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


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


Andreas Fechner / laif


Do you remember your first salary?


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.


And who paid?


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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Why is that?


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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