An Open Letter to Fans and Friends of The Hooters return to news

Rob Hyman

October 2005
"Making Time Stand Still"

Greetings to one and all, as we have recently returned from another round of summer touring, our third in as many years. I think we're starting to like this...all over again.

The concerts of The Hooters - Live 2005 were mostly in Germany, with a quick trip to Switzerland. And though we fondly remember the days of coming home with European currency in all shapes, sizes and colors, would someone please urge the Swiss to make life easier for us touring musicians and switch over to Euros please?!

After taping a TV special in Munich, we spent a week rehearsing some new songs in Aschaffenburg, a small town outside of Frankfurt, and then we hit the road.

We played a variety of venues, from big Open-Air Festivals (Berlin, Rastatt) to city-wide, week-long celebrations (Hessentag, Weilburg) to private Gala tent-parties (Tuttlingen) with the usual mix of sweaty, rock 'n' roll clubs thrown in for good measure (Nuremberg, Augsburg, Mainz).

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Aschaffenburg

Aschaffenburg


Weilburg
Weilburg

And of course, there's always an incredibly scenic or historic site, this year being the amazing Kaiserthermen, an acoustically perfect amphitheatre on the site of ancient Roman baths in Trier, said to be Germany's oldest city. And that means old...what a great gig!

Wherever we went, we left the place "Hooterized", felt the incredible energy and vocal prowess of the fans, and basically had a blast. Special thanks to our devoted and tirelessly enthusiastic crew, drivers, and tour managers, for making every night happen no matter what obstacles came our way. Also, hats off to Willi Englehorn, George Hoffman and Staff at Shooter Promotions in Frankfurt, who have really believed in taking this show back out on the road. Of course, much love and thanks to everyone at Cornerstone Management, here at home, for hanging with us over 20 years now. This has been a memorable time for all of us.

A little Hooter History...After 15 years of writing, recording and touring world-wide, we simply needed a break. So despite all the rumors, we never really "broke up" - we just took some much-needed time off. And after becoming semi-responsible adults, with families, kids, homes, dogs, studios in our homes, more kids, more dogs, and bigger studios....well, it made us miss the live stage more than a little bit. We believe this is a band that is best heard live, and after some coaxing from DJ Pierre Robert, our close friend and supporter at WMMR for all these years, the Hooters reunited in November, 2001, for his 20th anniversary party at the Spectrum, in Philadelphia. Seems we weren't done rocking after all.

Just as Live-Aid was 10 minutes that changed our lives, the half-hour Spectrum show had an equally profound effect. We played that Thanksgiving Eve with a vengeance, and it really did feel like time was standing still (more on that later).

All we knew was, we needed to do this more often. With one more U.S. show under our collective belts at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia on Memorial Day, 2003, we dusted off the road cases, dug out the album lyric sheets, restrung the guitars, restrapped the accordions, and bought some new stage shoes (John took us shopping).

We had one production rehearsal in Germany, in June, 2003 and hit the road. From the very first show - a field in Munsingen with more cows than people at first - the Hooters were off and running. Three tours later, we're still energized, especially after trying out a number of new songs onstage last summer in Europe. And though most of our touring activity has been in Deutschland, we look forward to future shows back in the States, as well as the other wonderful countries we've visited.

In a way, we are trying to make "Time Stand Still", the opening song of our last tour. When the lights go down, and the volume cranks up, time does seem to stop, and something magical and celebratory takes place. All of which brings us back to square one - getting back onstage, playing new songs, and writing for a new album after all these years. We can't promise when (or even if) it will be "soup", but we endeavor to come up with a bunch of new tunes that will be fun to record, and even more fun to play, night after night, for you - the loving and loyal Hooters fans. You know who you are, and on behalf of Eric, John, Fran and Davey, we thank all of you, in the States and abroad, for this most amazing ride and opportunity, and we'll continue to do our best not to let you down.

Rob Hyman/The Hooters

Trier Amphitheatre
Trier Amphitheatre


Hessentag
Hessentag


On The Road Again!
On The Road Again!


Final Show-Heilbronn
Final Show-Heilbronn


Frankfurt Opera House
Frankfurt Opera House


Berlin Open-Air
Berlin Open-Air


 

Photo images © 2005 Rob Hyman, used with permission
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