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Rockpalast: Blues Rock Legends Vol. 2

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01 Rockpalast Intro
02 Fair Enough
03 One More Heartache
04 Fool In Love
05 New Walking Blues
06 It's Alright
07 Goin' Down
08 Born Under A Bad Sign
09 Just When I Needed You Most
10 Be Good To Yourself
11 Interview (with Alan Bangs)
Are you ready to rumble?

In view of the large number of channels that are stored on your average remote control today, it’s difficult to imagine that there used to be a time when TV featured a test pattern after midnight, accompanied by a 1000 Hertz test signal. Every now and then we used to get up at around three in the morning, whenever a boxing match was broadcast live from the other side of the pond. As in the night from 15 to 16 September 1978: Muhammad Ali wanted get back the world championship title from Leon Spinks, to whom he had lost it in spring of that year. So it suggested itself to broadcast a Rockpalast, which had brightened the nightly darkness of the TV channel ARD before, to bridge the broadcasting gap – from 23:05 until the start of the fight at 03:00 hrs in the morning. Rockpalast fans saw Ali win after the close of the festival. Although they would have preferred to listen to more music, of course. And the audience at the Grugahalle in Essen had to insist vociferously on ALVIN LEE and TEN YEARS LATER’s return to the stage to play a number of encores, ALVIN already having made himself comfortable in front of the TV screen, not wanting to miss the start of the fight. Later we decided to do without this kind of program combination and returned to being – as we had been before – “open end”.
Another artist who was part of this unusual third Rockpalast night – live again on ARD TV and broadcast to nine European countries via Eurovision: PETER GABRIEL, who had left GENESIS and was now working as a solo artist. And: PAUL BUTTERFIELD, whose concert is featured in full length on this DVD.
The enlistment of musicians and bands generally tended to be a lengthy process. Usually, long telephone discussions – transatlantic ones, in this case – preceded the signing of the contracts. We negotiated each full stop and comma of these contracts, artists’ fees and the extent of the transference of rights. Then came a trip to New York, together with a colleague from the fees and licenses department, to get the contract signed and hand over the first half of the fee. It was a morning at a New York hotel. There was a knock on the door. I opened and found myself facing ALBERT GROSSMAN, rimless glasses, his long, grey hair tied in a ponytail. It was one of those encounters you never forget. The great ALBERT GROSSMAN, manager of BOB DYLAN, JANIS JOPLIN, THE BAND, PETER, PAUL & MARY and PAUL BUTTERFIELD. I found myself unable to get his “clients’” music out of my head for the rest of the day!
That morning, PAUL BUTTERFIELD’s first performance in Europe was agreed. He had developed the blues feel of his unique blues harp, working with blues giants such as MUDDY WATERS, HOWLIN’ WOLF and LITTLE WALTER. Together with the PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUESBAND, founded in 1965, “Butter” was the white ambassador of the black Chicago blues. He had played on the third day of the WOODSTOCK festival (1969), at the time already accompanied by guitarist BUZZY FEITEN, who was also with him at the Rockpalast performance. And PAUL had been instrumental in shocking the folk audience at NEWPORT (1965) with electric blues rock sounds, which delighted BOB DYLAN to such an extent that he asked members of the band to accompany him at the festival. We remembered PAUL BUTTERFIELD from his involvement in THE LAST WALTZ, THE BAND’s farewell performance (1976), having presented the film in the documentary section of the WDR Rockpalast programme. He brought a young band to the Rockpalast night in Essen. His second guitarist, PETER ATANASOFF, was just 19. The disciple of the great blues masters had become a mentor to a whole new generation of musicians. We met PETER again many years later, performing with TITO AND TARANTULA at our open-air festival at the Loreley on the river Rhine in 1998.
PAUL BUTTERFIELD: born 1942 in Chicago, died in Hollywood in 1987. Inducted into the BLUES HALL OF FAME in 2006. This DVD pays tribute to a great musician.

Peter Rüchel
DVD fromat: DVD5
Duration: approx. 67min.
Video format: 4:3
Video standard: NTSC
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Language: English
Region Code: 0
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