Trondheim

25.03.2017 Janove (Byscenen, Trondheim)

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

To be perfectly honest: I didn’t expect much from Janove’s solo concert. I mean, I like the album and there are some awesome songs on there (and a few that I don’t notice at all, which means they are pretty much made for skipping …), but from the live clips and photos I’d seen, I feared that the concert would feel quite a bit like “Kaizers wannabe”. Of course Janove is/was a big part of Kaizers, but he IS not Kaizers. And I was dreading to see him act like he was, just with another band …

And I mean, just look at that other band: An eccentric piano/keyboard guy (wearing a cape instead of a gas mask, duh), a guitar player that moves exactly like Hellraizer, a drummer with a hat (where have we seen that before, hmm?), and a bass player that – at least in some photos – looks like an older version of Killmaster with a beard. No wonder I went into the concert rather skeptical …

The first surprise was the audience: Way older than the average Kaizers audience. Maybe that was due to the fact that the concert was at Byscenen, not at Samfundet, where most other Kaizers concerts in Trondheim had taken place. Or maybe … well, I guess we’ve all grown four years older since the last Kaizers concerts, right?

The concert started with a rather weird intro – no idea what it was, and it just sounded strange and didn’t really fit anything. But “Aldri la de tro de er bedre enn deg” was a nice song to start the show with, as it has a long-ish intro where Janove could make the audience wait for him. =;-)

And then the next surprise: The audience actually KNEW the song! And not only this one, but all of them, and they were singing along! Okay, at least in the front they were. The live video that Janove posted during the show suggests that the people in the back were the typical Trønder-audience – chatting away even during the songs. *grr* But nope, not in the front, there people were really into what was happening. And rightfully so, because it was a lot of fun!

It didn’t feel like Kaizers wannabe. Of course the songs have a Kaizers feel to them, no question about it. But the show is more focused on groove than rock, more dancing and less jumping. So it is a different thing, which is really good – and even though I personally am much more on the rock/punk/jump/pogo side, I enjoyed the concert a lot. The only two songs that disappointed me a bit were my favorites from the album, the fast ones: Both “Trixing & fixing” and “Me vokser aldri opp” were fun live, but not as fun as they could have been. It felt like they kinda “softened up” Trixing & fixing – making it more groovy, true, but this killed the energy a bit. And while this was not the case for “Me vokser aldri opp” and it was played with all the energy I had hoped for, Janove wasn’t moving. Micke from Sweden at the keyboards was jumping around like crazy, but not the frontman … And just to make it clear: Those songs were still great. It’s just a little disappointing to know that they COULD have been not only great, but absolutely fantastic. Yes, sorry, my bar is high for Janove … =;-)

Another thing that struck me was that this is really a one man show. The band is there, you see them, but the only one you might notice once in a while is Micke from Sweden. Otherwise it’s just Janove. Which makes perfect sense of course, because it is his solo thing. And it’s another point where his solo show is different from Kaizers.

There wasn’t a lot of talking in between the songs, just very short announcements, but of course Janove was animating the audience to clap and sing along right from the start, and then in pretty much every song. Which worked really well! Except maybe at the end of Perler & svin, where the melody seemed a bit too complicated. =;-)

And one final remark: The light show was awesome! =:-) You can see a little bit of it in the videos I streamed on Facebook (I siget, Regnbuen treffer oss ikkje lenger, Spinner for deg, Et hjerte som sloss), but that doesn’t give it justice. It was great!

Here’s the full setlist:

  1. Aldri la de tro de er bedre enn deg
  2. I siget
  3. Marlene
  4. Regnbuen treffer oss ikkje lenger
  5. Mine siste berømte ord
  6. Om me går ned
  7. Spinner for deg
  8. Trixing & fixing
  9. I natt blir du fri
  10. Me vokser aldri opp
  11. Et hjerte som sloss
  12. Perler & svin
    ————–
  13. Verden går til helvete, tralala
  14. Vår uendelige sang

April 2015 – Seigmen, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg & Cloroform (Trondheim)

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Quite a few concerts again in the last two weeks! And all quite fun, which means I should write at least a few words. Especially considering that there aren’t really any other concerts on my calendar until the summer festivals!

