The Rosinenbomber started with a German-American friendship: Brad Irvin (Vocals, Bass), born in Los Angeles and then GI in Zweibrücken/Germany, met Karsten Wolff (Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar) in his hometown Münster/Westphalia in summer 2008. On New Year's Day 20o9 Norbert Fritzsch (Drums, Vocals) joined. That was the day the band really got started, playing 60s flower power songs in a dark and damp bunker at "Alter Güterbahnhof" in Münster. The three gave themselves fantasy names like "General Irvin", "Sgt. K." and "Inspektor Fritzsch". The name "Rosinenbomber" (BE: "Candy Bomber", AE: "Jelly Bomber") was chosen because it refers to the peaceful use of former war planes (mainly that legendary DC3) in times of the "Cold War" to perform the huge "Berlin Airlift" ("Berliner Luftbrücke") 1948/49. The Rosinenbomber's "bombs" are beautiful songs and peaceful messages in an authentic 60s style.
Hansi Meier ("Der Meier", Vocals) joined in October 2009 as a singer and performer. He had a high reputation as the first progressive DJ in Münster, working at the famous "Lila Eule" from 1969 - 1972, and he could entertain very well with lots of stories and songs from the Sixties. "Papa, you don't have to become a rock-star. You are one already!" said his daughter Nina. However, having been a vocal street artist, for Hansi it was a kind of "teenage dream come true" to be the singer in a rock band now, and he loved the early Sixties (in a double meaning). Our Rolling Stones repertoire grew immensely the next couple of years!
Martin Hähn ("Herr Hähn") joined to back-up Brad on bass-guitar at the times he was in the USA. At some occasions they actually played together on stage. Both initially being guitar-players, they found it easy to switch between the two instruments and had fun in doing so.
Martin Gorenz ("Gebrüder Engel", "Peter Janssen Band") joined with an exceptional lead-guitar! We were his first real "Rock'n Roll Band", as he often remarked. He liked the atmosphere at Altes Kurhaus Wolbeck, and we also had a number of great unplugged sessions in the park.
Jürgen Hintz joined on drums and we left the suburbs to play Münster-City. The concert at the former "Wienerwald"Restaurant near the central station was fame: This was where Hansi Meier had had his first job in the early Sixties. Next door was the "Rex" Cinema, "downtown" Münster. Actually we were the last band to play in the building, which was knocked down a few weeks later to be replaced by a "tower" with students' apartments.
Friedrich Brocke took over on drums! We recorded our first Maxi-CD "We can fly" (the green one) feat. Martin Gorenz at Pauck-Tonstudio (Herford). Unfortunately those were to be the last recordings of the late Martin Gorenz. You can find some of the tracks featured on our YouTube Channel in memory of a good friend and unique guitar player!
Brad Irvin (Vocals, Bass) came over from the US that summer and we played as a quartet again, very similar to how we had started.
2013 - 14
We got support by Roman Holy (Lead-Guitar, Vocals), who stepped into the space Martin Gorenz had left empty. Martin Hähn (Bass) came back making the group a quintet again.
Rosinenbomber Publishing was established at Kurhaus Wolbeck, and we went to MUNDart Tonstudio (Münster) to record the Maxi-CD "The sky is no limit" with Alfred Nienstedt. We did five tracks, two featuring Hansi Meier and two with Karsten Wolff. Number five, "Little Wing" with Roman Holy on lead-guitar and vocals (!) was published as the "Bonus Track" of the Maxi-CD "Mad World / Manhattan-Berlin" 2016. "The Sky Is No Limit" were to become the last recordings of the late Hansi Meier (1948 - 2018). Gregor Lutz ("City Life") came in on drums summer 2014.
Hansi Meier retired from band life and from stage, and Traudl Hörst (Vocals) came in and contributed that wonderful "First we take Manhattan". Karsten Wolff started to perform with Siggi Mertens' ("Marylin", Münster) backing band "Siggi Proudly Presents". Dariusz Löwe joined the group as a Road Manager and also helped with the production of "Mad World Movie" (2017). You can see his daughter Emma and his son Erik along with Sandra in the movie at the "birthday" and "toy planes" sequences!
Maxi-CD "Mad World" with feat. guest players Siggi Mertens (Lead-Guitar) LeA Berger (Bass), Inez Sannan & Katja Zeyer (Backing Vocals). Produced at Fox Music Studios (Telgte, Germany) with Wolfgang Brammertz (engineer). At that time the band became a project with ten people involved in the studio. Also it marked the beginning of the cooperation with Sandra & Anna Ajtner. The title photo for the first time featured those famous goggles, which were to become a second trade mark of the Rosinenbomber (beside the plane itself, of course).
January - September: Making of "Mad World Movie" inGermany and the Netherlands starring Sandra Ajtner. With her mother Anna Ajtner (movie director)and Karsten Wolff (producer). Post-Production made with Robert Biermann (Hamm) September - Oktober.
April: At Can-Studio (Rock'n Popmuseum, Gronau, Germany) with Andreas Grotenhoff (sound engineer). The sessions in the legendary studio was actually the final one there. In summer 2017 the studio was taken down. Today there are essential parts of the studio still on display in the museum, but out of order.
October: Maxi-CD "Mad World Movies feat. Sandra Ajtner"
Re-make of "Mad World" featuring Karsten Wolff with the CD-debut of Sandra Ajtner (vocals) and photos from Anna Ajtner, produced at Fox Music Studios (Telgte, Germany) with Wolfgang Brammertz (engineer).
January: Mad World Movie (DVD) / The Picture Book (Anna Ajtner/Karsten Wolff)
Published & signed at the Polish Library (Amsterdam, NL) with an unplugged performance.
April:Rosinenbomber Casual Clothingintroduced
June: Pre-Production "Candy" at Fox Music Studios (D) with Karsten Wolff (keyboards) and Wolfgang Brammertz (engineer, guitar, bass, programming)
August - October:Production of the CD-single "I'll show you/Consideration" at Power Sound Studio Amsterdam with Paul Pouwer (engineer) and Karsten Wolff (producer).
January: RB Webshop goes online with Casual Clothing, music, pictures, souvenirs and more!
March-April: Preparing for the Jubilee project with Peter (Backi) Backhausen,Georg Bicher & Karsten Wolff.
June: The Rosinenbomber Jubilee and 70 years of the historical Berlin Airlift 1948-49! Our foundation member Brad Irvin came over from the USA on D-day June 6th to celebrate and play LIVE with us: "On our way back home!"