Welcome to my personal music diary for the 18th July!
In 2009 I had my long overdue live experience with the one and only Mrs. Patti Smith! The musician, singer and poet played an open air gig in Wels at the so called Schl8hof. Although Patti got a cold that night she did an awesome performance and served us a nice mixture of her classics and some nice surprises.
And it’s again a special Jethro Tull day, because on the 2nd July I attended three shows:
The first one took place in Salzburg at the Eishalle in the year 1991! It was planned that Tull play an open air gig at the Kapitelplatz behind the wonderful dome, but unfortunately they changed the place and we had to walk into the Eishalle (an ice hockey hall). Before the show I met Ian Anderson for some pictures and after that the band performed in a perfect way with some nice surprises like an extended version of „Fat Man“!
Two years later I attended a Tull show in Wels, just two days after I saw them in Vienna during their „25th Anniversary“ world tour and in 2010 another remarkable show followed: It was the last time that I saw my long time heroes live on stage and it was also the last time seeing the band performing with guitarist Martin Barre, who left the band after four decades (!) one year later! And this is for me another big reason, why I avoid to attend another Jethro Tull show again. Cheerio, Ian Anderson 😉
All details of the mentioned shows (reviews, pictures, setlists and videos) you can find here:
STEVE WYNN & THE MIRACLE 3 – Ebensee (Kino)
The very first time I saw Steve Wynn! He played with his band The Miracle 3 (feat. Linda Pitmon on drums, Jason Victor on guitar and Eric van Loo on bass) at the Kino in the tiny village of Ebensee in Upper Austria. Brilliant show and much fun for everybody (check out the pictures below) and a BIG THANK you to Steve, who was so nice and signed my whole collection after the show 😉
If you have missed the show there is a wonderful substitute – the live release of „Live Tick“ which was recorded just one day after the show in Ebensee (5th November 2005).
Death Valley Rain
Cindy, it was always you
Blind Willie McTell
Southern California Line
What comes after
Stare it down
There will come a Day
The Deep End
Nothing but the Shell
That’s what you always say
When the Curtain falls
500 Girl Mornings
The Days of Wine and Roses
John Coltrane Stereo Blues
JETHRO TULL – Munich (Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle)
Support by The Mark Gillespie Band
Jethro Tull presented their new studio album „j-tull.com“ in Munich (Rudi Sedlmayr Halle). Beside brand new songs like „Spiral“, „Hunt by Numbers“ or „AWOL“ Ian Anderson and his band played classics like „Jeffrey goes to Leicester Square“, „Hunting Girl“ and the tune „Back to Budapest“ feat. Leslie Mandoki on percussion.
09/11/2003: 16 HORSEPOWER – Arena (Big Hall)
Support by At The Close Of Every Day
Slow Guilt Trot
Prison Shoe Romp
Straw Foot/Phyllis Ruth
I seen what I saw
Straight Mouth Stomp
Black Soul Choir
South Pennsylvania Waltz
For Heaven’s Sake
Keep the Car running
No Cars go
Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
In the Backseat
Age of Consent (New Order Cover)
Antichrist Television Blues
The Well and the Lighthouse
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
I’m so bored with the USA (The Clash Cover)
Still ill (The Smiths Cover)
STEVE WYNN & THE MIRACLE 3 – Vienna (Chelsea)
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 introduced us their new album „Northern Aggression“ in Vienna at the Chelsea. Steve, Jason Victor, Eric van Loo and Linda Pitmon rocked with full force – another amazing performance of this outstanding group!
Cindy, it was always you
Shelley’s Blues, Pt. 2
Consider the Source
Love me anyway
No One ever drowns
Bullet with my Name on it
Now I ride alone
Death Valley Rain
The other Side
Still holding on to you
Ribbons and Chains
Strange new World
The Way you punish me
The Days of Wine and Roses
Just before the show I did an interview with Steve for the Austrian independent radio station B138 – you can stream/download it for free here!
My first live experience with New Model Army in Munich at the Muffathalle. I was very impressed by the amazing fanbase who came from all around Europe to see Justin Sullivan with his band on that tour feat. the new album „Carnival“.
Wonderful Way to go
Another Imperial Day
Here comes the War
Before I get old
Get me out
Flying through the Smoke
Green and Grey
West Country Girl
Red Right Hand
The Ship Song
The Weeping Song
Babe, you turn me on
Rock of Gibraltar
The Mercy Seat
God is in the House
People ain’t no good
Right out of your Hand
The Lyre of Orpheus
Nobody’s Baby now
Little Janey’s gone
Jack the Ripper
The Devil is a Girl
Oh la la (Love is dead)
I was not to you what you were to me
Can’t stop laughing
Oh la la/Outro
Woven Hand again – this time in Salzburg at the ARGE! Amazing performance! David Eugene Edwards, Pascal Humbert, Peter van Laerhoven and Ordy Garrison created a wonderful atmosphere and the performance was just breathtaking. It was obvious that DEE suffered the jetlag, but nevertheless he gave everything on the stage. After the show we met Ordy, Peter and Pascal at the local bar. We talked about the upcoming shows – Woven Hand was booked for Moscow on that tour! They signed the official concert poster and some CD covers and then left for the tourbus.