18.04.2014 – Seigmen (Byscenen)

First up were Seigmen at Byscenen. They left quite an impression after their concert at Verket festival last year, so I didn’t wait to get my ticket for their concert in Trondheim. Actually, I was quite surprised that it took a few weeks to sell out the show! I had expected a few hours, if not minutes …

The concert was fun, but not as energetic and enthusiastic as I had hoped for. I guess that was partly due to the audience being pretty quiet and laid-back – that kind of made sense considering the show wasn’t sold out right away, so there weren’t only the “hardcore fans” there. But it was also due to the band. The music and the energy during the songs were great, but in the breaks, we didn’t really get anything but “Do you feel alright?” and “Can you be louder than Bergen???” Not very creative.

Still, a good concert, and in nice company, so it was a really fun night.

22.04.2015 – Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg (Blæst)

I had wondered for a while if I should get a ticket for that concert or not. In the middle of the week? Would I find anyone who’d like to come along? Basically a cover band, even though the drummer is a REAL Ramone? Would it be any fun?

But then I decided that I definitely didn’t want to miss out on that concert, because: Ramones. I mean, R.A.M.O.N.E.S! At least as close as you can get to a Ramones concert nowadays. I did not find anyone who wanted to come along (shitty taste in music, you Trondheimers!!), but it was a middle-of-the-week concert anyway, so that wasn’t a big deal. What was worse was that the concert started with an hour delay, which meant waiting around first and not being done until after midnight, on a Wednesday …

Still, the concert was awesome! First up were Sugar Louise from Trondheim, and they were a lot of fun. Conveniently, they had brought their own fans, which of course was great to warm up the audience.

Not that the Ramones (short for “Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg”, of course 😉 ) would have needed it – people were jumping and hopping and singing and moshing from the first second anyway, and that was just awesome. Great atmosphere! And while I really enjoyed the concert, I gotta say that I was a bit disappointed by the singer – maybe he just meant to be “in character”, but he seemed completely stoned on stage. No idea if he was; I would guess no and that he was just pretending, but come on … I’d rather hear good singing than think I’m at a real Ramones concert. It took me quite a while to figure out what song “Psycho groupie” was … oh, you mean “Psycho therapy”?!

But again, the audience was totally into it, and that was what made the concert so much fun. And of course hearing all the old songs, and pretending I was at a real Ramones concert. 😉

30.04.2015 – Cloroform (Blæst)

And finally: Cloroform! I’ve seen them before of course, so I knew what I was into. And for that concert, I did not hesitate with getting my ticket! I was quite shocked though when I got an email about three weeks before the show that went out to everyone who had gotten tickets already, to inform them that they had reduced the ticket price and we would get some money back. That of course wasn’t what shocked me, and the fact that all ticket buyers were on the TO: list instead of the BCC: list shocked me only slightly compared to the fact that there were exactly NINE addresses on the list. 😮

Gosh, would it really be all empty?! It pretty much looked like it when I arrived, and it only filled up slightly during the support band. I started expecting the worst, but it got much better until Cloroform came on stage!

I was a bit skeptical during the first songs – wow, this was really weird. I remembered the last concerts as much more fun and much less strange … at least after the first few songs. And exactly the same happened again. Cloroform needed a few songs to warm up, but then they really got going and the concert turned out amazing. Not much movement in the crowd, unfortunately, but it was obvious that people enjoyed themselves. An awesome concert, with all the good old songs I know and like. And I only know and like two or three albums, to be honest, so they picked just the right ones! 🙂

So now there aren’t really any concerts on my list until summer – and I still haven’t picked my festivals yet. There will be two in Germany for sure, but I’m quite undecided about festivals in Norway yet. Steinkjer might be an option, and then maybe one or two where Skambankt are playing … maybe Brønnøysund? Hmm, I think I should start planning soon! 🙂

10.10.2014 Skambankt (Byscenen, Trondheim)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

I think I can get used to that … vorspiel at home, then half an hour stroll down to the center and Byscenen for the Skambankt concert! =:-D

I was really curious how the concert would turn out. I had seen the setlist of the earlier concerts of the tour, and it looked really … interesting. =;-) Starting out with Kald kald natt? No Slukk meg? But some really old songs back in the set?

