We are staying in the city center area of Malmo.. One of my favorite places on the planet with its cobblestone streets like SoHo or Williamsburg .. warm little outside restaurants and trendy not so trendy little shops and at this time of year, a sun that doesn’t set until 10:30 or so.
We are staying at a rather simple but very nice hotel: noble house .. has an amazing staff.. with the venue we’re playing at within two blocks at the corner of one of the most beautiful little squares in Malmo.
It’s a wonderful venue to play .. this a charming / intimate space that has a little café for sandwiches and salads and certainly whatever you want to drink .. A nice little stage facing about 60 or 70 folks seated wooden chairs facing you. . With some folks seated off to the side or standing in the back.
Urban .. The host and a friend in a fan for several years greeted us at the door… Johan .. also by now an old friend… Does a great job getting us good sound in short order.
I have a general idea of what songs I might play but no definitive set list but we followed a similar path to what we’ve done in the past at the start of the show… It was stories and songs from Last Chance … Leading into the new album, Fix your Words. We added “Track 222“ from “the Little Prayers Trilogy” to this set and I’m glad we did, as Göran was so brilliant with his solos and the audience so appreciative.
By the way, this was an amazingly great audience to play for from the start and we were just coasting along enjoying ourselves on stage… We ended the first set with the first song I ever wrote, “Faded Blue“, and the folks seemed to love the story… The way brother Jon tells it… and the song… We ended the set with an extremely warm version of the “Angel of the Morning” that gave me chills.
This was a set that I won’t forget for a long time… It was such a connection with the audience and Göran and me.
Certainly one of the things that made this so special was that at half time I got several requests for songs that I haven’t done in a while and we did them all intertwining them with my normal second set songs which end up with “ Wild Thing” and the crowd loving “Fuck all the Perfect People“.
The songs that were requested were “Getting Older Looking Back“, “Theme for an American Hero“, “Holy Shit“… And my own request for these great folks, “Block out the Sirens of this Lonely World.”
This ended the show… One of my favorite shows in memory
Said hi to several folks most of them I’ve seen before mixed with some new fans.
First and foremost let me say hello to my great friends Anders, Rune and Irene.. Lars and Marita.. and JN-Ake…”Holy Shit“ went out as a request for them… And “Block Out The Sirens Of This Lonely World“… Was a special one for them as well as my great friend Elin Olsson who is here tonight and who is mentioned in the song.
Said hi to several including ; Zollo and Tommy.. Tommy thanks so much for the request of “Theme for an American Hero”.. Love singing it tonight.
Hi Anders and Sunny and lovely Elinor..So good talking with you all and Anders thanks for all your support… “Getting Older Looking Back” was especially for you and me
Hi Andreas .. thanks for the kind words and support… Hi Inger.. tell Jackie I said hello.. hi Martin and your friend… I know the name starts with E was it Emma. Good to see you.
And a special hello to the two kind staff members Marlena and Molly! You were such a great part of the audience!