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10.03.2013 Kaizers Orchestra (Vega, Kopenhagen)

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The last day of the tour, the last club show in mainland Europe. After a pretty dull day spent at the airport, writing reports, we arrived rather late in Copenhagen and hurried to the concert. Therefore, my mood before the concert was quite … baaah. Vega is always awesome and I expected a great concert, but it was much too crowded already (the original plan was to see a calm and relaxed concert from the gallery), DJ Ralph Myerz was annoying (honestly: I really didn’t manage to find out what he added to the concerts – a mix CD would have done the same job …), and it was still one and a half hours until the concert started. Well, time to find an okay spot to stand – and I accidentally ended up behind some fans I knew, we chatted away the time until the concert (which of course killed my voice – but who cares, it was the final concert of the tour anyway) – and finally it was time for Kaizers!

After the first song, I suddenly had an awesome idea: Hey, today’s concert report will consist of nothing but “Well, how do you think the final concert at Vega was? Yes, exactly. Just incredible! And that’s how it was, no need to write anything else, and I’m taking the day off from writing a report!” – yes, after nine concerts and nine reports in ten days, you do start to get a little sick of it. =;-) But no need to worry – as soon as the Jackal started greeting the audience after a few songs and casually backheeled a flying paper ball at the same time (“Yes, I am a soccer player!”), it was time to get out my mobile again and take notes. Guess I just can’t do without. =;-)

The setlist was almost identical to the one in Cologne, just that it didn’t stop so abruptly and didn’t seem somehow “shortened”:

  • Aldri vodka, Violeta
  • Tusen dråper regn
  • Det polaroide liv
  • Din kjole lukter bensin, mor
  • En for orgelet, en for meg
  • I ett med verden
  • Støv og sand
  • Sigøynerblod
  • Ompa til du dør
  • Bøn fra helvete
  • Forloveren
  • Min kvite russer
  • Philemon Arthur & the Dung
  • Kontroll på kontinentet
  • Svare katter & flosshatter
  • Hjerteknuser
  • Maestro
  • KGB
  • Drøm videre, Violeta
  • Begravelsespolka

My first thought when Kaizers entered the stage was: YELLOW. ‘Cause Mr. Hellraizer was wearing his yellow shirt again, and actually, we had just discussed that before the show. =;-) But we did get an explanation for it later on: Copenhagen was the conclusion of the tour (well – even though “conclusion of the tour” means that Kaizers will have ONE off-day now …), and that caused some tears during the sound check (but Hellraizer mopped them up afterwards). And to cheer himself up, he needed to wear the bright yellow shirt. OK, if it helps? Honestly, there were a few times in the concert where it seemed like you could feel the dark shadow looming over the concert – concerts at Vega are legendary, and this was the last one for a long time. A good reason to shed some tears … even though I didn’t really feel like that that night. Instead, I was just happy because of the great concert. But it did hit me the next morning – who knows, that might have been my very last time at Vega …

Before they played Din kjole lukter bensin, mor, the Jackal told us once more how they tried to find a female artist to sing the duet. They called up five Scandinavian singers, but they all said no. “They said we were difficult to work with and we don’t have any hits – and they said it like it was a bad thing?!” So Hellraizer had to take over again. But only in the beginning – later on it was the audience singing. Without any encouragement, everyone just started and sang as loud as possible, on and on. Beautiful!

En for orgelet was translated into Danish of course, and of course we got the drum solo on the barrel as well. And in the next song, the Jackal was up on the barrel again, this time to dance up there. Barrel dancing instead of pole dancing, exciting. =;-) But he stopped the stripping part already after taking off his jacket. *g*

Keith Richards says that when a concert is at its best, you gotta play blues (thus Støv og sand) – the Jackal says that when a concert is at its best, you gotta play gypsy music (thus Sigøynerblod). “Put your hands up in the motherfucking air!”

