Music Diary – 28th November

Hello again and welcome to my Music Diary entry for 28th November!

In 2012, and two days after the show in Linz at the Posthof, I attended another Calexico performance – this time in Salzburg at the Republic. And this one was also breathtaking and wonderful – another proof that Calexico is one of the best live bands ever!

Pictures of the show can you see here (just scroll down to the mentioned date 28/11/2012)!

Calexico – Salzburg (Republic)(28.11.2012) Ticket © Alex MelomaneCheers,
Alex Melomane


Music Diary – 26th November

Dear music lovers all around the world – welcome to my music diary for 26th November!

On this day I attended two shows:
Back in 2012 Calexico performed in Linz at the Posthof – apart from the annoying stage light, the concert was awesome and beautiful!

Calexico – Linz (Posthof)(26.11.2012) Ticket © Alex Melomane

And in 2010 me and my friend headed to Rome for another Woven Hand live experience – read my review and check out some videos and pictures of the show in Italy right here (scroll down to 26/11/2010)!

Woven Hand – Rome (Init)(26.11.2010) © Alex MelomaneCheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 28th July

Hello to my music diary for the 28th July!

Back in 2005 I attended a great Calexico show in Vienna at the Arena. The open air gig was started by singer Amos Lee and after that Joey Burns, John Convertino and the rest of the fantastic band gave us a performance which suited perfectly to the weather: WONDERFUL!

Setlist and some reviews you find here (just scroll down to 28/07):


Alex Melomane


Hey Musicmaniacs all around the world!

I did some updates for the section „Concerts – July“ and uploaded tons of pictures (especially for the entries of Tom Waits and Woven Hand) – check them out:

Cheers and spread the word!

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 17th July

Hello again to my Music Diary!

In 2003, so exactly ten years ago, I added another nice EP to my Calexico collection: „Alone Again Or“ which featured the songs „Alone again or“ (a Love cover and still a highlight of every Calexico show), „Woven Birds (Cinematic Orchestra Remixico)“, „Convict Pool“ and „Woven Birds (Stratus Remix)“.

BildCheers & have a nice day!

Alex Melomane

Next update – „Concerts April“!!

Dear musiclovers!Here’s another update on my homepage – now the section „Concerts (April)“ is finished:

Enjoy & spread the word!

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

One more update (Concerts March)!

Hello again!

Well, I’ve just finished the section „Concerts March“:

Enjoy, like it, spread the word and if you have any contributions – just drop me a line!


Alex Melomane

Another update – „Concerts (February)“

Dear good people!

I’ve finished the updates in the section „Concerts (February)“:

Spread the word, like it, forward it and if you have something to contribute – just drop me a line! Thanks!

Alex Melomane

Concerts (October)

FM Belfast – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Support: Berndsen

FM Belfast – Salzburg (Rockhouse)(02.10.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane


MARIA MENA – Vienna (Szene)

Maria Mena – Vienna (Szene)(03.10.2007) Ticket © Alex Melomane~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

THE HIDDEN CAMERAS – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Support: Jekyl & Hyde Park Band

Hidden Cameras – Salzburg (Rockhouse)(04.10.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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Sir Oliver Mally’s Blues Distillery – Life Is Precious

Sir Oliver Mally’s Blues Distillery – Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan Cover)

Sir Oliver Mally’s Blues Distillery – Champagne & Reefer (Muddy Waters Cover)


BLUES PILLS – Vienna (Arena)
Support: The Arkanes & The Vintage Caravan

Blues Pills - Vienna (Arena)(06.10.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane


JETHRO TULL – Munich (Olympiahalle)

Jethro Tull – Munich (Olympiahalle)(06.10.1989) Ticket © Alex MelomaneI won’t forget this day, because it was my very first Jethro Tull live experience! When I was 9 years old I became a fan and so this concert is still very special to me. Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, Dave Pegg, Martin Allcock and Doane Perry were on the „Rock Island“ world tour and stopped in Munich, Olympiahalle. Awesome performance!!!!



What a bill: Calexico, Vic Chesnutt and Lambchop played that day in Vienna at the Szene! Unfortunately no pictures or videos of that night are on the internet, but in my memories this evening will stay there forever 😉

Calexico played most songs from their latest release „Black Light„.

Vic Chesnutt (November 12, 1964 – December 25, 2009) introduced us his album „The Salesman & Bernadette„.

