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BAP boss Wolfgang Niedecken on money and wealth: "I admit that was a mistake"

2020-09-30T22:20:40.541Z

At the beginning of his career, BAP boss Wolfgang Niedecken received lousy salaries, but he never felt poor. What he regrets today: to have taken money from a tobacco company.



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BAP boss Wolfgang Niedecken

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SPIEGEL:

Do you remember your first salary?

Niedecken:

No, we just wanted to play.

At first it was about performing at all.

We actually preferred to stay in our rehearsal room.

Stepping out of the rehearsal room onto a stage was about having the courage - and the opportunity;

We only thought about money when the beer had to be paid for at the end of the evening.

SPIEGEL:

And who paid?

Niedecken:

The one who had it.

Later the usual arrangement was: 200 marks, a case of beer and sandwiches.

We slept where there was free: in the changing room, if available, on the billiard table of the bar, in free shared rooms of concert-goers, in the car.

Nevertheless, we didn't feel poor, but rather gifted, because we were doing exactly what we wanted.

And already the band name was based on thrift.

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SPIEGEL:

Why is that?

Niedecken:

My father was a very frugal person.

He kept the money together and supported the family with his small grocery store.

I had often told my bandmates about the thrift of my "Bapp".

"Bapp" was the name for "father" in Unkel, where he came from.

Before our first appearance, we needed a catchy name to put on posters.

One said: "Write Bap on it, but leave out the second P, it looks like shit."

That's it: BAP.

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