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Tommy Roberts jr. Walks 700 kilometers to BerlinIn August 2005 TJ and his Dad decided: We walk from Kempten to Berlin – for a job. In their backs: A lot of impotant awards and many fans, but (or just because of this): The new CD have to become much more better! And not with the contract offers, which would have wanted Tommy to do something else as what he already did with the age of eleven – with his love for the American music. After six weeks and 700 kilometers the two want to ring at Universal Music in order to take their business philosophy with the words: “We have to and we want to create new basic conditions, in order to concentrate on that for what we stand for: Music. More then ever before we should set on young artists, who give new impulses to the music. Future is done. And we do this now “ (Quotation Universal Music)
The dirt on the road is our...
Wendsday, September 21st, 2005, 06:30 pm – Großaitingen
The third day is over, now we already get 75 kilometers done, and today we had a lot to do with our pain in our legs. Additionaly we got lost (the reason was the map?) and we had to go back through a very dense wood more than one kilometer to arrive the street. Dad and me, we made an daventure on it and laughed about our stupidity.
In generel, our today´s distance was not very easy, becasue pretty often we had to walk along a main street, on which all the cars and trucks passed us in a space less then half an meter and blow us all the dust of the road in our faces and made the walk like a torture, but nevertheless it´s over.
The sun was shinig and actual we were happy about the dirt on the road, because it is a part of us – the temporary tramps. If tomorrow will be over, the number of the kilometers is a three-figure and that will be celebrate with an excellent dinner of my Mom. But now just taking a shower, bringing my blisters to bed and go sleeping, because in a few hours the street will be waiting for us. See you tomorrow.
Picture: Encouragement, Mom walks with us.
Step by step – “only” 650 kilometers anymoTuesday, September 20th, 2005, 03:30 pm – Bad Wörishofen
The second day: so beautiful apart from the fact of two very big blisters on my heels and sharley horse on parts of my body that I thought that there were no muscles.
Dad and me, we started at 8:30 am and we enjoyed the country air of the East-Allgäu around Baisweil to the full. The fog of the morning became lighter, the clouds went away, white-blue bavarian sky and the sun laughed, as if it would laugh about us; because of our pain in the muscles we did our firts steps in some kind of goose step. But perhaps after the solution of the elections it laughs about this “unruleable” country. Just one more reason to take your own life into your hands, and walk....
Midday, we arrived Bad Wörishofen and best we would spoil our legs in one of all these Kneipp-baths – but we had no time, because Mom was waiting with a great lunch: goulash with noodles and vegetables open-air in the sun. But you don`t have to be jealous, because the pain stayed. I don´t want to yammer, but it is really hard. OK, I think that will be in the first weeks, but we hope it will be better. The atmosphere in our family is great, Dad walks in my speed very brave (but I think sometimes he swears silently), Mom drives the RV (as if she never did something different) and all the day Kevin is occupy oneself with the small command center – mobile phone, laptop, map and navigator (“Houston – we have a problem...”). Only our Julchen (our dog) is overextend (first should I eat and then go sleeping or opposite???). If you couldn´t see us in Berlin, a very fat dachshund stands in front of us....
Allright, see you somewhere on our trip! And thank you all so much for all the e-mails and all the entries in our guest book! I don´t walk alone – a very good feeling.
The start to the „Walk to Berlin“Monday, September 19th, 2005, 9:00 am, Überbach near by Kempten
Kempten – already at the beginnig a small fair with friends and fans: The day after the elections, the so called “youngest professional Country Music Singer in Europe” and “The Newcomer of the Year 2004” (GACMF MDR-Gala) starts his march from the Allgäu to Berlin.
After six weeks and 700 kilometers, in Berlin, he and his father, as well a professional musican for more then 30 years, will knock on the door of one of the most impotant Major Label, Universal Music, and will take at their word of their philosophy: “Our main attention:Music. More than ever we settle our attention on young Artists, that give new impulses to the music. We will do the future. And we do this now!”
The 17 years old young man, want to do his own future and to get just one chance – but under no circumstances to lose the “tour-life” in the middle of Europe, but to go away from the compromises to produce and to sale the CD´s by theirself and to go away from the records with studio sessions in the “first take”. But because of you can`t squeeze blood out of a stone to produce a professionell CD, therefore you need a Label.
“Why he won`t call them or apply on a casting?” you might ask. “Until I passed the wait loop of that telephone machine I will be 60 years old” laughs “TJ” how friends and fans call him. ”A casting would be a biginnig, the first step. But I don´t want to be an artist for just one summer or to be a small starlet, because I stand on the stage for more than seven years, already it is my job, and I worked very hard to get all my fans and all the awards. But it is pretty easy to look over it because of my age.”says Tommy, because at the age of eleven he sang and played the role of Prince Otto in the Musical King Ludwig in Füssen.
In stead of going in a circle he wanted to go straight ahead right through Augsburg, Nürnberg, Bayreuth, Leipzig, Wittenberg and Potsdam to Berlin to be the black-smith of his own luck.
The day after the elections Tommy starts – absolutly not for a political statement to the old or new government, only because you don´t give your responsibility for the own future away with your voting paper( or as a person under age without a voting paper):”I think, everybody should take his own destiny in his own hands.”
Every music fan will be able to check his potential on his way: During these six weeks it is planed to make breaks, during that they will play in clubs and free places.
He will be escorted by his family, his mother will drive the RV, in which they will sleep and transport all the instruments and catering, his brother Kevin the “map scout”, he will taking pictures and will talk to the agencies about current things, dates for the press and will write the diary that you can find under www.tommyroberts.de.
On our way we count on some visits of sympathizers, fans and members that show us: You are not alone. And we also count on sensation: that is already began: The Mineralbrunnen AG (soft drink company) calculated a need for liquid of nearly 500 liters and deliver the whole requirement of Krumbacher Soft Drinks till we arrive Berlin. That big RV for our family is provided free of charge by Hymer AG (RV construction company). Other companies sponsored a laptop, shoes or e.g. know how about sport and medicine.