A Tribute To Bruno Adams - 16 October 2009 - 19.30 h

@ Club Pilot, Donska 19, Praha 10 Vrsovice

Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross

ACME Poets' Union
(feat. members of Once Upon A Time, Lunar Lounge)

Jon Evans

Rany Tela

Conrad Adams & Chris Russell

Katerina Adams & Phil Shoenfelt

Giles Schumm

Baron Van Hustler

Dimitri Kucharzewski & Katerina Adams


Sidi Santini & The Decadents

Secret 9 Beat

Constance Rudert, Carsten Klatte & Neil Black

Phil Shoenfelt & Lucie Reichrtova

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Plus a documentary film about Bruno Adams by Mick Harvey & Nick Boddington

09.09.2009 The friends and family of Bruno Adams would like to thank everyone who took part in, or attended, the two tribute concerts that took place in Ebensee on August 29th and in Berlin on September 2nd, 2009. Also a big THANKYOU to the organisers of these two events (especially Tine Neumann, Phil Freeborn and Ollie Peters), and the club owners and managers who made them possible (thanks Konrad, thanks Tammy). We managed to collect quite a bit of money to help Katka with the funeral costs, so as well as throwing a damn good send-off party for Bruno, we actually achieved something practical. Again, thanks to everyone who gave their support in whatever way. The next tribute concert will be in Prague on 16/10/2009.

Phil Shoenfelt, Prague, 8/9/2009


A Tribute To Bruno Adams - 02. September 2009, 20.00 h

@ Bassy Cowboy Club
Schönhauser Allee 176a
10119 Berlin

Entrance is Euro 10,00

Master of Ceremony: Phil Freeborn


Anastis van Hustler & Mark Boombastik

Ben Becker

Claudius Kielholz

Comedian Pharmacists

Carsten Klatte, Neil Black & Constance Rudert

DJ Scratchy

Fatal Shore

Herbst in Peking


Konrad Adams

Katerina Adams & Friends

Kitty Solaris

Les Hommes Sauvages

Mark Steiner

Martin Dean


Methylated Spirits

Mick Harvey (via live transmission from Australia)

Once Upon A Time

Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross

Rany Tela

Sarah Asling & Peter Hofmann

The Fullbliss

The Inchtabokatables

The Jetlag Junkies

Two Dollar Bash

10.06.2009 Bruno Adams Memorial Concerts:

29.08.2009 Kino in Ebensee, Austria with Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross, Les Hommes Sauvages
02.09.2009 Bassy Cowboy Club in Berlin, Germany with Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross and many more bands, including Hugo Race and Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)
16.10.2009 Pilot Bar in Prague, Czech Republic with Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross and many others


Thanks to all of you who attended Bruno's funeral on Saturday in Berlin. And thanks, too, to the hundreds of well-wishers who sent messages through the post, by phone and through My Space, but who couldn't be there in person. It was a sad, but beautiful affair, a fitting send-off for a man whose big heart, warmth and musical talent affected so many people. And as someone who loved life and loved people, I am sure that Bruno would have been touched by the huge outpouring of love and affection that his passing occasioned.

I would just like to mention that there will be at least two tribute concerts in the coming weeks and months to celebrate Bruno's music and his life: one in Berlin and one in Prague. There may be other concerts organised in other cities as well. As soon as we have any idea of the times, dates and venues, we will post this news on the Fatal Shore homepage and My Space sites.

Phil Shoenfelt

20.04.2009 The date and time of Bruno's funeral has now been set, and all those wishing to pay their final respects are welcome to attend. The service will take place at 12 noon on Saturday 25th April at Alter Luisenstadt Kirchhof, Südstern 8-12, 10961 Berlin.

Update: Apparently there are several entrances to the cemetery. Please use the entrance on Südstern 8-12 (not Bergmannstr. 39-47). And after the funeral there will be an informal get-together in Hasenheide Park, a short distance from the cemetery. Any of Bruno's friends are welcome to come along and make a kind of picnic. Food and drink swill not be provided, so please bring your own refreshments. In the evening there will be an informal reception at the Trödler club in Kreuzberg, a favourite haunt of Bruno's. Again, all are welcome.


For those of you who don't already know, Fatal Shore singer and frontman Bruno Adams died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday morning, 18/4/2009.


Bruno had been battling cancer for five years with all the strength and courage he could muster. But in the end time ran out, and he passed away at home in Berlin, surrounded by his family and close friends. Although in great physical pain, Bruno never once gave in to self-pity or despair. He loved his wife Katka and his three children with a depth of passion that never faltered, and in spite of his rapidly deteriorating condition, he managed to remain lucid and aware right up until the end. Bruno loved life and he loved people, and for him to be taken from us at such a young age is a tragedy that we will all suffer to come to terms with. The wonderful music he made will continue to inspire, and everyone whose life he touched (and there are many), will remember this unique and beautiful character with the deep love and respect that were the hallmark of Bruno's own attitude to life.


