Per Gessle on Nordic Rox – May 2022

The May episode of Nordic Rox on Sirius XM was partly dedicated to the Swedish band November. Sven tells it’s going to be another special, retrospective, extravaganza pop show from the Nordic countries. Per adds they have an exciting setlist.

PG remembers November from the time he was a kid in the late 60’s, early 70’s. The guys plan to play three of their songs which Per is sure we haven’t heard before. Sven tells the band didn’t stay together that long. They are considered to be Sweden’s first hard rock band. They were inspired by Cream and Led Zeppelin. Mr. G tells November was a trio, guitar, bass and drums and the bass player, Christer Stålbrandt wrote most of the songs and he was also the lead singer. There is lots of blues in the background and they were all great musicians.

Before getting down to those three November songs, Sven and Per play Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) by ABBA.

The next track is by The Soundtrack of Our Lives, one of their classic rock ’n’ roll songs, Nevermore. Per thinks it’s a great track. He says the drummer was probably out having lunch, because there is no drums in this one. Sven adds that the guitarist took over the mix and they just finished it. PG says „and they released the record without the drummer knowing it”. Haha. Per says it has a very special sound to it and it’s a wonderful track by a wonderful band.

The third song on the show is (Do You Get) Excited? by Roxette. Sven asks Per if he got excited when he heard the song now. Per tells it’s from the Joyride album and he thinks it’s one of the greatest Roxette tracks. Marie is singing just so beautifully. Jonas Isacsson plays the lead guitars here and he is doing an amazing job. It was recorded in 1990 at the EMI studio in Stockholm and sounds really cool. It’s one of the best tracks on Joyride, if you ask Per. That’s his humble opinion. Sven asks if he can zoom back in time when he hears the song, being in the studio and if he remembers anything from the recording. Per’s simple answer is „no” and the guys are laughing. But he remembers writing the song. They wrote it together with Mats MP Persson and he was really proud of all these modulations. They did that to make the song different. It was written for Marie to sing. Per loves the title and the whole thing about it. It was a great track from day 1, he thinks. „Says a visibly proud Per Gessle”, Sven says. PG’s reaction is „I’m blushing here”. Haha.

The next one is What Would Joan Jett Do? by The Launderettes, the Norwegian wonders, as Per calls them. Mr. G loves the title of the song and so does Sven. Sven asks „what would she do?” Per answers „she would love that song for sure”. PG also loves that guitar riff, it’s just amazing, he thinks and it’s impossible to play. He tried, but he couldn’t. Sven tells some say that a really great track should be able to play on an acoustic guitar, but he doesn’t think that applies to garage rock. The guys are laughing.

Starting the November special, Sven informs that the band got their name after the month, because they had their first gig in November. Their first album was En ny tid är här… (A new time has come…), released in 1970. The band was formed in Vällingby, a Stockholm suburb. The drummer, Björn Inge and the bassist Christer Stålbrandt formed the band with a British guitarist, Snowy White from Thin Lizzy. Sven doesn’t know what Snowy White was doing in Sweden. He asks Per what he thinks, if Snowy was chasing girls. PG says „probably. Everyone was doing that. Even them.” Sven tells they have to take a little break and listen to Snowy let the guitar loose in Thin Lizzy. So they play a bit of his guitar playing. Sven asks Mr. G if he bought the November album when it came out. PG tells his brother bought the debut album and Per bought the second album. He thinks the debut album is their best. It’s got some really great tracks. What was interesting at the time is that they were singing in Swedish. That was the period of time when suddenly everyone started to sing in Swedish. It was basically forbidden for some reason in the 60’s. Everyone was singing in English. Sven tells people thought it sounded a bit jerky to sing in Swedish. But it made sense, according to Per and suddenly there were bands like November and it sounded totally natural. The sound of the band is very raw, Per thinks, the mix is raw, but it sounds really cool. The guys play one of the band’s major hits, Mount Everest, the album opener on the first record.

