Herbert and Giessen…
Remember Giessen? (It’s not in Russia!)
Today’s blog is about trying to remember accurately something that happened about 30 years ago. In the past few days I have been to a number of performances, including the Matthew Herbert Brexit big band performance in the glorious architectural masterpiece that is the new Hamburg concert hall.
In conversation after the concert, I said I was certain I had played a large festival in Giessen around 1989. Although the notorious performance I remembered was in fact one in St Wendel, some friends of friends had seen Fischer-Z play near Giessen.
Over Portuguese douro, gin and tonics we were searching the internet for evidence of the show. Phone calls were made that helped us identify the event.
Although there was no mention of Fischer-Z the bill (sad but true!), someone remembered that Joe Cocker and Susan Vega both performed that day.
I was wondering whether any of you reading this went to that show near Giessen all that time ago?! It was the era of large outdoor rock events with big-name American artists like Tina Turner, when maybe ticket prices were a little more reasonable! Please write a comment if you remember this show, or any other performances in the ‘Fish’s Head’ era.
As I sit outside a café this morning on an amazingly warm and sunny February morning I’m reminded that we have a number of festivals which I’m looking forward to this summer 2019.
I have just heard that seven British MPs have resigned from the Labour party. Both major parties in Westminster are unfortunately lead by intransigent characters. Hopefully many more MPs will shake off the chains of Political party constraints to enable a reasonable solution to the Brexit fiasco!