The Speaking Hands
Into the Piano
Phyllis Ann/Swedish Purse
Down in yon Forest/Tin Finger
Chest of Drawers
Another review (in German) of that concert you can read here!
AL DeLONER – Ebensee (Kino)
Support by Einar Stenseng
Al DeLoner (ex member of the wonderful Norway band Midnight Choir) dedicated his show in Ebensee (Kino) that night to Nikki Sudden who died on the 26th March 2006. Great show and Al was so nice to sign some covers after the performance.
THE REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND – Wels (Sound Theatre)
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band played the first time in Wels at a beautiful location called Soundtheatre. Unfortunately not many people found their way to the location and so it was more a familiar concert. But nevertheless the Rev with Breezy on the washboard and Cuz on the drums kicked ass that night! They entered the stage to the sound of „Bro Hymn“ by Pennywise before they rocked like hell!
Entering the Stage to the sound of “Bro Hymn” by Pennywise
My Soul to keep/When the Saints go Marching in
My Old Man Boogie
Worn Out Shoe
Glory, Glory Hallelujah
Ft. Wayne Zoo
Lick Creek Road
Easy come, easy go
Clap your Hands
Elder Greene Blues (Charley Patton Cover)
Shake it and break it (Charley Patton Cover)
Mama’s Fried Potatoes
Born Bred Corn Fed
Some of these Days I’ll be gone (Charley Patton Cover)
Your Cousin’s on Cops
Two Bottles of Wine
18/11/2009: THE BUILDERS & THE BUTCHERS – Salzburg (Rockhouse)
Unfortunatley singer Ryan Sollee was not on that tour due to swine flue! Ryan Neighbors from Portugal. The Man played on some songs Acoustic Guitar! The Builders And The Butchers were only support for Portugal. The Man on their European Tour!
The Setlist: Devil Town
Bottom of the Lake
Down in this Hole
In the Branches
The Coal Mine Fall
Slowed down Trip to Hell/Children of the Grave (Black Sabbath Cover)
When it rains
Setlist (Woven Hand): White Bird
The Beautiful Axe
As I went out one Morning (Bob Dylan Cover)
Kingdom of Ice
The Speaking Hands
Horse Head Fiddle
Heart and Soul (Joy Division Cover)
Setlist (Emily Jane White): A Shot rang out
Setlist (Lonely Drifter Karen):
Passengers of the Night
The Angels sigh
The Carousel is turning
Julie was an Angel
The Owl moans low
This World is crazy
Grass is singing
Setlist (Chris Eckman & The Frictions):
Healing Waters of the Flood
Grand Theft Auto (Walkabouts)
Crime Story (Walkabouts)
Cut and Run
The Stopping-Off Place (Walkabouts)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Ghost Rider (Suicide Cover)
WOVEN HAND – Kortrijk (Stadsschouwburg)
As we arrived in Kortrijk we were very curioius about the fact, that Woven Hand will play the so called „Next Festival“. We hit the city approximately at 6 o’clock and then we were looking for the location called Stadsschouwburg, which is a beautiful building. In a café beside we drank some beers and by reading some flyers there we finally recognised, that the “Next Festival” is an international arts festival which was running from 21st November until 13th December 2008.
As we entered the building at 9 o’clock we were heading to the hall, which is a modern and beautiful theatre with seats. So we found us in the first row in front of David and we were impatiently waiting for our very first “Ten Stones” live experience.
