By José Oliveira, Columnist-Colmar, France
Venue: OPEN AIR PARK – Bad Krozingen – Germany – 1st August 2015
Artists featured: BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST featuring LES HOLROYD and MANFRED MANN’s EARTH BAND
Every summer, the spa town of Bad Krozingen organizes their open air festival. It is a lovely place to relax, hang out, and forget one’s troubles. People have been enjoying its hot springs bubbles since 1911. Bad Krozingen is a wellness location with sunny, mild weather, situated in the border triangle of three countries: Germany, France and Switzerland.
Want a dip in a spring? You can have an Indian, Japanese, Turkish or Moroccan baths but this time, ROCK AT NIGHT was there to see two famous bands from the sixties: Barclay James Harvest (featuring Les Holroyd) and Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
Two hot summer nights listening to cool music and drinking good German beer!! Ahh! Life is good!
With the merging of two musical different styles, my preference goes unmistakably towards Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s universe. Les Holroyd maintained a static position on the stage and was actually inaudible! He clearly has lost his voice and his set was a little bit disappointing. Also, some of the old hits received a lukewarm reception by the crowd.
The crowd vibrated with MMEB, through its numerous hits, particularly to the two Bruce Springsteen covers “Blinded By The Light” and “Spirit In The Night”.
At 75, Manfred Mann is still one of the best British keyboards players!
Manfred Mann Earth Band
Barclay James Harvest with Les Holroyd
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST – Members: LES HOLROYD (vocals, bass) – Michael BYRON-HEHIR (guitar) – Colin BROWNE (keyboards) – Steve BUTLER ( vocals) – Louie PALMER (drums)
MANFRED MANN EARTH BAND – Manfred MANN ( keyboards, vocals) – Mick ROGERS (guitar, vocals) – Steve KINCH ( Bass) – Jimmy COPLEY (Drums) – Robert HART (vocals)
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I was born in Portugal and lived the Sixties exploring the great UK Rock magazines: "The New Musical Express" and "Melody Maker". Ray Charles and Pat Boone were my father’s fav. I became “The Great Pretender”. Cliff Richard was our Elvis Presley. As a beach boy, with my first guitar, I met a beautiful French girl on the beach! It was the Summer of 69!! We got married and rock music was our dowry. In France, I became a Wine Genetic Research Scientist. One of my works contributed to the decoding of the genome of the vine! As a rock journalist, I’ve worked twenty years for the Portuguese and Brazilian Rock Press. I ‘ve interviewed so many great artists. Then, one day I met FRANK ZAPPA! I got into trouble for introducing my wife to "Uncle Meat"!