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The Undertones will open the 9th Rockpalast-Festival. The group was formed in 1976 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. For the five band members, this seemed to be the best attempt to be able to stand the depressing life in their hometown. The early days of the Undertones were mainly filled with playing songs from well-known rock bands, then they slowly wrote their own texts and compositions.

In the mid ’70s, there was a movement in English rock music. All at once, it was no longer necessary to play perfectly whenever possible, nor to be able to appear on-stage only with a large technically- equipped set-up. To play live concerts was important, no matter how. It also wasn’t important whether one called himself a musician or tried to prove himself as a virtuoso instrument player. These differences also had some effects on the Undertones. The members of the group decided to become pros and to write only some of their songs.

In 1978, the Undertones released their first LP on one of the many labels that existed back then. ‘Teenage Kicks’ was a sales success. Now the group was well-known everywhere and regularly completed extended club tours, to which ever-increasing fans always came.

Today, the Undertones count amongst the most successful live groups in Great Britain. At concerts, the band presents a varied musical repertoire: For one, their stage appearance and the impressive voice of the singer, Feargel Sharkey and, for another, the way the group works the dense and imaginative arrangements. The Undertones don’t waste any time on-stage. The songs are short and have no solo side-trips. The performances are played straight to the point, without forgetting to communicate with the audience. As the Undertones see it, it is very important that the audience doesn’t come out short on fun and entertainment at their concerts.

In 1975, five friends from Northern Ireland got together as the band The Undertones in order to close up the gap between punk, pop, rock and rhythm and blues. Three years later, they were in Belfast and had a first record contract. With the LP ‘Positive Touch’ in 1981, the Undertones changed stylistically and experimented with string and wind sections. They closed a big tour through North America and Europe (including Rockpalast). After a pause, the LP ‘Sin of Pride’ appeared in 1983, which did not meet expectations. Disappointed, the Undertones gave a farewell concert on July 17th, 1983, in Dublin, and then dissolved the group.

‘Rockpalast’, Essen Grugahalle, Germany 17th October 1981

You’ve Got My Number/ Hypnotised/ His Good Looking Girlfriend/ Tearproof/ See That Girl/ Girls That Don’t Talk/ It’s Going To Happen!/ Jimmy Jimmy/ I Don’t Know/ More Songs About Chocolate & Girls/ Forever Paradise/ Beautiful Friend/ Julie Ocean/ You’re Welcome/ When Saturday Comes/ Jump Boys/ Teenage Kicks/ Get Over You/ Sigh & Explode/ My Perfect Cousin/ Get It On

This show was broadcast live on both television and radio throughout Europe.  The original broadcast featured an interview with the band twenty minutes after they came off stage.  The show has been broadcast on the WDR satellite channel in recent times, minus the interview at the end.

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Peter Gabriel has long been a favorite artist of mine.  Peter Gabriel and his band performed for a live appearance at the third Rockpalast-Festival in the Grugahalle in Essen. Gabriel a well-known name in rock music; as co-founder, he was a singer with Genesis until 1975. Then in the three years since his separation from this band, he had received good reviews on two LPs of his own, had some hits and made a successful tour through Europe and the USA. that year,

Reflecting construction worker vests, builder’s gloves and shaven heads count among some of the outer appearances of Peter Gabriel’s band. With ladders as decoration and an appearance from the middle of the audience, he is trying to make his work as a rock musician transparent. After being with the mega undertaking Genesis, Gabriel for the first time questioned everything and did some thinking for himself.

Peter Gabriel was born on February 13th, 1950, in Cobham. In 1965, he played with his friend Tony Banks in the band ‘The Garden Wall’; In order to follow his solo experiments, Peter Gabriel left Genesis in 1975, at the end of their ‘The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’ tour. In 1976, his first solo LP ‘Peter Gabriel’ was finished.

His music videos helped inspire many to get into stop motion and his live music has always reminded me how emotional a performance can get. Here is an early performance from the german “Rockpalast” series.

