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YEARS AFTER at Burg Herzberg Festival"
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September 12, 2005 - WDR III Rockpalast
YEARS AFTER beim Burg Herzberg Festival, 16.07.2005
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HERZBERG FESTIVAL 2005
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(Burg Herzberg vom 14.-17.07.05)
we walked by one of the doorways a beautiful woman with dark hair was
watching us pass by, as it turned out this gorgeous woman was Sally
Lyons, Leo’s wife and mother of Tom and Harry Lyons. She told us later
on “I thought to myself I wonder if these two people could be Brigitte
and Dave…but I did not want to say anything and make a fool of myself
if I were wrong”.
how we imagine people to look when we send emails back and forth. First
of all we did not know that Sally would be there, and secondly I thought
she would be about 5 foot five, blonde hair, wearing a flannel or black
and white chequered shirt and blue jeans, or with a flower sundress and
looking like a farmers wife or a school teacher. What a shock to find
this woman who looks for all intents and purposes exactly like
Jacqueline Bisset in the movie “The Deep”. What a stunning beauty
and just damn nice woman she is. Her quick wit, intelligence and good
looks made for an interesting conversation. She and Leo make a dynamite
team, and as I have told her (now) and Leo in the past, their son Tom is
a gentleman in every sense of the word and simply a brilliant man in his
own rite. Although I have never met Harry in person, we have exchanged a
few emails, and Harry is very successful in the music business as well.
TYA's Equipment Technician
Sound Technician for TYA
a short amount of time Ric, Chick and Joe enter the room. It is like one
happy family, the band is happy and we fit right in with the excitement
of the moment. Brigitte and I know that this will be the last time we
will be together with the band for a while, so it is a special day for
taps me on the shoulder and asked me to come outside with him. Never
knowing what Ric has on his mind, or what he’s going to say I know
something’s up. He tells me about their plans to do a little tour of
the USA, four dates were on the horizon and as soon as they’re
confirmed he will let us know and then we can go forward and post them
on our site. Ric explains a little of the details and what is in store
in the future for the band. I listen intently and watch his face as he
explains, then all of the sudden I notice something in his voice and
that was confirmed by his facial expression, that there is a wonderful
little kid in Ric, that I always knew was there but didn’t reveal
itself very often. In fact, this is the first time I saw him actually
glow like a school kid just being released for summer vacation or more
accurately stated, he was now free to move forward to the next important
step for TEN YEARS AFTER.
Ric and Tom fooling around
after the gig
thing about all the members of Ten Years After, they all can be very
guarded in their emotions and responses, but given time and earning
their trust you begin to learn why this is so. It also explains why they
protect themselves, their artistic output and their future plans. We
respect their reasons, and more importantly understand their
significance. Band business is band business, we know where the line is,
as we support every effort they make to reach their
personal and band goals. One thing is for sure, I would never
underestimate them in any way or on any level. Never bet against them or
count them out, and most of all do not think that you know more about
what is best for them, they have a system that works.
I was so happy for Ric, and for the band, a wave of great joy came over
me at that moment. I also thought of our friends and Ten Years After
fans in America who are patiently waiting for their return. Sure it has
been a great time for Brigitte and I since 2002 to be able to be with
our favourite band on so many different occasions, but this is just one
step in their overall progression. We are a stepping stone and we
welcomed the opportunity to be of service to them, as it was good for
Leo is in his glory, no amount of money can buy that smile on his face.
Leo is a kid at heart just like Ric, and when Leo gives out a laugh from
his gut the whole room warms up about ten degrees. Leo has that Paul
Newman smile, like the collage shown at the end of the movie “Cool
Hand Luke” – it’s infectious.
