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Queen & Adam Lambert @ Mercedes Benz Arena - Berlin(DE)

 

2018-06-19

 

Posted: 2018-06-30 11:02:45


Queen & Adam Lambert@Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin 06/19/18

Already at the beginning of February I had ordered my ticket via internet (119 € - a proud price). This time with a better and closer view to the stage than at The Red Hot Chilly Peppers. I took a train home early from work, made me fresh and swung on my bike - only with my ticket, money and smartphone provided. After about 1 km it occurred to me that the last time I was asked for an identity card or something similar at the Mercedes Benz Arena. Back again or further? Then I drove on. At 7:30 pm I was in front of the MBA. No extra control.

I quickly found my block in there. First a beer ordered, briefly on the terrace and shortly before 8 then to my place. In my row were only 2 seats and next to me sat a woman who I said hello. I noticed from the first words that she was Finnish. Until the beginning we talked about Finland, Finnish musicians and of course Queen. It turned out that she is a real groupie, because she also goes to 2 or 3 other Queen+AL concerts here in Europe, "actually because of Adam Lambert but Queen is of course also great".

At 20:15 Queen + Adam Lambert started their stage show. In the background, a huge media screen was set up, where the huge robot (Frank) from "News of the World" made the introduction, before the musicians became visible on stage and played their first song ("Tear it up"). And then they played a colorful potporrie of their greatest hits with some emotional highlight and a damn good show. At times I had the feeling that Brian May's guitar wasn't 100% well mixed, but that was just a small side note.

No matter, from the first moment the audience (me too) was completely enthusiastic and sang along all their hits. For me the songs "Play The Game", "I'm in Love With My Car" and of course "Bohemian Rhapsody" were the most beautiful. The absolute highlight was Brian's solo performance when he spoke to the audience in German sitting on a bar stool with acoustic guitar in front of the stage and then tuned in to "Love of my Life". The audience took care of the rest. At the end of the song Freddie Mercury was faded in on the screen, who - it seemed - sang with the audience. Brian then turned around and thanked the audience and Freddie - visibly touched for the great support. Also the solos of Brian and Roger Taylor were musically and media worth seeing.

After "Bohemian Rhapsody", the musicians left the stage, but the audience clapped them back on stage for the grand finale, because after all, two of their greatest hits were still missing. "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" were then replaced by "God Save the Queen" and everyone knew that this was the end after just over 2 hours.

Info: Contrary to reviews that could be read in the media the next day - Lambert cover band, musical singer ... - most of the audience had left the concert enthusiastic. That's all I saw. And Lambert was good. He can't and won't replace Freddie, he gives the Queen hits his own touch and that's a good thing. I also noticed that the arena wasn't sold out. There was still a lot of room on the sides and some blocks in the upper ranks were also sparsely occupied, but summa sumarum it was a great concert and I am happy to have seen Queen again after the 1986 festival in Mannheim. Thanks Roger, Brian, Adam and the companion band (sorry - I don't remember their names).

Here is the setlist from SetList.fm:
1. Tear It Up
2. Seven Seas of Rhye
3. Tie Your Mother Down
4. Play the Game
5. Fat Bottomed Girls
6. Killer Queen
7. Don't Stop Me Now
8. Bicycle Race
9. I'm in Love With My Car
10. Another One Bites the Dust
11. Lucy
12. I Want It All
13. Love of My Life (Brian May solo acoustic, with... more )
14. Somebody to Love
15. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
16. Drum Battle
17. Under Pressure
18. I Want to Break Free
19. You Take My Breath Away (snippet) / Who Wants to Live Forever
20. Last Horizon
21. Guitar Solo
22. The Show Must Go On
23. Radio Ga Ga
24. Bohemian Rhapsody

Encore: Day-Oh
25. We Will Rock You
26. We Are the Champions
End: God Save the Queen

And here are some videos taken from YouTube (I also made some but they were in a bad quality):
    Queen & Adam Lambert - Complete show - 2018-06-19 Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin DE - video1
    Queen & Adam Lambert - Seven seas of Rhye, Tie your mother down and Play the Game - 2018-06-19 Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin DE - video2
    Queen & Adam Lambert - Love of my Life - 2018-06-19 Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin DE - video3


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Mr Woodnote & Andy V @ Urban Spree - Berlin(DE)

 

2018-04-20

 

Posted: 2018-04-26 15:34:16


Mr Woodnote & Andy V@Urban Spree Berlin 04/20/18

At the end of January Andy V announced via BandsinTown that he is coming to Berlin for a single show in April. The next day I saw that also Mr. Woodnote is playing on the same day and the same show. Wow - two of my favorite artists I would like to see - together at one show.

After a hard working day with a short stop at home to freshen up and leave all unnecessary things at home, I reached Revalerstraße around 9:00 pm by bike - a beautiful sunny day - T-shirt weather - many partygoers. For me it was the first time on the RAW grounds where the Urban Spree is located.

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Ashton Lane @ Resort Mark Brandenburg - Neuruppin(DE)

 

2018-04-14

 

Posted: 2018-04-19 19:05:21


Ashton Lane@Resort Mark Brandenburg Neuruppin 04/14/18

About 2 months ago Ashton Lane announced a German tour with concerts in Neuruppin and Berlin. Hooray was my reaction. The concert in Neuruppin was scheduled for April 14th at the Resort Mark Brandenburg - a wonderful opportunity to get out of Berlin with my wife and spend the weekend in Neuruppin. Hotel Resort was too expensive for us, which is why we rented a room in a small pension a few meters away from the hotel.

With Caddy and our bikes on the big loading area we left Berlin around 14:00 o’clock. On the way there it was still raining heavily, but when we arrived at Neuruppin, the sun was already shining, so that immediately after we had moved into our room, we took our bikes for a short lap in and around the city to eat something tasty.

