Axel Rudi Pell & Friends- 'Magic Moments'
25
th Anniversary Concert (DVD)

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AXEL RUDI PELL (BAND):
Axel Rudi Pell – Guitar
Johnny Gioeli – Vocals
Volker Krawczak – Bass
Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards
Bobby Rondinelli – Drums

STEELER:

Axel Rudi Pell – Guitar
Peter Burtz – Vocals
Tom Eder – Guitar
Roland Hag – Bass
Jan Yildiral – Drums

Special Guests:

Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, W.E.T.) – Vocals on “Warrior” and “Fool Fool”
Rob Rock (Impliterri) – Vocals on “Nasty Reputation”
John Lawton (Uriah Heep) – Vocals on “Tush” and “Sympathy”
Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) – Vocals on “Black Night”
Michael Voss (Mad Max) – Vocals on “Since You’ve Been Gone”
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow) – Vocals on “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Long Live Rock N’ Roll”
Doogie White (Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock) – Vocals on “Since You’ve Been Gone”, “Mistreated” and “Long Live Rock N’ Roll”
Tony Carey (Rainbow) – Vocals & Keyboards on “Long Live Rock N’ Roll” and “Mistreated”
Joerg Michael (Stratovarius) – Drums on “Nasty Reputation” “Warrior” and “Fool Fool”
Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) – Drums


SETLIST:
DISC I:
1.) "Call Her Princess" - (Steeler)
2.) "Night After Night" - (Steeler)
3.) "Rockin’ The City" - (Steeler)
4.) "Undercover Animal" - (Steeler)
5.) "Nasty Reputation"
6.) "Warrior"
7.) "Fool Fool"

DISC II:

1.) "Burning Chains"
2.) "Strong As A Rock"
3.) "Long Way To Go"
4.) "Hey Hey My My"
5.) "Mystica"
6.) "Into the Storm"
7.) "Too Late"/"Eternal Prisoner"/"Too Late"
8.) "The Masquerade Ball"/"Casbah"
9.) "Rock the Nation"

DISC III:
1.) "Drum Battle"
2.) "
Black Night"- Vocalist Ronnie Atkins (Originally recorded by Deep Purple and is featured on their album 'In Rock' released on June 3, 1970.)
3.) "
Sympathy" - Vocalist john Lawton (Originally recorded by Uriah Heep and is featured on their album 'Firefly' released on December, 1976.)
4.) "
Tush" - Vocalist John Lawton (Originally recorded by ZZ Top and is featured on their album 'Fandango!' released on April 18, 1975.)
5.) "
Mistreated" -Vocalists Doogie White, Tony Carey and Johnny Gioeli (Originally recorded by Deep Purple and is featured on their album 'Burn' released on February 15, 1975.)
6.) "
Since You’ve Been Gone" - Vocalist Graham Bonnet, Michael Voss and Doogie White- (Originally recorded by Rainbow and is featured on their album 'Down To Earth' released on August 1979.)
7.) "
Long Live Rock N’ Roll" - Vocalist Doogie White, Graham Bonnet and Tony Carey (Originaly recorded by Rainbow and is featured on their album 'Long Live Rock 'N' Roll released on April 9, 1979.)
8.) "
Smoke on the Water" - Sung by all guests (Originally recorded by Deep Purple and is featured on their album 'Machine Head' released on March 25, 1972.)

