Advertisements in local newspapers can bring good luck: “The singer is looking for a band for a record and a tour”. In 1998, Irishman Rea Garvey, who lives in Germany, was looking for comrades in arms – the birth of the Reamonn group, which enjoyed great success over the next ten years. Meanwhile, in addition to various intermediate stations in popular TV formats, Garvey has …

Advertisements in local newspapers can bring good luck: “The singer is looking for a band for a record and a tour”. In 1998, Irishman Rea Garvey, who lives in Germany, was looking for comrades in arms – the birth of the Reamonn group, which enjoyed great success over the next ten years. In the meantime, in addition to various intermediate stops in popular TV formats, Garvey is on his way on solo paths, with a group of course. On Wednesday evening, he delighted the audience at Chemnitz Theaterplatz with his charm.

The band in yellow jackets – which gives the tour their name – and Rea Garvey in sweatpants look like the guys (and the violin girl) at the gas station, a gang having a beer or ale with their boss meets a few songs and have fun. Thanks to Garvey’s chatter (in German), it quickly spread to the public. Between “Is it love” and “Live your life”, “Kiss me” and “Hey hey hey”, he tells politely and frankly how much he loves Chemnitz, that he comes from the countryside, “a street, two cows”, that he himself did not believe in his success, but that he is now proud to have achieved it together. The couples dance, a little boy sings almost all the songs – the musicians on stage and the audience can see that they are enjoying the relaxation of Corona. And Rea Garvey never tires of praising the strength of unity, “how strong we are together,” how important “family, friends, a lot of great people” are. A man from Chemnitz, the X-plosive producer, the bourgeois Thomas Keßler, receives special praise – he has produced a few Garvey songs.

The singer jumps across the stage prancing for an hour and a half, of course there is no missing old Reamonn hit “Supergirl”, a song about his wife, who he’s been together with for about 20 years – he wasn’t sure exactly. , “I’m not very good with numbers.” And that makes him also likable, like the reference to his “cool childhood”, which even seven sisters couldn’t spoil – “we had a lot of fun with little”.

The catchy songs are about living your own life, loving it, not giving up. Hardly a cliché is not omitted, but “Hey hey” also says “I am no better than the others”, I am not better than the others, and that doesn’t seem to be an understatement, but rather a conscience. self. For 90 minutes, the concert gives the feeling that you can win any fight. Rea Garvey knows this is not the case in real life. He supports initiatives for unpolluted drinking water in the Amazon region, with Reamonn he had already campaigned against child abuse, climate protection and right-wing violence. Towards the end, Rea Garvey admits that he is not the one “who can explain culture”, but that he knows that it “warms our hearts and gives us an identity”. That’s why he has to be on stage with his band and live today – “we don’t know where we will be tomorrow”. Perhaps this is the cooking philosophy a little too much: a glance at the tour schedule revealed that Erfurt and Görlitz are on the schedule after Chemnitz. Secure in front of an equally enthusiastic audience.