Venue – Moskus
Great to see old friend Tor.. A legendary promoter who has been booking me in this area for the last 10 years or more.
Tor is in competition for promoting the venue of the year… Moskus.. this cool little place we’re playing tonight.
This revered venue that holds only 70 people has been sold out for weeks now.
Aside from being a venue, Moskus is one of the coolest little beer and whiskey bars on the planet. It has an amazing vinyl collection in shelves throughout the entire area. And like the great bars around the world including Parnell’s in New York, the Akkurat in Stockholm and Siste Reis in Halden, Norway ..one of the attractions is the wonderful music they play. In all these bars I’ve mentioned it is some kind of combination of country, americana… or rock ‘n’ roll… All edgy stuff.. nothing main stream.. In this venue when they choose an album to play, they play it in its entirety .. I love that… It reminds me of the 70s!!
As you enter the venue, the actual bar is on the right.. and a very cool smallish stage is on the left with a velvet red curtain .. kind of reminds me of one of those old western stages… just enough room to fit Goran and me tonight.
After a great Indian food meal complements of Tor.. big thanks my friend… we hit the stage at about 9:30.
Note: there was an opening act tonight… A country band I think by the name of Hawk and Dove… Or something similar to that. Sorry to say I didn’t get a chance to hear them… But I heard very good things about them when we got there.
Because of the opening act we made the decision to play one long show tonight.
As is the case with all of our shows in this town for the last several years… the audience is comprised of mostly fans of various age groups. Because we broke in Scandinavia about 12 years ago with an album called Black and Blue America… to a mostly college audience… there are lots of young folks here.
This was sort of a love- in from the start… Goran Grini was amazing tonight as always.. so inspiring to me!!
The highlights were far too numerous to mention .. aside from Last Chance favorites and Johnny Cash’s big River and the hits… It seemed like the songs from the new album… A Song I Can Live With.. some inspired by my wife Joan.. were especially revered.. actually Joan is sort of the secret weapon of this tour …after the shows everyone seems to want to get to meet Joan.. who will be arriving in Oslo in about five days!!
I just asked my great friend and road manager for this tour, Peter, what his favorites from last night were… and here are his selections.. Crazy Girl and A Song I Can Live With (both from the new album)
..Fuck All The Perfect People.. and our final song for the night… Holy Shit.. which I sort of pulled out of the hat when the audience kept clapping as we walked off the stage after our second encore… I hadn’t done that song in a long long time.. it ended up a huge fan favorite tonight with everybody singing along and toasting each other at shows end. This was some night!!! Thanks to all who attended!
Said hi to several and including:
Friethjof.. Nice talking to you… Thanks for the good questions… see you next time! Hi Steve hope the “Ted’s” enjoy Rock ‘n’ Roll Joe ..my best to the family.. and a big hello to your plumber friend… don’t forget to set your alarm for 5:30!!
Hi Mick and Peder and Ola. Anja Thomas.. thanks for the kind words… hi Goran and Per Arne.. Hi Ingunn.. Nice to see you…hi Frode and Roger
Hi Helge.. good to meet you after the show… very nice to see you as well Stephanie!! .. hi Stina and Sofie and Eirik.. and so nice to meet college freshman and would be singer songwriter, Mona.. so glad you were inspired to come to the show .. thanks so much for the kind words looking forward to your song!!
Big thanks to Lars for the sound.. and a very big hello to our new bartender friends Eirik and Magnus. Great seeing you guys… Big thanks!
Tor .. my friend!!!! Great to see you as always!!!!!! You have such a great spirit in the way you bring music to people… So glad to be part of that for all these years! And here’s hoping you win that award… You certainly deserve it!! Look forward to next time!
Love to Ingrid!… Tell her I was sorry she wasn’t able to make it… forgot to mention that Block Out the Sirens of This Lonely World was certainly one of the highlights of the entire night!!
Just a heads up to all… The great Goran Grini (wearing his producers hat) and brilliant vocalist Paal Flaata are up for a Grammy award this week.. for their special Townes Van Zandt tribute album. Let’s hope they win.. we will all celebrate big time!!!!