written on 15/10/2020
by and compiled by Jürgen Sokull

The Rockpalast has been on WDR* Televison since the 1970s. Right from the beginning it was more than just a TV show for rock fans. The Rockpalast became an institution, a cult programme with a fixed weekly slot and additional events and broadcasts.

Legendary are the festivals from the Grugahalle Essen or from the Loreley rock over the Rhine which were broacast live throughout Europe featuring the Who, David Bowie or ZZ Top.

The first legendary "Rockpalast" concert with o.a.: Rory Gallagher (WDR Studio 06.10.1976)

"German Television proudly presents ..." Alan Bangs and Albrecht Metzger (r) 1982 at the beginning of a  Rockpalast-Night in front of the Grugahalle Essen.

During the Corona crisis, concerts and festivals with live music and audiences had to be cancelled. The Rockpalast editorial team decided to let musicians, music makers, managers and even organisers have their say in the Back Home series and, despite restrictions, managed to have performers in CORONA SESSIONS play in places isolated by Corona.

With OFFSTAGE the concept of Corona Sessions was expanded this summer and whole concerts were recorded off the beaten track.

Matija unplugged at Rockpalast OFFSTAGE on the Ruhr near Mühlheim:

OFFSTAGE with March in the ship lift Henrichenburg:

OFFSTAGE with The Deadnotes in the railway museum Bochum:

OFFSTAGE with Sondaschule in the canteen of the University of Bochum:

Photo 1: © WDR, Photo 2 and 3: © WDR/Manfred Becker