Chick, is a little tired and wants to sit down, he’s in a good mood
and enjoying the day. Chick is another quick wit, and accurate as hell
when he speaks on a topic. I would like to spend just one day in a
locked room with him and make him spill all the information he carries
around inside, he is a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Joe, is ready to rock, full of energy but relaxed. He likes the familiar
faces around and the fans who come to visit that he now recognizes and
interacts with on a more personal level. One thing that makes Joe a
valuable asset, is that he is flexible, agreeable and a gentleman. I
have yet to meet anyone who does not like Joe Gooch. Musicians respect
him and accept him as an equal, fans appreciate him / some worship his
contributions and the women think he is sexy, cute and hot.
Joe Gooch, Reinhard Pieper and
Years After On Stage
time and the band is ready for the music hungry “Freaks” and they
are ready for Ten Years After.
a short introduction, Ric counts off and Joe launches the band right
into the crowd’s face, headlong into stardom once again on this tour.
I’m on the right side of the stage, and Brigitte with her access all
areas guest pass is positioned right between the stage and the audience.
As the band gets about two minutes into their set list, the throngs of
music fans rush towards the stage to see what this Joe Gooch is all
about. For me it was an easy stroll from the left side of the audience
to the right hand side, but now there was no room to move anywhere, the
area was packed full, standing in awe of Joe’s excellent playing.
an hour I made the attempt to get back to the artists entrance on the
other side of the field. As I wandered through the audience and listened
to the band, a brand new feeling of joy came over me. I have now become
well aware that many of these people have visited our website, Torsten
Strube’s and the Official TYA website as well.
are simply proud and to see the band on stage, the audience having the
best time ever, it is all very rewarding.
of people are here, and the other bands that played before TYA took the
stage only had some obligatory polite applause but no real support to
speak of. Now the place is a frenzy of activity and excitement. Song
after song the crowd grows larger, stronger and more enthusiastic. The
people here are standing facing the stage, the people traffic has
stopped and the audience is focused on the band and Joe himself.
entire set lasted almost two hours, the crowd stayed in front of the
stage the entire time and when the band did leave the stage, the people
dissipated slowly and quietly but all the while talking to each other
about what they have just witnessed….magic, and a new guitar legend.
band looks refreshed and excited. Sally has been out shopping on the
hillside while listening to her husband play. Brigitte has found our
friend Reinhard Pieper and they are comparing the photos that they took.
The band changes clothes and then heads out
front to sign cd’s, shirts and posters. Giving autographs is a given,
and as always the band members oblige. They all have a broad smile on
impression is that for some reason this gig is special, I do not know
the exact reason for this feeling, but it was very important that Ten
Years After pull this event off without any glitches or flaws. Yes, I
know they are all important, but somehow this one is different.
time with the band comes to an end, within forty five minutes, as they
have to make the space available for another band who is coming in. A
little commotion a little confusion as everyone gathers up their things
and decides who is going where and in what direction.
are left to say good-bye to Sally, Leo and Tom….it’s over.
Fans posing with TYA
Chick - always the ladies' man
... Hi Jessy!
discovering TYA NOW - and then
wander around the site, Brigitte takes photos, I check out the music
vendors for an hour or so and then start our trek back up the hill.
is now many a dim glow in every direction, as campfires are burning,
lamps are on, and there is a dull buzz of activity going on in every
most noticeable difference is that the smell of perfume and flowers that
greeted us coming in, has now been replaced by the stench of human
bodily waste of every kind, animal excrement under our feet and the
stink of unwashed sweaty bodies passing us in every direction and
stinking up the great outdoors!!! Let us not forget “JOHNNY” the
supposedly sanitary toilet
houses, that I would not enter on a bet, let alone sit or stand in for
any reason what so ever….they reek upon walking past each of them.
the top of the hill it gets better, and we are just about five hundred
yards from our car.
are glad we came and also glad to be heading back home.
festival was a great time, a nice place to visit but…I would not want
to live here.
last band to play on Saturday was Manfred Mann, I would like to give
them a scathing review, but with the spirit of Woodstock still with me,
I will limit my dislike.
I was looking for good music to purchase at the record vendors, the
background music coming from the stage was Manfred Mann playing Bruce
Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light”.