4.Rockpalast Night 21.-22.4.1979
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In memory of John Warren "J." Geils (February 20, 1946 - April 10, 2017)
"The J. Geils Band arrived in Düsseldorf and was picked up at the airport by Christian and Peter. On the trip to Essen in a comfortable conference bus, Peter Wolf made one thing clear: "We didn't come to try out German beer. And not for the German 'Frolleins', either. We've come to work for you!!!" That was apparent at the rehearsal. The band played through their whole concert
and with energy
output at 150%. Peter Wolf worked up the few people standing around just as intensively as he did the 9000 on the next day. And then came the question to all of Europe: "Are you ready for the J. Geils Band?" - the loud-mouthed tour manager even forgot his speech impediment. And the answer was a many-voiced YES. Then it got under the skin. Peter Wolf swam in the multitude. Enthusiasm without limits. The perfect opening for a Rockpalast Nacht."
The J. Geils Band, an American group, was formed in Boston in 1969. They fuse together the elements of rock'n'roll, blues and rhythm and blues and developed into one of the most important and popular live bands in the USA. In live concerts, the group surpasses their recordings in spite of some of their LPs becoming, in the meantime, rock classics. The J. Geils Band was at their peak in 1978 with the LP 'Sanctuary' and the Rockpalast concert the following year. They were special
the Rolling Stones;
extended tours throughout the USA, Japan and Europe followed. In 1982, their song 'Centerfold' went platinum and landed in the Charts. The rivalry between Geils and Wolf led to their separation at the end of 1982. J. Geils tried out his luck, relatively unsuccessful, without Wolf. He has been working as solo singer since the separation.
Peter Wolf - Vocals
01 Just Can't Stop Me (4'37'') 02 I Could Hurt You (4'49'') 03 Sanctuary (4'54'') 04 One Last Kiss (4'27'') 05 Teresa (3'46'') 06 Nitemares (1'15'') 07 Wild Man (5'30'') 08 I'm Looking For My Love (5'33'') 09 Give It To Me (5'13'') 10 Whammer Jammer (2'48'') 11 Houseparty (5'22'') 12 Where Did Our Love Go (3'50'') 13 Give It To Me (1'45'') 14 Pack Fair and Square/First I Look at the Purse (6'20'')
The J.Geils Band (1970) Atlantic 40108 The morning after (1971) Atlantic 40293 Live - Full House (1972) Atlantic 40426 Bloodshot (1973) Atlantic 40479 Dies Invited (1973) Atlantic Nightmares...and other tales from the vinyl jungle (1974) Atlantic 50073 J Geils Band/Morning After (1975) Atlantic Hotline (1975) Atlantic 50175 Blow your face out (1976) Atlantic 60115 Monkey Island (1977) Atlantic 50381 Sanctuary (1978) EMI-America 064-85737 Love Stinks (1980) EMI-America 064-86071 Freeze - Frame (1981) EMI-America 064-400064 Showtime (1982) EMI-America 064-402144 You're getting even while I'm getting odd (1984) EMI-America 064-2402401 Must of Got Lost (1995) Rhino
House Party: Live In Germany (2015) Edel
" She didn't care to do anything with the J. Geils Band, but she was proud to play with Johnny Winter. Albrecht had no chance to announce her because she kept opening and closing the stage door and simply climbed on-stage. She had already let all of Europe know her wishes for this time period: "Let me get on that fucking stage!" There are many differences of opinion on her concert. One possibility: On-stage stood a self-proclaimed high priestess of rock who emphatically presented her charismatic charm. That impressed a lot of people on that night." - From: 10 Jahre Rockpalast.
In her following interview Alan wasn't able to get much more out of her than a few sounds from a clarinet.
