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Rockpalast: Blues Rock Legends Vol. 1


 
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30.01.2009
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01 Thank you lone ranger
 
02 Two triple cheese
 
03 It should have been me
 
04 Beat me daddy 8 to the bar
 
05 Seeds and stems
 
06 Who's got the rock?
 
07 Go to hell
 
08 Sea wolf I
 
09 Rocket 88
 
10 Midnight in Memphis
 
11 Stealing at seven eleven
 
12 Rock that boogie
 
13 Ubangi Stomp
 
14 Hot Rod Lincoln
 
15 Riot in cell block No. 9
 
16 Roll the dice
 
17 Sea Wolf II
 
 
The decade between 1976 and 1986 was the classic Rockpalast era. Most of our audience remember the Rockpalast nights at the Grugahalle in Essen, which were broadcast live on German TV and via Eurovision all over Europe twice a year. Great occasions for all Rockpalast fans, an opportunity for parties in front of the TV screen, from Italy to the North Cape.
But everything started on a much smaller scale: at the WDR television studio L on Cologne’s Annostraße, a small studio without its own recording technology. Every production required an OB van, which blocked the road in front of the studio, and the cameras had to be put up in the otherwise empty room.





The fire brigade allowed a maximum audience of 80, which on one occasion almost sabotaged the recording when twice as many fans turned up for RORY GALLAGHER’s first Rockpalast performance. It was a narrow escape. Although the studio was small, the billings were impressive. Rock music icons such as TOM PETTY, NILS LOFGREN, FRANKIE MILLER, MINK DE VILLE, ELVIS COSTELLO, JOAN ARMATRADING, ERIC BURDON, TOM WAITS, to name but a few, graced the studio with their presence. That was in the mid-seventies of the last century. Before moving on to the Grugahalle in Essen and various clubs all over Germany, we made things a little more comfortable for ourselves at the studio. At the central Studio A, where TV entertainment was produced two floors underground, we built a Rockpalast cinema with chairs, display cabinets featuring photos of the artists who had already played at the Rockpalast, and the Rockpalast logo above the stage. Again, we offered a select roster. The Rockpalast concerts had become so popular that we didn’t have any problems booking renowned artists. COMMANDER CODY was our guest on 1 July 1980. Art student George Frayne had already reached cult status with his band, COMMANDER CODY AND HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN. The name derived from a sci-fi TV series, and their music consisted of boogie, rock’n’roll, country – albeit the latter not of the “perfect world” variety but with an edge and lots of high spirits. The audience enjoyed a cheerful “cinema performance” which had them all move their limbs.
Peter Rüchel
Rockpalast
DVD 5
duration: ca. 71 min
Videoformat: 4:3 Fullscreen
Videostandard: NTSC
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Language: English
Region Code: 0
 
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