Chris de Burgh live in Trier

On June 16th, 2009 Chris de Burgh played a concert at the Arena in Trier. I hadn’t seen him before live before, mainly because the tickets used to be somewhat expensive (especially considering travel expenses). This time I could walk to the venue and got a ticket for about 30 Euros. I sat in the last row of the “Innenraum”, right in front of the mixing desk. Needless to say, the sound was fantastic! (No ear plugs required.) The setlist offered a wide selection of classic hits, surprises and lots of songs from his latest album. The show lasted about 3.5 hours with a short intermission in between.

The audience (approx. 4000 people) appeared to have aged along with the singer on stage, so I felt pretty young. What sets Chris de Burgh apart from other artists is

  1. his voice: stunning, moving, strong, tender, amazing, unique, soaring;
  2. his songs: deceptive – ballads and catchiness were there, but also rock (“Making the Perfect Man”) and depth (“A Spaceman Came Travelling”); and
  3. his character: it’s impossible to not smile at his clumsy German stories, to not rejoice in his unconditional believe in the healing power of love, to not get touched by his pure love for music.

He played lots of songs I longed to hear (“Last Night”) and only few tracks I’d call boring (“The Mirror of the Soul”). Halfway through the concert, he sang “Borderline” without the rest of the band, accompanying himself on the piano. His hauntingly beautiful performance earned him frenetic applause that was well deserved. The one-hour long finale was filled with his great songs as well as a powerful version of Toto’s “Africa”. So attending the concert was well worth my time and money. Chris de Burgh is still one of the best voices and writers out there.

  1. Last Night
  2. Missing You
  3. Sailing Away
  4. Turn! Turn! Turn! (Byrds-Cover)
  5. Oh My Brave Hearts
  6. The Long and Winding Road (Beatles-Cover)
  7. Without You (Mariah Carey-Cover)
  8. The Mirror of the Soul
  9. Leather on My Shoes
  10. All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan-Cover)
  11. Love of the Heart Devine
  12. Moonlight and Vodka
  13. Borderline
  14. Always on My Mind (Elvis Presley-Cover)
  15. The Last Thing on My Mind (Tom Paxton-Cover)
  16. A Spaceman Came Travelling
  17. The Same Sun
  18. Where Peaceful Waters Flow
  19. The Lady in Red
  20. Africa (Toto-Cover)
  21. Making the Perfect Man
  22. The Words I Love You
  23. Bal Masque
  24. Ship to Shore / The Getaway
  25. Say Goodbye to It All
  26. Don’t Pay the Ferryman
  27. High on Emotion
  28. The Snows of New York
  29. Footsteps


  1. Johannes Schult » Blog Archive » Chris de Burgh live in Bamberg:

    […] smiling. A particular highlight this time around (itwas only my second Chris de Burgh concert after Trier 2009) was “Say Goodbye to It All”. It was preceded by “Borderline”, which […]

  2. Johannes Schult » Blog Archive » Chris de Burgh live in Trier (2013-04-05):

    […] John felt a bit out of place; and The Mirror of the Soul and Bal Masqué had already been played four years ago at the same place. Anyway, it was a pleasant concert with a solid band performance and De Burgh’s impressive […]