„Mitten im Leben. Und du packst es an. Alles ist möglich, sag einfach: Ja, ich kann!“ ("In the middle of life. And you go about it. Everything is possible, just say: Yes, I can!") - For more than 50 years now Udo Jürgens has been delighting his fans of every age group with also more than 50 released albums and more than 1000 composed songs. The art to sometimes raise critical topics together with his extraordinary qualities of entertainment earns him respect as well as appreciation from fans and musical colleagues.
No wonder that the guest list of the big ZDF spectacular on the occasion of Udo Jürgens' 80. birthday, which was recorded on September 1 in "Rothaus Arena" in Freiburg, is like the "who is who" of the music industry: Chris de Burgh, Annett Louisan, Helene Fischer, David Garrett, Christina Stürmer, Lang Lang, Tim Bendzko, José Carreras, Santiano, Otto Waalkes, La BrassBanda, Schiller, Yvonne Catterfeld and Jamie Cullum did not want to miss duly celebrating the birthday child and to congratulate him with interpretations of his own hits. Pepe Lienhard Orchestra, who firmly has been on Udo Jürgens' side for decades, also made for an extraordinary party, of course. Sometimes loud, sometimes quiet, sometimes funny, sometimes contemplative, sometimes rock, sometimes sweet this red-letter evening had become a well-rounded event.
On October 18 ZDF will show at prime-time 8:15 p.m. the atmospheric birthday spectacular precisely entitled "Mitten im Leben".
Already on October 17 the double-CD "Mitten im Leben - Das Tribute Album" will be released containing cover versions of the big spectacular plus original recordings. Those who are in the middle of life believing that the sun will always rise and that the devil made booze, but not Greek wine, will not be able to get around this 2-CD.
From October 24, 2014 on Udo Jürgens will tour Germany again with the Pepe Lienhard Orchestra. He will also perform in Austria and Switzerland. For exact tour dates please go to: www.udojuergens.de.
In time before the start of the tour on October 24, 2014 MELODIE DER WELT released the songbook of the new album “Mitten im Leben” (piano/vocal edition) containing twelve new songs and four intermezzi by Udo Jürgens, arranged by Prof. Gerhard Weihe.
Further information can be found in the chapter “sheet music”. The songbook is commercially available at a price of € 29.99 (order no.: 239218/93/10, ISMN 979-0-2049-0532-4).