Bruno Adams: Born 02/09/1963, Bacchus Marsh, Australia. Died 18/04/2009 R.I.P. Berlin, Germany.

Details about Bruno's funeral will be posted on the Fatal Shore homepage as soon as we know them.

The funeral will take place in Berlin, and all Bruno's friends are welcome to attend. 

If you would like to send a message of condolence, go to:


Phil Shoenfelt, Prague, 18/04/2009




Wolfgang Gürster has uploaded live pictures of Fatal Shore and also a selection of photos of Bruno (Special - We Will Remember)
Have a look at



March 2009
Fatal Shore - Bird On A Wire - 3-Track EP

1. Bird On A Wire
2. Dolphins
3. Friday's Child

"Fuego Collector's Item" available as a download only:


May 2008 Please note -
The concert in Teplice, Czech Republic (31st of May)
and the concert in Berlin, Germany  (1st of June) are cancelled.

January 2008 "Real World" is available now through Glitterhouse Mailorder:

"Wer in 11 Jahren nur 3 Alben aufnimmt, der scheint viel Wert auf ein perfektes Ergebnis zu legen. Mit Sicherheit ist dies auch hier der Fall; neben der räumlichen Entfernung der vier Bandmitglieder: Der Exil-Engländer Phil Shoenfelt (Ex-Khmer Rouge und großartiger Untergrund-Literat) lebt seit vielen Jahren in Prag, die beiden Australier Bruno Adams (ex-Once Upon A Time) und Chris Hughes (der Drummer von Hugo Race’s True Spirit) ebenso wie Bassist YoYo Röhm (hauptberuflich inzwischen bei Les Hommes Sauvages) sind in Berlin ansässig. Größtenteils balladesk gehalten atmet "Real World“ denn auch alles, was man bei diesen Zutaten erwarten kann, emotionale Tiefe, Sentiment, den morbiden Charme des alten Europa gepaart mit der weiten Melancholie des fünften Kontinents, die ähnlich das Werk der Triffids oder Simon Bonney’s Crime & The City Solution durchzieht. Dazu kommt, dass Shoenfelt ein zwar beinahe unspektakulärer, aber großer Sänger mit dunklem Timbre, durchaus in einer Reihe mit Leuten wie Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker oder Nick Cave stehend ist. Aber auch Bruno Adams ist deutlich präsenter als auf den Vorgängeralben und steht Shoenfelt gesanglich kaum nach, Höhepunkt hier das Duett der beiden bei der Jacques Brel-Coverversion von "If You Go Away“. Die meist von Phil Shoenfelt und Bruno Adams gemeinsam geschriebenen Songs sind atmosphärisch dichte, dunkle Kurzgeschichten, wundervoll arrangiert mit exzellenten Streichern an den richtigen Stellen, sanft echoenden Hammond-, Piano- oder Vibraphonklängen und – hier kommt der Poet Shoenfelt durchweit über das übliche Rockschema herausragender lyrischer Qualität. Zur richtigen Zeit wird auch das Tempo angezogen, wie auf dem brillianten Desert Rocker "The Train Song“, oder dem Border-Music gefärbten "Blind Jesus“. Große Empfehlung für Freunde der Tindersticks, Leonard Cohens, Nick Caves, der Triffids oder Les Hommes Sauvages.(rh)"

See "gigs" for the upcoming Fatal Shore spring tour

November 2007 This Friday, 23rd of November, 2007, Bruno Adams and Phil Shoenfelt will be playing in East Of Eden Bookshop. Phil will also be reading from his semi-autobiographical novel, "Junkie Love", recently published by Random house. Precedings will begin at 10:00 PM. East Of Eden English Bookshop is situated at Schreinerstr. 10, F-hain. Entrance is 3.00 Euro

Once Upon A Time will be reforming for an evening at Schokoladen, Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, 05.12.07 at 9 pm.
They will playing a selection of some of their more layed back numbers in the intermate atmosphere of the lo-fi lounge. Sara Indrio (SingerSongwriter/DK) and Flemming Borby (IndiPop/DK) will also be performing on the night. Entrance price is 6 Euro.

As part of the event "Rock Art" Bruno Adams will be playing together with The Act, David Judson Clemmons, Mark Mulholland & Mateo de Harp and Lee Viajero & The Edgy Drifetrs

@ Wallywoods, Berliner Allee 125, Weissensee, Berlin, Germany,
Saturday, November 10th, 2007, 8pm

October 2007

The Night Of Uncharted Stars
25.10.2007 @ "Bassy Club", Schönhauser Allee 176a, Berlin

with Fatal Shore, The Motown Lovers, The Fullbliss, The Blue Valentines

Two Intimate Nights with Bruno Adams & Phil Shoenfelt
26.10.2007 @ Trödler, Dresdener Str. 123, Kreuzberg-Berlin, U-bhf Kottbusser Tor, und Sa. 27.10.07 im Cafe K-berg

27.10.2007 @ Cafe Kreuzberg, Ohlauer Str. 37, Kreuzberg-Berlin, U-bhf Gölitzer Bahnhof

September 2007 On the 4th of August 2007 Lee Hazlewood passed away in his home in Henderson, Nevada.

