PureCASH – Plus

Celebrate an old disc, introduce a brand new one, and play all the old classic hits.  There’s nothing like a challenge to focus the mind.  Bernd Wolf, Leverkusen’s biggest Johnny Cash fan,  apologizes late in tonight’s long set that he hasn’t done as much talking about the songs as usual and adds – “is that alright? There’s a lot to play tonight!”  In an effort to squeeze it all in the band even step onto the Harmonie stage a few minutes before the due 8pm start time (how often do you read that sentence in a live music review?!) but truthfully they could have started an hour early and still not have managed to play everything.

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Who Killed Bruce Lee/Letlowe

Hard to believe, but this was virtually a year to the day that Letlowe (then Millennia) laid claim to the title of Toys 2Masters winners 2016.  That same year was also a very special one for tonight’s headliners – October saw Who Killed Bruce Lee appearing on this very stage at Bonn Harmonie for the Crossroads Rockpalast series.

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Wille’s Bandits steal the Show

Roll back to March 2015.  It was one of those nights you know will be special – JJ Grey & Mofro were headlining,  Rockpalast had a cameras eye on everything, and then there was the support band that very nearly stole the show from under JJ’s nose.  Two years on find Wille & The Bandits  back on the Harmonie stage they made their own on that March day and if the joint wasn’t bursting it was certainly rocking.

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Samantha Fish – Belle of Bonn

 

It’s not often that my favourite Bonn venue has a chart topper appearing, but this morning’s prestigious Billboard Blues Chart shows Monday’s visitor to Bonn Harmonie  debuting at the top spot with her new release ‘Belle of the West’.  A mighty achievement after a mighty concert.  She comes from Kansas City which is on the edge of America’s tornado valley, and Samantha Fish certainly blew up a musical storm in Bonn.

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Julian Sas – Feelin’ very much Alive

During an onstage  competition to win tickets for next year’s Harmonie show the question raised was, “How many times in succession has Julian Sas appeared at Bonn Harmonie?”  The winner’s answer was an incredible “sixteen”.  On this evening’s performance though no one would bet against celebrating a quarter century of shows here in 2026.  Heck, what price a half century of shows in 2051?  Three things in life seem to be certain: death, taxes, and Julian Sas in November.

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Stealing Hearts & Taxis

Pop, Funk, Rock, Soul, with a bit of synthesizer… Bonn band Steal a Taxi claim to cover a lot of musical ground.  Far simpler to avoid all classifications except just one:  Good or Bad?  I’m sure George Orwell would have given them a definite “Double plus good” and, not surprisingly for a band who have appeared many times already on this site, I would very definitely agree.  Sunday saw the band play their last show of 2017 to a big and enthusiastic crowd at Bonn Harmonie.

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Manny Charlton – No Messing

On his back is the slogan “Now your messing with the son of a bitch”,  The lyric goes back to the 70’s and a classic song from Scottish rockers Nazareth.  The man in the T-shirt does too.  Manny Charlton was the man behind the band’s gritty rock riffs and involved in the writing of such band classics as ‘Razamanaz’ and ‘Expect No Mercy’.  I’m expecting a Harmonie evening of rough-hewn Rock – no messing.

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