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Music Time Capsule Log # 7 - Living in Metal Germany Part 3

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Music Time Capsule Log # 7 - Living in Metal Germany Part 3

23 August 2018

Mark Antony Rossi

Living in West Germany in the mid 1980’s was like having a hotel room in Heavy Metal Headquarters. Living in West Germany also meant traveling to other countries by car or train was possible and practical to see live acts. One of the great musical pleasures of my life was to see The Scorpions live at Monsters of Rock. I sang the songs. Drank the wine. And even enjoyed the German language songs they mixed in the set for the locals.

Loved seeing Dio again this time in Germany. In fact, Dio was the only act I ever saw in the US and in another country. He was in great form and I really miss him. RIP. It was a very special treat to see Def Leppard in their first concert since their drummer lost him arm in a car accident. He did a wonderful job and the crowd cheered louder for him than the Scorpions. It was crazy for Bon Jovi to climb up the scaffolding and nearly have a problem getting down. Hint: Jon, don’t drink and climb. Yet this was the beginning of Bon Jovi becoming an international hit.

I enjoyed listening to Treat an underrated band from Sweden that got eclipsed by Europe who blew up with The Final Countdown. I met them again in person in Holland and we laughed about Europe. And finally the main act Iron Maiden the first and only time I saw them live and it was a terrific show. I’ve always been on the fence with Bruce Dickinson’s voice. Maybe it’s the material but I never hear consistency. He was fantastic live and I liked some of the older hits live more than the studio versions.

Alex Masi, an Italian guitarist released Fire in the Sky and I simply fell in love with the great songs and superb guitar playing. I had a chance to catch him at a café in France before he kicked off a tour but I had military duty and couldn’t make that gig. Pisses me off to this day. I did meet King Diamond at a club in Copenhagen and we spoke about the occult and horror influences in metal music. He was polite and candid. He’s a great talent and even though most of his stuff was never my cup of tea I praise Abigail as one of the top concept metal albums of all time.

Mark Antony Rossi


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