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Joseph Bowie & DEFUNKT @ Quasimodo - Berlin(DE)

 

2018-01-05

 

Posted: 2018-01-12 21:15:43


Joseph Bowie & DEFUNKT@Quasimodo Berlin 01/05/18

Today was a historic day for Joseph Bowie & DEFUNKT: 40 years of stage presence. So it should be a special concert and YES it was.

It was also special because this time not only my wife and I were there, but also Ville & Devi (Tickets were a birthday present for Ville), Bengi, Anja and Kalle - my wife's cousin - and his wife. At the last concert here (Uli Jon Roth) there wasn't much going on at 9:30pm and we had the super-stay at the back near the mixer again. Three steps higher than the rest - super-view. That was the goal again this time. Since Defunkt is always full, I was there at 9pm this time (Anja also), but unfortunately the good places were already occupied. Nevertheless, we have established ourselves there. Ville & Devi arrived at 9:30pm and my wife arrived shortly afterwards. Only Kalle & Frau arrived shortly before the start. Two of us could be right at the front of the mixer. The rest was spread out behind it.

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Uli Jon Roth @ Quasimodo - Berlin(DE)

 

2017-10-28

 

Posted: 2017-11-12 14:59:36


Uli Jon Roth@Quasimodo Berlin 10/28/17

Once again I came across this concert by chance. The Quasimodo announces concerts on facebook again and again and then the name appeared: Uli Jon Roth. The next day, I bought tickets for my wife and me.

The concert took place on the last weekend of October and for the night from Saturday to Sunday Orcan was announced, so we didn't go there with the bicycles.

In contrast to the last time we were at Quasimodo at 9:30 pm. No queue at the entrance, the Quasimodo was still very sparse, but there was still time, because the Quasimodo never starts before 10 pm (above there is a theater and when performing there, music from below can be very annoying).

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Dub FX @ Werk2 - Leipzig(DE)

 

2017-08-31

 

Posted: 2017-09-04 21:42:51


Dub FX@Werk2 Leipzig 08/31/17

No Dub FX this year in Berlin - only Cologne, Kassel or Leipzig which could be possible. I asked my sister if she would join me in Kassel but she said that the music didn’t fit for her so I decided to go to Leipzig - taking a Hotel nearby and two vacation days for this special event

So well prepared for the day I arrived Leipzig at 4pm - taking a taxi and arrived some minutes later at the Hotel. I had a nice room and enough time to relax before going out for the gig.

At 8:30pm I went to the Werk 2 only 500m away from the Hotel. I got in there and find a nice place just in front of the power amplifier.

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KMFDM @ Nuke - Berlin(DE)

 

2017-08-11

 

Posted: 2017-08-12 09:24:17


KMFDM@Nuke Berlin 08/11/17

I am very sure this was my last gig with KMFDM for a very long time. No KMFDM-classics, only 1 hour appearance, bad sound - no recognizable electronic sound.

Some weeks before I posted on Facebook that I would go to this gig and Anja - one of our best friends also joined this event.

I was a little bit too late so we met inside when KMFDM already began.

I went to the right side at the Nuke where there was some more place and some bar chairs to sit. After a short SMS with Anja about my location she was coming to my place.

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Joseph Bowie & DEFUNKT @ Quasimodo - Berlin(DE)

 

2017-01-07

 

Posted: 2017-01-10 22:12:23


Joseph Bowie & DEFUNKT@Quasimodo Berlin 07/01/17

Five days before this special event I ordered two tickets for my wife and me. I was very excited to see DEFUNKT again at the Quasimodo - the legendary Jazz-Club in the centre of West-Berlin - after more than 3 years.

The gig should start at 10 pm but we arrived there 15 min later - still with people waiting at the entrance.

The gig was sold out therefore it was difficult to find a good place. We got something to drink when they started short after 10:30 pm.

At the first song we didn't see much of the band so we tried to find a better place which was found near the sound amplifier - three steps more upper - so a good place to stay and to take some pictures and videos.

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Balkan Beat Box @ Bi Nuu - Berlin(DE)

 

2016-11-24

 

Posted: 2016-11-26 23:21:54


Balkan Beat Box@BiNuu Berlin 11/24/16

Two or three years ago I had already tickets for Balkan Beat Box but I was totally ill and couldn't go to their gig. I gave the tickets to my wife and she took some colleque with her. She found it not that good because it was too loud for her.

This year I was going alone because my wife couldn't come due to their work at evening school.

I arrived at the Bi Nuu at 9:10 pm and they had already started.

I ordered a beer and was looking for a good place to watch, listen and dance.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Mercedez Benz Arena - Berlin(DE)

 

2016-11-03

 

Posted: 2016-11-06 18:34:17


Red Hot Chili Peppers@Mercedez Benz Arena/Berlin 03/11/16

3 weeks before my wife and I tried to get tickets for the Red Hot Chili Peppers here in Berlin and surprisingly there were still tickets left for the upper ranges of the Mercedez Benz Arena. The view to the stage should be straight ahead so we decided to take two of the last tickets.

It was a dry Thursday evening here in Berlin. I arrived early enough from work - gates were opened already at 6 pm but we were only two hours later ready to go - prepaired with our tickets and a little remote glass to have a better view to the stage.

One bad point this evening was that my wife had strong headache but she said it would be ok.

We arrived at the MBA at 8:30 pm and a lot of people were still arriving so our thought was that they would not play yet.

For a short moment we were shocked at entrance because the card checkers asked us while showing our tickets for our identification papers which we left at home but they were gracious and let us in.

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