Also, the concert was far from sold out, just like the concert in Oslo the day before – no surprise if there’s basically no promotion for the concert and the dates aren’t even announced until just before the tour starts … And if there’s just a few people at a concert, you won’t have a great atmosphere. =:-/

Luckily, it turned out it wasn’t as bad as I had feared. We arrived just before Skambankt were about to go on stage, and Byscenen looked crowded. OK, some parts were tarped off, but the room seemed filled. Yay! The atmosphere turned out to be pretty good – no comparison to Samfundet in March, but people were into the concert, moving, singing along, and randomly being reprimanded by the security for dancing. *rolleyes*

As expected, Skambankt started with Kald kald natt – hmm. Not sure if that works so well. I think it’s just too calm and slow to start off the concert, even though the intro with the choir is pretty cool. What I loved though was using Anonyme hatere as first song of the encores – that worked just perfectly! Better than to start of with that song. And they need to start the concert somehow, so I guess Kald kald natt is as good as any song. =;-)

I just LOVED the old songs they included in the set – Desertør, Alarm, and Bak låste dører. It’s been a while since I last heard them live, and I didn’t even realize I’d missed them. But oh yes, I had!! Even though Alarm is a bit tricky because you have to suddenly turn invisible in the middle of the song to prevent being dragged up on stage to count in. =;-) Seemed like the whole audience managed to do that this time, ’cause they didn’t take up anyone. *g* Terje just started the song up again – catching Børge by surprise, so they had to try again.

I had a little “no, come on, they are NOT doing this” moment after Voodoo when they suddenly started playing something that sounded tremendously like … Født på ny. OK, it turned out to be the Vår bør intro, so I guess my mind was just playing tricks on me, ’cause I’ve never heard the similarity before. Even though it would have been ridiculously funny if they had actually played Født på ny. *g*

There was hardly any talk or any “special” interaction apart from screaming Hey and Oh and singing and counting down from 18, so there’s not much more to report here. Skambankt played a tight concert without breaks and pauses. Great fun, awesome seeing them again, and we all got a good dose of rock!

Here’s the full setlist:

  • Kald kald natt
  • Skambankt
  • O dessverre
  • Me sa nei
  • Dynasti
  • Desertør
  • Bak låste dører
  • Alarm
  • Voodoo
  • Vår bør
  • Sort blod
  • Malin
  • Mantra
    ——–
  • Anonyme hatere
  • Stormkast #1

15.08.2014 – Photos Skambankt (Pstereo, Trondheim)

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
15.08.2014 – Photos Skambankt (Pstereo, Trondheim)

15.08.2014 Skambankt (Pstereo, Trondheim)

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
15.08.2014 – Photos Skambankt (Pstereo, Trondheim)

Festival concerts just aren’t the same as “real” concerts. That’s why I didn’t really expect anything when going down to Pstereo festival tonight. On the program: Stein Torleif Bjella, Skambankt, St. Vincent, and Biffy Clyro. A very … hmm, let’s call it interesting mixture. =;-)

Skambankt’s last club show in Trondheim was absolutely awesome, but then, this was a festival. And even though the festival grounds were filled pretty nicely when Skambankt started, it didn’t seem like there were so many people in the audience that knew Skambankt and were looking forward to their show.

Except for a few guys in the front that were starting a mosh pit during the first couple of songs already! =:-o Wow, didn’t expect that. And neither did the security, obviously. One security guy actually jumped over the railing, made his way to the mosh pit, and told people to calm down. SERIOUSLY! I mean, I’m used to German festivals, which are a LOT wilder than Norwegian ones. And then, when someone actually moves a little, the security stops it?!

Well, they only managed to stop it until “Me sa nei” – as always, Skambankt wanted to see a Wall of Death during that song, and they got it. And after that, the security did not try to stop the mosh pit anymore. =;-) And it got wilder and wilder throughout the show, just calming down a bit for the slower songs, culminating with the last song “Stormkast #1”.

