15 Years Dusty Road
Anniversary concert on 2 October 2004, Dancehall Arlesheim / BL
15 years of success on stage - a good reason to celebrate, look back and remember!
That Heinz and his band would not spend this special evening alone had been certain to the organizers already for a long time before the concert! The Dancehall in Arlesheim was sold out and many disappointed fans had to go home because the seat capacity of the hall was exhausted. Even before the official door opening the big interest in this special event became obvious due to a big group of people waiting at the entrance!
This concert met even the highest expectations! Heinz Flueckiger and his Dusty Road presented a musical and visual revival of the last 15 years! All musicians who had ever played in this band were invited and joined in for the respective songs of their time. Almost all of them were able to come and a happy meeting took place with Peter Urech, keyboarder and singer of the beginnings, Sylvia Lamm, the only woman who had ever joined Dusty Road, Hanspeter Gasser (bassist), Andy Bopp (e-guitarist), Andy Walther (drums) and Marcel Roth (drums). Those who had known Dusty Road for the last five years remembered specially the following guests: Pedro Sägesser (e-guitar) who managed his well-known solo in the song „The Past“ just as perfect as three years ago! Martin Weber impressed everybody with his excellent performance on the pedal-steel-guitar, like he did during his time with Dusty Road.
Later on, the violinist Mirjana was invited to the stage as a special guest!! Mirjana will participate at the Amazing Grace concerts this year. In fact she rather belongs to the classic violinists and it was therefore surprising to hear her playing the song „Lucky Man“ with Heinz. But the big surprise followed right after! Heinz and Mirjana played the „Duelin‘ Banjo“ in an unusual way with an acoustic guitar and the violin! No wonder that they received a rapturous applause for that!
Between the acts, film cuttings were shown on a large screen; of the TV spot „Blinker“ with Heinz Flueckiger, beautiful pictures of Heinz’s last year Amazing Grace church concerts, old and new video cuttings of former concerts and pictures of the Dusty Road musicians and their concerts. Frequent guests of Dusty Road concerts could even discover themselves on the pictures and notice with amazement how one had changed! Memories came up and everybody was amazed how much they had already forgotten or on the other side how much they could still remember very well! At the end of the concert, at the latest, everybody knew something for sure: the songs of Heinz Flueckiger, his great voice are unique and he still touches the audience in the middle of the heart especially with his beautiful ballads! The evening had not one boring moment, the performance was high class – music for the ear and for the eye – and of course for the soul!