The Mission – “Live At Rockpalast”
Besides their very successful albums such as “God’s Own Medicine” (1986), “Children” (1988) and above all “Carved In Sand” (1989), “The Mission” primarily established themselves as a live band: whether as a support act for (i.e.) “U2” or “The Cure” or as famous European festivals’ headliner – or on their own distinct tours. Wayne Hussey stresses in a lot of interviews that the key to the band is the live experience which you can rarely fully portray on the albums.
Van der Graaf Generator – “Live At Rockpalast”
„…it’s difficult to think of comebacks more impeccable than Van der Graaf Generator’s”, the BBC wrote in awe about the over 50 years old progressive rock band’s reunion.
At the time, Peter Hammill (guitar, keyboards, singer), Hugh Banton (organ, piano), Guy Evans (drums) as well as David Jackson (saxophone, cross flute) Van der Graaf Generator’s “original line up”.
It was the idea of Peter Bursch (founding member and leader of the German Krautrock legend Bröselmaschine), to put together an illustrious crowd of popular musicians and to organize a Jimi Hendrix Rockpalast Tribute concert in 1991, twenty years after the death of one of the most influential guitarists in rockhistory. Rockpalast mastermind Peter Rüchel and director Christian Wagner got enthusiastic about this (more…)
According to the motto “No filler, just killer” Paradise Lost raised a lot of dust at the Bizarre Festival on 19th August 1995 in Cologne/Germany with bangers like ‘Embers Fire’, ‘Remembrance’ or ‘True Belief’.
Paradise Lost’s LIVE AT ROCKPALAST offers not only fans but also the members of the band the opportunity to refresh their memories. “In this hot stage of our career we (more…)
The Rockpalast of WISHBONE ASH was recorded on 1st December 1976 in the Sporthalle Cologne and shows the inventors of the legendary dual lead-guitar/twin guitar sound” with the classical line-up of the band from Andy Powell (guit., voc.), Martin Turner (bass, voc.), Steve Upton (dr.) and Laurie Wisefield (guit.) in captivating form and mood. In 1976 Wishbone Ash was at the zenith of (more…)
When Paul Young entered the stage of the Grugahalle in Essen with his band The Royal Family on 30 March 1985, he was at the height of his career and the most successful British pop star of his time. His album “No Parlez” had broken all sales records, the follow-up album “The Secret Of Association” was about to start at (more…)
The Rockpalast was still in its infancy when the British band STARRY EYED & LAUGHING entered the stage of the Cologne WDR studio L on 24 February 1976. Only a handful of bands like the Streetwalkers, Man, Procol Harum, the Climax Bluesband or Alexis Korner had the honour to perform live in the Cologne studios and later to be broadcasted (more…)
The death of Peter Rüchel is a great loss for the entire German music scene. He was without doubt, together with Christian Wagner, the forefather of the music format Rockpalast and with his decisions had an enormous influence on the development of the music scene not only in Germany, but in many European countries.
From 1976 onwards, Rockpalast’s artistic selection not only brought the (more…)