… enthusiasm over talent: 30 Years of Gerd

This should have happened in 2020 but as with many other items it just was not feasible. But with G2 (and the ask for G2+ unpinned by some free booze) this was ready to be executed in 2021. Given the current bad situation in Germany, though less in our northern home lands, it may just have been the last party for this year…

Support was supposed to come from The Guts (formerly known as the Shanghai’d Guts) but due to illness they had to pull out. Kent Nielsen, who can travel light and does not need a lot of setup, jumped in and volunteered for the warm up.

He actually took two of his tiny uke’s to the stage, but largely resorted to taking the opportunity of the excellent sound of the Knust to let his voice excel. And not only for giving the lot some nice redemption’s of sing-a-longs but also as a chatty storyteller that can give a wide lead-in for a song.

Kent Nielsen (Knust, Hamburg, 20.11.2021 (c) gehkacken.de 2021)

As a solo artist using that voice is almost the only item to bring, he paired that with a excellent stretch of songs running all the way from Joe Strummer to Husker Dü. And some excellent storytelling from his long presence on the mu-sick-al circuit was added as the iciong on the cake.

Just take his piss-drenched lead into A New England, paired with the juvenile trust that if Billy Brag would have ordered a revolution it would have happened instantly i det hyggelige danske kongerige:

His style is one of these that you just need allow in if you are a listener in front of a stage: It looks different, it sounds different but it is still the same as in Entertainment, Message – Stance. And that is what Kent gets across just purrrfect. Tak min ven!

Whilst Kent did enjoy some almost church like sounds as not all ticket holders (in total some 200) went to see him that sound was toned down once Gerd took the stage as many bodies filled the large hall.

And Gerd took all of the rock star grandeza to make their presence known:

For those who are not from Hamburg some of the intro might be glibberish but rest assured it is full of reference to the namesake actually:

“Rocker” is a 1971 movie with a real amateur cast drawn directly from the seedy streets of Hamburg. And the namesake for GERD and hero of the movie was in attendance of the show and provided some extra grandeza to the proceedings.

Gerd with Rocker Gerd (Knust, Hamburg, 20.11.2021 (c) gehkacken.de 2021)

Now thats a star celebration of 30 years of Gerd! From there they took it down memory lane and with a broad smile they provided high class entertainment.

Gerd (Knust, Hamburg, 20.11.2021 (c) gehkacken.de 2021)

On top of all the baseline joy to listen to songs i can either hum to or sing-a-long loud & proud it is indeed the positive attitude and general joy that emits from the stage, pours into the ears of the audience and gets people going, like this old classic from The Nerves that had been covered by Blondie and had been ruined by Def Leppard.

Remember, whist it is Enthusiasm over Talent it does not mean there is zero talent. Where Def Leppard fail, Gerd does shine (and within that … yet again the excellent sound at the Knust enables Christianes voice to shine above).

Gerd (Knust, Hamburg, 20.11.2021 (c) gehkacken.de 2021)

Looking back at 30 years Gerd also had changes, one of them was the seat behind the drums. For a long time that was filled by Frank “Magger” Martens and surprise surprise: he was back it tonight for celebrating a flash back towards how Gerd started off, simply slaughtering Kuschelrock!

Sure thing they have come a long way from that type of “lets kill that one with speed and shredding” into much more subtle variations. But it was fun to see that Frank was still able to push them ahead and unite them on the last chord.

Gerd (Knust, Hamburg, 20.11.2021 (c) gehkacken.de 2021)

By this time the audience was in perfect mood, loads of singing and dancing. On top even a DIY stunt with 400 balloons raining down (actually onto the audience, i guess the better effect would have been onto the stage). And all of that showmanship did lead to not only one encore but also a 2nd one starting off with their Überhit “Born in Hamburg Horn”.

I would be very surprised though if the Knust would open a club on the Washingtonallee, out there in the deep East End, where i bet you the times of long haired rockers are long gone.

Gerd (Knust, Hamburg, 20.11.2021 (c) gehkacken.de 2021)

For the final bit, the last song of the last encore, they resorted back to something that most likely sports the ultimate Glam Rock intro that everybody born in the earlier 1960ties can identify even in sleep.

Where the Sweet version (from 1975 actually) is grand, the 1:1 German version of The Hunters (Scorpions in disguise) in my mind is the biggest laugh (and my wish for the next Gerd party is that they take on this too).

Don’t forget – both are down there in the book under “Why did Punk happen” too.

With that one they finally exhausted what they had – less than more according to insider sources – rehearsed from their vast list of songs created since 1972.

For the collectors, archivists and librarians here is the full setlist.

Gerd – Setlist for 30 Years of enthusiasm over talent (Knust, Hamburg, 20.11.2021 (c) gehkacken.de 2021)

A free drink of my choice if you can name the song they actually did not play…

And with Gerd walking off the stage drenched in sweat (but with broad smiles) the lot resorted to the next best thing: Carrying that enjoyment forward into the bar of the Knust and in front of the DJ’s, who gave the lot loads of old mu-sick to dance and sing-a-long to.

Happy Gerd Fans (Knust, Hamburg, 20.11.2021 (c) gehkacken.de 2021)

Whilst i started the evening with telling people off when they offered to buy me a drink i also now got carried away and ended up nicely loaded, talking sense and non-sense to people, singing along and too being a happy bunny. I can not recall when i last was home at 03:00 and had a great hangover next day – much appreciated my friends!

Thanks to Punk Rock Hamburg, Knust and Gerd & Kent for pulling this off, it was a grand show and hopefully not the last grand party of the year. Hopefully.

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