This is the home of my great friend HåkanOlsson so it is great to see him and his wife Monica and daughter Elin before the show. Also wonderful to know that there are so many old friends in the audience tonight as well as many new ones it is a full house tonight
The Victoria is an old beautiful theater with extremely good acoustics so it doesn’t take much to get rich sound and sound man Diego made it sound rich and good in a very few minutes.. Big thanks Diego!
I paid special tribute to an old fan that I have seen over the years who recently passed away ..so this show. Is dedicated to the memory and honor of a wonderful woman named Maria.. and to her husband Anders as well… I am glad to see him he is sitting in the first row right below my microphone stand
We start with the Real Thing as usual and Goran sparkled pretty big… folks just love his playing!!
We then went into a series of songs that were punctuated with songs from the new album
Until It Hurts, Dance With A Hole In Your Shoe were magic tonight…as was a very haunting Crazy Girl
Somewhere in there we played a cool rendition of Johnny Cash’s Big River then drifted to a tribute to Joan in the song from my new album, Joan Joan Joan. After the show Goran would tell me that this was his favorite performance of the night. Audiences seem to love the spirit of Joan who will arrive in two days ..can’t wait!
One of my favorites of the first set was certainly was Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World. the audiences seem to love this one all the time and it gives me a chill all the time. We ended with a beautiful version Angel Of The Morning again .. Goran was simply magical through this whole first set .
We opened up with the song that I wrote for Johnny Cash ..Clean Your Own Tables. it’s a fun drinking song. The audience learned all the words very quickly and sang along… They did a great job… This was so much fun!
We shifted gears on the next and I played the song Nothing Coming Out Of Me That I Like .. from The Little Prayers Trilogy… And this one really struck home to me. It is striking home with many folks every night.
Then Track 224… With Goran’s brilliant solos took down the house!!
At some point we shifted back gears to the prayerful, Try And Let The Angels Know. .. I can see from the stage it’s effect on the audience. It has the same effect on me. I don’t want to play any show without playing this song .. it is totally a prayerful thing for me.
Somewhere around here we played Hey Lou… Which is another from the brand-new album. And it is another that seems to touch everybody in the place including me… Another wonderful moment for me ..good for my soul. and especially good tonight with thoughts of Maria in all these prayerful ones.
We ended with a very, very cool Wild Thing that had a silent-like-chorus going from start to finish it was dedicated to the spirit of Jimi Hendrix and Reg Presley and was extraordinarily rock ‘n’ roll from beginning to end. From there we drifted to the song I wrote for the prisoners, Fuck All The Perfect People… Again that was lots of a silent-like chorus going on throughout the song and by songs end it had just a wonderful church-like chorus vibe.
We finished the show with a rocking version of I Wasn’t Born In Tennessee and said hi to many
Hi To :
Hi Anders.. wonderful to share this with you. Maria’s spirit will be with me and we are totally in this together. thanks so much for coming tonight .. it must have taken a bit of effort… it was great to click glasses at the end will do it many more times
Hi Larz and Chritina and Benny and Annette.. and another Benny .. thinking about you did coral with condolences… Thoughts of your playing Seven Days In May at his funeral .. that was very touching.. thanks for sharing that with me…
Hi Gunilla. And Johan and Dan.. my heroes.. great musicians that came to my rescue a couple years ago! Great seeing you guys!
Hi to another Johan and Gert and Sven and Mats .. big. hello to old friends Lard and Marita and Jan Ake.. it has been a lot of years it’s a wonderful connection we all have that includes Anders and Maria and Runer and Irena.. so special to see you guys here and later at the restaurant… It is a special one for me. Every time I travel over here I am always looking forward to seeing this wonderful group of friends… Thanks for being there all the time… A special thing for me
Hi to Inger and Thomas and Kirsten and Sasha
Much love to my great great great friends Monica and Elin so good to see you tonight
Feb 2, 2017
Ps I was fighting a cold last night it is now morning and we are heading for Gothenburg and the cold really kicked in bad last night so I’m just hoping I can get through with the shows coming up.