The light went out at 10 o’clock and David (with his bandana again) entered with Ordy the stage to open the show with the Bob Dylan cover “As I went out one Morning” which featured some vocal improvisations. Then the first song of the new record was played – a powerful “Kicking Bird” hit me with full force – Ordy’s heavy drumming, the drowning in the background and Pascal’s bass playing kicked ass. And David rocked like always and shaked his head and feet wildly! After that it was obvious that this place is perfect – the sound was crystal clear and the seats very comfortable. Unfortunately the stage was a little bit far away and the light was very dark, so you have to need some flashlight to take good pictures. “The Beautiful Axe” followed – a new song, which was already played at the last tour in summer. Very powerful, impressive and intense again! After that, David said “Thank you”, made some vocal improvisations before Ordy played the first notes of “The Speaking Hands”. As you all already know, this is live still a real killer and rocks like a beast. And not only me was headbanging – a lot of others banged and so some people might thought, that this is a Heavy Metal concert. “Just like the lightening from out of the sky, all men will see Him, and all men will cry” was the vocal improvisations in the song, before the last two minutes with full power filled the theatre. What a performance, I was thinking after this song. Then a very big surprise came next: Another vocal improvisations lead into “Splinters” from the fantastic 16 Horsepower album “Secret South”. When they played this one, pictures from the amazing black and white video came into my mind. This one gave me the creeps again. Then David showed us some vocal improvisations and Ordy played his typically intro for “Tin Finger” which David followed by knocking rhythmically on his guitar. Also known as a wild live song it was very heavy performed and so it was time for more headbanging. David played with full force and so it was no surprise that one string broke during his performance. The roadie came to fetch his guitar and David grabbed the microphone with both hands and shouted “The love of Him is law” into the hall. The crowd went nuts and cheered loudly after this wonderful song. The amazing “Whistling Girl” followed and during this song Peter was putting a new string on David’s guitar and also played some riffs on it. Suddenly the sound engineer came to me and said: “Please don’t use flashlight when you take pictures”. “Oh, okay, I answered” and he patted on my shoulder and headed back to his mixing console. “Thanks for coming on such a nasty evening” (the weather was really not fine – it was cold and still snowing outside), David said while fetching his guitar. “That’s a new string, that’s gonna be trouble”, David joked while tuning his guitar. Then a loud twang sounded and David said “See what I mean”. The crowd laughed and “Dirty Blue” followed. With “Cohawkin Road” another new song was on the setlist. Especially the line “Yet in the mirror of the knife, I see only me” gives me the creeps at any time I hear it. The next surprise followed with some lines of “Consecration” in which David showed us again, that his voice is getting better and better. Peter lead then into the amazing “Horsetail”. When David sang “by the wave of the horsetail” he moved his left arm like a swinging horsetail. And by singing “there is number to your hours” twice he raised his left arm again and looked first on his watch and then to the crowd. And when David sang “You cannot reach Him, no not from your tallest spire” at the end of the song, he laid back and made circles with his right hand above his head by repeating the word “spire” over and over again. The live performance of “Kingdom of Ice” was not really new to us, because we heard this one also at the last summer tour. But the vocal improvisations before the begin was amazing again in which David hid some parts of his face with his right hand. After that, some other vocal improvisations and drownings lead into my personal favorite of “Ten Stones”. David turned to Ordy and then they started “Not one Stone”. Very powerful and Ordy’s unbelievable drumming gave me the creeps over and over again. Drowning, vocal improvisations and atmospheric sounding was the begin of the 16 Horsepower song “Horse Head Fiddle”, in which Peter, Pascal, Ordy and David created an unique atmosphere. With the next song the regular set was finished: After more vocal improvisations Ordy opened in his typical style the wonderful “Winter Shaker”. After the line “it is the storm that brought me in” the band created a real thunderstorm sound on their instruments. “Thank you very much” from David, some waves from Pascal, Peter and Ordy and so the band left the stage. During the encore break some Indian chants were played from a tape. After returning on the stage “Deerskin Doll” was next. Especially the last two minutes were amazing heavy played. And as David stood up to fetch his bandoneon the crowd cheered loudly. And with the first notes of “American Wheeze” everybody was shouting and crying. The atmosphere was just unbelievable during this song. A “Thank you very much” followed again and it seemed, that the show was over. But the crowd continued to cheer and applaud. I was seeing Ordy watching behind the curtain beside the stage and then Woven Hand returned once more. David was joking with Ordy and made some grimaces: He held his hands under his eyes and winked with his fingers to Ordy. Then the roadie plugged David’s guitar and the band gave us an intense and heavy finish with “Your Russia”. Everybody went nuts during this song and also Pascal was completely in the music and suddenly he was kneeling next to David for a few seconds. “Just like the lightening from out of the sky, all men will see Him, and all men will cry” was sang during a break again and then the band rocked with full force until the end. “Thank you VERY much, VERY much” were the last words from David before the band disappeared finally.
After the concert we were waiting outside the theatre and so I met Bert from Belgium again. The last time we saw each other was in Bonn at the Harmonie in October 2005. Approximately 30 minutes later we entered the hall again to meet the band. David was signing some covers and talked to some fans, while we said “Hello” to Peter, Ordy and Pascal and thanked for this wonderful show. We left by saying “See you tomorrow in Paris again”.
This concert was simply amazing. The sound crystal clear, the band in an excellent mood and the crowd was really awesome! So it was really perfect! And if you have got the chance to see a concert in this beautiful theatre – please do it! Especially the acoustic is outstanding.
As I went out one Morning (Bob Dylan Cover)
The Beautiful Axe
The Speaking Hands
Kingdom of Ice
Not one Stone
Horse Head Fiddle
Just after the soundcheck I did an interview with David Eugene Edwards for the Austrian independent radio station B138. You can stream/download it for free here!