I know I’ve been criticizing the Wall of Death – and I still hate it, but that’s based on German festivals. I can see now why Skambankt are doing that … it really helps get the crowd into the concert, and it seems to work perfectly well. So thumbs up!

And as the crowd got more and more into it without much more initiative from stage, there was no “hey” part in “Dynasti” this time. But we got to sing the “Mantra” chorus! And at the very end, there was a bit of back and forth between band and audience again. Really nice. And I was very amused when Ted came back on stage after the drum solo, back to the crowd, leaned back and spat water into the air. Not sure if he stole that from Hellraizer or HHH. =;-)

Some time during the concert, Skambankt announced they would be back in Trondheim in October, then at Byscenen – where it is actually dark, so that the lighting guy can do his magic and doesn’t have to sit there with sunglasses on. *g* Yay!
Looking forward to that already. ‘Cause even though this festival show was really great, the next club show will be even better, I’m sure!

Here’s the setlist:

  • Anonyme hatere
  • Skambankt
  • O dessverre
  • Vår bør
  • Som en sirene
  • Me sa nei
  • Dynasti
  • Min eliksir
  • Tanker som mareritt
  • Voodoo
  • Mantra
  • Stormkast #1

15.03.2014 Skambankt (Samfundet, Trondheim)

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

After my last trip north and two Skambankt concerts that were even more awesome than expected I was really happy I had already booked my flight to the Oslo concert (that’s what happens if KLM unexpectedly puts out some extra cheap flights … *g*) – however, I had the feeling that this would still not suffice and I’d have to take yet another trip to Norway … =;-) Actually, I had set my eyes on Stavanger, but then I ended up going to Trondheim instead, for … reasons. The best part about that: it still leaves the option to go to Stavanger. *uhem*

Anyway. Arriving at Samfundet, I first found out that I was not on the guestlist. Well, nothing new here, that has happened before, and it’s usually not a big deal. This time it was no deal at all, because the answer was: “No, you’re not on the list … but hey, wait, I’ve seen you on TV! I’m sure you should be on the list. Here you go, just go in …” =:-o That felt very weird and very cool at the same time. *g*

I was there in good time for the support band Lydløs. And they sounded pretty good! Punk with Norwegian lyrics. And from what I read, their first concert ever, and for that it was really impressive. Thumbs up!

Also, I was kinda “impressed” with the sound – not that it was particularly good, but it was not particularly BAD. Which is good for Samfundet. =;-) Maybe because I was down on the floor instead of the stands for the first time there?

The Skambankt concert started out theatrically with the intro and the banner rising up. And it was clear from the beginning that this would be an awesome concert – the audience was REALLY into it, and everybody was loud and singing. There were mosh pits, hands and fists in the air, and the audience took over the singing quite a few times. OK, it didn’t always work out perfectly – we messed up the chorus in Mantra, and the “hei”-“hei” part in Dynasti took quite some practicing again (I still think that the audience is NOT to blame for that though; it’s just impossible to understand what Mr. Winters wants the audience to do there *g*). Still, the atmosphere was fantastic. Ted … argh, I think I’ll have to reconsider my style principles, writing “Ted” just feels awkward every time … – where was I? Oh right. Anyway. “Mr. Frontman” summed it up perfectly in the end: “Takk skal dokke faen meg ha!” An amazing concert in front of a fantastic crowd that was really into it. Perfect!

A funny little moment was the ending of Stormkast #1, where the audience was screaming hey, then the band would play, the audience would scream, the band would play … guess some things are just great fun, no matter which band is doing them and who is conducting. =;-)

In Me sa nei, Skambankt did their 2nd ever Wall of Death … Hmm, I know what I think about that. It does look amazing from above, I agree, and it might be great fun for some people to take part … but I guess they’ll soon stop doing it after the first fan hobbles out with a broken ankle. Or tibia. Which is just a matter of time …

Still, it was no problem to stick to the side and enjoy an awesome concert – everybody had a great time, the band went off stage with a “nå blir det fest!”, and everyone went out with big smiles on their faces. Yay, can’t be better! =:-D

