Posted: 2016-09-27 00:14:45
Two weeks before I asked my wife if she would like to come with me to Ben Harper. She didn't know him so I played some YouTube-Live-songs for her and she liked it. I ordered two tickets.
We went there by foot - only 5min from our home - and were standing 15min in a long line of people who wanted to get in.
When we were inside a support band (sorry didn't know the name) was already palying. We ordered two beers and went outside to the beergarden to wait until Ben Harper would start to play.
It was short after 9pm when Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals started to play. Short before we were going to the empore to have a good place to stay and see the stage.
After they played some songs I realized that I didn't know any song but it sounded phantastic - not too loud. Ben Harper's benchmark - to sit on a chair and playing guitar lying on his legs - could be seen very often. Also the other band members had their solos - especially the percussionist and the bass player were recognized with a lot applause by the audience.
After almost two hours they were playing the last song and were leaving the stage but the audience (we) wanted more. They were coming back and played four more songs which ended in a long applause and all members stayed together on stage and bowed to the audience.
At the end Ben Harper came to the microphon and said some last words. He told that his youth was very hard (leave his home very early, living on the street, etc. and that he had to ask friends if he could sleep on their sofa). In the end he gave Berlin / Germany the greatest respect for what they have done for all the refuggees from the middle east. Finally they left the stage and we started our way back to home with a good feeling.