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Beside interviews and “making of scenes”, you will find performances of anthems like “St Elmo´s Fire”or “Hold The Line” new arrenged for an acoustic set up. What a combination of musicians ! A once in a lifetime line up.
The excellent track ‘Naughty Naughty’ was John Parr’s first major U.S. Top 40 hit record in the USA. 1985 he toured with his Band The Business as support act of TOTO. At the end of this tour, producer David Foster offered him to score the main title song for the film
St. Elmo’s Fire. This catchy Rock-song was a worldwide chartbuster and John got honored with a Grammy-Nomination.
John Parr also wrote “Under the Raging Moon” for Rodger Daltrey and worked as a producer with Marilyn Martin, Meat Loaf or Tom Jones He wrote songs for several blockbuster movies, such as “The Minute I Saw You” (Three Men and a Baby soundtrack), “Restless Heart” (Running Man Soundtrack). He shared stage with some of the biggest names in the music business, such as Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Toto, Heart, Foreigner, Bonnie Tyler, Richard Marx or Journey. John is about to release a news tudio album.
Robert “Bobby” Troy Kimball was the singer and founding member of the US-Rock band TOTO.
Until now he has won 6 Grammys and sold approximately 30 million albums.
He is the voice behind Toto tunes like „Hold the Line“ , „Africa“ , „Rosanna“….
Herman ‘ze German’ Rarebell joined Heavy Metal giants The Scorpions in 1977 and went on to write many of their most popular hits, including, “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “Blackout” or “Winds of Change”. He’s active with band mates like Michael Schenker and also with his own band. He is one of the most important names in the rise of Hard Rock.
One of Spain’s leading flamenco guitarists-composers of this generation, award-winning Jose Antonio Rodriguez has a dazzling and highly versatile career.
He has performed and collaborated with Paco de Lucia, Alejandro Sanz, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Astor Piazzola, Joan Baez, George Benson, Arturo Sandoval, John McLaughlin, Rita Moreno, Don Doken, among others.
In his 20s, Jose Antonio became the youngest flamenco guitar professor at the Conservatory of Music in Cordoba, and his impressive skills got him to compose music for orchestra, ballet, TV and films.
During the 90’s, Rodriguez was featured in Carlos Saura’s film “Flamenco”, and recorded guitar on countless multi-awarded international hits including “Macarena” by Los Del Rio.
In 2003, he recorded guitar on Alejandro Sanz’ mega hit “No Es Lo Mismo” and in 2004, he toured as a special guest for the international superstar. In 2018, he moved to Los Angeles.
is the only flamenco guitarist in the world chosen twice by the legendary Manolo Sanlúcar to receive “La Beca del Curso, La forma y naturaleza de la guitarra flamenca” and is the only guitarist from the United States ever chosen for this scholarship.
Corey has performed classical and flamenco guitar in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe,
South America as Cultural Ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State.
He is Professor of Music and head of the Studio Guitar area (Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Commercial Music) in the Department of Music at California State University, Fresno
where he was appointed in 2006, and previously served as Lecturer since 2003 with flamenco luminary Juan Serrano.
Arno Baum – Bass
Chris Hasler – Guitar
Holggy Begg – Hammond Organ
Michael Voss – Backing Vocals
Hedley Taylor – Backing Vocals
42 years after their last appearance in Germany, opening for Jimi Hendrix at Fehmarn Island,
Cactus returned and played a Europan tour that attracted huge attention at fans and the music press.
This concert was recorded at “Hirsch” in Nuremberg, July 2012
Cactus was initially conceived in late 1969 by former Vanilla Fudge members bassist Tim Bogert (+2021) and drummer Carmine Appice after plans to team up with guitarist Jeff Beck were canceled when Beck had an automobile accident and was out of the music scene for over a year.
In early 1970, Bogert and Appice brought in blues guitarist Jim McCarty from Mitch Ryder´s Detroit Wheels and The Buddy Miles Express, and singer Rusty Day (+ 1982) from The Amboy Dukes.
They were called “The American Led Zeppelin” back in 1970. Tall words, indeed, but Cactus – Carmine Appice, Jim McCarty, Tim Bogert and Rusty Day – came out in 1969 with a big bang, only months after their brit counterparts.
4 albums later – Cactus (1970), One Way…or Another (1971), Restrictions (1971), Ot´n´Sweaty (1972) – Cactus broke up in 1973.