The setlist was altered a bit on the spot – the planned list was the usual one they played every time, but they modified it a bit to fit the atmosphere. Here’s what they played:

  • Anonyme hatere
  • Skambankt
  • O dessverre
  • Vår bør
  • Som en sirene
  • Slukk meg (for eg brenner)
  • Sort blod
  • Me sa nei
  • Min eliksir
  • Gamle spøkelser
  • Voodoo
  • Dynasti
  • Tanker som mareritt
  • Stormkast #1
    —–
  • Mantra
  • Malin
  • Våre folk

Addendum: OK, after seeing the video I take back the broken ankle. Wrong scale. I was thinking more about this. But I still think WoDs are stupid. =;-p

24.08.2013 – Photos Kaizers Orchestra (Borggården, Trondheim)

Sunday, August 25th, 2013
24.08.2013 – Photos Kaizers Orchestra (Borggården, Trondheim)

24.08.2013 Kaizers Orchestra (Borggården, Trondheim)

Sunday, August 25th, 2013
24.08.2013 – Photos Kaizers Orchestra (Borggården, Trondheim)

Suddenly deciding to book a short trip for the weekend isn’t always bad. Especially not if it’s a short trip to go and see a Kaizers concert. And even more especially not if you notice after booking that the release concert of Das Kriegsensemble happens on the same day and you can get to see that one as well … two birds with one stone! Add in fantastic summer weather in Trondheim, and you just have to have a perfect day. =:-)

First up was the Kriegsensemble concert. I have to admit that somehow, I had expected something entirely different – though I’m not really sure WHAT I had expected. But I was really confused in the beginning. And don’t get me wrong; it was splendid right from the start! Six really solemn (well, at least at the beginning *g*), serious musicians in suits, stand-up bass/cello/viola/violin/piano/accordion, and they started out with an overture. Which sounded quite “kaizeresque”, true, but that was all. And then they announced that this was supposed to be Resistansen – uh, whut? When they played the song again as encore (“Those were all the songs that are on the album. But we’ll just play the first one again, it’s been a while already …” *g*), I did recognize a few references to Resistansen. But I had expected something different when I heard they’d play cover versions – namely what they did in the following song, the “Siste Maestro Dans”. A clear mixture of Maestro and Siste Dans. =;-) But I thought the songs were supposed to be in German? Up until then, there weren’t any vocals at all, in no language. In 170, they had a “Ja ja, wir kommen ja zurück” at least, but Die Polizei consisted purely of humming. Anyhow, that was slowly but surely the point of the concert where they “had” me. This was so absurd, you could not NOT grin. =;-) And all of this presented in such a sincere way! And that’s how it continued, and I thought that the adaptation of the songs got better and better. Prosessen, with the lyrics read in form of a speech, was awesome, and Ompa til du dør finally made the audience sing along and dance. As I said – that whole concert was really absurd and abstruse. But awesome and entertaining at the same time! The only thing I found a bit of a pity was that the songs weren’t really sung in German; except for Ompa til du dør, which therefore was maybe a bit misleading as first and only pre-taste of the album. But on the other hand, it maybe wasn’t that bad to be spared more of the rather awful German. =;-)

Some hours later, the fun continued under open skies at the gigantic Borggården – fully sold out with 6000 people in the audience. When the support Peevish Penfriend played, it wasn’t that crowded yet, but while we all waited for Kaizers, it really filled up. Also in the front, towards the side … in my opinion, it got way too crowded already before the concert, but surprisingly, it was really okay during the show – except for two girls whose only plan it apparently was to ruin at least parts of the concert for some people around me. Why are they always a few of those idiots? But well, I managed to keep them off my back and could enjoy the whole show.

To keep it short: It was awesome! A great atmosphere on both sides, and … well, what else? After the concert we noticed that there really wasn’t anything worth mentioning in the report. Hmm … “Janove dropped the microphone and pulled it up on stage again?” Well, that’s not really THAT spectacular. During Bøn fra helvete, Omen directed the singing of Hellraizer and Jackal, he was obviously bored during most parts of the concert, and as he was missing a vase this time, he saved the flowers by wrapping them into a wet towel. His soap bubble performance in Svarte katter didn’t quite work out (he was blowing and blowing, but no bubbles *g*), and when he finally managed a few bubbles, Mink destroyed them with his drum stick. =;-) Then the whole band had to tell Omen to sit back down, and afterwards, the Jackal dragged out the pause forever, while the audience was screaming and cheering.

