: Pur and friends take fans to “Adventure Land”

Pur and friends take fans to “Adventure Land”

Singer Hartmut Engler gives everything on stage.  Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa

Singer Hartmut Engler gives everything on stage. photo

© Bernd Thissen/dpa

Outside war and fear of inflation, inside German pop for the heart and the common escape to the “adventure country”. The sold-out concert of “Pur and Friends” delighted more than 68,000 spectators.

In times of fear of inflation and the danger of war, the longing for harmony and songs to hook increases. The concert by Hartmut Engler’s German pop band “Pure” and well-known musical guests such as Peter Maffay, Max Giesinger and Cassandra Steen served these wishes perfectly on Saturday evening.

In the sold out with over 68,000 visitors Veltins Arena by Schalke 04, “Pur” warmed the hearts of the audience, some of whom had enthusiastically followed the band and their now 60-year-old frontman from Bietigheim-Bissingen in Swabia for decades.

Many visitors sang along with the songs right from the start – the first people already sang the “Pur” anthems in the tram on the way to the stadium. When Engler intoned his best-known hit “Abenteuerland” in a duet with Giesinger, he had a chorus of thousands of fellow singers behind him who knew the lyrics well.

Double anniversary concert

The band “Pur” has existed for 40 years and with “Abenteuerland” in 1995 they released one of the most successful music albums in Germany to date. “Pur” has been coming to the Schalke stadium for 20 years and has invited prominent musicians.

With Peter Maffay he had won an absolute size of the music business – including his legendary “You have to go over seven bridges”. Max Giesinger Of course, “auf Schalke” didn’t omit his hit “80 million”, which became known at the 2016 European Football Championship.

The roof of the stadium was closed – a communal living room feeling in the stadium, which was sold out to the last seat. There was plenty of music for more than three hours and also beyond the scheduled end of the concert at 11:00 p.m. The 68,000 thanked them with “Oh, how beautiful” chants.

A new album will be released in November Engler presented a song (“Full Being”) for the first time. The band will be touring again next year with the new programme. Here, too, the heart plays a strong role. Title of the new album: “Personal”.


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