Hamburg’s rock & metal scene in times of corona – BLACK HAWK

Covid-19 and the taken measures have a big impact on everybody individually, but have also an impact on the music business. Enough of a reason to reach out to clubs, bands,… in the greater Hamburg area to see what the situation is and how everybody can stand together to go though this. Today we continue with Hamburg’s metal veterans Black Hawk and frontman Udo Bethke, describing how the corona crisis affects the band.

Markus’ Heavy Music Blog: Udo, what were your first thoughts when an imminent lockdown became apparent in the course of March? 

Udo Bethke: First thought was: ”That’s a load of crap”. Especially the release of our new album ‘Destination Hell’ didn’t fit at all. Unfortunately we had to cancel or postpone our release parties and shows because of Corona and we can’t promote the album properly.

MHMB: The scheduled Black Hawk live shows, to what extent can these shows be moved to a later date?

Udo: We had to cancel five shows so far, but we try to catch up on all shows as soon as possible.

MHMB: The situation is devastating for the music business. How hard has it hit you and to what extend does governmental financial aid reaches you?

Udo: Thank God we don’t do this full-time. We only lack the income for the shows but we’ll make up for it.

MHMB: Did you guys ever get to a point during the last few weeks, thinking that the Corona crisis might lead to the end of the band?

Udo: Yes, because we can’t rehearse at the moment. Not being able to play shows and so on brought the thought to my mind. But no, we will continue and we will continue with a mindset of “Now more than ever!”

MHMB: Beside all the drama, do you also feel a new solidarity between bands, fans and clubs and how does this become noticeable?

Udo: Well, everyone is going through the same thing at the moment. But a new solidarity between the bands is not very noticeable now. At least not with us. Actually we always had a good connection to the bands in Hamburg before. 

MHMB: Nobody knows right now what will come next. Festivals and bigger events are cancelled until the end of August. What is your cautious guess about concerts in the future? How do you think such concerts could look like?

Udo: Maybe concerts could take place on a smaller scale. I hope that we can play our shows in July, especially since the show on 11.07. at Logo in Hamburg is our 40th anniversary. It would be really bad if it would be cancelled. If it does get cancelled though, we will make up for this show as well!

MHMB: I think that the Corona crisis makes clear to everybody how crucial live music is. Only when you don’t have concerts anymore, you see how important they are. To what extent can music fans support you to survive the crisis?

Udo: Of course it would be great if people would buy our CD’s, Merch etc. right now. That would help us a lot at the moment. 

MHMB: Udo, thanks for making some time. Is there anything else from your side you would like to mention?

Udo: We hope that everyone will get through this time well and healthy so that we can meet again soon before and on stage.

In this sense, stay healthy and listen to Heavy Metal!

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