On 6 September 2002 The Boys played at Loreley, Germany in
front of 5,000 fans and the on 7 September they made a guest
appearance with Die Toten Hosen in front of 20,000 fans.
Steve Metcalfe went "on tour" with the band and
writes about his experiences. Photos by
Steve Metcalfe, Sandra Domniter
Kerstin Zahel & Jana Balzer
The Boys in Loreley
I heard that Vom had been double booked with Die Toten Hosen when The
Boys were due to play the USA HITS I knew immediately they would be left
with no option but to cancel. There
certainly isn’t anyone around who is in the same class of Vom, who
must be in the top three or four drummers in the world today.
All was not lost however as Die Toten Hosen invited The Boys to
play at Loreley with them, when Vom would be available to play for both
Steel was concerned about the letting down of fans who wanted to see the
band in America and suggested we organise ten backstage passes for
members of Backstage Pass (The Boys Discussion Group).
The lucky recipients of these passes were to be Paul & Keith
from England, Sarah, Opa & Matze from Germany, Sandra & Kerstin
from Austria and Nick, Nick & Brina from Italy.
Everything was in place for one hell of a weekend…with hopefully nothing to worry about! I flew to Dusseldorf on Thursday 5 September where I met Jana, Matt’s German girlfriend /partner. Jana took me to the hotel where I was sharing a room with Honest John. We went out for a meal and then headed for Campino’s flat/rehearsal studio where Vom was waiting for us. Vom looked shattered as he had been rehearsing all day, and had been up drinking with Honest John and The Boys the previous night!
rehearsal studio, below Campino’s flat is where the Hosen rehearse and
as you can imagine there’s all the mod cons in there…like a fridge
fully stocked with ice cold beer! So
with little else to do I helped myself to a couple of beers and sat
ready to watch The Boys rehearse their set “as live”.
As I sat there sipping a cold beer I was blown away by The Boys
set…It was a tough job but someone had to do it!!!
It’s the second Boys rehearsal I have attended and things don’t come much better than this. I can tell you it takes an awful lot of effort trying to stay cool and not start jumping up and down, waving your hands in the air with sheer delight!
Cas, Vom & Honest John
following day after a walk round the old town in Dusseldorf with John we
were all waiting in our hotel for the transport to arrive. We then drove to Bopen where we were staying in a very plush
and up-market hotel with Die Toten Hosen.
My first glimpse of how big Vom and the Hosen are came when I
noticed Vom booking in the hotel under a false name.
settling into the hotel we set off for Loreley and crossed the Rhine
by ferry. Our mini bus
boarded the ferry and we were able to get off and have a walk round
for a few minutes. There
just happened to be around 14/15 Hosen fans on the same ferry, who had
been drinking. Well as
soon as they spotted Vom there was pandemodeum and he was quite
literally mobbed. They
all wanted to have their photos taken with him and grab him.
It’s hard to appreciate just how big the Hosen are until you
witness the hysteria first hand!
Cas, Matt & Duncan
|Finally it was time for The Boys to appear on stage and they burst into “TCP”. I have always believed that somewhere out there is a parallel universe where The Boys fulfilled their destiny and became as massive as their music should have made them. For one magical night everyone inside that marquee was transported into a time warp where The Boys were massive.|
I have always been aware that The Boys were far bigger across
Europe than they ever were in the UK but the scenes that night were
unbelievable with 5,000 German fans going crazy for The Boys.
the gig I went backstage with The Boys and the other Backstage
Passers. A few
congratulations, a few beers and then Die Toten Hosen appeared for a
set of oldies. Everyone
had told me that the Hosen were a great live band and so I went out
front to watch them. They
were certainly very good but having just seen a magical Boys
performance I wasn’t able to take any more in.
I wandered around for a while in a daze and then went backstage
Back to The
Boys dressing room after the Hosen’s set and it was party time!
Campino and the other Hosen popped in to congratulate The Boys
on a great gig and the alcohol was in full flow!
a couple of hours Matt, Jana, Cas, TV Smith and myself decided to head
back to the hotel leaving the others behind.
Back to the hotel and in the bar until around 3.30am…what a
night! I decided to call
it a night and staggered up to my room where I immediately fell
asleep. I was woken by
John knocking on the door and when I rose to let him in I noticed it
was light, looked at the clock and it was 7 am!
Apparently John and Duncan went to Vom’s room for a party.
