Radio Shows

RADIO SHOWS WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES:

When I worked for the Austrian independent radio station B138 I invited several musicians for special radio performances – here you can stream some of the wonderful shows – enjoy!

In November 2009 Andrea Schroeder was our live guest for the radio show „Unerhört Spezial“ – stream it here:

 

The Songs:

Blackbird“ (Studio)
„Blackbird“ (live)
„Rainlight“ (live)
„Farmen“ (from the Farmen album „Farmen“)
„Ghost Ship“ (live)
Bebop Blues“ (Studio)
„Dark Nightingales“ (live)
„My Heart is just a Song“ (live)
„Then“ (live)
„Fly me to the Sky“ (Studio)

Line up:
Andrea Schroeder – Vocals
Jesper Lehmkuhl – Guitar
Karsten Helmbold – Percussion

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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In February 2010 Austrian musician Manuel Normal was our live guest – stream this very special unplugged show here:

 

The Songs:

1. Doima (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
2. Marionettn (live)
3. Soiche Leit (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
4. Sicher ned Du (live)
5. Hau Di her (live)
6. Rosnkraunz (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
7. Dumm (live)
8. Saumthaundschuach (vom Album „Frontal„)
9. Saumthaundschuach (live)
10. 1000 Allergien (vom Album „Frontal„)
11. Nochfrogn (live)
12. Treibsaund (vom Album „Frontal„)
13. Hedwig (CD – Toter Roter Fisch: Verzeih mir doch, ich denke)
14. Chance 2006 (CD – Toter Roter Fisch: Verzeih mir doch, ich denke)
15. 99 Voitrottln (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
16. Linz (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
17. Doima (Zanshin Imado Wiedamisch) (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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In 2010 Jazz singer Marina Zettl was our live guest – stream this very special unplugged show here:

 

The Songs:

1. Wonderful Day (live)
2. Too close (from „Fikus„)
3. Almost written (live)
4. Ride the Tide (from „Fikus„)
5. Fikus (live)
6. Love on a Landline (live)
7. Goodbye (from „Fikus„)

Line Up:
Marina Zettl – Vocals
Thomas Mauerhofer – Guitar
Christian Bakanic – Accordion

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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Also in 2010 the Austrian band Dealer performed in the studio of the radio b138 – stream this unplugged session here:

 

The Songs:

1. Dig a Hole (Studio Version)
2. Dig a Hole (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
3. Ain’t getting better (Studio Version)
4. Ain’t getting better (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
5. Desperately united (Studio Version)
6. Cocain Woman (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
7. Remedy (THE BLACK CROWES)
8. This is not California (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
9. The Weight (The Band Cover) (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
10. Coming ‚round again (live)

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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In August  2010 Austrian musician Agnès Milewski was our live guest – stream this very special unplugged show here:

 

The Songs:

1. Ready steady go (Studio Version)
2. Chasing the Wind (live)
3. One God for me (Studio Version)
4. Learn to swim (live)
5. Falling from Grace (live)
6. Ugly duckling (live)
7. Not Andrea (Studio Version)
8. For Lucifer, the fallen (live)

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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With The Glamour Street a very young and talented duo was one of our live guests – stream this very special unplugged show here:

 

The Songs:

Mr. Universe
Nervous Shaking Dead And Gone
Wonderland
My Dear
(all taken from the album „Introducing The Famous„)
Chapman (live)
Underwater (live)
Not Under Your Skin (live)

Shortly after this show singer Medina Rekic was our guest and we did an interview, Medina played some of her favorite songs and also did a very fine unplugged solo performance!


The Setlist:

Placebo – Kitty Litter
Medina – Let me down (live)
KaroThe Sailor
Cat PowerKeep on running (Edit)
Medina – A Way out (live)
The Glamour StreetWonderland
Medina – Caught (live)
Dixie ChicksReady to run
Medina – Nineteen (Tegan and Sara Cover)(live)
Nina SimoneDo I move you
Medina – I’m incapable (live)

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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For the Austrian independent radio station B138 I hosted the programme called „Unerhört„. It was a weekly feature and broadcasted 72 times. Here is a small selection of my personal favorites and for your streaming pleasure – enjoy 😉

Volume 72:
MURDER: „Gospel Of Man“ (DK)
SARAH JAFFE: „Suburban Nature“ (USA)
FINGERS OF THE SUN: „Fingers Of The Sun“ (USA)
SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB: „Unentitled“ (USA)
VENA: „Nomadic“ (NOR)

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Volume 71:
LOVESICK EMPIRE: „The Grind““ (USA)
THE RAVEN AND THE WRITING DESK: „Recidivist“ (USA)
OH, STARLING: „Noel“ (USA)
STONE CARPET: „The Sound Of A Thousand“ (SWEDEN)

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Volume 69:
ELEPHANT REVIVAL: „Break In The Clouds“ (USA)
SONS OF PERDITION: „Psalms Of The Spitually Dead“ (USA)
BUDDY AND THE HUDDLE: „Farrago“ (GERMANY)
R.F. HORNE: „Collections“ (CANADA)

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Volume 68:
KAL CAHOONE: „Saints And Stars“ (USA)
GRITCH: „The World Was Asleep“/“Sunday Morning Train EP“/“Arrivals And Departures“ (USA)
AMAZING TWIN: „New Wives‘ Tale“ (USA)

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Volume 60:
THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS: „Dead Reckoning“
THE DUKES: „Resilient Lovers“ (EP)
TV BUDDHAS: „Dying At The Party“

