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My review from Jamiroquai in Berlin, Velodrom 13 Nov 2017


Shake it on
Little L
The Kids
Space Cowboy
Hey Floyd
Hot Property
Revolution/Canned Heat
Virtual Insanity

What a powerful gig, the sound was actually good but way too loud. My ears are still deaf... hushed

The support PDM did a great performance this time and improved a lot. In Düsseldorf the DJ had been doing his thing alone, which was kind of tiring after a while. This time: he had a guy on stage who was playing live on the keys and was singing with a thing in his mouth that was alienating the voice. How is it called? A Talkbox, I think! Really cool! Reminded me to Daft Punk. robot

The Jamiroquai gig was great as always, when you look at the setlist you won't see big surprises, but there are those little changes of details in the arrangements that make every gig different and special. sparkles

Jay was improvising a lot this time, giving instructions to the musicians and the backing singers, who were looking kind of confused in some moments. The songs had therefore longer middleparts while Jay was singing some variations.
Highlights for me was Hey Floyd, but also the new version of Cloud 9. In Düsseldorf they performed this one like on the album with Paul playing the bassline on keys. In Amsterdam Jay decided to change it and make it a more live version. It has a new intro and Paul is playing the bass guitar. Now that I saw both versions live, I can compare and must say, for me it is way better now! I loved it!! heart_eyes

Jay was in a good mood, he was dancing and moving, but I had the impression that he is more careful and a bit stiff.
I always love to see how much fun the musicians have, how happy they are when the audience is singing along. I think the people were quite responsive. Great atmosphere!

After a while Jay spotted two little girls in the audience ( maybe 8-10 years old). They were frontrow with parents, one on the left and one on the right. He was really attentive and caring, made sure they were carrying their earprotection. Then he ordered they should come over the barrier, to have a better place to watch. Later he allowed them to come on the side of the stage, where they got something to drink and after the last song he went there to join them and make photos with them. Very sweet. I think they will never forget this day! two_women_holding_hands

Julia, Cati and me were so lucky to get invited to the aftershow, so we met the whole band (except Howard, I think) and spoke to the boys. Jay was also around for a while. Nice highlight and a great ending of my last gig from this tour leg.

I hope it won't take too long until this all starts over again!

Shout-out goes to Sandra, who originally wanted to go with me, but couldn’t go. I missed you loads, dear! My friend Julia from Berlin was so lucky to get Sandra’s ticket and could so experience her 1st Jamiroquai concert ever! She loved it and even considers to go again to one of the London shows! A new fan is born! relaxed
Special thanks to Cati who joined me and shared a hostel-room with me. It was great to get to know you better and to spend the night together! kissing_heart

Warm greetings to Cynthia who came from USA for several gigs in Europe and Dana from Israel! Lovely people! It was nice to meet you! What would be a Jamiroquai gig without the Jamily vibes?! sparkles

My Review, Jamiroquai 09 Jan 2018 Munich, Olympiahalle

It’s been five years ago that I saw Sandra the last time, when me and my family went to Austria and visited her. And our last Jamiroquai gig we enjoyed together was even 10 years ago!!! 10 years! It was the legendary Ahaus gig in 2008! So you can imagine that the most biggest highlight of this night was to meet and hug her again after such a long time! heart_eyes

After super-freshing us up in the hotel, we went to the Olympiahalle and were welcomed by familiar melodies…. It was the soundcheck: Too Young too Die, and we were hearing Jay singing. Yeah, His voice is working. Phew! That was a very important moment, as Sandra was still suffering from a Lost-voice-and-cancelled-gig-trauma. She had some dark déjà-vu-moments when she saw the venue and familiar faces from last time… but the more songs we were listening from the soundcheck the more she recovered and the confidence that we would have a fabulous night was growing again. upside_downwink


