Roncalliplatz in Cologne: Bläck Fööss play anniversary concert

Ba-Da-Da-Da-Hum, Da-Hum, Da-Hum, Pit Hupperten’s bass starts, the instruments gradually join in, and then Tommy Engel’s voice comes: “I was almost beyond Eden , adios amore goodbye. Et Jlöck op d’r Welt kütt zo everyone, I just jing et past. There you come, only you…” resounds over the Roncalliplatz, which is filled with around 7000 visitors, and the little hairs stand on end – goosebumps.

Tommy Engel as Huusmeister.

“Oh, oh, Katrin, I’m lost…” sings Engel, the former frontman of Bläck Fööss, who is back on stage with his ex-colleagues for the first time in 27 years. This is probably the most emotional moment of the evening at the first of three sold-out concerts celebrating “50+2 Years Bläck Fööss”.

The bells of the cathedral ring in the evening

Half past seven on Friday, the bells of the cathedral ring in the evening. The “perpetual construction site” rises majestically above the large open-air stage, and yet it is the only ray of hope apart from the battery of lights under the stage roof. The all-round view shows “the real picture of Cologne”, as moderator Guido Cantz, who celebrates his birthday on this day, puts it. A museum in need of renovation, the remains of a demolished block of houses, the building site of the cathedral hotel that has been hidden behind tarpaulins for years.

They had to wait two years: fans and Fööss celebrated late into the night.

They had to wait two years: fans and Fööss celebrated late into the night.

“It’s a desolate sight,” says Bömmel Lückerath, who is still excited after more than 50 years, before the concert: “When we last played here twelve years ago, some of the spectators were able to watch the concert from the hotel balcony pursue. And now?”

No fear of contact with Tommy Engel

This has no influence on the motivation of the band, it starts with “50 Johr”, the review of their own work, gives “The Next Round”, serves “Kölsche Bröck” and with “Unsere Familienbaum” the first highlight. King Size Dick as a guest is certain: “Ävver d’r Dom bliev stonn”.

“We’ve already rehearsed two or three times with the guests this week,” says Bläck-Fööss singer Mirko Bäumer before the performance. “50 years of Bläck Fööss, I’m only here for the sixth year. What it really means to be part of this band, I probably only become aware of after these concerts. Awesome backdrop.”

He has no fear of contact with Tommy Engel, for example. “We all look up to him, even though he’s a bit smaller physically. He quit his job with the boys in 1994, but what he did before that made a significant contribution to us meeting here now after 52 years and continuing to write history.”

Broadcast on WDR

There is a new number in the two and a half hour programme, which will also be broadcast on WDR this Saturday from 8.15 p.m. with a time delay. “Last night I han jedrömp, in the old town weed en Bud’ free,” sings Bäumer in the song, which is about “the ahl Kapell am Roncalliplatz” and the housing shortage. “A story that you dream of living up there 500 steps above the city,” he says in an interview. Provided with a beautiful melody that grooves wonderfully live. “Most people come for the old songs, of course, but when a band has been around for 52 years, you should also give a sense of what the band is today.”

Many of the old songs are presented with guests. Wolfgang Niedecken sings “Drink but a met” before he starts the BAP song “Für ‘ne Moment” with Erry Stoklosa. Tommy Engel comes on stage in his signature role as “Huusmeister Kaczmarek” and sings “Du bes Kölle”, accompanied on the piano by Jürgen Fritz. The former Fööss members Kafi Biermann (“I wör su jän ens Auxiliary Bishop”) and Peter Schütten (“Rut un Wiess”, “Du bes die Stadt”) also show their skills, only Hartmut Priess, who turned 80 on Friday is missing due to corona reasons.

At the end there was a big medley of all participants from “Spain-Leed” to “Mer bruche kein”, “Kaffeebud”, “Bye bye my Love” to “Mer lose d’r Dom en Kölle”. A great, very emotional evening with a band that has become an integral part of the city’s history and whose songs will always remain, no matter who plays them. The lights go out punctually at ten o’clock with the sing-along par excellence “En Unser Veedel”. As Erry Stoklosa recently said in an interview with this newspaper: “In Cologne you can do anything after 10 p.m. except make noise.” Even if there are only construction sites around.

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