Per Gessle Unplugged – Hotel Tylösand – #5 – 21st July 2021

I had to skip last night’s gig unfortunately, so don’t expect a very detailed report, but I thought it’s nice to have the setlist saved at least.

It was almost 21:00 when the concert started and it lasted almost until 22:45. I hoped for Du kommer så nära (du blir alldeles suddig) to be added to the set, because Uno Svenningsson performed at Hotel Tylösand on 20th July. I thought he would stay and join PG & Co. on stage, but he rather enjoyed the show sitting in the audience.

There were 2 slight changes in the setlist vs. the previous gig: Jag skulle vilja tänka en underbar tanke was now the first song in the first encore, just like at the first 3 concerts and Vandrar i ett sommarregn went to the second encore as the second song. Honung och guld wasn’t played this time. Still 20 songs! Yay!

And we are already at halftime… 5 gigs done, 5 left!

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. Jag skulle vilja tänka en underbar tanke
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. Vandrar i ett sommarregn
20. Om du bara vill

 

 

Thanx a lot for helping out with the setlist and pics, Nathalie Feiling!

Per after the show:

Amazing gig yesterday at Hotel Tylösand. Thanx everyone for joining in! See you tonight!!!

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!

Per Gessle Unplugged – Hotel Tylösand – #3 – 13th July 2021

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.

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. Jag skulle vilja tänka en underbar tanke
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. 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!

Per Gessle Unplugged – Hotel Tylösand – #2 – 8th July 2021

Last night’s concert was absolutely amazing! It definitely topped the premiere gig in spontaneity, in mood both on and off stage and also regarding the setlist. Experiencing the crowd’s totally positive reactions at the premiere concert, this time the whole band and of course, also Per was more relaxed during the show.

Regarding the stage set, one thing was changed before the gig started: a big metal star was put in front of Per’s prompter. Looking good!

The concert started at 20:50, but before that, BoJo came up the stage and shared safety, as well as merchandise information. Now there are not only black tees and white tees, but also a poster with the „tour’s” graphic design.

Per was in top shape (and in his leopard shirt) and all smiles! The band was in the same joyous mood. The talks in between the songs were mostly about the same topics as at the premiere concert, but the guys were kidding each other even more times. That also added a lot to the live experience. The songs sounded wonderful last night too and the setlist was a bit different vs. the premiere show. After It Must Have Been Love, Om du bara vill was skipped and Ömhet was played instead. I was glad to hear this song live, because it fits the whole set and I missed it from the first gig. I thought, nothing to be played from Gammal kärlek rostar aldrig? Can’t be! Fab it didn’t stay like that. Hopefully, Ömhet now stays on the setlist.

If you think Om du bara vill was totally skipped, you are wrong! It appeared on the setlist later.

Funny story that before playing Småstadsprat, Per forgot to put the capo on the guitar. When he relaized that, he started fixing it. Christoffer said now we will have to wait a lot. Per told him: „you sound like my wife” and laughed.

Before playing Det hjärta som brinner, Per mentioned that the early Gyllene Tider songs are the hardest to be played acoustically, because they weren’t written this way, they were formed in the rehearsal studio. Last night’s crowd loved this unplugged version and we were clapping almost during the whole song.

When Mr. G talked about his father and grandfather who were plumbers, he said maybe he should have become a plumber too. The crowd’s reaction was a definite „no”. Haha.

When he said they would finish with Min hälsning, he got an immediate crowd reaction last night again. No one wanted the concert to end so soon.

It Must Have Been Love and Listen To Your Heart were difficult, tearful songs for a part of the audience this time too. Before IMHBL, Per told it’s 5 month until Christmas, so they thought to play a Christmas song. At the end of it he wished „merry Christmas”. LTYH was of course dedicated to Marie and Pelle last night again.

The band introduction was very funny, how Per turned towards Clarence and Magnus (who are sitting behind him) while he was still sitting. Chris suggested Per to use a rearview mirror. Haha. Also when he mentioned that Clarence worked on almost all his records since 1986, he asked if records are still called records. The crowd shouted yes.

When the gang went off stage, the audience was clapping very loudly, so they came back soon. Per thanked and told „you are very kind”, someone in the audience reacted with a loud „you are very good” to it.

At some point during the encore, Micke N-S brought a new mug of ginger tea for Per and while taking the previous mug away, he also wanted to take the water bottle, but Per defended it to keep it for himself. He was defending his water. It was just fun.

