AC/DC jamming with Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielson during rehearsals for the German music TV show “‘Rockpop’ in 1979. You can see footage of Cheap Trick on ‘Rockpop,’here.
Today I have the perfect remedy for it sadly being Monday—again!—some incredible footage of bands such as Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kraftwerk, AC/DC, Suzi Quatro, and a number of other notable musical acts performing on German music television’s Rockpop in the late 70s.
Suzi Quatro performing on “Rockpop” in 1979
Rockpop was aired on German public-service television broadcaster, ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) starting in 1978 and running until 1982. The show would feature several performances from its diverse selection of musical guests on each episode. Some even performed live, not just miming along to their tunes, like AC/DC, Suzi Quatro, and Wayne County & the Electric Chairs did in 1979.
I’m especially fond of the clip of Siouxsie & The Banshees performing their 1978 single, “Hong Kong Garden” on Rockpop in 1979 (during which a 22-year-old Siouxsie Sioux does a sweet punk rock aerobic routine on stage) to a virtually motionless, rather serious-looking studio audience. In addition to the bands I’ve already mentioned in this post, I’ve also included clips from Rockpop featuring heavy metal heroes like the Scorpions and Judas Priest because the crystal clear footage (in most cases), is just too good not to share.
AC/DC performing “Highway to Hell” live on ‘Rockpop’ live in September of 1979.
Suzi Quatro performing her 1978 cover of Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” live on ‘Rockpop’ in 1979.
Kraftwerk performing “The Robot” (originally “Die Roboter”) on ‘Rockpop’ in April of 1978.
Wayne County & the Electric Chairs performing “Cry of Angels” and “Too Much to Dream” on “Rockpop” in October of 1979.
Siouxsie & The Banshees performing “Hong Kong Garden” on ‘Rockpop’ 1979.
Judas Priest performing “Rock Forever” on ‘Rockpop,’ October, 1978.
Scorpions performing “He’s a Woman, She’s a Man” on ‘Rockpop’ in June of 1978.