Peter Maffay becomes a talk show host and meets celebrities for a chat

From Sunday Peter Maffay (71) can be seen weekly as talk show host in the new program “Peter Maffay – Encounters” on Magenta TV (Telekom).

Peter Maffay gets broadcast on Magenta TV

In a barn on Gut Dietlhofen in Bavaria that has been converted into a TV studio, the rock legend welcomes celebrities such as Thomas Gottschalk, Frank Elstner, Reinhold Beckmann, Sigmar Gabriel, Hartmut Engler and author Laura Karasek.

Peter Maffay: He dedicated the title song to his late dad

Particularly touching: Maffay dedicated the title song (“When we meet again”) to his father, who died in April. The resident of Starnberg: “My father and I spent a lot of time together. We are the ones in our family who have been together the longest. In the end, however, I had the impression that we should have spent a lot more time together. This song is a little bit an expression of that hope that somewhere there is a dimension within which you can meet again and make up for what you are missing at the moment. “

Interview with Peter Maffay

Actually, you would have been on a major tour of Germany with your band this year. Instead, we now see you as a presenter and talk show host on your show “Peter Maffay – Encounters” on Magenta TV. How did that happen?
PETER MAFFAY: Due to Corona and the cancellation of the tour, we had to think about how we would bridge the time when concerts were not feasible. Some time ago we started an experiment with friends. A radio show with talks and interviews was so much fun, and was so much new territory and adventure for me, that we expanded the whole thing into a visible form. We got cameras and set up a studio. I have to say, it was incredibly exciting to have great guests and to exchange ideas with these guests.

You have been on stage as a musician for 50 years. What is the main difference now in the roles of host and moderator? What is your experience?
The difference between welcoming guests in a broadcast and our other work on stage that has been practiced for many years is that a lot of things are improvised in a conversation and cannot be foreseen. Of course there are moments like this on stage too. Not everything that you plan to do there works out, some things have to be adapted to the circumstances on the fly. But it’s all much more extreme in a conversation. I found this challenge very attractive from the start. We had to deal with very different guests from very different areas of society. With backgrounds that in part I did not know in such detail as they were revealed in our conversation. I hope that in return we asked our guests a few tasks with our questions that they were not prepared for. The audience should have the greatest benefit from the whole show. That should inform and amuse itself. And I think that’s what it did.

Peter Maffay’s new talk show: That’s the concept

Two guests, one topic – what is the concept?
The concept is that people from very different areas of society come together, talk – and nobody knows how this conversation will end. Opinions and stories collide, the content was informative and of course very entertaining. At the same time there was also music that we made together. Also a little adventure for everyone. Everything is completely different on the stage at concerts. Everything on the stage is largely organized. It’s completely different in conversation.

Sahra Wagenknecht and Sigmar Gabriel were their guests from politics, Hartmut Engler and Joey Kelly from music, moderation colleagues such as Reinhold Beckmann and Frank Elstner were there. Entrepreneurs like Ralf Dümmel, national soccer player – and so many more. What was the particular challenge in each case?
You know these names, you know these personalities partly from a distance and from the media. But it’s something completely different when you sit across from each other and when an atmosphere arises in which the guests are willing to open up a little. No keyhole situations have arisen. And yet I believe that our guests have given us insights into their lives and made them accessible to viewers, who may not be everyday in such detail.

Thomas Gottschalk is a guest in the first episode

You have been to “Wetten dass ..?” 19 times in the past 30 years. occurred. Now Thomas Gottschalk was a guest in the first episode, which will be shown on November 14th on Magenta TV. What can we expect in the conversation?
Thomas is an incredible person, a very personable, with a lot of experience, who has probably seen everything that can be seen in this business. Who has kept his down-to-earth attitude and is very close to the people. Which is always good for a surprise. You have to be careful of him. I always found it very pleasant to talk to him. But in all these years that has seldom been possible in such detail as in this program. And he is absolutely one of those – as Udo Lindenberg always says – has no expiration date. Here two people have come together again who have often met and always had a lot to talk about. It was actually one of my nicest rounds of talks.

Almost all of the guests wanted to go on stage with you and your band. You sing “Eiszeit” with Thomas Gottschalk, Reinhold Beckmann, Laura Karasek and other guests also grabbed the microphone. Did you expect that?
Our guests gave me a lot of pleasure, for example with the way they talked to me. The revenge then took place in musical form. A little adventure as I said. We enjoyed that to the fullest. Especially since some of these guests don’t have much to do with music. Still, they all looked good on stage.

Family: Peter Maffay’s son is 18 years old

Your son Yaris – now 18 years old – was part of the production team and was on stage with you. How did that happen?
Yaris belongs to the next generation on stage. The sons of some of my musicians from the band have also been with the band for a long time. Yaris is moving up now, he has similar interests. Music is something that interests him very much. He not only likes to be on stage, but also works backstage because the technology interests him. I simply asked him if he wanted to participate. They are small doors that you open a little to young people in order to arouse their curiosity. Maybe – if this curiosity is strong enough – to develop a perspective for them. This is an opportunity.

Father and son together on stage in front of an audience. What kind of a feeling is this?
It fills me with great satisfaction. To see that this interest is there at Yaris and that there is a certain seriousness behind it – that gives me great pleasure. If only because I believe that people who like music and who have something to do with music have a quality in their lives that everyone can only wish for. Music is a wonderful language that goes from heart to heart. You don’t even have to understand what someone else is saying. With music you can open up and communicate with each other. And it’s nice that Yaris is seizing this opportunity.

The title track of your “Peter Maffay – Encounters” is “When we meet again” from your new No. 1 album “So Far”. You dedicated the title to your father, who passed away this year. What is the song about?
The end had actually been in sight for a long time. And when the contours of this album were created last year, I dedicated this song to my father – he was still alive at the time. Because it’s a goodbye promise. My father and I spent a lot of time together. We are the ones in our family who have been together the longest. In the end, however, I got the impression that we should have spent a lot more time together. This song is a little bit an expression of that hope that there is a dimension somewhere within which you can meet again and make up for what you are missing at the moment.

Peter Maffay talks about the loss of his father

What do you feel when you sing this song on stage?
Sometimes I have a dumpling in my throat and I find it difficult to sing the song the way I do with other songs. Simply because there is a lot of sentimentality connected with this song and above all with the fact that my father and I had an incredibly nice relationship and I owe him a lot. Basically, I thank him in this song for all that he did for me. He paved the way for my life. Or if you want to bring it to another point: my father made me what I am today.

Before we meet again, we say goodbye. How do you remember the farewell?
Saying goodbye was harder than I thought. But he didn’t come unprepared. My father was very matter-of-fact about life and death. He always said: that’s the way it is. Nature arranged it that way. And resisting it makes no sense. And in retrospect one must be grateful that one was able to lead a life of this kind – and should not expect more than that. My father – in the figurative sense – stepped down with his head held high. An example for me. Because I wanted to do it that way too.

Will you see your father again?
I am not a clairvoyant. I don’t know what happens after death. None of us know that. And I tend to reduce these thoughts to one word. And that is called hope. I hope there is such a thing as a reunion. But if that doesn’t exist, then we have still experienced and had a lot together that others may not have had. And I am very grateful for that.