Our show in the Elbphilharmonie, the concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, was a big success.
As is often the case with these kind of monumental projects the construction work dragged on endlessly and by the time the hall was finished in 2016 the building costs had increased over tenfold.
We were extremely excited to have been given the chance to play there.
It’s a stunning building with some breathtaking views over the river Elbe and the city to the other side.
The spectacular view from one of our dressing rooms. Eckes enjoys a warm up on a Steinway grand.
The local event manager took us on a short tour.
The panelling of the small concert hall is made of French oak. A visual as much as aural pleasure, I find.
The Palatinate daily Rheinpfalz has put me on the cover of my hometown’s monthly magazine.
I feel truly honoured.
There remains a strong connection with the city and the area on account of old friends (some of whom I share the stage with every once in a while) and family still living there.
I say Hi and send my love to you all!
They might look like holiday snaps but were actually taken on a working day, on the North Frisian island Sylt two hours before soundcheck.
The sand and the sea sucked those miles on the road right out of me.
This intimate setting at my friends’ house was a special event.
Playing your songs to an unprejudiced and music-loving audience is every songwriter’s dream and that crowd was a thrill to entertain.
The hosts provided the ideal environment and made us all feel at home – thanks a million Brigitte and Peter.
Backstage areas can be so different.
There are the ones that put you in a meditative mood.
Others such as the much praised Music Hall in Worpswede are special places that make you want to linger.
On the 23rd of December last year we played a rare gig featuring the complete line up of Cole, supporting Stephan Ullmann (thanx!)
It was great to see that a bunch of fans had made their way across the Rhine to see us – thanks so much, you made us feel good!
A kind of aftertaste still lingers two weeks after the shows.
It was two nights full of joy, passionate performances and fun.
Thanks to Wolfgang Schumann for the pics.
Blues Session Dome/LU
Blues Session Dome/LU
This week on Wednesday the 20th and Thursday 21st respectively I will have the pleasure to fill the guest spot at the Elville Blues Band Session together with my old mate Jürgen Friesenhahn.
At first I thought I had taken a wrong turn but this was indeed the breakfast room for all mortals.
300 years ago only the Right Honoroubles and ecclesiastical elite would have been allowed to stuff their bellies there.
We had been booked into the Maritim hotel by our local event management, blessed be their cotton socks!
Bugger me, I knew it all along.
Resist the temptation all you who are righteous!
Gesehen in Köln