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TV Channel VivaPlus - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2004-12-13 23:47:16

"Language of Violence" from "The Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy" was showing at German TV Channel VivaPlus.


Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Kesselhaus - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2004-12-13 22:10:34

(EDM-Germany-Tour Poster)

Today was a home run for me. I told a lot of my friends to come with so I was not alone there. Although my wife was ill she was coming with us. Waiting outside for the doors being openend Michael was coming outside another entrance (Gaga). The doors opened at 8:15 pm but there were not that much people I knew from the Paradiso-gig. Kesselhaus of Kulturbrauerei is a small venue for maybe 800 people. I think 500-600 people could be there, so it was enough place to dance. Spearhead entered the stage at 9:15 pm and started with "Crazy crazy crazy". The first 30 min we were staying in the right back at some higher stairs to watch around and making photos from the back. But the photos were not looking good and the sound was bad there. I told my wife I will take some photos in front of the stage - and well I was staying there for the rest of the show. When I reached the front of the stage the sound was much more better and the people were much more enthusiastic. I took a lot of pictures and was singing - shouting - dancing all the time, so at the end there was the same result I had at Paradiso. No voice anymore. "Never too late" was the last song at 0:30 am and it took maybe half an hour until Michael could leave the location because so many people wanted to hug and talk with him. It was a awesome event because Spearhead has shown us something beautiful.



On mission - My special weekend trip to The Netherlands - NED


2003-06-27 - 2003-07-01


Posted: 2004-12-10 07:56:10

(Everyone Deserves Music - 2003)

Almost two years of waiting for a new record or tour I started to read the messageboard more intensive. And I can't believe it: New record, EU-Promo tour also in Berlin and I passed this. I was looking the tourdates, no show in Germany, only GB, France, Belgium and Holland. There was only one wish: "Yes I will". So I got a good idea. I have friends around Amsterdam, so lets make a long weekend trip to Holland. I ordered the ticket via Internet, three days later I got it by letter, everything would be okay. Some days later I read at the messageboard that the paradiso gig is already sold out. Wow, I didn't know that the Netherlands are so crazy to see Spearhead. On 26th May I bought the new record EDM, first impression - not that good like "Stay Human" - but the next times of listening the record I know that it is one of the best, not comparable with the others. I had the ticket and I had the new record. So I was ready for Holland.



Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Paradiso - Amsterdam(NED)




Posted: 2004-12-10 07:23:10

(Poster at Paradiso)

The door was opened at 7:30 pm and so many people wanted to come in. I had a wonderful place on the right side two steps about the crowd and 10m from the stage. I didn't leave this place the whole show. The show started at 9:15 pm and they stopped playing at 0:45 am, so it was 3 1/2 hours wonderful music - so much power so much love. I was dancing the whole time and feeling great, singing all the songs I know - so at the end I had no voice anymore. I got tears in my eyes when Michael told about his father's death and they played "Never too late". After the last song Michael was with the audience, hugging and talking with all the people who wanted and they were many - also me. So this concert was my absolute most emotional exSpearience - I don't know if there could be any intensificaton.
Thank you Michael, thank you Spearhead, thank you Amsterdam.

You can watch and listen to it at fabchannel.com

Reviews of the Paradiso - Show

Here you can see pictures from the show. Almost all were taken from trisha and jsmn - formerly known as

Love from Paradiso, Amsterdam
Posted by Tulles ( on June 30, 2003 at 16:45:12:

Sometimes you have the feeling you have been participating in something beautiful, something uncommon. Tonight was such a night. More than three hours of Spearhead & Michael Franti. Getting more fans each song, each concert, each minute. The power of the lyrics combined with the brilliant music. Or is it the other way around? The chemistry is there, that's what matters. I can only say: check out www.fabchannel.com, where this concert is being broadcasted.

Posted by Johan ( on June 30, 2003 at 18:38:52:

Two amazing shows so far!! Munich and Amsterdam were awesome...I'm not going to write a review now, cause I'm tired of 15 hours driving in two days and sleeping 4 hours inbetween...:S anyway I met some lovely people, took great pics and I have really good recordings of both shows!! Can't wait for the extra acoustic show in Amsterdam tomorrow and after that Nijmegen!!! What a great start of summer...sorry but I'm off to bed now...check http://powertothepeaceful.tk soon for the pics etc...
PS: greetings to Jsmn
Love, Johan

Posted by marc ( on July 01, 2003 at 10:03:33:
In Reply to: GREAT, GREATER, GREATEST!!!! posted by Johan on June 30, 2003 at 18:38:53:

Belgium represent @ Paradiso yesterday. There was Johan, there was me and there was Veerle (with the baby in her belly enjoying the show very much) ;-) Thx for all the energy. Unfortunately we had to leave after 3 hours in order to catch the last tram. Guess I'll have to catch the last 30 minutes on fabchannel.com Grtz,

rock da house (paradiso, amsterdam, june 30, 2003)
Posted by 'trisha ( on July 01, 2003 at 01:04:27:

peace, y'all ;-) slowly entering the stratosphere again after an amazing stroll with the spearits ('coz we don't stop, doo-be-doo-be-doo-wap!). pics are forthcoming (took about a hundred, hope u didn't mind the flashlight too much, my friends). anyway, for those of you that missed the party: picture three and a half hours and smiling faces all around you. lemme tell ya, michael: i really needed that hug afterwards, hehehe.
i'll post the url of the pics gallery here when it's online. and i'll throw in a zipfile with *all* the pics on the side (for the phreaky people).
love 'trisha

Posted by jsmn ( on July 01, 2003 at 01:42:25:

i'm still recovering from the great gig in paradiso, amsterdam, last night. it was awesome. thx so much for the inspiration.

