Great to be back playing at this venue… About 50 yards from the front door of our amazing hotel that overlooks the water ..the staff here and the people that attend are the such kind. warm people. I am so blessed to have had a connection with them for several years.
We sound checked with a great engineer, Halvor.. Whom I met last year… we have great sound in a matter of minutes with hardly any effort. Big thanks Halvor!
As we’ve gotten on in this tour, the shows have gotten a little bit looser… more unpredictable… a nice thing for us on the stage… Hopefully for those in the audience as well.
There is probably no place in all of Scandinavia that Paal, Goran and I would rather play than here in Halden! So we were excited to hit the stage and start playing!
We played one long set that built to a crescendo at the end ..with the audience cheering, clapping in time. and in general showing how much they appreciated what we were doing.
There were so many highlights. I will mention a few Paal’s interpretation of “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress” was so beautiful and powerful tonight... I love listening to it. Also ..loved the Winnie requested, “I Love You Today” .. from Whiskey Salesman...it sounded special again tonight ..other magic ones were Paal’s version of “Angel Of The Morning“.. with this amazing audience singing so beautifully in the background.. Wild Thing was so crazy-good… ..again, with great audience participation.
We did a song at the very end of the show that we hadn’t done this entire tour… “I’ll Only Be Me Once“… from my Little Prayers Trilogy album.. the audience sang along so beautifully throughout.
Another one that sounded very special tonight was the song I wrote about sisterly love, “I’ll Carry for You“… This is the song that was used on the beautiful Norwegian commercial recently… And so many people started singing along with it as soon as we started to play it tonight.
Then came my current hit, “Fuck all the Perfect People“.. All joining in from the first chorus..We ended with a beautiful Kris Kristofferson song interpreted by Paal, “For the Good Times”.
I should mention… Goran Grini was magic tonight.. amazing solos on out tributes to Sun Records, “I Forgot to Remember to Forget Her“ and then our final encore… Another Sun Records memory from Johnny Cash, “Big River“… This felt amazing on stage and the audience was clapping and singing along and cheering at the end.
This was a special night ...thanks to all our Halden Friends!!
It was so so great to see my old friend Winnie and her husband Bjorn who lived in this town until a few years ago. Winnie ran the amazing grand Hotel back in those days when it was just a magic place… So wonderful to spend some time with my old friends and great to get some good hugs!! Hope to see you soon
Also, so great to see our friends from Gothenburg, Hogne and lovely Miriam.. thanks so much for making the trip I love having your spirit at the shows. Hope to see you soon again.
Hi Nora and Betina (with the Johnny Cash tattoo).. and so great to see my old friend Hegge!.. much love to you! Wish we could’ve spent more time with you.
Hi Tor and Brit .. and Dag and Jenni .. and Ellen.. and Peter
Great to see you Osmond.. thanks for coming by to say hello… Look forward to hearing you play.
Hi Maya… Thanks so much for catering to us… Much appreciated… And a big hello to Basak.. Mr Taylor says to say a special hello to you..
And to all my friends here that I forgot to mention… Love being here with you in Halden ..hope to see you again!
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