Per Gessle’s 3rd unplugged gig happened last night and it was a fabulous evening again.
Before the concert started at appr. 20:45, BoJo and Åsa did a last check on the stage set, switched on the bulbs – by the way, the big metal star in front of Per’s prompter also got some light bulbs and is looking even cooler –, the crew brought the instruments up to the stage, BoJo informed about safety and behaviour, as well as where to buy the merchandise.
The crowd was impatient to see the gang on stage, so they tried to motivate them with a loud applause and they succeeded. The band soon appeared on stage and Per greeted the audience (while he was still chewing on ginger(?), haha) on this fantastic evening, stating that summer has just exploded. (It was extremely hot and sunny during the whole day.) He asked the crowd to sing along if they know the lyrics and started off with Kung av sand.
The band performed a wonderful show. It didn’t lack a surprise in the setlist. Fortunately, Ömhet was kept in, but Honung och guld wasn’t played this time. Instead of HOG, another Gyllene Tider song entered the set: Juni, juli, augusti. Who would have thought that it sounds so amazing in an acoustic arrangement!
JJA wasn’t the only surprise though. Per told his father and grandfather were plumbers and maybe he should have become a plumber too, like everyone is Roy Orbison in the Orbison family. Mr. G told his father disappeared from this planet at the end of the 70’s and he wrote a song to him last year. For the first time ever, Per & Co. played Pappa live. We could hear this song in a similar arrangement in a YouTube video Per shared last year, but it felt awesome to hear it in REAL life. Sounded beautiful! Will Mamma join the setlist in the future? Would be amazing!
One of my favourite crowd reaction part at the shows is when Per tells they thought to finish with Min hälsning. The audience wasn’t too happy to hear the gang would end the concert so soon. Per’s reaction was: „We don’t know so many songs as you would think we know.” Someone from the crowd shouted he could play for 4 hours. PG said: „Of course, 4 hours. That’s what happens tonight.” And laughed.
Sommartider can never go wrong! The crowd was most active during this song, both regarding singing along and clapping. During both Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång and Tuffa tider Per invited the audience to sing along more than at the previous two gigs.
This time they were talking about Christoffer’s studio in Vallarum again, where Per spent 500 days in the past 19 years. Mr. G told there is no hotel near, so those who record there stay at Gubbens hus. He asked Chris to talk a bit about this place. Christoffer told the story when Per was to stay there for the first time. They cleaned the house carefully, but the first thing Per saw there was a mouse running through the house and asked „w.h.a.t. w.a.s. t.h.a.t.?!” Chris is proud of Per that he stayed all 500 days in that house after the incident. The audience applauded the hero. Haha.
After När alla vännerna gått hem, Per thanked everyone for coming and wished a wonderful summer. He told not to forget your sunscreens.
The second encore is now built in the setlist. It’s just great that it could stay like this. Before Vid hennes sida, Per said he wrote this song for Gyllene Tider’s latest, not last, he hopes, but latest album. The audience shouted with happiness. Om du bara vill was kept as the final song, closing the show.
1. Kung av sand
2. På promenad genom stan
3. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
5. Tycker om när du tar på mej
6. Det hjärta som brinner
7. Tuffa tider
8. Juni, juli, augusti
10. It Must Have Been Love
12. Här kommer alla känslorna
13. Min hälsning
14. Jag skulle vilja tänka en underbar tanke
15. Listen To Your Heart (dedicated to Marie Fredriksson & Pelle Alsing)
17. När alla vännerna gått hem
18. Vid hennes sida
19. Om du bara vill
Photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.
Per after the gig:
Oj, sommaren har verkligen kommit till västkusten. Skålhett på scenen igår men en helt underbar plats att vara på. Trust me! Tack alla för stor kärlek, vänskap och en hel del tårar. Ser fram emot nya hyss ikväll med stor glädje!