It was a special night in Giengen, Germany on October 5. Stormwitch invited to a tribute show to honour Harald Spengler, also known as Lee Tarot. Harald was from the very beginning one of the two guitarists of The Masters Of Black Romantic and he was a crucial part of the band when it comes to the songwriting. He died all at once earlier this year.
With Harald the band celebrated quite some successful moment during 80’s and inspired current bands like e.g. Hammerfall with their sound.
The opener for this remarkable evening was an acoustic guitar duo with a female singer, playing cover version from rock classics. They did a good job, but of course everybody came for Stormwitch.
When the band entered the stage the venue was almost fully packed with fans, friends, family,... It was great to see all those old Stormwitch shirts. It felt like a journey back into my youth :o)
According to the promoter it was around 900 people. A good base for a great show. The first part of the show was done by the current setup of the band. They opened with the title track of the ‘Dancing with the witches’ album. A good choice. After the opener the band lined-up on the stage and Andy Mueck spoke a few nice words for Harald. It was a real touching moment. The rest of the first part of the show was a mix between classics (‘Ravenlord’) and new stuff (‘Witchcraft’). The sound was good and the fans were in a good mood. The only thing which was surprising was the little stage acting of the band. There was hardly any movement on the stage and the band seemed to be quite passive. Was it that the band didn’t play that much shows so far in this line-up or have they been nervous? Don’t know. But I hope, that they will work on this for the future shows.
After a short speech of the Lee Tarot’s sister, part 2 of the show started. This was the moment everybody was waiting for. Stormwitch in the classic old line-up which means Stefan Kauffmann, alias Steve Merchant, on guitar , Andreas Mueck on vocals, Peter ‘Pete Lancer’ Langer behind the drum kit, Ronny Gleisberg on bass and Stoney, who took Lee Tarot’s part, on the second guitar. The amazing thing was the shift of energy in the band. It was great to see how much fun esp. Kauffmann and Gleisberg brought into the group. There were great songs, energetic stage acting and a crowd which really appreciated what they heard and saw. The magic of the Masters Of Black Romantic was back, supported even by some pyro effects. The ‘old’ line-up made the current band almost look like a Stormwitch cover band. I wish, that this would not be just a one-time-event, but it also should challenge the current band to take the energy with them to their coming shows and activities. With ‘Walpurgis night’ an extraordinary show ended, but I think, that if you would have asked the fans, Stormwitch could have been playing forever that night.
And the evening made another thing very obvious. That was the strong impact of Harald Spengler on the songwriting. All the old classics of the band are just outstanding and the new tracks don't get close to them.
And as said already, my hope is, that the band takes all the positive energy and bring them into the new songs, the new record and the upcoming shows.
It was an extraordinary evening and it was an excellent idea to organise and to play this tribute show. Great for the fans and a great gesture towards Harald (RIP). A night to remember.
Dance with the witches
King in the ring
Fallen from God
Russia’s on fire
King of winds
Tears by the firelight
Eye of the storm
Stronger than heaven
Trust in the fire
Sword of Sagon
The beauty and the beast
Call of the wicked
Venue: Walter Schmid Halle, Giengen, Germany