Gyllene Tider – GT40 – Fredrikstad – 9th August 2019 – #18

Originally, Fredrikstad would have been the closing gig on the GT40 tour, even if no one believed Gyllene Tider should end their 40-year-long career in Norway. The concert was sold out quite fast, so it had to be moved to a bigger venue and yes, that got sold out soon too. 10000 people got hold of a ticket for the show.

The gates opened at 4 pm, but most of the people queueing were there to find a seat on a bench close to the drinks and food court. There were 2 support acts and the first (they were singing their own songs) started at 18:40, the other started some minutes after the first act ended. The latter band performed covers and they sounded quite cool.

Per, as usual, talked to the audience for the first time after Juni, juli, augusti, but before that, Micke N-S came and changed his guitars and checked the prompter, because it probably didn’t show the things it should. Mr. G went out to tell MNS about it already during the song. So when he started talking he thanked the crowd for waiting for GT for so long and mentioned that Fredrikstad is actually one of their very last shows. He asked the people to sing along and dance if they find the place for that. I was in the 2nd row now and it was tight there too.

I don’t know what happened to the black and white Rickenbacker Mr. G always plays on Det hjärta som brinner, but during the song there was a very quick guitar change. MNS came up on stage and like a shot from a gun, Per took his Rickenbacker off and grabbed the other black guitar and played on. It stayed for Puls and Flickorna på TV2 too.

During Det kändes inte som maj (which rocks live big time!) MP started a bigger circle around the stage and Per joined in the fun. He was following MP until he got back to his own position on the left.

Micke Syd’s intro talking to Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga! was entertaining again and hey, even if he got the lyrics sticked on the stage now, he didn’t have to look at it. By the end of the tour he seems to have learnt the lyrics. Well done! When we met, I asked him about the lyrics in Trondheim, why he didn’t have them sticked on the stage floor. He said it was simply forgotten to be taken inside from the truck. Haha. The finger smacking and swinging worked well on this crowd too.

When Per stopped to talk before Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly, he couldn’t start talking right ahead, because the audience started on with the ojojoj ojojojoj ojojojojojojoj. It was so loud and the band was happy to hear the crowd reaction. It happened several times during the concert. Per said they leave the 80’s and go on with the 70’s. And play some disco. Fast reaction to that was a short disco drum session by Micke Syd. It was funny and a nice little addition.

I always think the band reached their highest level of performing at the actual show I attend, but they can always top it. And that with hardly any days off between the gigs during the past few days. They are a.m.a.z.i.n.g., all them 7 wonderful people!

The setlist was exactly the same as in Trondheim: 21 songs, only 1 encore. At the end of the gig Anders Roos took a picture of the 5 guys with their backs towards the audience. That’s what they skipped in Ullevi.

Fredrikstad was a fab show, but I’m happy that it wasn’t the last stop on tour in the end. Gosh! It was anyway the second to last show! Sista chansen, sista dansen tonight in Halmstad! There are still a few tickets left, so get yourself one if you haven’t decided yet about coming to the concert.

Setlist

1. Skicka ett vykort, älskling
2. Juni, juli, augusti
3. Det hjärta som brinner
4. (Hon vill ha) Puls
5. Flickorna på TV2
6. Vandrar i ett sommarregn
7. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän
8. Det kändes inte som maj
9. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
10. Tuffa tider

BAND PRESENTATION

11. Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga!
12. Kung av sand
13. En sten vid en sjö i en skog
14. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
15. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
16. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet

Encore

17. Det är över nu
18. Gå & fiska!
19. När vi två blir en
20. Sommartider
21. När alla vännerna gått hem

All pics in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

GT after the show:

FREDRIKSTAD!! Wow! Vilken fantastiskt ynnest att få spela i er vackra stad och få den här responsen. Tack alla 10000+ som dök upp igår och sjöng och dansade med oss. Vilken kväll det blev, sköna spontana inpass från bandet blandat med enorm allsång från alla er! Svårt att toppa!!! Nu är vi tillbaka på hemmaplan i Halmstad och ska försöka avsluta GT40-turne’n med bravur ikväll på Brottet. Kommer att bli grymt! See ya there! /Love from GT

Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Fredrikstad, Norway – 23rd July 2017 – #9

The 9th show on tour was a festival gig in Norway, the first concert outside Sweden. A handful of hardcore fans decided to go and see Per and the band there too and what a good decision they made! The gig turned out to be even more wonderful than the one in Gothenburg. Honestly, when you think Mr. G and his gang can’t surprise you with an even better show than what you had already experienced, they just do. And this coming on a 3rd day in a row when they have no days off, just gig after gig. Fantastic! They rule!

The festival crowd seemed to be in great party mood already before Per & Co came up on stage, so it was predictable they would be a loud audience for the main act too. Loud? It’s not even the right word to describe them. Ass-kicking crowd for an ass-kicking band. People cheering during the whole show, singing along all the time and clapping, whistling, dancing, jumping, whatever you can imagine.

There were several memorable moments at the concert, but just to highlight some most fab ones, I mention 2.

This was the first time Chris didn’t play a Per-song-related intro before The Look. He played In the Hall of the Mountain King (he played this as intro to Joyride already in 2011 when Roxette had a tour stop in Norway). Before he could start playing, the crowd was so loud he had to tell them ”Shhhhhhh!” Haha. Too cool!

After Sommartider, before Per could start performing Småstadsprat, the audience went ”oh-oh-oh-oh-oh”. Such a great crowd reaction, such a sweet acceptance of love from Per and the band! Watch it HERE! Says it all how the whole Månefestivalen gig was! Pure awesomeness!

Still is from Üli Car’s VIDEO of those magical oh-oh-oh-oh-oh moments!

Per’s most enthusiastic comment after a show on this tour so far:

FREDRIKSTAD, NORWAY JULY 23, 2017! Hallelujah! My Gosh what a gig. Slightly shorter version due to it being a festival but HOLY COW what a crowd! We love you! Thanx for singing along and making our lives exploding with joy! Been riding on the tour bus three hours now and we still talk about you!!! Lots of love + see ya soon!!!! /P.

   

All photos in the article are taken by Sandra Knospe, except for the still from Üli Car’s video. Thanx so much for your cooperation, girls!

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. It Must Have Been Love
7. Honung och guld
8. Kung av sand
9. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
10. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
11. Spegelboll
12. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
13. The Look (with In the Hall of the Mountain King as intro)

Encore:
14. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
15. Tycker om när du tar på mej
16. Joyride

Encore 2:
17. Sommartider
18. Småstadsprat

Videos:

Juni, juli, augusti: 1; 2;
Det hjärta som brinner
It Must Have Been Love
Chris playing the intro to The Look & The Look
The Look
Tycker om när du tar på mej
Joyride
Sommartider: 1; 2; 3; 4;
Don’t miss out on Per’s before-the-show backstage videos on his YouTube channel either! 1; 2; 3; 4;

Articles, pictures:

Fredrikstad Avisa
Månefestivalen FB: 1; 2;
Gaffa
Fredrikstad Blad (for subscribers only); this one is not only for subscribers
Ringdalen
Artist Pictures Blog
Photo Lasse Ljung