Music Diary – 16th Feburary

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 16th February!

LedZep_big

On the 16th February 1972, Led Zeppelin played their very first show in Australia. The Australianasian tour (16th – 29th February through Australia and New Zealand) kicked off in Perth at the Subiaco Oval. The local police battled with over 500 fans, who tried to get into the concert. And over 4,000 people were waiting outside with no tickets, hoping to get into the venue in some way.

LedZep_Perth_News

The setlist featured songs like „Immigrant Song“, „Heartbreaker“, „Black Dog“, „Since I’ve been loving you“, „Stairway to Heaven“, „Going to California“, „That’s the Way, „Tangerine“, „Dazed and Confused“, „What is and what should never be“ and „Whole Lotta Love“.


After this six date tour through Australia and New Zealand, Led Zeppelin never toured again on this side of the world.

Get your Led Zeppelin stuff here (for Austrian customer):

Good Things Gmunden                                               Shop for LED ZEPPELIN here (worldwide):
Led Zeppelin Shop (GERMANY)
  Led Zeppelin Shop (GERMANY)  Led Zeppelin Shop (USA)             GERMANY                                      UK                                          USA

 

Music Diary – 9th January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 9th January!

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

Happy birthday to guitarist Jimmy Page, who was born on the 9th January 1944 in Heston, London (UK)! Before he founded the legendary Hardrock band Led Zeppelin, Jimmy worked as a session musician in the sixties in London. From 1966 until 1968 Page became a member of The Yardbirds. Shortly after the band break-up he founded with John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Robert Plant one of the most successful bands in rock history: Led Zeppelin.


After the death of John Bonham (25th September 1980), the remaining trio called it a day. During the twelve existing years, the group recorded eight studio albums:
Led Zeppelin” (1969), “Led Zeppelin II” (1969), “Led Zeppelin III” (1970), “Led Zeppelin IV“(1971), “Houses of the Holy” (1973), “Physical Graffiti” (1975), “Presence” (1976) and “In Through the Out Door” (1979). Some of their biggest hits are „Whole lotta Love„, „Stairway to Heaven“ and „Kashmir„. Led Zeppelin sold approxiamtely 200 – 300 million records worldwide.

Jimmy Page worked aftwerwards on several projects like The Firm and Coverdale Page. In 1994, he reunited with Robert Plant for MTV’s „Unplugged“ series. This session was later released on CD („No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded„) and DVD („No Quarter Unledded„). In 1998 the follow-up „Walking into Clarksdale“ was released.

On the 10th December 2007, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin feat. John Bonham’s son Jason Bonham on drums, played an unique concert at the O2 Arena in London. This charity event was also later available on CD and DVD under the name „Celebration Day„.

Get your Led Zeppelin stuff here (for Austrian customer):

Good Things Gmunden

                             Shop for LED ZEPPELIN here (Worldwide):

Led Zeppelin Shop (GERMANY)
  Led Zeppelin Shop (GERMANY)  Led Zeppelin Shop (USA)             GERMANY                                      UK                                          USA

Music Diary – 3rd January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 3rd January!

John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)

John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)

Happy birthday to Mr. John Baldwin, better known as John Paul Jones, who was born on the 3rd January 1946 in Sidcup, Kent (UK). John is a multi instrumentalist and became famous as the bassist and keybord player for Led Zeppelin. Working as a session player, he crossed the paths with guitarist Jimmy Page (who was playing in The Yardbirds at that time) very often. In 1968, Page was planning to found a new band. After recruiting singer Robert Plant and drummer John Bonham, also John Paul Jones joined this group which was called firstly „The New Yardbirds“. After a mini tour through Scandinavia, the band was baptised Led Zeppelin.


Until the disbanding in 1980, the legendary studio albums “Led Zeppelin” (1969), “Led Zeppelin II” (1969), “Led Zeppelin III” (1970), “Led Zeppelin IV“(1971), “Houses of the Holy” (1973), “Physical Graffiti” (1975), “Presence” (1976) and “In Through the Out Door” (1979) were released.

After his time with Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones has worked with many artists like R.E.M., Jars of ClayBen E. King, Peter Gabriel, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Cinderella, The MissionBrian Eno – just to name a few. Beside this and some solo stuff, Jones became in 2009 a member of the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which features Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age).

Get your Led Zeppelin stuff here (for Austrian customer):

Good Things Gmunden

                                               Shop for LED ZEPPELIN here:

Led Zeppelin Shop (GERMANY)           Led Zeppelin Shop (GERMANY)            Led Zeppelin Shop (USA)        GERMANY                                   UK                                            USA

Music Diary – 29th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 29th November!