Posted by Thomas aka el typo ( on July 01, 2003 at 04:22:42:

Great show in Paradiso. Awesome, fucking great,... I've seen a lot off artists but what I saw yesterday was, well, the best I ever saw. Radioactive rules, cherri has a beautiful voice, respect respect respect respect. I don't know what happened but it felt good.

Prophets and poets in Paradiso
Posted by Joerg Trumpfheller ( on July 01, 2003 at 14:17:02:

It was so crazy,crazy,crazy ... breathing fresh air of spearit and vibrations. After 15 years of knowing the music & words of Michael, I know what it was last night at paradiso. Your are on a mission and I believe almost all of u inside know this.
So come to Berlin in August you promised me for a wonder- and peaceful night.
Thanks Johann for meet u, thanks all the freaky people in the world.

paradiso live
posted by Judith on July 02, 2003 at 01:33:38:

Dear Michael, already two days ago since I saw your show in Paradiso, but it is still inside my head. Thanks for the wonderful evening! Unfortunately I couldn't come to Nijmegen (no more tickets) and the performance yesterday afternoon, so I hope you will soon get back to Holland for a concert (preferably to Utrecht!). Please go on with your message, because we really need it here too in Holland; things have changed over the last two years and there's a unpleasent atmosphere in society now, is my opinion. You had better not be a muslim or even 'worse' a Moroccan, because they are all considered suspect now. What is going on in this country? I don't feel at home here anymore.
Love, judith

Re: paradiso live
Posted by Amy ( on July 02, 2003 at 05:21:20:

In Reply to: paradiso live posted by Judith on July 02, 2003 at 01:33:38:
Dear Judith, I too had the feeling of being part of a very special happening in Paradiso two days ago. And let us now spread Michael's words throughout Holland, because this athmospere we are in in this country isn't a peacefull one..
Michael and Spearhead, respect to all of you, keep doin' what you do, I love you!!!!
Love to y'all freaky people, xx. Amy PS: watch 3,5 hours of great Spearitual music on www.fabchannel.com!!!

PARADISO 30 06 03
Posted by WaTi ( on July 02, 2003 at 05:44:29:

Hai everyone!!.. I want to send my love to Michael Franti and all the members of the band! 30th of june 2003 is a day to remember, it was my first concert of them. I want to share with the world how i felt about this life time experience --> i had THE GREATEST concert-time ever!... It ROCKS because of several things: Michael Franti is a beautiful, intelligent and charming person as the lead singer of the band, members of the band are music genius and, the fans are soo warm and friendly, paradiso is a great place to feel the 'rythm' of a concert, i was there with my 3 indonesian sista's! My evening could not be better!!!
I really felt a member of the 'family afair'... I thank you Michael Franti and Spearhead! I thank you also for the two kisses on my cheek!! hihihihii. Gonna check out your next visit in Holland!
Peace, love and craziness,
WaTi Chaeron


Sad day - Jesberg(DE)




Posted: 2004-12-10 06:49:33

It is my birthday and my GrandMa died two hours before I could say Goodbye (RIP).


Second child was born - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2004-12-10 06:45:13

My little and wonderful daughter could not wait until 24th of Dec. She was born at home - no chance to go to the hospital.


Michael Franti & Spearhead @ Pfefferberg - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2004-12-07 21:39:16

(Stay Human - 2001)

It was a pure chance that I did not miss this concert. because some days before, I saw a small poster of the "Stay Human"- Tour of Michael Franti & Spearhead at a container for glas-recycling. One day before the gig I bought the Record. I didn't know the location Pfefferberg before but it gave me from the first momemt warm athmoshere. The gig started with "Oh my God" and "Stay Human" and the audience was a part of the show. For the first time in my exSpearience I felt that there is something special. After the last song I saw that Michael was with the audience so I did the same. Outside the hall I talked for 1/2 hour with Pappa Pretty.
The next weeks this gig was always in my mind and I get to know the great community at the Spearhead-Messageboard.



My child was born - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2004-12-07 21:32:40

For the first time in my life I became a father of a wonderful son.


As the years go by @ Berlin - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2004-12-07 21:23:24

Bootsy Collins - 1998-06-11
(Bernie Worrell & Fred Wesley)


Spearhead @ Loft/Metropol - Berlin(DE)




Posted: 2004-12-07 19:45:24

(Chocolate SupaHighway - 1997)

This record is in my opinion not one of the Best. The words are strong and there are some good songs, but the whole record sounds like mixed at the computer e.g. the drum - so there was no real atmosphere like Home.

And I got the same feeling at the concert. Maybe I felt somekind of predjudice but Michael was not that friendly man I would get to know him some years later. At the end of the concert Michael introduced Spearhead. All members of Spearhead except the drummer got nice words from Michael. He excused himself for the badest drummer they ever had. And this made me angry when I left the concert-hall.


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