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On stage: Axel Rudi Pell



- W.O.A. - Aug. 1999 - Wacken (D) -
- Axel Rudi Pell & Rob Rock - Mar. 2001 - Bochum (D) -
- Axel Rudi Pell & Soul Doctor - May 2002 - Bochum (D) -
- RockHard Festival - May 2007 - Gelsenkirchen (D) -
- Heaven & Hell, Axel Rudi Pell + Tim 'Ripper' Owens - June 2009 - Karlsruhe (D) -
- Axel Rudi Pell & Mad Max - May. 2012 - Bochum (D) -


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- Axel Rudi Pell, Mad Max & The Desert Company -
- May 6th 2012 - Bochum (D), Zeche -





The Desert Company - live in Bochum

Mad Max - live in Bochum

Mad Max - live in Bochum

Mad Max - live in Bochum

Mad Max - live in Bochum

Mad Max - live in Bochum

Axel Rudi Pell - live in Bochum

Axel Rudi Pell - live in Bochum

Axel Rudi Pell - live in Bochum

Axel Rudi Pell - live in Bochum

Axel Rudi Pell - live in Bochum

Axel Rudi Pell - live in Bochum

As usual Axel Rudi Pell and his band tour in April / May and the tour always ends in Bochum. This time they sold out the Zeche 3 days in a row! They are supported by Mad Max at the whole tour, but for the Bochum shows Axel invited Bochum-based band The Desert Company. I can't tell you much about The Desert Company, the five piece presented a kind of heavy arena rock.... Wouldn't mind to see them again.


A quick change over and then Mad Max entered the stage. With Another Night Of Passion they just released a cool 80's hard rock album which should please their old and new fans. They kicked off with Burning The Stage and they obviously enjoyed playing live. For a trip down memory lane started. After the opener frontman Michael Voss commented "Great backing vocals! No idea what happened, simply awesome!" Then the charismatic singer told us "Tomorrow we all go home and so I, we want to thank everybody for a great time... the crew and Axel Rudi Pell and his band! We had a blast the last 16 days!" and they headed into Welcome To Rock Bottom. "Do you want to sing?" Michael Voss asked the people and some surely did and joined in at Metal Edge, another song from their latest album. Whenever Michael Voss didn't need to sing, he moved over to one of his mates and they were joking, having good time. Bassist Roland Bergmann did backing vocals and added a few lead vocals, too - and it sounded good. "Let's go back in time! It's 1987... we were young, these days Botox make us look young..." Michael said, then stopped as drummer Axel Kruse through in his 2 cent which made Voss laugh and state "Everybody band should have an Axel in their ranks! Hair color fits and the size, we can work on that for the next tour." Wait For The Night was next in line. Half way through the set it was time for a guitar solo by Michael Voss which he dedicated to Gary Moore. After the band joined in for Falling From Grace the stage they got a surprising guest - Johnny Gioeli walked on stage like a waiter at a restaurant and served everybody a glass of whatever. Then ARP bass player Volker placed an ironing-board on stage and pretended to iron a tour shirt. Keyboarder Ferdy started wiping the stage. Axel Rudi Pell looked like a crazy M.D., like sprung out of a horror movie. Last but not least drummer Mike Terrana walked on stage in a funny outfit. It was the last night of the tour, so it was time to play a joke on the other band. Mad Max had a tough time to keep playing, but after all those years they are pros. "Back to 1985! This is Lonely Is The Hunter!" Obviously quite a few knew the song off Stormchild and sang along. "Bochum, the end is getting near... We would like to thank SPV for the great support, especially for bringing us on tour. When Olly Hahn asked us 'Can you do another album like that?' We said 'Yes, we can!' This is Night Of Passion!" Another classic Mad Max tune and off their most successful album. Some might remember seeing them supporting Pretty Maids and Stryper back in the days.... But they also shared the stage with Steeler a few times. "I forgot one! Leo, is our backliner." Michael Voss introduced the band and to close the chapter they played their current single - Fever Of Love -, a Sweet cover. For me it was over too soon and so I hope that Mad Max will hit the stage soon! Later I talked to some fans of Axel Rudi Pell and it turned out that many didn't knew Mad Max til seeing them on stage - but were quite impressed.