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Volume 58:
STEVE WYNN & THE MIRACLE 3 (USA): „Northern Aggression“ (Album)

Resolution
We don’t talk about it
No One ever drowns
The Death of Donny B
On the Mend

RAY DAVIES & FRIENDS: „See my Friends

Better Things“ (feat. Bruce Springsteen)
Days/This Time Tomorrow“ (feat. Mumford & Sons)
You really got me“ (feat. Metallica)
Lola“ (feat. Paloma Faith)
Waterloo Sunset“ (feat. Jackson Browne)

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Volume 57:
OVERCASTERS (USA)
THE GREAT BERTHOLINIS (HUNGARY)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS (SWEDEN)
DIRK NELLY BRILL (GERMANY)
SERGIO MENDES (BRASIL)
PRIESMASTA FLASH (AUSTRIA)

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Volume 56:
Fjieri (ITALY)
Clan Edison (FRANCE)
Trouble Over Tokyo (UK)
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (USA)

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Volume 54:
Munly And The Lupercalians (USA)
Suicide Syndicate (SWEDEN)

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Volume 51:
Volbeat (DENMARK)
Robert Plant (UK)
Andrew Giddings (UK)
Amanda Shires (USA)
Aedos Cluster Of The Waterfall (ITALY)
Pulled Apart By Horses (UK)
Spayroll (FRANCE)
James Yuill (UK)
The Miserable Rich (UK)

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Volume 49:
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (USA)
Robert Plant (UK)
T-Model Ford (USA)
LDX Productions (UK)
Dark Patrick (UK/UKRAINE)
Loz Tinitoz (GERMANY)

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Volume 44:
Mumford & Sons: „Sigh No More“ (Album)

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Volume 42:
Dust On The Breakers (USA)
John Grant (USA)
The Drums (USA)
Roshi feat. Pars Radio (UK)
This Ambitious Orchestra (USA)

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Volume 39:
Kal Cahoone (USA)
Lilium (USA)
Angie Mattson (USA)
Forgetallrocktaughtyou (USA)
Lost Robots (UK)
The Monotrol Kid (BELGIUM)

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Volume 34:
WOVEN HAND (David Eugene Edwards) – „The Threshing Floor“ (Album)

The Songs:
Sinking Hands
The Threshingfloor
A Holy Measure
Raise Her Hands
His Rest
Singing Grass
Behind Your Breath
Truth“ (New Order Cover)
Terre Haute

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Volume 33:
PAUL WELLER – „Wake Up The Nation“ (Album)
MURDER BY DEATH – „Good Morning, Magpie“ (Album)

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Volume 28:
Johnny Cash (USA)
Katzenjammer (NORWAY)
Alley Sin (BULGARIA)
Fiddler’s Green (GERMANY)
Magnapop (USA)
Angela Tröndle (AUSTRIA)
Gary Heffern (USA/FINLAND)

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Volume 16:
Elin Palmer (SWEDEN/USA)
Herbert Froehler (AUSTRIA)
Silent Art Orchestra (GERMANY)
Devolution (AUSTRIA)
The Pussybats (GERMANY)
Herb Sinus (AUSTRIA)
Tri State Corner (GERMANY)

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Volume 4:
Elin Palmer (USA)
Killed By 9 Volt Batteries (AUSTRIA)
Saori Jo (FRANCE)
Gschu (AUSTRIA)
Jade (AUSTRIA)
Patti Rothberg (USA)
Sonic Adventure Project (AUSTRIA)
Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People (CANDA)
A Life, A Song, A Cigarette (AUSTRIA)

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Follow this link to stream/download my radio show called “Die musikalische Buchstabensupe eines Melomanen”, which I hosted also for the Austrian independent radio station B138. It’s a series through my private music collection from A (like AC/DC) until Z (like ZZ Top). Also I recorded some other broadcasts, like a special about the release of Johnny Cash’s album “American Recordings VI – Ain’t No Grave” (ed. 2010) which features also some speeches of John Carter Cash, the son of the Man in Black. Also I did two broadcasts which features my personal favorites of the year 2010 – like Woven Hand, Munly & The Lupercalians, Clan Edison or Murder By Death. Tune in and enjoy!

The setlist of this series:
Setlist_A_bis_Z

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Concerts (December)

01/12/2007:
WOVEN HAND – Live in Amiens (Maison De La Culture D’Amiens – Petit Theatre)

The audience in Sotteville-lès-Rouen was very different: There were young teenagers, some typically Theatre visitors and I saw one woman before the show as she was knitting a pullover! Anyway – the location was really very beautiful: A modern theatre with seats. So it was my very first seated Woven Hand experience. We find our stools in the seventh row in the middle. A perfect place, because so we had a wonderful overview of the stage. When the lights went out, Woven Hand entered the stage. David said “Hello” with a small gesture and then they started to play. After the tape intro of “Snake Bite” the show started with ”My Russia”. After some improvisations (“Down in yon Forest”) a powerful “Tin Finger” filled the theatre. David stood up again for a few seconds at the end of the song and after the last note was played, the teenagers shouted out and cheered very loudly! For a few moments I thought that they were at the wrong show, because Woven Hand is definitely NOT a boygroup 😉

Anyway – it was really great fun to see and hear these girls crying. “Harm’s Way” was perfect as at the last two shows and then “Wooden Brother” was played instead of “Aeolian Harp (Under the World)”. What a big and beautiful surprise! Then Ordy worked on his drums for “The Speaking Hands” as always – powerful and very impressive! When David fetched the Banjola for “Whistling Girl” some people cheered loudly. More vocal improvisations before the magical “White Bird” were to come. After that, “Slota Prow” with some lines of “Horse Head Fiddle” followed. And the fantastic “Your Russia” with some more improvisations in the middle finished the first part. Needless to say that the teenagers cried and cheered again with full force during the encore break. David returned alone to play the beautiful “Swedish Purse/Phyllis Ann” – and the people began to clap rhythmically. Then Ordy, Peter and Pascal also returned and “Winter Shaker” shaked the theatre. By starting “American Wheeze” people went crazy and cheered again. “Deerskin Doll” and the amazing “Dirty Blue” were the last songs of the night.