Peter Gabriel – voc/piano Tony Levin – voc/bass Jerry Marotta – drums/voc Sid McGuiness – guit/voc Larry Fast – keyb Timmy Capello – keyb/sax


2:44 On The Air 7:05 Moribund the Burgermeister 12:29 Perspective 16:39 Here Comes the Flood 20:30 White Shadow 25:23 Waiting for the Big One 33:10 Humdrum 37:10 I Don’t Remember 42:35 Solsbury Hill 47:46 Modern Love 53:30 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

Mink DeVille the band was formed by Willy DeVille (born William Borsay, August 27th, 1950). He took his surname from his favorite car, a Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Growing up in the heart of Greenwich Village, Willy DeVille absorbed the influences of the already established folk movement (Bob Dylan, Odetta, Phil Ochs), and the growing rock movement (the Blues Project, Jimi Hendrix, and others) which used the Village as its launch pad. The band had an ever changing line-up, the only constant in the band was Willy DeVille. Mink DeVille quickly gained acceptance by the punk and alternative music scene (my preferred music at the time), which revolved around New York’s legendary CBGB club. His presence in the band was so strong that he was/is often believed to be named Mink DeVille himself.

After doing three songs on the indie compilation, Live At CBGBs, Mink DeVille was signed to Capitol Records and produced by legendary Phil Spector/Wall-Of-Sound arranger, Jack Nitzsche. DeVille had an affinity with the classic Spector recordings and the music of the Brill Building, and he also had a deep love of Latin, blues, and folk music. Therefore, his own music style was one of great diversity. He never saw much commercial success in America, but he was loved by critics and had a core cult following that remains loyal to this day.

In Europe, however, he became a star and was able to sustain a successful career for nearly 30 years. Willy DeVille kept the band Mink DeVille alive through the early-’80s and the end of the punk explosion. He would return under his own name, releasing a number of albums and film soundtracks, produced by a number of industry celebs, including Dire Straits guitarist, Mark Knopfler. In 1987, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his song, “Storybook Love,” the theme from the film, The Princess Bride.

I’ve been a huge Mink Deville/Willy DeVille fan since I saw him possibily on the Old Grey Whistle Test performing the song “Spanish Stroll” then at the Live German Broadcast of Rockpalast on tv in 1981. He behaved like a superstar from the beginning,

This Classic Concert was found in the archives of the late promoter, Bill Graham, who booked Mink DeVille into the popular Winterland in the summer of 1978 on the same bill as Nick Lowe with Rockpile and Elvis Costello & the Attractions.

The best material from his first two albums are present here, including “Spanish Stroll,” “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl,” “Guardian Angel,” “Cadillac Walk,” “Steady Drivin’ Man,” and “Soul Twist.” He gives a great vocal performance on a number of these songs, especially, “Soul Twist.” You should also check out the May 5th Concert at Capitol Theatre the same year, equally good but with lesser video quality (slightly).

Willy DeVille died of cancer in 2009 just three weeks shy of 58 years old, we miss him a lot.

Personnel on the Winterland concert:
Tom “Manfred” Allen Tom DiMarzio- drums
Willy DeVille – lead vocals, guitar
Louis X Erlanger – guitar
Ruben Siguenza – bass, vocals
George Cureau – piano
David Leathers. Saxophone

1 – Venus Of Avenue D
2 – Gunslinger
3 – Spanish Stroll
4 – Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl
5 – Just Your Friends
6 – Guardian Angel
7 – Cadillac Walk
8 – Steady Drivin’ Man
9 – Soul Twist
10 – Just You ‘n’ Me



On Easter Sunday in 1996 there was a big festival in Düsseldorf, Germany—the German TV show Rockpalast was there and captured some outstanding footage of Sonic Youth in its prime, supporting their ninth album “Washing Machine”, from which most of the material played in the show stems.

Other acts participating in what came to be called “Osterrocknacht” (Easter Rock Night) were Cypress Hill, the Walkabouts, Smashing Pumpkins, the Afghan Whigs, Garbage, and Chumbawamba (a year before their breakout hit “Tubthumping”).

Sonic Youth doesn’t play a single song from before Daydream Nation. In fact, 9 out of the 11 songs come off of Sonic Youth’s two most recent albums, Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star and Washing Machine.

The first three songs amount to throat-clearing before the band starts really kicking ass on “Washing Machine.” The camerawork, audio, and editing are all excellent, and the 21-minute finale of “The Diamond Sea” has to be seen to be believed.

