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Peter Rüchel r.i.p.

February 21st, 2019

Very saddened to hear of Rockpalast’s director Peter Rüchel’s passing, he was a wonderful friend and we shared some great times together.  

Peter and I first met in Köln ’76, when Rory and his band performed an in studio programme, for WDR. 

Some time later, while having Rory’s Stramp P.A. & backline upgraded at that factory, in Hamburg, the owner Peter Strüvan took a call from Peter Rüchel enquiring about having a mega system p.a. system built for a special concert, though he didn’t know when the show would happen, as it was dependant on a future heavyweight boxing match. The idea being that instead of WDR shutting down at midnight (as was the norm for television then), Rockpalast would be given the ‘overnight’ time to broadcast a live concert, until the fight time (which usually would be about 5 a.m.).

As the scenario wasn’t clear, I was put on the phone with Peter Rüchel, next day, I would find myself on a train from Hamburg down to Köln and having a meeting with both Peter and his director colleague Christian Wagner. 

Many ideas and recommendations were explored with the guys, for their innovative and ambitious project. Eventually, it all came together on the 23rd. June ’77 and features as a major highlight of Rory’s career. 

My condolences to Peter’s family and all his colleagues at Rockpalast and WDR.



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