The Setlist:
Snake Bite
My Russia
Improvisations (Down in yon Forest)
Tin Finger
Harm’s Way
Wooden Brother
The Speaking Hands
Whistling Girl
Improvisations
White Bird
Slota Prow/Horse Head Fiddle
Your Russia
Swedish Purse/Phyllis Ann
Winter Shaker
American Wheeze
Deerskin Doll
Dirty Blue

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I have to say that the sound at the Maison De La Culture D’Amiens was AMAZING! I wish that Woven Hand would play more locations like this.

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01/12/2006:
SANDY DILLON – Ebensee (Kino)

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02/12/2004:
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Vienna (Gasometer)

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05/12/1996:
K’S CHOICE – Munich (Backstage)

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06/12/2009:
SOAP & SKIN (with Ensemble) – Salzburg (ARGE)

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07/12/2008:
WOVEN HAND – Bern (ISC)

After the Vienna show, which was – apart form the “audience” – really an excellent one, I headed to my final “Ten Stones” live experience to Bern in Switzerland. I arrived the day before the show so I had enough time for some sightseeing. Bern is a beautiful city – especially the older part of the town is amazing.

Before I started my sightseeing tour I looked for the location “ISC Club” which was not really easy to find. It’s hidden behind an autonomous area which is called “Reitschule”, the club itself is located in an university building. I saw only one Woven Hand poster by going through the city for some hours, so I was curious how many people will find their way to the show. As David played here for many times (with 16 Horsepower and Woven Hand) I was sure, that the concert will be well attended.

As the doors were opened at 8 o’clock I was waiting 15 minutes before outside of the venue with some other fans. When I entered the location I headed the stairs above to the so called concert room. But this was really very small but at the right hand there was a curtain and so I thought to myself “behind this, there will be the hall”. So I lifted the curtain a little bit and saw directly behind it the “stage”. A very tiny one which was only knee-high! So I fetched myself a beer and waited for the support act Birch Book again. As I heard about the last concerts, B’ee aka B’eirth played the last shows (Utrecht and Leuven) with Ordy on the drums! So I was very looking forward to see this and as the curtain was opened he was sitting behind the drums, gave me a little wave and then Birch Book (with one guitar player) started his wonderful set. It was magic again and luckily the audience was very quiet during the show so this was really an amazing performance. Especially the final song (“The Trip goes on”), in which Ordy played a little bit louder, was simply unbelievable! Then the curtain was closed again and the club get more and more crowded. I had my place in front of Pascal this time and so me and a lot of fans were waiting for Woven Hand approximately 15 minutes. During this time a girl asked me if I have seen Woven Hand live before. So I have to laugh a little bit and so I told her my live experiences. She was very curious and nervous, because it was her first Woven Hand show. I said: “Just wait and see – you won’t trust your eyes and ears, bu you can trust me.” Then a drowning filled the room and the curtains fell for Woven Hand – the band was already on stage and so they started directly with “Kicking Bird”. As the last note was played, the people cheered and applauded very loudly – so they loved the hard and heavy performance like me. “The Beautiful Axe” was next, followed by “The Speaking Hands”, which was a personal highlight again. This one caught everybody and after the song the people went really nuts. Then the first riffs of “Splinters” gave me the creeps again. After that David had some technical problems with his amplifier. So it was the first time for me hearing him saying the F-Word. After two or three minutes he handled the problem and it seemed that he worked off some anger in an unbelievable hard and heavy version of “Tin Finger”. Some vocal improvisations on “Into the Piano” followed before the big surprise came next: “Poormouth”! I really didn’t trust my ears – one of my personal 16 Horsepower favorite was played live! With wet eyes I enjoyed this wonderful song. So it was no surprise that the audience went crazy again after the song was finished. While the people cheered loudly, Ordy, Pascal and Peter left the stage and David gave an amazing solo performance of “Whistling Girl”. After that the boys returned to their instruments for “Cohawkin Road” and “Horsetail”. Again David made a lot of gestures during the songs and after that he fetched his banjola again. While tuning it, somebody shouted “Sinnerman”. David’s answer: “I don’t know this song.” Nearly everybody laughed and then “Kingdom of Ice” hit the audience with full force. Another heavy version of “Not one Stone” followed and it was such an enjoyment to see the band playing this gorgeous song live again. “Horse Head Fiddle” with a lot of improvisations took us the breath away – it’s simply unbelievable which sounds they created again. And with a rocking “Winter Shaker” the regular set was closed. Some Indian chants supplied the encore break before Ordy and David played the Bob Dylan Cover “As I went out one Morning”. After this beauty David fetched the bandoneon and you can imagine what happened next: The people went nuts again and a lot of them sang some lines to the unbelievable “American Wheeze”. And with “Deerskin Doll” a heavy final chord was set. Unfortunately they didn’t play “Dirty Blue” and “Your Russia” but therefore “Poormouth” was much more than a consolation.

