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Music: Thees Uhlmann defies Corona – half a million fans at shows


Despite pandemic difficulties, singer Thees Uhlmann has been attracting large audiences during a tough time for artists. His tour with 170 performances just ended with a positive conclusion.

One of the busiest German pop artists, the singer, songwriter and author Thees Uhlmann (48), found a lot of audience even during the difficult Corona period. With the tour for the third solo album “Junkies & Scientologists” released exactly three years ago (September 20, 2019) and other performances, the native of Lower Saxony from Hemmoor near Cuxhaven attracted half a million visitors, according to his label.

After more than 170 concerts, “the longest and most successful tour of his more than 20-year career” ended on Saturday in Berlin’s Columbiahalle, as the Hamburg record company Grand Hotel van Cleef announced. The record of the musician, often referred to as “German Bruce Springsteen”, reached number 2 in the German charts in 2019 – like the previous album. The song “Thanks for the Fear” was a homage to US horror writer Stephen King, who turns 75 this Wednesday (September 21).

In addition to larger band and solo performances, Uhlmann also played in a trio, gave reading concerts with the bestselling author Benedict Wells (38, “From the End of Loneliness”) or organized open-air gigs with his colleagues as “WiebuschBosseUhlmann”. Aki Bosse and Marcus Wiebusch (Kettcar).

The fan of the Hamburg football club FC St. Pauli is a founding member and singer of the band Tomte. He has also published books with Kiepenheuer & Witsch (“Sophia, der Tod und ich”, “Thees Uhlmann über Die Toten Hosen”). A live album by Uhlmann and his band is due to be released at the beginning of December via the Grand Hotel van Cleef.

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