Rock palace

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The logo in the familiar neon tube look
Rockpalast logo directly under the Rock-am-Ring lettering, 2003

The Rockpalast is a television broadcast by WDR . It was first produced between 1974 and 1986, then again from 1995. From 1990 to 1994 the program was broadcast with the title Rocklife , the concept of which was based on the Rockpalast.

The Rockpalast was best known for the Rockpalast Nacht , a six-hour live broadcast broadcast across Europe with performances by internationally known bands and musicians. Peter Rüchel is the inventor of the Rockpalast together with director Christian Wagner . In 2003 Peter Rüchel said goodbye to the active part of the program at the Rock-am-Ring Festival , but remained loyal to Rockpalast as a consultant and editor of the Rockpalast DVD series. His successor was Peter Sommer .

From 1977 to 1986 so-called Rockpalast Nights were held, each of which was broadcast live from the Grugahalle in Essen . The live broadcasts, which lasted several hours, presented top-class international top acts and previously unknown artists.

The first Rockpalast festival was broadcast on the night of July 23rd to 24th, 1977; Rory Gallagher , the group Little Feat and Roger McGuinn's Thunderbyrd performed live as musicians in Germany, Austria, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The rock nights were broadcast in parallel by WDR radio and other radio stations, so that TV viewers could hear the music in stereo, since television only broadcast mono at the time.

The Rockpalast was moderated for a long time by the music journalist Alan Bangs and Albrecht Metzger , who made a special note of the Rockpalast with his introduction "German Television proudly presents - Dear friends, we are our guests today at the Rockpalast: ...".

The title melody of the Rockpalast is the beginning of the track Believe in Me from the 1975 album Hotline by the J. Geils Band .

The Rockpalast crew interviewed Matisyahu before his performance at Summerjam 2013

As part of the Rockpalast, broadcasts on individual concerts and various festivals such as the Bizarre Festival , Burg-Herzberg Festival , Crossroads Festival, Area4 , Wacken , Rock am Ring , Haldern Pop Festival or the open-air festivals on the Loreley have been and will be produced.

Between 1981 and 1986 there was also a Rockpalast radio show on WDR radio. The moderators were Peter Rüchel and Alan Bangs. In terms of content, the two-hour music program (Thursdays, 10 pm– midnight) dealt mainly with bands and musicians who were also presented in the television program. Peter Rüchel played at least one song by his favorite musician Bruce Springsteen on every radio show .

In September 2015, the WDR returned to the Loreley with the Rockpalast. The occasion was the 20th birthday of the German band In Extremo . The sold out two-day "20 True Years" festival was accompanied and recorded by the Rockpalast.


  • The Rockpalast book. The first seven years. Sounds-Verlag, Hamburg 1982, ISBN 3-923207-05-0 .
  • Rock palace. Peter Rüchel's memories. With photos by Manfred Becker, Thomas von der Heiden and Rainer Leigraf. Edel, Hamburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-941376-06-9 .

Web links

Commons : Rockpalast  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Thorsten Sellheim: The history and importance of the Rockpalast  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 102 kB)@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /