Big thanks to Espen for the great sound and fast sound check! Goran and I arrived at the venue around 5:30 and the sound was in place within 10 or 15 minutes so we could relax at our hotel for a little bit before the show .. what a blessing!!
Before the show
Just before showtime I met a sweet young lady, Marianne, who said she had been waiting to see me for 35 years she and her new husband Obe (Jonny) met me in the back of the room and asked me if I would sing “nothing like you girl”… Which I haven’t sung in a while in a while .. I told her I’d give it a try.
This was absolutely magic… We played in a room that was very long and narrow, so the fear was that the people in the back might not be able to hear it. But the sound system was very good and the people in rear heard perfectly so the communication was not a problem at all.
I am driving to our next stop now and there is not much time to explain the show except to say it was one of my favorite ones .
it was extraordinarily intimate and because the audience was so warm and kind they got the best of Goran and me. Goran was so soulful all night !!!!
I loved this from the very beginning ..Charcoal Sky gave me chills ..as did so many of the others including Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World.. Dance With A Hole In Your Shoe.. Trying To Let The Angels Know..
My wife Joan was the focus again tonight.. folks loved my tributes to her.. Joan Joan Joan …. and the title song to my new album …A Song I Can Live With..
Somewhere toward the end I sang Marienne’s requested song… Nothing Like You Girl… And that was a special highlight… And something I will remember for a while for some magical reason I remembered all the words all of a sudden!!
After a sweet version of Angel Of The Morning and a rocking version of Wild Thing… We ended with a total church like sing-along Fuck All The Perfect People and finally another sing-a-long in a prayer for the refugees , Refugee Children.
Again.. I loved this night so much… The audience was so warm kind and loving… This town means so much to me… Thanks to all who were here… Hope to see you soon again !!
Hi to friends, Tor and Brit and Magnus .. Kai.. Great to see you always.. thanks so much for being here.. Best regards to Oscar.. hope to see you soon again
Hi to Eva and Erving and Steiner and and Gerd
Hi To my new friend Ellen her terrific mom and dad with the difficult names… was it Tor Ivar and Kjersti??? something like that… And kind husband… whose name I have forgotten… And I can’t seem to find my notes from the show.. but I remember all your kind words and appreciate them very much…
Best to all… Thanks for all the support tonight hope to see you soon. Joan sends her love.
PS I’ve been waiting to take Joan to Butt’s Indian restaurant.. my favorite resting/eating place in the world. We go there every night when we record in Halden which we often do.
There is a table in the restaurant with a plaque naming the table in my honor… It was nice to visit there with Joan and have dinner with my special friends Goran, Hakan, Tom and Turid and say hello to Butts and cohort Omar and kind waitress, Celine.