Patti Smith was born in Chicago in 1946, grew up mainly in New Jersey, then moved to New York, where she is an important exponent of the New York rock and culture scene. There she has become a popular term as a rock musician and poet . Her big idols were the Rolling Stones, particularly Mick Jagger. People that have influenced her include Bob Dylan, whose 'Blonde on Blonde' was a decisive experience for her, just as singer for the Doors, Jim Morrison, was. There were also important
for her in literature
such as, for example , the French poet, Arthur Rimbaud, and the American, William Burroughs. The starting point in the development of her own group was her relationship with the rock journalist and guitarrist, Lenny Kaye, who already accompanied her poem readings on his guitar. Since 1974, her poems became songs and a group was formed.
What is Patti Smith doing now?
From Uwe Schmalz, Rockpalast Club Info 15, January, 1998
Patti Smith was also made into a legend of the Rockpalast-Nights through her notorious appearance. On the fourth Rocknacht in the Grugahalle in Essen, on April 21st, 1979, she, as former cult star of the New York punk movement, gave an original show and threw the world out of whack. Everyone there was of a different opinion. Patti proclaimed herself as high priestess of punk, wave and rock'n'roll, but seemed to have lost every concept about it with her appearance. Following her performance and in front of an
audience of millions, she crawled on-stage towards Johnny Winter to the sound of clarinets. Live, it all seemed more embarrassing than crazy, but for the audience, she was immediately a cult figure. Only Rockpalast offers such moments. And live, on top of that! An absolute highlight in the history of Rockpalast, and repeatedly asked and wished for. Unfortunately, not possible because of legal grounds.
Patti Smith - g,cl,voc
01 Rock 'n' Roll Star (5'59'') 02 Hymn (1'10'') 03 Rock 'n' Roll Nigger (4'23'') 04 Privilege (4'41'') 05 Dancing Barefoot (6'31'') 06 Redondo Beach (3'30'') 07 25th Floor (4'00'') 08 Revenge (5'10'') 09 5-4-3-2-1-Wave (2'23'') 10 Pumpin' My Heart (3'23'') 11 7 Ways Of Going (9'48'') 12 Because The Night (3'31'') 13 Frederic (5'26'') 14 Jailhouse Rock (2'19'') 15 Gloria (9'20'') 16 My Generation (5'00'')
Horses (1975) (ARTY 122 - UK) (201 112 - Germany) Radio Ethiopia (1976) (AB 4097 - US) (ARCD 8161 - US, CD) Easter (1978) (SPART 1043 - UK) -(AB 4171 - US) (ARCD 8166 - US, CD) Wave (1979) (AB 4221 - US) (201 139 - Germany) (ARCD 8546 - US, CD) Dream of Life (1988) (AL-8453 - US) (ARCD 8453 - US, CD) Gone Again (1996) BMG/Ariola Arista 187472 Peace And Noise (1997) BMG/Ariola Arista 189862 Land (1975-2002) (2002) BMG/Arista Trampin (2004) Sony Twelve (2007) Sony/BMG Outside Society (2011) Sony Banga (2012) Sony Dreaming Of The Prophet (2014) Inakustik
Patti Smith - Under Review (2007) Inakustik Patti Smith: Dream Of Life (2008) Alive Play with fire (2011) Woodstock Tapes Live At Montreux 2005 (2012) Eagle Vision
Literature of Patti Smith:
Seventh Heaven (1972) Telegraph Books, Boston MA, USA, Paperback, 47 pp.
Literature about Patti Smith:
Patti Smith Complete
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Then came Johnny Winter. A few days earlier, we had shown him our recordings of the Rockpalast Concert with Muddy Waters. That made him feel so sure of himself that he basically saw no reason at all for them to have to rehearse (We are basically just a three-man band). The rehearsal was also very short. Johnny went on-stage and wanted to play only blues for two hours, but let himself get
by the audience
and really let go and rocked. After 90 minutes, his tour manager looked at Peter (fascinated and standing on the right side of the stage) questioningly and asked: "Can he continue playing?" The answer was always: "Yes."
