The Magnificent Brotherhood Concert Chronology

2003-2005

2003-2005 
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2003
29.08.2003 - (D) Berlin, Kulturfabrik
06.09.2003 - (D) Berlin, Barrikade
06.12.2003 - (D) Berlin, Linse
18.12.2003 - (D) Berlin, TU
2004
11.06.2004 - (D) Berlin, Bumerang
12.06.2004 - (D) Berlin, 48 Stunden Neukölln, Körnerpark
02.07.2004 - (D) Altlandsberg, Full Moon Festival
21.08.2004 - (D) Staffelde, Private Birthday Party
10.09.2004 - (D) Berlin, Bumerang
02.10.2004 - (D) Berlin, Café Zapata
2005
24.06.2005 - (D) Altlandsberg, Full Moon Festival
15.07.2005 - (D) Berlin, Linse
08.10.2005 - (D) Berlin, Café Zapata
31.12.2005 - (D) Hamburg, Mayday  



29.08.2003 - Kulturfabrik, Berlin, Germany
Set: The golden road to unlimited devotion, Streets of your town, I can't dance with you, The drifter, Are you happy?, The pusher, Good lovin' -> Drums -> Space -> Drums -> Good lovin', My flash on you, What about me, I had too much to dream last night, Christine's tune, Turn on your lovelight, Friend of the devil
Notes: Brotherhood's first ever show, the band is still a sideproject of Kiryk’s and Erik’s main band Liquid Visions. The band is on a "three-bands-for-three Euros"-bill together with two punk groups. There are two versions of a poster for this gig: one says "West coast", the other reads "LSD" next to the band's name.
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06.09.2003 - Barrikade, Berlin, Germany

Attendance:
10-30?
Set: The golden road to unlimited devotion, Streets of your town, I can't dance with you, The drifter -> Pigs jam -> The drifter,  Friend of the devil, Are you happy?, Dancin' in the streets (incomplete set)
Notes:
The band performs their second ever concert to a very small crowd at a pub in Wedding. An early setlist record by a fan notes a certain "Pigs jam" inside "The drifter".
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06.12.2003 - Linse, Berlin, Germany

With: Hempbells, Totally Stressed
Attendance: 30-40
Set: Tune-up jam, The golden road to unlimited devotion, Streets of your town, The drifter, A thing called love, Are you happy?, Good lovin', My flash on you, Dancin' in the streets, Christine's tune -> Turn on your lovelight
Encore: I had too much to dream last night, I can't dance with you

