Graham Parker (born November 18th 1950 in London) has held onto his reputation as one of the most important singer-songwriters for more than 25 years. Two of his albums are listed in the "Rolling Stone"-magazine's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" ("Squeezing Out Sparks" and Howlin' Wind").
With his raspy "soulful-punk" voice Parker added his own touch to the optimistic spirit in the U.K. of the early 1970s and brought to bear his musical influences: Rock, R&B, Soul - and Country (after he had heard Neil Young's "Harvest" and songs like "Sweet Virginia" and "Dead Flowers" by The Rolling Stones)
Together with the Rumour - a fusion of young musicians from the English "roots-bands" of the time like Brinsley Schwartz - Graham Parker gave two shows at the Rockpalast. This DVD presents both concerts: The first from 1978 at the WDR-Studi0, where The Rumour was backed up by a horn section, using the same type of band as on "Heat Treatment" (released in 1976, following on the heels of their debut album "Howlin' Wind", produced by Nick Lowe).
Graham Parker's second appearance was at the Grugahalle Essen in 1980, where he opened the 7th Rockpalast Night.
The compete concert (broadcast on ARD-TV in Germany and over the Eurovision Network throughout Europe), not only presented the talents of Graham Parker And The Rumour, but also included The Police and Jack Bruce & Friends.
For the first time the BBC was there to record the concert. A sensation for the Rockpalast, but frustration for Graham Parker: The "Beeb" aired only part of the concert, but they were only interested in the superstars like The Police.
Graham Parker's comments about this can be found in his interview included on this DVD.
The Grugahalle concert also had a celebrity: Instead of keyboardist Bob Andrews, who played in the WDR-Studio concert, Nicky Hopkins sat at the Piano (formerly a member of The Jeff Beck Group, Quicksilver Messenger and The Steve Miller Band, as well as a sideman in numerous recordings for other famous groups such as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones).
The concert revolved around the songs on the just-released album "The Up Escalator" (1980), which was to be the final album that Graham Parker and The Rumour would release together.
Peter Rüchel, Rockpalast
DVD 1: Grugahalle Essen, Germany, October 16h 1980
01. Stupefaction 02. No Holding Back 03. Julie, Julie 04. Love Without Greed 05. Discovering Japan 06. Passion Is No Ordinary Word 07. Howlin' Wind 08. Thunder And Rain 09. Maneuvers 10. Don't Get Exited 11. The Beating Of Another Heart) 12. Empty Lives 13. Devil's Sidewalk 14: Endless Night 15, (Can't Get No) Protection 16. Nobody Hurts You 17. Hey Lord, Don't Ask Me Questions 18. Tripe Face Boogie 19. Soul Shoes
DVD 2: WDR Studio, Cologne , January 23thd 1978
01. Heat Treatment 02. White Honey 03. Soul On Ice 04. Back To Schooldays 05. Fool's Gold 06. Heat In Harlem 07. Watch The Moon Come Down 08. Thunder And Rain 09. Stick To Me 10. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down 11. Don't Ask Me Questions 12. Not If It Pleases Me 13. The New York Shuffle 14. Soul Shoes 15. Hold Back The Night