The Beautiful Axe
Kingdom of Ice
The Speaking Hands
Whistling Girl/As I went out one Morning (Bob Dylan Cover)
Heart and Soul (Joy Division Cover)
Read a nice review here (Achtung – it’s in German)!
So after the Kortrijk show our next concert was in Paris at the location called “La Maroquinerie” which is in the Rue Boyer. When we arrived it was great to meet Tony and Magali again. Although it was the first time to say “Hello” to Marie and Philippe – I only knew them via the internet so far. We had some time and so we went into the restaurant of the club. A very nice place and it was obvious that you get real excellent food here. The band was also there and they were enjoying their meal – there was a special “Woven Hand Menu” on the black board which featured the following: “Cabecou tori au miel et sa petite salade” and some “Pavé de rumsteack Poelé” and finally “Crème de Champignons epinard et pennes” – all French speakers will now get very hungry, I guess!
As we knew that it’s necessary to be one of the first to queue to get a place directly in front of the stage, we didn’t stay too long in the restaurant and began to wait outside until the doors opened. As we were waiting for the entrance the queue was getting longer and longer – no real surprise, because the concert was already sold out a few days before! Then suddenly the road manager came to me and told me the following “Please no flashlights tonight”. So he remembered me when I took pictures in Kortrijk the day before. “Yes, Sir!”, I answered. When the doors opened we were going down a stair and then on the right side there was another room which is the hall for the concerts. It’s a typical Punk-Rock location – very intimate and not really high. Also the stage is not really a big one. So we found us in the first row again, this time I was standing on the right side – in front of Peter. More and more people found their way into the hall and then the support band The Cave Singers began. A three piece from the USA played a wonderful set of eight songs (“Ramble”, “Seeds of Night”, “Helen”, In a House”, “New Drum”, “I don’t mind”, “Oh Child” and “Dancing on our Graves” – as stated on the setlist which I get after the show). Unfortunately I couldn’t buy their CD after the concert because they were sold out! So in the meantime I got my copy (thanks to Tony!) which is called “Invitation Songs”. A great album which is worth to check it out!
Well, after The Cave Singers grab their things together the club was full crowded. The air was not really good anymore and I thought to myself, that this is gonna be a very hot and exhausting night. Then the lights went out again and Woven Hand entered the small stage of La Maroquinerie. A nice drowning opens “Kicking Bird” again and like the show before in Kortrijk it kicked ass. Also it was obvious that the light was very dark again. So if you were not at least in the first rows you had no chance to take good pictures without flashlight. Luckily I had an excellent position to take at least some good shots. This night, Woven Hand sounded more heavy – so the location was perfect again. After the first song of the show the crowd cheered and applauded loudly and Ordy, who was not sitting directly behind David as usual, said to the crowd: “No flash”, because some people in the back took pictures by using the flashlight. “The Beautiful Axe” followed in which David shook his feet wildly again. And during this song the light was sometimes like it has to be – more brighter, so you could really see the faces of the band. But this was only for a few seconds and then it was dark and blue again. So you had to be very concentrated on the light changing, when you wanted to take good pictures. “Merci beaucoup” from David lead into some vocal improvisations (“She is turning into gold”) before “The Speaking Hands” rocked the hall intensively. During this one David repeated his vocal improvisations again after the first break. More vocal improvisations which some lines from “Slota Prow” provided an atmospheric feelings before the crowd cheered loudly again when David played the first riffs of “Splinters”. This night it was more heavy than the day before. Especially when David started at the end of the song with “Who is it now that loves you” the song exploded in some way. Then they rocked the La Maroquinerie again with an awesome heavy and loud version of “Tin Finger”. After “Here on this road, there are other who move so slow” the band created a musical thunderstorm – just unbelievable! David rocked with full force on his stool and shook his head and feet. Then David fetched his Banjola for a wonderful “Whistling Girl”. “Just like the lightening from out of the sky, all men will see Him and all men will cry” was the next vocal improvisation before the light turned into a dark blue for an amazing “Dirty Blue”. Then David sang more improvisations including the wonderful “Consecration”. By the way: If you don’t know this song then please check the 2-CD-Set “Awake, My Soul – Help Me To Sing” (it’s a soundtrack from a documentary about the Sacred Harp) – there you can find the studio version of this gem. So back to the show in Paris again: After that, “Cohawkin Road” filled La Maroquinerie in an atmospheric and beautiful way. During the song the road manager came to us (there were some photographers beside me) and told us that we have to stop taking pictures. Although nobody used flashlights we all stopped and packed our cameras. “Horsetail” was next – like the day before in Kortrijk, David supplied his lyrics with some gestures again. “Kingdom of Ice” followed, in which Peter created wonderful sound atmospheres on his guitar and Pascal joined with some great heavy riffs. “Merci”, David said after that before Ordy counted loudly “Three, Four” for “Not one Stone”. Wonderful again and once more a reminder for anybody, that Ordy Garrison is an unbelievable drummer. Especially at the end of the song when David sang “Behold the lamb, given for us”, he played with full power. “Merci, merci beaucoup” from David before some