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08/07/2010

88-12-04 (Netwerk) Ludichrist – Angry Red Planet – Stengte Dører – Erosion

Filed under: Netwerk, Aalst — Tags: , , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 14:32

There was a lot of discussion about ‘Ludichrist’ doing a show for Smurfpunx. They were on Combat Core (Relativity recs), a subsidiary of a major label. The tour-promoter (Thomas Issler of We Bite recs) seemed to have been able to persuade them to do this ‘independent’ gig. Plus: I did an interview with Tommy Christ for Tilt! #2 and wanted to meet him. Even though they were a bit macho/über-cool and somewhat behaved like rockstars (on stage – after their show they were mostly intelligent and friendly), the atmosphere wasn’t that bad and I still consider their opus ‘T.B.O.S.’ as one of the most amazing hardcore/thrash pieces ever… The line-up during this tour (Power Trip; with German band ‘Erosion’) was: Glen Cummings (guitar), Tommy Christ (vocals), Guy Brogna (not Mike Walters who played on the album) (bass), Dave Miranda (drums) & Paul Nieder (guitar).

Still, what a difference in attitude with ‘Angry Red Planet’ (from Detroit)…  (By the way we had never had 2 American bands – playing different styles – together before.) Very friendly people. Myself and these guys (drummer ‘Ewolf’, Tim & Dave)  spent all night talking in the Gele Limonade pub until we fell asleep around 4 a.m. (before leaving for their U.K. gigs). I could get along with these guys very well! We all enjoyed them very much.

They were touring with ‘Stengte Dører’ (our Norwegian pals – Jo, Hasse, Harald & Børre – who had already played with us a half year earlier, 88-05-13): both  (ARP & SD) had their records out on (tour-promoter) Reiner Mettner’s label Double A recs. They didn’t spend the night because they had to be in Düsseldorf the next day at noon for recordings (their 2nd album Hver Dag Er En Perfekt Dag). I think this is when I met Katja (singer for ‘Life But How To Live It’) for the 1st time… A real tattler but a funny lady! ;-)

Brob

‘Stengte Dører’ (photos by Sacha Van Tilburg): Børre Løvik (guitar), Hasse Jørgensen (vocals), Jo Raknes (bass) & Harald Tredal (drums)

I want to thank you for the great treatment we received from you and Mokka. We weren’t blown up on our flight out of Frankfurt. I believe that was the work of the record-industry, trying to squash the independent scene by killing us off but, unfortunately, they got the wrong plane. As soon as I develop my film, I’ll send the shots of you two…

Eric ‘Ewolf’ Wheeler, ‘Angry Red Planet’ drummer (personal communication ’89)

‘Ewolf’ singing behind his drumkit… (a video of him performing -not in Aalst- can be found at ‘Angry Red Planet’ live @ AJZ, Bielefeld (Ger) & Goudvishal, Arnhem(Nl)

I was at the show on December 4th 1988 in Aalst. I remember that because I was always looking forward to see other bands when I was on tour with bands. But there I was really disappointed when I found out that ‘Ludichrist’ was playing with ‘Stengte Dører’ and ‘Angry Red Planet’, because I did not like ‘Ludichrist’ at all.

Julia S., Hannover

Above are 3 pictures of ‘Ludichrist’ & ‘Erosion’ in Belgium… # 1 shows Tommy Christ in front, and then in the rear (left to right): myself, two of the guys of ‘Erosion’ (I forgot their names – I think maybe Jan and either Stefan or Ulf), Paul Nieder (‘Ludichrist’ guitarist), Chris [Zenk] (‘Erosion’s singer) and Klaus (drummer from Erosion). # 2 is a shot from the whole stage, venue and a lot of the crowd. On the stage: all ‘Ludichrist’ members (left to right): Paul Nieder (guitar), Glen Cummings (guitar), Guy Brogna (bass) and Tommy Christ (vocals). The 3rd shows Klaus, ‘Erosion’s drummer. He looks surprised since we threw a bunch of small bits of paper into the air around him as a joke. On the 2nd photo you can see all the bits of paper on the stage. We made a big mess. Sorry to whoever had to clean it up. Actually, if I remember correctly, they gave us a broom after the show and WE cleaned it up!

As for any stories or memories from the Belgium show: I really cannot remember too much other than I had a great time and I very much enjoyed spending a bit of time with the people of Belgium. It was a fun show! It was a little sad for us though since it was the last show of our European tour and we were having such a good time, we did not want to leave… One thing: as shown in the photos, the trick we played on Klaus… We figured since it was the last show of our tour that we’d play a trick. While ‘Erosion’ were playing their set, we crept up behind him and tossed a bunch of paper pieces into the air around him. He was very startled as you can see in the photo. It was pretty funny. Then, if I remember correctly, while we were playing, someone from ‘Erosion’ threw a full can of beer at us on stage and it hit one of our guitars, right on the strings and made a very loud sound. We started getting a little crazy towards the end of the tour.

Yes, Guy Brogna played bass on our European tour (he’s on picture #2). Mike Walter played on the Powertrip album and played some of the U.S. tours but did not come along on the European tour. Guy Brogna went on to become the official bass-player in ‘Scatterbrain’. As for the band now… Well, we (‘Ludichrist’ / ‘Scatterbrain’) did some reunion-shows back in 2007… It was Tommy, Paul, Guy, me and another new guitar-player (Pete Testa). Glenn wasn’t available to participate. Just about everybody has families/kids and jobs, so we’re all quite busy these days. But hopefully we’ll all get together again at some point for another ‘Ludichrist’ reunion-show.

Dave Miranda, ‘Ludichrist’s drummer

The line-up of ‘Erosion’ was Jan Bünning (bass), Steve Römhild (guitar), Klaus Nowakowski (drums), Michael Hankel (guitar) & myself. [Brob: “progressive thrash-metal from Pinneberg (Hamburg area), a style that was called ‘techno thrash’ at the time”. They had an album out on We Bite recs entitled Mortal Agony.]

Chris Zenk, ‘Erosion’ vocalist

Concert-review in Keep Laughing #2

88-12-04 bespreking in Non-Conform #3Concert-review in Non-Conform #3

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3 Comments »

  1. For an interview with Tommy of ‘Ludichrist’ (1986), go to Interview with Ludichrist (Tilt! #2)

    Comment by smurfpunx — 07/03/2011 @ 13:43

  2. Guy Brogna runs a music-store in NY and still plays bass. Tommy is a school-teacher and is still very in touch with his literary/artistic side. Paul had a music recording-/production-business for a while in the past but no longer does that to my knowledge. I’m not sure what Glenn and Mike are up to these days. And me, I am still playing drums and doing professional audio-engineering and music-production work. I am still a part of two existing bands: ‘Magic Elf’ (magicelf.com), which is an instrumental hard-rock/progressive/fusion trio, and ‘Six & Violence’ (sixandviolence.com), an original 6-piece progressive NY hardcore/punk band.
    [some info on Ludichrist]

    Comment by Dave Miranda — 09/27/2011 @ 17:25

  3. I did not see ‘A.R.P. in Europe but had the great pleasure to hang out with them in the Bay Area when they played at Gilman Street and (just as you experienced them) found them to be the most interesting, awesome people – we also talked late into the night! Also musically one of my favourite bands ever! And a great combo with ‘Stengte Dører’, my favourite band from northern Europe from that time-period.

    Comment by Jane 'Yeastie' G. — 06/05/2012 @ 15:51


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