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Dub FX + Mr. Woodnote & CAde @ Gretchen - Berlin(DE)

 

2023-11-04

 

Posted: 2023-11-12 23:24:37


Dub FX + Mr. Woodnote & CAde @Gretchen - 11/04/23

And what should I say: Once again an absolutely great evening - a fantastic concert.

Last year I had to skip Dub FX in the summer because of vacation and this year I was so excited with the hope of no cancelation but this was not neccassary. The gig was moved from Huxleys to Gretchen but no problem et all. I invited my daughter to come with me and we had a wonderful time.

My daughter and I decited to go there pretty early so that we would find a good place to stay. So when we arrived less people were there and we found a good spot not far from the stage by a pillar where we waited for the begin. And I hoped that also Mr. Woodnote would be part of the band.

So at 8:15 pm the hall was filled pretty well by the audience and it wouldn't be long before the concert started

 

 

Alter Bridge + Special Guests @ Columbiahalle - Berlin(DE)

 

2022-11-11

 

Posted: 2022-11-15 23:57:42

Alter Bridge + Special Guests@Columbiahalle - 11/11/22
Alter Bridge + Special Guests@Columbiahalle - 11/11/22

Since I have been a good 3 years on no more concert (I had to skip Dub FX in the summer because of vacation), I had decided a few days before the concert to see Alter Bridge at the Columbiahalle. I got the ticket (59 €) one day before the concert. Alter Bridge was on tour with two bands (Mammoth WVH and Halestorm), which started to play relatively early in the evening (admission already at 17:30).

But I didn't go until about 19:30 and just when I came in I heard Halestorm rocking the hall (at that time I didn't know that their name was Halestorm). After I got something to drink, I went upstairs to the gallery (like I did for Frank Turner or Ben Harber) and after a short search I found a wonderful place with a direct view on the stage.

 

 

Joe Bowie & DEFUNKT @ Maschinenhaus - Berlin(DE)

 

2019-12-03

 

Posted: 2019-12-25 23:55:13


JoeBowie & Defunkt@Maschinenhaus - 12/03/19

Facebook is always good for event announcements. In September there was an announcement by Joe Bowie that Defunkt will play in Berlin again. But this time not at Quasimodo, but at the Kesselhaus / Maschinenhaus (Kulturbrauerei Prenslauer-Berg). I told Ville and Bengie that I would like to go there and than wait until ...

One day before I asked Ville again and he was totally surprised that this should be the next day. Half an hour later he told me that he got two tickets. So I bought a ticket too. So I at least had the incentive to go to a concert again.

On the concert day - punctually from work at home - I was exactly at 8 pm at the Kulturbrauerei. But there I had to push myself through the crowds because there was a Christmas market on the premises of the Kulturbrauerei. Just entering the anteroom of the Kesselhaus / Maschinenhaus I discovered Ville and Bengie. After we had handed in our jackets at the cloakroom, we went one floor higher into the Maschinenhaus.

 

 

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.

And it started right away with fast songs like "1933", "Blackout" and "Get Better". The audience was immediately involved - downstairs they danced Pogo, but also upstairs on the gallery the fans danced and clapped. After the first song Frank Turner welcomed the audience in German and found some nice introductory words, where the most used word of him was "fucking". "F...ing" PunkRock show - "f...ing" good audience ...

There were always nice changes between fast songs like "I Still Believe" or "The Road" or slow ballads like "The Ballad Of Me And My Friends" only with acoustic guitar. Many from the audience knew the lyrics by heart, so that he sometimes only let the audience sing or he also went to the audience several times, sometimes standing or carried by the people on their hands, but always sang along. He also played some songs from the new record, but somehow it didn't ignite like that, so he asked if we would rather listen to the old songs. The audience bawled out.

He also wanted us to confirm that we were better/louder than those in Wiesbaden or Hamburg. Of course we were better/louder. At 10:30pm they disappeared from the stage for a short time to start the Encore with 3 - 4 more songs including once again "I Still Believe" and "Four Simple Words".

Quite surprising for me was the end at 10:47pm - because I had assumed that less than 3 hours Frank Turner doesn't do it. But even so most of the spectators were satisfied. I stayed on top of the gallery for a while until the traffic jam down the stairs had settled a bit. Then I went to the merchandise and got a T-Shirt. Afterwards strolled comfortably home. Great evening.

Here are some videos made by other people
    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - 1933 - 2018-11-22 Columbiahalle Berlin DE - video1
    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - Recovery - 2018-11-22 Columbiahalle Berlin DE - video2
    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - Redemption - 2018-11-22 Columbiahalle Berlin DE - video3
    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - Out of breath - 2018-11-22 Columbiahalle Berlin DE - video4
    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - I still believe/Four simple words - 2018-11-22 Columbiahalle Berlin DE - video5

And here the setlist as found on internet:
01 1933
02 Blackout
03 Get Better
04 Recovery
05 Little Changes
06 The Next Storm
07 Brave Face
08 Plain Sailing Weather
09 The Way I Tend to Be
10 Be More Kind
11 Eulogy (In German)
12 If Ever I Stray
13 Try This at Home
14 One Foot Before the Other
15 The Road

Frank solo
16 Redemption
17 Father's Day
18 The Ballad of Me and My Friends
19 I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
20 Out of Breath
21 Photosynthesis

Encore:
22 Don't Worry
23 I Still Believe
24 Four Simple Words
25 Polaroid Picture

 

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.

 

 

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".

 

 

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