drownings, more vocal improvisations (some lines from “Swedish Purse”) and other sound collages created a new “Horse Head Fiddle”. After that, the crowd was absolutely quiet for a few seconds. It seems that they were completely caught by this amazing version. A heavy “Winter Shaker” gave us the creeps again and finished the first set. “Merci beaucoup, thank you very much” from David before Woven Hand left the stage and some Indian chants from the tape supplied the encore break. The crowd cheered, yelled and applauded loudly until David and Ordy came back for the Bob Dylan cover “As I went out one Morning”. Beautiful again and when David get his hands on the bandoneon, the crowd applauded and cheered loudly. Nearly everybody knew that another 16 Horsepower classic will follow, and with the first notes of the fantastic “American Wheeze” the people went nuts. Before the second verse, David cried loudly and the atmosphere was completely electrified. With the line “And if I die by your hand, I’ve gotta home in glory land”, which a lot of people sang with David, another musical thunderstorm was perfect and nearly everybody was shaking and headbanging in some way. Some drownings and vocal improvisations lead into the last song of the show: An unbelievable powerful “Your Russia” gave us the creeps again and like yesterday in Kortrijk Pascal was kneeling again for some seconds beside David for a few seconds. It was obvious that he was enjoying every minute to play in his native country. “Raise your hand, she is turning into gold” sang David as some improvisations after the first break before they rocked with full force again to create an unbelievable finish of “Your Russia”. “Thank you very much, thank you very much” were the last words from David before the band disappeared from the stage.
We were completely impressed by this amazing and heavy performance. As I was wet from the sweat I changed my shirt and then we went back to the restaurant to get some beers and food. Before leaving we said “Hello” to Ordy and Peter. So the next stop for us and the band was Salzburg in Austria. As they had a day off before I was really curious, if this will change something in the performance, because Paris was the sixth show in a row. So I did think that they were happy to have a free day and save some strength for the Austrian shows in Salzburg and Vienna.
WOVEN HAND – The Speaking Hands
(poor sound, but you can see me headbanging!)
The Beautiful Axe
The Speaking Hands
Kingdom of Ice
Not one Stone
Horse Head Fiddle
As I went out one Morning (Bob Dylan Cover)
After our return from Paris on the 24th November we had some time to rest before we were driving to Salzburg for the next “Ten Stones” live experience. This time a different support act was opening for Woven Hand: Birch Book, a project from a musician named Bobin Eirth (you can call him B’eirth or B’ee), who is also the front man of his other band In Gowan Ring. David is a big fan of this group for years, I guess, and so I was very curious about to see this man live on stage for the first time. But to be honest: My first thoughts were, that this could be a little bit boring, because his music is a very light and gentle form of Folk. So I really didn’t expected too much.
By fetching my card for the show I asked how many tickets were sold in advance. The answer was a little bit surprising for me, because 120 are not that much in my opinion. Anyway – I thought, that a lot of people will buy their tickets just before the show, and this was the case, because the hall called “Rockhouse” was nearly full before Woven Hand started. I must admit that this concert was really special for me, because it was the first time that I attended a rock show with one of my nephews, who has begun to study in Salzburg. And I was very curious about his comments after the concert.
Before the show we sat in the “Rockhouse Bar” and drank some beers. There I met Ulli from Nuremberg again. Then one of us went into the hall to see Birch Book, which was at that night a three piece: B’eirth sang and played guitar and harmonica, one guitar player and one on the Bodhrán. So the rest of us finished our beers and followed to see this band.
What can I say? It was simply magic! This voice is an unbelievable beauty and this sweet and soft arrangements were amazing! Especially the last song of the setlist caught me completely. After Birch Book finished their set, I asked the guitar player about the name of this tune. So he gave me his setlist and said to me: “The Trip goes on”. Then I rushed to the merchandising and bought me one CD with this beauty on it and a shirt. Now I became a fan of Birch Book!
An announcement was hanging next to the hall entry saying, that taking picture is only allowed during the first three songs. And without flashlights again, of course. So I headed to the front row again just in front of David. The lights went out and Woven Hand entered the stage of the “Rockhouse” in Salzburg. “Kicking Bird” improved what I thought about this concert: The day off before was very good for the band and so they sounded wonderful fresh and heavy! And it was obvious that they enjoyed their playing from the beginning until the end. As I was only taken pictures during the first three songs, I am not exactly sure about the setlist anymore. But for 98 % I would say, that it was the same as in Kortrijk. And the performance was also on an unbelievable level: Hard, heavy and fresh too! In my opinion it was a little bit better than in Kortrijk, because of the more rocking sounding. David was completely in the music and shaked his body especially during the louder songs (“Kicking Bird”, “The Speaking Hands” and “Tin Finger”). When they played an awesome hard version of “Winter Shaker”, one string broke on David’s guitar. Another proof for his wild and heavy performance on this night. And if I’m not completely wrong, the encore was “As I went out one Morning”, “Deerskin Doll”, “American Wheeze” and “Your Russia”. I’m not quite sure about “Deerskin Doll”, but I do think they played it.
