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Rockin’ with Rockpalast Historic Performances

Author: Bob Etier
Published: March 01, 2012 at 7:19 pm

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a release of DVDs from Rockpalast, the venerable old man of rock ‘n roll television, which has been blasting away for the past 38 years. The list of performers who have appeared on Rockpalast goes on and on, and includes such diverse artists as Meat Loaf, U2, Tom Waits, Duran Duran, Tom Petty, and the Grateful Dead. Four new DVDs of interest to pop, rock, punk, alternative, and metal fans have recently been released.

Ian Hunter Live at Rockpalast – Featuring Mick Ronson was recorded on April 19, 1980; the duo performed thirteen songs backed up by Tom Morrongiello on guitar, Martin Briley on bass, George Meyer on keyboards and saxophone, Tom Mandel on keyboards, and Eric Parker on drums. Reportedly the broadcast ran late. Songs include “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” “All the Young Dudes,” and “Slaughter on 10th Avenue.” Disc running time is 74 minutes.

On January 24, 1981, the Michael Schenker Group performed on Rockpalast. Included on Michael Schenker Group – Hardrock Legends Vol. 2 are just about all of the group’s first album, and two popular songs Schenker had created with UFO, “Doctor Doctor” and “Rock Bottom.”

Public Image Limited appeared on Rockpalast in 1983. Highlighted by a performance of the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK,” the show featured an experimental mix of dub, punk, noise, and dance music.  Public Image Limited performed highlights of their first three albums and previewed music from their forthcoming (1984) album. Unbelievably intense performances distinguish Public Image Limited – Live at Rockpalast 1983.

Respected guitarist Roy Buchanan, the man reputed to be “the world’s best unknown guitarist” made an appearance on Rockpalast on February 24, 1985. Buchanan, who turned down offers from the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, appeared with John Steele on guitar, keyboards, and vocals; Anthony Dunn on bass; and Martin Yule on drums. In addition to a selection of his own compositions, the guitarist performed impressive and somewhat surprising covers of “Night Train,” “Foxy Lady,” “Hey Joe,” “Peter Gunn,” “Green Onions,” “Walk Don’t Run,” and Don Gibson’s “Sweet Dreams.” The DVD is Roy Buchanan – Live at Rockpalast, and it is riveting.


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