He left us a collection of some of the greatest songs written. We will be presenting a night of those songs played by a variety of bands, in celebration of his life, times, words and music. Films and photos will also be shown. It will be held on

Thursday 11th of October 2007

at the Bassy Club, Schönhauser Allee 176, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. U-BHF Senefelder Platz.
Doors open at 8:00, and the evening begins at 9:00.

Lineup: Al Deloner, Richard Ruin, Mona Mur, Kitty Solaris, luna lounge, Fancie, Lunika, Fatal Shore, Two Dollar Bash, Jamestown Ferry, The Jet Lag Junkies

September 2007 Bruno Adams and Phil Shoenfelt will be playing unplugged in the intermate backroom of "Trödler", Dresdener Str. 123, Berlin-Kreuzberg on 7th of September 2007. The concert will begin around 10 pm.

August 2007 Fatal Shore will play the "Berlin Playground Volume 1" at Kino Babylon Mitte in Berlin on September 8th, 2007.
More information about this event see

March 2007
The new album "Real World" will be released on 15th of March 2007.
The CD is available on concerts and through

Click here to read the press release for "Real World".

Yoyo Röhm has left the band.
John Barry (The Last Bandits) is playing bass during the "Real World" tour.



February 2007
Fatal Shore will tour Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Denmark and Germany.

The third Fatal Shore CD "Real World" will be released in March 2007 by Amboss Recordings. More information to follow ...

We updated the website with the original lyrics to the Fatal Shore albums.


December 2006
"Dear Family, Friends and Music Lovers, I am currently undergoing treatment for cancer, once again. Luckily I have many kind and caring friends who have put a benefit night together to help keep us afloat. Thankyou so much to everyone involved, from the Adams family (Bruno, Katka, Conrad, Natalie and Edward).
PS. Hope to see you there if I'm up to it. Bruno Adams"

Benefit Concert For Bruno Adams:
Saturday, 16th. December 2006, 20:00
@ Cafe Zapata / Tacheles

Lady Gaby (Mistress Of Ceremonies)

Methylated Spirits
Christoph Hahn
Alex Hacke
Hugo Race
The Act
David Judson Clemmons & The Full Bliss
Two Dollar Bash
Disorgenised Crime
DJ Tom Cat

November 2006
A rough mix of "Real World", a new song from the forthcoming third Fatal Shore album is available here for download.

October 2006 Check out Fatal Shore's new song "Real World" on their MySpace site.
The projected release date for their new album is spring 2007.

August 2006

Nikki Sudden Tribute Night
31/08/2006 @ Roter Salon, Berlin

with Anastis, Big Sleep, Clark Nova Five, Don Chambers, Comedian Pharmacists, Max Decharne, Al DeLoner, Chris Damien Doll, Fancie, Fatal Shore, The Fullbliss, Jowe Head, Impure Throughts, The Dave Kusworth Group, Meadowstar, Methylated Spirits, Panda, Clive Product, Kitty Solaris, Einar Stenseng, DJ Jewel Thief
and special guests

June 2006 The Nikki Sudden Memorial Concert will be on 31st August 2006 at "Roter Salon" in Berlin, Germany.
Fatal Shore and many other bands will be playing the songs of Nikki Sudden.

June 2006 Both Fatal Shore albums, "Fatal Shore" and "Free Fall", are now available as digital downloads @ musicload and i-tunes
Fatal Shore:Free Fall:

May 2006

April 2006 The Nikki Sudden Memorial Concert on 21st May in Berlin has been cancelled.
Probably there will be a later date in summer.

April 2006 


Bruno Adams is organising a tribute concert for Nikki Sudden
on May 21st at Roter Salon in Berlin, Germany.
Fatal Shore and many other bands will be playing the songs of Nikki Sudden.

March 2006 The third Fatal Shore CD is in production and will be released by Amboss Records.
Release date is scheduled for fall 2006.

Fatal Shore play a couple of gigs in Hungary - see gigs

January 2006 On 24th February Fatal Shore will play at "White Trash" in Berlin, Germany

December 2005 Fatal Shore have opened a site on MySpace -

November 2005 On 3/11/2005 Phil Shoenfelt and Bruno Adams went into Claustrophobia Studio in Berlin and played guitar tracks on "I Know You", a rocking new track by Nikki Sudden scheduled for release next year.

Fatal Shore also started recording songs for their next album. They are playing a concert in Berlin on 16/12/2005.

Mick Harvey (from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) has recently released his third solo album called "One Man's Treasure" (Mute Records), which also includes a great cover version of "Planetarium", a song of Bruno Adams and Chris Hughes' band Once Upon A Time.