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After the show I asked the girl next to me, who has her first Woven Hand live experience, what she was thinking now. She shaked her head and answered luckily and with a big smile. “Unbelievable”! Then I met Hanspeter from Bern and Millie from France. It was quite fun again to meet people in real life, who I only knew from the internet. I was standing on the stairs watching the scenery, as the guitar player from Birch Book asked: “And did you enjoy the show?” As I had my Birch Book shirt on I do bet he was curious about my opinion. So we talked for approximately 15 minutes about Birch Book, his musical background and the touring so far. Finally Dean (he is from Manchester) signed some Birch Book covers for me and before he had to leave Hanspeter was so nice and shot a picture of me and Dean – many thanks again!

Then I met Ordy and Peter for a short “Hello” and after that I left the club. As I headed to the hotel I passed the tour bus where some people loaded all the instruments and gear. As Dean told me they left tonight and drive through the night to Lausanne, where the next stop was scheduled. But no more shows for me – five times is enough! And I’ve also to spare some money for the next tour in 2009 – see you there again!”

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09/12/2013:
REVEREND RUSTY & THE CASE – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)

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12/12/2013:
THE TIGER LILLIES – Salzburg (Rockhouse)

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12/12/2007:
ENNIO MORRICONE – Vienna (Stadthalle)

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12/12/2008:
MURDER BY DEATH – Vienna (B72)

My first Murder By Death live experience was on the 21st April 2007 in Munich (Atomic Café) and this show was simply awesome. Due to the wedding of my best friend in France (I was one of the witnesses of the marriage) I couldn’t make it to the first Murder By Death concert in Austria, which was scheduled for the 2nd July 2008 in Vienna. So I have to wait until the 12th December 2008 when Adam Turla (Guitar and Vocals), Sarah Balliet (Cello and Keyboards), Matt Armstrong (Bass) and Dagan Thogerson (Drums) were playing in Vienna again – this time at the wonderful small location named B72. There I attended one of my best live shows ever – Woven Hand back in 2005 played an outstanding set and so I was really very looking forward to see a concert of one of my all time favorite bands in this wonderful place again. This time Murder By Death toured to promote their latest and fantastic release “Red Of Tooth And Claw”, which has blown me straight away when I first listened to it – a real masterpiece!

Before the show I met Dagan at the merchandising stand. We talked a little bit and then I bought two new shirts and a badge. Also I asked him for signing some covers after the concert. “Yes, of course”, he answered. As the doors opened we headed to the balcony. When you’re sitting in the first row you have a perfect overview and an excellent sound. The supporting band was also from the USA – Unwed Sailor, a three piece (Bass, Guitar and Drums) which only plays instrumental. Very interesting performance, but in my opinion some vocals would be fit perfectly into this special sound. Nevertheless we (and Adam Turla with Matt Armstrong from Murder By Death, who were standing on the left to us) enjoyed their performance, which endured approximately 40 minutes. Then, after they grabbed their instruments, Murder By Death entered the stage. “Thanks for coming out, we’re Murder By Death”, Adam welcomed the audience and they began their show with a straight “Sometimes the Line walks you” from the album “In Bocca Al Lupo”. After that, Sarah fetched her cello and the wonderful “’52 Ford” followed. This one is one of my favorite tracks on the recent album “Red Of Tooth And Claw” so it was no surprise that this one gave me the creeps. The new song “Ball and Chain” was next on the setlist, in which Sarah showed us her unique cello skills. After Adam said “Thank you very much”, the powerful “Rum Brave” filled the B72. The amazing “A Masters in Reverse Psychology” from their second LP “Who Will Survive, And What Will Be Left Of Them” hit me with full force. “We are all waiting for the end, what kind of finish will he send” were the last words. Then I have to shout “Amazing” and Adam answered “Amazing finish, I hope” with a smile. “It’s nice to be back here in Vienna, thank you for having us! We were here in July, I guess. It was the 2nd of July, the day before my birthday. Which was a good one. I had Schnitzel on my birthday so everything was okay. This song is about escaping a rough town”, Adam introduced “Steal away”, which you can find also on their last album. “Fuego”, the first song which I heard before the official release of “Red Of Tooth And Claw”, was next, in which Sarah played cello and keyboard alternately. “Thanks a lot! We are doing a series where we put out our own records and we are doing covers of our favorite bands and our friends and they’re covering our songs – so we are trading. And this is a song by a guy named William Elliott Whitmore who’s amazing”, Adam told us before they began “One Man’s Shame” which is released as a limited edition (1.000 copies) on a special vinyl single series. If you want to save your personal copy then go to their official website (www.murderbydeath.com) and place your order before it’s too late! Well, back to the Vienna show: “Ash” gave me another reason for headbanging and shaking. With “One more Notch”, “The Organ Grinder” and “Steam Rising” three more beautiful tracks from “In Bocca Al Lupo” followed. “Thank you very much! It’s good to back in Austria. You’re very kind, come to see us and make us feel good. This song is about having a good time by doing all the wrong shit, I guess”, Adam told us before “Brother” hit everybody at the B72 and so it was no surprise that the people went completely nuts during this song. And I was so happy to hear the full version, because of the last time in Munich a crazy guy interrupted Adam’s singing by entering the stage for some stagediving. “Until Morale improves, the Beatings will continue” from their second album gave us the creeps again. When I first heard the line “Buckshot is my Bread and I’ll drink Whiskey instead of Water, ‘cause I can’t stand to be sober in this place”, I was caught immediately. “Thank you very much, you’re very awesome. I hope you were here early enough to see Unwed Sailor. Those guys are fucking awesome. They’re friends of ours from the states. And it just happened that we were meeting here in Europe. And this one goes out to them”, Adam told us before he started an unbelievable version of “The Big Sleep”. After that, the crowd went nuts again and applauded loudly. “Tomorrow is our last night of the tour. It’s always nice to go home, but we will be sad for leaving Europe. Thanks for taking good care of us”, Adam introduced the last song of the regular set: “Comin’ Home”, in which nearly everybody was singing the beginning with Adam. Then a short encore break followed. “Usually we go somewhere and have a few drinks. And if you wanna hear more, we will play more songs. But there is no place for us to go”, Adam explained about the small stage at the B72. So they had to stay on the stage, because there is no place for an usual backstage area. So the crowd cheered, shouted and applauded loudly for more songs. “I like your style, I like you guys. I don’t know what songs we are gonna play”, Adam told us and so some people shouted some titles. “Okay, here are a couple of ones we haven’t played on this tour yet”, Adam introduced us the following songs. Before they started to play again, Adam asked about this special thing, which was outside the bar hanging above the barkeepers. It holds all types of liquor bottles upside down and so the bartenders can easily fetch some Whiskey, Vodka etc. for mixing some drinks. “By the way, has anybody else noticed that there is a revolving thing of liquor? I wanna lay down underneath it. The thing is beautiful. I gotta get rich and get one of those for my house above my bed. And I will never have to leave”, Adam was joking. Then a wonderful “Three Men Hanging” opened the encore set. “I heard someone asked for this song, so we will play it”, introduced “The Desert is on Fire”, which finished with a big surprise: Adam played the classic guitar riff of the Jethro Tull song “Aqualung” just before the end. “Okay, let’s do one more. This song is about pirates and getting drunk. You’re awesome. You know, this song is about Viennese pirates” Adam joked again and then a heavy and powerful “Dead Men and Sinners” closed the wonderful set. “Thank you very much, thanks for coming”, said Adam as a good bye before leaving the stage finally.

