The town, the girls, the Wagners and
Naylors and the old Nickelodeon sound (?!)... - A concert
review by Katrin Wagner:
what a wonderful town... well, no, not really (sorry!
;-)) - at least not concerning the signage. And what a
Karsten and I finally reach Leipzig at 4 pm.
Unfortunately we can't find the way to the part of the
city named Mölkau, where SAILOR are going to perform at
the "Gasthof Zweinaundorf". Even the map is not
helpful at all (see photo at the bottom).
Having had a look at the whole city (but only because we
have not been able to find the right way so far), we
finally reach our small hotel at about 5.30 pm. The other
small hotel in which SAILOR are going to stay and perform
was booked up, so we had to choose another one in the
same road. We quickly get changed for the gig and drive
to the "Gasthof Zweinaundorf".
SAILOR have just started their soundcheck. NaylorMan is
not there today, so SAILOR have to do the soundcheck with
the help of the crew of the other band, Beat Club, and
Rob has to take care of all the technical things, the
Nickelodeon etc. Grant is ill and not feeling very well.
Afterwards we welcome the boys and talk to them for a
moment. Then they leave, while Karsten and I stay in the
concert hall. A nice guy even gives us the permission to
film the concert from the balcony at the back of the
small concert hall. He even gives us a power socket for
Karsten's good old camera and tells us that he's
responsible for eveything here and we shall contact him
if there are any problems.
While the audience enters the concert hall and all the
people sit down at the tables downstairs, we stay at the
balcony. We meet Frank and Ulrike, two nice SAILOR fans
that we had only known via eMail until today. Susanne
from Stuttgart joins us, and our friend Wilma is also
there together with some friends.
We have a glass (or a bottle) of champagne with Susanne
and take some photos. In the meantime the band Beat Club
starts their performance.
A short time later we realise that the guy who gave us
the permission to film is not the "real" boss
of the "Gasthof Zweinaundorf". After a little
discussion inside and outside the concert hall we can
fortunately solve the problems (special thanks to T.
and P.!) and get back to the balcony to pluck the
camera in once again. (Things can be so easy if you just
talk...) - Really marvellous...!
The stage is prepared for SAILOR's performance (by Rob)
at about 10 pm. Karsten remains upstairs in order to film
the show, while Susanne, Wilma, her friends and place
ourselves in front of the stage.
To everyone's surprise the audience is in a fantastic
mood, and the approx. 150 people make quite a lot of
noise... singing along to all the SAILOR songs.
SAILOR are great as usual, and Peter gives us a special
surprise by changing the lyrics of "The Old
Nickelodeon Sound" a little bit to: "The town,
the girls, the Wagners and Naylors and the old
Nickelodeon sound". Marvellous...!! (And NaylorMan
wasn't even there... ;-))
At the end of the show Peter tells the audience that they
are going to sign autographs and sell DVDs after the gig
in his best German-English mixture: "Wir haben keine
CDs, but wir haben SAILOR Live-DVDs, and we will come
here 10 Minuten nach dem Auftritt und werden Autogramme
Grant plays one of the best drum solos of all time.
Afterwards the show is finished with the "full
While Beat Club perform once again, we join SAILOR in the
bar next door, where they sign autographs for all the
fans, sell DVDs, shirts etc. Then we sit down for a chat
with the boys. Grant is still not feeling well and goes
to bed, while Peter, Rob and Phil decide to have some
sandwiches and chips, which they share with us (thanks,
Later, Karsten helps Rob to get the Nickelodeon off the
stage and back into the car, while Phil and Peter go to
bed too. When everything is back in the car we also say
goodbye to Rob and drive back to our hotel. But the
highlight of the night is still to follow: On the 1500
metres between the "Gasthof Zweinaundorf" and
our hotel we are stopped by the police and Karsten has to
do an alcohol test... which turns out ok!
The next morning we decide to get up an hour earlier in
order to say goodbye to our SAILORs at the "Gasthof
Zweinaundorf" again... After they have left we meet
Susanne and Wilma for breakfast in our small hotel. At 11
am we try to find the way back to the motorway and leave
Copyright by Katrin Wagner, 10 November 2003