The band that made such an impression with their loud blues-edged hard rock madness. The band that influenced the likes of Van Halen, King’s X, Billy Sheehan, David Coverdale or Kid Rock, just to name a few.
The band that foreshadowed heavy music itself, reunited in 2006 with
Carmine, Jim, Tim and ex-Savoy Brown lead singer Jimmy Kunes and released their 5th album “Cactus V”.
42 years after their last appearance in Germany, opening for Jimi Hendrix at Fehmarn Island, Cactus returned and played a tour that attracted huge attention at fans and the music press.
Cactus released their 6th album „Black Dawn“ in 2016.
“Carmine Appice set the foundation for heavy drumming, before Bonham, before Ian Paice, before anyone else.” – Rick Van Horn, Modern Drummer
As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band‘s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes like the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” and “Ticket To Ride,” Curtis Mayfield‘s “People Get Ready,” Sonny & Cher‘s “Bang Bang” Rod Argent‘s “She‘s Not There” and, most famously,
The Supremes‘ Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin‘ On” to such hippie heights. With Mark Stein‘s mysterioso wash of Grand Guignol keyboard theatrics, Tim Bogert‘s amazing and trippy bass runs, and guitarist Vince Martell‘s era-happy soloing,
Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands today as a Hard Rock classic. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.
Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King‘s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA).
One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances, in addition to becoming a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In ‘76, he joined Rod Stewart‘s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart‘s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I‘m Sexy’ and “Young Turks.’ He left Stewart to record his first solo album, “Rockers’, and tour Japan and North America with an allstar band. . In the early 80’s, he toured with OZZY Osborne ,Ted Nugent . In the mid 80’s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring And in the late 80’s, Carmine played on a Pink Floyd record “Momentary Lapse of Reason’ and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake‘s John Sykes and The Firm‘s Tony Franklin. In the early 90s, he pounded away soul-style for The Edgar Winter Group.
As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, The Realistic Rock Drum Method, selling over 400,000 copies (now in video format). He was the first Rock Drummer and Rock Musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world.
James William McCarty performed besides of Cactus with Mitch Ryder, The Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles Express, the Detroit Blues Band and more recently with Mystery Train.
In 2005, Les Paul recorded Les Paul and Friends: American Made, World Played, with an all-star band. He covered 69 Freedom Special, an instrumental tune co-written by McCarty and recorded while in theBuddy Miles Express. In February 2006, Les Paul won a Grammy for his cover of the song, thus propelling McCarty into another award-winning arena as songwriter.
On September 25, 2010, Jim McCarty was inducted into the Canada South Blues Society. “Living Blues Museum” located in Windsor, Ontario.
He also recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Seger. He plays in a heavy blues-rock style that has inspired fledgling guitar players for more than 40 years.
In an August 2006 interview on VH1 – Classic, ted Nugent remarked “I’m the only guy in Rock´nRoll that plays that hollow body jazz guitar and it’s because in 1960 I saw Jimmy McCarty creating those big fat full chords like I do on “Stranglehold”; I learned that from Jimmy McCarty. Remember the name Jimmy McCarty. He is as important as Bo Diddly and Chuck Berry and Les Paul…a god on guitar.”
Jimmy Kunes has fronted, recorded and toured with Savoy Brown, Kim Simmonds Band, and Silent Partner(ex-RIOT members). More recent projects include the debut Flood The Engine album (2013), American Mafia (2014), “American Rock Celebration” with Dennis Dunaway, founder member of The Alice Cooper Group. (2015), National Wrecking Company (2019) and New Decade with Greg Di Benedetto in 2021.
Jimmy Kunes Band solo albums include LOVE TRAIN/ “Slow Moving Vehicle” (1999), “GATE OF ALL SAINTS” (2006) w/Robert Kearns (Cry Of Love, Sheryl Crow, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bottlerockets), Simon Kirke (FREE/BAD Co.), and Steve Gorman (Black Crowes/Stereophonics). A third album, Jimmy Kunes Congregation underway and is scheduled for 2021 release.
Jimmy fronted Starz at a festival in San Antonio, TX in Jan. 2019.
In 2002 Jimmy recorded the theme for Eric Bischoff entitled “I`m Back” at WWE studio in Stanford, CT. for the W.W.E./ World Wrestling Entertainment “ANTHOLOGY” 3 C.D. set. The song still airs at W.W.E. matches and “ANTHOLOGY” was a top ten Independent Billboard charting release.
