Hans Bäär is very enthousiastic about the first rehearsals and the group will be trying to create a bridge between the past and the current time. In the 70's the group allready was playing trance-grooves, mixed with long improvisations. There are also plans for new albums.
On December 17, 2005, German television had an item about the Hoelderlin reunion and it was said the group would do some 30 or 40 concerts next year. I'll try to translate some more of the interview in the time to come.
On December 18, 2005, Hoelderlin performed in Wuppertal and they had some guests from the past, like Christoph Noppeney and Nanny de Ruig. They played some stuff which they haven't performed live before, like 'Waren wir' and 'Rare Bird'. Alas I couldn't be there, but the pictures Lutz Diehl has made, give a good impression. The light-show was done by Gunther Jäckel (Jäckle?) who has worked with Hoelderlin before. He worked for free this time, just because he liked the return of Hoelderlin. Nowadays he is a famous lightdesigner, who has worked with several German artists and will be doing the lights at the opening of the World Cup Soccer.
On December 20, 2005, the group played in Bonn, which is recorded for
RockPalast. Alas Jörg-Peter 'Büdi' Siebert
wastn't present. I've written a review of the broadcast, wich can be found here.
02. Waren Wir
03. Rare Bird
06. Come To Me
08. Sun Rays
Pictures were made by Walter P.R. Schnabel in the Harmonie in Bonn.
Christoph Noppeney is working on his own stuff, with lyrics von Christian von Grumbkow.
The fourth part of the series 'Kraut und Rüben' gave some attention to Hoelderlin and showed parts of 3 songs, which was very interesting. One of these parts, a live-recording of 'Sun rays' will be on a DVD with the Rockpalast-show, which should be released in September.
The group has written all material for the new album and they will start recording in the midst of June. In October they will do a short tour with 10 to 15 concerts. The line-up will be the same as on the Rockpalast performancs The new album will be released in January 2007 by EMI Capitol. The old albums will be re-released at the same time and the all will have some bonus-tracks.