Punk is dead, but his spirit lives on at the Tote-Hosen concert in Berlin

Nothing is so little punk as the always silly question of whether Toten Hosen, 40 years after their founding, is still punk. The band itself knows best that it is always delivered reliably. Therefore, as usual, she approached the text of the current single “Alle haben das”, with which the band from Düsseldorf opened on Saturday evening in Berlin a concert of their current anniversary tour at Tempelhofer Feld. “Pants are no longer punk rock,” sang singer Campino, who turned 60 a few weeks ago, “everyone says so,” replied the choir. Of course, the answer to the first question remained open: “But we don’t care what everyone says,” says Campino.

The question is also difficult to answer as there is no real consensus on what “punk” actually means. For some, this term primarily meant those wearing leather jackets with Iroquois and cans of beer, such as on Sylt. For others, punk is just a genre of music that Toten Hosen only partially serves after 40 years and selling over 15 million records.

The Toten Hosen are too grounded for the punk genre

After 40 years of Toten Hosen’s career, they are obviously too grounded for almost any definition of punk, but if punk, beyond all genre and style considerations, ultimately means being independent and living independently by your own rules, then no one is as punk as these five Dusseldorf men. . The Toten Hosen has long been more than just a successful band, a fact that becomes clear again this evening in Berlin when the band takes the stage at 8:45 PM on the only weekend of this long summer when it rained almost continuously and in general. more gray than blue.

This does not detract from the mood: finally, the almost family atmosphere at Tempelhofer Feld underscores what the team has built over 40 years. They started their own record label and tour agency long before everyone else. The Hosen traditionally support musician friends and are considered exemplary and loyal in their dealings with staff, support activities, and other companions. So over the years they have become the center of a system that functions far beyond the band’s music as a kind of big family.

The evening was opened by the Ukrainian metal band Stones Jesus, who came in difficult conditions, which Campino fully appreciated, as well as friends of Toten Hosen Feine Sahne Fischfilet and Thees Uhlmann. Campino pays tribute to the band’s recently deceased longtime collaborator. And in the audience we see TV presenter Jo Schück, Birgit Fuss of Germany’s Rolling Stone, who recently wrote a book about the band, and Mark Reeder, who brought Hosen to East Berlin in 1983 and 1988.

The eastern punk band Planlos is also at the start

Hosen’s obligatory friends and guests, such as Die Ęrzte, Marteria and Beatsteaks, have gone missing due to their own commitments, but the band is playing with the East-punk band Planlos, whose encounter with Toten Hosen in East Berlin has recently been earned for the documentary Auswartspiel Everywhere, wherever it takes you “and the programmatic classic Hosen” Disco in Moscow “, which gave the underground troupe, persecuted by the Stasi in the GDR system and recently reformed, a career breakthrough.

So many books, so many stories, so many songs. The Die Toten Hosen myth naturally began in the 1980s. Musically, the best and most interesting came out in the 90s, which becomes clear once again thanks to songs such as “Bonnie & Clyde”, “Alles aus Liebe” or “Never of an Opinion”. Campino runs, dances and dives around the stage in impressive form, easily blending the current tour’s sustainability concept with the typical depictions of drinking and football in his stage announcements, so it is, so to speak, Mick Jagger and Bono Vox, the preacher and mass tamer in one person.

Ultimately, Tempelhofer Feld is not ideal for concerts of this size, it is too spacious, has no coverage, drink stands are chaotically organized, you cannot pay by card. But when the 74th Toten Hosen concert in Berlin ends after 135 minutes and 33 songs, such details have long been forgotten.

Die Toten Hosen celebrate their regular encore show, play their biggest hit “Days like this” and finally even the nonsensical song “Ice-cooled Bommerlunder” and their version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Gerry and The Pacemakers. this is what Band sounds like back then, clearly different than with Olaf Scholz a few days ago. Toten Hosen’s concept of freedom knows no classes – and no other limitations. Everyone is invited. This became clear once again in Berlin.

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