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June 30, 2014

WUNDERBAR

Olympiahalle Munich, Germany 29/6/14 Reviews by Philomena Attridge and Martin Heidt

posted by Mike Walton




Review by Philomena Attridge

Just back from a brilliant weekend in Munich - the highlight of course was Rod's concert and what a concert - it was up there with one of the best. Rod was in great form he opened with This Old Heart of Mine and then went into Having a Party. Arena and stage were small which I think helped with the atmosphere, although the crowd at the front did not stand up until half way through the night. This was not a reflection on the concert, I think they were a very polite crowd! He dedicated Downtown Train to Bobby Womack and also said Bobby was going to record it but it was too late now.

Half way through Rod asked for fans to be put on the stage as he was hot and then put his bum near it saying he had a hot bum and yes he does have a very "Hot Bum". Usual video clips but with the addition of Suarez as Jaws! Reason to believe was great and he said he would not have been on the stage if a DJ had not played the B side - Maggie May. Katja said a few words in German to the audience at Rod's request. He had an orchestra of girls from Munich joining him for his sad and heart break section as he called it.

New addition to his clothing was a red gingham shirt with red jeans. He had everyone laughing at his black spotted socks which matched a spotted shirt. Funniest part of the concert was when Conrad came out in a German outfit surprising Rod. Rod had his revenge by pushing him to the front of the stage to improvise a solo! Conrad was brilliant.

Rod played two encores Sailing and Sexy and then we had to leave. What a concert and a great venue. Security let people down the front near the end. Rod kicked out a lot of footballs and tried five times to get one to a girl on a fella's shoulders. She finally caught one. One of the best. WUNDERBAR as Rod said himself during the concert.


Review By Martin Heidt

A short review due to the football tonight...

Only a few minutes after a fabulous show at the SAP arena on Friday we left the venue and made our way from Mannheim way down south in the area around Stuttgart. The following day we met some good friends (Michel & Sabina) at their NewYorkGrill, a very good bar in the city of Albstadt. Interesting to know, that Conrad Korsch had a gig in that bar a few years ago. We enjoyed good food, a few cold drinks and watched football on the TV. The next morning we left early and made our way to Munich. By arrival it was raining and it was bloody cold. In spite of that we took a walk through Olympiapark and visited the Munich Rock Museum on the first platform of the Olympiaturm .

At 6 pm the doors opened and we went straight to our seats. A few swats with Rod fans from near and far and the show began. And what shall I say? Mannheim was good, but Munich was much more better. The crowd was tremendous and Rod was obviously in perfect mood. His voice was very powerful from the very first beginning. Rod opened – as usual – with "This old Heart“ and "Havin‘ a Party“. Later on he dedicated "Downtown Train“ to Bobby Womack who passed away last week. Instead of "Tom Trauberts Blues“ he did "Reason to Believe“. After a 2 hour drive back to Albstadt we had a few beers and watched the penalties between Costa Rica and Greece. Unfortunately we cannot make it to Vienna tomorrow, but we will be back on the road in Cologne on Wednesday and Thursday.

Top photo's By Philomena Attridge
Katja Photo by Martin Heidt



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