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Deine Lakaien 17.04.2017 Berlin Philharmonie XXX Retrospective

30.04.2017
After the wonderful evening in Hamburg, we are travelling on to Berlin. Spending the Easter days with city breaks and concerts is real fun :-).

The weather is still on April mode with changes between sun and rain. And Sunday is used for relaxing to become fit again for the next concert on Monday.

This time, the Berliner Philharmonie is hosting “our” Lakaien. The impressive building from the 60ies is one of Berlin’s touristic sites and has a reputation as concert hall. If you want to know more, here some links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berliner_Philharmonie; https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/philharmonie/acoustic/; http://www.panorama-cities.net/berlin/philharmonics.html

At 18 o’clock, the doors open and the visitors have time to look around the spacious and impressive foyer of the Philharmonie.

The concert hall itself is no less impressive: huge and nested… if you do not sit in the center, you might have a long and steep way to your place. Finding the correct block is not as easy either, luckily there is enough staff at the doors to show the way.

Slowly, the audience is getting seated. A few places behind the stage are taken as well. Here, the band can be watched only from the back and caused by the stage setting where large cloths spanning between the lamp poles limit the field of view…listening-only places…

Almost all of the 2250 places are taken and the band can play in front of a nearly sold-out hall. At 19 o’clock, the lights are turned out, the musicians enter the stage, and are welcomed with applause. The musical expedition starts with “Away”. Of cause, Deine Lakaien songs are placed at the beginning with “Colour-Ize”, “Gone”, and with “Lonley”. The audience here in Berlin has been waiting long for this concert and is demonstrating with applause that it appreciates the performance.

As Sabine Lutzenberger enters the stage for the coming Helium Vola pieces, she is frenetically greeted with applause. The pieces “Mahnung”, “Dormi”, and “Selig” accompanied by Ernst Horn at the piano create once more a very special atmosphere in their acoustic version. It is great, to experience the music of this fascinating project of Ernst Horn in the framework of the XXX-anniversary concerts live. Especially, since Helium Vola never played a real tour.

Again, one is following the tortuous musical paths of Deine Lakaien with “Over and Done” and “Where you are”, before suddenly encountering Veljanov. “The man with the silver gun”, and “The sweet life” show different facets of the singer, who once more puts his voice into the service of Deine Lakaien. “Return” and “Fighting the Green” are closing the first part of the concert.

The following break of 20 minutes is soon over and the ladies and gentlemen musicians are back on stage. Like the first part of the concert, the second part has a calm beginning with “Walk to the Moon”, just to take-of again with “Contact”. It is getting calmer again with “Where the winds don’t blow”, a song with unfortunately still up-to-date lyrics. This attunes for the next song of the second Helium Vola part: “Begirlich in dem Herze min”. However, there is also music to dance to as proven by “Omnis mundi creatura”. Mr. Horn is running wild with his “machinery” before falling back on Deine Lakaien ground with “Cupid’s Disease”. But also the solo albums of Mr. Veljanov have their own place within the set list as “Seraphim”, and “Mein Weg” delight the fans. The audience in Berlin is a bit more restrained compared to Hamburg, but still in good spirits and applauds wildly between the songs.

At one point, Mr. Veljanov remarks that it can take sometimes decades to get from the SO36 into the Philharmonie, but still this has to be accomplished. Apparently, Deine Lakaien got some things right :-).

Deine Lakaien conclude the concert with “Reincarnation” and “Dark Star”. The audience gives standing ovations and under continuous applause the band is leaving the stage. Well, we all know already that this is not the final ending and therefore the audience in Berlin throws itself into getting them back on stage. This works, of course, and soon Ernst Horn and Alexander Veljanov enter the stage starting the encore with an acoustic version “One Night”. Then it is getting crowded on the stage, since for “Mindmachine” the entire ensemble is needed. And for the following “Overpaid”, even one additional man is brought in. Ernesto, head of the technicians, can again master his bass guitar on stage, instead of the mixer. And indeed there are people, who cannot stand to remain seated but are dancing on the gallery obviously having a lot of fun.

The band seemed to have a lot of fun, as well, performing in the Berliner Philharmonie. Mr. Veljanov is saying a few words in English thanking the international guests for coming. Then the time has come for the last song of the evening. Like in the other concerts, also the audience in Berlin can enjoy listening to “Love me to the End” as a duet by Sabine Lutzenberger and Alexander Veljanov. Thus, also this concert is finished with a real highlight. The audience is enthralled, standing up and celebrating the band. The concert tonight was again wonderful as expected. This short tour that consists of only six concerts is truly something very special.

(Photo: Karli Scharschmidt)

Again we met many people. It is really great to meet fans one knows since so long every now and then at the concerts or to meet people from the “virtual world” in real life. Ildiko, Fly, Chris and Claus, Anja, Nicole, Artemis, Feather, and many more nice folks that we did not know before did cross our paths tonight. Well, once more these were two great evenings in the framework of the XXX – 30 years Deine Lakaien anniversary tour. And one is still to come. So, cu in Leipzig. We are looking forward to this :-)

Here you can see Dea’s photos

Setlist:

1. Away
2. Colour-ize
3. Gone
4. Lonely
5. Mahnung (Helium Vola)
6. Dormi (Helium Vola)
7. Selig (Helium Vola)
8. Over and done
9. Where you are
10. The man with the silver gun (Veljanov)
11. The sweet life (Veljanov)
12. Return
13. Fighting the green

Break:

1. Walk to the moon
2. Contact
3. Where the winds don’t blow
4. Begierlich in dem Herze min (Helium Vola)
5. Omnis mundi creatura (Helium Vola)
6. Cupids desease
7. Seraphim (Veljanov)
8. Mein Weg (Veljanov)
9. Reincarnation

by queeny (translation CM)