John collapsed into his bed!
at 10.30 am and down for breakfast with Cas.
We were joined by a very dodgy looking Vom and his wife Mary.
They’d partied most of the night and I couldn’t see how he
would play another gig with the Hosen that day!
Their sound check was at midday so it was a quick breakfast and
off to the gig.
Duncan & Cas
rest of us met in the hotel shortly after midday. The Boys were basking in their triumphant return to Germany
and we were all having a spot of lunch together. After our meal
the waitress came over and took our room numbers so that our bills
could be charged accordingly. Casino Steel was last to give his
room number but the waitress stopped him in full flow "There's a
gentleman over there who has paid your bill."
Cas looked over to see one of the music photographers from the
gig. He was obviously staying in the same hotel as The Boys and
Die Toten Hosen. Cas smiled and waved at him and he came over.
Cas thanked him to which he said "The way you bounce around on
stage, play bass and sing at the same time is truly amazing".
Everyone was left open mouthed at this apart from Cas who cool as a
cucumber and sharp as a razor replied "It's no big deal, anyone
can play bass!" and everyone laughed.
to Loreley the following day and I went for a walk around the arena,
which was slowly filling up with 20,000 Hosen fans.
It was certainly dawning on me how big the Hosen were.
Cas told me “They’re bigger than the Stones in Germany”.
I watched a few of the support bands and generally relaxed,
looking forward in anticipation to The Boys guest appearance with the
Hosen. Finally the Hosen
came on to an unbelievable reception from their 20,000 fans and here
was I backstage with about 20 other people, mainly family and friends!
have never been a great fan of Die Toten Hosen but I would have to
admit four things. Firstly
they are massive and I do mean massive.
I hadn’t fully appreciated how big they were till I saw them
that weekend. They put on
a great live show, Campino is certainly an outstanding front man and
finally they have the world’s best drummer in Vom!
Cas, Campino & Matt
time finally came for Campino to introduce The Boys to the crowd and
on they came in front of 20,000 people to play “First Time” and
“Brickfield Nights”. I
felt so proud of the band it brought a tear to my eye to see The Boys
perform in front of so many appreciating fans.
made my way backstage and met up with The Boys and off we went to the
after party show with the free beer flowing all night! Backstage I was approached by the Hosen’s original
guitarist, who had introduced Campino to punk rock and The Boys. He was such a massive Boys fan he asked me to take him to The
Boys and so I introduced him to Matt, Cas, John and Duncan who all
signed his shirt for him.
an hour or so we all returned to the hotel where we planned to drink
the night away. Unbelievably
on a Saturday night the bar was shut at 2am!
What an anticlimax. John
and I went to our room where we decided to raid the mini bar and watch
German TV where The Great Escape was showing!
At about 3.30 am we retired to bed only to be awoken by a phone
call from Vom at 5.30am pleading with John to join him for another
party in his room! By this time even John had had enough partying and declined
Vom’s kind invitation.
breakfast the next morning John and I went to see Vom and I can tell
you he was decidedly rough…the weekend had taken it’s toll. Finally the bus arrived to take us back to Dusseldorf and
everyone said their goodbyes to the Hosen and those who remained set
off in two mini buses back to Dusseldorf Airport.
on the way to the Airport we hit a massive tailback on the motorway
and it was touch and go whether The Boys would make their flights
home. We arrived at
Dusseldorf Airport 35 minutes before their flight was to leave, just
in the nick of time. My
flight left much later than the others so I was left for an hour or so
in a very quiet Dusseldorf Airport, which gave me a little time to
reflect on my magical weekend.
thanks to The Boys for two fantastic performances, and especially Vom
for arranging my accommodation and transport.
Also many thanks to everyone I met out in Germany and to all
the fans who were there both nights and made the experience truly
Matt, Vom & Duncan
Following The Boys successful appearance at Loreley The Boys Website were giving away a Loreley T Shirt autographed by Matt, Duncan, Cas, John & Vom to the first fan who is able to answer the following question:
Vom has become so popular with Die Toten Hosen he has to book into hotels under an assumed name. The first person to correctly identify the name Vom used to book into the hotel in Bopen under on 6/7 September wins the prize.
Clue: Long-haired keyboard player who allegedly helped to get the Sex Pistols dropped by A&M Records.
Phil Hanson was the first person to correctly identify Rick Wakeman and wins the autographed Loreley T Shirt...Well done Phil!