News Archive 2010


Thankyou all for your support during the whole of 2010. We hope you continue to enjoy the SAILOR club website. Please keep coming back to us here at in 2011!

Watch some of the best and funniest SAILOR live moments 2010:



04 December 2010:

100 concerts

The following photos and the video are a personal matter of the webmaster. Why? Because this was my 100th SAILOR show and also my birthday. So it was a very special occasion...
Have a look at this little video piece and the photos below if you'd like to see more about this:




01 November 2010:

From today on, you'll be able to buy lots of great new SAILOR merchandise at the new homepage of Werner Blessing:

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



22 August 2010:

's brand new Nickelodeon, Mark 7
by Phil Pickett

For a long time now fans of SAILOR will be aware that however much they have enjoyed and appreciated the band over the years, ocean-going amounts of imagination were required to recall past glories in relation to its theatrical, highly distinctive and ‘totemic’ mascot - the infamous "Nickelodeon" - long considered to be SAILOR’s audio-visual trademark by fans and promoters the world over.
Of course, for those ‘in the know’ all of the subsequent versions were loosely based on our very first solid wood contraption replete with doorbell mechanisms, ‘Kemble’ back-to-back pianos and the earliest of stone-age synthesizers, all lovingly assembled by our own youthful hands ‘back in the day’ at the Nightingale pub in wood Green - possibly the heaviest and most complicated musical instrument ever to grace a stage!
Hundreds of shows and tours had sadly rendered the latest edition, last in a long line of imitations virtually unusable, (Mark 6 according to Katrin Wagner including the dreaded cabaret ‘Table-odeon’ but let’s not go into that please!) - battered and "unfit for purpose" with all that was left – just a few bits of cardboard and sad twisted metal.
But what to do? We’d had so many different designs, all good in some ways but perhaps either too heavy for today’s airline’s exacting weight standards, Ryanair’s blunt rudeness or too difficult and time-consuming to erect (know the problem?) - plus all manner of other technical issues. Ask Mark or Dan (or better still, don’t!)
*** A Hundred Smiles ***
So the road to our beautiful brand new shiny 'Nick' in some strange metaphysical way (in my mind at least) started way back last autumn 09 when upon leaving Prezzo’s with Ann late one night in my home town of Lewes, I glimpsed the back of a custom-built intriguingly-designed van shooting past, the only thing I could make out on the back of which was "X-Piano Orchestra" and "A hundred smiles per hour!" But alas, no phone number.
A thought immediately sprang to mind. Whoever designed and built this unique mode of transport, could they not surely be the ‘imagineers’ who could conjure up a design for SAILOR’s new Nickelodeon…..the Mark 7?
Later scouring the net I found a Myspace site for the "X-Piano Orchestra" and someone called Paul Harrison. I left several messages over the passing weeks but alas, received no reply whatsoever.
Having all but given up hope in this direction, a few months later I happened to visit a lighting store in Brighton to look into some new ideas for the group and it’s theatrical development, whereupon a conversation with the owner unexpectedly led to a reclusive local ‘boffin’ named Paul, a builder of amazing props for all kinds of theatrical events - even Disney’s "Lion King" up in the West End, Brighton storefronts and props for MTV videos.
*** "Underneath the Arches..." ***
"Is he by any chance connected with the X-Piano Orchestra?"
I enquired, only to delightfully realize that this was indeed the individual concerned. Unfortunately the owner had no contact details for Paul but a vague idea that his workshop was somewhere under the arches of the huge viaduct that trains slowly traverse on their last leg towards Brighton station, but couldn’t tell me exactly where.
After several sorties in my car, much walking around asking puzzled passers-by and knocking on doors, out of the blue I eventually came upon the old van parked adjacent to some workshop buildings... Eureka!
Henry will back me up on this, (as admit in my enthusiasms am prone to occasional exaggeration!) but knocking the door, finding it slightly open and hesitantly entering Paul’s topsy-turvy workshop, I suddenly felt like a child again walking into a vast emporia of Disney magic, a dark twinkling cave of stage props, masks, musical instruments and charming mannequins the like of which I’d never seen outside of ‘Toy Story’ or ‘Pinnochio’ (for older readers!) At three in the afternoon the boffin-designer-in-chief himself, a modern-day Gepetto, was actually fast asleep on a raised platform bed above his desk. You couldn’t make it up!
After a few cups of tea, initially drowsy and no doubt startled by a stranger entering his workshop (also apparently his home!) unannounced, Paul immediately warmed to the theatricality of Sailor, remembered all of our hits and was thrilled to be asked to design and build SAILOR’s Nickelodeon Mark 7.
I knew I had definitely come to the right place!
Over many visits and consultations in the weeks and subsequent months, Paul, with technical assistance and exquisite design of the internal structure and engineering aspects from staging expert, Alex Saunders, began to construct a model. Armed only with stringent weight, size and design requirements from Henry and myself plus a few old photographs from fans, they thoughtfully, and with a wonderful eye for quality, elegance and detail slowly designed and assembled the unique new construction you now see before you and that we are proud to call "The Nickelodeon Mark 7".
The inaugural "build and pack" on August 6th, only one day before our show in Torgau, Germany was incongruously attended by none other than the self-proclaimed "God of Hellfire" himself– also no stranger to camp theatricality and entertainment...the legendary Arthur Brown. Don’t ask me why!
He suddenly appeared out of nowhere like a ghost from ‘Top of the Pops’ at the workshop just at the precise moment we needed an extra pair of hands (or perhaps just to prove that the story could indeed become even more bizarre and unlikely!)
Like moths to a flame, the universal laws of Theatrical Entertainment are obviously governed by mysterious dark forces of which we know not!
Shortly coming to your town….SAILOR On Fire?
Who knows?

