This is the second of two nights at this great place
It is the next morning and we have about an hour to get ready to catch the plane for Trondheim.. so the tour notes will be short this morning ..that has nothing to do with how great the show was last night. It was particularly special because of the great interaction between the fans and us on stage. Anyone who was there felt something very powerful last night ...I can’t say I ever felt anything quite like it.
I loved sitting in the audience and listening to Paul’s wonderful soulful intro with Goran .. and I love following up with my stories and songs about my new album Whiskey Salesman which contained many love songs for my wife Joan who was sitting in the corner.
I loved playing The title track “Whiskey Salesman” it seems like everybody in the room was drifting off with me to all the places that song covers. It was more like a play or a movie.
And the first hit from the album, “I Like Ridin” that is so warm and sweet tonight and that was such a warm response from the audience for it… Again one of those times that the chills were strong.
And there was such a connection with one of my favorites, the precious “I Love You Today” .. actually, the connection was never better... and an off-the-wall charming thing happened with the song “Hold Her“. we got to the end of it and all of a sudden this little tingling sounds came to be very much a part of it and it was sort of in time ..and sort of not ..and sort of magic … Then I found out it was my phone ringing and I pulled it out and we let it do its thing for a few seconds and then put it away. ... and we laughed and smiled together about it and got on with the show to great applause.
I got off the stage briefly to let the show focus on the great Goran Grini and the over-the-top and soulful performance of this one-of-a-kind singer, Paal Flaata who performed a soulful gospel song and then the beautiful “Moon is a Harsh Mistress”. These brought the house down.
When I returned I played one of my now big Spotify hits.. A tribute to the golfing girls from Canada, Brooke and Britney Henderson (who had overcome serious obstacles in their quest to become members of the LPGA) The long and short of it is Brooke is now ranked number two in the world and the song I wrote for them, “I’ll Carry For You“ is now a major hit due to the wonderful Norwegian commercial that was made this year, filmed by the amazing Norwegian director Marius Holt.
I couldn’t believe that when I started playing this song everybody in the audience was singing along with me… It totally sent chills up my spine..
That amazing spirit stay through the whole ending including Paal’s soulful version of “Spiritual“.. his beautiful interpretation of my song, “Angel of the Morning“, a totally rocked out version of “Wild Thing“ and then came the highlight of any night..
We played “Fuck all the Perfect People” with everybody singing along from the very beginning answering every line of the verse .., or: when I said, “to be or not to be” they said “to free or not to free” and that’s the way it went for the whole song.. they needed no coaxing in the interlude when I started to sing “sleepy eyes, waltzing through”.. The entire audience, without being prompted was singing along with me. The power of this little song that I wrote for the prisoners was never more prominent than tonight!
I will never forget that moment. We ended with the touching performance by Paal of the warm and sensitive Kristofferson song, “For the Good Times“
What an amazing night… Goran Grini was absolute magic. Thanks to all who attended and joined in the spirit.
Roger and Tone.. and Anna Lise.. So good meeting you so early on… And nice looking at you at the side of the stage during the show so good seeing you so early on…
Hi Andre and Folke .. thanks to all for all the nice words..
Hi Frank and Petter and Anna.. a big hello to Hartvik and Reider... and Lucy and Morten
And Hilda .. and Terrry!! Great to see you guys...
Hi Morten .. wish you were here… Hope to see you next time.. Heidi, Great to see you and Frank...so nice that you bought that for your dad
Hi Cathrine and Karina at the bar
So great to see my old friend Vibeke! Thanks so much for coming.. much love to you!
Thanks To all the others whose names I’ve missed but who helped make this night so special
Thanks Svena! please remind Martin of how much I appreciated working with him. The sound was amazing! I love this place ..let’s do it again next year!