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Die Aerzte, Slash, The Cure ... @ Nova Rock Festival - Nickelsdorf(AT)

 

2019-06-14/16

 

Posted: 2019-06-25 20:09:34


Die Aerzte@Nova Rock Festival - 06/16/19

What a weekend. The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Wolfmother, Rob Zombie, Slash and finally the best band in the world Die Aerzte. And the whole thing on the "Pannonia Fields" near Nickelsdorf between Vienna and Bratislava, the Nova Rock Festival, probably taking place for the 19th time - there are said to have been over 220.000 people on the long weekend.

I would probably never have heard of this festival if a friend (Bettina) - a journalist working for a radio station - hadn't told us that she has 2 free tickets and that she is going there with her daughter (Ella). When I saw who should play at the Festival, I was very excited and accepted to take the tickets. The rest of my family was not interested or had other dates, because it was to be decided at short time. Now it had to be clarified how I would do that with overnight stay, because one thing was clear: I did not want to camp like Bettina with her daughter, but luckily we have friends in Vienna, where I had a guest bed. The last thing I had to do was to clarify who should get the 2nd free ticket. Since none of our Viennese friends had any desire/time, I immediately remembered Adil Baktir, whom I know from The Sunpilots, but who got out in 2015 and went back to Vienna again. He also accepted immediately, but unfortunately he could only come on Sunday.

 

 

The Raconteurs @ Verti Music Hall - Berlin(DE)

 

2019-05-30

 

Posted: 2019-06-04 09:12:37

The Raconteurs, Electric Ballroom, London - May 2019. Photo: Emma Swann
The Raconteurs
Electric Ballroom, London - May 2019. Photo: Emma Swann

Conclusion: I was a little bit disappointed, mainly because the performance of Jack White and Co lasted only 90 minutes. Also the sound was pretty mushy and maybe a bit too loud.

But that can be due to my place, because I sat at the top of the last row and somehow there was no atmosphere under the people.

I was sitting exactly in the extension of the staircase and it was brightly lit from above, so I always sat in the light, which didn't improve my mood either.

But from the beginning. Shortly after 8pm I left the house, only with the ticket and some money.

 

 

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls @ Columbiahalle - Berlin(DE)

 

2018-11-22

 

Posted: 2018-11-27 10:20:30


Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Columbiahalle Berlin 11/22/18

Last year Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls were in Berlin in January. Unfortunately I was too late, so I didn't get any more tickets. Now - my first time - I ordered in time and they played at the Columbiahalle - a home game for me.

Admission was already at 6:30pm - start at 7:30pm, so I had to take a train early from work to be there in time. But during the day I noticed that Frank Turner is supported by 2 other bands, so I didn't have to hurry.

Around 8pm I was at the Columbiahalle, where the second support band PUP played. But it was already pretty crowded there. I got myself a beer and went up to the gallery because from there you had a better view to the stage. There I got a wonderful place with a good view to the stage.

PUP played another 3 - 4 songs (at one song they had the bright white spotlights pointed directly to the gallery so you had to cover your eyes) before they left the stage at 8:30pm. After a short break for the rebuild they started on time at 9pm with Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls.

 

 

Maceo Parker @ Columbia Theater - Berlin(DE)

 

2018-11-17

 

Posted: 2018-11-20 17:17:47


Maceo Parker@Columbia Theater Berlin 11/17/18

In 2004 I saw Maceo Parker already once - at that time in the Traenenpalast. Now I wanted to see him again in any case - it could have been the last time.

Since the concert took place on Saturday, it was no problem that my wife would come with me, so I got 2 tickets. Admission was from 8pm - starting at 9pm. Shortly after 8:30pm we started to go towards Columbiadamm and had no problem to get in quickly. We were hardly inside the hall, just ordered a drink, when the music got louder with Prince's "1999". And a female voice - we couldn't look to the stage yet - announced Maceo and his band - but there wasn't much engagement in her voice - a bit like Christine Westermann at Zimmer Frei.

We then looked for a place where we could look to the stage - there was a lot of traffic there (near the bar), but that was justifiable.

 

 

John Butler Trio @ Huxley's Neue Welt - Berlin(DE)

 

2018-10-21

 

Posted: 2018-10-26 21:37:12


John Butler Trio@Huxleys Neue Welt 10/21/18

11 years ago I last saw the John Butler Trio - back then in the Columbia Hall.

Since it should take place today on a Sunday, I also bought a ticket for my wife, but this time she couldn't make it, which is why my daughter came with me. Around 7:30pm we went by bicycle to Huxley's and were surprised that outside in front of the entrance there was a very long queue of people (entrance should be from 7pm). A little bit crowded in the queue, we were quickly at the entrance, where the tickets should be checked. There it was proclaimed that the drummer of JBT (Grant Gerathy) is sick, but John Butler makes a solo appearance. If you didn't want to go in, you could probably get your money back, but only a few did.

We came in quickly and got a good place on the stairs up to the gallery, where you had a good view to the stage. I got some drinks and then it started.


Bobby Alu - Opener for John Butler
Opener for John Butler was shortly after 20:00 Bobby Alu - artist from Samoa with Australian roots. With guitar or Okulele he played nice melodic ballads and told a bit about himself. Then I asked Sisko to take pictures or videos, because my camera delivers too bad quality. After about half an hour Bobby was through and we waited for JB to start, but that took almost half an hour.

Shortly after 9pm JB came on stage and told us that Grant was totally ill, but he still wished us a nice evening. Then it started already. The people were thrilled - so were we. Even though I knew almost no song of JBT (except Better than - songs from the Grand National record) and Ocean, which he played as last encore, all were very taken with what he offered during his solo performance. Most of the time he sat on a chair - surrounded by his guitars. But since he also had a looping station in front of him, many songs sounded as if they were played by a band.

When he finished his song evening with Ocean, everyone was very enthusiastic. Sisko and I left as soon as the lights went on. But she liked it as much as I did.

Here are some YouTube videos from someone who was relatively far ahead:
    John Butler Trio - 2018-10-21 Huxleys Neue Welt Berlin DE - Intro / Better Than
    John Butler Trio - 2018-10-21 Huxleys Neue Welt Berlin DE - Kimberley
    John Butler Trio - 2018-10-21 Huxleys Neue Welt Berlin DE - Ocean


 

Dub FX @ Huxley's Neue Welt - Berlin(DE)

 

2018-10-11

 

Posted: 2018-10-15 23:54:07


Dub FX@Huxley's Neue Welt Berlin 10/11/18

And once again an absolutely great evening - a fantastic concert.

Although I was almost half an hour late this time, I guess I just missed the intro the way I heard a concert goer talking next to me. Maybe Mr. Woodnote, who was a special guest this time, acted as an opener and really heated up the people.

I immediately went back to the right side, where the 2 steps to the bar are, ordered a beer quickly and looked for a good place on this surface, which I almost didn't leave until the end. After about 15 minutes I was ready for the concert and danced and danced.

This time I did not make any videos at all and only took a few photos, which were of bad quality again (so here only two).

 

 

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".

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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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