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On the road again: with the great classics, new songs and a new line-up
Whether a Thuringian mine or the Circus Krone in Munich, whether the Gewandhaus Leipzig or the Kaiserbädersaal on the Baltic Sea, whether the Alte Oper in Erfurt, the Admiralspalast in Berlin or the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg - the current concert season 2023 is undoubtedly a KARAT year.
After the enforced coronavirus break, the Berlin cult band is back with the big hits and new songs, with heart and soul and passion, with musical skill and always at eye level with their audience - and not least with a new level of energy.
With over 50 concert dates, KARAT are making it clear that they are still a force to be reckoned with, that they have never seen themselves as a band of old men resting on the laurels of past successes. And they are heading towards a big band anniversary with their current tour: KARAT will be 50 years young in 2025. Five decades in which KARAT have become a veritable piece of German rock culture, providing the soundtrack to the lives of several generations. The special thing about it:
The career was never limited to East Germany, where the success story began in 1975.
Soon 50 years of KARAT stand for an eventful career with some ups and downs - also in terms of personnel, as with almost every one of the few bands that can celebrate such an extraordinary anniversary.
Karat even started with two singers in the founding year, musicians such as Henning Protzmann, Thomas Kurzhals and Michael Schwandt - to name just a few - shaped the band. The years with keyboardist Ed Swillms, who penned most of Karat's hits, remain unforgotten.
Singer Claudius Dreilich has been on the front mic for almost 20 years. The tragic death from cancer of his father Herbert Dreilich, who was much more than just the singer of this band, but embodied its face and soul, seemed to mark the end of KARAT in 2004. But in the end he enabled the band - with his son Claudius as the new frontman - to rise from the ashes like the famous phoenix. Claudius Dreilich not only authentically continues the proven lines of continuity, he also enriches KARAT with his very own facets.
At his side are the veterans Bernd Römer (guitar, with the band since 1976) and Martin Becker (keyboards, since 1992) as well as bassist Daniel Bätge and drummer Heiko Jung, who only joined the band this year.
Both are no strangers to the scene - Udo Lindenberg, Wolfgang Niedecken, Jan Josef Liefers and Clueso have already benefited from their musical skills. With KARAT, they open up new perspectives for the seasoned men and pump fresh energy into the company.
It seems pointless, because it is sufficiently well known, to refer to the great classics such as "Über sieben Brücken", "König der Welt", "Der blaue Planet", "Schwanenkönig", "Albatros", "Jede Stunde" or "Mich zwingt keiner auf die Knie". To the many KARAT cover versions by Gregor Meyle, Heinz Rudolf Kunze, Peter Maffay, Helene Fischer, Chris de Burgh and Max Raabe, to name but a few. To the sold-out Waldbühne without any GDR audience, to the fact that they were the first and only band from the East to appear on "Wetten dass...". And to over twelve million records sold and several gold records.
The name KARAT continues to stand for the rare symbiosis of mainstream pop and emotional depth. The band still avoids creative stagnation. Between the many concert dates, they have long been working on new songs that will be released on a new album in the anniversary year. Fortunately, this journey continues.