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Record Release Party “White Knuckle Ride”
Rocks, Basel, Canton Basel-Stadt, Switzerland – 01.06.2011
and Photos by Dominic Latscha
The show was sold out.
.... a down to earth attitude means much more than being spoiled by success and fame.
Basel Hard Rock Band Excentric
baptized their new album “White Knuckle Ride” on June 01, 2011.
That’s one day before Ascension Day and you shouldn’t miss such an
event, because they created a big hype in the Basel area with their
previous record “Take this”.
have to admit, that I never noticed Excentric.
For reasons which are not clear, I didn’t care about them what I really
this changed when Guitar player Phil Schelker sent me an invitation to
their record release party of “White Knuckle Ride”. I was very excited
about it and wanted to make sure that I won’t miss this show.
this reason, I was at the Red Rocks on 8 o’clock PM and was too early.
But I am better early than late. So I had the chance to meet Phil Schelker
and Reto Pieren outside of the venue and used the time for small talk.
straight fact; there weren’t many people in the Red Rocks or outside of
the venue in the beginning. Every visitor, who stepped inside got a lot
with a number. You had to keep this lot, because the godfather / the god
aunt were drawn by it.
entered the stage on 10 o’clock PM and the show was sold out. They
opened their set immediately with “Hold on”. The crowd was convinced
from the first second and maintained on this level during the songs.
Reto told a story about the inspiration to the next song “KMA Goodbye”.
There was a close friend, who got a bad treatment by his girlfriend and
one day, he kicked her out of his life and started having a good time
again. Then a nice cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers track “Under the
bridge” followed and some guys in the front row singed the chorus with
of Me” and “Save me” was the previous songs before the baptism.
player Phil Schelker drawled the lot number 113. A young, good looking
woman called Lilli with long curly browned hair had the honor to enter the
stage and was chosen for the record watering with champagne. The fans in
front of the stage received a champagne bottle and were drinking champagne
this interlude, the excellent cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Whiskey in the
Jar” blew out of the speakers and all hells broke lose. There was a
great party atmosphere and the crowd yelled, singed, danced and head
banged at “So Long!” and “No Way Out”.
crowd hadn’t enough and asked for more songs. Excentric
played “And then Sun…” and “4 pm” for the great effort. Well,
the crowd was still not satisfied.
it would have been time to leave the stage. But Red Rocks owner Reto was
very happy about the sold out show and Excentric
got the permission to play a further song. “Still Standing” was the
last live track and the band received standing ovations from a crazy party
that, DJ Richy P entered the turntables and had the task to rock the after
party. The band left the stage and took their instruments. Now, it was
your turn about the next step. You could get their new record and new
T-shirts on the merchandise stand with the signatures of every single band
member. That’s what I call a great treatment!
such behaviours from a band are rarely and I want thank Excentric for their effort. It shows that a down to earth attitude
means much more than being spoiled by success and fame.
written by Dominic Latscha - June 2011
Dominic Latscha is reviewer for gryphonmetal.ch since 2010
He is based in Switzerland.
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