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Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Kalkscheune - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2006-12-03 16:48:10

(Michael Franti and Spearhead@Kalkscheune)

The gig started at 09:15 pm. The band members were coming on the stage and began to play some kind of Intro for the first song "Time to go Home". Michael began to sing "Those who start wars ..." but he wasn't on stage. So in the first moment I thought it was playback(?). He was coming from the back, walking through the lines of people and was on stage after one minute. From the first moment the atmosphere in Kalkscheune was wonderful. A lot of people were singning and jumping all the time if Michael said to us "I want everyone seeing jumping" and we were jumping and waving our hands. Don't know when Antje was leaving the front area but Andreas and I had a lot of fun and enjoyed it where we were until the end.



Little Axe @ Postbahnhof - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2006-11-02 02:13:45

Once again, Dough Wimbish, Keith Le Blanc and Skip McDonald as Little Axe with their distinctive sound


Ticket for Kalkscheune - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2006-10-07 17:25:19

Today I bought my first ticket for the Kalkscheune gig. It will be a birthday present for a friend - another 66. Together with the Yell Fire-CD. What could be a better birthday present?


New Home for StayHuman.org - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2006-10-06 06:15:03

After two days&nights of backup&restore the database of the StayHuman Messageboard, it was done. Messageboard files and database is on the new server now. It seems the new server at mediaTemple is very fast. Good descision to change the provider. Looks like I can bring back in time the old features like sound playing and videos.


New European Tourdates - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2006-09-29 03:02:32

I can't believe it - they are coming to Berlin. WOW. I am so so haaappppyy.

Two more gigs in Germany. Berlin and Hamburg. Maybe I can go to both of them.

This makes my descion to cancel Eindhoven much more easier, although I wouldn't see all the spearits there - especially the Tripple-J's: Juiceman, Jurg and Johan.


Part of my Dream Team: Special report from the Festival in Brescia - IT




Posted: 2006-08-27 23:59:11

(Radio Onda D'Urta Festival - Aug 24, 2006)

After I have seen the announced European tourdates in May it was clear that I couldn't make any gigs in Netherlands, Belgium or Germany because of my vacation in Finland. The only gigs which seemed to be possible would be one in the UK or Italy. UK or Ireland was to expensive so I looked for cheap flights to Italy and the Brescia-gig seemed to be this one. I ordered the tickets for the plane to Milano/Bergamo and the rest for the tour-travel I would manage in Italy. Problem for me was that my schedule was very strong because my son had his first schoolday (celebration and party) two days later so I had to leave very early the next morning after the gig.

One day before the gig we were coming back from the Finland vacation. There was a lot to prepare for the schoolday party. So I was going very early to bed because my flight the next day would be 6:20 am.

The gig day started at 4 am for me with coffee and some bread and I was leaving my home half'n hour later - taking the bus to the airboard not knowing if I would get the plane in time. Well, everything was ok, I could boarding and got the window place I had already reserved. Knowing that the flight was going directly over the Alps I was looking outside most of the time but it was very cloudy so there was not much to see. We arrived Bergamo at time - taking the bus to the railway station and arrived one hour later Brescia - raining all the time in the first hour. I was asking people where the festival should be located. Less people spoke English and knew where this should be but I found out that the festival area was more than 5 km outside of Brescia. How to go there?



Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Radio Onda D'Urta Festival - Brescia(IT)




Posted: 2006-08-27 23:10:54

(Radio Onda D'Urta Festival - Aug 24, 2006)
- thanks Andrea

The gig started at 09:45 pm - so it was 45 min later than planned. The area before the stage was filled with a lot of people (maybe 1000 - at the end there were maybe 2000). They opened with "Time to go home" and "Yell Fire!" and the sound was excellent. During the whole gig I was changing my position from the backstage to the frontstage area. I was making pictures with my old slowly digi cam until it run down - here are Pics from the gig, providing Versace at the mixer with cigarettes and beer, helping Catherine to bring T-Shirts and CDs to the promo desk at the back of the mixer. It started raining again when they played "Sweet little lies" and Michael highlighted this with a lot of smile: "tell me that the rain won't fall today".

Some people were escaping into the tents but after some minutes the place was filled again. The promo desk was without rain cover so I helped Catherine again to bring the stuff back to the trailer. The last hour of the show I was standing in front of the stage - enjoyed the show. Highlight for me was "Light up your lighter". The lights on stage were out during the whole song and all people with a lighter were making the fire, fire, fire - light up your lighter - great. The whole show closed with a very long version of "Everybody ona move". At Raleigh's keyboard solo Michael was looking under his left foot which was wounded - blood runing out of it. They closed with their hugging dance at 12 pm. All of them except Michael were coming down the stage and I congratulated everyone for their wonderful show. Michael was in front of the stage together with the people. I was going back to Versace at the mixer and asked him for his setlist.

Back to the Spearhead crew


Michael Franti & Spearhead - Yell Fire! (EU) - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2006-07-21 21:46:10

(Yell Fire! - July 24, 2006)

It was announced "Yell Fire!" would be out on 24th of July in Europe but I could buy it already on 21st. I was so happy to have the CD now for my own although I knew already all songs of this record several weeks before (thanks Bodhi and Trendski).
Musically it changed from the two Spearhead records before. It became more reggae like. My favorites of this record are
Time to go home
What I have seen
followed by Yell Fire, East to the West, Light up your Lighter, Everybody ona move, ... See you in the light doesn't belong to this arragement in my opinion. I know I'm not alone sounds like an U2 songs but this is ok for me.


Michael Franti & Spearhead - I know I'm not alone (EU) - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2006-07-15 18:23:45

(I know I'm not alone - July 15, 2006)

I went to my local record store that day to order the new Yell Fire record but they told me that it will not be out before 21st July but they had already this single. Of course I bought it. "I know I'm not alone (Radio edit & album version)" is on this record and another blow up song "I've been away (Lighthouse Version)" which I already know from the live gigs. Great. Didn't know that there is this single out. Was never be promoted.


Little Axe @ Gruener Salon - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2006-06-10 01:34:56

Well, I was very excited about this gig. See Doug, Skip and Keith after 1 & 1/2 year again. I was calling at the venue Gruener Salon of Volksbuehne Berlin and they told that the gig will start later because of the beginning of the world championship in football and that Bernard Fowler (singer of Tack>>Head - at the moment on tour with Rolling Stones) would also join the gig. Wow. The whole Tach>>Head crew. I was writing some comments at the myspace sites of Tack>>Head, Little Axe and Doug Wimbish about this wonderful news.



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