|Big Bad Shakin', The Wildest Stage Act in Germany
About Big Bad Shakin'
The rockers first got together in the summer of 1997 when they were asked to replace the headline Rock 'n' Roll act at an open air gig with an audience of about 2.000 Bikers, Rockers, Teds, Cats and Kittens, Grannies and Teens. It was this gig and the RockPopHipHop-aberration of the 1990s combined with each band members' R'n'R obsession to start kickin' butts with a big, bad project to get their audience shakin' their bones. The result is what today has become known as Big Bad Shakin'!
Their main influences are definitely not to be found in the vintage Rockabilly 1950s sound, but rather Shakin' Stevens & The Sunsets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers, Ronnie Dawson as well as J.B. Hutto from the 1960s to the 1980s! The Big Bad Shakin' style combines laid back coolness with overdrive in both their music and the spectacular stage show. Their colourful performance is razor-sharp Rock 'n' Roll that clearly shows its roots - Rhythm and Blues - at any time. Forceful drive, massive guitar licks, a pumpin' piano combined with action-packed stage appearance is what Big Bad Shakin' are all about.
Their work resulted in sharing the stage with Crazy Cavan (UK) and the singer and Hollywood movie wildman Johnny "Man On The Moon-Guru" Legend (USA). In May 2003 Big Bad Shakin' performed with the German top movie legend Rolf Zacher. He - being a combination of US stars Al Pacino and Robert de Niro - received various high-ranking awards such as the Bundesfilmpreis - the German Oscar - and the Charlie Chaplin Shoe.
Big Bad Shakin' are:
Crazy Shakin' Soeren Heinze (voc, p)
Like his name suggests, he's the crazy and shakin' part of the band: "He gives the audience the Rock 'n' Roll entertainment absolution" (Dynamite, D). Having toured as a Boogie Woogie solo artist for years (UK, D, USA, ESP), Shaky has developed a relentless style present whenever he plays the 88 keys!
Hombre Hannez (voc, g)
Sang (D, USA) and played his guitar during the early 1980s with the Rockabilly band "The Sundowners-Berlin" (Rockhouse Rec./NL). In the mid-90s he founded the Western Music combo "Doc Thomas and his Honky Tonkin' Music Lovers (Part Rec./D, Armadillo Rec./CH) and has now found his rockin' family in Big Bad Shakin'. In the past he toured and played with Johnny Legend, Ray Campi, "Mr. Blues Suede Shoes" Carl Perkins, Sleepy LaBeef and Marvin "Bluebird" Rainwater.
Big J. Rocket (b)
Finally having arrived from elsewhere he already played in a number of Rockabilly and Blues bands in the former East Germany. After playing with a number of dubious combos he finally joined in and is now with Big Bad Shakin' to follow his vocation as double bass slapper and beer-drinking daddy.
"Dangerous" Sven Kuester (d)
The "Earl of Ludwig", having played countless gigs with Big Bad Shakin' ever since, has now fully returned to his Rock 'n' Roll roots and joined Big Bad Shakin' in June 2004. Playing his very own fugu-style he really kicks any audiences' socks off right from the start.
Frank "Magic" Naehring (harp, voc), bandleader of the Retrorockets
Paul Griesbach (sax)
Big Bad Shakin' at the 2nd Czech Rumble, 2005
On July 30th, 2005, Big Bad Shakin' did a tremendous job backing Wild Bob Burgos at the 2nd Czech Rumble in Kralovstvi (Czech Republic), as well as playing a fantastic wild rock 'n' roll set of their own. Pictures and slideshows of the event can be viewed at Wild Bob Burgos' own website: www.wildbobburgos.co.uk (choose "Czech Rumble" from the main menu).
Phone: +49 (0)30 86422573
Rock 'n' Roll Enterprises
21 Grove Terrace
Penarth, Vale Of Glamorgan
CF64 2NG, South Wales, UK
Phone: +44 (0)2920 704279
Germany & The Continent Bookings:
Phone: +49 (0)228 4337677
Courtesy of Sören Heinze