The last pictures came from Johnny's dressing room. Jon Paris could just barely cover up his willingly offered "best piece" with his bass guitar.
Johnny Winter, American singer and star guitarist, today already belongs to the legendary rock stars. The Rockpalast staff are happy about the fact that they were once again able to get him to appear in Europe for a large audience. In recent times, Johnny Winter worked together quite often with the father of the blues, Muddy Waters, whom he greatly respects.
Johnny Winter - Guitar/Vocals
01 Hideaway (10'35'') 02 Messin' With The Kid (7'25'') 03 Walking By Myself (7'32'') 04 Mississippi Blues (16'50'') 05 Divin' Duck (6'13'') 06 Johnny B. Goode (5'35'') 07 Suzie Q (12'38'') 08 Drum Solo (10'05'') 09 I'm Ready (5'36'') 10 Rockabilly Boogie (5'42'') 11 Medley (15'46'') 12 Jumpin' Jack Flash (6'20'')
The Progressive Blues Experiment (1969) Sunset 50264 Johnny Winter (1969) CBS 63619 Second Winter (1969) CBS 66231 AND live (1970) CBS 64289 Still alive and well (1973) CBS 65484 John Dawson Winter III (1974) CBS PZ33292 Dervish Blues (1975) Tuff Bites TB 94.1007 Captured live (1976) Blue Sky 69230 Together (1976) Blue Sky 81338 Nothin but the Blues (1977) Blue Sky 82141 White, Hot and Blue (1978) Blue Sky 82963 Whole Lotta Love (1983) American Concert Series ACS 042 Guitar slinger (1984) Alligator Midsummer Blizzard (1984) Montreux 84 Blues Tune BT 004 Live in Germany '84 (1984) AS-LP 584-2 Serious business (1985) Alligator/Sonet Third degree (1986) Alligator The Winter of 88 (1988) MCA 255 932-1 Tattoos'n'blues (1988) Rockdreams Rocks92022 Barcelona Boogie (1990) Barcelona Rockdreams Rocks92065 Let me in (1991) POINTBLANK #86244 Can't Loose the Blues (1991) Not Guilty NG 40 891 Living Legends (1991) Intern. Broadcast Recordings IBR 2565 Scorchin blues (1992) Sony Music Hey where's your brother (1992) POINTBLANK #86512 Winter Blues (1960-1968) (1997) Celebrity/Castle/Edel CCSCD 445 Live in NYC 97 (1997) Cema Virgin 45527 Deluxe Edition (2001) Alligator/Edel Contraire The Best Of Johnny Winter (2002) Legacy AND / AND Live (2004) SoulFood 2 records on 1 CD I'm A Bluesman (2004) Virgin/EMI Second Winter (2004) Legacy Edition 2CD - CD 2 Live Royal Albert Hall 1970 Black Cat Bone (2006) Music Avenue/Soulfood - Live at the Texas Pop Festival Spoonful Of Blues (2006) Music Avenue/Soulfood - with Willie Dixon Second Winter (2007) Repertoire 2 Bonus Tracks Raised On Blues (2008) Soulfood 2CD The Woodstock Experience (2009) Roots (2011) Sony Rockpalast:Blues Rock Legends Vol. 3 (2011) MIG Music True To The Blues (2014) Sony 4CDs The Johnny Winter Story Step Back (2014) Sony Woodstock Revival 10 Year Anniversary Festival 1979 (2016) Soulfood
Most Famous Hits - Live (2003) Carinco DVD Live in Times Square (2004) in-akustik DVD Live Hoochie Koochie Man (2004) DVD The Hoochie Coochie Man (2005) DVD Pieces & Bits (2006) Rough Trade DVD Live Trough The 80s (2010) in-akustik Live From Japan (2012) Rockpalast:Blues Rock Legends Vol. 3 (2011) MIG Music Down & Dirty (2016) Megaforce
Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, Rockpalast Bonn Museumsplatz 12.05.2007