The Setlist:
Sometimes the Line walks you
’52 Ford
Ball and Chain
Rum Brave
A Masters in Reverse Psychology
Steal away
Fuego
One Man’s Shame (William Elliott Whitmore Cover)
Ash
One more Notch
The Organ Grinder
Steam Rising
Brother
Until Morale improves, the Beatings will continue
The Big Sleep
Comin’ Home
Three Men Hanging
The Desert is on Fire
Dead Men and Sinners

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After the concert I firstly met Matt and asked him for signing some covers. “Of course”, he said. As I was wearing the official shirt of “Red Of Tooth And Claw”, which was available by pre-ordering the album, he knew that I’m a big fan, I guess. And so he gave me his plectrum as a gift – many thanks again! Then I met Sarah and she also signed all my vinyl covers which I brought along. Then I waited until Adam has some time for me and so I walked to the merchandising stand again and asked him for some signatures. So he signed everything and after that I thanked him for playing some notes of “Aqualung”. “Oh, you recognised it”, he answered. “Oh yeah, of course”, and then I lifted my Murder By Death shirt to show him not my belly, but my Jethro Tull Baseball shirt, which I wore beneath it. He looked with bright eyes, smiled and shook his head astonished. Finally I bought some pins and the official and limited tour poster and wished him and the band a save trip back to the USA. Before we were leaving we had the chance to take a picture with Sarah and Dagan. So many thanks to my friend Kurt who took one featuring Sarah Balliet, Dagan Thogerson and me.

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15/12/2014:
THE HAMBURG BLUES BAND feat. Maggie Bell & Miller Anderson
Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)

Hamburg Blues Band_Salzburg_Rockhouse_Bar_15.12.2014

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29/12/2009 – Fort Collins (Aggie Theater):
MUNLY & THE LUPERCALIANS

The Setlist:
Scarewolf
Petr
Grandfater
Ahmen
Mattie
Three Wise Hunters
Polpot
Jehu
Wulf

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SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB

The Setlist:
Cranston
Red Pirate of the Prairie
Children of the Lord
This is how we do Things in the Country
No Doubt about it
Americadio
Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
Pine Box
Hold my Head
Jesus is in my Body: My Body has let me down
32 Mouths gone dry
This Land is our Land Redux
All about the Bullfrog in three Verses
Last Song about Satan
Mark of Vaccination
He, Roger Williams
The unballed Ballad of the new Folksinger
That fierce Cow is common sense in a Country Dress

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30/12/2009:
DEVOTCHKA – Denver (Mercury Cafe) – Afternoon Show

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The Setlist:
The Enemy Guns
Queen of the Surface Streets
Basso Profundo
The Clockwise Witness
We’re leaving
Head Honcho
C’est ce la (Part I & II)
I cried like a silly Boy (Ted Thacker Cover)
Happy Birthday
La Llorrona
Undone
Transliterator
Death by Blonde
How it ends
Such a lovely Thing

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30/12/2009 – Denver (Bluebird Theater):
PAPERBIRD
SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB

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31/12/2009 – Denver (Bluebird Theater):
MUNLY & THE LUPERCALIANS

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The Setlist:
Scarewolf
Petr
Grandfater
Ahmen
Mattie
Three Wise Hunters
Polpot
Jehu
Wulf

