Scorpions – Rio de Janeiro (2019)

FrontCover1Scorpions is a rock band from Hannover, Germany that was formed in 1965. Internationally acclaimed for their 1984 rock anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane” as well as other popular singles such as “Big City Nights”, “No One Like You”, “Send Me an Angel”, “Still Loving You”, and “Wind of Change”, the band has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Along with metal contemporaries such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Whitesnake, and others, Scorpions is one of the most successful acts in heavy metal and hard rock in history as well as, by far, the most successful German rock band in the U.K. and the U.S.

After a short break they decided to cotinue … and here´s a brilliant soundboard recording from their concert at the Rock In Rio Festival.

The Scorpions were voted the best concert at Rock in Rio 2019. The Scorpions performed at Rock in Rio on Friday (the Metal Day – 4 October 2019). On stage, the band played “Cidade Maravilhosa” and used a yellow and green guitar in honor to Brazil at Rock in Rio.

And yes, these guys knows how to rock … till today !

Thanks to Chesterchaz for sharing the HDTV broadcast at Dime.

Recorded live at the Parque Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 04, 2019

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Personnel:
Mikkey Dee (drums)
Matthias Jabs (guitar, background vocals)
Paweł Mąciwoda (bass, background vocals)
Klaus Meine (vocals, guitar)
Rudolf Schenker (guitar, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Intro 8.11
02. Going Out With A Bang (Meine/Andersson/Hansen)/Make It Real (Schenker/Rarebell)  8.46
03. The Zoo (Schenker/Meine)/Coast To Coast (M.Schenker/R.Schenker) 12.13
04. ’70s Medley 8.45
04.1. Top Of The Bill (R.Schenker/Meine)
04.2. Steamrock Fever (R.Schenker/Meine)
04.3. Speedy’s Coming (R.Schenker/Meine)
04.4. Catch Your Train (Roth)
05. We Built This House (Meine/Andersson/Hansen) 4.20
06. Delicate Dance (Jabs) 5.06
07. Cidade Maravilhosa (Filho)/Send Me An Angel (R.Schenker/Meine) 6.05
08. Wind Of Change (Meine)  5.47
09. Tease Me Please Me (Meine/Jabs/Vallance/Rarebell) 8.58
10. Blackout (Meine/Rarebell/Kittelsen) 4.18
11. Big City Nights (R.Schenker/Meine) 7.46
12. Radio announcer 1.45
13. Still Loving You (R.Schenker/Meine)/Rock You Like A Hurricane (R.Schenker/Meine/ Rarebell) 15.00
14. Radio outro 4:44

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Charles Lloyd´s Kindred Spirits – Jazz Middelheim (2019)

FrontCover1.jpgIt may seem a bit of a paradox to still describe 81-year-old American saxophonist Charles Lloyd as a jazz innovator. But the fact is that Lloyd continues to search tirelessly for new paths and forms of expression rather than producing a resume of his long career. »I refer to myself as a sound-searcher,« says Charles Lloyd. »The deeper I dive into the ocean of sound, the more I become aware that I need to dive down even deeper.« Thus as recently as 2016 he founded the alternative country and Americana band The Marvels, recording the album »Vanished Gardens« with the new band’s pedal-steel-guitar sounds and roots rock singer Lucinda Williams; for many critics, this is one of the top records in Lloyd’s large discography.

In addition to two members of The Marvels, Charles Lloyd is accompanied by guitarists Julian Lage und Marvin Sewell. »Kindred Spirits« is the title of the programme with which the five musicians celebrate jazz music’s inexhaustible powers of innovation.

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Charles Lloyd’s first appearance at Ronnie’s with a truly amazing group was a very special event. Lloyd’s Kindred Spirits group comprised a cohort of the highest calibre. Two extraordinary guitarists, Julian Lage and Marvin Sewell, and on bass and drums, two of Lloyd’s long-time co-musicians, the in-demand rhythm section of Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, and, leading it all, the unmistakeable, 81-years-young Charles Lloyd on tenor sax and flute. From the moment he stepped on stage it was clear that he just loved to be playing in a small club, and he did not hold back – a strong musical presence making sure attention was paid to detail all-round, guiding with a gentle, knowing intelligence with roots in a lifetime of just living the music.

