Lingen is a small city in the Western part of Germany. It's a contemplative town with around 50.000 people living there. On this Saturday night the city was hosting a show from German 'Rogger' Jan Delay. The guy from Hamburg started many years ago and was part of the Hamburg-hip-hop scene, before he developed his own solo project Jan Delay and the Disko No.1. The whole thing became more and more rocking over time and that's one of the reasons why this review ends up on my blog. And the fact that he wrote a song called "Wacken' qualifies Delay even more to be mentioned on a heavy blog ;)
It was the brazz band Moop Mama who filled in the role of the opening act. There rhythm based and rap oriented music did what was meant to be achieved. The ten guys from Munich warmed-up the crowd and prepeared the scene very well for the main act.
It was around 21:00 in the fairly new Emsland Arena, when Jan Delay and his Disko No.1 entered the stage. What followed was a two hour show, that made almost 4.500 fans singing, jumping, dancing,... It was one big party.
The songs from Delay cover a lot of different styles; all connected by the enormous amount of energy the guys spreads. It's basically rock music (with two six-stringers) and hip-hop (that's where the groove comes from) that build the base for his music. The whole thing is spiced-up with funk and even reggae elements.
Hits like "Wacken", "Feuer", Action" and "Sie kann nicht tanzen" (incl. a dance battle between the hornsection-guys and background singers) have been highly appreciated by the crowd. The band itself was even so enthusiastic that the lost track of "Johnny" while they played the song. Next to the own brilliant songs they also included in a smart way some parts of e.g. "Fight for your right (to party)" from the mighty Beastie Boys or "Song 2" from Blur.
The gig ended with Delay's ode for St.Pauli. "St.Pauli" was the right anthem to round off an excellent Saturday night party of a guy with his band that burned downed a grooving rock firework.
The 120 minutes have been a great party, esp. since Delay is also an excellent entertaining. He was constantly in touch with the fans what was very well received. The Emsland Arena became a big grooving madhouse.
Jan Delay is making music based on passion and dedication. He just loves what he is doing. This is what you can hear, feel and see every single minute. But it is also highlighted by the fact that e.g. the merch is no rip-off like often seen with other bands. A Jan Delay shirt for EUR 20 is more than fair.
Check the music of Delay. I think you will like it. And don't bother about the German lyrics. The guy mumbles that much that even Germans have a hard time to understand those :) But what are words when music is the common language.
Location: Emsland Arena, Lingen, Germany