Czech challenge for restarted Rapid

A spectacular international friendly is about to take place in Lower Austria.

Austrian Cup finalists Rapid Vienna face Czech side Bohemians Prague at Melk’s Schuberth Stadium tomorrow (4.30pm), with youth matches to start already at 2pm.

Bohemians, which were founded in 1905, are coached by former FK Austria and Sturm Graz midfielder Martin Hasek. Ex-Rapid playmaker Antonin Panenka is the club’s president.wac7

Meanwhile it’s time to start anew for Rapid after a terrible last season. Despite remarkable performances in domestic and European knockout competitions, Rapid fans went through tough times. Having finished in seventh place, Rapid bosses are currently trying to carry out reasonable changes of the squad. New director of sports Zoran Barisic is not expected to push through a radical restructuring.

Attacking midfielder Taxiarchis Fountas joined Rapid from SKN St. Pölten, the former club of Rapid coach Dietmat Kühbauer. The Green-Whites also signed ex-BSC Young Boys defender Thorsten Schick. Barisic will be on high alert in the coming weeks to avoid losing Thomas Murg, Boli Bolingoli and Richard Strebinger, the team’s most valuable assets. All three are considering leaving the club, according to reports.

>> http://www.scmelk.at

>> http://www.skrapid.at

>> http://www.bohemians.cz

Pasta Roach

Papa Roach have caused pure pandemonium in Bologna as the nu metal veterans put in a thrilling performance – despite some setlist and sound controversy.1

Scheduled to perform at Estragon Club the next day – a rather inhospitable tent on the outskirts of the Italian city – the band published a photo showing them putting the finishing touches to an unplugged interpretation of some part of their oeuvre. However, the noughties hitmakers abstained from playing a laid-back version of any of their ballads or rock tunes. Instead, singer Jacoby Shaddix commemorated late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and deceased Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell before launching straight into an electrifying interpretation of The Prodigy’s “Firestarter”.

Papa Roach kicked off the show with the title track of their new album, “Who do you trust?”. The record was met with mixed reviews due to the band’s sudden focus on pop. Continuing with “Between Angels and Insects” and “Getting away with Murder”, guitarist Jerry Horton and his bandmates played mediocre new songs like “Elevate” and “Not the only one” as the outstanding new tracks “The Ending” and “On Top of the World” have not made the cut.

Founded in Vacaville, California, in 1993, the battle-hardened four-piece – whose song “Last Resort” propelled them to global stardom back in 2000 – might reach broader audiences with sing-along songs such as “Feels like Home”. But “Who do you trust?” will eventually turn out to be more hype than substance – in contrast to their gripping hard rock albums “The Connection”, “Crooked Teeth” and the dramatically undervalued “F.E.A.R.”

“Last Resort” and “Born for Greatness” sealed a sweaty and intense night overshadowed by the horrific acoustics of a venue utterly unfit to host internationally celebrated artists like Papa Roach.

Hello hello, I’m at a place called Vertigo

Vienna’s prime location for contemporary art is presenting a selection of artworks that may leave you confused.

MUMOK’s (1Museum of Modern Art) “Vertigo. Op Art und eine Geschichte des Schwindels” (Op Art and a history of deception) mainly consists of 20th century sculptures and installations. However, curators Eva Badura-Triska and Markus Worgötter have considered artworks dating back to the 16th century. While some installations instantly create an intense experience, others surely catch spectators off guard as there is no easy way to decipher their meaning or message.

This fascinating labyrinth cements the museum’s reputation as Austria’s contemporary art trailblazer.

>> http://www.mumok.at

The manic MP

A celebrated television presenter has embarked on an extraordinary stage project.

Christoph Grissemann – co-host of late night hit “Willkommen Österreich” – has teamed up with Manfred Engelmayr to turn a 17th century diary into a theatre project that will make your mind boggle.

Sporting wigs reminiscent of anything between Louis XIV and Brian May, the duo presents the most hilarious parts of the bulky notes of Samuel Pepys, a London-based Navy administrator and MP.

With his distinctive raspy voice, a rhetorically brilliant Grissemann reads Pepys’ comments on the Great Fire and heated arguments with his wife – impersonated in the most bizarre way by Engelmayr. Another showstopper is the part where he slams a performance of “Romeo & Juliet”. Totally unaffected by the consequences of his depraved acts, Pepys minutely documented all kinds of occurrences – from vomiting after an excessive feast to groping his maid.

As far as the musical element is concerned, Grissemann and Engelmayr rely on their Neil Youngesque voices and Engelmayr’s guitar skills. “Die Samuel Pepys Show” certainly does not fit the common Austrian Kabarett bill. But its satirical potential has quickly found many fans as the first few performances sold out in no time. Grissemann and Engelmayr will hit the stage again at Kabarett Niedermair on the 3rd of October and the 6th of November. Visit http://www.niedermair.at for ticket information.