Notes:
 The Linse is a youth club in the far eastern part of Berlin. Kiryk is a friend of Gerd, the guy who runs the club, several of Kiryk's other bands (Straw Fever, Liquid Visons) have rehearsed or gigged here previously. This concert occurs on the occasion of Gerd’s 40th birthday (although Kiryk announces it as Gerd's 33rd). This show has a deliberate party feel to it: not too many people care to watch the show, most people stop by, watch a couple of minutes and go to the bar or talk. The start of the concert is delayed due to troubles with Erik's organ. They install a new one. A couple of minutes of tune up (during which Kiryk teases The Doors' "The end") and the show starts with The Grateful Dead's "The golden road to unlimited devotion" (the first of four Grateful Dead-related tunes at this show!). The few companions in attendance are blown away immideately: the sound is as original electric ballroom as it gets. Kiryk's guitar playing is unbelievably hot, he explores various styles but stays close to the West-Coast language all the time, his vocals are strong and raw, Erik's organ is way prominent and the rhythm section lays down a muscular groove. The band sounds like a cross between The Warlocks, early Quicksilver Messenger Service (with Kiryk being a singer as expressive as Gary Duncan) and electric Country Joe & The Fish. The passion of all players is visible, Kiryk sweats, the bass player constantly grooves - it's just sexy! How they completely make the songs their own is most amazing. Early in the set HP Lovecraft's "The drifter" is turned into a serious guitar freak-out. Kiryk screams off-mic as if possessed by a demon, he shakes his amp creating mean sounds while Erik plays an organ that is very close to the one in the song's orginal version. In the middle of the jam they pull off a weird dueling conversation between the guitar and organ. The whole “Drifter” lasts longer than eight minutes! "Are you happy?" (by Iron Butterfly) smokes and rocks heavily. Kiryk announces "Good lovin'": "Der nächste Song ist von einer Band, die heißt Grateful Dead...Yeah yeah yeah!" (very few in the audience cheer). It is being played very much like the Dead would play it around 1970 - upbeat and danceable but yet with a long jam (7+ minutes)! "Love" (by Country Joe & The Fish) is messed up in the beginning. Kiryk to Erik: "Love is nicht in A." And then he adds "...die Drogen". After Love's "My flash on you" we get another Grateful Dead dance song: this time it's "Dancing in the streets" with very cool lead-vocals by Erik. The country-ish "Christine's tune" (by Flying Burrito Brothers) is entirely rearranged in order to fit into the Frisco feeling. It segues into a swinging "Turn on your lovelight" (Grateful Dead tune #4) to close the set (features drum segment). Someone from the audience requests a Quicksilver tune before the encore. Two songs for encore: The Electric Prunes' "I had too much too dream last night" is announced by Kiryk as "...wir versuchen jetzt mal einen Hit". A hit indeed. Kiryk's vocals are touching. The very last song is the only song by an English band tonight ("Zur Abwechslung spielen wir mal einen Song aus England..."). This concert greatly shows Kiryk's and Erik's passion for west coast psychedelia, for the songs, the feeling and the attitude. This isn't just a cover band - it's Berlin's hottest new band! The flyer was issued as copy-shop produced hand bill in b/w on different paper colours.
slightly alternative handbill
digitally post-coloured flyer
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18.12.2003 - TU, Berlin, Germany
Set: unknown but most likely included he golden road to unlimited devotion, Streets of your town, The drifter, A thing called love, Are you happy?, Good lovin', My flash on you, Dancin' in the streets, Christine's tune, Turn on your lovelight, I had too much to dream last night, I can't dance with you
Notes: The concert takes place at a student-strike event. Reportedly the band performs two sets in the afternoon. The atmosphere is rebellious yet peaceful -- the band feels a bit like attending Berkeley, CA in the Sixties. There is quite a number of freaks who dig Brotherhood's music.
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11.06.2004 - Bumerang, Berlin, Germany
Attendance: 40
Set: Jam -> The golden road to unlimited devotion, The streets of your town, I can't dance with you, Dancing in the streets, The drifter, Are you happy?, I had too much to dream last night, Psychosis, My flash on you, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Good lovin', Mimi's tune, Christine's tune -> Turn on your lovelight
Encore: What about me, Friend of the devil
Notes:
Primal Brotherhood: The band's fifth ever show and Kaleidoscope showcase #1, organised by Heini and Thorsten! This concert introduces most friends and companions to the band as it is the first one to be well attended by the almost entire circle of friends. This concert is also most notable for the fact that Brotherhood performs original self-written songs for the first time ever: “Psychosis”, “Old tattoo” and “Mimi’s tune”! The venue, a very small but original alternative pub in a small street remote from the tourists, fills up just a little shy of capacity and the band performs a great show. Quicksilver Messenger Service's "What about me" is the most intense moment tonight and Kiryk's guitar and vocal delivery of this melancholic number make it an outstanding highlight of the evening. Handbill by Heini!
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12.06.2004 - 48 Stunden Neukölln, Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany
Attendance: 30