Pete Bremy began his musical career as a drummer, to which he credits his ability as a groove player. “I can think like a drummer. I’m pretty quick on my feet, and when I get to know them, most of the time I can predict what they’re going to do and add pitch to the drums.”
Pete spent most of his career in the northern New Jersey club circuit until 1998, when he met Vince Martell, lead guitarist of the Vanilla Fudge.
Legendary bassist Tim Bogert was Bremy’s biggest influence, and he knew most of the Vanilla Fudge material and Cactus as well. When Martell formed a new solo project, he called on Bremy. In January 2002, literally 24 hours before the start of a Vanilla Fudge reunion tour, Bogert was suddenly hospitalized with pneumonia and Pete was called in to sub. Pete continued to sub for Bogert in Vanilla Fudge for years, and in 2008 for Cactus as well. Bogert retired from touring in 2010 and Pete has since been the regular bassist for Vanilla Fudge, and with Cactus since 2012.
In 2011, Pete appeared with Vanilla Fudge on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In addition to performing and recording with Vanilla Fudge and Cactus, Pete has performed with Lou Pallo (Les Paul Trio), Essra Mohawk, The Soul Survivors, T.M. Stevens, and Eddie Brigatti and Gene Cornish.
In Randy’s own words, “I been playing music since the early 80s. Before that I was a poser and an obsessed fan-boy. I first got into Rock music when the Beatles arrived in America. I went to the Fillmore East a lot in ’70-’71. I saw Led Zepplin, King Crimson (w/Greg Lake) Fleetwood Mac (w/ Peter Green)
I hate to sound like someone’s dad, but I think Rock was probably peaking then. We have a joke, “Nothing after ’78”. We’re really not that self-concious about it, but that’s the period we’re most influenced by. When the blues was still felt in the music.
Another major influence on me is old-school Funk. When I was a kid in ’67, I saw James Brown at Yankee Stadium. WOW! He’s like Mozart to me. Sly Stone, Ohio Players, Slave. There’s an element of that in the music of The Lizards, and you’ll be hearing it more as we develop. There’s a “sweet spot” where James Brown and Black Sabbath meet. We want to be there”
Trapeze, Stray Dog, Cactus, Vanilla Fudge, Boomerang, Sir Lord Baltimore, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, Bad Company, Detective, The Babys, Pink Floyd, Little Feat, Spooky Tooth, Mountain, Grand Funk, King Crimson (’til “Red”) Gentle Giant, Jeff Buckley, Humble Pie, Captain Beyond, Robin Trower, Jeff Beck Group, The Doors, Hendrix, Frank Marino, Blue Cheer, Randy Holden, Black Sabbath, James Brown, Ohio Players, Sly Stone, P-Funk, Slave
Arno Baum – Bass
Chris Hasler – Guitar
Holggy Begg – Hammond Organ
Michael Voss – Backing Vocals
Hedley Taylor – Backing Vocals
Behind The Scenes of the rehearsals for the World Premier of “Lights Up The Orchestra” in Hamburg, March 2019. You will see parts of the rehearsals, backstage footage, interviews and some outtakes of the concert, recorded in Potsdam, Germany in March 2019.
Stewart Copeland known to the masses of music fans as the drummer and founder of „THE POLICE“. Rated number 10 of alltime best drummers, by the Rolling Stone in 2016.
Apart from “The Police” Stewart Copeland is a high reputated movie soundtrack composer and won Golden Globe and Grammy award. Blockbusters like Wallstreet, (Oliver Stone) Talk Radio (Oliver Stone), Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola), Rapa Nui, (Kevin Costner) or The Equalizer and Ben Hur…, just to name a few. Stewart also composed the entire soundtrack for the video game “Spyro – The little Dragon”.
In 2019 Stewart gave birth to his programm “Stewart Copeland Lights Up The Orchestra“, with a world premier at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
“LUTO” is a mixture of re arranged “The Police” -Hits for orchestra and a selection of his blockbuster movie soundtracks.
This music documentary shows concert outtakes, takes a look behind the scenes at the rehearsals with the Filmorchestra Babelsberg and gives a deep insight look with Stewart´s interviews about his orchesterproject.
Troy Miller is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, conductor and producer; a rare talent whose artistry transcends the confines of genre.