Phil Pickett

And now... some photos:

With help from Alex's daughter Ray...and Arthur!

Assembling front for the first time with Alex

Phil with the God of Hellfire

First concert with the new Nickelodeon - August 2010

First concert with the new Nickelodeon - August 2010



08 August 2010:

The new Nickelodeon

As promised, SAILOR introduced their new Nickelodeon at yesterday's concert in Torgau (Germany). Here are some first photos of it.
More detailed information and the story of how this Nickelodeon was created will be available soon, as well as more photos and a video of
yesterday's concert in Torgau.

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



06 August 2010:


Below you can see SAILOR - Phil, Nick, Grant and Henry- in July 2010, all wearing what might hopefully soon become available for all fans: brand new SAILOR t-shirts, designed by SAILOR fan Werner Blessing.

Also, SAILOR are planning to introduce their new Nickelodeon at tomorrow's concert in Torgau (Germany). We will try and capture some first impressions of it and will, of course, share them with you right here!

In the meantime you can see many new concert photos, reports and also videos. Have a look at the Concert Photos section for photos, reports and videos from:
- Støvring, Denmark - 19 February 2010
- Koblenz, Germany - 05 March 2010
- Suhl, Germany - 06 March 2010
- Korsør, Denmark - 13 May 2010
- Bad Urach, Germany - 19 June 2010
- Ratshausen, Germany - 03 July 2010
- Berlin, Germany - 23 July 2010
- Unterschleissheim, Germany - 24 July 2010
and many more old and new material.
Special thanks for this year's photos and reports to: Karin, Werner & Renate, Susi, Christel, Melanie, Gabi, Michael and also to Claudia from Classic Rock Nights.

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



05 June 2010:

I've received a lot of e-mails recently, asking why the homepage is so very silent at the moment. The truth is that I've had no news to share for quite a while, but I really hope that this is going to change soon. YouTube threw some stones in the way of the 'Video Of The Month' page, and also the page had less views, which is why this bit of the homepage has temporarily stopped.
In the meantime...

Click here to become a fan of SAILOR on Facebook!

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster



07 February 2010:

New song by Peter Lincoln

Please support ex-SAILOR Peter Lincoln on his new project:

Peter describes his new song as "the greatest football anthem in the world... ever!" and wants it to become the BBC theme for the 2010 World Cup. Support the project if you can.

The Hope & Glory Road:
Facebook: & glory road
Leave a comment, rate the video and share it to your friends.

Best wishes and SAILOR-greetings,
~ Katrin
your webmaster

The Hope & Glory Road - World Cup 2010 Song
by Peter Lincoln



01 January 2010:

News from Georg Kajanus:
A new musical - in development -

Georg Kajanus is pleased to announce that the website for his musical-in-development, 'Sailor', is now up at
It contains a trailer created from found footage and song excerpts from the musical to give a flavor of the content and atmosphere of 'Sailor'.  It also contains a synopsis and the background of the musical, as well as biogs of Georg and fellow writers Roberto Trippini and Barbie Wilde.

Background: "Over thirty years ago, 'Sailor' began as a romantic drama in the mind of composer and writer Georg Kajanus. His passion for the romance of the sea and the seedy Red Light Districts of Europe had culminated in a bittersweet musical about two people searching for love in the ruins of post-War Marseille. Although Kajanus had written the music, lyrics and book for the musical – then titled 'The Red Light Review' – in the end, it never saw the light of day at that time. Instead, Kajanus chose to form a uniquely theatrical pop music group with Phil Pickett, Henry Marsh and Grant Serpell, which he called SAILOR.
In 2008, Kajanus began to work with playwright-screenwriter Roberto Trippini and actress-writer Barbie Wilde on a new version of his musical 'Sailor' from his original story from the 1970s and 1980s that contains a unique perspective on life, violence and love. 'Sailor' is not only a romantic voyage – it also depicts the brutality of war and life on the fringes of society."

(PLEASE NOTE: This musical is no way connected or affiliated to the amateur, one-off production for charity in 2006 of 'Sailor The Musical Journey', by Bill Blenman.)

For further information please have a look at or


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