TO TEN YEARS AFTER’s
“ROCKING RED LINE PERFORMANCE”
– ROCK & POP MUSEUM – TEN YEARS AFTER LIVE IN
REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE
TRIMUMPH - TYA - MY TIME AFTER AWHILE
16, 2004 was our first visit to the Rock and Pop Museum in
desire is to get Ten Years After inducted into this top
rate Rock Hall Of Fame.
our visit is successful the results are slow to bear any
substantial fruit. Numerous emails and friendly responses
have only prolonged what Brigitte and I hoped to
now four years later, Friday June 27, 2008 and after
Ten Years After are finally going to make their concert
debut here, and it’s a dream come true for us.
AM and we’re off to the Rock and Pop Museum. This after
three days of preparation and an overload of stress.
Cameras, fuel, money, food, wine
and assorted bottles for the band, plus a box of
Herb’s books, that all need to be sorted and packed.
The weather is
shitty to say the least, high winds and rain this morning,
things look pretty grim, it reminds me of my trip to the
Woodstock landmark many years ago. We hit the highway in
the direction of Osnabruck heading for the Netherlands
border. For a Friday morning we’re saved the headache of
the “Warsaw Highway” as we’re going in the opposite
direction, thank God for that. It’s an hour and a half
drive and longer than I remember it to be, and all the
damn construction doesn’t help matters. But we arrive at
12:45 and none the worse for ware.
pick up Anita at her hotel and then head into town.
place looks the same as I remember and Brigitte is excited
to show Anita around the place. The bookstore has changed
a little bit, as there’s now a little café added.
Also there’s a glass (cheerio)
cabinet that offers miniature guitars, drums, horns
for sale. We did manage to pick up a little present for
Ric, “Instant Party” a book about Ric’s old
running buddy Keith Moon…..later Ric thanked us profusely for the
book because as he told us “I saw this in hard cover
when it first came out, and I always wanted to buy a copy,
but never did for one reason or another”. A while back,
maybe five years ago now, I gave Ric my copy of another
book written about Keith called “Full
Moon”…..Brigitte and I get great pleasure out of pleasing these guys. Just giving
something back to the men who have given us so damn much
in the last forty one years, and still counting.
– Rock and Pop Museum Staff:
still remember us after our visit so many years ago.
Sabine, Frank and Mike are all still there and are visibly
enthusiastic about the museum, it’s purpose and its
progress. Sabine was crazy
busy, but she still took time out to talk with us, answer
our questions and be of
any assistance we needed. She looks the same, but
it seems that her job title has changed and she also seems
to have more responsibility and authority then I remember.
like me, has put on a few extra pounds, his hair is longer,
with a pony-tail and he now looks more like a band roadie
than mister GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly) or Ivy League. He
looks happy and sixteen hour days of hard work doesn’t
seem to bother him in the least.
the day I see him lifting, carrying and lugging everything,
from point A to point B and without a mumbling word of
saw him later in the backstage area, we shook hands like
old friends do and had a quick five minute chat. I thanked
him for helping us upon our first meeting and being so
supportive and understanding of our efforts. He told me that the RPM had a meeting to decide on which
bands should be booked to play this Summer, and he was
there when they decided on Ten Years After! Way to go
Frank! I don’t know just how much influence he had in
the decision making process, and he offered no inkling
that he had anything to do with it, (to be honest)
but knowing Frank as I do, he was all for it as he
remembered us and what we were fighting for. So, the event
was set and everyone was ready.
has a few extra tattoos then I remember, and a piercing or
three on his person that are visible, but let me tell you
this, Mike is a storehouse of information and personal
experience. He’s the one to go to if you want the truth,
the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you
rock and roll. Talk about multi-tasking, this man can do
ten things at once, while temporarily forgetting his name
or what day of the week it is. He just has a never ending
desire to make more room, to store / file away more
information in that brilliant head of his.
