If you want to experience what life on the road was like in 70’s Rock, find a copy of 1974’s ‘Diary of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’. The book takes you into a crazy world of touring as experienced by one of David Bowie’s favourite bands – Mott the Hoople. Next Tuesday though provides a unique chance to hear the band’s enigmatic front-man Ian Hunter live onstage.
As a long time fan I can attest that Hunter’s songwriting and attitude are as strong in 2017 as ever and his current ‘Rant Band’ are everything you’d expect a band behind Hunter to be. I haven’t seen too many dates in Europe announced in recent years, so do yourselves a favour Rock n Rollers and catch the man at Bonn Harmonie (10 October). He’s still capable of giving all the young dudes a run for their money when it comes to Rock n Roll.
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What would Muddy Waters be playing now if he were still with us, and wanted to appeal to the music loving public of today? Elvis? Buddy Holly? The music would have to have evolved into something a little more complex than those Blues standards we know and love. Maybe a listen to their offspring would bring answers. In the case of John Lee Hooker there was a chance to match that typical Hooker growl with a 21st Century sound and style as Hookers highly rated son, John Lee Hooker Jr, took to the Harmonie stage last week.
Two pleasant surprises last Sunday. One, it was a precious sunny day before the Autumn sets in, and two Marion and Sobo‘s appearance as ‘Vor-Gruppe’ for the General Election countdown at last Sunday’s Kessenich Autumn Market. As always, a pleasure to hear Alexander Sobocinski’s Jazz/Gypsyswing guitar playing and Marion Lenfant-Preus with her silky smoothe vocals playing tracks from their Migrateurs CD – which was fittingly recorded just up the road at the Blue in Green studio in Burbacherstrasse. CLICK HERE FOR THE PHOTO GALLERY
Before his one man show at Bonn Harmonie on Sunday, multi Canadian Award winner Steve Hill kindly took the time to talk about life as an electric one man band and the challenges of making those sticks stick.
Always thought of one man bands as a man with a battered acoustic, a foot drum and a harmonica rack? Well, at the Harmonie yesterday, Canadian Steve Hill had all these – but a whole lot more. Meet the One Man electric Rock Band…
Well, it must be said that the names were certainly attention getters in the final week of this year’s JazzTube competition: Waldek Leczkowski’s Orange Fusion Beat Featuring Albert N’Danda, Peter Protschka’s Organic Universe and the more sedately monikored Radius. But, as the saying goes, ‘what’s in a name?‘. Names don’t play Jazz, people do, and what do the people passing by make of it? A last chance to find out in 2017.
Congratulations to Juan who is winner of the 3songsbonn Steve Hill competition and receives two guest passes for Sunday’s concert at the Harmonie. Thanks to everyone who took part!