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King King |
Reaching For The Light Tour 2017 |
Musiktheater Rex

 
Last Friday we caught up with King King during the German leg of their Reaching for the Light Tour 2017. This was our second evening with this multi-award rock blues Scottish band and, just like the first time, we had a blast.

As Alan Nimmo, lead singer and guitar, may have mentioned once or twice, King King has a live album out. Just like all of their opuses, we totally recommend. We will be listening to it while waiting to see them on stage again.

During our chat after the concert, Alan said he had spotted me taking photos. Not surprising, really, as back home I found out there were 380 pictures on my camera… A selection can be viewed on Of Lens And Pen and you can learn all about King King on their official website.
 
 
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Music Review |
Jericho Summer |
Night Train

 
Each summer, I am looking for the perfect album to listen to while driving around in my Fiat 500 convertible. I have just found this year’s winner: Night Train, the debut album of Southern country rock band Jericho Summer.

Jericho Summer is husband and wife team Jay Zeffin and Vanessa Joy. They were both working in the music business when they met in 1997 and I encourage you to read their interesting bio on the official website! Their current adventure started back in 2012, when Jay contacted his old producer with new material as well as songs produced over the years. The pair then managed to get on board musicians such as bass player Marco Mendoza (currently touring with The Dead Daisies), Richard Fortus from Guns N’ Roses and Double Grammy Winner Albert Lee.

I am always interested to hear the story behind the song and asked Vanessa and Jay for some anecdotes to share with my readers. For example, Bitchin With A Woman has a double meaning; it is about not arguing but also about both parties thinking they are right. No Regrets is very personal, with Jay reminiscing about his shared life with his wife and still being together despite all the tough times. Finally, Lonely Town is about when the couple met in the UK, getting married and leaving behind the small town Vanessa was from. Lonely Town reminds me of country rock band Blackberry Smoke and is my personal favourite.

The album is a well-balanced mix of rock numbers and ballads. It contains eleven songs and when Jericho Summer said there would be no “filler tracks”, they meant it. Two videos will support the promotion of the album, Bitchin With A Woman in August and Running Free in November. A great deal of care also went into the unusual and atmospheric album cover, and one cannot help wonder how far that train is going to take Vanessa and Jay.

Night Train is the album country enthusiasts will love and rock fans will go for. The release date is August 12th and it can be pre-ordered on iTunes and Amazon.
 
 
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JERICHO SUMMER

Jay Zeffin – Rhythm guitar, Writer, Composer, Producer, Lead & Harmony Vocals
Vanessa Joy – Lead vocals, Harmony Vocals, Writer, & Vocal Arrangements
Richard Fortus – Lead Guitar
Albert Lee – Lead Guitar
Marco Mendoza – Bass Guitar
Rodders Godders – Rythm Guitar
Brett Morgan – Drums
Tom Tyson – Bass Guitar, Producer
John Marcangelo – Drums and Piano
Stuart Duncan – Fiddle
Alan Hawkshaw – Pianist
Guy Lancaster – Hammond Organ
Pete Mahyer – Sound Engineer / Mastering Enginner
 
 
TRACK LISTING

Night Train
100 Times Again
Bitchin With A Woman
Does It Matter
Lonely Town
Good One Comin On
Red Neck Cousin
No Regrets
Coming Home
Live For The Moment
Running Free
 
 
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Hanami In Germany

 
Last Sunday, Second Daughter and I headed off to Ludwigshafen am Rhein to attend a Hanami festival. Hanami literally means “flower viewing” and is commonly used for the traditional observation of cherry blossom. In our case, it referred to a cosplay convention.

Second Daughter is fascinated by Japanese pop culture and she had been looking forward to this convention for weeks. She had arranged to meet with her friends and I had a date with my beloved camera. I was not disappointed. Every time I turned around, there was a new photo opportunity. I was gobsmacked by the amount of work and attention to details many cosplayers had put into their costumes. The atmosphere was very convivial and the sunny weather added to the festive mood. The full photo gallery is available on my Of Lens And Pen website.

