Which song never gets old

It was 50 years ago that Manfred Gottschalk was on stage with his band “The Dream” in the Lindenhof in Manfort - his hair was long and curly, his trousers flared. In 1970 the Kölnische Rundschau wrote: "Manfred Gottschalk (17), solo guitar, pupil in the lower prima of Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium, convinced pacifist, would like to study art".

Only Gottschalk remains from the original line-up of the band. But the former band members also play along from time to time, he says. Today “The Dream” consists of Matthias and Manfred Gottschalk, Paul Brodkorb and Christoph Stupp, who celebrated the 50th anniversary of the band on Saturday in the Lindenhof with 600 spectators.

“The main focus was always the music of the 60s and 70s. We still play a lot of the Beatles, Beach Boys and Stones, ”says Gottschalk, leafing through a worn folder. Song texts have been handwritten scribbled on the yellowed paper. Every now and then there are a few texts, neatly typed on a typewriter, in between. Musically, The Dream has remained true to itself. The band also draws on their repertoire from the 60s to the 90s for the anniversary concert in the Lindenhof - they danced from the very first song. "We know that it's good when everyone is dancing," says Paul Brodkorb, who joined the band 36 years ago with Gottschalk's brother Matthias. "Over the years we have found that the older people are, the better the mood," says Brodkorb.

They have prepared a total of 40 songs for the evening, some were accompanied by guest musicians from Peter Lorenz and his band, as well as by the very best. The band can play 280 songs, says Gottschalk. The biggest problem was to choose forty out of them.

Ilse Fambach-Fuß heard the band for the first time on Saturday. “This is music that most of the people in this room grew up with and there are simply songs that never get old and are popular across generations,” she explains enthusiastically. Gerrit Heil confirms that the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Beach Boys don't seem to go out of style. Heil, who looks like he jumped straight into the Lindenhof hall from a record cover from the 70s, is enthusiastic about punk rock from that time. “I grew up with music from the 60s and 70s,” explains the 35-year-old.

For Gottschalk it was a personal concern that the concert should take place in the Lindenhof - not only because he was on this stage 50 years ago. "I think it's great what the Lindenhof does for children and young people," he praised the work of the facility. He will donate the proceeds from the sale of the tickets to the Lindenhof. On Saturday evening, the hall was decorated with black and white photographs that testify to the band's wild years. Today the gentlemen in the photos are a little older, but the coolness of the musicians has not lost them over the past 50 years.