One more update (Concerts March)!

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

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Alex Melomane

Concerts (May)

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


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
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


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
Victim of Changes
Never Satisfied
Diamonds & Rust
Dawn of Creation
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
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!


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
Richtig schön evil
Ein Mann
Deine Schuld
Ich weiß nicht (ob es Liebe ist)
Der Optimist
Sweet Sweet Gwendoline
1/2 Lovesong
Meine Freunde
Die klügsten Männer der Welt
Nichts in der Welt
Ein Sommer nur für mich
Die Nacht
Revolution ’94 / Kopfüber in die Hölle
Dinge von denen
Schrei nach Liebe
N 48.3
Der Graf
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


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:

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
Jack The Ripper
The Weeping Song
The Mercy Seat
From Her To Eternity
I’m Gonna Kill That Woman
New Morning
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


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)
Too old to Rock’n’Roll: Too young to die!
One white Duck=Nothing at all
A new Day Yesterday/Kelpie
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!


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:
Gone for Good
This Kind of lonely
Love for real
Long Time
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


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
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


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


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)
Unknown Song #3
Let’s make it last
Unknown Song #4
Unknown Song #5
A brand new Day
One Way Road
Lucky me
Instrumental Part (Interlude)
It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (James Brown Cover)
Jesus gave me Water (Sam Cooke Cover)


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:

Ringway to Seatac
Flying Saucer
Keep in touch
Click Click
I’m further North than you
Silver Shorts
Take me


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„.


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!


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:

32 Mouths gone dry
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


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
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot To Thrill
War Machine
Dog eat Dog
Anything Goes
You Shook Me All Night Long
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


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!


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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The Setlist:
32 Mouths gone dry
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


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


JOSH SMITH – Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)

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KRAUTSCHÄDL – Wels (Schlachthof)


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
Dun Ringill
She Moves Through The Fair/Dust Devils (Instrumental)
Locomotive Breath

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

Ian Anderson - Munich (Prinzregententheater)(20.05.1995) Shirt Black Front © Alex Melomane

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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


WOVENHNAD – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Support: Our Survival Depends On Us

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

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


MURDER BY DEATH – Munich (Orangehouse)
Support by Red Blood Cells (GERMANY)


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 😉


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
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot To Thrill
War Machine
High Voltage
You Shook Me All Night Long
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

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DEAD CITY RUINS – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Support: Mictrotonner (AUSTRIA)

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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!!!
Today’s Lesson
Red Right Hand
Let Love in
Midnight Man
The Mercy Seat
Lie down here (and be my Girl)
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!


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.

Faith No More:

Land Of Sunshine
The Real Thing
Midlife Crisis
We Care A Lot
From Out Of Nowhere
Surprise! You’re Dead!
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
Don’t cry
Double Talkin‘ Jive
Guitar Solo/Civil War
Welcome to the Jungle
Wild Horses
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
Mother/Paradise City

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


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


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
On the Dark Streets below
Bang Bang (my Baby shot me down)(Sonny & Cher Cover)
Raw Deal
Comin’ Home
Until Morale improves, the Beatings will continue
Dynamite Mine
One more Notch
Spring Break 1899
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 😉


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
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


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
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 😉

WOVEN HAND: „The Speaking Hands“

Latest Update: May 2015


Concerts (March)

KAMCHATKA – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Sons of Morpheus (CH)
Ultima Radio (A)

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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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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


COLOUR HAZE – Salzburg (Rockhouse)

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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
Only Daughter
On an Aching Sea
Grey Sun
Fire on Peshtigo
Mountain Shifts
Legs to Sin
Allie Mae Reynolds
Vacant Moan
Busted Old Church
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)
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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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:
Snake Song
Salt Truck
My Twin
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
Nickel Plated Man
Close the Door


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
Man Size
The Whores Hustle & The Hustlers Whore
Big Exit
Horses In My Dreams
Sheela Na Gig
Down By The Water

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RUF’S BLUES CARAVAN – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Laurence Jones
Christina Skjoberg
Albert Castiglia
Eliana Cargnelutti

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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 😉


VDELLI – Kufstein (Kulturfabrik)
Support: 22 Top (DE)

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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


WORRIED MAN AND WORRIED BOY – Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)
Support: Fräulein Hona (AT)

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CARVIN JONES BAND – Enns (d’Zuckerfabrik)


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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


DUKE ROBILLARD BAND – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)

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HENRIK FREISCHLADER – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Support: Chris Kosma Band

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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.


RODRIGUEZ – Vienna (Wiener Stadthalle – Halle F)
Support: Cory Becker

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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
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot To Thrill
War Machine
Anything Goes
You Shook Me All Night Long
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


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
When we two parted/Ex Factor
My Curse
Papa was a rolling Stone/Somethin‘ Hot
Going to Town
The Slide Song
Citi Soleil
Should I stay or should I go? (Clash Cover)
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 …


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


HUNDRED SEVENTY SPLIT – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Hundred Seventy Split - Salzburg (Rockhouse Bar)(30.03.2015)Hundred Seventy Split - The Road

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moe. – Salzburg (Rockhouse – Bar)
Support: Jeff Aug

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


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.

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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