As I said before, this show was really awesome and one of the best Woven Hand experience, I’ve seen so far. Heavy, rocking and very fresh sounding – so it was perfect for my nephew to get full into Woven Hand. After the concert he only said one word with shining eyes: “Amazing!”. Woven Hand headed for the next show directly to Prague and we had one day off before we were going to see them again in Vienna at the WUK.
On this day it was my very first Rome experience. Unfortunately we had not enough time to do a real sightseeing tour but nevertheless I was bewitched by this wonderful city. Especially the Colosseum left me speechless.
After that we went to the location called Init, where Woven Hand played. Just before the show we ate something at a very nice trattoria just around the corner. While we were waiting for our meals the band passed our table. Ordy tapped me on the shoulder and David said: „Hey fellas“ 😉
The Seven Seas Duet feat. Loukas Metaxas from Greece did the support that night. And they also played with Woven Hand together after that. Loukas Metaxas appears also on the Woven Hand release „Live at Roepaen“ – he did some percussion work on some songs.
It was the first time that I attended a concert in the Vienna location named „WUK“. Woven Hand never played there before, but 16 Horsepower – they had their second appearance in Austrian here back in the year 2000 (17th March). Unfortunately I was not able to catch this show – a big mistake as I know now.
When the doors opened I was able to get the best place – but what did I see? A barrier was installed in front of the stage like they do this at big open air festivals or other big halls. “What the hell?”, I thought to myself, because the WUK is a small venue for approximately 500 people, I guess. And it’s Woven Hand, not Metallica or any other big name. Anyway – the positive thing about the barrier was, that I could hang up my bag and pullover.
This time I wanted to see the whole Birch Book show – and it was amazing again. This time B’ee played barefoot. The setlist was almost the same as in Salzburg, two days before, but nevertheless very impressive. The songs were: “Backwards”, “Zephyr through Willows”, “Diaspora”, “Empty Corner of the Page”, “How the Hours”, “Along Straggling”, “Mornings Waking”, “Young Souls”, “Wisps of the Wind” and finally once more “The Trip goes on”. And it was magical again – this voice and the arrangements – well, just beautiful! Apart from a very noisy and sometimes rude crowd, the show was brilliant. And I had my doubts if the people will be more quiet when Woven Hand will play.
“Kicking Bird” opened the show with full force. A perfect “The Beautiful Axe” was next before Ordy began with the intro of “The Speaking Hands” which David supplied with some vocal improvisations “Just like the lightening, from out of the sky, all men will see Him. And all men will cry”. Then the well known riffs followed and an amazing version gave me the creeps again. When David played the intro of “Splinters” the loud crowd became more noisy which was extremely annoying.
Some lines from “Slota Prow” lead into a heavy and loud version of the live killer “Tin Finger”. Especially during this performance I really loved the heavier and louder songs, because this was the only way not to hear the speaking audience. And especially Ordy showed the crowd, how powerful a drummer is able to play. So he and David fought a beautiful duel.
After that, suddenly Pascal, Ordy and Peter left the stage while David fetched his banjola for his solo performance of “Whistling Girl”. It was really amazing to hear this version again and David finished it with a smart “Thank you”.
“Cohawkin Road” followed but I really couldn’t enjoy this song, because of the stupid audience again. People were still talking during the songs – I never have seen such a rude and disrespect behaviour in front of a wonderful band like Woven Hand. After the song I shook my head unbelievingly again. “Horsetail” was next in which David gave us some gestures and vocal improvisations (“He is looking for gold”) again. Then something happened which changed the mood completely: After David was fetching his Banjola the hall lights went suddenly on! First, he didn’t care about and played the intro of “Kingdom of Ice” but as the lights were still on he stopped. Someone shouted “Amazing light show” and then the lights went out again and David began again to play on his banjola. During this song he pawed with his right feet on the stage while singing the line “In fierceness and rage, he paws at the ground” and then he sang “Lay hand to mouth, spoken twice and shut your mouth!” – after that David kicked his microphone (some little sound problems, I guess) with his right fist and sang “Shut your”. Shortly after that he looked on his ring (the one with a green stone) and checked if it’s broken. But it seemed that nothing serious happened. The light went darker and “Horse Head Fiddle” with some lines from “Swedish Purse” created an unique atmosphere again. This time Pascal was knocking with his bottleneck on the body of his bass guitar.
