The whole weekend I was anxious about a possible cancellation of this concert, because those 3 gigs in Germany had to be cancelled due to Tobias Sammet’s throat infection. Therefore I was very pleased to see Edguy again – and many others shared my opinion, Z7 was almost sold out.
Kottak are four Rock’n’Rollers who were invited by Edguy to join them on their Age of the Joker Tour. There´s at least one well-known name in the band, Scorpions drummer James Kottak at the microphone, who also named the band. As the Scorpions were dissolved, this Kentucky-born musician can focus fully on his own band, which features Rock’n’Roll plus a dose of Punk and a wild female guitar player. Those are the ingredients to conquer the crowd, although the band´s style differs from Edguy´s . James and his crew offer a great show with a lot of power, although the sound is not quite my cup of tea.
Edguy After a way-too-long break Edguy finally enter the stage, first is Felix Bohnke who receives enthusiastic cheers; behind him a huge banner with the „Age Of The Joker“ motiv. While playing the song „Nobody’s Fool“, the other band members get on stage, followed by Tobias Sammet. The latter is still affected by his throat disease, but I have to admit that he made it well and his voice sounded perfectly through the first eight songs. After that you heard some occasional glitches, but thanks to this great show it was easy just to ignore them. No matter if Tobias himself or his guys Jens, Tobi, Dirk and Felix, they are all born entertainers and rock the stage and the hearts of their audience. Right away Sammet provokes laughter with his black humour: “At the drums – the drummer!” Not only his band colleagues but also the tech person got his leg pulled when Tobi claimed that the man at the sound table is “an old fruitcake who got fucked in the ass by Felix last night – I witnessed that myself”. Later during the sing-along with the audience he even wants to know “who wants to sleep with Felix?” Dead-drop silence in the hall. Tobi grins and turns to Felix: „It sucks to be the drummer, doesn´t it? Well, so you have to stick with Achim then.“ Right after that he declares that using the term fruitcake indicates that he doesn´t have any problem with homosexuals – and the audience cheers to that statement.
The setlist features songs like „Pandoras Box“, „Rock of Cashel“ and „ Lavatory Love Machine“. Another gimmick is offered in the middle of the show, after „Behind the Gates to Midnight World“ Tobi disappears from the stage and re-appears in the hall right behind the sound table, then a lifting ramp raises him up under the roof of Z7, and from there he performs „Superheros“. One of those gags that guarantee you never feel bored during their gig. Two encores are played, yet under the condition that all concert visitors go down on their knees. And as loyal fans, about 90 % of all people actually do that. It might be Mr. Sammet´s cynism that the song following this activity is „King of Fools“. But perhaps it´s just my interpretation of this game with fans, a balancing act between displays of adoration and foolishness.
Anyway, Edguy proved once again that they always offer a great and entertaining show.
More photos in the gallery, see link in the top section!