The beginning of Hjerteknuser was really funny when the Jackal wanted to “jump-start” the song once again. He got up on the barrel and looked like he was about to do a back-flip, but of course he ended up doing a very cautious hop down. *gg* Oh right, and during Støv og sand, he wanted the audience to sing in three voices at the end. But maybe it would have been smarter to explain what he wanted … as it was, it was quite confusing. First, he asked one side of the audience to sing “like that” – but of course everyone sang the “normal” tune and not the one the Jackal had asked them to sing. The second part of the audience had to sing as usual, and by the time it was time for my side, most people had understood what the Jackal wanted, so that we managed to sing the intended note. However, the Jackal just sang the first note and not the full tune, so that was a bit too much to ask. Consequently, there was only one try for the audience. I guess that was “planned” to sound a bit differently. *g*

Okay, seems like there was actually a bit to report after all. =;-) But the concert was a great example that an awesome concert doesn’t need a lot of clownery on stage. Just the right chemistry between band and audience – and with such a polite and well-mannered audience with a ratio of 60% women and 40% men, that works our perfectly, of course. =;-)

As conclusion, we got Die Polizei – and the audience continued singing loudly for at least ten minutes after Kaizers disappeared from stage. The perfect finish for a wonderful concert.

The setlist:

  • Aldri vodka, Violeta
  • Siste dans
  • Delikatessen
  • Bøn fra helvete
  • Tusen dråper regn
  • Din kjole lukter bensin, mor
  • En for orgelet, en for meg
  • Forloveren
  • Støv og sand
  • I ett med verden
  • KGB
  • Kontroll på kontinentet
  • Tokyo Ice til Clementine
  • Philemon Arthur & The Dung
  • Evig pint
  • Resistansen
  • Svarte katter & flosshatter
  • Hjerteknuser
  • Maestro
    ———-
  • Begravelsespolka
  • Drøm videre, Violeta
  • Die Polizei

15.03.2013 Kaizers Orchestra (Samfundet, Trondheim)

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Report by Lena V.

I wasn’t going to go to this concert. I had my last concerts lined up, five more to go before Kaizers’ big break. I had a couple of friends from the USA that were going there, and they were going to stay here a few days before and after the show because they wanted to see a bit of Oslo when they were in Norway. I had actually only met one of them before, and only briefly during a concert at Ås last year, so I could only hope that the visit would be okay – you never know what to expect when you’re going to spend several days with someone you’ve barely met. 😉 So, they arrived here on Wednesday, on Thursday we were up late having some drinks when someone mentioned the words “I wish you were going to Trondheim with us”. Well, there went the last of my savings – again. Kaizers have cost me a lot these past years, I’m sort of glad they’re taking this long break. 😉 In no time tickets for the train next morning were bought, and guest list passes (!) were in place.

We arrived in Trondheim a couple of hours prior to when the doors should open, just enough time for dinner and getting the luggage safely stowed away at a hotel room – or so we thought. But when we got to the venue we had to wait in the main hall for an hour and a half – it’s a good thing time goes fast when you’re in good company. 🙂
Finally, we were let in to the “circus tent” – that’s what the concert hall looks like – and found a nice spot up front. And more waiting. 🙂 So we got to talk some more, and enjoy the quite relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.

With no warning, the lights dimmed and “Russian Dance” started playing. And I was completely blown away by the reaction of the audience. The room practically exploded! I can honestly not remember the last time I was at a show with that kind of energy and joy from the audience. And I kept being amazed for the rest of the show. Wow. Thank you, Trondheim!