Too Young to Die
Hot Property
Shake it on
Deeper Underground

Pablo from Spain arrived as well during the soundcheck.
It was getting colder and colder, but finally the time had come and the security guys were preparing for the check-in. That was the moment when Sandra and me got out our tickets, to be prepared.
Sandra was shocked because she noticed that we had different dates on our tickets.. but I could calm her down. She still had her old ticket from the canceled gig, and I had bought a new one. So I had the updated date on it. It was logical that the date was different.
Then I was joking around… „Oh let’s check if we printed the right ticket. Not that we printed tickets for Berlin or something like that.“ Actually that was a joke, but still a possibilitly when you are going to different gigs and buy your tickets at the same ticket seller. They all look the same.
Sandra checked her ticket again… where is the word „Munich“?? Where is it? … BERLIN?? Damn, what??? She INDEED had the Berlin ticket with her. WTF!!!!
She must have mixed up the prints in the hotel, where she was packing her stuff for the gig. We remembered that she had two tickets with her. She thought they were both the same, because she printed the Munich ticket two times at home. When she pursed one of the ticket she didn’t do a last check unfortunately.
Ok, but we are in 2018… the real ticket was still available in digital form on her ticket-seller account. The question was just, can they scan the ticket code from the mobile phone?
You front-row-runners know the problem: every little delay in the process of check-in can cost you your safe place in the front row! What a thrill.
In the end, it worked… but they had to double check Sandras digital ticket. Meanwhile I started to run, so that I could safe a good space… but I got lost. Sandra warned me before, not to take the stairs too early. She did that mistake last time. So I was running forward but the venue was really confusing… lots of stairs into the hall, not well signposted. If you got the wrong stairs you ended up in the seating area. I got a bit lost… was running too far. So me and Sandra reached the stage at the same time and only got a place at the right side. Damn. At least front row but considering that we were the first ones in the queue very disappointing.
But we were in at least. Could have been much worse with the ticket mess. So we decided to be happy anyways. And you know, as soon as the music starts, everything is alright.
By the way, Pablo had the same problem to find the right stairs to the standing area… he found a place in the front but very left-sided.

DJ Deetron was nice! I liked him way better that PDM. He warmed up the audience and he finally did what I actually expect from a DJ support act for Jamiroquai: he did a Jamiroquai Remix! The Automaton remix. I liked that! That was the moment I got completely in the mood. It reminded me to the Roundhouse gig in March 2017 where they used this remix for entering the show.
I am not that into remixes to be honest, but when it is tied to an experience or memory than it works for me.

Then the gig started! I noticed that the venue was not completely full. There were lots of free seats. But still, the audience was great. Most of them came a second time, after that disaster in November when Jay lost his voice. So the expectations were high and Jay and the band were welcomed with loud applause. Jay wearing a colorful poncho was a nice surprise. But this one didn’t last long… it was too hot. He put it off after a few songs.

It took a while until we noticed that Sola was missing. Instead there was another guy behind Solas set and did a pretty good job. Later we heard from Derrick that Sola was touring with his theatre group and couldn’t attend the gig. The guy who replaced him is called Olli (?). He will be playing in Zurich as well.

Here is the setlist. It differs in some points to the printed version. Jay way improvising a lot, changed the order, left away songs, added others… and all in all this was a great set. I saw a few gigs of this tour by now and so there were no big surprises, but I noticed minor changes in arrangements, some different intros or endings. Jay gave the musicians the opportunity to shine in great solos. He even introduced the whole band. Nice!

My favorite song was TWM.

Shake it on
Little L
Space Cowboy
Cloud9 (alternate)
Cosmic Girl
Virtual Insanity
Revolution/Canned Heat

Deeper Underground

When they came back for DU the audience was welcoming them with loads of lights of their mobile phones. This looked beautiful.
Actually, I am not a DU fan, but we were jumping anyways and enjoyed it. I haven’t heard it in a while now, so it was great. It was even a slightly different version. Matt did some additional sounds which spiced it up.

Thanks Jamiroquai for another great show. And thank you Jay, that you had lost your voice… as bad this experience had been for you, this gave me the chance for another Jamiroquai journey and the long overdue meeting with my dear friend Sandra. Everything happens for a reason. two_women_holding_hands

Jamiroquai @ Roundhouse, London/UK 31 March 2017 - My Review

The run on tickets.

Well, never had it been harder to get tickets for a regular Jamiroquai concert! At the pre-presale I failed badly. The run was huge, I made it somehow to put 2 tickets in the basket but couldn't get through the registration process fully because I wasn't able switch the country. What a mess. Then I lost them. Sold out.

3 days later I was better prepared. Registered on different ticketsale-sites, figured out before on which I could order from Germany and how to pay and so on. Then I had made this deal with Jeroen. We promised each other to offer the second ticket to the other one if one of us succeeded in getting the tickets. Chances were doubled this way.

The time arrived and as soon as the presale started, the sites were overloaded... you were immediately put into a virtual queue which seemed to be a dead-end-road.

I tried on different sites, refreshed sites, some said already: sold out. Damn!

Suddenly, after about 7 long minutes, I could choose 2 tickets.

I couldn't believe it. My hands were shaking while typing in my details... I pressed the send-button and got the message: congratulations, you will go to the Roundhouse to see Jamiroquai! YAY!

I later saw how lucky I was, when I realized that just a handful of the Jamily got tickets as well and how many were unhappy because they failed. What a shame.

So there we were: Jeroen and me in the queue in front of the Roundhouse. I was there since 3.40 pm or so, after meeting up with Victor, his girlfriend and Pablo. Jan, Erica, Jessica joined, and some more.... the front row again represented the international Jamily: Germany, Netherlands, UK, France, Chile, Spain, Portugal... I like this!