I’ve found, practices excellence, and common sense
values. I asked him to sit down with me for a minute in
order to make up for some lost time, he politely declined
my offer, as he was working and not free for visiting,
sitting or relaxing at this moment. You just got to
respect a man like that, so much integrity, brains and
common sense. Respect to you Mike, it’s always a
pleasure to see you and spend
of course remembers us from four years ago, and he says to
us, “you can do whatever you want to do here”……
thanks Mike, you make us feel special and right at home my
you just read above, took place in roughly the first two
hours of our visit.
also like to mention the help of Petra, who never saw us
before but treats everyone with the same amount of respect
me to tell you what makes Petra and the others here so
It’s very simple, they allow you the freedom to be
yourself, as everyone who enters brings with them their
own knowledge, experience and desires. That being said,
only the individual knows
what he or she wants and needs from this experience. The
staff offers no interference between the individual and
the presentation of the exhibits. In fact, I get the
distinct feeling, that the staff make their presence,
virtually invisible until called upon for assistance.
example, I was able to take a Jethro Tull book that cost
fifty euros off the shelf and sit down at a table in the
café and not be bothered by anyone, who were going to
questioning my motives or giving me a lecture about the
value of the book. I’m not going to steal it, or spill
anything on it, or fold, bend or manipulate the pages in
I was finished with it, I returned it to its rightful spot
and said thank you to Petra.
pro-active museum with invisible attendants, makes for a
comfortable and educational environment.
OUT THE OUTDOOR STAGE AREA – 5:30
located right behind the main building. There’s a little
lawn area and there’s also a half dozen food and drink
concession stands, in trucks / camper style vehicles
bordering the side and back perimeters.
stage is excellent, bright and big enough to accommodate
the largest of bands and personnel with ease and comfort.
The whole set up is perfect. The sun is out, and the last
dark clouds are passing overhead and disappearing very
rapidly. The temperature is cool and fresh, just right for
a June evening in 2008.
- Opening band is called “The Gronau Band” a local
favourite they tell me, but only one ex-hippie looking
girl is standing right in front of the stage, fifteen
people are sitting on the lawn, ten people including us,
are standing on the foot bridge looking down.
Photos by Martin Zweck
- The second band is called “Epitaph”. I’ve heard
the name, but don’t know the band or even the members by
name. The funny thing is that I was talking with the bass
player outside the door to the back-stage area, I told him
he looks like Pat Travers – he laughed and said, “most
people think I look like Mick Jagger” I replied, Travers
is more of a compliment, trust me! We talked for five
minutes and then I went inside, and placed myself at the
first table just inside the door. I was waiting for the
members of Ten Years After to arrive…..but they planted
themselves in their dressing room, located in the next
building, and I wasn’t about to bother them at this
point, as they’ll come over for dinner when they’re
did show up, but looking very pre-occupied and just a
little concerned. I expected this as I learned a half hour
before this that he was having problems with his bass
guitar, and everyone was scrambling to correct the
situation. I did manage to ask him about the Quadraphonic
Album “A Space In Time”, as I wanted to know if he had
a hand in its production and mastering process. His reply
was a yes, sort of, and no he didn’t want to accept any
credit for it, as he wasn’t at all impressed with the
final outcome. We both agreed that - that short lived
phase in recording was a waste of time. Leo, in his cool
style explained the process of the “Quad Era” and the
division of expanding the stereo groove in order to make
it work…..in conclusion, it seemed like a lot of work
for nothing special to come out of it.
started to feel very guilty for even bringing the subject
up, I just felt the need to ask Leo about the recording
studios he set up and see if he had anything to offer on
the subject. He did say that he had a “Quad Desk” in
his studio, and I did learn that the bands new cd and dvd
will be released this September! Tentatively of course. I
say between September 19th and December 25th
just in time for Christmas!
finished dinner and returned to the dressing room to get
ready for the show.
Bass Guitar Technician, trusted confidante and a good
friend to all, came in for dinner and we talked for a half
hour, about everything under the sun.. I asked him where
his mother and sister were, they’ll be here within the
hour he said, full of pride and joy.
was in Luxembourg with us, and we talked about Herb and
that no one knew just how sick he really was. Herb gave no
signs of it during dinner that evening, Herb ate and drank
as normal and complained about nothing during the days we
were together. Everyone
is still in shock six months after his untimely
death. We all got to meet Herb in person there, for the
first time for us, and no one ever got to see him again,
it’s so tragic. Herb had a positive influence on
everyone he met, you just liked him automatically,
you couldn’t help not to feel good around him.
