Doors for VIP ticket holders open at 6:30 PM. The meet and greet will take place between 6:30 and 7 PM.
For audiences in the United States -- and, in fact, to the English-speaking world at large, the new album I Walk is an introduction to an artist whose music is fervent, personal and passionate, a singer-songwriter with stunning creative confidence. Which is perhaps to be expected, because, as one writer put it, Herbert Grönemeyer is “the biggest selling artist you’ve never heard of.” Not that he’s been invisible. Before he embarked on a musical career, he was seen on film screens in the breakout German film Das Boot, and more recently (2007), he was in the Anton Corbijn film Control. And in 2010, he wrote the evocative score for Corbijn’s arresting film The American starring George Clooney. But those intermittent appearances on the U.S. cultural radar are footnotes in the context of his musical career in Germany, where he has been the most successful recording artist of all time for the past three decades, where his album sales have surpassed 18 million copies, and two of his albums, 1984’s 4630 Bochum and 2002’s Mensch, have become the biggest German-language albums in history.
I Walk, then, is an introduction that is also a summation, a collection of songs from throughout Groenemeyer’s remarkable career, going back as far as 1985’s “Airplanes In My Head” and going forward to English translations of some of his most well-known songs, and two that are new to this project. As the website DIY wrote in October 2012 upon the U.K. release of I Walk, the the album is “Sophisticated, majestic pop, with songs ranging between love and lament, joy and grief, and always with a hint of melancholy even in the most glorious moments.” Listeners will hear sweeping and uncynical songs made to reach the upper reaches of the arenas that Groenemeyer has filled with ease, heartfelt anthems that at the same time have intimacy and emotional resonance. Even if you don’t know the narrative behind the lead-off song “Mensch,” written a year after devastating losses of his brother and his wife within a three day period, you feel the undercurrent in his performance, and in the lyric: “We lose and still we try,” he sings, and ends the song with a simple “I miss you.” On “Mensch,” Groenemeyer is accompanied by Bono, one of the guests on the album along with Antony Hegarty of Antony and The Johnsons on the dramatic “Will I Ever Learn” (“When he started singing, my skin went up,” Groenemeyer recalls) and guitarist James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers on “To The Sea.”
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