MUNLY & THE LUPERCALIANS: Ahmen

SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB

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The Setlist:
Cranston
Red Pirate of the Prairie
Children of the Lord (feat. Erica Brown)
This is how we do Things in the Country
No Doubt about it
Americadio
Magalina Hagalina Boom Boom
Pine Box
Hold my Head
Jesus is in my Body: My Body has let me down
New Year Counting with Erica Brown/Auld Lang Syne
32 Mouths gone dry
This Land is our Land Redux
All about the Bullfrog in three Verses
Last Song about Satan
Mark of Vaccination
He, Roger Williams
Providence, New Jerusalem
Do you know thee Enemy
The unballed Ballad of the new Folksinger
That fierce Cow is common sense in a Country Dress

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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

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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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Concerts (March)

04/03/2007:
KAMCHATKA – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Support:
Sons of Morpheus (CH)
Ultima Radio (A)

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04/03/2007:
DEVASTATIONS – Vienna (Chelsea)

Tom Carlyon (Vocals & Bass), Hugo Cran (Drums & Percussion), Conrad Standish (Guitar) & Andrea Lee (Keyboards) created a wonderful sound landscape at the Chelsea in Vienna. The Devastations are originally from Australia, but I was told that they work and live nowadays in Europe, played that night songs from their two releases „The Devastations“ and „Coal„. And as far I remember also some brandnew tunes which should be released on „Yes, U„. And if I’m right they performed the wonderful „The saddest Sound“ too – one of their best compositions!

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Signed Devastations Single © Alex Melomane After the show I did some shopping on the merchandising. So I bought myself a shirt and the limited vinyl single „The low Road“/“Tomorrow is a long Time“. And the band was so nice to sign every cover – thanks again 😉

Devastations - Signed Cover (04.03.2007) © Alex Melomane

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06/03/1991:
JERRY LEE LEWIS – Salzburg (Sporthalle)
Support by the local band The Booze Family

Thanks to my girlfriend at that time who gave me this ticket as a birthday present 😉 So it was the very first time for me to see a real legend – The Killer himself, Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis! As far as I can remember it was a short set but he gave us everything we expected – a wild Rock’n’Roll show with all his legendary hits like „Whole lotta Shakin‘ goin‘ on“ or „Great Balls of Fire„.

Jerry Lee Lewis – Salzburg (Sporthalle)(06.03.1991) Ticket © Alex MelomaneJerry Lee Lewis - Salzburg (Sporthalle)(06.03.1991) Salzburger Nachrichten Review © Alex Melomane

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07/03/2015:
COLOUR HAZE – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Support:
RADIO MOSCOW (USA)
CHERRY CHOKE (UK)

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07/03/2009:
O’DEATH – Ebensee (Kino)

As you might know I’m very addicted to a Denver band called Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, which I was going to see live for the first time in April 2009. And as I was told that O’Death from the US is playing at the Kino in Ebensee I supposed something in that way: A very intense performance which will blow me away. Well, and this happened. Greg Jamie (Vocals & Guitar), Gabe Darling (Ukulele, Guitar & Banjo), David Rogers-Berry (Drums & Chains), Bob Pycior (Fiddle) & Newman (Bass) did a breathtaking performance which left me speechless in some way.

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The Setlist:

Down to Rest
Low Tide
Adelita
Only Daughter
On an Aching Sea
Underwater
Grey Sun
Fire on Peshtigo
Mountain Shifts
Legs to Sin
Angelina
Allie Mae Reynolds
Home
Vacant Moan
Busted Old Church
Ratscars/Lean-To
Crawl through Snow
I think I’m fine
Ain’t no Sleeping for the Death
A Light that does not dim
Nimrod’s Song (Pixies Cover)
Nathaniel
Rise up

As you can see most of the songs were from the current release at that time called „Broken Hymns, Limbs & Skin„.
After the show I did some shopping at the merch stand and talked a little bit with Gabe,  Greg, David and Bob. They were so kind to sign my Murder By Death Split Single as you see below 😉

Signed O'Death/Murder By Death Split Single © Alex MelomaneThanks again for this awesome night – it was the perfect soundtrack to my private birthday party 😉

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08/03/2014:
ANDI ALMQVIST – La Spezia (Distro)

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09/03/2014:
ANDI ALMQVIST – Pavia (Da Trapani)

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09/03/2007
ELENI MANDELL – Ebensee (Kino)

Eleni Mandell, an outstanding singer and songwriter from the US, played during her „Miracle Of Five“ tour also in the tiny village Ebensee at the Kino. Eleni and her band were in a very good mood and it was obvious that all the people fell in love with her beautiful songs. And she played two encores that night 😉

After the show I met her for a little chat and Eleni was so nice to sign some covers.

The Setlist:
Dreamboat
Afternoon
Snake Song
Moonglow
Girls
Salt Truck
My Twin
Pauline
Silverlake Babies
Perfect Stranger
Make-Out King
Somebody Else
Just a Dream
Needle and Thread
Miss me
Wings in his Eyes
Dutch Harbor
Nightmare Song
Personal
Nickel Plated Man
Home
Close the Door

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09/03/2001:
PJ HARVEY – Munich (Colosseum)
Support: GIANT SAND (feat. Howe Gelb, Joey Burns & John Convertino)

My first PJ Harvey live experience in Munich at the Colosseum (and NOT at the Babylon like it is printed on the ticket!), which was located in an area called Kunstpark Ost, where a lot of bars and locations were built. Before the show Giant Sand feat. Howe Gelb, Joey Burns and John Convertion did the support. Well, a few years later two of that line up should be well known all over the world as Calexico!

Polly Jean Harvey had a little cold and so some light problems with her voice. She excused during the songs for this but nevertheless her performance was brilliant. Most of the songs were from the current album called „Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea„.