- Mother and Sister Arrive
now starting to feel like the host of ceremonies as people
come and go.
invite Sander’s mother and sister to join me at my table.
Funny how we’re all part of the Ten Years After Family
now, and everyone gets along, interacts well together and
we all look forward to seeing each other from concert to
Sander’s mother is a die hard Ten Years After fan from
a- way back, and she’s a lady who likes her music and
loves her children unconditionally, and they return that
love in spades.
is the keeper of the facts and figures, where they’ve
been, how long they stayed, which band was good and which
ones were total shit. She’ll tell you straight out and
you either deal with her honest approach or you don’t,
she could care less – either she likes you or she’ll
tell you to piss-off……I not only like that about her,
but respect her all the more for it.
sister Carina, (just like her mother) is a wild card to
say the least, this woman at 26 years old also takes no
shit from nobody and would rather tell you to fuck off
than waste her time listening to your lame pick up lines
– she wouldn’t even play along with you just to get a
drink. She may not be able to out drink you, but when
she’s had enough of your presence, she’ll symbolically
stick a fork in you and tell you in no uncertain terms say
– you’re done pal, move along!
can see her saying “Talk to the hand” you’re wasting
my time shit-head!
I’m one of the lucky ones, as she and I deal on another
level, music, her brother and the band. She’s quick and
slick and smart as a whip. A new razors edge ain’t got
nothin´ on her when compared to her wit - rapid fire
thoughts, comments and reactions…..in short – she made
me feel old, all of my 53 years shone through – like an
old pair of bare-thread denim jeans – blue jean blues!
his mother and sister Carina are all just a real pleasure
to spend time with.
Lyons - The Voice of
watched him running about during the sound check, and the
pre show set up, and finally got to shake his hand and say
hello to him as he was flying through the back stage area.
He stopped for a minute to say hello, it’s always good
to see him.
the first time we were introduced to him back in Twist,
Germany and being the bands second concert with Joe, Tom
has really matured, or should I say grown into the role
that he holds today. His job title is “Backline
/ Supervisor” – and later on I had the chance to
discuss with him the subject of
We were backstage in the bands dressing room
right after their performance, after giving due
time for everyone to relax, Tom and I had a chat. I told
him the show was great, told him about our friends at the
venue, and I asked him if he liked our friend Frank, who
works at the museum.
of course came across Frank, as Frank and Tom were
bouncing all over the place for the entire evening. Frank
was directly supporting Tom and the band as Tom was doing
his part to keep everything in order.
said to Tom, another perfect show, whereby Tom took the
opportunity to explain the difference in perspective
during a Ten Years After concert….and of course he’s
one hundred percent right.
perspective is, have a good time, interact with friends
and other fans, show support for the band, and know that
the band will perform flawlessly as usual, making us proud
and able to see the happy faces all around us. Brigitte
and Anita do their photography thing, and I try to keep a
running tally on people places and events all going on
around me, in order to write accurate concert reviews
Perspective on the other hand - his main job is to
troubleshoot any problems that may arise and try to catch
them before they happen. Secondly, he has to make sure the
bands supplies, on stage and off are met…..Thirdly, he
has to remain flexible and calm throughout, if he blows
his cool, the house of pressure will come tumbling down
all around him. Funny thing isn’t it? I wanted to give
you his perspective and got caught in a trap of
voicing my opinion of what his job consist of.
only hear half the show if that, as I’m to busy to pay
attention to the music, I also hear the band so often that
I don’t need to listen to them performing, that’s the
least of my problems, if a problem occurs that I’m unaware of, they’ll
let me know and I jump right on it.”
He continues, “I know where the technical problems are
likely to pop up, and that’s what I pay attention to
during the show, everything changes minute by minute and I
have to be ready.”
The Trouble Shooter!
know how hard he works, harder than anyone else we’ve
seen at a concert, but what I should have asked him is why?
