Welcome to another entry in my personal Music Diary, today for the 24th October!
Back in the year 2000 I had my first live experience with an outstanding band from Finland: Apocalyptica! The quartet played a sold out and breathtaking show in Munich at the Muffathalle. You weren’t there but you would love to see this? No problem at all because this concert was filmed and released on DVD 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 (see the picture below) – you can watch the video here (just scroll down a little bit)!
Eicca Toppinen (Apocalyptica) with Alex Melomane (Cologne – 2000)
Hello, dear Music Maniacs all around the world to my music diary for the 26th July!
After seeing Mr. Tom Waits live in Paris twice in a row in 2008, a third concert followed directly. So I arrived in Munich for Woven Hand. David Eugene Edwards and his band were billed for a show at the club Ampere that day.
Hello again to my Music Diary – today for the 24th July!
Back in 1999 I attended one of the loudest concerts I have ever been. You might think that I’m talking about Motörhead – nope! I am talking about Mr. James Newell „Jim“ Osterberg who is better known as Iggy Pop! He and his band played in Munich at the Colosseum and from the beginning to the end this show was LOUDER than just loud! Full volume that I was fearing to go deaf! And the sound was just miserable – you couldn’t hear any nuances! I recognised „The Passenger“ only because the intro was played on one guitar. And when the rest of the band joined, the melodies were just gone and the song completely killed! The ringing in my ears after the show endured for appr. three days! But luckily it passed away.
On the 15th July 2000 I was invited to see the master of the harp live in concert: Andreas Vollenweider and his band performed in Munich at the Tollwood Festival and he filled the air with a beautiful mixture of Jazz, Classic and World Music.
Welcome back my friends, to the music diary that never ends!
On the 6th July 2000 I received a CD-Single for writing a review. It was „Safe in New York City“ by AC/DC taken from the awesome release „Stiff Upper Lip“. Beside the title track it also features a live version of „Back in Black“ and the unreleased song „Cyberspace“ which I heard with full volume over and over again while I was writing my review. And I will never forget the face of my boss that time who wanted to speak with me but I didn’t hear him while headbanging at my office place 😉
And as you maybe already know I have seen the band a year later in Munich (14th June 2001) at the Olympiastadium for the very first time.
Talking about concerts:
On the same day as the „Safe in New York City“ single hit my desktop I attended a wonderful performance at the Tollwood festival in Munich: Jan Garbarek filled the huge tent there with his magic playing.
After the interview Tull performed in typically way – very professional and solid. A good chosen setlist which featured all classics and also some rarities like „Love Story„. And as me and my video man (thanks Tom!) got backstage passes we found us after the show with the band and some other press people behind the stage 😉
Another gig of that day was on the 27th June 2004 and it took place at the Donauinselfest (a free annual festival) in Vienna. There I got my first live experience with the Norwegian band Kaizers Orchestra, which was just breathtaking. No wonder that Tom Waits is also a fan of this outstanding band. A short review you also find on the mentioned link 😉
Here is my music diary entry for today, 24th June:
Back in 2003 I attended another Jethro Tull gig – this time in Munich at the Zenith. This is one of those locations you will never like – too huge and very cold.
The support act were Leslie Mandoki with his Soulmates feat. Masha, a german female singer and better known as the daughter of Frank Elstner. This is the guy who invented the German TV show „Wetten, dass..?“. And I do think this says it all 😉
The Tull performance was solid and unfortunately nothing special at all. Apart from the horrible background singing by Masha (especially during „Heavy Horses“ – she just killed this song) I can remember that Ian Anderson reminded us on buying Christmas presents because of the upcoming album called „The Jethro Tull Christmas Album„, which was released later that year.