Munic, Germany, Philharmonie (08.03.2006)

 

Source: Christian Leibbrandt

 

 

 

Source: Jürgen W.

 

 

Set list:

The Band:

1. Kenny: Columbus Stockade Blues
2. Robert: Lonely Weekends
3.BB: Bye Bye Johnny/Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller
4. Buck: Boppin' The Blues

Jerry:
1. Roll Over Beethoven
2. You Win Again
3. Sweet Little Sixteen
4. Blue Suede Shoes
5. Rockin' My Life Away
6. Trouble In Mind
7. Before The Night Is Over
8. Pledging My Love
9. Johnny B. Goode
10. Over The Rainbow
11 Whole Lotta Shakin'
12. Great Balls Of Fire

 

Das Konzert fand in der Philharmonie in München statt. In diesem Saal finden normalerweise Klassikkonzerte statt. Es war eine sehr gute Atmosphäre. Als erstes betrat die Band die Bühne. Sie spielten insgesamt 4 Songs, die wirklich spitze waren. Man muss sagen, dass der Sound wirklich vom besten war, ich persönlich habe noch bei keinem Konzert einen besseren Sound gehört. Nachdem die Band mit den 4 Songs fertig war, schaute Kenny Lovelace zur Bühnentür, aber Jerry kam nicht. Er startete gerade mit einem weiteren Song als Jerry die Bühne betrat. Kenny stoppte und kündigte den Killer an. Tja so ist er halt der Killer alles läuft nach seinem Plan.


Die Leute im Saal standen fast alle auf und jubelten Jerry nahm leider nur wenig Notiz davon, er setzte sich ans Klavier und begann mit Roll Over Beethofen. Er trug einen schwarzen Anzug, ein weißes Hemd und eine rote Krawatte. Das Klavierspiel war sehr gut, die Stimme auch aber ein wenig heißer, was wohl noch an der Erkältung lag, die er einige Zeit vorher hatte. Er spielte alle Lieder in sehr langen Versionen bzw. gab er, aber auch die Band einige Solos zwischen den Textpassagen. Jerrys Hände flogen dabei nur so über die Tasten.


Eine große Überraschung war der Song Blue Suede Shoes, eine wirklich rockige Nummer. Auch Rockin' My Life Away war ein eher seltener Song, auch dieser war sehr gut. Seine Stimme wurde nun immer besser, wobei sie auch anfangs nicht wirklich schlecht war, nur etwas leiser. Bevor er mit Before The Night Is Over anfing, erwähnte er, dass dieser Song auf seiner neuen CD sei. Leider sprach er ansonsten nicht sehr viel.

Nun kam nach meiner Meinung der beste Song des Abends - Pledging My Love er gab sich wirklich richtig Mühe, das Klavierspiel wie auch die Stimme waren fantastisch, bei solchen Nummern merkt man das Karisma das Jerry immer noch ausstrahlt bzw. das Gefühl, das Jerry für die Musik hat. Auch Over The Rainbow einer meiner persönlichen Lieblingssongs war absolut genial, was auch an dem wirklich fantastischen Sound in dieser Halle lag, jedes einzelne Instrument war super zu hören und der Gesang war laut und sehr klar und jedes einzelne Wort war zu verstehen.

Wie immer beendete er das Konzert mit Whole Lotta Shakin' und Great Balls Of Fire. Leider war das Konzert nach 48 Minuten + die Zeit der Band beendet. Aber da der Killer auch schon bedeutend kürzere Konzerte gegeben hat, war es für meine Begriffe in Ordnung. Es war ein wirklich super Konzert von dem noch letzten lebenden Vertreter des Million Dollar Quartetts leider sind Elvis, Carl und Johnny schon von uns gegangen. Man darf Jerry Lee nicht vergleichen mit dem der er vor 40 Jahren war, mit fast 71 Jahren ist er eben nicht mehr so frisch aber immer noch absolut fantastisch.


Angeblich soll im August eine England Tournee stattfinden bzw. wurde auch angekündigt das evtl. die ausgefallenen Konzerte nachgeholt werden sollen - hoffen wir, dass dies auch zutrifft und wir den Killer erneut erleben dürfen.


Jerry Lee Lewis still on Fire !

 

 

Source: Joerg Basler

 

 

Source: Niek van de Klundert

Me and Maarten arrived Tuesday around 6 pm at the airport and all of a sudden JW was standing in front of us. Soon we discovered Jerry (who was looking tired, but in a good mood) and the band. We tried to find out where they were staying, as hotels kept changing...

Later that evening we met Graham and Wolfgang and talked for a while. Than Graham showed us the suit he had with him as a surprise for Buck; it looked great! Finally we knew where the band was staying, so we went to their hotel, met some other fans and went to a typical German restaurant.

Next morning me and Maarten walked around a little bit in the beautiful city of Munich and around 2 pm we met everybody again at the Hilton. More and more fans were joining the gang, and we had a great time there. They had a very nice piano, and we were with quite a few piano players: Peter Hayman, Scott and myself. BB Cunningham played a few songs as well; a great version of Sea of Love, a song from his CD.

Some people went over to the soundcheck, and so did we. The venue looked great! I was very happy that me and Peter were allowed to play a few minutes with the band. Always an honor. We went for dinner afterwards with a couple of fans and than back to the venue. Many familiar faces from all countries, that's the great thing about being a JLL fan.

First there was a support act. It was OK. Than a break and the band did their usual songs, sounding great and ready to rock, the audience loved it. Kenny kept looking at the backstage door, but after 4 songs still no Jerry. So he started with My Babe. During the first verse Jerry entered the stage, looking OK, wearing a suit and great boots.

He started with a great Roll Over Beethoven, many solo's and the band was doing great as well! Already after the first few lines I noticed that Jerry's vocals were not that powerful as in Amsterdam 2005, or the October tour 2004. Maybe because of the flu, maybe he was still a little tired. He didn't talk much between songs, just smiling to the band sometimes. Some great songs followed, all long versions and many solo's by Jerry and the band. For me, after Rockin' My Life Away Jerry really started to rock; I thought that in particular during the first few songs his voice was not 100%. Piano playing was great during the whole show.
For me Pledging My Love sounded great. On this song he was working very hard on the vocals, whereas in the first few songs he was rather "talking" instead of singing. Trouble In Mind, Blues Suede Shoes, Rainbow, from then on all the songs sounded great. Another highlight for me was Before The Night Is Over. He mentioned the album, though no release date...Great version, love that song.

Another detail, during one of the long solo's he took a sip of his Coca-Cola. I really think he had some trouble with his voice sometimes and needed to drink a lot. All to soon, (as usual) he started with Shakin' and Great Balls Of Fire, two great versions. After GBOF he tried to kick away the piano stool (it was a very light one) though it didn't work, sad. Without looking at the audience or any interaction with the band he left the stage. The band finished the songs and left the stage as well, the audience was satisfied.

Altogether I think:
- piano playing great
- band great
- audience a little reserved, but OK (maybe because jerry was not making contact at all)
- vocals, during the first few songs a little weak, later on better, though not as powerful as I expected.
-Jerry looked sharp, but tired, though when he smiled he seemed to be in a good mood. He even knew he was in Munich, not just Germany.

After the show we met some fans at the Hilton and the band's hotel, though most people left. Kenny and Buck were still in the lobby, and some other fans as well. Very sad there was not a real after-party as so many fans were there and a great piano as well. Hope you're all up for it in Bocholt!

It was great to see all those familiar faces, and some new ones as well. I'm not gonna mention any names, as I always forget some, though one name I should mention is: Wolfgang, thanks for making this show possible Killer !