The convention took place over two days and offered many activities for the manga and anime fans: shows, karaoke, contests, workshops and plenty of shopping and eating possibilities, of course! Second Daughter spent more or less all the money she had been saving and was especially delighted with the art she bought. Talking to some of the artists present was definitely a highlight for her.

After about five very interesting hours, we decided to call it a day and made our way home. Second Daughter is already dreaming about next year, and about attending the cosplay day at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October and EpicCon in December…
 
 
„Hanami – Con meets festival“ in Ludwigshafen am Rhein
 
Letzten Sonntag sind meine Tochter und ich nach Ludwigshafen am Rhein gefahren, um ein Hanami Festival zu besuchen. Hanami bedeutet “Blumen besichtigen” und wird normalerweise bei der Kirschblüte-Beobachtung verwendet. In unserem Fall war es eine Cosplay-Convention.

Meine Tochter ist von der Japanischen Kultur fasziniert und sie hat sich auf dieses Ereignis schon seit Wochen gefreut. Sie hatte geplant, sich mit ihren Freundinnen zu treffen und ich hatte ein Date mit meiner geliebten Kamera. Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Jedes Mal, wenn ich in einer anderen Richtung guckte, fand ich neue Gelegenheit für ein Foto. Ich war von der Arbeit und der Liebe zum Detail, die viele Cosplayer in ihren Kostüme gesteckt hatten, sehr beeindruckt. Die Atmosphäre war sehr gesellig und das sonnige Wetter sorgte auch für gute Laune. Die gesamte Bildergalerie ist auf meiner Website Of Lens And Pen zu finden.

Die Convention fand über zwei Tage statt und bot viele Veranstaltungen für Mangas- und Animes-Fans: Shows, Karaoke, Wettbewerbe, Workshops und natürlich, ausreichende Shopping- und Essens-Möglichkeiten! Meine Tochter gab fast das gesamte Geld, das sie gespart hatte, aus und war von den Bildern, die sie gekauft hat, besonders begeistert. Mit verschiedenen Künstlern zu reden war für sie ein Highlight.

Nach ungefähr fünf sehr interessanten Stunden haben wir uns entschieden, nach Hause zu fahren. Meine Tochter träumt schon vom nächsten Jahr, und auch davon, den Cosplay Tag auf der Franfkurter Buchmesse im Oktober und EpicCon im Dezember zu besuchen…
 
 
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Musikmesse Frankfurt

 
On Saturday April 9th, we visited the Musikmesse in Frankfurt. Sexy Hubby was excited at the idea of being surrounded by guitars and trying them. I was impatient to take some cool photos. And both of us were looking forward to catching up with The Dead Daisies, after attending their acoustic gig at the Hard Rock Café and seeing them open for KISS in Hamburg last year.

As we arrived, Sexy Hubby headed straight for the Yamaha stand and as you can see below, he spent some time trying the different models of their new Revstar range. I am not sure he has quite decided which one to get yet…

Sexy Hubby then inspected lots of effect pedals and amps in the biggest exhibition hall, where the drums were located too. Even though the level of decibels is of courses restricted, we came to the conclusion that employees on stand duty there the whole day must be pretty exhausted at the end of the day! The ambiance was great, though, with lots of people trying instruments, sometimes spontaneously playing together.

Around 12:30 we made our way to the Center Stage, where The Dead Daisies were scheduled to play. We arrived just at the right time, the band performing before them had just finished their set, people were leaving and we managed to secure a front row spot. We had a blast listening to The Dead Daisies and discovering Long Way To Go, the first title of their new album. Make Some Noise will be released on August 5th and the band has just announced some tour dates too. All info can be found on their official website. Of course being right at the front made it easier for me to take photos, but it was frustrating all the same not to have front stage access! The full gallery is available on my photography and writing website, Of Lens And Pen, and I would love to hear what you think.

We then only had another hour or so before having to head home, as we had a party planned that evening. It was enough time to come across Thor and a rather unusual hammer… As First Daughter plays the violin and the piano, I had a look at electric violins for her too. Next year we will no doubt spend longer at the Musikmesse!
 
 
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