SWR3's Wildall Concert
Below is my account of the concert which I watched
via live internet broadcast....
There was some confusion at to what time Julian was to perform at the Wildall concert which was sponsored and broadcast over the net by SWR3... either 5 AM or 1PM (EDT). After sleeping through the 5AM time, I tuned in at 1PM and after a hip-hop band ended a soundcheck started. They tested the mics, the drums, the guitars, and then the distinct refrains of "Crucified" confirmed Julian was going to be on soon.
After being introduced by a German woman, Julian and
his band started up with "Get A Life" from 1991's
"Help Yourself." Through the applause at the
end Julian said a quick "Thank you!" and
they proceeded into "I Should Have Known" from the
latest album "Photograph Smile." Following this second
track Julian said in a sing song voice: "Thank you very much.
Hello. Good evening. What a beautiful day, what a beautiful
audience." Then talking to the audience he said:
"Nice to see you all here. I'm just warming up, I'm a little
nervous at the moment I always get a little nervous at these things,
but we'll get into the spirit of things, especially with your help."
Then after instructing the crew "to bring the guitar down
a little bit" he started into the first single released from
"Photograph Smile," "Day After Day."
Following the applause for "Day After Day,"
Jules said: "Cheers!" and started into "And
She Cries" (also off "Photograph Smile").
Following the applause for this song of the burdens
of celebrity-doom... Julian said: "Thank you." Continuing
after a pause with a question for the audience, "Eh, Would
you...this is a question for you, it is up to you. Would you want
to hear a ballad, a slow ballad or not? Yea or nay? (audience roared
an outstanding "Yea" of course!!) Yea? Ok. Alright, we'll
do it. This is the title track of the album Photograph Smile...it
was written about a relationship and the other person... Yes exactly...
and the other person was on the other side of this world and the only
thing I had was a picture and the memories. This is called 'Photograph
Smile' and I hope you like it."
Once it was silent again he said, "Ok, alright. This is something new. I think, maybe you've heard this, I don't know. It was written because sometimes you just don't want to know what's going on and this is called 'I Don't Wanna Know.'"
Following "I Don't Wanna Know," Julian said: "Thank you very much. Thank you very much, Ladies and Gentlemen, see you next time. Thank you." and then he and his band left the stage only to be called back by an enthusiastic crowd for an encore.
Back on stage he said: "Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey! (in unison with the crowds cheers) I need a guitar. Where's my guitar? Can I have a guitar, please? Thank you! Ah, just quickly I'd like to introduce the band to you. I think they deserve your applause. Please welcome on guitar, Matt Backer - Also on guitar-the fabulous Robbie Blunt - Hiding up here on keyboards and backgrounds, please welcome Gregory Darling - Hiding behind the massive drums and cymbals please welcome Mr. Manny Elias - And last, but not least, on bass, Mr. Simon Edwards."
Following the much deserved applause for the band members, Julian continued saying: "Ah, this is not one of mine, but I'm sure you might be familiar with it." There was a pause as they got their guitars ready and someone in the crowd yelled "Where are you?" Julian responded with, "Where am I? I'm here! Ok. Here we go."
And then Julian finished his set with the same song he has finished concerts with since 1984... Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." He then said "Thank you very much. Cheers!" and left the stage.
During the first verse of "I Don't Wanna Know,"
my internet provider decided to cut me off... and not let me back
on for about 5 minutes... after Julian had already left the stage...
I was sooo upset!! I'd like to thank Su for the tape which allowed
me to make sure everything above was transcribed accurately and gave
me an opportunity to hear the end of the concert!! I especially enjoyed
the "Where am I? I'm here!" So Julian, if you happen
to ever read this... here's hoping you come here soon...
i.e. CT, USA...
Background/Flowers from the 'Photograph Smile'
CD inlet by Angelika Letsch.
'Hey Jules' © 1998 - 2002 CJ Burianek