He has worked as producer on albums with Jamie Cullum (Island Records), Laura Mvula (Sony) and Gregory Porter (Blue Note) while his conducting roles have taken him to the London Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic orchcestra, The Philharmonia and BBC Concert orchestras among others.
Highlights of Troy’s collaborations include: Adele, Stewart Copeland, Chaka Khan, Cliff Richard, Macy Gray, Branford Marsalis, Kyle Eastwood, Gary Bartz, Lonnie Liston Smith, Daniel Merriweather, Suggs, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Sister Sledge, Q-Tip, Donna Summer and Mark Turner. Troy has been a Yamaha and Sabian artist for nearly 10 years and has performed many masterclasses on their behalf.
The first film orchestra was founded in 1918. When requirements shifted toward films with sound, the studio adapted the orchestra’s set-up to these needs in 1932. The orchestra stoically weathered the Second World War and remained unscathed. In 1946, its work continued under the wings of the German Democratic Republic’s DEFA studio.
Until its demise in 1989, all film and movie productions in the GDR were exclusively recorded by and with the DEFA Symphonic Orchestra.
After the studio’s sale and subsequent re-structuring, the orchestra and its musicians were part of the Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra until 1993. Together with the musicians of Berlin’s RBT orchestra, the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg was re-founded in its current form.
After 26 years, the orchestra has a wide number of productions, concerts, and tours to show for its efforts. More than 1000 national and international projects were recorded and produced in its Potsdam studios.
The Concert was taped in 2018. Nik´s first German tour in 10 years, by that time. The video comes with an interview recorded in Nik´s homestudio.
Nik Kershaw (Voc, Guit) – Nick Radcliffe (Guit) – Phil Peskett (Keys) – Diego Rodriguez (Bass) – Bob Knight (Drums)
These Tears, Wide Boy, Dancing Girls, When a Heart beats, The Riddle, Bogart, Radio Musicola, Human Racing, The One and Only, Cowboys and Indians, The Sky is the Limit, Wouldn´t it be good,I won´t let the Sun go down on me, Roses
Born Nicholas David Kershaw on 1st March 1958 in Bristol, England, he is well known as a singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
He released eight singles that entered the Top 40 charts in the UK. His 62 weeks on the UK Singles Chart through 1984 and 1985 beat all other solo artists.
The album “Human Racing” was released in 1984 and achieved platinum sales in many territories.
He managed to squeeze in two European tours, 6 hit singles and another platinum album (The Riddle) before the end of the year. 1985 saw 3 hit singles, a world tour and an appearance at Live Aid.
He was to record 2 more albums with MCA before quitting in 1989 to concentrate on songwriting and ferret husbandary.
The 90s saw him writing for/with, amongst others: Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, Lulu, Ronan Keating, Jason Donovan, Michael W Smith, Connah Reeves, Nick Carter, The Hollies, Colin Blunstone, Imogen Heap, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Darius, Gary Barlow, Tony Banks , Elton John including a UK number-one single in 1991 for Chesney Hawkes, “The One and Only.
In 1999 he started to release solo-albums again. On his last album “Oxymoron” released in 2020, he proofed again his extraordinary songwriting skills. Kershaw has been regarded by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter of a generation”.
Aufgenommen in der Arena Trier im September 2021. SWR -Benefizkonzert zugunsten der Flutopfer in Rheinland-Pfalz.
Die deutsche Ausnahmesängerin Julia Neigel ist derzeit auf allen Kanälen präsent. Im August 2020 erschien ihr Comeback-Album „Ehrensache“, das gleich auf Platz 13 der Deutschen Album Charts einstieg, sie ist seit 2020 neben Anna R die neue Sängerin bei der Ostrock-Legende SILLY und ein gern gesehener Gast in diversen Talkshows, da sie sehr eloquent stehts Stellung zu diversen Themen bezieht.
Da 2021 nur “corona-konforme” Live-Konzerte möglich waren, hat Julia ihre show kurzerhand abgespeckt und für ein Akustik Set arrangiert. Ihre Band strotzt vor Kraft und Spielfreude. Bringt ihre Klassiker wie “Sehnsucht”, “Weil ich Dich liebe”, “Frei für ewig” oder ”Schatten ander Wand”, mit viel Druck und Leidenschaft auf die Bühne. Eine großartige Show mit einer der besten Rocksängerinnen Deutschlands.
