ROCK MEETS CLASSIC
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The Rock Meets Classic Tour was stopping in Paris for the first time.
The tour combines classic rock, heavy metal and classical musicians. In other words, the best of both worlds!
Second, there’s the rock and metal sound, called The Mat Sinner Band.
Finally, the classic rock sound: 5 well known musicians playing a set with this special rock band and the orchestra.
The show started with the orchestra playing the intro of Van Halen's 1984 album, followed by the classic Jump. German singer Sascha Krebs, who was one of the backing vocalists, took care of the vocal lines. This was a good tune to start the evening.
Second special guest on stage was Robin Beck, who performed 3 songs with the band and the orchestra.
Next singer on stage was Chris Thompson from Manfred Mann's Earth Band, and his performance was the surprise of the evening. This guy has an incredible voice!
After Chris Thompson there was short interlude.
Steve Lukather played and also sang most of the tunes, but was helped by different chorists during the songs: for example Ralph Scheepers sang Rosanna and Amanda Sommerville sang the Beatles cover While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
One more singer to go, the highway star everybody was waiting for: Ian Gillan from Deep Purple!
Ian Gillan performed 6 tunes and they think the choice of the songs was right. Especially regarding Perfect Strangers: this song takes another dimension while played with an orchestra. I would have loved that they played Child In Time, but this one hasn't been performed in a while, and it's a number very difficultt to sing.
So, The concept of bringing on stage classic rock musicians together with a hard rock musicians and an orchestra was a great idea. But a Rock Meets Classic concert performed in front of so little people in such a large venue, it didn't show its full potential.
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01. Intro 1984 + Jump (with Sascha Krebs)
Van Halen cover
02. Burning Heart
03. Didn't know it was love
04. The search is over
05. I can't hold back
06. Eye of the tiger
07. Hide your heart
08. Tears in the rain
09. First time
10. You're the voice
11. Davy's on the road again
12. Blinded by the light
13. The mighty Quinn
14. Rosanna (with Ralph Scheepers)
15. While my guitar gently weeps (with Amanda Sommerville)
The Beatles cover
17. I'll be over you
18. Hold the Line (with Tiffany Krikland)
————— Ian Gillan —————
19. Highway Star
20. Knocking at your back door
21. Perfect Strangers
22. When a blindman cries
23. Woman for Tokyo
Billy Joe Royal cover
————Everybody on stage————
25. Smoke on the water
Rock Meets Classic Line-up:
Bernhard Fabuljan – Conductor
Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague – Too many to name them all!
Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) – Vocals
Steve Lukather (Toto) – Guitars / Vocals
Jimi Jamison (Survivor) – Vocals
Chris Thompson – (Manfred Man's Eearth Band)
Robin Beck – Vocals
The Mat Sinner Band:
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Oliver Hartmann – Guitars
Mat Sinner – Bass
Jimmy Kresic – keyboards
Martin Schmidt – drums
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Amanda Somerville – Vocals
Tiffany Krikland – vocals
Verena Schock – Vocals
Sascha Krebs – Vocals