Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby
Hotel Fürstenhof, 2009
It’s like one of those freaky-bizarre scenes in David Lynch films: Wreckless Eric just got up, his hair is still dishevelled. He points his eyes directly at the camera, lectures about Rock’n’Roll, Chinese workers and the correct way to coil up a lead (like a lasso!) while screwing around on his broken amplifier. He talks more than he plays music – but that’s exactly what he does on stage as well. Eric and his wife Amy Rigby form a congenial duo, they complete each other in ways of music, conversation and entertainment. With dark, British humour, grotesque stories about life in general and the music business in particular and – if nothing else – a decades-spanning catalogue of inspirational songs between Sixties-Beatpop, Punk and a more mellow Singer/Songwriter approach, Eric and Amy in no instant let boredom come up during their two-hours-plus shows. Even in the morning after, while trying to get Eric’s amp going in the lobby of their hotel, they are perfect, eloquent and totally unpretentious entertainers. And they know how to fucking fix an amp.
Fürstenhof is a popular accommodation for alternative musicians on tour. The family-run hotel on Neubaugürtel next to Westbahnhof offers special discounts for artist. The house was built more than a century ago; dark red carpets, wooden furniture as well as the dedicated family working behind the counter all contribute to an old-fashioned, yet warm and friendly ambiance. The wall in the lobby is full of photos from bands that have chosen to stay at Fürstenhof. It is quite likely to have breakfast next to some musicians in here. During the Bluebird-Festival the number of musicians might have even outreached the number of non-artists.