Here's what I wrote after the show:
was it: My last show on the B2B tour this year. Keith told us, he
would miss us, Mick promised to have fun with us tonight, but it was rather
unspectacular. That doesn't mean that it was not good, but I would have
loved one or the other song being replaced with a non-standard song.
is a parking lot between lots of motorways, but from a source in
Heidelberg, that took us to that place in 1995, we knew how to get there
without traffic jams and without problems getting out again. We arrived,
early, before 2 pm. There were about 1000 or 1500 people there and we were
led into an area right behind the front gate left. That was good, because
when the doors were opened, the gates behind us were closed, until this
area was emptied. So there was not much competition when we ran to the
front and we made it safely into Ronnie's side. A couple of us were late,
but after 3 months of touring and extensive use of mobile phones, we knew
how to get anyone into the front section. :-))
was cold and windy, sometimes rain came down. There were hevy dark
clouds over the stage, but nothing came down during the show. One
point for that. But everyone up there was freezing, so we saw a lot of
new coats and jackets from the boys.
opened. They did alright, but earned the applause rather by looking
good (in the cold <g>) than playing good. I wished the Stones would
have come out to play "Rocky Road to Dublin" with them, but that didn't
came on just before 9 pm, it was the Leipzig curtain again, so no rockets,
because the curtain did not open in time. Lots of smoke on stage
though, because it was windy and the dry ice worked at last this show.
wide awake, so he played very loud and inspired, lots of soloing from his
side. Gimme Shelter was tight, Saint of me had a long rendition of the
oh-yeahs and Out of Control was really good tonight as well. They
showed a screen for webchoice giving Mannheim on it, but I have my doubts
about that now. Let it Bleed was the choice, so Thierry got what he wanted.
it onto the jumbotron first time this tour during Miss You and again during
Brown Sugar, so you could see Nico, Petra, Axel, Gerd, Jaqueline, Dirk,
Dirk's wife Petra, Birgit and me all in one spot together. Shame we did
not get a pic of that, although Axel made lots of pics during the night.
great pictures to look at just in front of us: The guitar harmonica solo
during Out of control, Keith kneeling to Ronnie during Wanna Hold
you, Mick being f... from behind by Lisa (he did some pelvis movements
to her during Miss you on the other side of the stage, so that was her
revenge). Lisa gave Mick a Kiss on his cheek during the "Love, sister,
is just a kiss away" on Gimme Shelter, which seemed to be new to
him as he gave a weird look.
As I said,
Ronnie soloed well and played well. I think one of the problems with Ronnie's
guitar playing is that he is responsible not for the fat sound, but
for the high clear sounds, that do not come through that good in
He DOES play a lot, but when you are listening to hear the guitar,
you wait for the fat distorted and sustained sound, and that's Keith's
bit. Ronnie did very good slide guitar on Let it Bleed and Jagger
seemed to be really impressed. It was good to see that.
presents were thrown on stage during the catwalk bit and the last
songs. Mick got a teddy bear, there were roses and pieces of paper, a scarf
or two for Ronnie.
All in all,
a good show, but nothing spectacular. Maybe I am just getting greedy. Maybe
I am not. Can`t wait to see them again next year in London. That was 9
shows and 9 wristbands for me. And Petra and I feel very good about it
2) Let's Spend the
3) Flip the Switch
4) Gimme Shelter
5) Anybody seen my
6) Paint it Black
7) Saint of Me
8) Out of Control
9) Let it Bleed
10) Miss You
11) You don't have
to mean it (featuring LEAH WOOD)
12) Wanna Hold You
13) Little Queenie
14) You got Me rocking
15) Like A Rolling
16) Sympathy for
17) Tumbling Dice
18) Honky Tonk Woman
19) Start Me Up
20) Jumping Jack
21) Brown Sugar
the end, Axel did not go to Greece, so we all had to say goodbye to the
Stones and to each other here. Petra and I went eraly that morning, just
a less than three hour drive took us down to Heidelberg. When you pass
from Heidelberg to Mannheim, take the exit before the exit you are supposed
to take and drive to the next - crossing - motorway as near as you can.
Park there, walk ten minutes and you are there. There were hefty traffic
jams after the show, but we just got to the car, started it and drove off.
Easy as that.
early was an advantage, we got into a section between the front gates and
the gates to the Maimarkt and waited with another 1000 fans there. I did
see Kemelfield inside, he was getting a couple of girls in before the gates
opened. Then the gates at the right side of the field were opened for a
minute or two and about 50-100 people got in before they were closed again.
We could not really see what happende, but complained loudly. Meanwhile
Dirk Jennerjahn and his wife (another Petra), had arrived with some friends.
It was good to spend the time waiting with people you knew from so many
tours and shows. When the gates opened properly, we just ran to Ronnie's
side and got real good places in front of Ronnie's amps. Birgit Jennerjahn
was there as well, Axel, Nico, Gerd and Jaqueline joined us later. I still
remember directing Nico, who was still on the motorway, to a place to park
next to our car by mobile phone while standing there in the separated area.
Logistics for fans is a strange thing, but we were pro's now in getting
people in. ;-)) Mannheim 1995 was teh highlight of the tour, the Stones
were in superb form and the weather was hot, threatening thunderstorms
hanging over the hills of nearby Heidelberg, lightning in the sky behind
the stage, but no rain. This time is was raining a bit, in the afternoon
the dark clouds did hang over us and it was nearly dark, but the big rain
did not come down. Another ghastly atmosphere, but the concert was not
that spectacular. It was good, but the extra bit was missing. I would have
like one or the other change in the set list, maybe YCAGWYW thrown in again
for good measure or something special on stage, but that did not happen.
Nico loved the Corrs, they were alright and looked really pretty, but felt
very cold on stage, as you could see from the girls. I was not that impressed,
but they would have made a nice backing chorus to one or the other Stones
song or should have come out during Miss You or something like that.
As this was
the last show, Axel did take a lot of pics there, so have a look and enjoy
them. And it was our first time on the jumbotron, a good ending to a nice
Keith on the Jumbotron
Mick - Brown Sugar
Exploding Jumbotron - Brown
Flip the Switch
Flip the Switch
Anybody seen my Baby
Jumping Jack Flash
Out of Control
Ronnie & Charlie
Wanna Hold You
Wanna Hold You
Lisa, Blondie, Ronnie &
Out of Control
Let it Bleed
You don't have to mean it
Wanna Hold You
Mick & Lisa - Miss You
Goodbye for 1998
Birgit Jennerjahn waving
Johannes Delmere under the Mannheim
what other people thought.