REVOLVERHELD SHOOT OPEN THE KUNST!RASEN SEASON 2015
‘One of the biggest Cultural Initiatives in Bonn’ is how Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch describes Kunst!Rasen in this years Event handbook. Is it already four years ago that Lou Reed kicked off the ‘new’ venue?
Since Reed kicked it off it’s been in regular danger of being ‘Kicked out’ with the end of every Season it seems, but still prevails – because it’s something that the majority of ‘Bonners’ want, even if it often seems as if the custodians of the City itself don’t. On Sunday it was back though,with young guns blazing. The ‘guns’ being young and popular German Rockers Revolverheld (now there’s an ideal name for a band of young guns!)
You might be forgiven for thinking that next band up ‘Kensington’ came from London. They do sing in English, and they have in fact made a CD in Leeds too, but Utrecht is in fact the band’s home. Having checked out a couple of videos before the show I was quite hopeful of some hard rocking sounds (maybe that also explained the ‘Harmonie’ people in the crowd). In particular I’d seen a soundtrack song for the film ‘Bloedlink‘ with an excellently rocking ‘All or Nothing’ video. A lot to hope for, but…
Maybe it was the fault of the daylight. I suspect they sound and look heavier in a dark and sweaty concert hall. Vocal and lead guitarist Eloi Youssef had the lean and hungry look of an ‘I don’t like Mondays’ era Bob Geldof, but everything looked a little too clean and shiny to be genuine on a sunny Summers evening.
With a crowd of 8000 out to have a good time they had no trouble getting a sing-along going to ‘Streets’ – “Where do we go when the streets are calling?” I had the feeling that they went home though rather than on the rampage or to a dark smoky club. Maybe it was the small boy sitting on his fathers shoulders with a thick pair of headphones to protect his ears that blew the rocking atmosphere? I’d like to see these guys in a small club gig. I think they would kick a*s there. Ya boo to the stage crew at the end too. Hey guys, you could at least have waited 15 seconds before switching off the band’s equipment and the ‘Kensington’ sign behind them – and at least given the appearance that an encore MIGHT happen.
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