During Bøn fra helvete, Omen had to fish out his steel rim under Hellraizer who was already banging on the barrel. And after his part, he was sent back to his organ by the Jackal very harshly …

After Forloveren, the Jackal admitted this time: “The new songs are much more complicated than the old ones!” That’s true – Kvite russer is simple, but just as good! And it worked out great live again, including the Jackal holding a note for a loooooong time (and Hellraizer carefully checking his pulse in between to make sure everything was okay with him) and some yodel improvisations at the end.

During Kontroll på kontinentet, Killmaster jumped into the audience and had them carry him through the whole hall, just like in Prague – this time it took even longer before the audience returned him to the stage. “The best stage dive ever!” And how do you feel after that, the Jackal asked? Killmaster: “Oh my god, I’m starting to cry!”

Before Hjerteknuser, the Jackal asked whether we are all “kjærester”, thus lovers, now – and of course he got a loud yes. “Hellraizer, did you want to say something as well?” – “Sure, that about the lovers …” *g*

To make up for that, the Jackal dedicated a song to him during the encores, namely Drøm videre, Violeta – because it was March 10 and therefore an anniversary, because Hellraizer met his wife 25 years ago! Uh, yes. =;-)

As usual, the highlight of the evening was the Begravelsespolka – and in the beginning, the audience did not only clap along, but stomp, as is typical for Vega. So impressive! You hardly noticed that the Jackal screwed up a little and wanted to start too early, and the audience loved the song. Well, I guess it really is the best live song of the best live band at the moment … =:-D

I would definitely have expected a second encore after that, because both the concert and the atmosphere were awesome. But no, the lights went on quickly after the last song, and even though they were turned off again for a moment (probably by accident), which made the audience scream for more even louder and longer – there was no more song. That was really sad – but then, they probably couldn’t have surpassed the Begravelsespolka anyway, but only add a calmer ending to the concert.

And that was the conclusion of a fantastic tour. Fantastic both according to what Kaizers delivered and just overall – there was not one single concert that you could call bad (or just “worse”) in an objective way. All venues were of the exactly right size, so that they were really crowded, the atmosphere was great, and the performance on stage was perfect. And if they hadn’t done that before, Kaizers imprinted their memory into the brains of the audience with the Begravelsespolka for sure – so we can only agree, with a little sigh: “See you next time, whenever that might be!”

For me personally, this tour was just amazing again. It is fantastic to meet so many people (again) in every city, get to know new friends, talk away the days, and enjoy the concerts together. Thank you all for the great company and for bearing my quirks (“No, we won’t leave until they kick us out!!” – “Gnaah. Gotta. Write. Report. And how the hell does ‘Arbeitssieg’ translate into English?!” – “Soap bubbles! Yes! But you have to do it as well, I’m not gonna do it alone, shame on you if I don’t see you, argh!” *gg*). And just as big a thank you to everyone approaching me about the fansite, for all the kind words and gleaming eyes – it is so amazing to hear that there are more lunatics like me, who love this band so much. Don’t be offended if I don’t manage to remember all faces – but the joy about the nice words will definitely be remembered. =:-)

And whatever the future will hold, we’ll meet again – at other bands’ concerts, without concerts, or maybe at the reunion tour in 2025. Or who knows, it might be in 2016 already. Let’s just cross our fingers, be grateful for this tour, keep the amazing memories alive, and softly hum: “Andre applauderer, og det er sånne som oss!”

09.03.2013 Kaizers Orchestra (Gloria-Theater, Köln)

Monday, March 11th, 2013

The next-to-last concert of the European tour, and at the same time, the last concert in Germany (unless they will play a festival in Germany after all …). I didn’t know the Gloria theater before, just from the outside, and I was pleasantly surprised – after I surpassed the first shock when coming in. The hall was great for Kaizers – an old theater, sloping down towards the stage, red velvet everywhere … just like in the opera, but with a standing audience! And it was packed (which was the reason for the shock when coming in); it was really hard to fight your way through the audience to get to the other side, were it was less crowded. But there it was easy to find a nice spot even just before the show started.

