This was the first SAILOR concert with Oliver Marsh.
Radio Arabella Oldie Night
Bands: Equals, Spencer Davis Group, SAILOR, Midlife Crisis
Beginning: 9 pm
Katrin Wagner, Karsten Wagner, Uli Neumann, Rolf & Marita
Video by: Karsten Wagner
The venue - the "Riem Arcaden" in Munich
Henry and Phil at the Nickelodeon
Henry and Phil
Phil and Oliver
Grant and Oliver
SAILOR during "Vera From Veracruz"
Phil and Grant
Henry and Phil at the Nickelodeon
The end of the show
The end of the show
Glass Of Champagne
Blame It On The Soft Spot
One Drink Too Many
Give Me Shakespeare
The Old Nickelodeon Sound
Vera From Veracruz
Mack The Knife
Girls Girls Girls
A Glass Of Champagne
Before and after the show...
Katrin and Oliver
SAILOR: Phil, Oliver, Grant and Henry
The Age Of Ollie - or: Red Dessert - A concert review by Katrin Wagner:
Today is the first
SAILOR concert with our new "Captain" Oliver Marsh -
Henry's son. To my own surprise I'm not as excited as one would
expect when my alarm clock rings at 6 am. Maybe it's because I
already feel quite confident about Oliver being the new SAILOR
singer because I've already heard him sing!? But this doesn't
mean that I'm not nervous... almost as nervous as Karsten who
hasn't slept at all when I meet him on our way to the railway
station. These line-up changes are always a difficult thing - and
we've already experienced quite a few in the last 13 years. In
any case the main rule when you travel to a SAILOR concert is
always: Expect the unexpected...!
Our train leaves at 9.25 am and inside we meet fellow SAILOR fan Uli who has boarded the same train in Hamburg to join us on the way to Munich. The three of us arrive in Munich at about 1 pm and take a taxi to the hotel which is right next to the venue of tonight's concert, the shopping centre "Riem-Arcaden". A local radio station and the shopping centre itself are hosting the Oldie Night there today. The promoter's website says that SAILOR will be on stage at 9 pm, but on the phone they tell the fans that it will be 11.30 pm. We let ourselves be surprised - as usual...
We check in at the hotel and find out that SAILOR haven't arrived yet. Time to get ready and then wait for the boys. Just as we have reached our rooms and want to get ready SAILOR arrive at the reception. Bad timing indeed! Uli is fastest and manages to welcome them. While I'm on the way down in one of the elevators, they are on their way up to their rooms so I miss them. Worse timing than ever! But fortunately we all happen to be on the 4th floor, so that Karsten, Uli and I simply wait up there for them to turn up again. A few minutes later we can finally welcome the boys before they're on their way to the "Riem-Arcaden". They seem nervous but happy - just as us!
As we don't have anything better to do and are rather curious too, Karsten, Uli and I decide to walk to the shopping centre as well to pick up our tickets at the box office and to "spy" on the SAILORs... with success. There are two stages - one at each end of the big building. As we arrive in front of the stage on the top floor where SAILOR are going to perform we meet roadie Mark who is just setting up the good old blue Nickelodeon. SAILOR fan Susanne joins us too.
The stage is very small so that there is just enough space for the four SAILORs and the Nickelodeon. The SAILORs arrive a little later and start their soundcheck - which is not very easy with lots of sound problems AND lots of people walking around trying to shop at the moment. But this way we get an impression of the "new" SAILOR and Oliver's voice... and we're more than pleasantly surprised already! We even get a short bit of "Harbour" - a song that SAILOR haven't played since the early 70s. Oliver uses Peter Lincoln's blue guitar which seems slightly weird in the first moments.
After the soundcheck we ensure the SAILORs that they sound very good from where we've just been watching them, but apparently the sound on stage hasn't been as good. For fun Henry blames us for being responsible for the fact that they have to play here tonight because we keep the band going and going and so he has to go through all this and has to be here... ;-)
Back at the hotel Karsten and I manage to fix the video camera again (which has turned slightly green earlier for an unknown reason) before meet Uli and Susanne again at my room at 8 pm to enjoy a little glass of champagne before we go back to the venue. When we arrive there a little later the doors have just been opened. We go straight to the stage on the top floor and straight to the first row - which means from now on I can only be removed here by force. We are joined by more SAILOR fans: Rolf and Marita, whom we've first met last year in Regensburg, and Gundula who has only seen SAILOR live once in Munich in October 1976 and now for the second time today.
The show begins at 9 pm and we're really happy to be able to see the Equals again, having not seen them for about nine years. After their show the Spencer Davis Group plays on the other stage on the ground floor, so that a lot of people around us leave to see them. But quite a few people are also staying here, trying to get the best places for SAILOR already (force! ;-)).
SAILOR's show starts at about 11.40 pm and has us showing our "O-L-L-I-E" signs in the first row which apparently looks very amusing. The show itself is also very amusing and - even more important - absolutely fantastic. The sound is very good and Ollie does a great job on the lead vocals and the guitar. We don't only get the usual SAILOR live songs that we're used to but also some surprises like "Harbour", "Wooly Bully" (!) and "Sailing". And another surprise is Henry's new stage outfit - a red suit that makes him look... very red in the stage lights! (Later he will notice that he looks like what SAILOR have had for dessert earlier at the hotel!)
The audience is in a great mood, as well as the band. It's a very special concert and there seems to be some kind of new and special energy in the air. We all really really enjoy what we see and hear!
After a great 75-minute concert SAILOR finish their set and then sell CDs and sign autographs next to the stage. Grant borrows some money from us because the SAILORs don't have enough change for the people who want to buy CDs. He promises to give it back later. (I'm still waiting......!)
Everybody is praising Ollie for his great first performance - deserved!
Back at the hotel the bar remains open for the bands a little longer than usual, but we are told to sit down near the reception because they are about to close. The SAILORs join us about an hour later for a little after-show-party before we all go to bed.
On the next morning Uli has to leave to catch his early train, but Karsten and I have booked a later one and so we get up to say goodbye to the SAILORs and take some last photos in front of the hotel. Afterwards we enjoy the (expensive) breakfast as well and start the journey back home...
THANKS for the great time, boys - and CONGRATULATIONS to Ollie for this great first concert!!
Katrin Wagner, 16 October 2006
Katrin, Phil, Oliver, Grant, Henry and Karsten
Red Dessert in Munich - A concert review by Karsten Wagner:
A concert review by Rolf Breitling:
Saturday, 14th October, it's time for SAILOR again. They
are playing a concert in reachable distance and this one
is very special indeed! First gig with Henry's son Oliver
as the lead singer.
A concert review by Uli Neumann:
North of Germany to the South and back, just to see
A concert review by Susanne S.:
After 22 months of
"SAILOR-concert-abstinence" I took the
advantage and went to the gig in the harbour (sorry,
shopping center) of Munich.