Just got back from Berlin late this evening. Wow, what a great city, we had a lovely time there, it was the first time we ever been there, but it sure feels like going back there! Lots to see and do, everything very well organised, easy public transport and lots of place to have a good meal (even for veggies - which is a first for us in Germany!). Although I twisted my ankle (for the zillionth time! ouch) just after walking about 5 minutes in Berlin, I still managed to walk around plenty and do lots of sightseeing ....
On Tuesday, we arrived at about 6pm at the Olympia stadium. Plenty of time till the show started, time to look around a bit. Very nice stadium, with much historical significance as well (I think a lot of people know the images from the Olympic games of 1936)...
What I found very interesting were the masses of swallows around the stadium, with some nests attached to the upper sides of the outside stadium. Nice spectacle! Also the Olympic swimming pool just next to the stadium, with people still swimming and diving... The stadium gradually filled up, but I don't think it was totally full house, during the show I could still see some empty places, sometimes nearly full rows empty. The newspaper review we read in the Berliner newspaper on Thursday (a very positive review actually) spoke of about 60.000 people being there. I think the stadium can hold nearly 80.000?
Before the show, there was rain, AGAIN! Phil related to this, by saying yet again 'scheisse regen' (??) and then - in between his teeth in a sighing manner 'every bloody show...'. Phil's communication with the audience was very good, he spoke a lot of German in between. The rain stopped at about the beginning of the show though.
I think this show was about the best 'sounding' show I have heard so far. Good sound in the stadium, we were about half way at the side. Very good singing from Phil. Also the switch over during the In the Cage medley sounded better, when it used to sound a bit awkward in my ears before (or maybe that's because I'm now getting used to Dukes travels being in there...). However, it seemed that Mike had guitar problem AGAIN during Home by the sea (at least, that's what it sounded and looked at - binoculars - to me, although it didn't take as long as on the Paris show for it to get fixed). During the drum duet, Phil was again chanting freely. No specific words, just some 'yeaheee yeheeees'. As I said in my review of the Paris show, I find this very nice, but I can't recall hearing it during the first shows I've been to. Is it new or did I just not notice before? The 'encore' Cd's will clarify that I guess.
Before the drum duet, I would see Phil throwing one of his sticks away on stage, apparently not a good stick for him.
The domino principle was again well done. Good audience participation, although the first section to start was a bit slow (this was the tribune we were in). Phil said something to the effect as 'they have to wake up first'. Hey, I screamed my lungs out and shook my arms in the air - as to the amazement of some people around me - when he said "those people over there". They soon got the hang of it. This lack of enthusiasm around me was a bit the downside of the show for me. Most people in my proximities seemed not to know any of the 'older' songs, or didn't seem to care less. 3 rows in front of u a couple of about 50 years just LEFT the show during Ripples (and no, they never came back...). The guy next to me was sometime yawning and looked at his watch from time to time. This was not fun.... But hey, it seems hard to live up to the experience of the Paris show, when we were amidst of many forum members (who of course are more aware of Genesis legacy, not? eeeergghh - and I know not all like the show in the same way )
Oh yeah, and there was a mall flaw in the right oval screen. Seems a small section wasn't working properly, yes Mr Woodruff, we noticed! They should fix it soon, because sometimes it was annoying.
But overall I thought the Berlin show was great of course. Pfew. It's hard to realize that time is passing so quickly now and Twickenham is already there in 3 days time (my last show), gosh I'm gonna cry. This is the end...