DJ Ralph Myerz warmed up for Kaizers – I haven’t mentioned him at all in my reports before. That’s because he wasn’t there before the concert in Berlin, because he was sick. In Berlin, Prague, and now Cologne I really wasn’t impressed by him, to be honest: They could have just played music without anyone on stage – that would have had the advantage that you could have conversations at the same time. The way it was, it was just loud, but not really interesting. Especially in Cologne the response to the DJ was really bad, and there was relieved and hopeful applause whenever a song ended. Not nice, of course – but I could understand it …

But then it was time for Kaizers – and they went full throttle right from the beginning. Totally awesome, I was overwhelmed! At the last concerts, they started out rather calmly and the atmosphere got better from song to song. This time, the Jackal talked and talked right from the beginning, and I could hardly keep up with taking notes. Very entertaining! But then there is a downside to everything – they couldn’t really keep that level throughout the whole concert. So this time, it started out totally amazing and then continued in a “normal” way. Which means that all in all, it was a very good concert, but if a concert deteriorates (even a little) instead of getting better and better, it feels a bit negative. Even though that’s not fair at all, because the concert was great.

All in all, I had the feeling that the concert was pretty short, and with just 17 songs on the setlist (for example, they did not play Svarte katter and Dieter Meyers, and these are extra long songs), the concert was definitely shorter than usual. I suspect that they had less time than usual because they had to leave as soon as possible – Copenhagen isn’t really that close.

The setlist:

  • Aldri vodka, Violeta
  • Det polaroide liv
  • Tusen dråper regn
  • Din kjole lukter bensin, mor
  • En for orgelet, en for meg
  • I ett med verden
  • Støv og sand
  • Sigøynerblod
  • Ompa til du dør
  • Bøn fra helvete
  • Forloveren
  • Philemon Arthur & the Dung
  • Kontroll på kontinentet
  • Min kvite russer
  • Maestro
  • KGB
  • Begravelsespolka

And since there was so much happening especially in the beginning, here’s just a list of my notes:

– In the part of Det polaroide liv where the Jackal sings all alone, the audience started clapping this time – also through his “breathing pause”. As a result, he started breathing on the beats, which didn’t sound healthy. *g*

– “We’ve played in Cologne before, and we know you can sing, clap, and dance – all at the same time!”

– Already after the third song they got questions from the audience. Even though they usually take questions later on in the set! The first question: “Why don’t you play in Hamburg this time?” First, the Jackal pointed out that he doesn’t really need to answer that question. But okay, so … uh … well, why don’t they, actually? Hellraizer saved him: “We thought this was Hamburg?” And the Jackal managed to get back to the concert in an elegant way: “That was a good question, but … now we are in Cologne!” Cheers from the audience – and all was well. *g*

– Next up was a duet – or, to be precise, the first duet of ten! Which made Hellraizer protest at first, but of course he did sing along in Din kjole lukter bensin, mor.

– After Støv og sand and before Sigøynerblod, the Jackal explained: “Not only can we play the blues, but also East-European gypsy music!” – and that was very well received, of course.

– At the end of that song, in the “for hans far” part, the Jackal somehow messed up the lyrics and saved himself by singing something about which father he was talking about – well, not his father, but his father’s father, and so on. Very funny. *g*

– After Ompa til du dør: “That was an old song – just like you!” And with that the Jackal pointed at someone in the audience, who he also addressed again later in the concert – not really that nice, uhem. *g* But it was true, all in all the audience was rather old at that concert.

– By the way: Bøn fra helvete contained duet number 6 of 10. *g*

– After the barrel part in Bøn fra helvete, the Jackal and Omen started arguing/fighting somehow. It ended in Omen using the crowbar as sword and waving it in the air – you just had to be reminded of Star Wars. *lol*

– Jackal before Forloveren: “I like the old songs and the old fans, but I love the new songs and the new fans!”