Sonic Youth | Live at Rockpalast – Dusseldorf, Germany (Apr-04-1996)

Teen Age Riot
Bull in the Heather
Starfield Road
Washing Machine
Junkie’s Promise
Sugar Kane
Skip Tracer
The Diamond Sea

Artist Kii Arens’ gorgeous poster commemorating Cheap Trick’s introduction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

When it comes to Cheap Trick, I was a late-bloomer. I was a huge metal head and for some reason in my teenage years, A guy I worked with was a Cheap Trick super-fan who never stopped trying to help me understand how great the band was. The first time I saw the band live I was (gulp) already in my 30’s and I actually fucking cried when they broke into one of the greatest rock anthems ever written, “Surrender.” that I had listened to loads on the Live at Budokan album.

This footage of Cheap Trick on the German in concert Rockpalast in 1979 captures the band at the very top of their game after the face-smashing success of their live album, Cheap Trick at Budokan that finally saw a US release after a frenzy of demand for the record (which was only available in Japan at the time). That album catapulted the band into the stratosphere of rock and roll superstardom. Here they rip through eleven songs with switchblade precision and I don’t know if I’ve ever heard vocalist Robin Zander sound better than he does here.

I recently caught Cheap Trick’s acceptance speeches at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and I was really moved by drummer Bun E. Carlos’ (who no longer performs with Cheap Trick) reminiscing about how the first time he heard guitarist Rick Nielsen’s name was in the fourth grade. Still going strong, Cheap Trick kicks off a massive tour in support of their seventeenth studio album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello on June 4th in Syracuse, New York.

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What a great performance and a singer with total commitment and a band who can really kick ass! It doesn’t get any better! I’m going back to schooldays to put things right!! . Not many other acts played such energetic live gigs than GP!!!! The guy is sincere about his music and that’s easy to hear when watching this concert, even confronted with a zombie audience. maybe Springsteen learned a lot from GP !!.

Formed in London in 1975. Initially managed by Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson, Graham Parker was put together with former members of Brinsley Schwarz by his management and they became a huge and electrifying live draw, bridging New Wave with the earlier Pub-Rock scene. They recorded five albums together until they split in 1980.

If you’re a Graham Parker fan, you must have this jewel. from 1978 , capture the frenzy and energy of Parker and the Rumour in their salad days; nearly over the edge raucous, yet tight and in total control. The audio and video is a bit crude, but considering the vintage of the source tapes, it’s more than adequate.

There was no better singer, songs or band or energy. A fine band at the peak of their skills. Brilliant ensemble playing. Andrew Bodnar, Bob Andrews, Brinsley Schwarz , Graham Parker, Martin Belmont, Steve Goulding

Setlist:  Heat Treatment 0:15 Soul on Ice 6:40 School Days 9:56 Heat in Harlem 12:50 Fool’s Gold 20:52 Watch the Moon Come Down 25:30 Thunder and Rain 31:10 Stick to Me 34:45 I’m Gonna Tear your Playhouse Down 38:10 Don’t Ask Me Questions 41:50 Not If It Pleases Me 47:30 New York Shuffle 50:25 Soul Shoes 53:40

Live @ Zeche Bochum, Germany, 4th October 1985 filmed for “Rockpalast”

01  Black River 02  Easy Way Out 03  Honest Man 04  Time Ain’t Nothing 05  Send Me A Postcard 06  That’s What Dreams 08  Down To The Bone  09  The Drifter 10  See Of Cortez 11  After 6 12  No Free Lunch  13  Time Slips Away 14  This I Know 15  Fading Away 16  Hair Of The Dog 17  Gravity Talks 18  Old Chief 19  Everybody Loves To Play The Fool 20  We Shall Overcome 21  Down By The River 22  Symphathy For The Devil

Vocals: Siouxsie Sioux
Guitar: John McGeoch
Bass: Steven Severin
Drums: Budgie

Complete Banshees gig from Rockpalast on  German TV, 1981.  It’s interesting to compare the opener “Israel” on this video the opening track, with John McGeoch’s thick chorused, guitar sound while Robert Smith’s  sound is more waspish/spidery! certainly John McGeoch was one of the best guitar players I experienced a Scottish guitarist who played with several bands of the post-punk era, including Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Visage and Public Image Ltd.  He was described as “one of the most influential guitarists of his generation  and he was also considered “the new wave Jimmy Page. 

