|Estimated value:||€35 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
Born in 1946 in Gronau, Westphalia, Udo Lindenberg is one of the most successful German singers. He first played drums in various bands before switching to singing. It was also special at the time when his career as a frontman began that he sang in German. In the 1980s he became particularly well-known because he took care of performances in and rapprochement with the GDR. To this day he is successful with his plays in Germany. He also began a career as a painter in the 1990s.
Born in Gronau, he taught himself to play the drums. After his school days, which ended at the age of 15, he began training as a waiter in Düsseldorf. During this time he has already performed with various bands. At 17 he played for a year in a US military club in Libya. He then began studying music, did his military service and went to Hamburg in 1968, where he continued to work on his career as a musician. The collaborations with various artists enabled him to make a living, but he was not initially destined to be more successful.
In 1971 he released his first LP, on which he sang in English. This was followed by the first LP in German, which was also unsuccessful, with the exception of the single “Hoch im Norden” that was released from it, which became a radio success in northern Germany.
With the following album “Andrea Doria” Udo Lindenberg finally made his breakthrough. With more than 100,000 copies sold, he was the first German musician to get a multimillion-dollar contract with a record company. In his songs he invented numerous art figures such as Bodo Ballermann or Rudi Ratlos.
The years that followed brought further great successes, and Udo Lindenberg also published his first book. In the 1980s he received immense attention for his play “Sonderzug nach Pankow”, in which he addressed the GDR directly and wished he could perform there. However, this did not happen, with the exception of a concert in front of a selected audience in the Palace of the Republic.
Nevertheless, Udo Lindenberg sent a clear signal that he always saw himself as a political artist.
Although he remained highly productive in the 1990s, his records were not as successful as they had been in the past. That changed in 2002 with a revue on German songs from the first half of the 20th century. His next regular album was only released in 2010, but in the meantime he was involved in various productions and had also made a name for himself as a painter.
In 2011 his musical “Hinterm Horizont” premiered at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz, as well as other major TV appearances and other successful singles. These finally resulted in him touring the major stadiums of Germany for the first time, to great acclaim from his fans and critics.
Since 1996 he has been accompanied again by the original line-up of his “panic orchestra”, which was founded in 1973 but then found different paths. In the meantime, the “Panic Orchestra” is often supported by real orchestras when Udo Lindenberg performs.
The “Sonderzug nach Pankow”, actually a cover version of an American jazz piece, is probably his biggest hit. Nevertheless, he also achieved huge success in the late phase of his career, namely in 2016, when he completed a sold-out stadium tour throughout Germany.
The Federal Cross of Merit is probably the highest award, and he has received numerous other awards. Including several times the “Echo” and the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin.
“Of course drugs can fuel artistic work, as we know from Goethe, Freud, Bukowski and many others. But they also followed the rule: write intoxicated, read sober.”
“A doctor once wanted to get at my sinuses, so I said, no, don’t do anything. My sound is worth its weight in gold.”
“The panties they throw on stage get a little wider.”
“I wish peace to the nations and to the people. I myself need inner restlessness, inner awakening. Panic unrest, because that also means: creative chaos. Like Vasco da Gama. Always towards new continents.”
Udo Lindenberg is a self-confessed social democrat. In the course of this he also appeared at a birthday party for Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.
He lives permanently in the hotel “Atlantic Kempinski” in Hamburg. He also runs his own studio there, where he works as a painter.
In 1989 he received the Federal Cross of Merit for his efforts towards rapprochement with the GDR.
At the age of 22, Udo Lindenberg almost became a seaman, but then decided differently.
He is a self-confessed fan of the ARD soap “Rote Rosen”.
In his early years in Hamburg, he lived in a flat share in which Marius Müller-Westernhagen and Otto Waalkes also lived for a time.
Udo Lindenberg plays the drums in the theme song from “Tatort”, at least in the version that was used in the first eight years.
|Estimated value:||€35 million|