After the break The Guillotine Suite kicked off the show, the band walked on stage and headed into Ghost In The Black. With Strong As A Rock they continued and animated the fans to sing along. "Vielen Dank! Thank you and welcome, it's great to see everybody here tonight - again and again and again. These three guys from Bulgarian are here the last days. Since this is the last night of the tour I want to thank our crew!" Johnny Gioeli said - and thanked the light tech for the cool and evil lights, and the red lights were evil, at least for photographers - before it was time for Before I Die. Everybody on stage was enjoying the show, keyboarder Ferdy Doernberg was smiling all the time and moved his keyboard around as much as he could or the cables allowed. The medley began with The Masquerade Ball and now it was time for Mad Max to enter the stage with wigs and whatever they could make noise with.... The Masquerade Ball led over into Casbah and then Dreaming Dead - but was spiced up with a passage of Whole Lotta Love. Time for the guys to take a break while Mike Terrana showed his skills. Mr. Terrana is one of the few drummers where fans would demand a drum solo loudly and so the fan reaction to his presentation. After a traditional drum solo he played along Jacques Offenbach's Can-can off Orpheus In The Underworld. As it was the last show they had a surprise for the man with the Mohawk... Two topless dancers! No surprise the band made some jokes about it when returning. There was a lot of joking during this show which just showed how well the guys get along. At Mystica the blonde guitarist once more showed his love for Ritchie Blackmore and so they embedded Deep Purple's Mistreated on this one. "We have a brand-new records, it's called Circle Of The Oath!" Johnny Gioeli announced the title track and so only 2 tracks off their current album made it onto the set list. "Lots of crazy shit is going on - you can read about it tomorrow..." Mr. Gioeli added before they headed into Circle Of The Oath. "Back to 1998 when our skin was tender and young... I want to sing it with you!" Time for more classic ARP tunes... Oceans Of Time and Fool Fool. The house was on fire. Then it was time for Ferdy Doernberg to shine, the keyboard solo was followed by Carousel. And that was it, well... An encore should follow, but first some guy walked on stage and introduced himself: "My name is Olly Hahn. First of all I want to thank you all for making this the most successful album of Axel Rudi Pell in years! They are successful in many countries, but there is one where they are even more successful... Would the band please come onto the stage!" Olly Hahn asked. And they came. "I'm happy that at the last day of this tour we can do this, they sold more then 10,000 copies of Run With The Wind in Sweden!" Every band member got a framed copy of the single. Olly Hahn gave the microphone to somebody else and someone took the awards away which made the band joke about it. "I'm Thomas from Continental Concerts. Not just the album was very successful, also the tour. Tonight we want to give the Sold-Out Award for 3 sold-out shows at Bochum Zeche to the band!" And the band members got another frame, this time the Sold-Out Award - which soon was taken away from them, coz it was time to play a few more tracks. Axel Rudi Pell asked the audience "Do you want some more?" And the loud response made him smile. For the encore they chose Tear Down The Walls and Nasty Reputation. If they stayed on stage or left for a moment I can't tell, coz I had to catch a train and so heard them close this chapter with Rock The Nation when I walked out of the venue.

The fans of the blonde guitarist got an energetic show with a lot highlights, a very professional performance, but one which also showed that they enjoy playing live. Personally I hoped for a few surprises, but well... It was great to see Mad Max alive and kickin', and I really hope to see them again soon. Fans of Axel Rudi Pell who live in the North of Germany - or Denmark - might mark June 10th in their calendars - and get their tickets now! - as Axel Rudi Pell is playing in Hamburg!




Claudia Ehrhardt

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Axel Rudi Pell & Soul Doctor
- May, 5th 2002 -
- Bochum (Germany), Zeche -




On a Sunday afternoon a lot of fans of melodic metal found their way to Bochum Zeche to see Soul Doctor and Axel Rudi Pell. Bochum is Axel's hometown and so a lot of fans and friends come to see him live. The show was sold out! A great scenery to do a live DVD and they did record! What to expect? It was all wait and see...

