I had the privilege
of assist with staging and road managing Rolf in Perth Western Australia for
the "Festival of Perth"
and "La Tenda Restaurant".
Rolf flew in specially from London to do the concert and cabaret shows with
his family during one of his many heights of his career.
Rolf was extreme kind and supportive to me and I enjoyed meeting his family
at the Sullivans Hotel and I still look back of what I learned during his
The staging of the concert was a real challenge at that stage. In Perth
there were only a limited suitable venues to handle the type of crowds
expected for his open air concert.
A special sound shell was erected in front of the Subiaco Oval grand stand.
I said privileged because it allowed me to watch a real pro in action when
it came to sound checks, rehearsals and general instructions for the show
sound and lighting producers.
I remember a specific instance where he was rehearsing the backing band at
La Tenda. He gave each band member instructions at what time to respond to
Some were not paying attention and were so rapped up in watching Rolf in a
mesmerised trance. Not realising he was actually rehearsing the gag at the
time with the support of the musicians added response and musical
That's how he was backing up the impact of his delivery - and did they have
it dished out to them, for not obliging, as per prior instruction -
A true dedicated professional with attention to detail.