The venue

The Roundhouse is smaller than I imagined from pictures. A nice venue, better for standing in my opinion because if you had seats you might have had one of those pillars in front of your nose.

My position: front row, what else!? A bit on the right side, in front of Paul. Perfect! I love to watch Paul grooving, also Jay was standing in front of us a lot.

Support: DJ Fred Falke

Well, I prefer live bands as support. Fred had a hard time. He put some tunes on, nothing from Jamiroquai though, and all he seemed to do was pushing some buttons... for my amateurish view kind of boring. This wasn't really warming me up, but I don't blame him. He did his best. It's just that it doesn't worked for me.

At 8.40 pm the show started with the intro which was the Automaton Deetron Remix, or let's say instrumental elements of that remix, no vocals. It took me a while to regognize it. I had only been listening to that remix one time before.

Don't really like it as remix, but to start a show it is pretty well chosen! During those tunes, the musicans came on stage and took their positions!

I always love that moment... you know then it won't last long now until the rocket takes off!

With Shake it On Jay came on stage with his LED-hat. This one is really cool, we know that from the Automaton video. It was so funny to see what he can do with it and he did obviously enjoy to play with the effects.

Shake it on is a great opener I think. Every musician could show off. What a massive song!

During Automaton Jay presented all possible colours and moves which was a show on ist own. Inbetween songs he was standing in front of the crowd and let the "feathers" lift up and down one at a time. Amazing!

Sometimes he was checking the status of the LEDs by mirroring in Derricks cage.

I remember later during the gig someone was shouting: "Jay, switch the hat on"... indeed, he forgot sometimes to operate it when he was too busy with dancing.

Jay's voice was really good in my opinion. Just at Space Cowboy I noticed that he was quite out of tune at the beginning. But this got better then. Maybe he couldn't hear himself properly.

As I knew what they had been playing 3 days before in Paris, the setlist was not so much a surprise for me. But I had resisted the temptation to listen to any video from that gig, so there were still surprises in the arrangements for me which was cool.

Overall it was a very balanced setlist. 8 out of 12 new songs had been performed which is pretty decent. Lots of classics, some rarities which hadn't been played live a lot in the past, for example Mr.Moon, The Kids and Supersonic.

Mr.Moon was awesome. I remembered that I have been talking with Paul many years ago about this song and he told me he would have loved to play that one live. They did rehearse it before at previous tours but it never came on the setlist, if I remeber well. You could tell that he really enjoyed it and he obviously did very well!

I am so happy when they surprise us with old songs, performed in a new way. Little L had some new parts in the second half for example. And Emergency on Planet Earth was a completely different version, more relaxed and very nice.

Another great live feature is to mash up songs.

We were so happy when Revolution started. I typed in the word "Revolution" and sent it to Diego... suddenly they switched to Canned Heat. Oops! I had to correct my info. At the end they came back to Revolution again. Haha! Then Love Foolosophy flowed in.. what a trip!

Most of the new songs went very well live. Hot Property was hot! Automaton with the lasershow and LED-hat and Jay's robo-dancemoves made it perfect. Works well with live instruments! Superfresh as well. And Carla anyway. Dr.Buzz lacked something in a way. The sound was not very balanced in this one. Not sure what went wrong. Hope they can fix this in the future or they could skip it from the list maybe.

All in all, this was a great concert. It shouted: WE ARE BACK! There were lots of good vibes, the band seemed to be a bit nervous and concentrated but happy and thankful for the great welcome back of the fans. The crowd was awesome!

There were some tiny mistakes, COTE started a bit slowly, Jay gave signs to speed it up a bit. Some sound issues in some songs, but I'm sure they will fix this soon.

There were no big screens with background videos or effects, just those countdown numbers and laserlights but this was enough for me because Jay's hat is a little show on its own.

Not so good: I missed the horns. But the backing girls did sing some parts, so it was ok.

I want to welcome the new guys Nate and Howard. I couldn't always figure out who of them did which parts. I saw Nate playing the guitar sometimes and he was also singing. Multitalented guy!

One good thing at the end: No Deeper Underground as encore!! Yay! Finally!!

Supersonic was a great closer, but Jeroen suggested they should have better played Twenty Zero One. I agree. This would have fit perfectly to the concert. But I was happy with Supersonic as well. I won't complain! I had a blast. Dancing, singing, partying! Lots of fun!

Thanks to everyone who made this evening so unforgettable!!


Shake It On

Little L
The Kids
Dr Buzz
Space Cowboy
White Knuckle Ride
Cosmic Girl
Corner of the Earth
Morning Glory > Feel So Good
Mr Moon
Cloud 9
Something About You
Emergency On Planet Earth
Hot Property
Revolution > Canned Heat
Love Foolosophy