– In Forloveren, the Jackal stabbed Hellraizer with the mike again, and Hellraizer tumbled off stage (but a beer made him feel better quickly *g*), and in the middle of the song, the Jackal tested his golf skills (like he already did at some other concerts), shooting an imaginary golf ball into the audience. And he also did the “tsch-k-tsch-k” – “It sounds like jazz – I don’t like it” again.

– Before Philemon Arthur: “And now back to the old songs, back to the old songs” – my interpretation is that Kaizers consider everything that they did not play in the opera and that is thus fresh in their minds as an “old song”.

– After his solo in Kontroll på kontinentet, Killmaster complained that his guitar was broken – all show, of course.

– “The next song was written on the roof of the biggest Norwegian pop star, Morten Abel. I had my pump organ up on his roof for a while – long story, don’t ask – and composed two songs there. One I won’t tell you. The other one is the one which will follow now: Min kvite russer!”

– The singing part worked much better than in Prague, it was both louder and more confident. But it seems like more and more women refuse to squeak “kvit kvit” – maybe it is time to switch the roles? =;-) But the Jackal cheered us on: “Allez allez! Use your stomach!” And the entertaining improvisations by the Jackal didn’t cause any problem for the audience this time.

– When they came back for the encores, Hellraizer imitated Omen again and followed him in sync – until Omen suddenly turned around and faced him, catching him in the act, which caused Hellraizer to duck and wander off disappointedly.

– Not sure what the Jackal was thinking about during Begravelsespolka – definitely not about the lyrics. He actually sang one of the lines three times, and there wasn’t really that much that was correct of the rest of the lyrics either. But that didn’t matter, and I doubt anyone noticed – and of course the audience loved the song!

All in all, another great concert, even though it felt a bit hurried in the end.

16.02.2013 Kaizers Orchestra (Grieghallen, Bergen)

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Yay, wohoo, jippieh!!! Sorry, first things first. =:-D

After the fantastic concerts at the Opera I realized that somehow, I had to squeeze in another concert in Norway before the start of the European tour. Concerts in Norway are just so different from those in Europe, and of course I needed to find out how the concerts in Europe fare in comparison to those in Norway. And … well, I just had to. =;-)

So I actually made my way to Bergen on very short notice. And with some mixed feelings, actually, because I have seen a few so-so concerts in Bergen; and in addition to that, I was traveling alone and hadn’t really arrange anything with anyone. The latter turned out to be no problem at all – I was in great company right away – and the concert … may I quote myself? “Yay, wohoo, jippieh!!!”

The support, DJ Ralph Myerz, was totally unspectacular. Someone playing records, wow. Uhem. He left at nine sharp, ten minutes after nine the lights went out, the Russian Dance came on, and the audience went wild. Omen entered the stage and started with Aldri vodka, Violeta – and within seconds I knew that deciding for a first concert of the tour in Norway was the right thing to do. Aldri vodka will surely work as first song in Europe as well – but it will be entirely different. Here, everyone was into it from the first second. Everyone sang along, screamed along, waved their arms in the quiet part and started headbanging in the rock part. And at that time, Kaizers had been on stage for only a couple of minutes. Incredible!

All in all, I was amazed by the reaction and the loudness of the audience. Very impressive. Hach! I already described it for Aldri vodka; then at the end of Din kjole lukter bensin mor, where the audience kept singing all alone for minutes; the screeching when Hjerteknuser was announced (even though that was a bit over the top, I thought – nothing against Hjerteknuser, and nothing against fans that started their fandom with Hjerteknuser, but there’s actually more than just THIS ONE song?!). The Jackal explained right away that Bergen is definitely the best audience – “and those who were there yesterday know that I didn’t say that in Øystese!” *g*

In the beginning, they played song after song pretty tightly – a great solo in Det polaroide liv (not covered up by the orchestra this time *g*), no Kvite Russer before I ett med verden, En for orgelet with the big bass drum and a spontaneous background dance by Killmaster (probably I shouldn’t mention that, at first, I thought he got a shock from his beat machine or something. *lol* But it seemed to have been intended.)

