What is there left to say about Julian Sas at Bonn Harmonie? Fact: this was his 18th appearance here since 2003. Fact: Most of those shows have been sold out within a few days. Fact: Julian Sas is one of Europe’s best guitar players. Fact: I’ve taken pictures of Julian’s devoted, mostly dutch, followers regularly over the years, and the faces don’t change. So what makes these people ‘fans for life?’. It’s Saturday night on a sunny November night in Bonn. Wintertime. Inside the Harmonie though it’s a hot and balmy evening – it’s Sas time…
“Just got home after a hell of a gig in hell’s kitchen: the Harmonie Bonn” – Julian Sas describing his sold out 15th gig in consecutive years at the venue. If this is Hell then maybe the Devil does indeed have the best music…
There are three ‘givens’ in life: Death, taxes, and a Julian Sas gig at the Harmonie in November. At least it seems that way. The only change I can remember from the shows past is that I seem to vaguely recall there being room to move from one part of the hall to stand somewhere else. Or maybe that was just a fantasy. Certainly it hasn’t been possible for several years now – and Saturday night was no exception.
Only ten days to go until one of the best guitar driven concerts for many a year begins. Performers at the Classic Rocknacht on the St Goarshausen Openair stage at Loreley. Set to appear on 14th June are, amongst others, Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, ex-Whitesnake legend Bernie Marsden, The Brew, Julian Sas and Krissy Matthews.
“‘Hey Joe’, the first song Julian Sas ever learned to play on the guitar, really needs neither introduction, nor comment. Julian’s version is probably one of the best live versions of this song available anywhere today”
John Harrison reports from the sixth ‘Sold Out’ Harmonie concert by Julian Sas in as many years.
If you’ve seen Julian Sas with his high energy Blues blasting the paintwork off the walls at the Harmonie then you’ll know he can play that Les Paul and that Firebird in the style of the best – Jimi, Rory, and a touch of Stevie Ray when needed. Thursday saw Sas sitting on a stool in front of CD racks, with just an acoustic and mini amp for company. No ‘Rob ‘Animal’ Heijne to power the drums or Tenny Tahamata to hammer down a bass riff. Just Julian, an old guitar, and the Blues. Magic time at Mr Music in Bonn City Centre.