Cro on Ludwigsburg concert: when panda bears become astronauts – culture

Cro kicked off his new tour in Ludwigsburg on Friday night. Photo: Simon Granville / Simon Granville

Cro celebrated a relaxing holiday in Ludwigsburg with around 4000 guests. The southern rapper proves once again his closeness to the fans.

Was there something? Maybe a pandemic? Feel nothing about this Friday night at the MHP Arena Ludwigsburg. Because that’s where the Cro tour begins, the masked man, the rapper from the south, very successful all over the German-speaking world – and in front of his stage is a hall full of about 4,000 people enthusiastically celebrating Cro’s disregard.

It has been 10 years since the talented came on stage. With his song “Easy” he achieved a hit, more followed. The translator always remained hidden behind a fluffy panda mask. Instead, he wears a stylized metallic helmet, a helmet, a new futuristic mask, and while doing casual rap he asks the public for tips on how to prevent his lenses from fogging.

The feeling of a big private holiday

Cro has always cultivated that casual, casual style. He acts spontaneously, walks around his stage, talks a few times from time to time, greets guests, celebrates his drummer birthday, starts a new song and always gives his fans the feeling that they are in a very big party , but somewhat private for being there. .

His scene consists of two escalators descending towards the middle, on which stand Cro’s companions, on which he himself poses, crouches and rhymes like a mythical creature with a microphone in a silver dress. Sometimes these steps are retreated, leaving room for abstract patterns, animated graffiti, for spatial images, lunar landscapes, cloud landscapes. And when Cro wants a red scene, specifically – he gets it, instantly.

very little love

Jeremiah of Hanover opens the evening; that Cro himself has arrived, about 20 minutes after 8pm, announces a low, buzzing science-fiction sound – and soon he stands there, in his new mask, crying for lack of emotion, wishing he could cried, singing: “Oh god I’m a croob! My heart is a circuit board, there is no love in the system!”



Cro, whose real name is Carlos Waibel, was born in Mutlangen near Schwäbisch Gmünd 32 years ago on 31 January, creating his genre of good feelings with “Raop”, his safe mix of rap and pop. On stage, he picks up the guitar, sits down at the keyboard, often sits down in order to extend his hands towards the fans, bloating slightly. He is accompanied by Flo König on drums, Tim Schwerdter on guitar, Victor Flowers on bass, Psaiko Dino as DJ. Laura Kästel from Wiesbaden, who unfortunately participated in the European Song Contest in 2019 as part of the duo “S! Sters” without success, and Wanja Janeva, born in Bulgaria, home in Berlin, are his background choir.

Bright finish

Cro gives singers a lot of space, lets their voices hold whole songs, in which he then speaks and sings. His sound is as calm as his demeanor; quite often man thinks of the soul, of funk, of places where the sun always shines. “Trip” is the name of Cro’s latest album, released a year ago, he sings seven songs by him.

He takes Julian Schmit, alias Schmyt, from Berlin to join him on stage and he worked on his song “Alles anders” in the spring – the two are now playing exactly this part. Later comes Badchieff, discovered by Cro four years ago; together bring four parts. The situation rises, finally Cro sings “Easy”, the hall cheers, the rapper leaves.

“Carlo ties his shoes,” one of the musicians explains to fans. “I have a feeling there are still one or two people standing there!” he exclaims. And now Cro is back and turning his ensemble into an even bigger celebration: “Endless Summer”, “So schön” and “Unendlichkeit” are cheering songs, with the Ludwigsburg Arena dancing and singing together. He turns once more: Cro then sits at the keyboard, puts on his sharp-edged space helmet, and sings a sad but friendly song. It’s called “The Last Song” and it is. Behind him the stars shine, the moon shines.

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