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The guitarists had very different styles, so complemented each other inspiringly. Lage light, super fast and furiously florid, Sewell, sharp, raw and hitting the blues streak – they just kept upping the ante every time they soloed! Not quite duelling, but… and Harland’s drum solo was one of those that redefines what a drum solo is – none of that ‘just bash away’ – he focused on a beat and worked round it meticulously and, later, Lloyd joined him, not without humour, wielding metallic green maracas for a brief percussive duet that lightened the tone. Similarly, Rogers on electric bass didn’t take the easy route, lots of space and then he just turned it up.

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Great playing from all five – never a dull moment, with Lloyd imposing his large, all-embracing presence with a gentle touch and many big smiles – just like his playing, which combined the imposingly forceful, demanding attention, and the gracefully mellifluous, with gorgeous phrasing trickling up and down the hill with every note he played – with a memorably devastating tenor sax solo outtro to their second number that really flew. The flute was Lloyd’s other instrument of choice, setting up the mood for the finale to a brilliant 80 minute set, ending on a carnival note, throwing jazz, chunky funk and a demon Latin undercurrent in to the melting pot with glorious glee! (by Geoff Winston)

And here´s is his show from the Park den Brandt … Excellent stuff !

Thanks to Steven (who recorded the show); and to gideon77 for sharing it at Dime.

Recorded live at Jazz Middelheim. Park Den Brandt, Antwerp, Belgium; August 16, 2019. Very good FM broadcast.

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Personnel:
Gerald Clayton (piano)
Eric Harland (drums)
Charles Lloyd (saxophone, flute)
Reuben Rogers (bass)
Marvin Sewell (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Radio intro 1.51
02. Deverish Dance 19:54
03. All My Relations 10.44
04. How Can I Tell You 19.40
05. Little Anahids Day 11.04
06. Untitled 1 10.58
07. Untitled 2 14.19
08. Crowd 0.14
09. Radio outro 1:03

Music composed by Charles Lloyd

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Golden Earring – 50th Anniversary Pinkpop Festival (2019)

FrontCover1.jpgGolden Earring is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the definite article was dropped in 1967, while the “s” was dropped in 1969). They achieved worldwide fame with their international hit songs “Radar Love” in 1973, which went to No. 1 on the Dutch charts, reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and went to No. 13 on the United States charts, “Twilight Zone” in 1982, and “When the Lady Smiles” in 1984. During their career they have had nearly 30 top-ten singles on the Dutch charts while releasing 25 studio albums.

The band’s lineup consists of co-founders . All musicians in the present lineup of the band have been continuous members of the band since 1970, although other musicians have joined and left the band during the intervening years.

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They played the very first Pinkpop back in 1970, and 49 years later they will take to the stage in exactly the same line-up: Golden Earring. Something is guaranteed to happen every time the hell-raisers from The Hague get under the Pinkpop Girl’s skirts. During that first Pinkpop performance George Kooymans got a big electric shock, and in 1977 Barry Hay ended up tripping in a police station. And in 2005 they dragged the festival through its toughest edition. In 2019, Pinkpop and the Golden Earring together represent more than a century of Dutch rock pride – cause for a celebration if ever there was! (www.pinkpop.nl)

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Personnel:
Rinus Gerritsen (bass)
Barry Hay (vocals, guitar)
George Kooymans (vocals, guitar)
Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. When The Lady Smiles (Kooymans/Hay) 5.59
02. Another 45 Miles (Kooymans) 3.33
03. Long Blond Animal (Kooymans/Hay) 5.22
04. Twilight Zone (Kooymans) 7.39
05. Going To The Run (Kooymans/Hay) 4.30
06. Johnny Make Believe (Kooymans/Hay) 5.22
07. Bass Solo (Gerritsen) 6.46
08. Radar Love (Kooymans/Hay) 16.47
09. She Flies On Strange Wings (cut) (Kooymans) 2.45

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PINKPOP CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2019