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Living Colour @ Frannz Club - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2016-07-17 00:06:10

Living Colour @ FrannzClub

It was already fixed more than 3 months that my wife and I would go to see Living Colour this year. Also Anja who got a ticket from us as a birthday present would come with us.

We arrived at the Frannz Club early enough and took a place in the back of the venue just behind the bar. Anja was coming some minutes later after Living Colour alredady started to play.

Music was coming out of the speakers but no Living Colour on stage. I knew that song. It was WTFF from the Stain-record which I integrated in a mixtape from the 90’s.



KRS-One @ YAAM - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2016-06-19 22:09:33

KRS-One poster @ YAAM-Club

Finally at all I was disappointed - a bit - about that gig or about KRS-One - I really don't know - but let's start a little bit earlier.

At the end of April I got a gig alert by one of the many ticket-gig-websites and it was told Berlin would be the only gig of him in Germany so I decided to go.

Knowing my son's music taste I asked him (J.) if he would like to come with me. He said yes and asked if a friend of him (A.) could also come with us. So I bought 3 tickets.

The day of the gig I was at home at 8pm from work so we decided to go there just in time. We took the bus and arrived at the YAAM 8:40pm. Before the entrance there was a maybe 50m long line of people waiting to get in. On a fence near us were hanging some gig posters also this one (photo). Inside everything was like the last time except the PowerAmplifier was surrounded by a framework with steps and a kind of empore behind the PA. I took a beer and went to the place I wanted to go from the first time - the fourth step of the framework at the PA. J. & A. were going more in front of the stage and danced there all the time.

A DJ was already partying the people. At 9:15pm another DJ was coming on stage and the first one was taking his things from stage - so it wouldn't take long until KRS-One would appear. The DJ (later one KRS-One told that it is his son???) played some 80's and 90's stuff. It was getting louder and the place was filled with people.



Queen - A Night in Bohemia @ Colosseum - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2016-03-11 23:13:47

Queen - A Night in Bohemia

Informed by email alert two weeks before this documentary/concert-film about the legendary Hammersmith gig of Queen in 1975 should be shown at any UCI-Cinemas. I liked to go but not alone. My wife couldn't come so I asked Petra and Sven if they would watch some Queen stuff with me and - surprise surprise - they said yes. I ordered the tickets and was very excited to see a gig of Queen from that time.

We met at the cinema 30 min before it should start - enough time to get something to drink.

First they were showing a 45 min documentation about the foundation of Queen, how difficult it was in the first years and how it came to the "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Then the film about the Hamersmith gig started. I was a little bit disappointed about the sound quality and that the gig only took 1 hour but remember this was Christmas and over 40 years ago.

It was the first time where "Bohemian Rhapsody" was played live before an audience. I was happy that they also played some songs from their second album "Queen II" - especially "The March of the Black Queen" - one of my favorites of all times.



Caravan Palace @ Heimathafen Neukoelln - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2016-02-22 19:06:34

Caravan Palace@Heimathafen Neukoelln - Berlin 07/02/16

Some days before Anja - a good friend of us - invited me via Facebook for the Caravan Palace gig at the Heimathafen Neukoelln.

I knew already one song of this Electro swing band which was in one of Chico Alves podcasts at Podomatic - Outro Mundo 29 - so we decided to go there.

I bought two online-tickets for me and my wife.

On the day we met with Anja before the location where a lot of people were already waiting.

It took some minutes before we could go inside the venue. The hall was already filled with a lot of people.

We ordered some beer and were prepared for the gig.



Steve Hackett @ UdK - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2015-09-22 08:55:41

Steve Hackett@UdK - Berlin 13/09/15

Already in May I ordered two tickets at the German Gensis-Fanclub for this show, so we got two seats in the second line almost in the middle of the stage.

Even though it was mid-September the weather was still fine so we took the bike to go there and arrived at the UdK 10 min before the show should start. I Never was there before. A theatre-clock was ringing so the rest of the audience should know it would start in the next minutes. It was not possible to take something to drink inside so we took our seats. As in a theatre the doors were closed and the show started immediately.

The band members came out - keyboard player Roger King, drummer Gary O’Toole, sax and flute player Rob Townsend, and bassist and guitarist Roine Stolt - also singer Nad Sylvan but he were more active later on - they took their places and started to play. With the first notes also the lightshow started which didn't fit to my wife's eyes - especially the red and white light - but she took it herolike. Steve Hackett started with a song from his new record "Wolflight". After this he introduced himself that the show is splitted in two parts. The first part would be from his solo records and the second part with Genesis songs which weren't played very often at the Genesis shows. I was excited which songs this would be.

The first songs within the solo stuff set were ok but not really my like. It changed when I recognized a song from the record "Voyage Of The Acolyte", (I think it was "Stars of Sirius" but I am not sure). With some more songs from this record the first set ended after 70 - 80 min with a short break where we took something to drink outside.

