The last concert ever (also known as the great disappointment)
Source: www.modern-talking-online.de, 21.06.03
The definitely last Modern Talking concert ever
took place at Wuhlheide stage
in Berlin on Saturday, the 21.06.2003. After the publication of
theseparation of MT in Rostock on 07.06.2003, all concerts of following
tour were cancelled, except for the very last concert in Berlin. Here's
our detailed concert report from Berlin:
Visitors of Berlin's open air concerts rarely have luck with the weather conditions. Rain during the concerts already seems to be a permanent condition. It had already rained all the day on 21.06.2003. However all rainstorms have become quiet during the evening. Nevertheless it was quite cold and the temperatur of 17 degrees was far under under the average.
Mr. Selleneit (the boss of BMG Berlin) and Mr. Zahlmann (concert organizer) entered the stage to welcome approximately 13,000 of waiting fans around 20:15 o'clock. Thus the Wuhlheide stage, with its 17,000 places was not completely sold-out but at least well filled. First the two gentlemen announced the appearance of the newcomer Yvonne Catterfeld with her song "Für Dich (For You)", which was written by Dieter Bohlen and occupies the pole position of the German single charts since six weeks.
Yvonne Catterfeld sang approximately five titles of full-playback. Amongst others also her past singles "Niemand sonst (Nobody Else)" and "Gefühle (Feelings)". The atmosphere reached its zenith when she sang her current Bohlen-hit "Für Dich" and the audience joined her singing the chorus part of the song, without even beeing asked by the singer to do so. Yvonne Catterfeld, who also admits to be a Modern Talking fan, was obviously very pleased by that.
Afterwards a small break followed, during which the stage of the Catterfeld appearance was disassembled. The final Modern Talking concert began at 20:50 o'clock. First the musicians entered the stage during an intro of approximately two minutes. The band consisted of a guitarist, a bassists, a keyboarder, a percussionist and a drummer.
Then finally Thomas Anders and Dieter Bohlen entered the stage. Thomas was wearing a dark suit with a white, open shirt. So was Dieter who looked a bit more elegant with his yellow tie.
As an opener, Modern Talking played their current hit "TV Makes The Superstar" with caused a good atmosphere. For the light effects even mobile ceiling components were used. Pyro effects were used with some titles, for example with "Win The Race".
Modern Talking played altogether 22 pieces, without a break. The exact tracklist of the concert can be read a bit further down.
What the fans who have travelled from far away missed was a clear statement of Thomas Anders and Dieter Bohlen. None of them said a single word about that topic during the show. The speeches between the single songs were only limited to announcing the next title.
Another observation we have made is that Thomas Anders and Dieter Bohlen did not talk nor look at each other at all. Also one had the impression that they both stood rather far apart on the stage. The fans were waiting in vain for a picture of the tho together.
Modern Talking played all their single hits, except for "Give Me Peace On Earth". The hits from the eighties were played in remixed versions without exception. Also tracks from the albums "Universe" and "Victory" were performed.
Unfortunately the music consisted of a full playback again. The drummer and percussionist were just playing over the playback, same as the guitarrist did, for instance the extended version of "Win The Race". With some songs Thomas and Dieter sang vocals over the playback, too. However, the concert almost sounded like a CD recording unlike the real live concerts we've experienced in 1998/99.
Between the song "Cheri Cheri Lady" and "Brother Louie", where the atmosphere had almost reached its summit, Dieter Bohlen asked the fans to sing "Schön ist es, auf der Welt zu sein (It's so beautiful to live in this world" and the fans joined him.
Then, when the atmosphere on the open air stage had finally reached its summit, Dieter announced their largest hit ever, "You're My Heart, You're My Soul".
It began with a slow intro that is already known from past concerts with Thomas singing acapella and animating the fans to join him.
After that, the well-known fast discobeat faded in and the atmosphere reached its summit for this evening.
Afterwards Thomas and Dieter briefly said good-bye "See you! You were super!" and left the stage together with their musicians at 22:25 o'clock. The whole audience at the Wuhlheide stage was waiting and shouting for and addition, hoping that Dieter and Thomas would come back on the stage and give an addition, as they always used to do. This evening however, the fans were waiting in vain. But when the technicians began to disassemble the stage after 10 minutes, the hope of the fans turned to pain and rage. Many fans continued standing there for a long time without saying a word and could not understand how a legend like Modern Talking could fade out like that...
The fans had expected two things: An honest statement about the separation of Modern Talking and some words about the future plans of Thomas Anders and Dieter Bohlen. The other thing, they have been waiting for was and unforgettable evening and an end of the MT era in dignity. Nevertheless, the fans didn't get either of that...
Here comes the complete tracklisting of the concert:
>>> written by Julian Sobal <<<