i don't know what kind of
weird drug the band was on but let me tell you their comments & anouncements
were NON-STOP HILARITY!!! they spoke almost only in german & especially snah
was out of his head screaming & woohoo-ing all the time. you have to listen
to the recording of that night to get the picture... it's just insanely
"guten abend. alles gut? dann geht's los! woohoo!", snah greets us. :)
they start of with "snafu" followed by the short "go
to california" that really took me by surprise. at
first i thought i had fallen asleep again during the
solos but a short glance at the watch confirmed i was
so, this means a fast pop & roll show i think. and
that's alright, i am fine with that. after the köln
show my desire for a far out show was satisfied & i
was completely open to whatever the band was up to. :)
next up "walking with j". did you notice they have
been playing the same version the past four weeks? pretty
unsual for a song that is a jamming showcase in a live
setting. this rendition they have been playing all
tour is a great one. i especially dig the last part
when baard solos & snah takes over on the rythm
guitar. t h a t is funky, t h a t is sexy, t h a t
get's me going & i freak out air-guitaring madly. i guess
you all agree that snah was the hero of the tour? for
me at least he was...
while "all is loneliness" is played in a nice version
it doesn't have the impressing magic of hamburg.
"landslide" on the other hand is masterful with its
long improvisational part. this version clocks in at
7:31 min & features some very sensitive jamming.
during "hey jane" i think of one of my best friends
(no pun intended) who celebrates his birthday tonight.
this is his favourite song & i am sending a warm
'happy birthday' vibe into his direction, wherever he
might stand in this packed crowd.
"neverland", already approaching hit status just like
"go to california" did last year, leads up to a
strange but hilarious announcement of bent.
bent: "danke schön. und jetzt ein alter lied."
bent: "ah ah, that's not the response we were after.
'oh, noch ein alter lied.' das what we wanna hear,
right. ok, try again: und jetzt noch ein alter lied!"
it's "she used to be a twin". while i was only
mouthing the lyrics in bielefeld i *SHOUTED* them out
today at THE TOP OF MY LUNGS. i earned a lot of very
strange looks from the people surrounding me (nobody,
nowhere seems to know this song!) but i couldn't care
less! this was MY song, this was BERLIN & a certain
someone was present as well. i just needed to let it
all out & there isn't a better opportunity than this
song. a sad masterpiece, for sure!
the lovely acoustic set brings us "sonnyboy gaybar".
before i can believe what i am hearing it's over.
funny anyway & very fitting to the band's hilarious
mood today. :)
"trapdoor" is another emotional highlight of mine.
lyrics are shouted again & i just freak out. one of my
favourite "timothy" songs & they nail it. this version
has a lot of tension unlike the version from skien i
knew from CD, which was awefully sloppy & lost a lot
before the main set closer "superstristano" we get
"song for a bro'". listening to the recording right
now it seems to be very grateful dead-ly inspired with
some easy noodling in the middle.
"superstristano" is just so superior to the version
played the night before. such a pity they didn't
record it. this version played tonight is MIGHTY!!!
they return to the main theme at the end which they
did not do in köln. when finally the riff kicks back
in the bass volume raises to such a level that makes
the floor of the hall shake. everything is just bass,
nothing else! it is loud, it is hypnotic, it is heavy
& it's incredible...
the encore surprises us with "young man blues", which
was only logical after that all-who soundcheck in
this was a funny & high energy show that saw they guys
in a GREAT MOOD. they could have played anything
tonight & i still had been happy. :)
there were lots of 'good byes' after the show. geb
came out to talk to us & the tour people were among
the last ones that left the venue around 2 am. :)
i was just happy. we saw another great show & i am
constantly surprised how the band is able to increase
the energy level night by night. i am not saying it
was better than köln. it was funnier, happier, more
open, it was a party. just incredible. :)
oh...in case you wondered...i didn't meet her that