And Lambchop performed their wonderful mixture of Slow Country and Soul on „What Another Man Spills„.


THE DEAD BROTHERS – Ebensee (Kino)

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The Dead Brothers stopped in Ebensee at the Kino to play a show – very interesting performance!


ERIC GALES TRIO – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)

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More pictures of that show are here – thanks to Eva Pührer!

The signed Setlist:

Eric Gales Trio – Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)(14.10.2013) Setlist © Alex Melomane

ERIC GALES TRIO – Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix Cover)



For this show I travelled to the village called Hartberg in Styria to see Chris Eckman (Walkabouts, Chris & Carla) performing with The Last Side Of The Mountain Band at the Schloss Hartberg (Rittersaal) to perform some songs of the album of the same name. He also played some Walkabouts classics and Neil Young’s „Cortez the Killer“. Before the show I did a very interesting interview with Chris for the Austrian independent radio station B138. You can stream/download this interview totally for free here!

The performance was amazing and after the show we had some fun backstage 😉

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The Setlist:
Healing Waters
Grand Theft Auto
Down, Down
Who will light your Path?
The Same
Slow Red Dawn
Crime Story
Black Field
The Stopping-Off Place
Raise them Hands
Rock’n’Roll (Velvet Underground Cover)
Cortez The Killer (Neil Young Cover)
Ghostrider (Suicide Cover)

Thanks to Claus Schützenhöfer, Gernot Höfler, Gert Kragol and everybody of the Kulturverein Backwood in Hartberg – you do an amazing job!!!!!!



As a huge Woven Hand fan it was obvious that I will do the trip to Bonn because this performance was filmed for the series of „Rockpalast“ at the Harmonie. And as a bonus the amazing band Helldorado from Norway did the support on that night. The shows were simply outstanding and luckily they broadcasted the recorded gigs on German television.

You have missed this? Really? Shame on you! But hey – you are a lucky bastard because you can watch the performances on internet!

Helldorado – you can stream the broadcasting here!

Woven Hand – you can stream the full broadcasting including interview snippets here!


20th Birthday Party feat. Friska Vijor & FM Belfast – Salzburg (Rockhouse)

20th Birthday Party – Salzburg (Rockhouse)(19.10.2013) Ticket © Alex MelomanePictures of 20th Birthday Party can be seen here – thanks to Hanna Hofstätter!


MICK HARVEY – Ebensee (Kino)

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It was billed as “Mick Harvey Trio” but due to a knee injury Thomas Wydler (drums) has cancelled the whole tour. So the line up was Mick Harvey (Vocals, Guitar) and Rosie Westbrook (Double Bass, Cello, Backing Vocals)

The Setlist:
First St. Blues
October Boy
The Ballad of Jay Givens
The Bells never rang
Frankie T. & Frankie C.
Slow Motion Movie Star
Mother of Earth (Gun Club Cover)
Two Paintings
Glorius (PJ Harvey Cover)
Famous last Words
Home is far from here (Crime & The City Solution Cover)
That’s all, Paul
Sonny Boy
Out of Time Man
Hank Williams said it best
The River


MARK LANEGAN feat. Duke Garwood – Linz (Posthof)
Support by Lyenn

Mark Lanegan feat. Duke Garwood – Linz (Posthof)(20.10.2013) Ticket © Alex Melomane

Pictures and the setlist are here!


LAMBCHOP – Ebensee (Kino)

Kurt Wagner with his Nashville band Lambchop played in Ebensee again! Very breathtaking and beautiful performance at the Kino! Most songs were from the current album at that time called „OH – Ohio„.

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This is the Setlist from the Graz show (22nd October 2008), which was almost the same, I do guess:

Slipped dissolved and loosed
You’re a big Girl now
National Talk like a Pirate Day
Close up
Sharing a Gibson with Martin Luther King Jr.
I’m thinking of a Number (Between 1 and 2)
A Hold of you
Of Raymond
Please rise
I believe in you
Give it
Let’s go Bowling
The Man who loved Beer
Your sucking funny Day
All Smiles and Mariachi
Autumn’s Vicar
Soaky in the Pooper
Up with People
Chelsea Hotel #2 (Leonard Cohen Cover)


HELMET – Salzburg (Rockhouse)

Helmet - Salzburg (Rockhouse)(22.10.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

THE WALKABOUTS – Vienna (Szene)

The Walkabouts (Support Larry Barrett) live in Vienna, Szene. It was the „Shimmers“ tour which features very rare songs from the whole backcatalogue. After the show Chris Eckman and Carla Torgerson were so kind to sign some CD covers and the poster below 😉

Walkabouts - Vienna (Szene)(22.10.2003) Signed Poster © Alex Melomane~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

APOCALYPTICA – Munich (Muffathalle)

Apocalyptica from Finland rocked the Muffathalle in Munich. This show was filmed for a DVD release called „Apocalyptica Live“ which features mostly songs from the masterpiece „Cult„.