Sven asks Per if he could see November live, but then he realizes that it was impossible, because Per was too small back then. PG confirms he was too young, but since Sven is much older than Per, he must have seen them. Sven tells he saw them in his hometown, Växjö in a tech gymnasium. He was 14, he was barely let in and he can’t remember that much. More than that he was severely impressed by the band and being there, trying to chat with some girls with moderate success. Haha.

The next November song is En annan värld (Another world). Sven says there is some serious frenzy from the drummer, Björn Inge. Per thinks he is a great technical drummer and he tells there is a lot of Ginger Baker inspiration here.

Snowy White went back to England, being disappointed by not getting success with the Swedish girls or whatever, Sven jokes. He was replaced by Richard Rolf, an amazing, young guitarist. Per tells he played an SG guitar. He got a great sound, Mr. G always loved his guitar sound. Richard is still around, still plays. His guitar sound was very much part of the distinctive sounds of the band. Sven tells the band toured endlessly for three years, they made three albums and then they ran out of gas. Per reacts „who can blame them”.

The third and last song by November is En ny tid är här on the show.

It’s time for some more contemporary rock, Sven thinks, so they play a song from 1998. They are lauging. Malmö band Wilmer X comes with För dum för pop. Per says Wilmer X is a great band. They are a blues band with a pop side to it. Nisse Hellberg writes the songs, he is a great pop guy, PG thinks. He writes wonderful pop ditties, once in a while. Haha. För dum för pop is one of Per’s favourite songs. He thinks it’s a great title and translates it into English as „Too stupid for pop”. Sven says „we can both recognize ourselves in that title”. PG’s reaction is „absolutely” and they are laughing.

Titiyo comes next with Lovin’ Out Of Nothing from 2004, written by Niclas Frisk from Atomic Swing. Per thinks it still sounds really cool.

The guys stay in southern Sweden, because there is so much good music coming out of there. The Men is a band formed from other garage bands, e.g. The Sinners and The Girls. When they grew up, they decided to get together, do business together and call themselves The Men. They are modsters, Sven tells, very hardcore, inspired by the Britih mod scene 1964-1966. The vespa thing, the clothing. The song the guys play, Don’t is a duet between the singer, Sven Köhler and his daughter who is rather disbelieving.

The last song is Big Big World by Emilia. Per really likes this track. It was everywhere on Swedish radio back then and it’s still got this instant hook in there. Sven says it couldn’t be simpler. Per agrees and thinks it’s just amazing. Everytime he hears it, he wishes he wrote it. The guys are laughing and say goodbye.

As usual, Anita Lindblom’s Cigarettes is closing the show.

Still is from the Bag of Trix comment videos recorded by Anders Roos.

Thanks for your support, Sven!

Per Gessle on Nordic Rox – April 2022 – a celebration of Marie Fredriksson

The April episode of Nordic Rox on Sirius XM was recorded in sunny, but rather chilly Halmstad. Per is just back from his solid vacation, which he needed very much. He went away to the sun. „You have to get away a bit in the winter season. It’s really terrible”, he says. Sven says he thought Per’s swimming pool was preheated, but PG explains it’s not, it’s under a cover in winter.

Sven introduces the show as a celebration of Per’s dear friend, Marie Fredriksson, the iconic voice of Roxette. Per adds: „Yeah, my partner in crime”. The guys tell they would play some of Marie’s Swedish stuff, because she had several Swedish solo records in between Roxette albums. The songs „Marie basically wrote herself together with her producer and they are pretty good. Actually, they are very good”, Mr. G adds.

For starting the show they go back in time some 30 years to Rio de Janeiro and play a Roxette song, Fingertips ’93, a single released in 1993. Per tells the original version of the song is on the album Tourism. They had the idea to record all over the world when they were touring with the Joyride album. They recorded Fingertips in Rio de Janeiro and then added some stuff to it in the studio in Stockholm.