He played guitar on the Banshees albums Kaleidoscope (1980), Juju (1981), and A Kiss in the Dreamhouse (1982). The Banshees’ hit singles of this era featured some of McGeoch’s greatest work, particularly 1980’s “Happy House“, “Christine” and “Israel“, and 1981’s “Spellbound” and “Arabian Knights“. McGeoch’s contribution to the band was important in terms of sounds and style. Singer Siouxsie Sioux later honoured him:

John McGeoch was my favourite guitarist of all time. He was into sound in an almost abstract way. I loved the fact that I could say, “I want this to sound like a horse falling off a cliff”, and he would know exactly what I meant. He was easily, without a shadow of a doubt, the most creative guitarist the Banshees ever had.

In 1996, he was listed by Mojo in their “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” for his work on the Siouxsie and the Banshees song especially on the Spellbound.However, McGeoch suffered a nervous breakdown due to the stresses of touring and drinking and collapsed on stage at a Madrid concert. This marked the end of his membership in Siouxsie and the Banshees

This fabulous archive of the German TV show “Rockpalast,” this time for a full, 75-minute concert by the inimitable Siouxsie and the Banshees, filmed on July 19, 1981, in Colgone, Germany, just weeks after the release of the band’s fourth studio album, Juju”. Check out the full show in the player above, and we’ve got the setlist posted below as well.

Setlist: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Satory Saal, Cologne, Germany, 7/19/81

1. “Israel”, 2. “Halloween”, 3. “Regal Zone”, 4. “Spellbound”, 5. “Arabian Knights”, 6. “Switch”, 7. “Pulled To Bits”
8. “Head Cut”, 9. “Tenant”, 10. “Night Shift”, 11. “Sin In My Heart”, 12. “But Not Them”, 13. “Voodoo Dolly”
14. “Hong Kong Garden”, 15. “Eve White Eve Black”, 16. “Happy House”, 17. “Skin”


Little Feat performing “Willin'” probably their best known song. Written by and sung here by the hugely talented and sadly missed Lowell George Live in 1977 from the Rockpalast video recorded in Germany. What an amazing band collectively they were then….such sensitivity for each others playing.

There are three stories about the genesis of Little Feat. One has it that George showed Zappa his song “Willin’,” and that Zappa fired him from the Mothers of Invention, because he felt that George was too talented to merely be a member of his band, and told him he ought to go away and form his own band. The second version has Zappa firing him for playing a 15-minute guitar solo with his amplifier off. The third version says that Zappa fired him because “Willin'” contains drug references (“weed, whites and wine”). George often introduced the song as the reason he was asked to leave the band. On October 18, 1975 at the Auditorium Theater in Rochester New York while introducing the song, George commented that he was asked to leave the band for “writing a song about dope”

In any version, Zappa was instrumental in getting George and his new band a contract with Warner Bros. Records. The eponymous first album delivered to Warner Bros. was recorded mostly in August and September 1970, and was released in January 1971. When it came time to record “Willin’,” George had hurt his hand in an accident with a model airplane, so Ry Cooder sat in and played the song’s slide part. Lowell’s accident is referenced on the cover art of the band’s 1998 album Under the Radar. “Willin'” would be re-recorded with George playing slide for Little Feat’s second album Sailin’ Shoes, which was also the first Little Feat album to include cover art by Neon Park, who had painted the cover for Zappa’s Weasels Ripped My Flesh.

The Band 23/06/96 at the Rockpalast Festival, Loreley, St. Goarshausen, Germany
This is from the tour in support of their album, “High on the Hog”. It is one of the last concerts by The Band, they ended the tour in august 1996, and they played a few stand-alone gigs after that. I think this is the last filmed concert by  The Band.

Set list: Back to Memphis, Stuff You Gotta Watch, Stage Fright, Remedy, Ophelia, It Makes No Difference, Rag Mama Rag, Crazy Mama, The Weight, Stand Up, Deep Feeling, Free Your Mind , Shape I’m In, Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes, Chest Fever,