After Nicolás Lemus invited me to become the Presidente Honorifico del 50 Aniversario de Los Beatles en Tenerife I decided to celebrate my 75. anniversary on the Teide, Spains biggest mountain and third biggest vulcano on earth. My wife Christina and our kids Ruscha and Maximilian joined me.
Exactly 50 years ago I celebrated with 3 dear friends. Same time, same place. George, Paul and Ringo were young musicians in an english group called THE BEATLES. For nearly 2 weeks they were my guests and stayed with me in our house at La Montaneta. They brought me their first album called PLEASE PLEASE ME. With us our beloved friend Astrid Kirchherr.
It was a time where we were still able to roam unrecognized through romantic alleyways. We were lying full length in black lava sand, catching sunburn on our noses, viewing the world from the top of a vulcano.
>>Los Beatles que? Beatles? Who is this? <<, asked a young island beauty after a flirting George Harrison tried to explain who he is pointing his finger at the album cover.
After they left the Canarian island the worldwide Beatlemania has started and nothing was anymore like before.
Now, after so many years, I came back to this island which always had a special place in my heart. It was a journey back which brought up many good memories. Meeting again Chicho who was my guitar teacher 1963 was an important moment for me. It was touching my heart in a very deep way.
We’ll never forget the tour through the World Heritage Las Canadas del Teide with our fantastic guide Idaira Gonzalez Dorta who showed us breathtaking areas. The nativeness of this powerful landscape catapulted us in another cosmos. It was difficult for us to come back to the >>real<< world.
John Beckman‘s presentation at the Teide-Observatorium (IAC-Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias) was thrilling and fascinating. He is an admirable astrophysicist.
Now we are back again in Germany and we are still overwhelmed of this extraordinairy week. We didn‘t expect such a wonderful time and warmhearted hospitality.
In deep graditude my family and I won‘t miss to give credit to all these wonderful people who enabled this amazing week. First of all a big hug to my friend Nicolás Lemus (>>the father of crime<< ) and his lovely wife Maria Jesus. Nicolás, you did a great job!
Thanks to the president of Instituto de Estudios Hispanicos de Canarias Nicolás Rodriguez Münzenmaier and his beautiful daughter Vanessa Rodriguez Cárdenes.
It was a privileged honor to sit next to Verónica Rodríguez González (Culture Office), Ricardo Melchior Navarro (El President of Cabildo de Tenerife) and Salvador García Llanos (Government Representative).
MUCHAS GRACIAS TO HOTEL TIGAIGA Tenerife for hosting us (Ursula was a wonderful translater). We enjoyed staying there a lot!
We were eating delicious food at the restaurants Régulo‘s, Mario‘s, El Jardin Secreto and Richard Etherington‘s culinaric paradise at Hotel Rural Victoria.
It was a pleasure to meet Carmen Dolores Padilla Ríos (Oficina de Información Turística), Adrian McGrath from Liverpool, one-upon-a-time-friend Mara and her nephew Victorio Davies.
Thanks to Lilian Ferral Martinez and the terrific Parador de Las Canadas del Teide. What a birthday gift!
Gracias to FAST and Vanessa’s presentation. Now we know all about bananas, sorry: plántanos!
To learn all about the wine tradition of Bodega Tafuriaste was a pleasure. We are grateful for the invitation to drink their very (very) good wine and having a wonderful canarian lunch.
RINGO AND LEGENDARY FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO KLAUS VOORMANN
On Saturday, February 12, Klaus and his album, "A Sideman's Journey," were celebrated in a downtown L.A. ceremony at the Biltmore Hotel. The event brought together some of album's participants, including Ringo Starr, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and legendary artists like Van Dyke Parks, Jim Keltner, Albert Lee and Trevor Lawrence. Klaus himself couldn't attend due to injuries suffered in a recent fall. They all gathered to pay tribute to Klaus who was Grammy nominated for his LIMITED EDITION SUPER DELUXE BOX SET, A SIDEMAN'S JOURNEY.