P.S.: A few months before that show I did an interview with Eicca Toppinen at the music fair in Cologne – you can watch the video here (just scroll down a little bit)!


TRANSMISSIONARY SIX – Vöcklamarkt (Premysl)

Transmissoinary Six (feat. Terri Moeller from The Walkabouts and Paul Austin) played at the very small Austrian village called Vöcklamarkt. It was a very familiar performance at the Premysl because only a few people found the way to this bar. After the show Terri was so kind and signed my whole Walkabouts and T6 collection – thanks 😉

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WILL WILDE – Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)
Support: Aynsley Lister

Aynsley Lister - Salzburg (Rockhouse - Bar)(27.10.2014) Setlist © Alex Melomane

Setlist – Aynsley Lister

Will Wilde - Salzburg (Rockhouse - Bar)(27.10.2014) Setlist © Alex Melomane

Setlist – Will Wilde


JETHRO TULL – Munich (Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle)

Jethro Tull stopped in Munich (Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle) druing their „Roots To Branches“ tour. My personal highlight was the opening „A“ medley feat. the songs „And Further On“, „Fylingdale Flyer“ and „Protect and Survive“ as an instrumental. Unfortunately we sat far away from the stage but nevertheless it was a fantastic performance.

The Setlist:
„A“ Medley (And Further On/Fylingdale Flyer/Protect And Survive)
Roots to Branches
Rare and Precious Chain
Out of the Noise
In the Grip of stronger Stuff
At last, forever
Dangerous Veils
Nothing is easy
Beside myself
In the Moneylender’s Temple
My God
Fat Man
Wounded, old and treacherous
Locomotive Breath
Jump Start
The Dambusters March
Thick As A Brick (Reprise)


JOE COCKER – Vienna (Stadthalle)

Joe Cocker in Vienna, Stadthalle. Yes, I was there, but to be honest: Just because a friend of mine wanted to be there. So I joined and it was not that bad at all! Especially the female background singers were awesome 😉 I do think this show was part of the „One Sight Of Sin“ tour …


DEEP PURPLE – Wels (Jubiläumshalle)

Deep Purple in Wels (Jubiläumshalle) with new songs from „The Battle Rages On“ on the setlist. One of the last concerts with Ritchie Blackmore on guitar. It was very sad to see that Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore avoided each other. On the 17th November Ritchie left the band.



The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band live in Vienna at the Porgy & Bess. Awesome perfomence – this band KICKS ASS!!!!! They performed almost any song of their masterpice called „The Wages„.

Before the show I did an interview for the Austrian independent radio statin B138 – stream/download it here!

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NICK CAVE – Vienna (Burgtheater)

Nick Cave (solo show feat. Warren Ellis, Jim White and Norman Watt-Roy) live in Vienna at the wonderful Burgtheater. It was obvious that this „band“ didn’t play a long time together – I do think it was the very first time that they performed officialy. The soundcheck was VERY long so the show started one hour late. This performance was part of the 10th anniversary of the „schule für dichtung„, a school for poetry in Vienna for which Nick Cave did some lectures.


The Mercy Seat
Sad Waters
Into my Arms
God is in the House
There is a Kingdom
Darker with the Day
Gates to the Garden
West Country Girl
So far from me
Little Janey’s gone
The Ship Song
People ain’t no good
As I sat sadly by her Side
Do you love me? (Part 2)
Jack the Ripper

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More information about this very special concert are here! And pictures can be found here!


Concerts (August)

CALEXICO – Ebensee (Kino)

Calexico – Ebensee (Kino)(03.08.2004) © Alex MelomaneCalexico - Ebensee (Kino)(03.08.2004) Review Salzkammergut Rundschau © Alex Melomane


WOVEN HAND – Munich (Ampere)

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WOVEN HAND – Steyr (Röda)

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You can watch almost the full concert here!