George Harrison (25th February 1943 – 29th November 2001)

George Harrison (25th February 1943 – 29th November 2001)

On the 29th November 2001, George Harrison died at the age of 58 years of lung cancer. The Beatles guitarist passed away in Los Angeles. Born on the 25th February 1943 in Liverpool, the very young Harrision joined at the age of 15 a band called The Quarrymen in 1958, which became in 1960 The Beatles. Beside the many hits, which were composed mainly by John Lennon und Paul McCartney, also George Harrision wrote some classics like „While My Guitar Gently Weeps“ (1968), „Here Comes the Sun“ and „Something“ (both 1969). After the break-up in 1970, George Harrison concentrated more on his solo career. After his two albums „Wonderwall Music“ (1968) and „Electronic Sound “ (1969) his third effort „All Things must Pass“ (3-LP-Set) marked his first solo work after the official end of The Beatles. This triple set features also the hit „My Sweet Lord“ (released in November 1970). In 1971 George Harrison organised the charity event „Concert for Bangladesh„, which took place on the 1st August 1971 at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Beside his music career, George Harrison worked also as a film producer. In 1978 he co-founded „HandMade Films„, which produced the classic „Monty Pyhton’s Life of Brian“ (1979).


In 2011, the documentary „George Harrison: Living in the Material World“ by film director Martin Scorsese war released, which earned six nominations at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards and winning two Emmy Awards for „Outstanding Nonfiction Special“ and „Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming“.

Get your Beatles stuff here (for Austrian customer):

Good Things Gmunden

                                 Shop for THE BEATLES here (worldwide):

Beatles Shop (GERMANY)          Beatles Shop (UK)          Beatles Shop (USA)            GERMANY                                      UK                                             USA

Music Diary – 8th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 8th November!

Led_Zeppelin_IV

On the 8th November 1971 one of the most legendary LPs in Rock history was released: The fourth studio album by Led Zeppelin, simply titled „IV„, hit the stores. It’s also called „Four Symbols„, „The Fourth Album“ or „Led Zeppelin IV“. Although nothing is printed on the cover, neither title nor band name and no picture of the group or members is featured on the artwork, „Led Zeppelin IV“ has been sold over 37 million copies worldwide and with a 23-times platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, it’s after Michael Jackson’s „Thriller“ the second-best-selling album in the USA ever.

The eight songs were recorded between December 1970 and March 1971 at several locations and produced by guitarist Jimmy Page. Many of the songs became classics in Rock history – like „Black Dog„, „Rock and Roll“ and „Stairway to Heaven„.


Shop here for Led Zeppelin:                           Shop here for Led Zeppelin:         Led Zeppelin Shop
         Led Zeppelin ShopEUROPE/GERMANY                                                                          USA

Music Diary – 2nd November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 2nd November!

Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull)

Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull)

Happy birthday to Mr. Dave „Peggy“ Pegg, who was born on the 2nd November 1947 in Birmingham, UK. The English mulit-instrumentalist is best known for his playing with the legendary Folk band Fairport Convention and his contribution as a bass player for Jethro Tull from 1979 until 1995.

At the age of 14 years he started to play the guitar and he was also member of the school band at Yardley Grammar School. In the sixties he worked with severeal Birmingham groups like „The Crawdaddys“ and „The Roy Everett Blues Band“. In 1966 he failed to become the guitar player for a band called The Uglys (featuring Steve Gibbons), but he took the chance to be a member as the bass player – so he switched the instruments. One year later Pegg formed the Blues trio „The Exception“ with singer Alan Eastwood and Roger Hill on guitar. During that time Dave also played with Robert Plant and John Bonham, with whom he played in the band „The Way of Life“. In 1967 Dave Pegg joined the Ian Campbell Folk Group, where he also learned to play the mandolin. Two years later he began to play with a group called „The Beast“ (featuring Cozy Powell and Dave Clempson).

Exactly on his 22nd birthday he received a telephone call by Dave Swarbrick from Fairport Convention and was asked if he would like to join the band, because of the departing of Ashley Hutchings, who was going to found the Folk-Rock group Steeleye Span (feat. Maddy Prior). And in July 1970 the first Fairport Convention album feat. Dave Pegg on bass was released: „Full House„. Until the break up in 1979 Dave Pegg recorded nine studio albums with Fairport Convention.


