The friday the 17th of february 2006 I’ve been in the ‘Kesselhaus’ (Kulturbrauerei, Berlin) to a tribute show for Bon Scott from AC DC.
I had a flyer where it was announced that 15 local cover bands will play that night but I think finally there were "only" ten bands. As we had to join a party later, therefore we left after the 6th band or so. The good thing was, that I only disliked 2 bands. Three of them were very, very good! I enjoyed them a lot and each one was unique. Unfortunally I don’t remember any names. I found some names on the web but it doesn’t help me much to know who is who neither: B.O.N , TNT, High Voltage, Frogcircus, Mentis, Respawn, Stirps, Dr. Kinski etc
The first band
was really the worst and that a lot due the singer. The singer had no presence and no power – it really didn’t touched the public.
The second band
had a charismatic singer, very good voice and a lot of power. He really started to bring some good vibrations – especially with his ‘strange body language’ and running all around. It’s not something one has never been seen before but this, his voice and interaction with the public created a good show. The guitars we very distorted and the lead guitar wasn’t very well percieved due this and the constant loundness of the guitars.
The third band
I didn’t like this one very much. The band was much better than the first band. I am not sure anymore but I think the guitars were also very distorted but the lead guitar came through much better. But the singer … hmm … he had a gay touch and that really didn’t hook me. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve nothing at all against homosexuals. But with this singer I had the impression of seeing a musical or a parody – not good hard rock music.
The forth band
was the band without name. Also they just found their singer two days before the concert and that’s not all … the singer was black woman – what a surprise. The first minute her voice was a bit too much in the low frequencies for AC DC music I thought – but the voice … had something great. And then she rocked !!!! I can tell you I enjoyed this a lot. I like funky music, so I have also an affinity for black soul voices and this was a very good mix of a soul power voice and rock’n roll life style ! I really enjoyed their show because the guitars weren’t that heavyily distorted so one had a good distinction of sound, and the syncopaized rythem and the lead came through really well – groovy! In addition to that the lead guitarist was imitating Angnus with a similar uniform, similar dances, moves etc. The guitars also changed loudness when needed so it really got good dynamics. Very well done!
The fifth band
were partly some old, cool men. And they were good hard rockers. Good guitars, also not too much distorted – with leads coming through very well and nice dynamics. The singer had a very good voice, and good presence. They rocked !
The sixth band – Respawn
was again something different, not really surpising but still unique until that point: AC DC goes metal. From a musical point of view I don’t like the metal where they scream all the time into mic like pigs – but somehow it makes me laugh. So from that perspective we had a lot of fun and enjoyed the show !