Sven asks how was it to hear this old track again. Per’s simple reply is: „scary” and he laughs. He tells it was a fun album to make. He had the idea to use the energy that happens to a band when you are touring for 18 months or so. The band hated him for this, because they wanted days off and Per dragged them into studios all over the world. They recorded e.g. in hotel rooms in Buenos Aires and also in Rio de Janeiro. Sven says, „so instead of being on the beach Ipanema and drinking beer and swimming in the sea, you recorded in the studio”. They are laughing. In LA they were at the Ocean Way Recording Studios to make some songs there. It turned out to be an interesting album. „When you are touring as much as we did in those days, you lose so much time. It was a very creative period for me as a writer, so I just wanted to record the songs I wrote instead of just waiting for another two years before you’re gonna go into the studio. So that was the main reason.”

The next song played is Call Your Girlfriend by Robyn. Then Done, Done, Done by Eagle-Eye Cherry is next. PG thinks Eagle-Eye’s got a great voice, he always loved it. His big hit, Save Tonight is still played on classic radio stations. According to Sven, there is a lot of good songs on his album, even the non-singles. Lot of great stuff hidden there. Per agrees.

Then the brand new single of Sophie Zelmani, The World Ain’t Pretty is on. There is a great picture of Sophie at Hotel Tylösand, taken by Anton Corbijn. Mr. G tells Sophie sounds the same as she always did, she’s got her own style. When she started out, it felt very fresh and she was very interesting, Per thinks. She is still doing great work.

The guys are talking about Marie that Per originally met her in his hometown, Halmstad. Sven tells Per was already an established pop star with his band, Gyllene Tider and Marie came on the scene a couple of years later. Per pushed her in the direction of EMI and so they shared the same record company. Per explains Marie started out being with another label, but nothing happened for her. She had some really great stuff, writing raw material. Per introduced her to his producer and his record label and she eventually got a record deal with those guys and made her first album. It was a big success. Already the first single was a big success in 1984. Sven tells Marie became engaged with producer Lasse Lindbom, who had produced Gyllene Tider as well. According to Sven, one of the biggest hits from her debut album was Ännu doftar kärlek. Per translates the title as „There’s still a scent of love in the air”. He thinks it’s a beautiful song.

Sven informs that Marie became one of the most popular Swedish female artists in the 80’s. Per tells this part of Marie came from the singer songwriter tradition. She was a great piano player and her voice was outstanding. ÄDK is very typical of her style.

Sven tells Marie’s biggest hits were ballads, but she also was a super rocker. She never really wrote rocking material, though. Per thinks this was one of the main reasons why she wanted to join him in Roxette, because he wrote that kind of material. PG never heard any rock or power pop song written by Marie. It wasn’t really her style. She liked to sit by the piano and just do these mid tempo ballads. She was very much into the lyrics and especially in her own material in Swedish it’s a lot about nature and emotions. It was important for her and Mr. G thinks it’s easier to go to the ballad side with this. Also, it fit Marie’s voice very well. She was singing with jazz bands, she sang RnB, she sang everything. She could sing anything, basically.

Sven adds that Marie touched something deep inside among the Swedish audience with another one of her highlights, Sparvöga. He translates the title as „Sparrow’s eye”. Per tells Sparvöga is a book from the 70’s which became a TV series and Marie wrote the theme song to it. It became a big hit for her. The TV series started in early February of 1989, around the same time when The Look happened in the US. So Marie recorded this song prior to Roxette’s breakthrough. The song is co-produced by Anders Herrlin, who eventually became an engineer and programmer for Roxette. It’s different style and different sound to Marie’s previous stuff.

The next hymn-like Marie classic is Tro from 1996. Per translates the title as „Believe”, but he tells it can also mean „Faith”. Sven tells Swedish language opens a lot of backdoors for interpretation. Per adds it’s a very complicated language and laughs. Mr. G thinks it’s a great song and it was also a big hit for Marie. She had a second child at the time and they had a break from Roxette for about three years. 1996 was the first year when they had a time off. Per was working with his Swedish band in the meantime, toured in Scandinavia and Marie did her own stuff as well. Sven tells they both seem to have needed that break. However, it wasn’t really a break, because it lasted for like 25 seconds, then both of them kicked off separate things. Per explains they needed a break from each other. They had been working very intense with Roxette, touring, recording and having that enormous amount of success for almost 8 years. Marie had a family, but Per didn’t have any children at the time. They just needed to do something else with other poeple. Even though they continued making music, it was in a different environment. „How can we miss you when you won’t go away”, as Herbie Herbert, Roxette’s Amercian manager said. Sven says Tro is a very typical Marie song. Per agrees and says it has a very beautiful melody and a very strong lyric. It’s pretty different also from Roxette. It’s a very long song, appr. 5 minutes. Per thinks Marie wanted to show another side of her art. Mr. G tells the song is from the album I en tid som vår, which translates into „In a time like ours”. He thinks it could also be translated into „In a time like spring”. As he said, Swedish is a very complicated language. It’s a bit like Japanese. They are laughing. The song wraps up the guys’ tribute to this fabulous singer’s Swedish career.

