I remember when on 19th July a few other fans and me were already at the venue in Ronneby and had been waiting for the GT show that night. At a moment I checked my e-mails and couldn’t believe my eyes. The concert got delayed because of Per’s sickness. I read up the mail and everyone thought I was joking, because no one else got a mail about it. It’s because I got the press release from Live Nation and it wasn’t the ticket selling partner yet that communicated. Then step by step the event pages on Facebook got new dates for Ronneby and Kalmar and then came another e-mail about what you could do with your tickets in case the new dates don’t fit your schedule. We all couldn’t leave Brunnsparken, we had no other plan for the day. Then the security supervisor came (our favourite, Atli from Show Security Sweden) and said he assumed we heard the sad news already. We told him we heard about it, just couldn’t decide on what to do. Most fans from those being there started rescheduling their travelling plans, calling their bosses, checking flights and accommodation etc. Tough life of a fan.
The good thing is that the gig wasn’t cancelled, only delayed. Newspapers wrote back then that 11800 people bought tickets for the show. Again, it was a Friday and the new date was a Tuesday night, so I don’t know how much it affected the number of attendants. Actually, no matter how many people went there, they were loud and had much fun at the show.
After Juni, juli, augusti Per greeted the crowd and thanked for waiting for them. He also mentioned that this is the last week of the tour and it’s incredible fun to perform in Ronneby. Well, you could see on the band members’ faces that they also feel the tour is coming to its end. The band was tight last night again, all smiles, full of energy even if there was no day off after Kalmar. They were kidding each other all the time and interacted with the crowd too.
The setlist was the same as in Eskilstuna, which means 21 songs. I felt it was coming, just still hoped for 23. Let’s see what happens next time.
The backdrop had something new in Ronneby too. During the Pink Panther Theme intro it turned into pink for some seconds, having the GT40 sign on it. Maybe for the last show the Pink Panther himself will also appear for some seconds. Haha. The red background with the guys’ portrait drawings appeared for a longer time and disappeared only when they started playing Det är över nu.
Det kändes inte som maj turned out to be even more fun as usual, because first Micke Syd played the intro further than he should have, to give Per some more time before he sings (or just for fun). Then later in the song, Per was looking at the prompter for the lyrics, but he shook his head towards Micke N-S showing that something was not OK and didn’t sing until a while. We were wondering whether there was nothing visible on the prompter or wrong lyrics appeared. Whatever. This song rulez!
Dea was on home turf (Blekinge) and both Per and Micke Syd mentioned it when they talked to the crowd. Per at Dea’s intro, Micke Syd when he put his shiny jacket on before Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga! Micke Syd came up with Skansen and the Eurovision Song Contest (Melodifestivalen) too, since Dea is a well-known backup singer there. Harplinge Ringo didn’t keep any secrets. He also mentioned that Per slept on the bus and he was talking in his sleep.
The finger smacking and swinging on Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga! worked the best in Ronneby so far. It must have looked great from the stage, because Micke was impressed and told it several times into the mic. Meanwhile, Per sprayed himself with the mosquito repellent again, because there were tons of mosquitoes in Ronneby too.
När vi två blir en – I love it! Each and every time they start performing this song, the crowd reaction is amazing. Everyone expects Sommartider and then suddenly they realize NVTBE is also a song that the guys can’t skip on the setlist.
Åsa was back and she filmed a lot in Ronneby. Helena, Micke’s wife was there too and when they bumped into each other during Sommartider, they both danced with a huge smile on their faces. It was cool.
When Micke Syd came to the front on När alla vännerna gått hem, he brought some drumsticks (with the LOVE sign on them) to the front and he gave them away to fans. He tried to pick those, who were there at several concerts and haven’t received one from him yet. Very lovely idea. Thank you!
All in all, it was yet another ”one of the best” shows. Now GT leave Sweden for Norway for 2 gigs. Next stop is Trondheim.
- Skicka ett vykort, älskling
- Juni, juli, augusti
- Det hjärta som brinner
- (Hon vill ha) Puls
- Flickorna på TV2
- Vandrar i ett sommarregn
- (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän
- Det kändes inte som maj
- Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
- Tuffa tider
- Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga!
- Kung av sand
- En sten vid en sjö i en skog
- Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
- Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
- (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
- Det är över nu
- Gå & fiska!
- När vi två blir en
- När alla vännerna gått hem
All pics in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.
RONNEBY YEA! Grazie för en fabulöst trevlig tisdagskväll i Ronneby. Detta var ett av de två giggen vi var tvungna att ställa in för ngn vecka sedan men nu kom vi tillbaka pigga och krya och, oh boy, vilket gensvar vi fick från er alla! Supertack. Härligt avslappnad konsert med många tokerier och skön allsång inkl spontandans. Ledigt idag. Rösterna behöver vila. Imorgon blir det Norge. See you around, folks! /GT