And the setlist was perfect. Well, almost. I wouldn’t have minded if they’d swapped Støv og sand for something else. Not that I don’t like the song, I just think they have so many songs that are better… 🙂
And this is where it gets hard to write this report. I hadn’t planned to write anything, so I didn’t take any notes during the show. And unlike Susi, I’ve got crappy short term memory. 😛 I did try to write down some of the highlights afterwards, but if I’ve gotten them wrong or backwards please don’t kill me. *gg*

The show started with Aldri vodka, Violeta – a perfect opener – followed by Diamant til Kull (yay!), Tusen dråper regn and Din kjole lukter bensin, mor. As usual, not too much talking during the first songs. When it was time for the big drum part of En for orgelet, Janove almost couldn’t get up on the oil barrel. I think he usually steps on a monitor to get up, but it wasn’t at its usual place for this show. He almost fell down, but luckily there was a roadie there to give him a hand. 🙂

Janove pointed out several times that the audience was crazy! Really crazy! They had been playing at Samfundet for ten years, and they had never experienced an audience this great there before!

Janove had his usual “where are you from” routine, asking if there were people there from some random Norwegian cities. I remember some people next to me shouting at Janove, trying to get his attention to a guy that had come all the way from Tokyo – but they didn’t get through. *gg* Well, it’s on paper now, that’s gotta count for at least something? 😉
Terje went up to him and whispered something, and then Janove wondered if there was someone there from Molde? The Norwegian football season had started that same day, and Stavanger had won their game, over Molde.

Someone had told Janove once, that if you’ve played a blues song with a really good response, you had to follow up with another blues song. So naturally, I ett med verden was followed by Støv og sand. But if you’ve played two blues songs with great response, you should play something else. And Kaizers have played all types of genres: blues, rock, blues, dance, rap, blues, dub (yes – they were great at dub), classical etc. But the best follow up to two blues songs, would of course be some gypsy music, this time in the form of Resistansen!

Kontroll på kontinentet started with Janove throwing an (invisible) ball at the audience, I don’t remember the purpose behind it. But I think it was during this song that Terje decided that it was a good idea to go crowdsurfing. Maybe it was, but it looked to me like he almost was dropped to the floor a couple of times, and when he got back on stage it seemed like he’d hurt his back a little. Or maybe it was just for show. 😉

At some point, I don’t remember during which song, Janove placed an imaginary golf ball at the edge of the stage, and he “hit” it with an accompanying drum sound with perfect timing. Nice detail!

Helge did his usual stuff. Taking notes, swaying eerily during Svarte katter, and being mysterious about his briefcase.

The band left the stage, and while waiting for them to come back the applause was just overwhelming. For the hundredth time that night I was surprised by the energy the audience showed. It was beautiful!
They got back on for the encore, first up: KGB. And then: Begravelsespolka. This nights version of it didn’t include the first verse, instead we got verse number two twice! Performed excellently, you would almost think it was planned that way. *gg*
They said goodbye again, and once more the audience got to fill the hall with applauding and cheering! And the band came back! As a second encore we got Die Polizei. It wasn’t on the setlist, so I guess they decided to play it when they found out what a wonderful and crazy audience we were! At the end of Die Polizei, Helge picked up a book and started reading. He got so wrapped up in it, that he didn’t realize the song was over until all the others had left the stage. *gg*

To sum it up: A fantastic concert, with fantastic friends. It was worth every krone, and every minute of motion sickness on the train! And the best part wasn’t the great show or the great audience, or the great setlist, but getting to know new people and really connecting to them.
And all because of Kaizers.

Setlist:

  • Aldri vodka, Violeta
  • Diamant til kull
  • Tusen dråper regn
  • Din kjole lukter bensin, mor
  • En for orgelet, en for meg
  • I ett med verden
  • Støv og sand
  • Resistansen
  • Ompa til du dør
  • Forloveren
  • Drøm videre, Violeta
  • Philemon Arthur & the Dung
  • Kontroll på kontinentet
  • Svarte katter & flosshatter
  • Hjerteknuser
  • Dieter Meyers Inst.
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  • KGB
  • Begravelsespolka
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  • Die Polizei

17.02.2012 – Photos Kaizers Orchestra (Samfundet, Trondheim)

Sunday, February 26th, 2012
17.02.2012 – Photos Kaizers Orchestra (Samfundet, Trondheim)