Sommartider was an absolute highlight last night too. It was such a fab cooperation between the band and the audience that the crowd wanted it to be played once again, shouting out loudly to ask for it. Christoffer also tried to convince PG, he said he heard we want to it once again, but Per wanted to move on according to the setlist. And he is the boss. Haha. It would have been much fun to play Sommartider twice after one another. Why not. Hm, maybe next time?

After När alla vännerna gått hem, Per thanked everyone for coming and wished a wonderful summer. He said he is sure we will see each other again. The band came to the front and took a bow, waved goodbye and off they went. Last night’s crowd was totally amazing and the loud clapping and shouting had its effect. I’m glad it is now no question that the band comes back to play more after such a reaction. And this time it was again Vid hennes sida, but the concert didn’t end ith that. Per first put down the guitar, then hearing the crowds still very loud clapping he asked if we want one more. Of course! So this is how Om du bara vill was still on the setlist, just at another spot.

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. Honung och guld
9. It Must Have Been Love
10. Ömhet

Band introduction

11. Här kommer alla känslorna
12. Min hälsning

Encore 1
13. Jag skulle vilja tänka en underbar tanke
14. Listen To Your Heart (dedicated to Marie Fredriksson & Pelle Alsing)
15. Sommartider
16. När alla vännerna gått hem

Encore 2 (spontaneous)
17. Vid hennes sida
18. Om du bara vill

  

Photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

 

Per about the concert on his Facebook page:

Grymt kul kväll igår i Tylösand. Underbar publik och härlig stämning. Ledsen att vi inte hade fler låtar inrepade, folks, kunde ju hållit på hela natten kändes det som. TACK alla för suverän respons och galant allsång. Syns nästa vecka igen! Trevlig helg alla.

Per Gessle Unplugged – Hotel Tylösand – #1 – 7th July 2021

The premiere gig – which sold out in no time – of Per Gessle’s Unplugged sessions at Hotel Tylösand happened last night and it was a wonderful evening. The stage was set for the concert during the day and we realized it’s Åsa who designed it all and was there in person to arrange the decoration. It was very detailed with the lights and all gadgets and furniture. The real effect of the lights could be seen after the sun went down, but it looked very cool in the bright daylight too.

It was nice to see well-known faces from the crew who made all things work for the evening. It was new that Mats MP Persson was responsible for the sound during the event. And he did a fantastic job!

The weather was perfect for an openair concert. We could enter the concert area – both the terrace spots and the Solgården places at 19:00. In Solgården we got picnic bags, so one could eat and drink before (and during) the concert. This was a different experience vs. previous concerts where the only thing you can (and want to) focus on is what’s happening on stage. For those who go to concerts to enjoy live music and are not used to other surrounding noises (eating, drinking, talking during songs, waiters taking the empty glasses and bottles away etc.), it might be harder to exclude these sounds.

Before the concert started at appr. 20:45, BoJo came up the stage and shared some safety information and asked everyone to stay seated during the whole gig and promised to come back on stage and stop the happening if he sees anyone standing up or dancing. He also told not to forget to buy PG T-shirts at the stand.

I have to mention that all PG guitar pick collectors will be sad, because there are no plectrums played at these gigs. It’s fingerpicking! And it sounds fab!

Fortunately, Per was talking a lot in between the songs. He had some paper sheets in front of him and flicked through them during the concert. No story could stay untold. So instead of the 1-hour-long concert many expected based on the Hallandsposten interview, it became a 1.5-hour-long gig.

Per greeted the audience and said they thought to play songs he has written during the past 43 years. Kung av sand was a strong starter.

Before På promenad genom stan Mr. G said he hasn’t played unplugged in front of an audience since 1993, when Roxette did the MTV Unplugged, so it’s special for him now. Magnus added it’s super exclusive. Per told it’s fun to play the songs acoustically, because that’s how most often the songs are written. He also talked a bit about how he and a friend of his started as a troubadours employed by the city council.

When PG moved from Söndrum to Halmstad city in the beginning of the 80’s, one of the first songs he wrote there was Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång.

Before Småstadsprat he told the Nashville story, that in 2016 he went there to record with the musicians sitting around him. He emphasized „almost with all of them”. Here he waved at Magnus, because he is the only one from the gang who wasn’t there. Per told he is friends with Roy Orbison’s son who is called Roy Orbison and Roy suggested to use his father’s guitar during the Nashville sessions. So they did.