Many fans already entered the venue and waited for the German melodic rockers Soul Doctor, coz when they toured last year many didn't knew. The band of former Fair Warning singer Tommy Heart and his mates toured before the debut album was in the stores, but already made some friends. The band started tonight's show with Get It On. With their second track Shake 'em On Down they rocked the house. Okay, perhaps not everybody was into them, but quite a lot fans liked what they saw and heard. They couldn't move much and for Tommy Heart it wasn't easy to entertain the fans on both sides of the stage. But he made it. A tight backing band supported him and so even a new track from the forthcoming album which is called Living The Life seemed to entertain the fans. During the 45 min. long set the band presented themselves as a good live band and made new fans. Even if some just came to see them! Even if some band members were nobody when they joined Soul Doctor, Tommy Heart and bassist Jrg Deisinger (ex-Bonfire, ex-Sabu) were part of the hard rock scene for years and have their fans. And after All Systems Go, I Just Can't Get they finished their set with Soul Doctor.
After a break which was a little longer than usual the band of Axel Rudi Pell entered the stage and kicked of their performance with a track from their latest album called Edge Of The World. The crowd went crazy from the first notes! And after getting informed about the recordings of a live DVD they became even louder! The second track is one of their classics, with Nasty Reputation! Former Hardline singer Johnny Gioeli was running around try to keep in touch with the fans on both sides of the stage while Axel Rudi Pell was doing solos. The tight rhythm section, in name Mike Terrana (Rage, Artension, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen band) and Volker Krawczak (ex-Steeler, ex-Dune), gave the German Blackmore fan no. 1 the playground to show his talent. A track which is a must for ARP is Casbah! In the middle of the track Mike Terrana got the chance to do a drum solo and afterwards the frontman asked the audience to sing-along before Axel offered another neo-classic guitar solo. Another track from the new album followed which is called Follow The Sign, but it was obvious that the fans were more into the old material. Perhaps because the album is out for just a few weeks... Unfortunately at that song the guitar was a little too much in the background, so that the keyboards dominated the melody lines. After the song the band got introduced, but I guess that everybody in the house already knew them! Some more classical tracks followed like Fool, Fool, Caroussel (incl. a keyboard solo of Rough Silk's Ferdy Doernberg) and ended the set with Call Her Princess. The crowd wanted more and so they returned for Snake Eyes and Warrior. Still fans were shouting for more, but most didn't expect more and so some already had left when the master and his pals returned and played again the second part of Casbah!

A good show, but I missed something... The setlist was almost the same than on the last tour and a few other tracks would have been nice to hear live. Also most of the songs are from the pre-Gioeli days. Some fans were complaining that it was almost the same than on previous tours and that we all know that Axel Rudi Pell is talented, so it wasn't necessary to do several, partly extended guitar solos and that he instead should have played some more songs...

If you haven't seen ARP live, get the DVD when it's in the stores, coz it was a good show and you'll have a good time!



Claudia Ehrhardt

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Axel Rudi Pell & Rob Rock
- March, 19th 2001 -
- Bochum (Germany), Zeche -<




Due to the fact that the venue has a curfew the opening act pretty often has to go on stage with doors open, anyway it's so early that I miss the openers again and again..... Today I missed Powergod.... They are not my cup of tea, so I wasn't to angry about...

After a break Rob Rock and his mates entered the stage. Many fans were curious to see Rob Rock live.... He hasn't played much live here in Europe and at the moment his album Rage Of Creation and the one of Warrior where he sings as well are in the stores. From his solo album he played several songs like The Sun Will Rise Again and Judgment Day, but he also traveled back in time and offered the track Warrior from his time with guitar maniac Chris Impellitteri and with Nations On Fire on track from M.A.R.S.! But not just the mainman did a perfect job, Rob brought Ricky Renstrom, a young guitarist from Florida. Ricky is handicapped all his life, but he played all the tunes perfectly! It was amazing to see him on stage and it's great that Rob gave him the chance! Hope to see more on Rob Rock and his band later this year....

Then it was time for the blonde guitarist... Axel Rudi Pell is at home in Bochum and so this was his audience! The Blackmore fan started the show with Tear Down The Wall, Fool, Fool and Carousel. During the set Axel left the stage acting to his band and also his solo parts were rare.... Not like his idol who plays extended soli.... Therefor he gave his band the chance to present their talent in soli. But, hey we all know that Mike Terrana, Ferdy Dornberg and also Volker Krawczak are very talented..... Most bands just play the tracks like they are on the album, not Axel & co.! The jammed and it was fun to see the band, they enjoyed the jamming! The set included songs like Warrior, The Clown Is Dead and also a medley of cover tunes (Long Live Rock'n'Roll / Black Night) and ended with the old tunes like Snake Eyes and Call Her Princess! Only the curfew stopped Axel & company from jamming more and so the evening had to end at 23:00! Good-night.....



Claudia Ehrhardt

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