Sven and Per then dive deep into some Swedish rock ’n’ roll. The next song is The No No Song by The Sounds. Per thinks Maja Ivarsson is an amazing singer. The band had lots of hits in Sweden. Living In America was their breakthrough song. After they play The No No Song, to which both Sven and Per say „yes, yes”, Sven informs that Per was up on the kitchen floor dancing spontaneously. Per laughs and says „can’t help myself”.

The next one is a song by Magnus Carlson feat. Trummor & Orgel. Per tells Trummor & Orgel is a duo of two brothers who have this amazing jazzy combo. They have been doing this since 2003. PG thinks they are really amazing. Magnus Carlson is the lead singer of Weeping Willows. They teamed up and the result is quite amazing, the guys think. Magnus’ vocals are really captivating according to Sven. Per loves the Hammond organ and drums. It reminds him of a Swedish duo from the late 60’s, Hansson & Karlsson, who even worked with Jimi Hendrix a bit. Jimi covered one of their songs, Tax Free.

The guys play Black Hole by Edith Backlund. Per thinks she is amazing and it’s a great track. Then an irreplaceable, unchallenged band, the marvellous masters of Swedish garage rock, The Hives are played. Per thinks they are irresistible. A killer track, Die, All Right! from 2002 from their Veni Vidi Vicious album comes next. Good album title according to both Sven and Per.

Mr. Lindström and Mr. Gessle thank everyone for listening and say they will be back with more good-looking music from the Nordic countries.

Anita Lindblom’s Cigarettes is closing the show.

Still is from the Bag of Trix comment videos recorded by Anders Roos.

Thanks for your support, Sven!

Per Gessle Unplugged Tour – #21 – 11th May 2022 – Luleå

No rest for the wicked! Without a break, the third show in a row in the North was the last gig on the Per Gessle Unplugged tour. What an amazing acoustic joyride it was, starting out in Tylösand, Halmstad with 10 summer sessions, then 9 shows in autumn 2021 and 12 in the spring of 2022!

As Per said after Skellefteå, it takes at least 30 gigs to get a band really together. For the 31st gig they were as tight as hell and enjoyed their last show very much. All we could hear from them on stage was pure perfection musically, performance-wise and regarding story-telling and jokes as well.

Up in the North the crowds seem to like the GT and Mazarin songs the most. The audience in Luleå was the most active during these tracks, but still they were quite reserved during the whole concert. Maybe because it was Wednesday. Or because on Thursday there will be the ice hockey championship final and they save their voices for that occasion. Haha.

After PG greeted the crowd, he asked if everyone had a good meal and drink. The crowd replied „yes” and Mr. G said they did too. While Christoffer here usually says he didn’t, now he said he had the dinner of his life. Per explained that Chris is vegetarian and he just ate a pork chop. Chris informed it was the first in 10 years. PG said the whole band is still in a state of schock. After that, Per mentioned that tomorrow is the hockey final, to which the crowd reacted with a loud cheering. Per said in Halmstad they only have handball and football. He thinks they have a hockey team too, but he doesn’t really know. He said „good luck, anyway, for tomorrow”.

The low-budget-tour capo-fixing joke worked fine last night too and this time when Per managed to fix it and said he finally learned it for the last show, Micke N-S was laughing so loud we could well hear it in the audience – at least in the front. Haha.

