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Music Time Capsule Log # 5: Living in Metal Germany- Part 1

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Music Time Capsule Log # 5: Living in Metal Germany- Part 1

28 May 2018

Mark Antony Rossi

When I got my assignment to West Germany all I could think about was listening to Accept and the Scorpions live while drinking a lot. Which is exactly what I did when I got there. Metalheads were everywhere and I just knocked on a door and was invited in. I made a number of friends who plotted with me on scheduling for concerts we could attend.

The first concert we attended was in a smaller venue in a small town and not a very big drive from the base. But I struck on how many police were present. I think even in Germany small town people probably expect the worst from metal lovers. And aside from a few arrests and one guy getting hit in the head with a billy club it didn’t seem too different from New Jersey.

The show was Motley Crue, Dokken and it opened with Running Wild, a local German metal band that were not so good. Even the Pirate album cover was corny. We were laughing hard because after 3 songs everything note they played sounded the same. Thankfully they were only on stage for 25 minutes and then Dokken blazed forth with George Lynch showing you how it’s done. I never been one to comment on a guy’s hair but George has the most awesome hair. I was in the US Air Force with not much hair so maybe I got jealous.

Motley Crue blew our socks off for sure. I’ve always said they never got enough credit for their concert performance. Not certain if it were the publicity about occult overtones or partying a lot or car crashes but definitely not enough ink on the music. Vince sounded perfect in the smaller venue and interacted with the audience and mentioned the American military too. (That was cool of him.) Mick never missed a note. Nikki as usual was in his own world and Tommy had his drum kit flying in the air and then ran down to play the piano for “Home Sweet Home.”

We drove back to the base with some new friends, new memories and the feeling that we had a night worth our trading work shifts. I dropped off a T-Shirt for the gate security cop who couldn’t get off work for this one. He was happy and was totally ready for the next trip next month.

Mark Antony Rossi


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