Dedicated to the memory of Louis DeMartino – “Mr Lou” – († 1959 – 2015)
Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe the events of Saturday July 25th, 2015 a date that had been circled on my calendar for a good, few months on account of a musical gathering called, Musik unter 15 Eichenor in other words, “Music Under 15 Oak Trees” located in… Melle! That’s right… this magical corner of Lower Saxony that has featured in my blogs many times before for playing host to concerts from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes or more recently, the Billy Walton Band as well as the annual Light of Day shows that do so much to raise the awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. These events are mainly due to the fact that long-time New Jersey/Tri-state music fan, Reiner Borgmeyer is from this area of Germany and he has been paramount in making them happen, something for which we, his friends and fellow New Jersey/Tri-state music fans, will always be grateful for.
Something was certainly in the air during the week the Jukes returned to Central Europe – and I don’t just mean the heady aroma of the Dutch Weed that seems to appear as if by magic, encircling you like Harry Potter‟s cloak of invisibility the minute you enter the Amsterdam city limits.
No, this “something” was even more powerful than that.
December 4th, 2009 will go down in music history marking the first, ever, Light of Day show to take place in Germany. And what an amaaaaaazing night it turned out to be. However, before I share my thoughts from the front row, this story actually began for me mid-September, 1996 in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.