Posted: 2006-12-05 21:36:34
(Setlist of the Berlin gig)
Days before the gig started I tried to organize the three people I can take with me according to the guestlist. So in the end it was clear that my wife, Ville (one other friend of the FIN-connection) and Sven would be on the list. Sven also promised me to take a camera for photos and video with him so that I could tape the show. The nights before the gig I slept less because I tried to finish a playlist for two audio cds I wanted to give Versace and Michael. When I woke up the gig day I had headache and was absolutely tired - not to be keen to go work - so I stopped my working day at 3 pm and drove back to Berlin, making the covers for the cds and took my bike riding to Kalkscheune.
I was there at 6:30 pm and get in and the first who I saw was the man behind the big power amplifier - Versace. It was so nice to see him again after the summer trip in Brescia. I gave him the CDs and he looked very happy with this.
I went outside into the inner courtyard for some fresh air and saw someone staying at the gate, very disturbed, confused that he will not get tickets for the show. His name was Michael Lefkoff(?) from Haarlem/HOL and he said he knew the guys very long, was making pictures from the shows. He also was in NY for the show and also have seen that the two Amsterdam and Utrecht gigs are already sold out. So he was just scared he couldn't get tickets for the Kalkscheune gig after he is coming back from his hotel, having a shower, etc. I could calm him that the show is not sold out. But for help reasons we changed our mobile phone numbers.
Than Michael and Carla came in and I was very surprised to see Carla because she wrote me some weeks before that she wouldn't come to Berlin. Well we went up to the Backstage rooms where all the others were sitting on their computers (everyone with a mac). Carla showed me on her mac what she would like to change on the spearhead website and I liked the new style and changes to come. I gave her the other set of CDs.
I also talked with Carl about shows in Berlin and mentioned the saxophone intro at the Pfefferberg gig in 2001. He said that is very curious because I am the third person telling this today. Makes him thinking.
Got a phone call from my wife that Sven is once again ill. Last time in 2003 he also was ill when the Spearhead gig was. Today the same. Also curious. So Petra was now on the guestlist.
At 8:30 pm Antje and also Andreas were coming. Wonderful. So there are two more persons which get to know the live feeling of a Spearhead gig. 15 min later Tiina, Petra and Ville were also there, having some problems at the entrance with the camera but in the end it worked and everyone got their backstage pass.
The "Photo"-Michael from Haarlem got also his ticket but had the same problem at the security check with his camera. Anyway he got in and was very happy.
In the meantime DJ Boima was warming up the people with reggae music. Together with Andreas and Antje I was going in front of the stage (3rd or 4th row, more right side - I always stay on the right side, haha), good filled by lovely people. My wife and Petra were in the back - knowing that they are not that kind of jumpers :-). Ville also was somewhere in the back.
After the whole Kalkscheune get really filled with people, DJ Boima was going to the mic holding some box in his hands from which he could make a sirence sound. The Sirence sound getting longer and longer and the Kalkscheune show in Berlin began.
After the show I went back to the others and they also liked it very much. My wife - also Petra and Ville - was leaving very early because she was very tired and wanted to go back home to our children and babysitter.
I talked a while with Antje and Andreas and they were very happy that I introduced them to this event (Antje told me two weeks later that this concert is still in her mind). In the meantime the Spearhead crew was cleaning the stage and the band members were going to the backstage rooms upstairs. It took more than 1/2 hour to get Michael out of the audience hugging and talking.
Together with Versace I went upstairs and I asked him if he had taped the show. He did it. While talking how I can get this show - because it is always extra work for him to make cds out of it and send it to the people - I told him I took my mp3 player stick with me so it was very easy to copy the show plus Vienna, Milana and Pittsburgh for me. He also told me that he didn't see anything from Berlin. When they arrived he was going inside the venue and didn't leave so far. So I offered him to show him a little bit of Berlin. Jason (the tourmanager) said they will leave at 4 am. So there might be enough time to see something.
Some more people than the Spearhead crew were also in the rooms, Carla was making photos and Michael talked to a woman - was looking like an interview.
It was far after midnight when Versace and I were going outside in front of the tourbus and trailer where the others from the crew putting in the equipment. I asked Versace if I could take a look into the tourbus because I have no idea how it looks like. He showed me the Talking room in the lower level of the bus and the sleeping room upstairs for 6 or 8 people. Very interesting to see this. Looks a little bit like a U-Boot from inside.
We were going for something to eat and I took him to the Oranienburger street which is only 300m away from the venue and one of the famoust streets in Berlin. There are a lot of restaurants, bars, turkish imbisses with the famous Doener Kebap and the Jewish Synagoge. But what I forgot this street is not only famous for their locations it is also famous for the girls staying on the street and waiting for some man. So we walked on the right side until the Synanagoge where we were interrupted two times and on the way back on the other side - together maybe 800m - also by 2 girls with this kind of "John"-talking. With the last girl we had the best excuse so that she lost her interest: "No, thanks - but we love eachother" :-). After taking some Doener we walked back along the Friedrichstreet to the venue. They were ready with packing the trailer and also wanted to walk around the corner for something to eat. It was almost half past 2 am and I was very tired. So I gave everyone a big hug and drove home with my bike and the mp3 player on, hearing the show from some hours before and felt happy in my bed at 3 am.