Before Det hjärta som brinner Chris said Göran Fritzon is not there. PG said it’s regrettable, but they try to play it without him. After the song, Magnus, Christoffer and Helena left the stage and Per told the Parkliv! story before Ljudet av ett annat hjärta. He again mentioned that it’s a pity that Christoffer went off stage, because he would admit that his favourite film is Parkliv! At this point Chris came back with his special moves for some seconds to confirm.

Magnus had his bass solo session during Tuffa tider, which was very cool in Luleå too. After he got back to his seat, he jumped up again, came to the front and threw his guitar pick towards the audience.

Per talked a bit longer before Min hälsning, saying that this is the last show, the 31st unplugged concert. He thanked the band for coming along and Chris and Helena thanked Per too. Mr. G then turned to the crew and thanked them for their fantastic job. He said they are also working with him since many years. PG also thanked MP for the sound and the audience for coming and gilding the evening.

The crowd stood up before the first encore and was clapping until the gang came back on stage. Before När vi två blir en, we could listen to Per’s anecdote that one can write certain songs when he is very young. He mentioned Flickorna på TV2 as an example, but he said they wouldn’t play that one. Christoffer tried to play it last night again, but after playing only for 5 seconds he said „that’s it”. Haha. Later someone shouted Flickorna på TV2 in the audience, so that the band plays it, but Per said – referring to Christoffer’s trial – „we already played that”. Haha.

After the first encore the audience stood up again and PG came back with the band for the tour’s last encore. Sommartider was a highlight as usual. The crowd didn’t stop clapping after the song and so Christoffer played a little Ljudet av ett annat hjärta (the fast version).

Before performing the last song on this tour, Per said „what a closing of this tour!” and turned to the international fans in the front row. He said „an extra special thank you goes to all our international friends here up front. Thank you for coming to the shows! We appreciate it, of course!” Isn’t he the most attentive artist on earth?

Most people stayed standing for När alla vännerna gått hem and so the very last show also ended with standing ovation!

Before the band took a bow, we showed our banners to the guys and girl and they appreciated it. TACK notes prepared by Basia Konarzewska and a big banner we created with Sandra Knospe, not wanting to miss out on the O’boy jokes during this leg of the tour. Our banner said: ”O’boy! Vilken turné! Vi tror det aldrig kan bli bättre än så här! Tusen tack!” (”O’boy! What a tour! We think it can never get better than this! Thanx a thousand!”) And it’s true! It was a very special tour and we enjoyed this setting so much it’s gonna be hard to beat. But we know Per will try it, of course! Lucky us! Haha.

Unbelievable that these 10 + 21 shows are over now, but that makes us already looking forward to a next tour that seems to be PG Roxette! Are the dates out yet?

Setlist

1. Kung av sand
2. På promenad genom stan
3. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
4. Småstadsprat
5. Min plats
6. Tycker om när du tar på mej
7. Det hjärta som brinner
8. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
9. Varmt igen
10. Tuffa tider
11. Juni, juli, augusti
12. It Must Have Been Love
13. Vilket håll du än går

Band introduction

14. Här kommer alla känslorna
15. Min hälsning

Encore 1
16. Födelsedag
17. Listen To Your Heart (dedicated to Marie Fredriksson & Pelle Alsing)
18. När vi två blir en

Encore 2
19. Vid hennes sida
20. Sommartider
21. När alla vännerna gått hem

Photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Per after the gig on Facebook:

THANK YOU/TACK! Först ett stort tack till den fantastiska publiken i Luleå. Vilken härlig avslutning vi fick. Otroligt roligt att få vara här i er vackra stad och att få spela för er. Vilken kväll det blev!!!

Och sen tack till alla som kommit från när och fjärran för att förgylla våra konserter. Det här har varit en av de häftigaste turnéerna jag varit med om. Ett helt nytt kapitel för mig och mitt fina lilla band och crew. Jag hoppas verkligen jag får möjligheten att göra en fortsättning på dessa akustiska spelningar, det känns som att vi kan dra detta framåt några snäpp ytterligare framöver. Time will tell!

Nu är det paus i två dagar. Nästa vecka sätter jag igång promotion-arbetet med PG ROXETTE-äventyret. Första singlen kommer ut 3 juni. Den är grym! Och videon är badabam. Jag har världens bästa jobb. Tack alla!