A short conversation between the musicians followed: Pascal said something to David and then to Ordy. After that “Not one Stone” was played. And “Winter Shaker” finished the regular set in an intense and heavy way. “Thank you very much, God bless you all” David said before they left the stage for the encore break which was again supplied with Indian chants. After returning “We wanna say thank you very much for coming to see us playing tonight and thanks to Birch Book – they were fantastic. I like to thank my Mum. It’s Thanksgiving Day, you know?”, David told us. Some vocal improvisations (“The destiny is manifest” ) lead into the Bob Dylan cover “As I went out one Morning”, which he played with Ordy again.
A wild and heavy “American Wheeze” finished the show in an amazing way.
After some good bye waves something happened, that I have never seen before: One idiot threw a boot (!) on the stage and almost hit David! I do think that David didn’t recognised it first really, because he turned the back to us. Then he saw the shoe and threw it softly back into the first row of the audience.
Well, I was really disappointed about this rude and disrespectful people who were “attending” the show. I still can’t understand why some visitors have to speak during a concert? And this mostly the whole time! Apart from that, the concert was really excellent as you can see it on some videos. The setlist was short (no “Dirty Blue”, “Deerskin Doll” and “Your Russia”) but really fine. Anyway – I was really ashamed for my countrymen – so I have to attend another show of this tour. And so I bought my ticket for Bern (Switzerland), the 7th December 2008. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CALEXICO – Salzburg (Republic) Support by Blind Pilot
Watch nine clips of the show („Dead Moon“, „Para“, „Two Silver Trees“, „Sinner in the Sea“, „All Systems Red“, „Alone again or“, „Look at Miss Ohio“, „For your Love“ and „Spokes“) here!
As we arrived at the Divan Du Monde I was really surprised, because there where a very long queue in front of the location. Remember – the last concert at this place was a little desaster: David left the stage because of the huge sound problems. I was told that this was the only time that David abort a show and left the stage. By queuing I met Cédric and Magali – it was great to meet fans in real life finally.
After passing the entrance we took some beers (thanks Magali for the first one!) and wait that the show began. Before the support act The Good Life began, a screen hid the stage on which some videoclips were shown. In the meantime the location get crowded and finally The Good Life started to play.
After the support the screen was rolled out again and some music videoclips were shown. In one of them Woven Hand was featured – it was from the last show at the Divan Du Monde. Then the light went out and Woven Hand started the show. It was obviously that the sound problems of the last show should not happen again: David was really very concentrated and checked with some improvisations if everything is alright and that there are no feedbacks or other noisy and disturbing things. After the Intro of “Snake Bite” they began the evening with “My Russia”. After that an explosive “Tin Finger” was followed (David stood up for a few seconds!) and when David get the bandoneon for “Harm’s Way” people began to cheer and so the very first highlight was played. With “Aeolian Harp (Under the World)” a quieter song was on the setlist before Ordy rocked his drums with the fantastic “The Speaking Hands”. The beauty “Whistling Girl” was next and then “White Bird” (some vocal improvisations, like “Horse Head Fiddle” and “To make a Ring” from David before starting the song) captivated the crowd. “Slota Prow”, also with some various improvisations enriched, was more or less the intro to the amazing “Your Russia”. At the end Peter and Pascal put away their instruments BUT David and Ordy played on – so after a few seconds Peter and Pascal looked at each other, fetched their instruments quickly and an outstanding end of “My Russia” was born. This was the finish of the first part. After that they came back for an perfect encore-set: The powerful “Winter Shaker” rocked the Divan Du Monde and then David fetched the bandoneon again: With the first notes of “American Wheeze” the crowd went crazy! After “Deerskin Doll” and “Dirty Blue” (some people sang some lyrics) the show ended.
Between the songs David did always a little improvisation and sang some new and well known lines – like “To make a Ring”, for example. The sound was not that loud which was really okay, because the people were amazing quiet during the songs and you could hear ANY word, that David sang. The audience was really PERFECT. No speaking or
This was the kick-off of a personal small tour with Woven Hand. Me and my friends planned to see David Eugene Edwards first in Paris at the Divan Du Monde on the 29th November. The next day we attended the wonderful show in Sotteville-les-Rouen and the last show of our tour took also place in France – this time in Amiens. In Paris I saw David the first time after the break-up of 16 Horsepower with the bandoneon again. So the classic songs „Harm’s Way“ and „American Wheeze“ were in the setlist of Woven Hand. And it was obvious that the people loved to hear those gems again! Warren Ellis from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Dirty Three and Grinderman was also at the show – you can see him at the end of the video („The Speaking Hands“) talking with DEE 😉
Aeolian Harp (Under the World)
The Speaking Hands with some Improvisations
Improvisations (Horse Head Fiddle/To make a Ring)
Slota Prow with some Improvisations
WOVEN HAND: „White Bird“
WOVEN HAND: „The Speaking Hands“
WOVEN HAND: „Whistling Girl“
WOVEN HAND: „Winter Shaker“
WOVEN HAND: „Your Russia“
(one of the best „extended live versions“ – just check out the second video and you will see!)