Für Peter Maffay ist sie “die beste deutsche Sängerin” und für Udo Lindenberg eine “außerirdische Erscheinung” . Der deutsche Rolling Stone kürte Julia Neigel, die mit einem Stimmumfang von mehr als drei Oktaven gesegnet ist, sogar mehrfach zur “besten Sängerin national”.
Mehrfache Echo-Nominierungen in den Kategorien „Bester Live Act“, „Bestes Album“, „Bestes Video“, machen den Stellenwert von Julia Neigel deutlich!
Line Up – Akustik Show:
Julia Neigel Gesang
Uwe Fischer Gitarre (u.a. Maschine – Dieter Birr, Kim Fischer)
Dennis Hormes Gitarre (u.a.The Boss Hoss)
Rainer Scheithauer Keyboard (u.a. Grönemeyer)
The list of guitarists Ozzy Osbourne has worked with throughout his career is second to none, including Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde. So, whenever the Prince of Darkness announces a new shredder in his line-up, headbangers certainly take note. And for his 2010 offering, Scream, that six-stringer was Gus G.
After Gus left Ozzy’s band in 2017, he concentrated on his power-metal band FIREWIND and on his solo career. Gus G has released three albums under his own name: I Am The Fire (2014), Brand New Revolution (2015), and Fearless (2018) each a mix of instrumentals and songs with guest vocalists.
His fourth studio album “Quantum Leap” (AFM Records) , written and recorded during the pandemic is an all instrumental master piece, where he incorporates his traditional sounds and new experimentations, from Metal, Classic Hard Rock to Progressive Metal.
“Quantum Leap” promises to thrill those who worship STEVE VAI‘s “Passion and Warfare” and JOE SATRIANI‘s “Surfing with the Alien“, such is the way it skitters across a spectrum of melodic metal styles while still delivering hooks galore.
In February 2022 Gus decided to give birth to the Quantum Leap Session. Due to the pandemic these songs of the new album never have been played on stage, the band met in a studio near Munich to play songs of the Quantum Leap album, plus some encorse live.
Backed by a massive light and video show the session comes with a crystal clear sond and is really impressive.
The Quantum Leap Session prooves, why Gus G is one of the best guitar players on this planet!
Gus G, born in 1980 lives in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Enigma of Life
Into The Unknown
Fierce / Thrill of The Chase
Line Up: Gus G. – Guitar
Dennis Ward – Bass
Johan Nunez – Drums
Steve Stevens is one of the most original guitarists to emerge from the ’80s rock scene, best known for his 30 year partnership with Billy Idol, his work on Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana”, his Grammy Award winning performance on “Top Gun Anthem” and his work with Vince Neil on “Exposed”.
Stevens catalog of hit songs that he co-wrote & performed alongside Idol include “Rebel Yell”, “Eyes Without A Face” and “Flesh for Fantasy”. They sound as fresh and relevant today as the day they were released, as evidenced by being recently covered by artists as varied as Miley Cyrus, Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, Him, Black Veil Brides, Children of Bodom, Dope, Daughtry, Sum 41, Blink 182, Drowning Pool, Murderdolls, Deathstars and The Donnas.
In addition to currently working on a new record together, Idol & Stevens continue to tour to sold out crowds all over the world. Stevens has also lent his unmistakable sound and style to many hit records, including Pink “Try This”, Diana Ross “Eaten Alive”, Joni Mitchell “Chalk mark in a Rainstorm”, Robert Palmer “Don’t Explain”, The Thompson Twins “Here’s to Future Days”, Ric Ocasek “This Side of Paradise”, Peter Criss “Let Me Rock You”, Juno Reactor “Shango”, “Hokata”, and “Pistolero”, Kyosuke Himuro “Beat Haze Odyssey”, Steve Lukather “Lukather” and on his solo outings with Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys “Atomic Playboys”, Jerusalem Slim “Jerusalem Slim”, Bozzio Levin Stevens “Black Light Syndrome” and “Situation Dangerous” and the critically acclaimed solo releases “Flamenco A Go Go” & “Memory Crash”.
Stevens has performed on numerous movie soundtracks in addition to “Top Gun”, including “Matrix Reloaded”, “Once Upon A Time In Mexico”, “Speed”, “Big”, “Dogtown”, “Coyote Ugly”, “Look Who’s Talking Too”, “The Upside of Anger”, “Ace Ventura; Pet Detective”, “The Wedding Singer” and “Heavy Metal”.
Steve is currently planning an European Solo Tour in 2023.