PS. I won’t translate this cos I know you’ve all learned Swedish by now hahaha. Impressive!

On Twitter:

Thx everyone for some beautiful weeks on the road. Superb finish in Luleå last nite. This is one of the most rewarding tours I’ve ever done. I’m so proud of this band+crew. The love+feedback I’m getting from you guys are truly unbelievable. More to come!! Badabam from PG.

And on Instagram:

Tack för en av de finaste turnéerna jag varit med om. Fantastiskt att få spela för er alla. Grym avslutning i Luleå igår. Vi syns igen. Promise.

Per Gessle Unplugged Tour – #20 – 10th May 2022 – Skellefteå

The second to last show on the Per Gessle Unplugged tour happened in Skellefteå last night. The band was in top shape and enjoyed being on stage a lot. Towards the end of the tour they have more and more fun and we like it!

Last night the GT and Mazarin songs worked the best on the audience in Skellefteå and even if they were in a reserved party mood on a Tuesday night, they were clapping along and also singing along much more than the people in Umeå. Maybe we go further up to the north tomorrow and the party animals are there in Luleå. Haha.

O’boy should start sponsoring the band, they mention the brand so many times. The kidding around was cool this time too. Mr. G’s capo adventures continued. Per said „sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, so it’s fifty-fifty”. Later he said he has to practice more for the next tour. Christoffer’s reaction was „1 hour a day at the gym”.

Christoffer already started counting in for Det hjärta som brinner when Per asked him to count, so they started laughing and Chris started counting in again. After the song, Per said it wasn’t bad, Chris added despite the fact that Göran Fritzon wasn’t there. PG said he is always missed. Then Magnus, Christoffer and Helena left the stage and Per asked Clarence if he was still there. Clarence said it’s Göran Fritzon. Mr. G reacted „Göran Fritzon is not here”. They played the most beautiful version of Ljudet av ett annat hjärta. When Per asked if anyone saw Parkliv!, several people replied „yes”, one of them said „many times”. Per was shocked. Then he mentioned that it’s a pity that Christoffer went off stage, because he would admit that his favourite film is Parkliv! At this point Chris came up the stage for a little while to confirm. When the 3 band members came back, Per welcomed them, but said „not that we missed you”. Haha. Chris said he saw Parkliv! when it came out, he was 11 back then and thought it was magical. Per said „and the truth turns out at the second to last gig…”.

Before Vilket håll du än går, PG said they thought to play something uptempo, not that Christoffer falls asleep. Haha.

The crowd stood up before the first encore and waited for the gang to come back on stage while clapping hard. And the band appeared on stage again. Per came after Chris and lifted Christoffer’s hat and put it back again.

Before När vi två blir en, Per told that one can write certain songs when he is very young. He mentioned Flickorna på TV2 as an example, but he said they wouldn’t play that one. Christoffer said he can play it, so PG told him to go ahead. Chris tried, but after two sounds he said he can’t. Argh… Christoffer!!! Practice for the last show! Haha.

Before the second encore the audience stood up again, but the clapping was less loud this time. People already started leaving the concert hall. It was Tuesday after all… Haha. Nevermind! PG & Co. came back on stage for the third time and played their last three songs. Sommartider is always hard to beat! This time Per – just like at an earlier concert – lifted up Christoffer’s hat at one point singing „hej hej”. Everyone was standing and no one sat down for the closing song, När alla vännerna gått hem either. Standing ovation guaranteed at each gig!

Last stop is Luleå on 11th May!