For example, at the Eric Burdon concert, the crew set
everything up hours before he even thinks of walking on
stage, and later the crew breaks everything down and they
move on to the next venue. But, my point is, during the
show they stand on the side lines and watch the concert.
a Leslie West concert, the guitar technician only had to
re-tape a few wires on the stage floor so that the fat man
himself doesn’t trip and fall over them. Changing a
broken guitar string is very rare, so otherwise, he
watches the show with the audience.
Tom is always on duty, ready at a moments notice to react…and
conversation moves on, as I asked him how his mother is
doing? We haven’t seen her in awhile, in fact since the
Arrow Festival. Tom said that she was thinking of coming
to this gig but it didn’t work out that way. Tom then
continued on about his brother Harry, and that Tom and
Harry rarely get to see each other these days. I asked if
they were close as brothers, and Tom said they’re very
close and he wished that they could get together more
often, as they really enjoy their time together.
told Tom, that we haven’t had the chance to meet Harry
yet, but are looking forward to it.
conversation with Tom was great fun as usual, but I can
see that when you’re a perfectionist in search of
excellence as he is, the pressure of trying to stay on top
of everything can overwhelm you, and sometimes the stress
will show through. But let me make it clear, Tom is none
the worse for wear, he’s a professional and has the
perfect temperament for the position he holds. He was only
explaining his side of the coin and calling my attention
to the fact, that for us it’s fun, games and good music,
while from his point of view it’s damn hard work, that
at times I’m sure seems endless and unforgiving….even
on the best of days and circumstances
- as this one was.
Tom, you’re a good friend, appreciated by the audience
who watches you at work and one of the best assets the
band could possibly have!
Thanks for the Photos, Martin
I worked my way over to Tom, I was waiting for my chance
to talk with Joe. I needed to talk with him about a very
delicate matter, that even I didn’t want to bring up but
would’ve kicked myself in the ass if I didn’t clear it
up here and now. Trust me, it was a very uncomfortable
situation, but I whispered into his ear and expressed my
feeling in the matter and awaited his response.
had every right to just say, it’s over and forgotten, or
I prefer not to discuss it at all, or mind your own
business Dave and leave it at that.
knew what kind of person Joe was when I first met him
about six years ago now. I found him to be young, talented,
experienced for his age and just a quiet and unassuming
decent man. I feel the same and even more so these days.
replied to my question in his open and honest way, which
filled me with great relief. He explained his point of
view, and as he did I realized that he was a much better
person than I.
Tom I’ve never heard Joe raise his voice or seen any
anger in him. I’ve seen him anxious before a show and
hyperactive afterwards but nothing besides that.
is just a normal person with extraordinary musical talents
that abound. Seems like he and Leo and Tom all came out of
the same mold gentleman all.
I say thank you Joe. You have always had our respect and
support. This will continue for many years to come.
to talk to Ric is an adventure in tackling skills from my
days on the gridiron playing half-back / full-back. Ric is
the main cog in the Ten Years After wheel – it just
struck me funny, as Ric is the wheeler-dealer – booker -
broker and spokesman for the band. If there’s thirty
people in a room, twenty nine are calling his name and
trying to get his attention.
was a rare moment in a few ways. First of all, Ric and the
band were all well rested and this was their first concert
in over a week. Ric was in an excellent mood, partly
because of the box Brigitte brought with us for the band.
Thirdly, Ric and I had a few loose ends to tie up while we
have the chance.
wanted to know if he had a recording of
Ten Years After at the BBC ?
To which he answered “yes, Herb gave him a copy”.
I told Ric that I have the same one from Herb, so that
answered that question. I was going to ask Ric if he could
find the original BBC radio shows for us, but it didn’t
seem like the right time or place to bring it up. But I
would love to have the complete broadcast to listen to, as
the performance on the cd’s are all spliced together and
chopped up over all these years. I explained to Ric, my
copy is most likely a seventeenth generation
version and the sound quality is so bloody shitty
as to be almost unbearable.
