(I): Christie are a famous band. What does it mean
for you to open the Oldies show?
JC: Opening the show is the
hardest job. The audience is cold and we have to warm
them up. We prefer to be later on in the program but that's
the way it goes.
I: Is there a diference
between German audiences and in other parts of the world?
KM: Definitely. Audiences
in Germany involve themselves a lot more at the shows.
River has been around for 25 years. Do you get
tired of playing it?
AF: No. It depends on the
reaction of the crowd. Generally they go crazy over it
and it's a pleasure to play it.
SK: I've only been playing
it for five years!
I: Did you know the songs
of Christie before you joined the band?
SK: Yes, I grew up with these
people and these songs, and to play alongside the artists
of the 60s and 70s whose records I bought .. before I
learnt to play the drums .. I learnt songs from these
people and to play alongside them, that's great.
I: Did you see the old
videos of Christie?
SK: I've seen Jeff going
down the river .. he had nice sideburns and big flares.
I: The 90s is a new challenge.
Is there a chance to write new material in the way the
songs were written in the 60s?
SK: It's difficult to play
rave and techno on stage, where we use real guitars ..
JC: There is a change ..
people want to hear good songs again. The artists from
the 60s and 70s are now having a second life.
I: What is the motivation?
JC: If you do what you love
to do and do it to the best of your ability .. just believe
in what you do, the rewards are secondary.
I: Is there anything
in the 60s we haven't got today?
JC: The attitude has changed.
In the 60s we believed everything was possible, even peace.
It sounds corny, but people believed it could happen.
The feeling in the 60s was very special and we won't see
I: What type of music
do you like?
JC: We all like music that's
well-played, and well made. I grew up with the music of
the 60s and am comfortable with those songs. I guess we're
not really comfortable with techno music.