Saturday, June 25, 1983
What's A concert highlights happenings this week. Darmstadt hosted the '83 Midsummer Night's 0*6$ Dream open air concert last Saturday that wasn't quite as successful as the one two years ago. There were only around 25,000 fans on hand for the 10 hours of music vs. the more than 40,000 in '81. Starting off the noon-day show in the soccer stadium was Iceberg. From the audience's reaction, the group had melted or should have. From their sound, it seemed that nobody told them they weren't supposed to play louder than 55 decibels. Between each group there was about a 20-minute pause. There were dual stages which shortened the waiting time between groups. As one group would finish, that stage was made ready while the next group did their final sound check. Next, three talented guitarists entertained the crowd for nearly an hour. The large setting seem a disadvantage for John McLaughlin, A] Di Mcola and Paco De Lucia because the trio looks lost on the large stage. The trio was not part of the original open air slate. But these guys were terrific. As one would solo, the others would back him up. Seldom can you hear as many runs as these three can do on a guitar. Their best part was their Latin-style music. Not only were their feet tapping in unison but the fans were rocking, too. Many of the fans were disappointed that Blue Oyster Cult did not perform as programmed. The grapevine rumored there were internal problems between BOC and others on the agenda. As the groups changed, it was easy to tell which stage would be used. The thickest part of the crowd would flow to the appropriate side. One of the best groups featured the man known as the Bush Doctor — Peter Tosh and his World, Sound and Power band. Their reggae sounds had everybody up on their feet, jiving to the sounds of Bless My Soul and House of Glass. From his latest LP Mama Africa was Johnny B. Goode, a number that had the crowd in a frenzy. It is definite that as one of the original Wailers, Tosh hasn't lost any of his reggae style that he used with Bob Marley and the Wailers. Tosh and band were brought back for encores and the fans wouldn't have been disappointed if he had played more than the 75 minutes he did. Tosh was a hard act to follow and Robert Palmer had a hard time bringing the crowd around to him. The sound system was not the best when he started. You could hear his band but not what he was saying. It was as if he had mush in his mouth. He sang in a nonchalant manner that gave the indication that nobody existed outside his stage. But he persevered and by the time he ended his hour set, he seemed to have gotten better. But that sure was a long hour. Another of the best groups was Mike Oldfield and his band. They started their 90-minute show with a rousing instrumental Five Miles Out which is both a single and LP from 1982. His Taurus I and Taurus II has a Scottish tint to them. Most of what he played was instrumental. Oldfield has a vocalist but she seldom sings words but ooohs instead.
THE STARS AND STRIPES
Compiled by Marty Darif Oldfield's style is quite different but never dull. He always keeps you wondering. Their encores, Moonlight Shadow and Family Man, were the only vocalized numbers. Oldfield's set ended all too soon. Since the best is usually set for last, that's where the trio of Crosby, Stills & Nash were. During their // You Can't be With the One You Love, Love the One You're With, an ambulance with its blue lights flashing and siren blowing came through the thickest part of the crowd. We never could figure out what they were after but the crowd seemed to lose interest in the trio. Many started filtering out of the stadium. But there was still good music being offered by David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. Complementing the trio are drummer Ian Wallace, guitarist Michael Stergis, Kim Bullard on keyboards and Efrain Toro on percussions. Although people said the program couldn't be over by 10 p.m., there was a deserted stadium by that time. Only the trash from a crowd of 25,000 or so was left as the security guards began rolling up the canvas off the infield to get ready for the next city and the next show. The next '83 Midsummer Night's Dream will be at Birmingham (National Exhibition Center) July 9 and London (Wembley Arena) July 11-13. * * * * * Munich's A'merika Haus is hosting a benefit concert for the Columbus Society June 30 at 6 p.m. Special guests will be Rhyme and Reason with country rock. This duet performs in several languages but always with that Nashville style. More on the duo next week. The Amerika Haus is located at Karolinenplatz 3. For tickets call 089595367 or 595369. The Worms Performing Arts Center is holding a Director's Workshop June 27July 1 from 6-9 p.m. Jozsef Wetzl will be conducting the workshop. For information or reservations call Worms military 7209. Heidelberg Music & Theater is hosting a Children's Theater Workshop now through July 30. Children 6 to 14 are eligible for the twice weekly workshop. Terri Morgan will direct the workshop. For registration or information call Tim Stotler at Roadside Theater Center, Mannheim military 2131-7073. Kaiserslautern Performing Arts Center is hosting a Movement and Acting Technique with Emphasis on Musical Comedy workshop June 25 and 26. James Brock, professional playwright, teacher, actor, dancer and choreographer is conducting the sessions. For information call Kaiserslautern military 8139. ,;vn s .3, ™ B The American Club of Zurich and ^sit^.9 ««s l^iMll the American Women's Club of Zurich is hosting a family 4th of July on the 3rd Celebration at Zurich's Atlantis Sheraton Hotel July 3 from 2 to 11 p.m. The day's activities include the country-western, country-rock duet Rhyme and Reason; races, games and contests for children of all ages with prizes; a softball game featuring Zurich vs. Bern at 2:30 p.m. with an impromptu game at 4:30. If you would like to join the softball games, call Wes Oler at Zurich 2011421 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since parking is limited in the area of the
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David Crosby (left), Graham Nash and Stephen Stills at Darmstadt's open air concert.