Mr. G told that after 17 years it was time for him to record his next Swedish solo album in 2002, which later became Mazarin. For the recordings he went down to Christoffer’s studio that has many vintage gadgets. Then he joked he heard a story that Marie once booked a hairdresser appointment for Chris in secret. Then they played one of the nicest songs from Mazarin, Tycker om när du tar på mej.

Before another GT song, Det hjärta som brinner was played, Per noticed that it’s very rare they can see the audience they are playing for, because of the spotlights. Which is a pity, because „you are so good-looking”.

Micke N-S brought the ukulele for Per and Mr. G told people often ask what’s the coolest place to play. He says he played Wembley and the Sydney Opera House, but the absolute coolest is to play the ukulele at Ullevi. Tuffa tider came next, of course.

Honung och guld is one of Per’s favourite GT songs, so it had to be played too. Which guitar he should play was told him via his earplug he said.

Here came the story of It Must Have Been Love, how it started as a Christmas song and ended up in a movie. The song had its effect on many of us. It brought us into tears, for obvious reasons.

Before Om du bara vill Per told how he started to work with Helena. He was looking for a female vocalist for his upcoming solo album and Christoffer organized an audition with several singers. The first voice he played for Per was absolutely magical, so Per immediately decided it should be that singer. Helena told how lucky she is. Per tells Helena was to sing on two songs, but her vocals ended up on ten.

After this song, Per introduced the band one by one. First Christoffer, then Clarence, then Magnus and last but not least, Helena.

Another Mazarin song came, Här kommer alla känslorna and then Per told he thought to finish with a song he wrote for Gyllene Tider, it was Min hälsning. When the word „finish” left his mouth, everyone was loud, being against they finish the concert already. Haha. It was cool.

After the song they went off stage, but the audience was so loud, wanting them back that after a few minutes they just couldn’t resist coming back for an encore.

They went on with Jag skulle vilja tänka en underbar tanke.

The next song was heartbreaking again. Per told they all worked with Roxette for so many years and during the past 1.5 years they lost two of their very best friends. They dedicated Listen To Your Heart to Marie and Pelle, because it was one of their favourite Roxette songs.

The next one Per thought they should skip, but Magnus insisted on playing it. And how good he did that! Haha. Sommartider was one of the absolute highlights. The order on the setlist is a bit strange, having a rollercoaster of emotions after LTYH. Anyway, the whole crowd was most active during this song. It sounded fab in this acoustic arrangement and involved all the people in the audience.

Before the last song, Per thanked everyone for coming and they played När alla vännerna gått hem. After that he wished a wonderful summer and thanked once again. The whole band took a bow several times and they went off stage waving goodbye, but the audience didn’t want to stop clapping and asking for more. It doesn’t really happen that after the show is over, Per & Co. come back on stage, so it was a huge surprise that they came back this time. Everyone in the crowd was extremely happy for that.

The very last song really wasn’t planned, it wasn’t written on the setlist either. Per was very happy about the crowd reaction. Someone shouted they should play En händig man and Per repeated what he heard, BUT, the closing song was Vid hennes sida. Per told it’s a song that ended up on GT’s maybe last album – he emphasized the word „maybe”. This was a real spontaneous action and it fit so well! This could happen more often, if you ask me. Fab way to end an awesome evening!

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. Honung och guld
9. It Must Have Been Love
10. Om du bara vill

Band introduction

11. Här kommer alla känslorna
12. Min hälsning

Encore 1
13. Jag skulle vilja tänka en underbar tanke
14. Listen To Your Heart (dedicated to Marie Fredriksson & Pelle Alsing)
15. Sommartider
16. När alla vännerna gått hem

Encore 2 (spontaneous)
17. Vid hennes sida

Photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

 

Per about the concert on his Facebook page:

Wow! Vilken fantastisk kväll vädermakterna bjöd på igår i Tylösand. En sådan finns bara i Sverige. Otroligt kul att få spela igen med mitt vassa band och fantastiskt såklart att få möta VÄRLDENS BÄSTA PUBLIK igen! Tack för all hjälp med att göra vår nervösa premiär till en skön och lätt promenad längs stranden. New balls tonight, folks!

On Roxette’s Facebook page:

Amazing opening night last night. Thanx everyone who came by from abroad. I know it’s been tricky for you. You mean a lot to us! Love always!