SOAP & SKIN – Strass/Attergau (Narzbergergut)

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JETHRO TULL – Klam (Burg Clam)

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WOVENHAN – Ebensee (Kino)

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The Setlist (CHRISTINE OWMAN feat. Erika Rosén):

One of the Folks
I’m sorry I
Familiar Act
Devil’s Walk


The Setlist (WOVENHAND):
In the Temple
Long Horn
As Wool/The good Shepherd
Sinking Hands
Kingdom of Ice
Whistling Girl/As I went out one Morning (Edit)
A Holy Measure
His Rest
King O King


FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE (Guillaume Nicolas solo) – Gmunden (Bierkeller)

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FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE (Guillaume Nicolas solo) – Gmunden (Lichterfest Open Air)

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For Heaven’s Sake – Gmunden (Lichterfest)(12.08.2006) Review Rundschau © Alex Melomane


WOVEN HAND – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Another review in German you can find here!

Reviews of this show you can find here and here!

Woven Hand played in Salzburg, Rockhouse, a very powerful gig. BUT two days later in Vienna they performed one of the best shows I’ve ever seen – so stay tuned 😉


DEVOTCHKA – Munich (Ampere)

Devotcka, live in Munich at the Ampere! Great show!

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The Setlist:
Head Honcho
Queen of the Surface Streets
Basso Profundo
Along the Way
Curse your little Heart
Venus in Furs (Velvet Underground Cover)
C’est ce la
We’re leaving
The Clockwise Witness
How it ends
I cried like a silly Boy (Ted Thacker Cover)
The Enemy Guns
The last Beat of my Heart (Siouxsie & The Banshees Cover)
Such a lovely Thing


WOVEN HAND – Vienna (B72)

On this day I saw one of the best performances EVER! Woven Hand played in Vienna at the B72 (a very tiny location) an intense set – still get the creeps while thinking of this show!

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The Setlist:
Phyllis Ann/Phyllis Ruth
Sparrow falls
Outlaw Song
Deerskin Doll
The Speaking Hands
Tin Finger
Chest of Drawers
Wooden Brother
My Russia
Down in yon Forest
Dirty Blue
White Bird
Your Russia
Black Soul Choir

Review of this breathtaking show you can find here!


THE TWILIGHT SINGERS (feat. Mark Lanegan) – Vienna (Flex)
Support by Jeff Klein

The Twilight Singers feat. Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) performed in Vienna, at the Flex club – amazing performance!

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NEIL YOUNG – Wiesen (Lovely Days Festival)

First of all I must admit, that I really HATE festivals. Why? Well, too many people on a place which is always too small. And finally there are always too many bands which are in most cases not really interesting. Secondly, I’m not that big fan of Neil Young’s music. I really love some of his songs, and I own some albums on vinyl and CD of course, but I would not call me a “Neil Young fan” really. Anyway – as I missed the last Neil Young show in Austria (22nd February 2008 at the Austria Center in Vienna) I have to forget all my bad thoughts about festivals, because this show was INCREDIBLE and AMAZING! A friend of mine was there and he told me, that it was one of the best shows ever he saw in his entire life. Even the press was VERY IMPRESSED about the show in Vienna. So I have to see Neil Young this time in Wiesen (a small village – one hour drive with the car from Vienna) at the one day festival called “Lovely Day Festival”. You want to know the other bands, which played before Mr. Neil Young gave us the creeps? Okay – but don’t say that I didn’t warn you – so here we go: Hans Theesink (an Austrian Blues musician with Dutch origin – not really that bad), Wishbone Ash (yes, they’re still alive!), Adam Green and The Waterboys. Enough said about this weird line up, I do think.

We waited until The Waterboys started their encore and so we head into this huge tent and tried to get a good place. By jostling through the people I was VERY AFRAID about the sound! The Waterboys were fuckin’ loud and my ears ached a lot after a few seconds! I thought: “Hey, what the hell will be, when Neil Young “works” on his electric guitar?” So I decided to put my ear plugs in. After The Waterboys left the stage, the roadies came on stage and built a lot of receivers and other electric stuff (many microphones, which were fixed at the back of the stage) up on the scene. Now I was sure, that this will be a FUCKIN’ LOUD AND HEAVY show! After the roadies finished their work, the light went out and Mr. Neil Young entered the stage.

