Event: 13th Essener
Admittance: 7 pm
Beginning: 8 pm
Bands: Pussycat, SAILOR, Chip Hawkes, Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich, Middle Of The Road (with Sally Carr), Mungo Jerry, Soulful Dynamics, Ohio Express, Chris Andrews & Band
Photos by: Katrin Wagner, Christel Müller, Karsten Wagner, Andreas Boose
The Nickelodeon shortly before the beginning of the show on stage in the concert hall "Grugahalle"
Rob and Phil at the Nickelodeon
Rob and Phil during "The Old Nickelodeon Sound"
Phil and Grant enjoying "The Old Nickelodeon Sound"
Phil, Rob, Grant and Peter during the "full monty"...
...the "full monty"
The songs that SAILOR played in Essen:
A Glass Of Champagne
One Drink Too Many
The Old Nickelodeon Sound
Girls Girls Girls
"Grant's moment" - drum solo
The "Full Monty"
Karsten, Katrin, Christel and me
met in the hotel and went to the Grugahalle together. When we
arrived there SAILOR were on stage rehearsing their show.
SAILOR-fan Andreas came later, too.
The first act was Pussycat standing in for Harpo who was ill. But she did her show very well so the audience accepted her as a good compensation.
And then the great moment came: SAILOR were entering the stage. We were luckily standing in the first row to be as close as possible to our favourite band. Phil, Grant, Rob and Pete were really giving their best. They also had fireworks for the first time in their shows and Phil got his drum again. It seemed with every song the audience got more and more enthusiasic. One of the highlights of course was Grant's drum-solo.
After the encore we left the Grugahalle to get back to the hotel to meet SAILOR there and we had lots of fun till 4 o`clock in the morning. Sadly they had to leave at 9:30 but I`m looking forward to their next concert in Vienna in May 2002 and I`m sure I`ll be there again.
Copyright by Astrid Pöltz, 20 December 2001)
Essen: 15 / 16 December 2001
The Wagners started from their hometown Kassel in the middle of Germany at midday, had a "little" snowstorm on the motorway, but Katrin as the driver gave her best, so we arrived safely in Essen 2 1/2 hours later. The hotel was near the inner city, and luckily, we found it soon. They had a funny, little reception, no bar, and the smalest elevator I have ever seen. Katrin and I decided to go to a nice-looking Chinese restaurant on the other side of the street. We did, and after choosing a meal, Katrin looked out of the window, and there we saw SAILOR's tour-bus. Now, we had a very fast Chinese-meal, and went back to the hotel, where we met Peter and Grant.
Grant wanted to go shopping, so we ran through the city with him, searching a Christmas present for his wife Michelle. Then we bought a film because SAILOR wanted to make pictures of the new Nickelodeon. Grant had no German money, so I lent him some Deutsch-Marks.
Back in the hotel we met other fans soon: Christel and Astrid. At about 6 pm we decided to walk to the concert hall "Grugahalle" because it was close to the hotel. The way was a little bit icy, cause the snow came down, fresh from the sky.
The "SAILOR-crew of the day" arrived at the "Grugahalle", went in and reserved the best places in front of the stage for themselves ;-) . I distributed some SAILOR-promo-flyers on several places in the hall, which I printed by myself. After that Katrin and I took pics of the new Nickelodeon, which is now ready for more gigs in 2002....
Then the audience came into the concert hall. SAILOR-fan Andreas also joined us in front of the stage. Poor Harpo ("Moviestar"...) was ill, he wasn't there that night - ALL THE VERY BEST FOR YOU > HARPO - , for him, the lead singer of "Pussycat", Toni Willé was the opener of the evening. She sung a special-version for me (!) of her Hit "Georgie" this time: "Karsten" instead of "Georgie" ;-) .
The second band was SAILOR, great, we didn't have to wait so long for them this time. At the beginning the sound was not so good, a fault of the "mix-guys" beside the stage, we couldn't hear Rob's accordion, and some keyboard effects, but after 10 minutes, it sounded much better. SAILOR did a great job on the show, as ever. One of the highlights was Grant's drum-solo! On "The Old Nickelodeon Sound" all the people had their hands in the air, waving... everytime this is a great feeling!
After SAILOR we left the hall, drove back to the hotel with Andreas's car. Then we all went into a bar beside the hotel, having lot's of fun with SAILOR and the other bands and guys. At midnight it was Christel's birthday, so the real party was beginning. SAILOR came to our table and started singin': "Happy Birthday...from SAILOR"....for Christel and she got a bottle of champagne from them. On a latino-sampler-CD in this bar "La Cumbia" came, that was a funny moment too. Rob's girlfriend Anna was there too. After singing and fooling around until 4 o'clock in the morning we all had to sleep for a while.
Christel and Andy stayed with Katrin and me in our hotel-room (oooops). ~ 4 hours later we had breakfast with the others, then it was time again to say goodbye, last time for this year.
We're looking for another SAILOR-year, with more great gigs and hopefully a new CD.... let's have a great 2002-SAILOR-year!
All the best from: Karsten Wagner / Cap K~~~~~~~
Copyright by Karsten Wagner, 22 December 2001
A review from the "WAZ" newspaper:
Many stars came to
the 13th Oldie Night in the Grugahalle: "SAILOR",
"Pussycat", "Mungo Jerry", "Chris
Andrews" and "Ohio Express". When they sang the
hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s old and young people in the audience
started dancing, singing, clapping their hands and shouting
"We want more".
"Harpo" was ill and could not perform. "Pussycat" replaced him. The audience thanked the singer Toni Willé with a lot af applause. "SAILOR" performed their all-time-hit "Girls Girls Girls". Even younger people knew the lyrics and could sing along. Also "Karma Chameleon" and "In The Navy" were known by everybody. The name of the band comes from a nightclub in Paris. The owner of the club insisted that his band performed in sailor-outfits because a sailor had saved his life several years before. This tradition continued until the middle of the 70s. During this Oldie Night the members of this band also performed in sailor-outfits during their encore.
The audience also enjoyed many evergreens from all the others bands like "Silence Is Golden" , "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep", "Let It Be", "Yesterday", "In The Summertime" or "Pretty Belinda". There was a very nice atmosphere in the concert hall. The fans showed their enthousiasm for the stars. The stars enjoyed the nice audience, told them to sing along and thanked for the applause with some German sentences.
Most people were dancing in front of the stage while others stayed on their seats, waved candels and lighters through the air and enjoyed the whole show with their neighbours. In the entrance area of the concert hall there was a live-broadcast of the show on several monitors, so that people who were eating were also able to see the show.