|okay, to take
one thing ahead, - yep it is really "the" Kevin Costner (because
I get asked all the time) - and no, he is not a musician in first place
but an actor. And you can realize this immidiately. But, and that's the
point, he luv's what he's doing with all his heart. And that we can also
feel right now. Some bad rumours say, that Costner now goes for a
carriere as a musician, because his acting success is leaking.Because
let's face it, he actually hit it big only with 'Dances With Wolfes',
'Bodyguard' and maybe 'Robin Hood'. Everything else somehow went down
the drain, most of all the movie 'Waterworld' which was said to be the most
expensive movie ever.
But how so ever, because of still filming constantly movies he stayed
and still stays still on the top of the Hollywood stars. But throughout
this review you will see, that he is very much down to earth and acts
like the guy from next door...
Our Tonhalle here in
Munich is sold out with 2.500 guests. Whereby some have come, because
they are fans of the actor Costner, exspecially the ladies, and other's
have gathered because of pure curiosity, how such a superstar acts on a
music stage. But I think, the least have come, because they like the
band Modern West and their music so much. Why? Because here in Germany
those one's are as much known as the Scorpions in the Sahelzone. Costner
himself describes his music as simple Rock'n'Roll and denies country
influences. But using a fiddle and Blue Grass sounds speaks another
language. By the way Costner founded the band with his second (german)
wife Christine Baumgartner. And there you find the connection, that he
now tours Germany and Europe. Here in this country he's got 5 shows. And
once again, Munich is one of the lucky one's to be included on the trek.
But first something complete different.....
Thanks to the fact, that
Kevin would hit the stage not before 9 p.m. - and next door at the
smaller Metropolis Club Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel play a gig,
starting already off at 8 p.m. - we photographers use the chance to get
some imressions of that one as well.
All of you elderly generation know what I'm talking about, or better
know this artist. So Cockney Rebel once belonged to the first Glamrock
Bands in the early 70s, fronted by their glammer frontfigur Steve
Harley. Bestknown songs are of course 'Sebastian' and of course 'Here
Comes The Sun'.- Well, the high times are over for quite a while, and
the success over the past 2 decades ain't that overwhelming. Although
Cockney Rebel are returning to Germany on a regular base and make us
happy with nostalgic memories at the golden era from back then. But over
all you never must forget, that Steve Harley was and still is a
brilliant musician. You can realize this from the very first minute, and
300 admirers show a lot of enthusiasm.
This man shows so much class, on side rather introverted, so we got the
impression that he only plays for himself up there, on the other hand
very unique and individuell, so each tune is yet another challenge. All
this, the setlist and a filmed clip is all I've got to offer you of this
show, because time is short, and I don't think, Mr. Costner is gonna
wait for me next door. In each case, I can only advise you to visit a
Cockney Rebel gig. High expectations get satisfied with a huge nostalgic
level produced by a somehow strange but genius musician.
I just arrive by time in the photopit, before Kevin hits the stage....
So,not even 3 minutes in
the pit, and off we go... And we photographers first of all get annoyed
about 2 circumstances. First of all next to us proffessional
photographers there are also quite a few hobby paparazzi, who are
desperately trying to catch some images with their minicam. (who knows
how they got their credits. I mean I normally don't care, but not, when
the pit is rather small and we all step frequantly on each other's toes.)
The second fact is, that a couple of blonde ladies of Munich society
scene are blocking the pit with their presence with large lamintes round
their necks and handycap our work, and even complaining, that we push 'em
now and then, just to get around them. So what?! I mean we have only 3
songs, while we doing our work, so these girls have to deal with it -
it's as simple as that.....
Like I mentioned in the
beginning, Kevin Costner is an actor in first place, and you can see
that. He certainly got a great routine in acting and shows himself
very selfconfident, beeing still better up there as some other's. But he
ain't - the - talented born singer, though he meets most of the tunes
with his voice. Therefore he collects all the positive poins with his
pure presence, his charming smile and there is a background band
including some great musicians, most of all the fiddle player.
Costner's Rock'n'Roll is
a rather mellow one with a touch of Country, as I said before. Most of
the songs are not familiar to the audiance. But this doesn't play a big
role. No it is rather pretty astonishing, that the audiance still rocks
along with all that and the mood is continously rising in here.
The star of tonight
responses to each reaction in the crowd, tells us some amusing anekdotes
and conquers every visitor's heart within a second. No, in here the
music is not the most important aspects. To be honest, every average
hobby musician could play this music only in a basement club. But this
here is not the average next door guy, it is the one and only Kevin
Costner. He even gets more pluspoints with his last finale, which is a
cover of 'Mr.Tambourine Man' and a seemingly neverending good bye,
including bunches of flowers, 2 glasses of vine and a little dance with
a very happy girlf from the audiance. No actually it seems, as Kevin
can't let go and wants to stay up there all night long. And this makes
him even more luvable. - The music just went by, performed by a
brilliant band... But to be honest with you, nobody in here really
bothered. Instead - Kevin's eyes.. wauw... it's knocking us
A wonderful movie - in the truest sense of the word....
is yet another Clip to come