Topos in Leverkusen: Celebrities on Topos-Aus: “You don’t blow up the Bayer lion”


The end of the cult bar Topos hits a lot of people from Leverkusen in the marrow – especially those who stick with the culture. One of them is the bookseller Heike Noworzyn from Opladen, who spoke in the social networks of a “black day for the Leverkusen cultural landscape” on the evening of the council decision that sealed the end on Monday. She had been a regular in the Topos.

“I’ve spent two thirds of my life there,” she says. She and her friends have paid into the savings box hanging on the bar wall, many of whom have stood and played on the stage of the store. And you can hear on the phone that Heike Noworzyn is crying at this moment. Of course one could look for alternatives elsewhere. “But there is this little house that is now falling away. And that cannot be transplanted. ”The special thing about the club is gone.

“As small as the shop was – it spanned the world when you consider how many musicians have performed there from all over the world.” Thanks to the tireless efforts of a small team around the operator Wolfgang Orth, who died in 2019, his wife Ingrid Orth and the Members of the Jazz Lev association. “I’m glad that Wolfgang won’t have to watch the house being torn down,” says Heike Noworzyn. “And I’m glad that I was in the right place at the right time to witness the story of the Topos.”

Topos as a world cultural monument

The hitdorf-born cabaret artist Wilfried Schmickler is also closely connected to the history of the jazz club. He emphasizes: “Without the topos and its music, without Wolfgang and Ingrid, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Because I would be poorer in my head. ”He describes the cult club as a“ world cultural monument ”. “After all, the topos was known far beyond the borders of Leverkusen and thus stood for the city’s cosmopolitanism. It was what was known from Leverkusen outside of Bayer products – football, headache pills and weed killers. “For him, the end was a” sacrilege “. “You don’t blow up the Bayer lion or level the Japanese garden.”

This familiarity of the topos is confirmed by Klaus “Major” Heuser, former guitarist of Bap, who used to be a musical guest himself in the shop on the lower main street, “in which the stage looked as if one person could fit it – and stood at the end there even ten people. “
Heuser was born around the corner in the St. Josef Hospital and grew up on Carl-Leverkus-Straße for the first few years of his life. And even if he later moved to Cologne and “never had a close connection” to the Topos, he could still confirm: “Almost all musicians I met in Cologne knew this place.” The fact that it is now disappearing is so as if the Clovis corner in the southern part of the city was closed.

Last but not least, musician Pit Hupperten is also sad, who remembers: “Before I joined the Bläck Fööss, I performed regularly in Topos.” And more: “Among other things, I started my career there as a musician.” When he came from the I heard about the decision in the city council, it was “violent”. He now hopes that the members of Jazz Lev will find a substitute location for concerts and similar events elsewhere. Meanwhile: “It is ultimately sad that no one can be found to keep such an institution alive.”


Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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