|Estimated value:||€3 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||Musician|
Peter Brings is a musician and a founding member of the band Brings. The band was formed in 1990 by brothers Peter and Stephan Brings. Brings is a Cologne dialect band.
Shortly after the band was founded, their first album, Zwei Zoote Minsche, was released in 1991. In this context, it was important for the two brothers to differentiate themselves from other people. Peter Brings said immediately after the release of the debut album: “Any direct reference to Cologne would have been deadly. We could have registered right away for the pompous session with Prince Carnival.”
In the two following years the album Kasalla came out in 1992 and the album Hex’n’Sex in 1993. The two brothers also had the opportunity to perform as support alongside Billy Idol and as Transvision Vamp for Simple Minds in Cologne in 1991 and at Rock am Ring in 1993. Another highlight in the band’s history is a performance in the sold-out sports hall in Cologne, also in 1993. Television, in the form of the WDR station, also became aware of the band and from 1993 helped them to perform several times on the Rockpalast show. Also among the highlights early in their career were appearances as the opening act for AC/DC, Simple Minds and Tom Petty.
With their first big hit Nur mer zwei, the two brothers and their bandmates made it to number 56 in the German charts. Other well-known songs such as Katharina, Ali, Nix is Verjesse, Ehrenfeld and Bis ans Meer can be heard on the record, which by the way was even intended as a song for the film Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. The song Handvoll ze fresse was even voted “Song of the Year” on SWR3.
Incidentally, Peter Brings also caused a stir with his own political goals. He performed with the well-known AG ass huh along with a concert in 1992 on the Chlodwigplatz in Cologne. With more than 100,000 spectators, it was the biggest concert Peter Brings had had up to that point. He was also able to win over the long-standing guitarist of the band BAP, Klaus Heuser, as the producer of several songs. He produced the albums Zwei Zoote Minsche, Kasalla, Fünf and Fünf+4 with and for him.
In the years that followed, Brings became a little quieter until the year 2000. With the song Superjeilezick, which was based on the song Those Were the Days, the band around Peter Brings had the greatest success up to that point. Especially during the Cologne carnival, the song, which was actually just about a birthday song for the band, became a long-running hit. In 2001, in a collaboration with the Wise Guys, the song Stolz was recorded for the album Very Far Forward.
In addition, after the unexpected success of the song Superjeilezick, there was an intensive discussion among the band members about the band’s musical style, which tended away from classic rock and more towards party and mood music.
Further stations of the band were the UZ press festival in Cologne in 2003. In addition, Brings was able to land another hit during the 2004 carnival season with Soing Poppe, Kaate, Danze. In 2005, Peter Brings composed the song Hoch, Höher, Haie for the Kölner Haie sports club, which has even become the unofficial anthem of the club. In 2006, the song “Football is our life”, produced by Jack White for the 2006 World Cup in Germany in 1974, landed in the German charts after a new edition and was able to hold its own in the hit parade for a whole month.
The 2006 single Hay! Hay! Hay!, which has a reputation for trivializing and glorifying drug use, may no longer be played by the band at their carnival events, in agreement with the Cologne Carnival festival committee. Hay! Hay! Hay! was then released as an album in 2007. In 2007/2008, during the carnival season, Peter Brings released a cover version of the song Nur nicht aus Liebe weinen, sung by actress and singer Zarah Leander. Peter Brings and his band landed in the top 50 of the singles charts with this single.
In the film Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Peter Brings was able to prove his skills as a guest actor, as he had a cameo there as a male nurse.
“Any direct reference to Cologne would have been deadly. We could have registered right away for the pompous session with Prince Carnival.”
“I had everything in my mouth and nose, saw, smelled, tasted it.”
“I had tachycardia, real panic attacks. I stood there and started crying while singing.”
“I couldn’t shut my eyes at night. I went to the gigs as a zombie. Walked barefoot at night to feel the moss.”
Peter Brings was Alcoholics Anonymous for many years.
|Estimated value:||€3 million|