In 1979 David Pegg was asked by Ian Anderson to join Jethro Tull and to replace the ailing John Glascock. His live debut was on the 5th October 1979 for the „Stormwatch“ world tour and took place in Toronto, Canada. So for the next fifteen years Peggy was the bass player and recorded the six classic studio albums „A“ (1980), „The Broadsword and the Beast“ (1982), „Under Wraps“ (1984), „Crest of a Knave“ (1987), „Rock Island“ (1989), „Catfish Rising“ (1991) and three tracks for „Roots to Branches“ (1995). His last live performance with Jethro Tull happened on the 29th May 1994 in Basingstoke, UK.


After his departure from Jethro Tull, David Pegg concentrated more on his work with Fairport Convention again. The reunion of the Folk Rock institution happened already with the album „Gladys‘ Leap“ in 1985.

Shop for Fairport Convention here:                 

Fairport Convention Shop Fairport Convention Shop

 

 

GERMANY/EUROPE                                                                                  USA

Music Diary – 25th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 25th September!

John Henry Bonham (31st May 1948 – 25th September 1980)

John Henry Bonham (31st May 1948 – 25th September 1980)

Back in 1980 another great musician passed away far too early: Led Zeppelin drummer John „Bonzo“ Bonham died after a heavy drinking session at the age of 32. The British musician is still considered as one of the best drummers in Rock history.

John Bonham SignJohn Henry Bonham was born on the 31st May 1948 in the Redditch, Worcestershire, UK. It was obvious that Bonham should become an outstanding drummer: At the age of five he built his own drum kit of containers, cans and tins. Ten years later he get his first proper drum kit. Shortly after that the drummer joined in 1964 his first group called „Terry Webb and the Spiders“. In 1966 Bonham was a member of „A Way Of Life“ and his next stop was at the Blues band „Crawling King Snakes“, where he met Robert Plant for the first time. The singer formed afterwards his group Band Of Joy with Bonham on the drums again. Shortly after that this band called it a day.

In 1968 Jimmy Page was searching for a new line up after the break-up of The Yardbirds. After recruiting Robert Plant also John Bonham became a member of the new band. Due to contract issues it was called firstly The New Yardbirds. Then John Paul Jones completed the line up and after a mini tour in Scandinavia the band changed the name into Led Zeppelin.


With John Bonham on the drums, Led Zeppelin recorded the legendary studio albums „Led Zeppelin“ (1969), „Led Zeppelin II“ (1969), „Led Zeppelin III“ (1970), „Led Zeppelin IV„(1971), „Houses of the Holy“ (1973), „Physical Graffiti“ (1975), „Presence“ (1976) and „In Through the Out Door“ (1979). In 1976 the live double LP set „The Song Remains the Same“ was released and in 1982 „Coda“ (a collection of unreleased tracks from 1969 until 1978) hit the record shops.

Shop for Led Zeppelin (Europe/Germany):          Shop for Led Zeppelin (USA):Led Zeppelin Shop         Led Zeppelin Shop

Music Diary – 10th September

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 10th September!

Barrie "Barriemore" Barlow (Jethro Tull)

Barrie „Barriemore“ Barlow (Jethro Tull)

On the 10th September 1949 Barrie „Barriemore“ Barlow was born in Birmingham, UK. Barlow joined Jethro Tull in May 1971 and replaced drummer and percussionist Clive Bunker, who decided to leave the band after the successful and legendary LP „Aqualung„.  Some of the best Tull albums were recorded with Barrie Barlow and John Bonham from Led Zeppelin said, that he is „the greatest rock drummer England ever produced“. Jethro Tull recorded with Barlow the outstanding studio albums „Thick as a Brick“ (1972), „A Passion Play“ (1973), „War Child“ (1974), „Minstrel in the Gallery“ (1975), „Too old to Rock’n’Roll: Too young to die!“ (1976), „Songs from the Wood“ (1977), „Heavy Horses“ (1978) and „Stormwatch“ (1979). Also the live album „Bursting Out“ (1978) features Barriemore Barlow.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                               Shop for JETHRO TULL here:
Jethro Tull Shop                       Jethro Tull Shop                      Jethro Tull Shop      GERMANY                                              UK                                               USA

One more update (Concerts March)!

Hello again!

Well, I’ve just finished the section „Concerts March“:
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-march

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

Thanks!

Alex Melomane

Concerts (March)

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

Kamchatka - Salzburg (Rockhouse-Bar)(02.03.2015) Ticket

Diese Diashow benötigt JavaScript.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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!

Diese Diashow benötigt JavaScript.

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

Devastations - Signed Cover_Coal (04.03.2007) © Alex MelomaneThe Devastations – Vienna (Chelsea)(04.03.2007) Ticket © Alex Melomane ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Colour Haze - Salzburg (Rockhouse) 07.03.2015~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

Diese Diashow benötigt JavaScript.