30/11/2007: WOVEN HAND – Sotteville-les-Rouen (Trianon)
On this day I saw one of the best Woven Hand performances – this time David Eugene Edwards, Pascal Humbert, Peter van Laerhoven and Ordy Garrison played in the village of Sotteville-les-Rouen at the Trianon in France. David was completely into the music that night and when you are looking at the pictures below I’m quite sure that you understand what I mean – you can see an feel the intensity! Enjoy 😉
This one confirmed my opinion of concerts which take place in very small cities or villages: Most of them are one of the best – and also this INCREDIBLE show at the Trianon!
After a two hour car drive we arrived Sotteville-lès Rouen. Therefore it was a Ultima Vez festival, Woven Hand began their show at 10 p.m. We checked our positions in front of David and then 90 minutes of UNBELIEVABLE INTENSITY started:
“Snake Bite” from the tape was the intro before “My Russia” was played. And then the evening started in an incredible HEAVY and HARD direction. It seems that David loosed sometimes his control and rocked like an animal. During “Tin Finger” David leaned back on his stool and spitted in the air and simply went mad. “Harm’s Way” rocked like a beast and with “Aeolian Harp (Under the World)” David gave himself a little time to get calmer for a moment at least. This time the intro was longer played and it reminded me on the Nick Cave classic “Stranger than Kindness”. “The Speaking Hands” were AWESOME as always (still one of my favourite live songs!) and after that, David played “a new song”: He made another vocal improvisation and sang some lines of “Consecration”! What a beautiful moment! Then the wonderful “Whistling Girl” followed. “White Bird” with a lot of improvisations was simply OUTSTANDING and before starting the next tune David turned to Ordy and said in a deep and dark voice: “Slota Prow” – and Ordy get the order and counted in: “One, Two, Three, Four!” Also full with different improvisations (some lines of “To make a Ring” at the beginning) the POWERFUL “Your Russia” followed and left the audience sweating and clapping for more. Then David returned alone for “Swedish Purse/Phyllis Ann”. Then with “Winter Shaker” Woven Hand gave the audience exactly what they want: AN OVERDOSE OF HEAVY AND ROCKIN’ WOVEN HAND – it was incredible! David thanked Wim and Ultima Vez for the inviting and then the next highlight came with “American Wheeze” – the crowd went simply crazy and sing along some lines like “And if I die, by your hand, I’ve gotta home in glory land!”. Just typing this I’m remembering the situation and it just send shivers down my spine. “Deerskin Döll” (as stated on the setlist) and “Dirty Blue” not finished only the show – these two songs improved, why Woven Hand are one of the best live bands. Pascal forget himself like David for a few seconds and kneed down while playing – now everybody in the location recognised that some magic happened at the “Trianon”.
Horse Head Fiddle/Tin Finger
Aeolian Harp (Under the World)
The Speaking Hands
Slota Prow/Down in yon Forest
To make a Ring/Your Russia
Swedish Purse/Phyllis Ann
I was told that Bertrand Cantat (Noir Désir) also attended the show. The French musician did some recordings with 16 Horsepower – the Gun Club cover „Fire Spirit“ and „The Partisan“ which were released as a single and on the so called „Nouvelle Version“ of „Low Estate„.
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!
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 😉
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„.
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.
Down to Rest
On an Aching Sea
Fire on Peshtigo
Legs to Sin
Allie Mae Reynolds
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)
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 😉
Thanks again for this awesome night – it was the perfect soundtrack to my private birthday party 😉
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.
Just a Dream
Needle and Thread
Wings in his Eyes
Nickel Plated Man
Close the Door
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
Send His Love To Me
A Place Called Home
The Whores Hustle & The Hustlers Whore
Horses In My Dreams
Sheela Na Gig
Down By The Water
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„.
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 …
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.
Unfortunately the next year I heard about Dee Dee Ramone’s death – he left the building on the 5th June 2002 … R.I.P.
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.
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.
Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
Back In Black
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Shot Down In Flames
Shoot To Thrill
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.
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!
„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
When we two parted/Ex Factor
Papa was a rolling Stone/Somethin‘ Hot
Going to Town
The Slide Song
Should I stay or should I go? (Clash Cover)
Omerta/The Vampire Lanois
Unfortunately two years later The Afghan Whigs called it a day – so another unique band has left the stages …
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 😉
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.
Sadly Mr. Bruno Adams died two years later (18th April 2009) – another great musician has gone too early … R.I.P.