Profrock with No Business No Business is likely to be the HSG’s most senior professors’ band. On Monday, 23 May, the quintet headed by Torsten Tomczak and Kuno Schedler will play live at the Backstage in St.Gallen. On their posters in starkly contrasting black and white, they look a bit like the Blues Brothers. In terms of music, however, they are distinctly harder and use a Gibson Les Paul E guitar, bass, percussion and keyboards to rough up numbers by White Stripes (Seven Nation Army!), The Clash (Should I stay or should I go?) and Oasis (Wonderwall). We are talking about what is probably the HSG’s most senior professors’ band, No Business. Next Monday, 23 May, the rocking professors will play live at the Backstage in St.Gallen. Profrock If you know them from their lectures at the HSG, you can hardly imagine that they regularly exchange the lecture room for the rehearsal room. In real life, guitarist Torsten Tomczak is a Professor of Business Administration and Marketing. Kuno Schedler (vocals) teaches Business Administration. Georg von Krogh (keyboards) deals with Strategic Management, his colleague Winfried Ruigrok (bass) with International Management. They are supported by Oliver Gassmann (percussion), Professor of Innovation Management. Classic rock career “Most of us have a classic rock career behind us,” says Torsten Tomczak with a laugh. His stations were the recorder, the trumpet and finally the guitar. Growing up in Berlin, he experienced the wild Punk and New Wave years in the city with the wall. His favourites at the time were The Clash, the early Police, Ultravox, but also Roxy Music, David Bowie and Iggy Pop. He quite frequently saw Bowie and Pop, who were living in Berlin in the late 1970s, in his home city. Making music was his hobby even then – besides playing football. Does he still remember his first band? “We were called McGogh and tried to emulate our idols with modest means.” First performance at the Unifest The starting shot for No Business was fired about ten years ago when all the HSG professors held a meeting in Wildhaus. A stage full of instruments gave some of them the idea to make music themselves again, and No Business was born. “In 2001, we had our first gig at the Unifest,” says Tomczak. The band’s make-up has changed only little since then. Only the percussionist changed three years ago. “Before and after the Gold Rush” At their first gig at the Backstage, they will primarily play their own interpretations of cover versions: besides pieces by Oasis and the White Stripes, also numbers by Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Radiohead. At some stage, a CD with their own pieces should be produced. Although the final choice of the pieces has not yet been made, the title at least has been fixed: “Before and after the Gold Rush”.