See you next year!
The final show of the Hooters
summer tour 2005 has been moved on short notice from a club
in Lahr to the Heilbronn Gaffenberg Festival - the same festival where
the final show of the summer tour 2004 took place. The Gaffenberg
festival is really a very nice venue: located on a hill between
vineyards, several tents provided space for rock- and other shows. A
playground makes this festival very attractive for families to spent a
nice summer evening.
"Time" and "Day by day" started the show and you could see from the
beginning that the guys were enjoying the festival. Eric was
smiling during the whole concert (so it seems) and was imitating
Pete Townsend's windmill from time to time. John did a great job
on lead vocals during "Digging Deeper Down" and he and Eric
were amazing during "Deliver Me / Private Emotion". As ususal Rob did
magic on the keyboards, the accordeons and of course the Hooter while
Dave and Fran were rocking the tent.
The sound was not as good as in Konstanz, but nevertheless the new
songs like "Live to see the day" and "Safe in your arms" were well
received by the audience. My favourites of this show: "Morning Buzz",
"Boys of summer" and "25 days".
After "All you zombies", which normally used to be the last song, Rob
and Dave came back to start "Time after Time", Eric and Fran joined
them in the second half of the song. All 5 played "One of us". Rob
introduced the band and the whole Hooters crew. Eric introduced Rob and
it was a very moving moment, when Eric said: "Rob and me had our ups
and downs - but more ups than down". He added in German: "Rob ist das
Herz der Hooters" (Rob is the heart of the Hooters). Rob mentioned a
new CD "to be coming soon" and promised to come back next year.
Because the Hooters joined the festival on such
short notice, the ticket does not mention them. Rob, Eric and John did
a fine job to modify the ticket for me :-)