Setlist

1. Kung av sand
2. På promenad genom stan
3. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
4. Småstadsprat
5. Min plats
6. Tycker om när du tar på mej
7. Det hjärta som brinner
8. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
9. Varmt igen
10. Tuffa tider
11. Juni, juli, augusti
12. It Must Have Been Love
13. Vilket håll du än går

Band introduction

14. Här kommer alla känslorna
15. Min hälsning

Encore 1
16. Födelsedag
17. Listen To Your Heart (dedicated to Marie Fredriksson & Pelle Alsing)
18. När vi två blir en

Encore 2
19. Vid hennes sida
20. Sommartider
21. När alla vännerna gått hem

Photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Per after the gig:

SKELLÄFTEÅ! Yep. One of the best shows on this tour just happened! Amazing crowd + this band is just getting smarter + better! I’ve always said it takes at least 30 gigs to get a band REALLY together and this Skelläfteå-show was #30 since we started last summer! How I love to be right hahaha!!! Thanx for showing up, folks. Tomorrow is the last gig on this tour. Scary thought. I love being on the road. I love this band. And this crew. And you’re not that bad either!!!! See y’all tomorrow!

Per Gessle Unplugged Tour – #19 – 9th May 2022 – Umeå

Last 3 shows up in the North! Lucky northern towns got the three tour closing dates with Umeå among them.

Per and the band enjoyed the show so much you could feel it during the whole concert. They were performing fantastically and kidding each other all the time.

After the first song, Per asked the technicians – while he was pointing at his own in-ear system – to turn down the sound of the gentlemen in white next to him, aka Christoffer, because „Christoffer, your voice is so muscular that you take over my brain”. Haha.

The O’boy jokes won’t ever stop! The story-telling was much fun too and the audience liked Per’s anecdotes a lot. Anyway, the crowd was rather reserved until they realized at Min hälsning that this gig can come to an end. Haha. They liked the GT songs the most, but also Småstadsprat, Tycker om när du tar på mej and Varmt igen were among their favourites, giving a long and loud applause after those songs.

Before Det hjärta som brinner, Per asked the crowd what they think about some Gyllene Tider and they were into it. Mr. G said there is a song from 1981 that was released on Moderna Tider and it tends to be fun sometimes.

Ljudet av ett annat hjärta, the most beautiful song on this tour – I know I haven’t mentioned it yet. Haha. Sounded fabulous last night again. Juni, juli, augusti is another favourite of mine in this arrangement and it also sounded amazing in Umeå. Impossible that now it’s only 2 more times we can hear these songs live in this setting.

The bass solo by Magnus was so much fun last night – he is getting more and more creative – that Christoffer couldn’t stop laughing and so his singing in Tuffa tider was hilarious.

The crowd stood up before the first encore and was clapping hard, so the gang came back on stage. Christoffer joked that they would play for another hour, but it didn’t happen, unfortunately. Hard to convince Mr. G. Haha.

Before the second encore the audience stood up again and we didn’t have to wait for too long to have PG & Co. back on stage. Per thanked the crowd and said „we actually live on applause”. Umeå people were very happy to hear Per’s words before Vid hennes sida that it’s from the latest – he hopes, not the last – Gyllene Tider album. For Sommartider we all stood up again and enjoyed it to the full. När alla vännerna gått hem became a sitting song, but the band got their well-deserved standing ovation at the end of this show too.

Next stop is Skellefteå on 10th May!

Setlist

1. Kung av sand
2. På promenad genom stan
3. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
4. Småstadsprat
5. Min plats
6. Tycker om när du tar på mej
7. Det hjärta som brinner
8. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
9. Varmt igen
10. Tuffa tider
11. Juni, juli, augusti
12. It Must Have Been Love
13. Vilket håll du än går

Band introduction

14. Här kommer alla känslorna
15. Min hälsning

Encore 1
16. Födelsedag
17. Listen To Your Heart (dedicated to Marie Fredriksson & Pelle Alsing)
18. När vi två blir en

Encore 2
19. Vid hennes sida
20. Sommartider
21. När alla vännerna gått hem

Photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Per after the gig on Facebook and Twitter:

En lagom lång flygresa till Umeå och sen var vi här. Äntligen. Grymt gig, underbar publik. Skön lokal att spela i dessutom. Tre konserter på tre dagar sen är turne’n över. Oj, vad jag kommer att sakna det här. Tack alla för att ni kom och sjöng med. Syns snart igen!!!

And on Instagram:

Amazing gig in UMEÅ!!!! Thanx for coming, singing along and making this Monday very special indeed!!