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In July 1989, a friend from England came to visit me and brought a tape of Freiheit's Fantasy with her. Since we're both ELO fans, she thought I might like it. To say that I liked it is an understatement! I bought the LP and cassette (and later the CD), and played the album constantly. I hardly knew anything about this group. I didn't even know who played what instrument, since the album didn't say! I only knew that Stefan Zauner was the singer because my friend told me. I was determined to find out more about this band, and to track down their other recordings.
Not long afterward, I found a book called The New Trouser Press Record Guide which contained some information on the band. I still didn't know who played what instrument, but I did find out that their name was actually Münchener Freiheit, and I got a list of their album titles. At last I knew what to look for! (Later, once I knew more about the band, I realized that there was a major omission in the Trouser Press article. It said that by Herzschlag einer Stadt, Stefan Zauner was the chief songwriter, and it didn't mention Aron Strobel at all! Once I had the German albums, I realized how inaccurate this was. I wrote a letter and explained how much Aron contributed to the band, and what the writing credits were on every album. When the next edition came out, the entry had been revised.) I looked in a record collecting magazine and got in touch with someone in Germany, and soon I had the other albums. I thought it would be nice if I could understand the lyrics, so I bought some books on the German language, and eventually was able to understand the lyrics fairly well. I was glad when they started including lyric sheets with their albums, though! :)
In March 1999, I traveled from America to Germany and saw Münchener Freiheit at the Stadthalle in Leonberg on the 14th. The show was absolutely amazing! I managed to get a spot in the front row on the left side (exactly where I wanted to be), so I had a great view. Click on the links below to see my pictures from the show:
I went back to Germany in August 1999 for two more concerts. Click on the links below to see my pictures from the Domhof Festival in Vreden:
And here are my pictures from the concert at Allerpark in Wolfsburg:
I also went to Munich for a few days with a friend, and we ran into Michael Kunzi on the street. I was so surprised; I never expected that!
I went back to Germany in August 2000 and saw three more shows. Here are the pictures:
Bad Nauheim, August 11, 2000: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16
Steinberg bei Dingolfing, August 12, 2000: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
Nürnberg, August 15, 2000: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8
Here are some more Münchener Freiheit pictures (I didn't take these): Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
Click here to see some other interesting things.
All-Music Guide Biography
Say Anything soundtrack (includes "Keeping the Dream Alive")
Warwick: Famous Users (includes Michael Kunzi)
Stefan Zauner -- Narziss
Stefan Zauner -- Prism & Views
Dr. Progresso Reviews: Amon Düül II -- Pyragony X
Amon Düül II -- Pyragony X
Amon Düül II -- Almost Alive
Amon Düül II -- Only Human
Yes We Can (Artists United for Nature)
Crocodile Music's Münchener Freiheit Web site
Münchener Freiheit tour diary
Münchener Freiheit (BMG)
Hello Concerts' Münchener Freiheit page
Jascori's Münchener Freiheit Web site
Markus's Münchener Freiheit Web site (includes discography and lyrics)
Nicky's Münchener Freiheit Homepage
Münchener Freiheit Fanpage
Münchener Freiheit Fanpage
Münchener Freiheit Webcharts
Hagen concert, March 21, 1999
Deutsche Vorentscheidung 1993 - Meine Show (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, April 15, 1993)
Münchener Freiheit (DB-ShowTrain)
Laut.Stark CD-Kritik - Münchener Freiheit - Freiheit die ich meine
Really short review of Energie (called Du bist Energie für mich by mistake) (scroll down; there are a lot of short reviews on the page)
Die "Münchener Freiheit" verliert ein "e" -- mentions the band and includes quotes from Stefan Zauner
"Es gibt kein nächstes Mal"
"Keeping the Dream Alive"
"Liebe auf den ersten Blick"
"Du bist Energie für mich"
"Du bist nicht allein"
"Where Do I Belong" (Mr. President and Münchener Freiheit) (scroll down; other lyrics are on the page too)