Date: 1 August 2017
Originally published in: Augsbuger Allgemeine (Germany)
Written by: Anton Kutscherauer
Kim Wilde thrilled thousands of visitors on the Nördlinger Kaiserwiese, even though it took some time until mood. Why the hits of the 80’s still arrive well today.
The exhausted cyclists were provided, the grounds and the stage on the Nördlinger Kaiserwiese were dressed, and so in wonderful weather thousands of fans and beauties waited for the musical highlight of the evening. The Bayern1 band warmed up the audience with well-known songs before the two presenters Ulla Müller and Roman Roell gave the start signal for Kim Wilde on time.
With “Chequered Love”, one of their most popular hits, the one-time Queen of the synth pop opens the program and takes the visitors on a musical time journey into the 80’s. In the “View From A Bridge”, “Get Out” or “Cambodia”, she highlights important stages of her 35-year career. The intermediate modernizations take place unpretentiously and in a binding chatting tone – so the singer gains the sympathy of the audience, which after an hesitant beginning is getting more and more active.
She is looking forward to performing again in Germany, Kim Wilde asserts, underscoring this by singing a verse in ‘Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime’ – a hit of her friend Nena – in German. Then the six-headed band, consistently formidable rock musician, leaves the stage – only the “little brother” Ricky Wilde remains allowed. The following duet passage with worn songs on the acoustic guitar, however, is clearly too long with four pieces, a mood of the visitors is recognizable.
So it takes a little time for the audience to get back on track. Here Kim Wilde – once as a group of superstars like David Bowie or Michael Jackson on the big stages of the world at home – shows that with their energetic stage performance also with now 56 years can inspire their fans still. In “You Came,” the Supremes classic “You Keep Me Hangin ‘On” and the “Dead Or Alive” debut “You Spin Me Round”, the final top hit is on and off the stage “Kids In America” is celebrated extensively under the cheers of the audience.
Conclusion: Kim Wilde’s concert was a successful performance of a matured rock lady and a great event for Nördlingen, the Ries and the guests of the Radltour. There was also a follow-up: “Mister Classic Rock”, B1-DJ Tom Glass, took over the stage and supplied the remaining fans until midnight with hits from the band like “Jump” or “Staying Alive”.
Whether there were still many cyclists, may be questioned, because at 9 clock already the start shot to the next stage of the BR-Radltour. The next stop on the way of the cyclists is Gersthofen.