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restless17Hafen Rock @ 825th Hafengeburtstag, Hamburg, Germany
9th to 11th May 2014
Hafen Rock Day 3 with The Coast Guards, The Rubber Chukks, Chevydevils and Restless

It is Sunday noon, the last day of the 825th birthday of the harbour of Hamburg and also the last day of the related Hafen Rock festival. As the days before, the first ones to be on stage were a sailor chorus, but this time coming from Hannover. With over three hours of time, they had got the most time for their show. Today, only four bands were standing on stage after them to finish the festival. Today the topic could have been "All about Rock'n'Roll".

The Coast Guards

Coming from the Baltic Sea, THE COAST GUARDS from Kiel started on this day with Rockabilly sounds. Five guys, even with original double bass as it should be for a real Rockabilly band, singer Gunnar Heinze, Tommy Kosack at the drums, Marc Walter and Adrian Ernst as acoustic guitarists and Dennis Büchler with the double bass, had a lot of own and cover songs, which are all in the style of the 50s. So you could listened to well-known songs like ‘Tainted Love’ and ‘Passenger’ in a completely now sound. They had a lot of audience in front of the stage, but not many of their fans, that is why they said backstage it is always difficult when no one knows their own songs. Nonetheless, through the covers the people had a reason to stay and to watch the show of this young band, which only exists for two years now.


Even in the look of true Rockabilly it was a nice variety to the days before. THE COAST GUARDS had time to play full 13 songs in only one hour.

01. Wanderer
02. Oh Boy
03. Folsom
04. Prison
05. Runaway
06. Schöneichel
07. Redlight
08. Other end of the Highway
09. On the flight
10. Tainted Love
11. Schnapsdestille
12. Passenger
13. All right Mama

Music: 7
Performance: 6
Sound: 8
Light: - (daylight)
Total: 7


The Rubber Chukks

Next band was from Hamburg again, calling their music Neo-Rockabilly. Singer and guitarist Tom and bass player Kai entered the stage, but did not start. Tom explained that they only could start, when drummer Tino comes on stage. The audience had to yell his name, because he was, according to Tom, still sitting on the Dixie (mobile toilet). As the band before, THE RUBBER CHUCKS played 13 songs including the encores, but only self-written ones. THE RUBBER CHUCKS are one year older, means three years by now, and seems also to have more routine. The crowd, really many people, sang and clapped along with the mostly easy and funny lyrics with songs like ‘C'mon everybody’, ‘Shit on you’ or ‘Kill my Neighbor’. The band often let the crowd sing along alone, which worked out really good.


The mood was good, the time table also, so there was time for two encores, ‘Going down’ and ‘Rocker’. After one hour, the three guys of THE RUBBER CHUCKS also had to leave the stage.

01. Baby Ride
02. 20 Flight Rock
03. The Blow
04. Is This Love
05. C'mon everybody
06. Johnny
07. Alive
08. Shit On You
09. Kill My Neighbor
10. Candy Girl
11. Whole Lotta Rosie
12. Going Down
13. Rocker

Music: 7
Performance: 8
Sound: 8
Light: - (daylight)
Total 7.7 / 10


Chevy Devils

Now after all this "Neo-Rockabilly" comes "New School Rockabilly". Where the differences are, may only real Rockabilly fans tell, for non-scenery people, it was also Rockabilly like the bands before, but not boring. CHEVY DEVILS, four boys out of Hamburg, are playing together for six years. Singer Nick Nickersen came on stage dancing and danced throughout the whole concert. The songs are in English, and often Nick talked on English to the audience, even they almost all were German. When Nick was not talking, then drummer Sandro the Stomper did it from behind. He actually was head of the band, like later was coming out. Along with those two, also Stegg Steggersen on the guitar and Gaarschdn Schneidbörg on the so called doghouse bass belonged to the band. Stegg was very unlucky during the concert, because two times in a row, the strings of his guitar were tearing apart. While changing the instrument, Nick animates the crowd to sing along, which covered up the time very well.


The songs were very short, that is why CHEVY DEVILS made it to play whole 18 songs in only one hour plus encores. Nick never seemed to get tired because of the dancing and holds up signs for the next concerts as ad. With much good mood, they left the crowd back to give stage free for the very last act on this festival.

01. I fought the love
02. Human candyshop
03. 99 girls
04. Have love, will travel
05. Hometown
06. Up jump the devil
07. Let's dance
08. Devil with no chevy
09. Stranger custom
10. Break on through
11. Greensleeves
12. Hitchhiker
13. Lights out
14. Saint and sinners
15. Graveyard Stomp
16. Blood Feud
17. Gonna get drunk tonight
18. Rock'n'Roll detective
19. Lucille
20. Too drunk to fuck

Music: 7
Performance: 9
Sound: 8
Light: 7
Total: 7.8 / 10



The taillight of the Hafen Rock was RESTLESS, the only one who did not even come from Germany, but from the UK. Also like the bands before, they play Rockabilly and are over 20 years in the business now. In their home land, they are applied to be a kind of legend. But sadly, the three guys of RESTLESS were only standing there on stage and played their songs down, without any special show effects or things like that. So we could not confirm any legend-status. The only eye catcher was the bass player, who had very specials technics to play his double bass, with a mix out of pluck and tap. With over 1.5 hours they had more time than the two headliners the day before, but there was much less show and much less crowd activity. For the last band and as completion of the Hafen Rock we wished for more power and more emotion, even because now the weather was perfect warm and sunny, not like the days before.

Music: 7
Performance: 5
Sound: 8
Light: 7
Total 6.8 / 10


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