US- and British musicians often like to play in Germany.
They told me, in the US f.ex. people are drinking and talking
while they perform. This is different here. In most
clubs, except maybe pubs, the people listen to
the music respectfully. Then they react depending on the
"value" of the performance.
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:34 AM
Subject: German audiences (WAS site specific
One slightly controversial comment I have after watching these
clips of Nadia again, that brings back the fear into me.. is... (donning fire
retardant spider-man costume) What is with these German audiances? Nadia has
almost packed up and gone home and put her feet up in front of the fire with a
good book, before they start to react? Are they crazy, or maybe stunned?
(Actually THIS is the controversial comment) When I used to play in
germany, We often got this reaction, absolute silence during songs, minimal
applause inbetween.. till the end, then.. after we had left the stage and
thinking "God, they hated us", they would go CRAZY demanding 3 or 4 encores..
What is that...?
It would put me in a bad mood during the show and had NO
idea that they were enjoying it?
Is this normal, directed at the german
LDer,s Rainer etc?
I think manly it because germans really listen, and
listen hard (I think Stockhausen said this at a lecture I attended - is he
German? I think so.. that the rest of Europe has to learn to listen!!!) and as
such, maybe they are more absorbed, and it takes some time to snap out of
If thats it, then its a compliment I guess.. still very off-putting.
(and before anyone jumps at me for being generalistic, or god forbid, rascist..
Im just reporting what I promise was the case for me... never saw it anywhere
else - except perhaps one strange gig in Scotland, on April fools day, when the
audience played a trick on us by NEVER applauding once.. ha ha! very fucking