It was extremely hot – according to the Jackal, it was just as warm as years ago in Berlin: “Let’s see how this ends …” And yes, at least in the audience the temperatures weren’t much below those at the legendary Kato concert … puuuh! So the Jackal wondered whether it was allowed to undress – Killmaster gave permission (to the Jackal and the audience), so off went the jacket and the Jackal continued in a soaking wet shirt. Until he saw someone in the audience that was dripping wet – “What idiot are you? How do you look like? You’re all wet! Just like … uhem … me.” But well, it’s their own fault: They could have decided to wear jump suits on stage like Datarock! But no, it had to be tuxedos …

The Jackal was so amazed by the audience that he invited us to his garden. “But not now – next year! We have to get to know one another a bit first!” (Hey, absolutely fine with me, next year sounds great! *gg*) And no need to worry, he’s got space for 10.000 people – since he’s living right next to Viking stadium … … “BUUUUUUUH!” Ooops. Someone hit a nerve there. The Jackal tried to explain himself and told us in all detail why it is okay that he’s a Viking fan and that his son (wonder if the son is really about a meter high at the age of 14, like the Jackal motioned *rofl*) plays there and and and … “oh oh, soon they will cast eggs and tomatoes at us!” *lol* And to distract us, he started telling a story about how someone cast bananas on stage during a concert at the opera in Oslo. (Uh, what?!)

Talking about eggs: During Støv og sand, Omen was busy first peeling and then eating an egg. And of course he was orderly and put all the eggshells into … the helmet. *rofl*

During Philemon Arther & the Dung it was time for another “Wow!” moment: the Jackal like a priest in front of the audience screaming along every single word. Goose bumps! Just like in Svarte katter, where we got another elaborately celebrated megaphone solo of Helge (who, as the “local guy”, was in the center of attention anyway).

And then it was time for Satan i halsen – totally unexpected for me, because I didn’t think they would play that song live without an orchestra. But yes, they did, yay! Even though it was probably the first and the last time, uhem … No, unfortunately it just didn’t work. The main background melody didn’t really get through and therefore it sounded quite “empty” at times. In the beginning of the “devil part”, there was no reverb on the vocals. And the audience didn’t really know what to do during the song. Such a pity! I love that song, and I want to hear it live, but I fear that this was a one-time and sadly unfortunate attempt. =:-( But they managed to save it by claiming: “And that was our beautiful single that we sent out to P3, but they didn’t want to play it, bad P3!” *lol*

They concluded with Forloveren including an introduction of the band. One by one, they started playing again and were introduced. Seems like this was fully spontaneous, because Mink missed his spot and the Jackal had to tell him to start again. But it fit in perfectly! And then, the Jackal stabbed Hellraizer with his microphone, and Hellraizer started to tumble across the stage … seems like the opera caught on. Drama baby, drama! =;-)

The encores started with the Begravelsespolka, which is just as awesome without the orchestra. I just don’t have the slightest clue how the Jackal and Omen managed to get the energy for the tap dance. =;-) Drøm videre Violeta and 170 and off they went – or no, actually the Jackal disappeared before the ending of 170 already, and Hellraizer got to give the final beating to the barrel.

However, that would have been a very weird ending – I already had the Berlin gig in the back of my mind – but it turned out that it wasn’t the ending after all! They did come out once more and played Ompa til du dør. So that was the final song then. And you definitely can’t complain about that after more than two hours and 15 minutes!

Hach … that was awesome! So now we’ll just need the exact same energy in Europe, both on stage and in front, and then I guess I won’t be able to stop grinning for the next weeks! =:-)

The full setlist:

Aldri Vodka, Violeta
Siste Dans
Det polaroide liv
Diamant til kull
I ett med verden
Tusen dråper regn
En for orgelet, en for meg
Kontroll på kontinentet
Din kjole lukter bensin, mor
Tokyo Ice til Clementine
Støv og sand
Djevelens orkester
Philemon Arthur & the Dung
Svarte katter & flosshatter
Satan i halsen

Drøm videre, Violeta

Ompa til du dør