Co-nominee and friend Daniel Reiss with Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, Joe Walsh, Van Dyke Parks and co-nominee Daniel Reiss formed a panel of friends and colleagues who were interviewed by Chris Carter, the host of the XM/Sirius radio show “Breakfast with the Beatles”. It was a wonderful evening with stories spanning the time from when Klaus first met Ringo back in 1960, to more current events and the making of Klaus's first own album project ‘A Sideman’s Journey’.
L-R: Daniel Reiss, Joe Walsh, Van Dyke Parks, Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, Chris Carter
REVOLVER ALBUM ARTWORK LOST AND FOUND
After 45 years the original Revolver artwork was shown to the public for the first time. It was on display and of much interest to the media people and guests. Joe Walsh relayed the story of how he came to be the owner.
Joe Walsh with the original Revolver artwork
2010 FEST FOR BEATLES FANS - CHICAGO
Klaus Voormann was a guest at the 2010 Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans August 13, 14 & 15. He had a busy weekend with autograph sessions, interviews with Chicago DJ and Fest MC Terri Hemmert, as well as presenting his own album project “A Sideman’s Journey” and a small exhibition in collaboration with John Rauch and Rockstore. Klaus also played bass on stage with his friend Gary Wright on keyboards, along with Liverpool and some of the other musical guests. They performed two songs Klaus and Gary had played on originally for Ringo—Back Off Boogaloo and It Don’t Come Easy. The cheering crowd enjoyed the performance and it was fun for Klaus and Gary to play together again after so many years.
On stage with Gary Wright and Liverpool.
Fans in line for Klaus's autograph.
The 'Together Again' interview with Klaus and Gary Wright
Photos by Tory O'Brien
BRAND NEW SHOP ITEM AVAILABLE APRIL 2010
KLAUS VOORMANN DRAWINGS & MORE
Klaus performed on stage with Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jim Keltner on February 16th at BAM in New York.
Klaus at rehearsal
L-R: Jim Keltner, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Yoko Ono
Klaus in NYC, February 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM CHRISTINA AND KLAUS!
2009 was a very exciting year for Christina and me. It was the year of a sideman named Klaus and the spectacular release of my first album project: A SIDEMAN’S JOURNEY
The Sideman’s Journey sessions started with Paul McCartney at his studio in East Sussex in May 08 and the Sideman's Journey 2009 activities ended with Paul's concert in Hamburg, December 09.
Meeting Paul in Hamburg where he started his European tour was a very special moment for me and touched my heart. Beside the fact that Christina and I enjoyed his concert a lot, this visit brought back so many memories. Hamburg is the town where everything started for Paul, John, George, Ringo and me.
A SIDEMAN'S JOURNEY
Klaus Voormann has nearly finished his first album, a musical journey which began 46 years ago. The journey takes him through his career, visiting people and locations that changed his life, meeting friends and colleagues—some he hasn’t seen for years, singing and sharing old stories, making music and having fun playing new versions of old songs he participated in.
Klaus with The Manfreds, Summer 2008
L-R: Paul Jones, Klaus, Mike d'Abo, Tom McGuinness, Mike Hugg, Rob Townsend
Photo © Uwe Bendixen
It was October 2007 when Klaus's wife Christina had this idea. It was April 2008 when A SIDEMAN’S JOURNEY began, a journey that is very special, including spectacular recording and filming sessions with legends of rock and popular music.
Klaus and Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) in Hamburg, November 2008
Photo © www.stevenhaberland.com
‘A Sideman’s Journey’ was recorded and filmed in Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, East Sussex and Munich. The final sessions will take place in Memphis. Produced by Christina and Klaus Voormann, it will be published and distributed by Universal Music Germany in late Spring 2009. Christina and Klaus will donate part of the proceeds to their Environment & Health Charity Project on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux.
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