Pfullendorf was one of the last venues of the European tour in 2009. And I did take the chance to see my favourite band one more time – who knows, when I will have a chance to see them again…?
Pfullendorf is a nice little town close to the Lake Constance in the South of Germany. And the Seepark festival is a festival for families with all sorts of concerts – even traditional ‘Volksmusik’ - and parties with DJs, as well as programs for children, ‘adventure golfing’, waterskiing, and, and, and… So as you can guess, also the audience for Eric’s show was a little different compared to the ones of ‘regular’ concerts.
Eric and his Animals opened the festival on Thursday evening. I was told that about 800 tickets would have been sold. That kind of calmed me down, when even only 15 minutes before the official start of the show only few people had found their way into the festival tent, where the happening took place. The rest rather enjoyed the nice weather outside… But about 35 minutes late the concert started and also the rest of the audience had joined the tent. I think due to the special circumstances it took a few songs, before the audience really started partying (and I do have the impression that younger people have a hard time to sing and dance along – other than us ‘older ones’ ;-) ), but then obviously the spark was ignited! Eric and his band have managed it again – you simply can’t escape having a great time when they are on stage! Just gorgeous! Even though I missed ‘Mother Earth’ this time. But they played ‘Factory Girl’. Very, very beautiful! And also the second – and last – encore truly was a highlight: first only Red and Eric entered stage, later on Terry and Brannon followed them. Red started playing and Eric did sing ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out’. As Eric didn’t have to predominate over the whole band, he didn’t have to raise his voice and it was a very beautiful, melodious and touching presentation of that old classic.
Coming back to my hotel after the show I suddenly saw Eric sitting at a table in front of the hotel, having a drink, talking to Marianna. So I used all my courage and talked to them. They were about leaving for the next venue – together with Billy – but they were very friendly and Marianna even asked me to take a seat. So I spend a little while talking to Eric, while she was taking care of organizing their leaving. It all seemed so unreal! I never would have expected meeting Eric… After they had left I also met the rest of the Animals in the hotel and I spent quite a nice time mainly with Red and Terry, but also with Georgia – she’s so nice! – Brannon and his family and a few members of the crew. What a day!
As you can guess, I will always remember my trip to Pfullendorf. These are the things that don’t happen too often in your life! :-)