Amon Düül II
London - 12 June 2015
uncompromising performance - delivered to perfection"
hot and humid night at London’s Village Underground hosted a rare and
special performance from German legends Amon Düül II.
athletic, muscular duel drummers and fantastic bass guitar, the whole
band delivered a truly spellbinding performance to a packed audience.
With vocalist Renate Knaup acting as a bandleader or conductor
throughout, at times urging on and others controlling and dampening
individual musician’s contributions to the improvised sections of some
songs. Hers was a performance of worldly confidence and control.
At times joking with the audience and interpreting
fellow band members’ comments. Sometimes, a little knowing smile and
shrug of the shoulders enough to convey her pleasure at the audience’s
cheers and applause, it was interesting to hear her intone “This is the end” at
one point, in a little nod and reference to The Doors.
This was an
uncompromising performance from a band that has always followed its own
course. Typified when during a superb distorted bass solo section the
drummers began clapping in time at the back, as some of the audience
began to clap along, he stepped to the mic to shout “Bullshit!” as he
continued playing with disdain at such frippery. In all, this was a
performance that surpassed any and all expectations for this reviewer.
Fantastic musicianship, sounding fresh and passionate, Amon Düül
II delivered to perfection to an enraptured audience. 9/10
Review + Photo: Cliff Chapman