Per Gessle Unplugged – Hotel Tylösand – #4 – 14th July 2021

After we entered Solgården and we occupied our seats for Per Gessle’s 4th unplugged gig, Per suddenly appeared in front of us and left the stage area with BoJo through Leifs Lounge. Some hesitated to go after him, but you can’t leave your spots just like that. Haha.

I haven’t mentioned it before, but there is no PG mix tape for these shows. And you realize it immediately, when such songs as Daddy Cool are playing from the speakers before the gig.

Anders Roos was on spot and like at the first and second concerts, he took photos again.

The concert started almost at 21:00, but only after Åsa and BoJo checked the stage set, BoJo informed about what he had to inform the audience about and the crew placed the instruments and Mr. G’s ginger tea to their spots.

The band entered the stage with a huge smile on their faces and the crowd gave them a loud applause. Per greeted us and mentioned the great summer weather (it was actually even hotter than the day before) saying „it’s a bit too warm for us over 60”.

One must love two things about the setlist. It changes every time and it’s growing! Even if the changes are only slight ones, it’s still very cool to experience several songs in this arrangement. Hopefully, it stays like that for the rest of the shows.

Juni, juli, augusti stayed on the list from yesterday, as well as Pappa. It was wonderful to hear both songs again. Until the first encore nothing has changed.

Besides the lovely anecdotes to each song, there were some funny happenings, e.g. for Här kommer alla känslorna Per would have had to change guitars, but he wanted to start playing the one he had in his hands already. Micke N-S came up on stage to help with the change and then Per stated „ahaaa, I have to change guitars, of course. It’s not so usual that I do anything alone in my life.” Haha.

Another funny story is when Per said they thought to finish with Min hälsning and the audience burst out into a loud neeeej! (= noooo!), someone shouted „Billy!” Per reacted „Fattar du vad det handlar om?” Everyone laughed. The guy was not tired of shouting Billy later too, but unfortunately, it wasn’t played. Maybe it will turn up on the setlist sometime later?

Of course, the set couldn’t end with Min hälsning, the audience was shouting „en gång till! en gång till!” and clapping loudly, so the gang came back on stage and there came the first surprise in the setlist. Instead of Jag skulle vilja tänka en underbar tanke the first song in the first encore was Vandrar i ett somarregn. Per said they didn’t play this one before, just at the soundcheck before the concert. It was very nice. Last time we could hear this song live was on the GT40 tour in 2019.

Sommartider was again the best crowd pleaser and now during När alla vännerna gått hem many mobile phone lights were switched on. It looked lovely.

Even if the guys and girl said goobye, took a bow and went off stage, the concert didn’t end there. When they came back for the second encore, Per thanked for the crowd’s kindness and said it’s a magical evening and they are happy to play for us. Before Vid hennes sida he mentioned again that he hopes it was not the last, just the latest GT album for which he wrote this song. The crowd of course went loud after hearing these words.

The second encore consisted of 3 songs last night. Honung och guld found its way back to the setlist and is now the second song in the second encore. Before playing it, Per told the story when Marie and he were doing promos and TV stuff all around the world at the end of the 80’s and once when they were in the Netherlands, someone shouted from a balcony: „I love your record!” Mr. G realized it was Tom Petty and he replied: „We love your record too!” He said Tom Petty is one of the artists who influenced him the most. Honung och guld is a song which is quite Tom Petty-ish.

It gets darker during the evenings in Halmstad and why I mention it is because it would be nice to put some more lights on the band when they all take a bow in the front. With only the stage’s background lights they are much less visible.

Some of us bumped into Helena who left right after the concert and we could thank her for her wonderful performance. She was together with Ulrika Lorentzi, a friend of hers who she is also making music with and it turned out they were off to another concert. Busy life of a performer.

Setlist

1. Kung av sand
2. På promenad genom stan
3. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
4. Småstadsprat
5. Tycker om när du tar på mej
6. Det hjärta som brinner
7. Tuffa tider
8. Juni, juli, augusti
9. Pappa
10. It Must Have Been Love
11. Ömhet

Band introduction

12. Här kommer alla känslorna
13. Min hälsning

Encore 1
14. Vandrar i ett somarregn
15. Listen To Your Heart (dedicated to Marie Fredriksson & Pelle Alsing)
16. Sommartider
17. När alla vännerna gått hem

Encore 2
18. Vid hennes sida
19. Honung och guld
20. Om du bara vill

 

 

 

Photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Per after the show in Swedish and in English:

Wow! Fantastiskt gig igår igen på Hotel Tylösand. Svettigt… (man börjar sjunga konstiga saker vid 30+ grader!) men det blev verkligen en underbar kväll. Tack alla för positiv energi och att ni får oss alla att känna att vi tillhör samma familj. Vilken ofattbar resa det här har varit hittills. Ett koncept jag aldrig gjort förut och nu vill jag bara att det ska bli onsdag nästa vecka blixtsnabbt. Så vi kan fortsätta spela för er! Stay safe + sound, syns o hörs snart igen.

Wow! Amazing gig last nite at Hotel Tylosand. Hot + sweaty (you tend to sing funny stuff at 30+ C…) but it was a truly amazing evening. Swedish westcoast at its best. Thanks everyone + see y’all next Wednesday!