By José Oliveira, Rock At Night Columnist-Colmar, France
MITCH RYDER – Venue : Jazzhaus – Freiburg (Germany) – 3th March 2016
It was another cold night in the Black Forest here in southwest Germany. This year the winter is warm but the nights are still cold. This the perfect reason to escape and drive 100 kms to listen to one of the most powerful voices to come out of the Sixties: MITCH RYDER!
The concert took place at the famous JAZZHAUS in FREIBURG City–one of the most well-known places in the music scene in Germany. Prestigious artists perform in this old wine cellar almost daily, with its marvelous architectural structure which provides a wonderful atmosphere for listening to all kinds of music. They have incredible programs all the time.
I’m always so surprised to see how German people go outside to concerts–even in the middle of the week. Well, FREIBURG is an important University town but it’s not the only explanation for that. People go out not just to discover new names, new bands, but also to have a good time meeting old heroes. As it was MITCH RYDER, the legendary icon from Detroit, which has a reputation of being a great rock and roll town.
We were born on the same day (26 February) but at 71 he’s still in good shape! His gruff, wailing singing style (soul and American rhythm and blues) and his dynamics on stage are still unbroken. His voice, like an old Graves Bordeaux Wine, is becoming vintage! Better than ever.
He rocked Jazzhaus with his awesome new band called ENGERLING. Mitch played the oldies and four special winks to the Rolling Stones (“Gimme Shelter”), James Brown (“Living In America”), Jimmy Cliff (“Many Rivers to Cross”) and the last song of the show with the Door’s hymn “Soul Kitchen”.
A great ticket to Ryde on Rock and Roll !!
Mitch Ryder and ENGERLING: Mitch RYDER – Vocals; Wolfram “BODI” BODAG – Keyboards, Harp; Heiner WITE – Guitar, Backing vocals; Manne POKRANDT – Bass, Backing Vocals; Pitti PIATKOWSKI – Guitar; Hannes SCHULZE – Drums
THE THRILL OF IT ALL
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
IT AIN’T EASY
FREEZING IN HELL
LONG NECK GOOSE
I’VE GOT TO SEE YOU
LIVING IN AMERICA
RED SCAR EYES
BARE YOUR SOUL
ALL THE FOOLS
AIN4T NOBODY WHITE
Mitch Ryder and Engerling
CLASSIC MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS (1966)
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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"!