This month's "Boot of the Month" is Rory's performance at Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt, Germany on October 24, 1973. Frankfurt lies on the banks of the Main river, just 20 miles east of its junction with the Rhine. The fifth largest city in Germany, it was named the wealthiest city in the European Union in 2001. Frankfurt, or "Bankfurt" as it is sometimes called, is the seat of the European Central Bank and its Stock Exchange is one of the two largest financial centers in continental europe, rivaled only by the Exchange in Paris. With a skyline dotted with numerous skyscrapers, Frankfurt invariably draws comparisons to New York City, giving rise to such nicknames as, "Main-hatten" or "The Big Äppel", the latter a reference to the hard cider widely consumed in the region.
The Jahrhunderthalle was the architectural genius of Friedrich Wilhelm Kraemer and constructed in the Hoechst district of Frankfurt in 1961-63. The domed hall is a mixture of glass and curved concrete and is the home of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and a center for the international ballet scene. The large airy facility can seat an audience of upwards to 2500 persons and has seen its share of famous artists, including Janis Joplin's one and only appearance in Germany on April 12, 1969. You can click HERE to see a video clip uploaded to youtube of her performing "A Piece of My Heart" at the Jahrhunderthalle.
Rory performed at the Jahrhunderthalle on October 24, 1973. Having just recently completed the American leg of his Tattoo tour, Rory flies to Germany for the start of the European leg of the tour. So have a listen to vintage rockin' blues as Rory Gallagher takes "Main-hatten".