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Ein, Zwei, Drei im Deutschland – Germany with BC Sweet

Yours truly in Spremberg

Just got back from a very successful three-dayer in Germany with BC Sweet, playing three shows in the East, including Spremberg, and a re-visit to Chemnitz where we played with Christie around a decade ago. It was great to catch up with old friends such as Dozy, Beaky , Mick & Tich, as well as Bill Hurd’s Rubettes, and my old mate Ricky, their sound tech.

The Freilichbuhne in Spremberg

All of the shows were outdoor affairs, performed on some of Germany’s impressive Freilichbuhnes – huge stage constructions serving natural amphitheatres – ideal venues (when the weather holds!) Thankfully, apart from a little light rain on the first night, it did!

Spremberg on the Saturday was a lovely gig, as was the town, where I’d also been last year with Christie. Quintessentially German, it has a lovely town square, immaculately kept, with great coffee shops.

It was Chemnitz on the Sunday, a city that in the communist era bore the name Karl-Marx Stadt, and a huge statue of his head dominates the city centre, ironically not a stone’s throw from that symbol of capitalism, The Golden Arches!

We were playing, unusually, on Sunday afternoon, at the Braustolz Fest -a huge party held at the local Chemnitz brewery. We were well looked after, with great food and drink (as you can imagine!) and the fans were fantastic. These three shows were invaluable to us as a band, the more regularly you play the greater your sense of identity and togetherness, and afterwards we felt like we could take on the world. We’ll use that energy and momentum to push on and take BC Sweet to the next level.

Needless to say, the trams still run on time in Chemnitz.....

Unusually then, for us, the Sunday night was a relaxing one. The view from my hotel room took in the beautiful Opera house across the Square, and later that evening we headed out for coffee, beer and a bite to eat, reflecting on a successful weekend. Roll on the next one!

Kev Moore

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July 2, 2011 - Posted by | Music, Rock, Thoughts, Touring, Writing | , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Looks like a lovely part of Germany to play 3 outdoor gigs.Never been to the east but I love going to these east european cities where they still have trams running.Have you got any more BC Sweet gigs in the pipeline or Kev Moore solo/duo/trio gigs anywhere? I will be back in Espana end of August and I must say,I am spoilt with choice over in Kingston,Surrey with gigs and venues for all types of music.Gonna be down my local here this Sunday afternoon for some great blues/rock music.Gotta tell yer as I have done to all my music buddys about a great experience on Friday night.Had a couple of tickets for Rob Brydon Show at Teddington Studios.The day before I found out from a friend who works there the music act was Ronnie Wood and The Faces. Wow !!!!! I thought.Me and my pal were in the front row and it was so small a stage it was as if they were playing in my living room.A couple of duets on bar stools (Ronnie and Mick Hucknall)which they did a couple of takes of ,which was great for us.Later,it was a rousing version with all the lads plus Jesse Wood of ”Stay With Me”.All this about 2 or 3 metres away from our seats.The show is aired on BBC2 in about a months time.Dunno if you like The Faces music Kev ,but my mate is a big fan and the following day he was of to Oxfordshire to see them at a festival on their first show this year. Enjoy all your gigging and hope to see you play somewhere soon………………Tony

    Comment by Tony Fowler | July 3, 2011

  2. Hi Tony, Yeah, although you can see signs of the Cold War austerity in some of the major cities of the East, towns like Spremberg are quite picture-book, and Chemnitz is clean and ever-modernizing. Next BCS gig is in July in another lovely town – Osnabruck, which is twinned with my hometown of Derby!

    In answer to your question, I love The Faces! I would count ‘Stay with Me’ as one of my Top Ten singles of all time. I’ll look out for the show on BBC2. I’ll be playing in Almeria province at some point over the next month or so with Mezcaleros, and we have a trip to Estonia with Christie in November.

    Comment by kevmoore | July 3, 2011

  3. Hi Kev,on another subject entirely which is bad news for Derby,your hometown.Couldn’t believe it when I heard the news about 1,500 or so workers being laid off from Bombadier works because The U.K. government have given the contract for a load of work to Siemans in Germany creating 2,000 new jobs there.Making new trains for Thamesmead line I think it was.You couldn’t make it up. No wonder the U.K. is going down the pan rapidly ,in my opinion, when I hear this sort of thing.Spain is a long way off being a perfect country politically ,but I couldn’t see them letting their own workers down like that.

    Comment by Tony Fowler | July 5, 2011

  4. Wow – that’s bad news. I have a cousin who works for Bombardier ( at least I hope he still does!) Unbelievable to offer this out of the country.

    Comment by kevmoore | July 5, 2011


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