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 😉

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

PJ Harvey - Munich (Colosseum)(09.03.2001) Ticket © Alex Melomane~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Ruf’s Blues Caravan – Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)(10.03.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 😉

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Vdelli - Kufstein (Kulturfabrik)(13.03.2015) TicketSetlist

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Diese Diashow benötigt JavaScript.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

 

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Diese Diashow benötigt JavaScript.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Henrik Freischlader – Salzburg (Rockhouse)(24.03.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Rodriguez – Vienna (Wiener Stadthalle – Halle F)(26.03.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 AC/DC - Black Ice Shirt (Back) © Alex Melomane

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

So I’m really fucking happy, that I will have two more chances to see AC/DC live again in May (Munich – Stadium) and June (Paris – Stadium) this year! You know, as a big fan for three decades now, I have to see them as often as possible. Because if they will retire, there will be no more band like AC/DC again. Never!

AC/DC - Munich (Olympiahalle)Szene)(27.03.2009) Review Salzburger Nachrichten © Alex Melomane

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

28/03/1999:
THE AFGHAN WHIGS – Vienna (Szene)

1965“ was the fantastic release in 1998 by the fabulous band The Afghan Whigs. As a huge fan I was very looking forward to the gig in Vienna at the Szene. And I was very surprised that the show was not sold out – to be honest, I do think that the hall was only one-third full. Anyway, Greg Dulli and his band gave us a unforettable performance. Perfect sound, a very well picked setlist and the edge of the stage was full with burning candles. A wonderful frame for this awesome band!

The Setlist:
Heaven on their Minds/Blame, Etc.
What Jail is like
Uptown again
Neglekted
When we two parted/Ex Factor
My Curse
Papa was a rolling Stone/Somethin‘ Hot
Going to Town
The Slide Song
Crazy
66
Faded
Citi Soleil
Should I stay or should I go? (Clash Cover)
Debonair
Omerta/The Vampire Lanois

Afghan Whigs - Shirt (28.03.1999)  © Alex MelomaneUnfortunately two years later The Afghan Whigs called it a day – so another unique band has left the stages …

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

29/03/1988:
AL DI MEOLA – Wels (Schlachthof)

Another hero of my youth is Mr. Al Di Meola! He is one of the best guitar players in the world and many of you should know him from the legendary album „Friday Night In San Francisco“ (1981) which he recorded with the fantastic guitar men Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin.
For me it was a real sensation that Al Di Meola is going to play in the small city of Wels at the Schlachthof. Due to some traffic and car problems the beginning was delayed and so we have to wait appr. two hours before the show began. Most of the songs were taken from the current album at that time called „Tirami Su„. The sound he created with his band was a sort of Fusion-Jazz-Rock thing, which was nice in some way, but also a little bit tiring. But when he began to play his classic tunes everything was forgiven – especially when he played one of my personal favorites called „Race with Devil on Spanish Highway„. During this song one of Al Di Meola’s string was torn but this was not really a problem for this outstanding guitar player 😉Al DiMeola - Wels (Schlachthof) Stage Sheet (29.03.1988) © Alex Melomane

Al DiMeola - Wels (Schlachthof) Flyer Front (29.03.1988) © Alex Melomane

Al DiMeola - Wels (Schlachthof) Flyer Back (29.03.1988) © Alex Melomane

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

30/03/2015:
HUNDRED SEVENTY SPLIT – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Hundred Seventy Split - Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)(30.03.2015)Hundred Seventy Split - The Road

Diese Diashow benötigt JavaScript.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

31/03/2014:
moe. – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Support: Jeff Aug

moe. – Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)(31.03.2014) Ticket © Alex Melomane

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

31/03/2007:
FATAL SHORE – Ebensee (Kino)

The tiny city of Ebensee is not that far away from my place so it’s always a good idea to visit concerts at the Kino. When the Australian/British group Fatal Shore was on the bill I didn’t really know this band but I’ve heard that there are some connections to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. And as a huge fan of Mr. Cave I was very curious about the music that night. Singer & Guitarist Phil Shoenfelt, Bruno Adams (Vocals & Guitar) and Chris Hughes (Drums) convinced me immediately when they opened the show with „Black Venus„. Great performance and fantastic songs hooked me that much that I bought all Fatal Shore releases on CD after the show.

Diese Diashow benötigt JavaScript.

Sadly Mr. Bruno Adams died two years later (18th April 2009) – another great musician has gone too early … R.I.P.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Latest Update: 04/04/2013