so well, nobody surely knows, that we got 3
venues here in Munich, which are situated pretty close to each other on
one areal, just minutes away from each other, two of the even in the
same building. And that makes things easy, whey you've got to see both
for 2 reviews. der Stirne heiß, rinnen muss der Schweiß. Soll das Werk den Meister
loben, Doch der Segen kommt von oben äh bzw. von unten in unserem Fall.
I could tell you now the song of the bell - a poem by a very well known
german poet named Friedrich Schiller. As there are some
similarities to all the action here. But my lyrical sense ain't that far
stretched out that I'd use the full poem here for this review. Actually
I doubt it, that this would even be possible. But well, my intention
ain't really to win the nobel price of literature here.
So I rather move once again into the twilightzone between yellow press
and serious journalism for this here, to tell you what has happened here
tonight. And there we are, and think first of all how useful it is
having both entrances ot those two shows tonight just a few inch away
from each other, as I said before.
the walls keep the sounds inside, and nobody outside or at the other
venue gets one piece of cake of the other one.
(by the way there is actually a third venue here just opposite, the
biggest one of all, where there is also a concert tonight. But the only
thing I get to see from that, are a few hundred teenies outside the door,
waiting to get in.)
But let's get back to our two events, where at the Backstage Hall the
menu card shows ProgRock meets Blues Rock'n'Roll and the Backstage Club
is offering LA Street Hardrock. If you take two as a journalist, there
is one handycap, as you can't dig all supportacts. And it is impossible
to see all of one headliner show, but still enough to make my mind up
for a review.
So let's start from the beginning. And chapter one is named:
Vargas – Appice – Shortino...
we are with the question: what are 3 great musicians do with their
little spare free time, as they are usually involved in many different
musical things, and who have reached almost everything you can possibly
reach as a musician. Well you get together and make music all over again.
And to make this really worth while, they are producing quickly a new
record, which includes coverversions only of many well known smashhits.
Because every cake tastes better with a little icing, ain't it? Well,
and everything could be so nice.
Unfortunately it's not.
The problem, or better the problems are
quickly explained. First of all, all 3 Musicians come out from a
different kind of musical style. Spanish guy Javier Vargas is an ace in
Bluesmusic, Carmine Appice is well known in fuson and classic Rock and
fabulous drummer. And Paul Shortino is rather coming out of the Glamrock
Corner. And all three pull somehow a different fan circle. And this fan
circles ain't that big as they used to be. Only the elderly between us
remember well, that Meistro Appice once went to fame with Vanilla Fudge,
who is still playing with the one or the other nostalgica show. Apart
from that he and still is with Cactus and King Kobra, and played in the
past with Ozzy, Blue Murder and Ted Nugent.
Paul Shortino got known with Rough Cutt in the Eighties, was with Quiet
Riot inbetween and is now also part of King Kobra. Orignally on this
tour, there should have also been Vanilly Fudge Bassist Tim Bogart, but
that one has officially retired from road action. So the argentinian 4
string wizard Luis Mayol, who is also part of the Vargas Blues Band
And there is a secon
Problem which is named Fates Warning playing ahead from Vargas/Appice/Shortino
also a full headliner show.