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VA - The Original Rock Meets Classic (2013)


The Rock Meets Classic Tour, where legendary rock artists perform their hits backed by a rock band and a classic orchestra, was held this year for the sixth time. With Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band), Steve Augeri (Journey), Eric Bazilian (The Hooters), Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) and special guest Bonnie Tyler some of the best voices in rock history were lined up. Although mostly a German affair, this year Holland was included for the first time with one date.

The Rodahal in Kerkrade was nearly sold out when precisely at eight o'clock the lights dimmed and the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra from Prague entered the stage along with the Matt Sinner Band. After a classical intro and Toto's "Child's Anthem", Chris Thompson was announced. No stranger to this concept, he immediately hit it off with some entertaining songs as 'Davy's On The Road Again' and 'Blinded By The Light'. Although he sometimes had trouble hitting those high notes, his charismatic voice still suits the Manfred Mann's songs perfectly. With an enthusiastic performance and a few words of Dutch to welcome us all, he created a great atmosphere from the very start.

Next up was Steve Augeri, whom melodic rockers might remember from Tall Stories and Tyketto, but is of course best known as Journey's frontman from 1998 until 2006. With more than 80 million albums sold worldwide, the choice for the Journey repertoire was evident and exactly what the audience expected. Opener 'Separate Ways' didn't quite live up to my expectations though. Augeri was suffering for the right tone and felt somewhat lost with the big orchestra behind him. Experienced as he is, he soon settled in and brought some great renditions of 'Wheel In The Sky', the superb ballad 'Faithfully' and of course 'Don't Stop Believin'. With his voice still in great shape, I wonder what exactly was the reason of his departure from Journey.

With Eric Bazilian we had the founder, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from The Hooters, who were huge in the eighties with a mix of rock, reggae and folk. These songs such as opener 'All You Zombies' and 'Johnny B' turned out perfect for this symphonic orchestra to add some classical instruments and arrangements. Bazilian was also responsible for writing and producing for numerous artists including the Joan Osborn hit 'One Of Us'. His acoustic version of this song backed by the orchestra was very emotional and certainly one of the highlights of tonight.

After the short break it was again Chris Thompson who got the audience on their feet with 'You're The Voice', a song he co-wrote in 1986. Then it was time for the special guest of the evening. With 3 Grammy awards nominations, millions of records sold and several number one hits, Bonnie Tyler is just that. She wasted no time by immediately bringing up her most successful song 'Total Eclipse From The Heart', which caused goose bumps with many attendees including myself. Aged 61, this little lady with her raspy voice (a result of surgery on her vocal chords) still made a big impression. All dressed up in black leather she radiated both confidence and happiness on stage. During 'Holding Out For A Hero', 'It's a Heartache' and 'The Best' you could hear the emotions running thru' her aged voice. An absolutely great performance!

The best was yet to come though, with headliner Paul Rodgers. With a resume including The Free, Bad Company and Queen, Rodgers didn't need any introduction. Having turned 63 last December he's one of the rare exceptions of a voice that - just like a good wine - gets better by age. Starting with the classic 'Can't Get Enough' there immediately was that warm, bluesy voice that still remains one of the best in rock history. Add to that the charisma of a true frontman, some mic stand juggling and of course classic tunes as 'Rock 'n Roll Fantasy', 'Shooting Star' and 'Feel Like Making Love', and it really doesn't get any better.
During encore 'All Right Now' everyone joined Rodgers on stage for the big finale, while the fans couldn't be held back anymore and gathered before the stage to sing and dance along massively. Sure, this was an evening of pure nostalgic classic rock, but one that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

Little slideshow included in the DL (it's the .exe file) .:. Note the Andr.logo at the begin! .:.
♬ ♪ ♫ The Original Rock Meets Classic ♫ ♪ ♬

CD 01
01. Queen - The Show Must Go On (04:36)
02. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water (05:39)
03. Alice Cooper - Poison (04:29)
04. Status Quo - Whatever You Want (04:01)
05. Free - All Right Now (04:13)
06. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - For You (05:41)
07. Foreigner - Juke Box Hero (04:21)
08. Uriah Heep - Lady In Black (04:47)
09. Toto - Rosanna (04:02)
10. Rainbow - Since You Been Gone (03:16)
11. Bonnie Tyler - Total-Eclipse Of The Heart (04:27)
12. The Hooters - Johnny B. (03:58)
13. Survivor - Burning Heart (03:50)
14. Bad Company - Feel Like Makin' Love (05:10)
15. Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (04:09)
16. Mat Sinner - Until It Hurts (03:37)
17. Mr. Big - To Be With You (03:27)
18. Nazareth - Love Hurts (Rock Orchestra Version) (04:06)
19. Andrew Davis IV. In The Hall Of The Mountain King - Alla Marcia E Molto Marcato (02:26)
Playtime: 1:20:15

CD 02
01. Toto - Child's Anthem (02:46)
02. Asia - Heat Of The Moment (03:49)
03. Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger (04:05)
04. Status Quo - In The Army Now (04:39)
05. Uriah Heep - Easy Livin' (02:36)
06. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Davy's On The Road Again (03:38)
07. Barclay James Harvest - Life Is For Living (03:38)
08. Mr. Big - Just Take My Heart (03:46)
09. Europe - The Final Countdown (03:58)
10. Nazareth - Dream On (03:26)
11. Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero (04:23)
12. Journey - Faithfully (04:26)
13. Heart - Alone (03:38)
14. Primal Fear & Mat Sinners - Fighting The Darkness (03:39)
15. Kim Wilde - Kids In America (03:25)
16. Chris Thompson - You're The Voice (04:08)
17. Ultravox - Vienna (04:38)
18. Berlin Symphony Orchestra [Dir. Günther Herbig] - Bolero (15:18)
Playtime: 1:19:56

Total Playtime: 2:40:11

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