29.11.2006 Kaizers Orchestra (Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg)

OK, at some point in time there had to be a concert that was a little more difficult for Kaizers. And actually, this is much more interesting. If Kaizers need to work a little once in a while instead of everything just working out perfectly without them doing anything at all. =;-)

First of all, the club was very interesting – it was on the fourth floor of a huge business building. Almost like in Japan… *gg* But it filled up very quickly, it was really packed – cool! I was expecting a really great concert again – maybe as good as in Munich? And I had a very nice spot again, pretty far in the back but with a good overview over the crowd in front of the stage.

Well. But nobody moved before the intro started, no shouting, no clapping. And somehow, there wasn’t too much of it when the concert started either… Kaizers came on stage, the crowd cheered – but not really loud. And during the first five or six songs, Kaizers had to work really hard to get the audience to just do “something”. When the Jackal wanted us to clap he really had to animate everybody – and even then, only the first half of the hall clapped along. And sometimes nobody reacted at all.

This doesn’t mean the atmosphere was bad though. People were having a great time, especially in front of the stage. But the audience wasn’t as loud as in other cities, and it seemed like the “typical” Hamburg audience – cold and reserved… =:-/ And so nothing did happen. I already expected to get a standard concert without any talking or anything special inbetween.

But at some point in time, the crowd started to wake up, and the band pulled out all the stops!

The setlist was almost identical to the one in Berlin: KGB, Delikatessen, Knekker deg til sist, Ompa til du dør, Bøn fra helvete, Container, Senor Flamingos Adieu, Blitzregn Baby, Veterans klage, Mann mot mann, Kontroll på kontinentet, Min kvite russer, 9mm, Katastrofen, Dieter Meyers Inst., first encore: Bak et halleluja, Maestro, second encore: Sigøynerblod, Resistansen.

When the guitar players were introduced after Mann mot mann, the Jackal told us again that Hellraizer is “der einzige Gitarrist, den niemand nachmachen will!” – “the only guitar player nobody wants to copy!”. Killmaster, on the other hand, was introduced normally. Of course Hellraizer thought this wasn’t fair, and he complained about it. But the Jackal calmed him down: “OK, alle er like mye vært!” (“Everybody is worth the same!”).

During Kontroll på kontinentet, the Jackal jumped into the audience and was carried away by the crowd (unlike his second stunt, where people didn’t catch him and thus he had to jump around in the middle of the crowd *g*). During his introduction, Hellraizer did not spit water this time – instead, he had a set of vampire teeth in his mouth. *rofl* OK, I guess most people didn’t have the slightest idea what that was about, but the band had a good laugh. =;-)

Then it was time for Min kvite russer again, and of course they had to find out first where the people in the audience came from. There was a Polish girl there again, and of course she had to say something in Polish. But the Jackal didn’t believe her: “That was Czech or something!” So Hellraizer had to say something in Polish instead. But then she should say a longer sentence, and okay, then Kaizers believed it… =;-) Surprisingly *g*, a lot of people answered yes to the question if there was someone there from Germany. Jackal to Hellraizer: “I knew it! You owe me 100 kroner!” – Hellraizer seems to be a bad loser, ’cause following this, he got in rage and threw some water bottles across the stage. =;-)

Oh, and by the way – you hear a lot better if you put your ear directly against the microphone! *g*

And then the Jackal asked if anybody knew how to say “White Russian” in Norwegian. The first row knew it of course, but – “you’re the first row, of course you know everything!”

The singing worked out pretty well then – except that the audience didn’t understand that they should stop singing during the verse. *g* But that wasn’t too bad.

Dieter Meyers was impressive as always. With a very long break inbetween, with the audience cheering in the meantime.

In general, it was very hot in the hall – and probably worse on stage. The Jackal took off his shirt and wrung it out, and well… I would guess that was at least half a liter of sweat… urgh.

Before they played the last song, we were supposed to scream booh at them, ’cause that’s the way you do it for the last song. And the Jackal wanted us to shout “We don’t love you!” – but no, I just couldn’t do that. *gg*

Resistansen was the perfect conclusion of the night then. Even though the ending was a little wild and weird, and the Jackal couldn’t continue singing after a while and had to go to Hellraizer for some comfort. Pfaah, those sensible artists are a pain… =;-)

It was a great concert again, even though I feared for the worst in the beginning. But somehow it’s much more exciting to conquer an audience instead of getting everything for free from the very beginning, right?

So, and now I’ll take a short break from the tour life and I’ll gather my force for three concerts in Copenhagen…

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