It was only briefly, but he was once in a band (Aragon) whose lyrical themes included Fantasy, War and Sorcery. progression to a Power Metal band (Trick of the Light) followed, and now he’s waiting in a quiet Bonn Bistro for his cup of tea to arrive so our interview can start.
Alex Krienke, best known for his many appearances as vocalist with Sunny Skies, is, Like his new CD ‘What’s Good For You‘, full of surprises. Okay, there’s a reason for the tea, he’s on anti-biotics – but what about the musical surprises on the new disc? Rock, Pop and Jazz instead of Metal, Mayhem, and Sorcery? – and where do Huey Lewis and Freddie Mercury fit into the Alex Krienke story so far? Alex spoke to 3SongsBonn in advance of the bands CD Release Concert at Bonn Harmonie on 6 December
It’s not the easiest of times for live music in Bonn right now. Even so, there are days when it really is a pleasure to be in this City and when when you realise there is still a lot to be very pleased about musically. One of those days was Saturday. A day of Sunny Skies and Flowers. To be more accurate –Sunny Skies Bonn’s best cover band, and Blümchenknicker – Bonn’s best band for being, well, different. If you wanted to show Bonn and it’s people at their Summery best then this was the opportunity.
There can’t be too many firsts left where Sunny Skies, now into their 41st year, are concerned. A yearly gig at Bonn Harmonie s also nothing new for the band. It was a first however for regular singer Patrick Sühl to play with the band here – and a first too for female singer Melanie Nocon to play with the band anywhere at all! The difference being that Sühl has had plenty of time to get familiar with the bands sizeable repertoire. Hats off therefore to Nocon for stepping into the female singers role at short notice.
310,000 people came to see the fireworks by this years ‘Rhein in Flammen’ in Bonn. Some 90,000 of them were at the Rheinaue so it’s fair to say that a lot of people were out to enjoy the sunny skies. A lot of them enjoyed THE Sunny Skies Rockband too, and it was undoubtedly an evening to remember musically as well as visually with ‘The Skies’ providing plenty of onstage musical fireworks .
Sunny Skies & Maya Fadeeva will be brightening up the weekend in Bonn
This weekend has two special musical occasions that are well worth a visit: On Saturday (20 Oct) Local heroes Sunny Skies celebrate 40 Years as a premier Bonn Band – The Bonn Voice Choir, and Hofgarten Orchestra will be joining Rope Schmitz and co to add even more oomph to the Band’s versions of classics like Queens Bohemian Rhapsody at Bruckenforum, and if the snippet shown on WDR television recently of rehearsals is anything to go by, it should be rather special. Rope talked to 3SONGS about the Band recently – INTERVIEW HERE
Also this weekend, Maya Fadeeva is just one of the musicians appearing in the final concert of this years Jazztube competition run by SWB. The three most popular bands from Bonn’s Tubestation competition, as voted for by the commuting public, will be laying down a smooth groove for sure at the Harmonie on Sunday (21st Oct).
Sunday 26 April saw the last Sommergarten Concert at Rheinhotel Dreesen for 2012 with local heroes Sunny Skies.
If you did`t make it to Rheinstrasse for the show, make a date in your diaries for 20th October when the Band will be joined by BonnVoice and the Hofgarten Orchestra to celebrate it’s 40th Anniversary in style at Bonn Bruckenforum.
The sky was indeed sunny. A rare Summers day like we had when I was a boy, with puffy white clouds seemingly hung in a breezeless sky like cotton candy, underneath which people were enjoying cold drinks and hot music in the balmy evening heat. In the heavens sunny skies, and on the stage of the Rheinaue Sunny Skies too. What more could you want?
The General Anzeiger’s popular Sommergarten Festival will be running from 3 June until 26 August this year.
There’s Blues with Shri, Jazz with Seatown Seven, and Irish Folk from Paddy goes to Holyhead before Sunny Skies finish the Season with style.
Unfortunately there is no return to the special flair of music from the Kunsthalle rooftop though – as last year, the shows will run from Rheinhotel Dreesen’s Kastaniengarten (Rheinstrasse 45-49) 11:30 to 14:30