He grabbed his guitar and started “Love and only Love”. Carefully I took my ear plugs out and what I heard was simply FANTASTIC! The sound was crystal clear, not too loud, not too heavy – it was PERFECT! Even the feedbacks were on the right level! The song endured approximately nine minutes and it was not a second too long. After the first notes of the classic “Hey Hey, My My” the crowd went nuts and cheered loudly. Needless to say that they sang the refrains with Neil Young. “Everybody knows this is Nowhere” from the masterpiece of the same name (released in 1969) was the next song of the night. And for everybody, who didn’t know the song titles, Mr. Young helped them with some paintings, which were set up by a Roadie between the tracks. Not to every song, but to the most of them the Canadian “Godfather of the Grunge” created a picture. Then “Powderfinger” (featuring Pegi Young and Anthony Crawford as backing singers) followed.

After that, Neil said: ”Thanks for coming everybody! We appreciate it. Hope you have a good time!” and an amazing version of “Spirit Road” (from the album “Chrome Dreams II”) gave me the creeps again. I thought to myself: “Wow – this was the highlight of the night, I guess!”. But fortunately I was wrong. Already the next was on the setlist: The over ten minutes long version of “Cortez the Killer” hit the whole crowd like a hammer. But this was not enough for the moment! For “Fuckin’ up” all people shouted with Neil: “Why do I keep fuckin’ up!” So, over 50 minutes were played, and although some bad drunks annoyed me from time to time (thanks guys for pushing all the time when I tried to make some photos!), I enjoyed the concert completely. Mr. Neil Young changed the guitars and so it was obvious, that some acoustic songs will be the next ones.

By hearing “Helpless”, the wonderful “Mother Earth” (for this song Neil played the organ) and “The Needle and the Damage done” my eyes became wet again. During “Unknown Legend” the drunken boys beside me sang EVERY WORD with Neil. So I forgave them for their wild behaviour, because it seems, that they were real fans, but badly drunken. But I was sure, that they will get tired before the encore because of the booze – and ten minutes later I was completely right. Anyway – Neil introduced the band: Anthony Crawford (Guitar), “my lovely wife” Pegi Young (Vocals and Piano), Chad Cromwell (Drums), Rick Rosas (Bass), “my old friend for manymany years, Mr. Ben Keith” (Pedal Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guitar, Organ, Vocals).

Then the people sang with Neil his timeless songs “Heart of Gold” and “Old Man” (featuring Larry Cragg on the Banjo). So the acoustic set was closed and so Neil grabbed his black Gibson for “Get back to the Country”. “Just singing a Song won’t change the World” followed, before Mr. Neil Young hit the pace with “See Change”. Some feedbacks headed in the next song, which would be approximately 13 minutes long: “Cowgirl in the Sand” with a lot of solos – what a version! This one blew me straight away. But there was enough space for more Rock’n’Roll: “Rockin’ in the free World” closed the set with full force and almost everybody was shouting, hopping and singing! This was real magic and Mr. Neil Young was the magician of the night with the right spell. Words can’t describe such situations – you have to be there and FEEL it. A wild feedback orgy closed the song and afterwards Neil, Pegi and the boys said goodbye. During the encore break the letters N, E, I and L lightened up the night in a dark red and after three minutes of shouting, cheering, clapping and hopping the band returned for a real surprise: “I read the news today, oh boy. About a lucky man who made the grade”, Neil sang. The Beatles song “A Day in the Life” was the last song of the concert and this version was also outstanding and heavy. Neil finished this cover with another feedback orgy and he nearly destroyed his guitar: All strings were broke at the end before he and the band left the stage finally.

The Setlist:

Love And Only Love
Hey Hey,My My
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Spirit Road
Cortez The Killer
Fuckin Up
Mother Earth
The Needle And The Damage Done
Unknown Legend
Heart Of Gold
Old Man
Get Back To The Country
Just Singing A Song Wont Change The World
See Change
Cowgirl In The Sand
Rockin In The Free World
A Day In The Life (Beatles Cover)

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What can I say? This concert was one of the best I’ve seen. And in this case, it was one of THESE nights, when everything is just perfect: The atmosphere, setlist, band, weather etc. As I already said in my review: Words can’t describe such magic situations – you have to be there. So – see you at the next Neil Young show in Austria!


STEVEN WILSON (Porcupine Tree) – Cologne (Musicfair Popkomm 2000)