"Tonight is going to rock!" It was with these words that initiators Professor Hans Georg Näder and Peter Maffay opened the 2012 Eichsfeld Festival this past Saturday. Around 25,000 music fans followed the invitation to experience top-class live performances in the Marktstraße of Duderstadt that day. Peter Maffay, Ich + Ich and four regional special guests did more than just wow the audience with their benefit concert. Professor Näder and Peter Maffay collected donations of around EUR 155,000 for their joint "Safe Zones for Children" child welfare project.
The gigantic music arena in the downtown area already began filling with numerous spectators around noon. At 3:00 pm the festival community listened intently to the bells of St. Cyriakus Church as they rang in the event. When Peter Maffay, Adel Tawil and Ottobock CEO Professor Näder took the stage, they were met by thunderous applause from all directions. Their opening speech launched an unforgettable music event.
Nine hours of pure emotion
The concert was kicked off by the youngsters HansMs. With outstanding interpretations of current rock songs and many of their own acoustic pieces, the trio enchanted the crowd. The Birkungen cover band Princess Jo, familiar from the 2009 Eichsfeld Festival, lured more and more spectators onto the Marktstraße with classic rock such as "Private Dancer" and "What's a Woman". The Maffay Support Project also scored points with classics as well as current hits. 15 musicians from popular regional bands got together as local heroes exclusively for this benefit concert. Hillbilly Schmitt and the Bluehoon Boys proved that the weather cannot dampen high spirits with rockabilly in the rain. In bell-bottoms and Elvis quiff, the four musicians revived popular songs by Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
At 8:00 pm on the dot, euphoria spread in an instant from St. Cyriakus to St. Servatius Church. Thousands of fans welcomed the pop music project Ich + Ich to the stage. During the 90-minute performance, lead singer Adel Tawil proved with his show that he is "from the same star" as his audience. He presented hits such as "Stark", "So soll es bleiben" and "Pflaster" in close contact with fans. A spectacular light show lit up the entire downtown area like "the sun at night" when darkness fell. Thunder rolled across the Marktstraße and once again attracted attention to the stage. Longtime friends Professor Näder and Peter Maffay rolled into the limelight on their Harleys – kicking off the finest German rock.