MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018 FINAL RANKING: after two weeks of festival fever and not on photo duty, the famous Montreux Jazz Festival comes to an end. Time for a short critical summary and band ranking, from all what I’ve seen.
1. Iggy Pop: Godfather of Punk, simply crashing the whole luxury setting of this festival with his unique intense personality. This guy would risk his life in a live show! For me sure the number one show of this year’s festival. He lost a tooth, but it was worth it!
2. Lebanon Hanover, playing a free concert at Listomania Club: second best live act I’ve seen at this festival. Dark Synth Wave, eighties style, but seriously played by two “totally tot(dead)” and cool musicians who resurrected everyone to life at the end of their show.
3. Jack White / N.e.r.d / Jamiroquai: three huge, but very different bands with one similarity: they still love what they do on stage and are completely by themselves when playing music, especially Jack White. The audience realizes their authenticity and is greatfully following their passion without being annoyed one second. Jamiroquai anyway is beyond all critics, because they delivered the best Montreux Show ever in 1995.
4. Moses Sumney / Jorja Smith / Duckwrth: best young artists: sexy, convincing, great presence on stage, innovative, all what you need for future music history! Honestly an almost Amy Winehouse respectively Prince experience.
5. Qotsa: yeah, no doubt, this is Rock music at its finest.
6. Billy Idol/Hollywood Vampires: Nice to finally see this guy on stage who was making the music we were deliberately or not dancing to as teenagers. And a cover band with famous people in it.
7. Nick Cave: narcissism is not sexy any more in the age of Trump. This music idol exaggerates on stage, behaving between David Copperfield, a Jehova’s witnesses priest, and a comedian of a 1930 silent movie. And always a little bit too much, too much self absorbed, a performance more than a music concert in the end.
8. What I missed: Conte, Zucchero, Deep Purple, Nine Inch Nails, Winwood/Morrison, Cullum; and unfortunately also Portugal the Man and Jon Hopkins. Montreux, paradise on earth: see you next year!