     German heavy metal guitar player Axel Rudi Pell was born on June 27, 1960 in Wattenscheid, Germany. In 1981, Axel along with vocalist Peter Burtz formed the band Steeler. Rounding out the band was Tom Eder also on guitar, Volker Krawczak on bass and Jan Yildiral on drums. The band got their name after the Judas Priest song "Steeler", a song taken from Judas Priest's album titled 'British Steel' (released on April 14, 1980).
    Between the years of 1984 - 1988, Steeler released four studio albums. Those albums are titled, 'Steeler' (August 1984), 'Rulin' The Earth' (June 1985), 'Strike Back' (October 1, 1986) and 'Undercover Animal' (February 1, 1988). After the first two albums, Volker Krawczak left the band and was replaced with bassist Roland Hag. After the release of 'Undercover Animal', the members of Steeler went their separate ways. 
     After Steeler split-up Axel chose to embark on a solo career. Just a few months shy of two years on December 1, 1989, Axel released his first solo CD titled 'Wild Obsession' through SPV Records. Since then the German guitar virtuoso has became a permanent fixture of the German hard rock/metal scene. Even though Steeler had some moderate success in the mid-eighties, it is Axel's solo project that has giving him his greatest success.
    Besides Axel's great melodic songwriting in conjunction with Axel's playing ability. Over the years, there has always been plenty of space for the different members of the band to express their musical talent. Knowing when to step back to let the other band members take the reins is a huge reason why Axel is such a huge success.
{It took almost a year to set everything up: "The actual organization started in the summer of 2013 when the promoter and I went public with the idea of this event," states Alex. Of course there were rehearsals, but only one day before the show. Over fifty minutes worth of footage from those remarkable sessions are featured on the DVD and Blu-ray versions of this package. During those sessions Axel realized that something unique was happening. "Everybody involved had a blast and was right on track," he remembers. Unfortunately, Doogie White had a prior engagement with Michael Schenker on that rehearsal day, but was replaced with ARP frontman Johnny Gioeli. And except for Charlie Huhn, who had already agreed to play a gig in the USA with his current band Foghat, Axel´s former singers turned out in full force: Rob Rock (1991) and Jeff Scott Soto (1991-1997) together with long-time ARP drummer Joerg Michael (until 1998) took the stage by storm after a historical four-song Steeler reunion at the beginning of the show. Axel´s current line-up put on a best-of show with a blisteringly atmospheric version of the Neil Young classic "Hey Hey My My" and a few epic ARP classics like "Mystica", "The Masquerade Ball", "Casbah" and "Into The Storm". You could feel those goose bumps spring up, and the climax was still to come: after a furioso battle between drum gods Vinny Appice and Bobby Rondinelli, a long list of rock legends took the Balingen stage: stepping in for Joe Lynn Turner, who was tied up with business affairs, Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins performed a superb version of Deep Purple´s "Black Night", including audience sing along. Then John Lawton, the former voice of Uriah Heep, demonstrated why he still deserves a lot of "Sympathy" (Uriah Heep), and he was still looking for some "Tush" (ZZ Top). When ex-Rainbow keyboard player Tony Carey joined in for an emotional "Mistreated", the now available Doogie White and Johnny Gioeli set the roof on fire. Graham Bonnet, another Rainbow veteran from the glorious "Down To Earth" era, remembered the good old times with "Since You Been Gone" and, of course, the aforementioned "Long Live Rock´n´Roll". At the end of those three hours plus all guests (and friends!) gathered on stage for the grand finale "Smoke On The Water". A legendary evening drew to a spectacular close. Are you happy, Axel? "Of course! I could have played at least for another hour." Did anything go wrong? „Nothing, but there was no way we could have prevented those long change-overs in between." But at least the weather gods smiled…}-Taken from the SPV Records Press Release.

                                                                                             