The Bush Doctor: Peter Tosh. hotel, free shuttle service is offered courtesy of the American International School of Zurich and Budget Rent-aCar at Triemli. Trams 5 or 14 go to Triemli. Boarding area is on Paul-Claremontstrasse. The shuttle service runs continuously starting from 1:30 p.m. The Heidelberg Music Center at Patton Rec Center is sponsoring a Songwriter's Contest July 6 at 7 p.m. Individuals or groups may compete. Registration is July 1-5. For information call Heidelberg military 7515. Schweinfurt Music and Theater (M&T) is hosting a Rock V Roll picnic at the Ledward Entertainment Center July 3 from 6-10 p.m. Long Distance is furnishing the entertainment and M&T is furnishing the food. ;•*> , . /•-% *f. Salome is an Oriental dream thea^'.r!«ivK *;•>•:•!.:,s ter in a tent. I'll have a story on it next week. Shows are daily at 4 and 8:30 p.m. except Monday which is only 8:30 p.m. Saturday has an extra midnight show and the Thursday matinee is a special 70minute show for children. For I.D. card holders there is a discount for the 2'/2-hour performance. The tent is located at the pedestrian zone of the Konstablerwache arid Zeilstrasse. For reservations call 0611-284325 or 284326. Schweinfurt Music and Theater presents Clarence Darrow at Heilbronn's Attic Theater July 8 at 7 p.m.; Bad Kissingen's Rec Center July 9 at 8 p.m. and Schweinfurt's Ledward Entertainment Center July 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. This one-man play is based on the trials of the radical Chicago lawyer. For reservations call Schweinfurt military 2323-7174. The Pirmasens Performing Arts Center presents Rodgers' and Hammerstein's Oklahoma July 15, 16, 21-23. 2830 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee July 17 & 24. For reservations call Pirmasens military 2211-6510. Frankfurt's Cafe Theater presents Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire June 28-30 at 8 p.m. This English-speaking theater is located at Hamburger Alice 45. For reservations call 0611-636464. Kaiserslautern Music and Theater presents the musjcal Godspell July 6-9, 14-16 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee July 17. A guest performance will be at Pirmasens Performing Arts Center July 10 at 7 p.m. for reservations call Kaiserslautern military 2221-8139 and Pirmasens military 2211-6510. The Fulda Music and Theater presents Neil Simon's The Odd Couple as a dinner theater at Fulda's Community Club July 8 & 9 and Bad Hersfeld's Officers' Club July 15 & 16 with regular performances at Fulda's Rec Center July 22 & 23. For information call Fulda m i l i t a r y 2374-696. £, ,,,.,„ Stuttgart Music and Theater is holding I^Cirtf i'JIfii- auditions for Neil Simon's Prisoner oj Second Avenue June 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. For i n f o r m a t i o n call Stuttgart military 2721-6148. k«3j . Aschaffenburg Music and Theater and the Area fev|r1SIC Club System present a 4th of July Weekend Celebration under the big top at Jaeger Casern J u l y 1-3. Activities scheduled for July 1 are Oklahoma's Surry Singers who are on a DOD tour from America at 6 p.m. and Nevada, country-western (C&W) band, from 7 p.m. to midnight . . . July 2 features the Surrey Singers at 1:30 & 4:30 p.m., Red. White and Blue Revue at 3 p.m. and Country Cookin', C&W band, from 7 p.m. to midnight . . . July 3 has Red. White and Blue Revue at 1:30 & 5:30 p.m., A Rainbow of Sight and Sound, USAREUR's Entertainment contest winners, at 3 p.m. and Sundown, C&W band, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The Pride of Iowa Chorale under the direction of Robert A. Davis performs at the Heidelberg High School auditorium July 3 at 3 p.m. The 40 high school and college students from northern Iowa are on the Chorale's fifth European tour. The program consists of sacred, secular and pop selections. The Darmstadt Community Singers are preparing for 4th of July activities. If you would like to sing, contact Jana Young at Darmstadt military 6401. In Paris, the Grand Palais is hosting an exhibition ft of impressionist Edouard Manet through Aug. 1.