Short & Loud
The Rastatt Open Air (The
Hooters as support for Meat Loaf) was my first possibility to catch a
Hooters show in 2005. The venue itself was very nice: located in a park
belonging to an old castle it provides space for maybe 4000 people.
Most of them were here for the top act of course. So only a few people
wearing Hooters T-Shirt could be seen. After Steve Harley & Cockney
Rebel finished their set the Hooters entered the stage at 8 pm and the
guys started with a new song (Time) . Normally a perfect choice because
this song really rocks, but unfortunately the band had to suffer the
being-only-the-support syndrom also called bad sound. The guitars were
to loud and sounded over-amplified and the vocals somehow got lost in
this sound chaos. Also the second song (Day by Day) experienced the
same difficulties before the sound improved dramatically during
Graveyard Waltz / 500 miles. The band was trying hard to warm up te
crowd, but it needed a couple of songs.
Although having only 60 minutes for the show I liked the fact, that the
guys were not playing only a greatest-hits set but included 2 new
songs. The second new song was introduced by Rob and is titled
"Safe in your arms", a very folky song with Eric on flute and
vocals (and guitar of course) which was followed by "Johnny B".
During the introduction of "Safe in your arms" Rob said, that this song
will be on the new CD, but no release date was mentioned. After
finishing the regular set which included "Satellite", "Karla with a K"
and "And we danced" the Hooters came back for only encore (All you
zombies) and finished the show at 9 pm. Although the sound was terrible
at the beginning of the show it was brilliant at the end of the show:
it was one of the best versions of "All you zombies" I've ever heard.
But nevertheless I'm looking forward for the 2 full length shows next
week in Konstanz and Lahr.