The first tour after the compulsory Corona break is also the big farewell for the band City. The concerts are mainly played in East Germany.

“The last round” begins: The Berlin band City is now going on tour again after the death of their drummer and after the compulsory Corona break – and at the same time says goodbye to the stage.

The six-month farewell tour begins on Friday in Potsdam. On December 30, singer Toni Krahl, guitarist Fritz Puppel, keyboarder Manfred Hennig and violinist Georgi “Joro” Gogow will be on stage together for the last time. Drummer Klaus Selmke died of cancer in May 2020.

The band, whose members are between 70 and 77 years old, is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Toni Krahl told the dpa about the plans the musicians had before the death of their drummer: “The goal formulated together with Klaus was to successfully exceed 50 years. After this heavy loss, however, it became clear to us: We will not open a new chapter without Klaus. »

Over 30 concerts planned

More than 30 concerts are planned until the end of the year – most of them in East Germany. But the tour also goes to Hamburg and Hanover. The tour ends in Berlin, where City played their very first concert in East Germany on February 4, 1972: on December 29 and 30 in the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

And what’s next after that? The 72-year-old singer told dpa: “I think I can speak for everyone, we’ll remain musicians even after the last concert. Music is too important for each of us, but you don’t always need the big stage.”