Marzabotto (BO - Italy), March 29th, 2003


The event in the event . . .

Universal BandMarch 29th 2003 at 9.00 p.m.in Marzabotto (BO - Italy), at the 'teatro comunale', an unforgettable event for every ROCKETS fan is going to be realized.

The Universal Band, a band born in internet, with musicians coming from different cities in Italy, organized the first public exibition. The objective for all the members of the band is to express their biggest passion: to play ROCKETS music! The Universal Band is today the one and only tribute band to the french group that intends to recreate their shows (costumes, lights, effects, sounds).

In the occasion of this appointment the members of the band, together with a few people committed for a long time now to keep ROCKETS name alive on the Web (among them  Benny, Synthetic Man and me) worked to make the concert a meeting for the fans and for that also the former members of the ROCKETS band were invited.

With a lot of suffering and dramatic turn of events, due to distances and respective commitments, we were able to obtain the presence of Fabrice Quagliotti and Alain Groetzinger, former keyboards and drums player, as well as the presence of the new ROCKETS singer L.B.M.

I wish to send my personal thanks to them for the availability, courtesy and kindness demonstrated!!!

The 200 seats in the theatre have been filled soon, but have been enough to allow to a lot of fans to meet after years of electronic or phone relationships.

I wish to take the opportunity to apologize with all the fans that I wasn't able to speak with personally. Little time and emotions for the event prevented me to share my time with a lot of them. . .

In the following sections I publish a few photographs taken for that occasion. I'm not a professional and I haven't got sophisticated material, but I hope that my little analogic camera has been enough to pass the emotions to people that wasn't able to be in Marzabotto.


The Universal Band concert

My deepest compliments to the Universal Band (http://www.theuniversalband.com) for being so professional, for the diligence and tenacity demonstated in the organization and realization of the show!!!

Songs played were taken among ROCKETS main successes (from 1976 to 1982) and in the central phase of the concert also the electronic drum was used.

Played songs:

- Beta-Gamma
- Anastasis
- Universal band
- Fils du ciel
- In the galaxy
- One more mission
- Astral world
- Atlantis town
- Electric delight
- Astro storm
- Some other place, some other time
- Radiate
- The martian way
- Ballade sur mars
- Synthetic man
- On the road again
- Future woman
- Galactica.

The whole concert has been registered by the band in audio/video format for the realization of a VHS+CD and DVD+CD; with images of the concert and audio taken from mixer (anyway the editing will take some time before they will be published).

Universal Band Lineup
Universal Band Lineup
Moog
Moog
Atlantis, Man, Sky and Moog
Atlantis, Man, Sky and Moog
Atlantis, Man and Vega
Atlantis, Man and Vega
Man and Vega
Man and Vega
C3PO and Moog
C3PO and Moog
Fabrice, Alain and L.B.M.
Fabrice, Alain and L.B.M.
Atlantis, Man and Vega
Atlantis, Man and Vega
Atlantis, Vega, C3PO and Moog
Atlantis, Vega, C3PO and Moog
Atlantis, Vega, C3PO and Moog
Atlantis, Vega, C3PO and Moog
Man and Vega
Man and Vega
Man, Atlantis, Ziga, Sky and Moog
Man, Atlantis, Ziga, Sky and Moog

ROCKETS attendance

At the end of the concert the Universal Band rewarded the ROCKETS with plates, as a 'thank you' for their presence and for the emotions aroused by their music.

The top of the evening was reached when after incitement of the audience Alain and Fabrice sung the timeless Venus rapsody with the Universal Band. More than twenty years have passed without seeing Alain and Fabrice playing together on stage.

The song has been followed by an exciting Drum solo by Alain that accompanied the Universal Band in playing the track 'Universal band' that ended the triumphal concert.

Fabrice and Alain
Fabrice and Alain
L.B.M., Fabrice and Alain
L.B.M., Fabrice and Alain
Fabrice in Venus rapsody
Fabrice in Venus rapsody
Fabrice in Venus rapsody
Fabrice in Venus rapsody
Fabrice and Sky in Venus rapsody
Fabrice and Sky in Venus rapsody
Alain in Venus rapsody
Alain in Venus rapsody
Alain in Drums solo
Alain in Drums solo
Alain in Universal band
Alain in Universal band

The party after the concert

At the end of the concert in the theatre took place a great party that joined all the participants in the search of autographs, in finding old memories, in sharing experiences, and on top of all in the hope to see again Fabrice, L.B.M and Alain together on stage, with the other ROCKETS members, to start a new and long adventure!!!

For the survivors there was also the time for the faster pizza of the history, followed by the audition preview of the new album, now ready. Thanks to the generosity of Fabrice and L.B.M. the fans were able to delight themselves with a few tracks that immediately wake up passions soothed by 20 years of silence and sent away the scepticism about the missing of the unmistakable ROCKETS sound in the forthcoming work (also the more doubtful changed their mind!!!).

Sky and Fabrice, both silver!!!
Sky and Fabrice, both silver!!!
L.B.M., Man, Fabrice, Atlantis, Moog, Vega, C3PO, Alain, Ziga and Sky
L.B.M., Man, Fabrice, Atlantis, Moog,
Vega, C3PO, Alain, Ziga and Sky
L.B.M., Fabrice, The Rocket Man and Alain
L.B.M., Fabrice, The Rocket Man and Alain
New ROCKETS album audition in the car
New ROCKETS album audition in the car
Alain, L.B.M. and Fabrice, The NEW ROCKETS ???!?!
Alain, L.B.M. and Fabrice,
the NEW ROCKETS have landed???!?!
Synthetic Man, Alain and The Rocket Man
Synthetic Man, Alain and The Rocket Man
GREAT Alain!!!
GREAT Alain!!!

The Back Stage

I suppose that is unnecessary to point out the great work done in the back stage for the realization of the show and the party.

I'd like to thanks the Universal Band that allowed me to join them in this adventure.

Among other people a mention is for Alberto for his great help in the good success and logistics organization.

The compliments are also for people of the service that realized a great show with their lights, lasers, smokes and sounds and to  Marzabotto authorities that placed their trusts in this happy, fanatic and silver gang of people.

The dinner the day before the concert
The dinner the day before the concert
The stage
The stage
The stage
The stage
Vega and Man at the vocoder
Vega and Man at the vocoder
C3PO and the gong
C3PO and the gong
Moog and his bass
Moog and his bass
Atlantis guitar
Atlantis guitar
Ziga and Sky synthesizers
Ziga and Sky synthesizers
Sound and voice check
Sound and voice check
Laser and lights check
Laser and lights check
The console
The console
Human and space suits!
Human and space suits!

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