Peter Sommer, head of a "two-man editorial team", is a director and fan of the first rock nights. However, his dream job of directing at Rockpalast was occupied by the man of the first hour, Christian Wagner, who had launched Rockpalast together with Peter Rüchel. Sommer took the detour via the WDR jazz editorial office before finally replacing Peter Rüchel, who had retired for reasons of age, in 2003. "Peter did not leave his chair voluntarily and did not make life easy for me as a successor. There was practically no relay handover. I inherited a one-hour show with live music, which we should continue with little to almost no budget. A jump in cold water."
Sommer made a virtue out of necessity and bid farewell to the OB truck productions that could not be financed on a tight budget. He put together small camera and sound teams who were guests at established festivals, mostly in summer, and authentically captured the rock events there. "Since we didn't put the line-up together ourselves, not every band we showed from now on is what we like about it," says Sommer, who is rock-musically broadly positioned. From Jazzrock to Heavy Metal his range goes. "From Colosseum to Black Sabbath. Only reggae and hip hop aren't my thing. But if that's part of the festivals we broadcast concerts from, we don't close our eyes to that either."
Speaking of Black Sabbath. "That would have been a dream for me if we had been able to film the concert on their farewell tour in Cologne in January. I'm afraid that didn't work out." Despite the myth and cult surrounding Rockpalast, bands like Sabbath have their own interests. The Rockpalast acts more independently in the "Crossroads" series from the Bonn club Harmonie. Twice a year Sommer & Co. invite two bands per evening for several days, which they themselves find exciting and worth seeing. With this mixture, authentic rock'n'roll television has retained its niche position in the TV scene, which is dependent on ratings. "I find inspiration for 'Crossroads' at my favorite festivals like Freak Valley or Herzberg."
With the weakest opener since years the new Heep album comes up. "Speed Of Sound" is exactly the opposite of what the title promises. It really starts with the atmospheric "One Minute". Wonderful organ sounds meet a Bernie Shaw in top form. Finally the sympathetic singer can put himself in the limelight.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.