

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25/04/2014:
BJORN BERGE – Stainach (CCW)

Bjorn Berge – Stainach (CCW)(25.04.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane

Bjorn Berge – Stainach (CCW)(25.04.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane

The Setlist:
In the Hall of the Mountain King (Edvard Grieg Cover)
Guts
Once again
Honey White
Meanest Blues in Town
Trains
Whipping Boy
Stringmachine
Give it away (Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover)
Woodstock (Joni Mitchell Cover)
13 Question Method
Deathletter
One Meat Ball
Ace of Spades (Motörhead Cover)

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25/04/2009:
SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB – Innsbruck (Treibhaus – Big Hall)

Third show in a row – this time back to Austria in Innsbruck at the Treibhaus. Before the show we checked our tickets at the bar and I was told that ours were the only reserved ones. So I was worrying about two things: The health of Slim and how many people will show up at the show. Another strange thing was that the Auto Club should play the big hall in the basement which had the size for appr. 500 people! So we knew that this was not really a good idea at all …

While visiting the hall, Munly came along and we talked a little bit about the show yesterday in Winterthur and how the recovery of Slim is going on. He told us that everything is fine with him and then he left us for doing the soundcheck. When the doors opened we were told that a local band will do the support. While waiting for the show we drank some beers as suddenly a crown cap hit me from the balcony. Greg, the drummer, threw it at me and said „Hello guys“ with a big smiling.

As the support band began more people came along – it seems that these guys were just friends of them so it was a friendly turn for watching them, I do guess, because this young group was really nothing special at all. And during the show they changed their band name! So can it get more ridiculous and annoying? Unfortunately all the friends wanted encores – so our inpatiently waiting was continued …

Finally this local band (sorry, but I really can’t remember the name but I do guess that the older label is stating on the official poster) left the stage and we cheered loudly 😉 While things were prepared for Slim Cessna’s Auto Club Rebecca joined us for watching the show.

Well, it was really hard to see that apart from us three nobody knows this group from Denver, Colorado. So the audience was picked with three Auto Club fans and the rest was just the friends of that support act … While shaking my head about this bizarre scenery the band started their set with full force again! It was apparently that Slim, Munly, Rum, Greg, Dwight and Shane didn’t care how many people are watching – they played breathtaking again and their show was excellent as always: Munly climbed from the stage again and the young people didn’t trust their eyes seeing this guy lying on the floor while clapping his hands and singing!

They did the same setlist again but the performance blew me away again! It was so weird seeing one of the best live bands playing in front of a handful people in such a big hall! But nevertheless gave Slim Cessna’s Auto Club 100 % again – as always!

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The Setlist:
Pine Box
32 Mouths gone dry
Cranston
Jesus is in my Body: My Body has let me down
Mark of Vaccination
That fierce Cow is common sense in a Country Dress
Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
This is how we do Things in the Country
Hold my Head
Last Song about Satan
Goddamn Blue Yodel #7
Jesus Christ
He, Roger Williams
Children of the Lord
Red Pirate of the Prairie
This Land is our Land Redux

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26/04/2009:
SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB – Vienna (Arena – Small Hall)

Back in my friend’s hometown Vienna the last and fourth Slim Cessna’s Auto Club show of our personal mini tour followed at the Arena. This time the right place was booked – the small hall which was perfect for the band and it was the best attended show of the four concerts. Over 100 people went nuts during another breathtaking performance.

At the Arena area we were sitting outside drinking some beers and this time we met some other fans! While chatting with them the Slim walked by and greeted everybody. After some talking he had to left for the soundcheck.

While the support band opened luckily on time it was good to see that more and more people showed up. And when the Auto Club started with „Pine Box“ again the small hall was well attended with an enthusiastic crowd. I was standing in front of Rum while singing, shaking, rocking, sweating and cheering through the whole performance. After the last song „This Land is our Land Redux“ I was happy and also very sad, because it was my last show of this tour. Outside at the bar I met the band again for some signing and talking. And as I was full of sweat I had to buy me another shirt with this wonderful „Cipher“ picture, which was created by Heather Reynolds – you can watch some of her wonderful works here!

While the bar was going to close Slim sang some notes from „Sound of Music“ (this movie is VERY popular in the USA!) for me – can you imagine that? This made me really speechless 😉

After a warm and hearty goodbye to the whole band we left the Arena and headed to my friends place for the night. So this was the end of our personal mini tour with the fabulous Slim Cessna’s Auto Club which took us from Switzerland (St. Gallen and Winterthur) back to Austria (Innsbruck and finally Vienna). At that time I was thinking that I might see this band again in one or two years again – but fortunately I was wrong and it didn’t take that long 😉

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The Setlist:
Pine Box
32 Mouths gone dry
Cranston
Jesus is in my Body: My Body has let me down
Mark of Vaccination
That fierce Cow is common sense in a Country Dress
Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
This is how we do Things in the Country
Hold my Head
Last Song about Satan
Goddamn Blue Yodel #7
Jesus Christ
He, Roger Williams
Children of the Lord
Red Pirate of the Prairie
This Land is our Land Redux

Support by The Sado Maso Guitar Club – believe me, the only interesting thing of this Austrian band is only the name 😉

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25/04/2015:
DISTANCE, LIGHT & SKY – Ebensee (Kino)

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25/04/2014:
THORBJÖRN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO- Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)

Thorbjorn Risager – Salzburg (Rockhouse - Bar)(28.04.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane

Thorbjorn Risager – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)(28.04.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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Bjorn Berge – Stainach (CCW)(25.04.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane

30/04/2008:
DONAUFESTIVAL (Goldene Zitronen feat. Irma Hermann, Kenneth Anger, Melvins) – Krems (Various Locations)

First of all: I’m not really a fan of the mentioned artists. As Cat Power was announced for this festival in Krems I bought myself immediately a ticket. But unfortunately she cancelled her show and so I saw these bands for the first time live in concert.

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Donaufestival – Krems (30.04.2008) Review Standard © Alex Melomane

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30/04/2006:
IAN ANDERSON – Vienna (Konzerthaus)

Ian Anderson Band with The Blue Danube Chamber Orchestra and The Sturcz Quartet. Guest soloist: Lucia Micarelli.

This is my classical Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson experience which took place at the wonderful Konzerthaus in Vienna. The singer, flutist and guitarist was backed by The Blue Danube Chamber Orchestra, The Sturcz Quartet and Lucia Micarelli on violin.

With „Eurology“ (from the solo album „Rupi’s Dance„) Ian Anderson picked a perfect opener for the concert. And beside some Tull classics they performed the new track („Moz’Art Medley“ – a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), brilliant covers („The Godfather’s Theme“ and „Kashmir“ from Led Zeppelin) and rarities like „Wond’ring aloud„. A wonderful performance with a beautiful sound! And thanks to guitarist Florian Opahle who gave me his guitar pick after leaving the stage 😉

Ian Anderson - Vienna (Konzerthaus)(30.04.2006) Ticket © Alex Melomane

The Setlist:
Eurology
Living in the Past
Griminelli’s Lament
Aurora
Wond’ring aloud
Godfather Theme
Life is a long Song
Moz‘ Art Medley
Cheap Day Return
Mother Goose
She is like the Swallow
Bourée
Thick as a Brick
Kashmir
Pavane
Aqualung
God rest ye merry Gentlemen
My God
Budapest
Locomotive Breath

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