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'Magic Moment's' 25th Anniversary Review----------------------------------------------------------
    The concert opens with a reunion of Axel Rudi Pell and his first band Steeler. Steeler was together from 1982 through 1988. The band performed four songs. The songs were "Call Her Princess", "Night After Night", "Rockin' The City" and "Undercover Animal". They were taken from three of the four albums that Steeler recorded. Those albums were 'Steeler' (1982), 'Strike Back' (1986), and 'Undercover Animal' (1988). The band chose not to perform a song from their 1985 L.P. titled, 'Rulin' The Earth'.
    Sometime in mid 1988, a friend of mine that owned a record store called me and said I needed to hear this German import he had received. Being the music buff that I am I rushed over to his house and he played this German band called Steeler and there release titled 'Undercover Animal'. The band along with the release completely blew away! It was not until years later when I was reviewing one of Axel Rudi Pell's solo CD that I put one and one together and realized that this was the same lead guitarist that had blown me away so many years earlier.
    The sound on some of the double-bass drum patterns Steeler drummer Jan Yildiral gets was utterly amazing. Like the pattern on "Rockin' The City". As a drummer myself I just feel in love with it. As for the four songs Steeler plays the guys sound as if they have been stuck in a time capsule! They sounded just as good at The Bang Your Head Festival in 2014 as they did back in 1988.
    After the performance of the Steeler re-union, disc one consisted of three songs from Axel's solo career. Those three songs were "Nasty Reputation" from the 'Nasty Reputation' CD released on November 30, 1991, "Warrior" from the CD 'Between The Walls; released June 20th 1994 and "Fool Fool" from the CD 'Black Moon Pyramid' released on November 30, 1996. "Nasty Reputation" features Impellitteri's lead vocalist Rob Rock. One of the many things that really stand out when you hear "Nasty Reputation" was Rob's vocal accents. His vocal screams will send chills up your spine. The last two songs on disc one, "Warrior" and "Fool Fool" was sang by legendary AOR/hard rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto. There really is not much you can say about Soto's vocals outside of the fact that he has golden vocal pipes! Musically one of the things that caught my attention was the double-bass drum work on the song "Warrior".
    Disc two features a sixteen song setlist eight of which are cover songs. The tom-tom fill that kicked-in Bobby's drum line for the cover of the Neil Young song "Hey Hey My My" had a heavy Rondinelli sound to it. For the third chorus Johnny got the crowd to participate in the singing. I was never a huge Neil Young fan however, I really liked Axel Rudi Pell's version of the song. In fact not being a big fan of cover songs in general I thought all of the cover songs the guys performed live was real great. Any one that has ever read one of my reviews on a live CD or DVD knows that I feel solos are a huge waste of concert time. The only time I really enjoy solo is if the musician is a true showman some examples are Neil Peart, Tommy Lee or Carmine Appice. However, I must say the drum battle was very cool and something I watched a couple of times and that is something I very rarely do! As for a battle you may ask who won? Well in my opinion we all did!!!! Instead of Axel playing a standard guitar solo the band took a break during the solo section of the song "Mystica" which he then extended the solo section of that song turning it into a solo break. The lead guitar solo section for the song "Into The Storm" is a small sample of way Axel has been playing for twenty-five years. The band split the song "Too Late" in half and added "Eternal Prisoner" in the middle. At the end of "Masquerade Ball the band switches to the song "Casbah" these two songs fit seamlessly together. Disc two also features a drum battle between the legendary drummers Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, The Lizards) and Vinny Appice (Dio, Rick Derringer and Black Sabbath).  Anyone that has followed Blast Magazine for the past nineteen years or knows me knows I cannot stand live solos.  I feel that they are a waste of concert time.  For a solo to get my attention, the musician better be one hell of a showman!  In this case, you not only have two great showmen however two of the greatest hard rock drummers!! 
     The band for the setlist on disc II consists of the current Axel Rudi Pell Band, Johnny Goieli (vocals) Axel Rudi Pell (guitars), Freddy Doernberg (keyboards), Volker Krawczak (bass), and Bobby Rondinelli (drums). Except for the vocals on the cover songs which consisted of Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) - "Black Night", John Lawton (Uriah Heep) - "Sympathy" and "Tush", Doogie White (Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force) and Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell Band) - "Mistreated", Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz), Doogie White (Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force) and Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Wolfpakk) - "Since You Been Gone" and Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz), Doogie White (Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force) - "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll", Tony Carey (Planet P), Doogie White (Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Soul Sirkus, Talisman), Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Wolfpakk), Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell Band), John Lawton (Uriah Heep), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz) and Peter Burtz (Steeler) - "Smoke On The Water".
Disc three consisted of Axel Rudi Pell and the band along with vocalists, Jeff Scott Soto, John Lawson, Ronnie Atkins, Johnny Gioeli, Graham Bonnet and Tony Carey rehashing the cover songs.
    Axel Rudi Pell & Friends 'Magic Moments' comes in three formats;       three CD's (CD review located here), three DVD's, or one Blue-Ray.  At the time of this review, the three DVD's along with the Blue-Ray only come in the PAL format and Region 6 (China only).  So make 100% sure your DVD players will play the PAL format or you will have to watch the DVD's on your computer.
    The last three hours of The Bang Your Head Festival at the Stefan-Hartmann-Halle in Tübingen Balingen, Germany on July 11, 2014 was a special time for the German born lead guitarist Axel Rudi Pell.  Though the day was plagued with severe weather reports in the end when the floodlights hit the stage the Gods of Rock opened the gates of Rock Heaven and shined a rainbow on the stage.  This was to celebrate Axel Rudi Pell's twenty-five years within the music business.  This three DVD set documents a three-hour performance documenting a celebration of the likes which hard rock and metal fans will never see again.  It is important to note that it took nearly a year for all the contract negations to get finalize with the different musicians.  However all the musicians that performed had just rehearsed the day before.  When you put something that is this big in that prospective, you really begin to understand not just how talented every musician that participated in the event is!­­  You also realize just how much Axel Rudi Pell means to his friends and fans!!!!  If you want to watch a concert that is good from beginning to the end than this is an absolute must buy and will be well worth every penny!!!!