The clock was ringing, we returned to our seats and were prepared for the second part. It started with "Get 'em Out by Friday". Now singer Nad Sylvan was more involved to sing (only background within the first set). My wife noticed that he was leaving very often the stage after his part was over. I explained her that Genesis songs somethimes are very long with a lot of instrumental stuff so why should he stay there all the time? It was phantastic to hear all these old songs from "Nursery Cryme", "Foxtrot" , "Selling England by the Pound" and "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". Absolute highlight this evening was "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" from which I knew the lyrics pretty well so I tried to sing it completely (rolling eyes by my wife). Anyway, "The Cinema Show" and "The Musical Box" were also highlights in the set. The set was finished - the band bowed to the audience and left the stage. Everyone were giving standing ovations to bring them back on stage. After 2 minutes they returned and played two more songs - than it was really over.

We were out of the venue at 23:30 pm and arrived at home at 0:00 am. What a wonderful gig.

Here is the setlist as I can remember and found from other gigs before:

Solo stuff set
1. Spectral Mornings
2. Out of the Body
3. Wolflight
4. Every Day
5. Love Song to a Vampire
6. The Wheel's Turning
7. The Steppes
8. Loving Sea
9. Star of Sirius
10. Ace of Wands
11. A Tower Struck Down
12. Clocks - The Angel of Mons
13. Shadow of the Hierophant (instrumental only)

Genesis set
14. Get 'em Out by Friday
15. Can-Utility and the Coastliners
16. After the Ordeal
17. The Cinema Show
18. Aisle of Plenty
19. Hairless Heart
20. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
21. The Musical Box


22. Icarus Ascending
23. Firth of Fifth


The Sunpilots @ Culture Container - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2015-03-31 22:08:51

The Sunpilots @ Culture Container Berlin 17/03/15

Invited some weeks before via Facebook by The Sunpilots themselves, I tried to activate some people for this gig - especially my brother in law from Finland who was in Berlin for some days with a couple of his friends. The day before they saw Paul Simon and Sting at the O2 World - but no one liked to go out at this day.

So I went there by bus (same direction as the Yaam Club). On the way I tried again to activate another friend who lives nearby for this event, but he was not that spontaneous.

I arrived there at 9pm and enterd the area - a place near the river Spree - flats made out of used wood and windows and an old ship-container where the gig should happen.



Groundation @ Yaam Club - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2014-11-13 07:51:10

Groundation @ Yaam Club / Berlin 31/10/14

It was Halloween weekend and a lot of people were dressed up in costumes this night. I left home at maybe 9 pm by bus so it took me almost near the Yaam Club. On the way I tried to reach a friend by phone if he would like to come with me but there was no answer.

When I arrived at the venue there was a long queue before the entrance. I went to the front and asked if I could get in because I should be listed on the guestlist but the bouncer showed me the way back to the line. So it took maybe 15 - 20 min before I passed the entrance. On the cashpoint I asked for checking the guestlist for my name. After a while they found it and I could get in.



The Sunpilots @ Privatclub - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2014-07-28 05:09:12

The Sunpilots @ Privatclub / Berlin 24/07/14

As they announced it already several weeks and the days before, this was the farewell gig of The Sunpilots here in Berlin. They will leave EU in September for a 3 month US-Tour and no one can say if it will take only 3 months.

There were two other bands / artists playing this day so I asked Raj which band will play at what time. He told me that they were scheduled for 11 pm so there was enough time for my wife and me to get prepared for it (back from work at 8 pm, some relaxing time, shower ...).



Dub FX @ Nordhafen - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2014-07-22 08:20:38

Dub FX @ Nordhafen
Berlin 20/07/14

What a weekend!!! Dub FX in a double pac.

First this hot performance @SO36 the day before and than the other day poor energetic fun at this 3 hours streetshow @Nordhafen - including jam session with other street artists.

During the SO36-gig Dub FX told the audience that they will make a street show the other day at 5 pm so I was looking for more infos when I was back at home again.

The streetshow should happen under a bridge near Nordhafen - never have been there before. I came there half an hour before it should start. I found it immediately because sound could already be heard from there.

There were some people (maybe 20 - 30) sitting around this area but I was not sure if they were there because of the streetshow. I was looking for a shadowed place and a good look to the installations. I asked some other people if they were here because of Dub FX but they were surprised to hear about it.



Dub FX @ SO36 - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2014-07-20 01:55:13

Dub FX @ SO36
Berlin 19/07/14

It was so hot this day but this gig was even more hottter than the weather today.

Tired in the afternoon I slept until 7 pm and I was than in hurry to get there just in time. It was short before 8 pm when I arrived at SO36. After a quick get in I ordered first a big beer (Kristallweizen) and than went to the front of the stage - line 7 or 8. Music - drum and bass was playing in the background, sweating in the almost full concert hall. We had to wait until 8:15 pm before they were coming on stage - Cade on guitar, Andy V. on the keyboards and saxophone and Mr. Dub FX.



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