Some Songs of that night were:

This Wicked Tongue
This Is Love
Good Fortune
Send His Love To Me
A Place Called Home
30
Man Size
Angelene
The Whores Hustle & The Hustlers Whore
Dry
Big Exit
Horses In My Dreams
Sheela Na Gig
Down By The Water

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10/03/2014:
RUF’S BLUES CARAVAN – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Featuring:
Laurence Jones
Christina Skjoberg
Albert Castiglia
Eliana Cargnelutti

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10/03/1993:
REINHARD MEY – Salzburg (Sporthalle)

The second time after 1991 that I saw the German singer/songwriter Reinhard Mey live in concert. At the same place two years ago but with brandnew songs from his album „Alles geht!„.

Reinhard Mey - Salzburg (Sporthalle)(10.03.1993) Ticket © Alex MelomaneAfter the show some fans were waiting for Reinhard to sign some covers and tickets – like mine 😉

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13/03/2015:
VDELLI – Kufstein (Kulturfabrik)
Support: 22 Top (DE)

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19/03/1991:
REINHARD MEY – Salzburg (Sporthalle)

One of my heroes when I was a little child. My Mum loved this singer and songwriter from Germany, who was  also very famous in France in the sixties/seventies under his French name Frederik Mey. Beside this he is also very well known in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. My girlfriend at that time was still a huge fan so I took this possibility to see Reinhard Mey live the very first time at Salzburg. Some of his hits are „Über den Wolken„, „Wie vor Jahr und Tag„, „Ich bin Klempner von Beruf“ or „Die heiße Schlacht am kalten Buffett„. Also he played many songs from his current album called „Farben„.

Reinhard Mey - Salzburg (Sporthalle)(19.03.1991) Ticket © Alex Melomane

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20/03/2015:
WORRIED MAN AND WORRIED BOY – Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)
Support: Fräulein Hona (AT)

Worried Man And Worried Boy - Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)(20.03.2015)  Ticket © Alex Melomane

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22/03/2014:
CARVIN JONES BAND – Enns (d’Zuckerfabrik)

 

Carvin Jones Band - Enns (d'Zuckerfabrik)(22.03.2014)  Ticket © Alex Melomane

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22/03/2000:
JACKIE LEVEN – Munich (Muffathalle – Cafe)

A friend of mine take me along to this show of the British folk musician Jackie Leven at the small Cafe at the Muffathalle in Munich. A very nice evening and Jackie was talking a lot between the songs. And I can remember he was saying that the most „plastic pubs“ are located in Vienna! And I have to admit that he was right. Unfortunately Jackie Leven passed away on the 14th November 2011. He is sorely missed but his beautiful songs will live on forever …

Jackie Leven - Munich (Muffathalle - Cafe)(22.03.2000) Ticket  © Alex Melomane

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24/03/2015:
DUKE ROBILLARD BAND – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)

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24/03/2014:
HENRIK FREISCHLADER – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Support: Chris Kosma Band

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25/03/2001:
DEE DEE RAMONE – Munich (Club 2)

Another legend on my personal concert list: Dee Dee Ramone (born as Douglas Glen Colvin) from the one and only THE RAMONES! It was a typically Punk-Rock-Night: A tiny and full crowded club, sweat and smoke was everywhere and Dee Dee rocked with his band like hell! Just counting „One, Two, Three, Four“ on every song 😉 A friend of mine met him backstage before the show and so I got a signed copy of the release „Greatest & Latest“ which was the current album that time. Beside some new songs Dee Dee re-recorded also some Ramones classics for this one.

Dee Dee Ramone - Signed Cover (25.03.2001) © Alex MelomaneUnfortunately the next year I heard about Dee Dee Ramone’s death – he left the building on the 5th June 2002 … R.I.P.

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26/03/2014:
RODRIGUEZ – Vienna (Wiener Stadthalle – Halle F)
Support: Cory Becker

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27/03/2009:
AC/DC – Munich (Olympiahalle)

Back in 2001 I had my very first AC/DC live experience in the same city and almost at the same location. At that time Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson rocked the Olympiastadium, which is a stone throw away from the Olympiahalle. The concert was amazing – you can prove this by watching the official DVD “Stiff Upper Lip Live”, which features the whole show. As I was very far away (on a sitting place around 150 meters away from the stage) then, this time I was very looking forward to see AC/DC quite nearer – and with my special “Fan Ticket” it would be possible.

AC/DC - Munich (Olympiahalle)(27.03.2009) © Alex Melomane

As we arrived by tube a lot of people were standing around with signs in their hands “Tickets wanted!”. And it was obvious that really nobody sold tickets! This experience was really new to me, because at every concert I went – especially when they were officially sold out, just like AC/DC at that night – there were enough possibilities to buy tickets. But not this time.

As we had special “Fan Member Tickets” we entered the Olympiahalle via a special entry. Then we headed down to the arena and looked for a nice place. Finally we were standing approximately in the 15th row on the left side just in front of the stage. At 20.00 the support act The Answer from Ireland began to play. My friend told me before, that this band is really a very good one. Musically nothing special (classic hardrock) but with a lot of power. The singer reminded me immediately on Robert Plant: Long hair, the same acting on stage and also the singing was very similar. The others (drums, guitar and bass) played a fresh heavy rock sound, which was like Led Zeppelin meets Guns N’ Roses. Nothing really special, but nevertheless very impressing in some way. The Answer created an excellent atmosphere and did a very good support job. After approximately 40 minutes they left the stage and so we waited for AC/DC. In the meantime we drank some beers which were served in special AC/DC plastic cups.