Set: The golden road to unlimited devotion, Streets of your town, I can't dance with you, Dancin' in the streets, The drifter, Are you happy?, I had too much to dream last night, Psychosis, My flash on you, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Good lovin', Mimi's tune, Christine's tune -> Turn on your lovelight, What about me, Friend of the devil
Notes:
A pretty open air concert in a beautiful park played for parents, children and the elderly. Lots of fun! This free concert is part of the city-quarter’s cultural festival “48 Stunden Neukölln”. The band plays on a very small stage and makes everyone -- kids, senior citizens and companions alike -- groove and smile!
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02.07.2004 - Full Moon Festival, Paulshof, Altlandsberg, Germany
Also playing: Crimson Sunday, The Polaroids, Irrlicht, Ginger Candy and more
Attendance: 50
Set: The golden road to unlimited devotion, Streets of your town, I can't dance with you, Dancin' in the streets, The drifter, Are you happy?, I had too much to dream last night, Psychosis, My flash on you, Old tattoo, A thing called love, Good lovin', Mimi's tune, Christine's tune -> Turn on your lovelight, Friend of the devil
Notes: Altlandsberg is a small village on the outskirts of Berlin. Here, in a nice setting on an open field adjacant to a small lake, local heads celebrate an annual mini scale free festival with a handful of bands on a very small wooden stage. The atmosphere is loose, peaceful, hippie-esque and Brotherhoods performs a sweet open air set for dancing people. The band would return once more to the festival in 2005...
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21.08.2004 - Private Birthday Party, Staffelde, Germany
Attendance: 30
Set: Birthday, The golden road to unlimited devotion, Streets of your town, Lifetime, The drifter, Are you happy?, I had too much to dream last night, Psychosis, What about me, Evil talking, I can't dance with you, Good lovin', A thing called love, My flash on you, Old tattoo, Mimi's tune, Christine's tune, Friend of the devil, Can't remember, Companions -> Turn on your lovelight
Encore: Mind garage, Dancin' in the streets
Notes: This is a private birthday party in a mansion situated in a very small village near Berlin. The band sets up gear open air on the wooden back-porch of the mansion facing the big garden where tables, chairs and the buffet are set up under huge trees. Brotherhood makes for a great party act by appropriately opening their set with the Beatles' "Birthday" (played just once again on 13.05.2006). They go on to perform a full lenght set that mixes the newly introduced original Brotherhood songs with the well known mix of covers. Tonight they debut more original songs: "Evil talking", "Can't remember", "Companions" and "Mind garage". There are a few companions in attendance who, due to the abundance of soft drugs, enjoy a relaxed evening with easy dancing, smoking bongs and tender summer air. Musical highlights of the set include "What about me", a cool segue from "Companions" to "Lovelight" and a great jammed out "Dancing in the streets".
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10.09.2004 - Bumerang, Berlin, Germany
Set: unknown but included Jingo, Cold rain and snow
Notes: This is not a regular Brotherhood show. Kiryk and Erik are billed as "Incents & Peppermints". They join Ginger Candy, a folk-swing-rock trio lead by Bob Beeman of Mother’s Little Helpers fame, for an evening of psychedelic jamming designed after the example of Mickey and the Hartbeats -- stripped down Grateful Dead with guests -- jamming at San Francisco’s Matrix coffehouse back in 1968. No Brotherhood songs are being performed. The focus of the concert is on exlcusive material such as 60s cover versions, among them Santana’s “Jingo” or the Dead’s “Cold rain and snow”. The ensemble also jams on a handful of Ginger Candy’s songs. There are many nice musical moments in this experiment-session but ultimately the musicians do not find the mutual magic level. Handbill by Heini!
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02.10.2004 - Café Zapata, Berlin, Germany
Attendance: 50
Set: unkown
Notes: The last show with founding member Jürgen on bass. Despite severe internal struggles the band grooves! Dance Concert!
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24.06.2005 - Full Moon Festival, Paulshof, Altlandsberg, Germany
Attendance: 70
Set: unknown
Notes: This is the very first show with Jan Rohrbach on bass! Exact date unknown. Brotherhood’s second and last performance at the Full Moon Festival in Altlandsberg, a very small, intimate, almost private and free festival near Berlin. The festival ground is simply an open field which a farmer had freely provided. Freshly mowed grass can be found on huge stacks, some Teepees are set up for the people to chill out in and there is a very small wooden stage. There is also a nearby lake where people bath and swim nakedly. Kids play, vegetarian food is being prepared and when it is time to have diner all attendants form a huge food circle taking each other’s hands and saying a mantra before enjoying the food. Brotherhood takes the stage around 10 pm to a setting sun. The crowd spreads evenly across the field in front of the stage, there is a lot of room to dance and the people swing around gently and barefoot. During the set some very slight rain pours but the people wrap themselves in blankets or ponchos and continue to enjoy themselves. The set is a cool mix of covers and originals. Many companions are in attendance, most of them heavily dosed on magic mushrooms or hash-cookies experiencing the highlight psychedelic party of the summer. Beautiful text-book Hippie Brotherhood!
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15.07.2005 - Linse, Berlin, Germany

