Continuing on my quick flip through Europe, we come to night 2 of my trip and the Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes show in Melle, Germany.
After all the emotion the night before, the band (and us too) seemed to relax a bit and just have a good ole time at this show. Ok, there were definitely some chaotic moments ... actually right from the get-go ... like when Johnny took my camera during the second song while I was trying to take a picture of Eddie. LOL
...and here's the picture he got for me ... thanks, Johnny!
I always talk about how this band never follows the set list, right? Well, here's a great example of a typical gig. Original written set:
...and here's what was actually played...
Talk to Me
I Played the Fool
Cry to Me
Everybody Needs Somebody
Walk away Renee
Cross That Line
Woke up This Morning
Love on the Wrong Side of Town
This Time It's for Real
Umbrella in My Drink
Harder Than It Looks
Into the Harbour
Sweeter Than Honey
Tango till They're Sore/Alabama Song
Nobody's Fault but Mine
Hearts of Stone
Working Too Hard
You Can't Bury Me
I Don't Want to Go Home
One More Night to Rock
Those in bold were not on the set list ... and then there was "Take It Inside" which was on the set list twice but not played at all. LOL
I was so happy to hear them do a couple of what I affectionately call 'Jeff Kazee songs' ... those with extensive piano parts or particularly Jeffrey-esque harmonies. Of course, sometimes things got a little messed up, but that just adds to the whole joy of a Southside show. In any case, "Into the Harbour" is one of my favorite songs so I'm glad Johnny stuck with it ...
*video by Rike*
You really can't blame Glenn, the intro Johnny sang really DID sound like "Tired Skin" Haha!
And sometimes you want to just do things yourself! LOL
Here's a few other pictures.
A rare clear image of the Energizer Bunny Billy Walton ... stand still Billy, I'm trying to get your picture!
In lieu of Tom's regular set which has a Pills & Ammo bass drum cover, they improvised with just sticking a t-shirt over it! Haha.
and the man himself.
At one point during the show, Billy's guitar string broke so Johnny came over and played a solo on it. Haha.
...and I love this one...
Once again, Johnny took someone's camera ... this time Steffi's! ... and walked all over the stage and took pictures with it. I'll be sure to post those later. He got some really great shots!
...and what is this ... a quick nap Johnny? Or a mini-Vulcan mind probe?
We were all so sad when the show ended as it was our last night together -- Beate and Steffi had to go back home. In Amsterdam we had all joined arms and sang along to "Hearts of Stone" (which got some cute looks from the band members). But tonight, we all did a vodka shot together and celebrated our friendship and the plan to see eachother again. (p.s. Johnny, you missed out ... we had one for you too if you had come out after the show!)
And so ends Day 2 in Europe ... what's next? An amazing day off in Bremen. Stay tuned! :-)