As the clock showed 21.05 the lights went out and on the big screen above the stage a clip started. A very funny cartoon video, which featured AC/DC and some hot and nice ladies. Typically AC/DC – in one scene you saw Brian Johnson smiling out of the so-called “Rock’n’Roll Train”, and a few seconds later the head of a blonde girl appeared after some special job – I guess, you know what I mean 😉

Then you saw Angus as the “Devil Engine Driver” putting more and more coals in the oven. The train got faster and faster, the heat was going to explode and two of the girls cared about Angus. As he was smiling and his devil tail got harder, it seems, that he also liked this kind of emergency treatment. So there was no way to stop the train and so it headed with full force into the station and exploded finally. After that a firework was started AC/DC entered the stage with the new track “Rock’n’Roll Train”. What an opening – just perfect and by starting to headbang I got the creeps immediately! It was just amazing to see these legends rocking with full force! Imagine – these guys are all over 50 years old and still rock like hell! Behind the band there was a big derailed locomotive installed. The classic “Hell ain’t a bad Place to be” followed and it sounded like always in the last three decades – straight forward with these magic riffs. Speaking about magic riffs – “Back in Black” was next and the audience went nuts again! “We’ve got a song for you from the new album” introduced Brian Johnson “Big Jack”. During the refrains, really everybody was singing along with the former Geordie front man. “Munchen, we’ve got something for you” said Brian before the classic “Dirty Deeds done dirt cheap” was played. Not later than this song it was obvious that AC/DC was in a perfect mood: Brian sang his lungs out, Angus rocked and headbanged like always, Phil drummed exactly like a Swiss watch, Cliff worked on his bass by shaking his head all the time and rhythm master Malcolm riffed in his very own and special way. “Shot down in Flames” reminded us on Bon Scott again and with “Thunderstruck” the audience was proved again for its vocal abilities. “This is from the ‘Black Ice’ album – this one’s called ‘Black Ice’”. Just fantastic that they played this one, because it’s one of my personal favorites of the last LP. And it was another evidence that the fans, who cheered loudly, really love the new recording. After that another classic came along: “It’s getting hot in here! We’re gonna sing a song about a dirty woman. She was a two faced woman, told two faced lies. She was so mean. It’s a song called ‘The Jack’ – come on and sing with us”, Brian instructed us, while Angus played some riffs and notes during the introduction. So it was no surprise that everybody was singing along again and during this long version of approximately nine minutes, Angus made his striptease and showed us finally his AC/DC pants. Then the bell was coming down and the next highlight rocked us with full force: “Hells Bells”, in which everybody headbanged and sang like there was no tomorrow. With “Shoot to Thrill” a song followed, which was played unbelievably exact and perfect! I never heard this one in such a fantastic version! Angus rocked the whole stage and Brian – although he has to fight with his voice – gave really more than just 100 percent! “Okay, we do a song from the new album – this one’s called ‘War Machine’, said Brian with his typically dirty laughing. What can I say? Another brandnew song which fit in the setlist perfectly. The riffs, energy and rhythm – typically AC/DC. “Anything goes”, which is in my opinion a weak song, was nevertheless powerful and it seemed that the audience didn’t care about my thoughts and still rocked on. With “You shook me all Night long” another song from “Back in Black” followed. Before I saw AC/DC the first time live, I never liked this one too. But back in 2001, when I had my first live experience with Angus & Co, I had tears in my eyes when I listened to this tune, which was played in all radio stations all over the world back in 1980. So I smiled and enjoyed it completely again! “T.N.T.” showed us Angus as a perfect “Oi, Oi, Oi” singer! Unbelievable how fit this man still is! And for “Whole lotta Rosie” he showed us again, how a over 50 years old guitar player can rock! Wonderful solos and his typically acting made this evergreen very special again. During this song a big “Rosie” was blown up at the stage and sat on the derailed locomotive. And it seemed that she tipped rhythmically with her left foot to the song! With “Let there be Rock”, which endured over 15 minutes, the audience forgot everything. All were headbanging like hell and during this song all covers (from “High Voltage” until “Black Ice”) were shown on the big screen. Especially when “If you want Blood, you’ve got it” (with the unforgettable Bon Scott) appeared, the audience cheered loudly. Yeah – this man will be never forgotten! Although Brian forgot some lines, the performance of this one was simply outstanding. Angus ran with his guitar from the stage to a sort of bridge which was installed between the first 30 rows. There a car hoist lifted him higher on a special small stage on which he rocked, shaked, sweat and wriggled on the floor like in the older days. With “See you, good Night” Brian finished the song and the encore break followed. After approximately five minutes Angus was lifted on the main stage. With devil horns on his head he played some solo tunes before “Highway to Hell” transferred us back in 1979. At the end of the song it was obvious that Brian has almost lost his voice, but he fought and tortured himself to find the right notes. Really very impressive! Then the well known intro of “For those about to Rock (We salute you)” played by Angus made us clear that this is the final song of the night. The guns were brought up on the stage and fired at the end of the songs very loudly. “We salute you all, see you again” were the last words from Brian before AC/DC left the stage.

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
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 (We Salute You)

We found us happily and full of sweat after this unique and powerful performance. It was simply unbelievable! After a few beers we headed to the merchandising and I bought myself a grey shirt, the official tourbook and a pair of the lighting devil horns.

AC/DC - Black Ice Merchandising © Alex MelomaneAC/DC - Black Ice Shirt (Front)  © Alex Melomane