Tickets to the iconic Berlin band SEEED read “Admission 4:00 PM, start: 6:00 PM”. Today, after more than two years’ hiatus at Corona, he will play the first of five home games at Wuhlheide in Schöneweide. But not so fast. Because at 19.30 even the first support didn’t start. Around 8.15 pm, when the second support – DJ and the MIK Family dance group – is in no hurry, you can even hear the first hum. The woman angrily climbs the stairs between the levels, ironically offers her tickets for sale, and leaves the concert.
Pia and Lukas are also nervous. You arrived today from Hamburg with ICE and booked your return trip for 10.30pm. Slowly but surely it becomes clear that it will be tight. In 2017, Pia was “at a mega concert” with the band and then gifted her boyfriend with SEEED 2020 tickets for Christmas 2019.
This concert will be made up for today. This week there are four more shows by the band. And then three more in September at Waldbühne. SEEED continues to be a brand and easily fills the Parkbühne (17,000 seats in total) five times in one week.
Peter Fox’s voice makes Berliners feel at home
Then at 9 p.m. not one, not two, no three Hours late, SEEED takes the stage and makes up for everything with the first seconds of their performance. Much like one of their most famous songs, Augenbling, which says “your eyes are shining and everything is forgotten,” the musicians wipe away all the frustration of the last three hours – but also that of Corona’s misfortune – with a single slap to the side. The entire arena dances to hits such as “Schwinger” and “Ding” down to the back row, bathed in blood-red spotlights. It is soon clear to Pia and Lukas: “We will let go of the train and look for a place to sleep in Berlin.” The right decision. Because the show that SEEED is putting on is how can you say in English: for books.
Thanks to the concentrated power of nonchalance, Peter Fox also brings the latest songs from the album “Bam Bam” (2019) to the stage. “Come Into My House”, a classic reggae song, is one of the best songs on the album. In fact, every Berliner will feel at home when he hears Peter Fox’s voice – whether he likes his music or not.
“Berlin, you haven’t changed, zero point zero!”
To the loud applause of audiences of all ages, Fox replies, “Thank you Berlin!” You haven’t changed, zero point zero! ” And he wants to answer: “Neither you!” The voice of the second frontman, Frank A. Dellé, also did not lose its rhythm and power. When it makes its way through the English verses in its unique half-sung rap, it sounds almost unreal. And the answer stuck a little in my throat. Because SEEED Has changed – tragically: Demba Nabé, the third frontman, died in 2018 at the age of only 46, the cause of death is unclear.
This is for Demby. He sees us and is happy, ”Peter Fox pauses roughly halfway through the set. The rest of the band probably miss Nabé for more than just his musical input. SEEED was and is a close-knit group of close friends and family.
What makes the team unique is their versatility. If you asked fans what music SEEED makes, it would be difficult for most of them to give a clear answer. The rhythms that move between dancehall, reggae, hip-hop and ska are so unique that SEEED should have its own genre. The one where a rock guitar solo can be played in the most relaxed reggae rhythm, rapping in German and English, and the whole thing sounds fun too. One thing is for sure: this music was written to be played live. If you only know SEEED from their CDs, you can’t imagine what’s in these songs and how even the slowest beats of the band can throw the whole arena out of its place.
“Big B” as an encore for Berlin
On top of that, of course, there are funny and concise texts. First, Peter Fox brings “November vibes” to the stage, in his own words, with the song “Schwarz zu Blau” about the ugliest side of Berlin. Then comes “She’s Loaded” (feat. Nura), a hilarious song “about toxic relationships.”
Finally, of course, one song should not be missing: “Dickes B” (B stands for Berlin, of course). Musicians have always paid tribute to the city, the source of their inspiration, in their short speeches between songs. It has now ended with the Berlin anthem that many know the band of. The perfect encore for such a concert in the capital. In Corona’s time, the lines of the chorus “In summer you are good and in winter it hurts” became a bit more real.
And then, unfortunately, it’s over. An hour and a half passed. A real goodbye to Peter Fox: “Hop on, come home safely and don’t fuck off!”