The summer largely denied us back in Britain is very definitely in full swing here in Germany and throughout the day I get a chance to have a drink and a chat with Ashra and friends. Later that evening we have a lovely meal together and I unintentionally supply a few laughs when it becomes clear that I can't understand or pronounce most of the items on the menu. Clueless doesn't even begin to cover it.
Friday 9th June is the day of the concert and in the morning Harald Grosskopf and Steve Baltes take several of us along to Cafe Einstein, their favourite Berlin breakfast venue. The adrenaline is kicking in for the guys now, as showtime approaches and I head off alone to explore the now defunct Tempelhof Airport whilst Grosskopf and Baltes return to the UFA to start to assemble their equipment.
Shortly after the show Mick Glossop comments on the improvisational nature of the performance and the fact that there aren't many non-jazz bands around now that would dare to play off one another and take the music wherever the moment suggests. Watching the concert there is a sense that although the electronic backings (which offer a contemporary take on classic tracks) are preprepared the rest of the interplay is fairly spontaneous. Sure, the band know what to include and Gottsching plays the right riffs or licks in the right place or retains elements of well-known solos but some of the content and even the lengths of many of the tracks remains undecided right up to the point at which they are delivered. This certainly keeps things fresh and gives the performance a spirit of adventure.