I asked him about his Ten Years After archive, and we
compared notes and listened to each others stories. Then,
as I was looking through Herb’s TYA Bible, I was able to
ask Ric who was in some of those photos – which led us
to a discussion about Jeff Beck who was on the same bill
with TYA during Jeff’s new album at the time called “Truth”.
I won’t relay these stories here as Ric might want to
add them to his forthcoming book.
me it’s always wonderful to hear personal stories about
our hero’s friends.
should also be known, that I’ve never heard any of the
band members talk negatively about any other musician. If
they don’t care for someone or dislike some other band,
they keep it to themselves.
and I talked about the bands new dvd, and what he has left
to do on the pre-production, and this is what he told me.
“As good as Herb’s book is, it’s still missing some
key events in the bands history that I’d like to add.
I’d like to fill in the blanks so to speak and get the
time line correct so that everyone can see the whole
missing in the time line I inquired?
says, “There needs to be some mention of “The
Mansfield’s” the band I was in, and also more coverage
of Chicks band called “Son Of Adam”.
talked about the loss of Herb and just how much he meant
and still means to all of us. Ric was saying how much help
Herb had been to him and the band, and I seconded that
comment, as he was our biggest supporter, helper and
“Ten Years After Historian” and undisputed
Expert – not only with Ten Years After but Eric
said to Ric, you just can’t believe how heart-broken
Brigitte and I are, his reply was “tell me about it”
he said, it’s such a tragedy, I can’t believe he’s
gone. Ric asked me if I’d known in advance just how sick
Herb was, I said, no Ric, I didn’t, and Herb didn’t
even know himself until it was too late. If Herb had the
slightest inkling, he would’ve confided in Brigitte and
Few Weeks To Live
I told Herb
in an email that upon learning that his cancer was
terminal, that I’d leave it to his discretion to inform
the people close to him. I kept this promise until Herb
could no longer communicate with anyone by computer. At
this time I sent an email to Leo and Ric explaining the
dire situation and Ric
contacted me right away and I confirmed the sad news.
readers should also know, that Leo and Ric both called
Herb on the phone and personally wished him well. This
gave Herb great comfort, just knowing that his music
hero’s were also really good friends. This
is also confirmed by
Herb’s sister Claudia and brother Tom.
As far as I know, Leo and Ric were the last people, to
speak with Herb on the phone, outside of
with Ric and listening to his stories is a real pleasure,
and when he’s happy, rested and enjoying a little wine
after the show, it’s a wonderful thing, I could listen
to him for hours on end. Thank you Ric.
Book / Living Spirit
most of you know from our message board, Brigitte and I
bought an entire box of Herb’s book from his sister
Claudia and then had them shipped to us here in Germany.
arrived a week before the Gronau concert.
We loaded them into the trunk / boot of my car /
auto and brought them with us. My idea was to make some
unsuspecting people very happy, and also give the members
of Ten Years After additional copies if they requested
came over me while handing them out, and it stayed with me
even now as I write this. I feel an inner glow, a peaceful
feeling, an overall kind of bliss.
Herb’s friendly presence and warm reassuring smile.
Gift From Herb Staehr - The Author of the one and only
"Ten Years After Bible"
A young man in a tri-cycle type wheelchair
A man in a wheelchair on the other side of the stage
A man who was visibly lame / handicapped who sat next to
me during the entire concert
Sander’s Sister Carina
Sander’s Mother (who has been a TYA
fan right from their beginning)
Martin Zweck (Martin was at Twist, Germany with us during
TYA’s second gig with Joe in 2002)
Two books went to Ten Years After support team Cor and his
One book went to a man that Martin and I were talking with
after the show. He always wanted to visit this museum but
its closed when he gets out of work. He was there by a
force of fate and I feel that we were meant to meet him
there, you can tell by the vibe. He was a special fan and
deserved a special present.
Conclusion: It started out as a damp and dreary
morning, dark and raining. By mid afternoon the clouds
started to break up and the blue sky shone through. By
concert time it was close to perfect - by the end of the
show it was a beautiful Summer's night. We spent a few
hours backstage and upon leaving - it was raining again!
The music God's were once again smiling down on Ten Years