Supporting: Siena Root
Attendance: 60
Set: unknown
Notes: This show is one of the first in the Linse’s new rooms, the club had recently moved to a more central location near Frankfurter Allee. Brotherhood supports Swedish 70s influenced Prog ‘n’ Psych rockers Siena Root. This is the second show with Jan on bass. The band sounds slightly ragged, fairly unrehearsed and experiences technical troubles here and there which circumvents that the show takes off like a Brotherhood Dance Concert normally would do.
flyer back
handbill
review (with pictures)
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08.10.2005 - Café Zapata, Berlin, Germany
Supporting: Crimson Sunday
Attendance: 70
Set: Intro jam, Lifetime, Psychosis, Kicksville, The drifter, Old tattoo, Mimi’s tune, Soma shop, Mind garage, Can’t remember, Camera, Better hurry
Encore: Cracker, Evil talkin’, Degeneration, Companions
Notes: Setlist unconfirmed, from setlist transcription. A very fun show, very well attended, and in their third concert with Jan on bass the band makes it really gel and flow for the very first time in this line up! They definitely sound better rehearsed than at the previous show and rock through their repertoire with esprit and joy. They peform a relatively short set though because Erik, who at this time actually serves a 3 months sentence in connection with the G8 summit in Gothenburg 2001, has to go back to the penitentiary by 11 pm. The concert leaves the companions hungry for more...
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31.12.2005 - Mayday, Hamburg, Germany
Attendance: 50
First set: Jam -> Lifetime, Kicksville, The golden road to unlimited devotion, Mind garage, Streets of your town, The drifter, Old tattoo, My flash on you, Mimi’s tune, Can’t remember, Evil talking, Good lovin’
Second set: No mercy on ravers -> The trip, Psychosis, Camera, Cracker, Gun or run, Better hurry, Degeneration, Jam -> High flying bird, Are you happy?, A thing called love, Soma shop, Companions -> Turn on your lovelight -> Mountain Jam -> Turn on your lovelight
Encore: Good lovin’
Notes: New Year's Eve celebration Dead Head-style in Hamburg. With an old VW bus they borrowed from a collegue of Todde’s Brotherhood makes it to Hamburg through a heavy ice-strorm that makes traffic and road conditions very difficult to handle. Here in Hamburg at a small live music pub near the Fabrik Altona Germany’s Dead Heads celebrate NYE for the tenth year in a row and this time they have invited The Magnificent Brotherhood because the word about them as Dead cover band had spread beyond Berlin (though at this point the band is already way past the cover band stage). With their original West Coast 60s sound Brotherhood pleases the Dead Heads anyway and the band decides to pull off jams, Dead covers and rare songs galore tonight which the audience honours with good time dancing and “Weltklasse”-cheers! They perform two sets and an encore -- with a total playtime of 210 minutes this is their longest show ever! The first set starts around 11 and stretchtes past midnight for some minutes. After a break during which snacks are being served the band takes the stage again around 1:15 am to perform another two hours of psychedelic rock. For any companion who digs long jams and improvisations generally this concert is a dream come true! A jam opens and segues seamlessly into “Lifetime”. “The drifter” features mainly Kiryk going off on the guitar in best West Coast language for 17 minutes and even the garage punk number “Old tattoo” opens up to a small jam during the finish. The first set ends with a monumental 20 min version of “Good lovin’” which the band pulls out of their pocket especially for tonight’s audience. They make it a very danceable version at first before going into a more dreamy and mellow mode. Kiryk forges ahead endlessly only interrupted by a lenghty drum and bass solo interlude.They get totally caught up in the momentum of this jam and thus they forget to wrap up the song by midnight, so the turn of the year occurs during the jam just before the conclusion. The second set opens with a very rare coupling: The debut of “No mercy” segues tightly into “The trip” (not on the setlist!), a cover-song, this is the only ever performance by Brotherhood to date. Kiryk welcomes the audience to the new year, to “1966”. They also debut Erik’s “Gun or run” tonight, soon a standard in every one of the band’s shows. The jam-centerpiece of the second set is a 17 minute version of “Better hurry” that finds Kiryk once more impersonating his Bay Area heroes and wailing away tenderly with the most psychedelic chord- and notes progressions. Todde grooves elastically during this jam. Of course Erik gets a solo too. Yet another hot jam soon leads to a great version of the 60s classic “High flying bird”, first and only time ever covered by The Magnificent Brotherhood, Kiryk does the lead vocals wonderfully and movingly. A brief but vibrant “Companions” goes right into “Turn on your lovelight” to finish the second set in true Dead-1969-style. There is a very brief 20 seconds “Mountain jam”-tease during Kiryk’s intro solo. They let it shine for 16 min and in the middle of the song some technical troubles force them to bring the song to a halt and half a minute of silence occurs. Kiryk comments: “Alte Instrumente, alte Probleme”. They pick up the jam again with some blues guitar noodlings and then Kiryk introduces the chant “...before we go home we wanna take you a little bit higher” and they increase the tempo and intensity again and wrap it up. Three minutes encore break with the people insisting on a Zugabe. Since the band has run out of material they repeat “Good lovin’” for the encore that lasts 17 minutes with a very interesting and way funky jam. An extraordinary and unique concert – the longest Brotherhood show ever – as well as a great NYE celebration featuring the band in in full West-Coast-Jam-band mode playing very rare songs and jams: combined with the unique crowd this is most likely as close as The Brotherhood ever came to really being The Warlocks or the primal Dead! Out of sight!
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