John Dee/Oslo

20.10.2022 Skambankt (John Dee, Oslo )

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

It would be really cool to be able to say that both my very first and my very last Skambankt concert was at John Dee in Oslo, and I thought that was true as well – but no, turns out that my very first Skambankt concert was actually at Garasjen in Oslo … But hey, my second Skambankt concert in Oslo, fourth Skambankt concert overall, was at John Dee, so that’s close enough I guess, right? =;-)

Just some statistics to start this report off in style here. *lol* Since I’m apparently the one who keeps track of everything Skambankt do and say and has a database of every concert and song they ever played. =;-) Which again is probably “close enough” to the truth – I would assume that the concert list on this page is the most complete that exists (even though I’m sure that some of the old concerts are missing, and the dates for all the Covid concerts are certainly not accurate, given how often they were moved around). And for most Skambankt concerts I’ve seen, I put the setlist into the concert report. So yes, I guess I do keep track of everything. =;-)

But let’s get back to John Dee … my very last Skambankt concert ever! =:-( I expected a lot from the concert and had actively decided to go for the John Dee concert rather than the Rockefeller concert – because John Dee is so much smaller, and small club concerts are always awesome! But when we got there kinda late-ish (luckily without too much stress, thanks to Norwegian for not causing the kind of chaos that SAS did last week), only the front row was crowded and otherwise it was quite empty. Which of course changed until Skambankt went on – but still, with the concert being on a week night and without a support band, the show started out kinda slow, I felt … Skambankt were on point right from the start, but the audience wasn’t really into it yet.

Luckily, that changed throughout the concert! The setlist was quite standard for this tour (even though I was kinda surprised about Terje complaining several times that it was too dark on stage to see the setlist – come on, I only saw four concerts on this tour, and I knew that the next songs would be “Vår bør” and “Desertør” *lol*). It had a really nice surprise with “Pansersjokk” though, yay! Haven’t heard that one forever. =:-)

Then before “Me sa nei”, the song Skambankt played at every single concert so far, Terje “complained” about a certain someone (some German living in Trondheim … =;-)) fact-checking that statement. Hey, come on, I concluded with a “close enough” on that one, isn’t that sufficient?! *lol* And they DID NOT play it at Kartfestivalen in 2010. =;-D

Of course, that got back to me later on in the concert, when Terje asked me if they had played “Stormkast #1” at every single concert. And my gut feeling was that yes, they’ve played that one every time, and definitely more often than “Me sa nei”! “But you are gonna fact-check this afterwards, right?” – well, yes, of course I will! And yep, I haven’t found any concerts (unplugged excluded, but that’s the same for “Me sa nei”, of course) where they didn’t play “Stormkast #1” – well, except that … the song was released on “Min eliksir”, so of course they couldn’t play it before 2007. Oooops … I guess “Me sa nei” wins after all. =;-D

Anyway, after all that discussion about song statistics, Skambankt gave a big shout-out to the front row and the girls that “use way too much money” on coming to so many concerts to see them, but who are the ones who “lager stemning” and smile and have a great time at every concert. Oh yes, I couldn’t agree more! By then, the atmosphere had gotten a lot more enthusiastic overall, but nothing beats the front row. =:-) Except maybe the guy from the front-cover of the live album, who was there as well and also got a shout-out. =;-)

And then, Skambankt went off after “Stormkast #1” (which already didn’t bode well for the last song … *g*). As usual, the crowd went mad and shouted for encores, so we got three final songs: “Mantra”, “Slukk meg (for eg brenner)” and … yes, of course. My last ever Skambankt song was … *drumroll* … “Malin”. Yay! Thank you very much. =:-D

(And yes, of course, I get it. People want to hear it. But Skambankt really could have switched out Stormkast and Malin, just for this one show! And I’m starting to wonder what will be their absolute final song in Stavanger … *lol*)

The full setlist:

  1. Dynasti
  2. Skambankt
  3. Satan – det e du
  4. Horisonten brenner
  5. Voodoo
  6. Pansersjokk
  7. Vår bør
  8. 10/10
  9. Balladen om deg
  10. Desertør
  11. Alarm
  12. Tanker som mareritt
  13. Me sa nei
  14. O dessverre
  15. Født på ny
  16. Stormkast #1
    ———
  17. Mantra
  18. Slukk meg (for eg brenner)
  19. Malin

Either way, this was a great concert to finish things off – very sad it’s over, but THANK YOU for all the concerts (to go back to the statistics: a total of 74 concerts over the course of 17 and a half years!), THANK YOU for all the music and THANK YOU for all the good times! Lots of highs (and lows …) from a fansite perspective as well, but overall a lot of experiences I’d never want to miss! <3

Takk for alt! And see you on the comeback tour in a couple of years. =;-)

19.03.2016 Skambankt (John Dee, Oslo)

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Last year, Skambankt played a one-off “nostalgia” show at Ranglerock, playing their full first album. I couldn’t go. Nooooo! =:-( A few months later, they announced that they would do the same thing again, this time in Oslo. Yaaaaay! =:-D

No question: I wouldn’t miss that. I’ve been a Skambankt fan since they started out, and while I don’t think that the first album is their best one (that place is shared by Hardt Regn and Søvnløs … just kidding, Hardt Regn and Eliksir of course! *g*), it is definitely this one that works best live. So that concert just had to turn out awesome! Plus, it was at John Dee, where I also saw my 4th ever Skambankt concert more than 10 years ago. Oh gosh … I’m old.

Anyway, John Dee was packed, and Hold Fast played a great warm-up show. (Except that you can’t really expect people to know your songs and sign along if you are the support act …) And when the change-over started, you could see that Skambankt were not only playing the old songs – they went ten years back in time! With the camouflage net all over the stage, the old cap hanging on the drum set, and yes: even the old military shirts and jackets. Waaaaah!! <3 If you do it, do it right, and Skambankt got full score on that one. =:-) I had expected them to play the Skambankt album in order, so I felt really smart that I had already copied the setlist to my phone and wouldn’t need to take notes for once … Well, I was wrong on that one. And concert wise, it was probably a smart move from Skambankt to mix up the order a bit and “save the best for last”! Even though it gave me a bit of a bad feeling in the beginning … the first four, five songs were not the ones you remember from previous concerts, and while the audience enjoyed it, they were far from going crazy. That was more the typical Norwegian “sipping your beer and applauding when the song is finished” type of response … and NOT what I had hoped for for this concert! But then Skambankt played Me sa nei, followed by the song that they thought was way too difficult to play live – until they practiced it and found out it isn’t *g* (Våre fiender). And then: Desertør, KKK, Alarm – victory! The audience went crazy and now, it really felt like ten years ago, with people jumping around and screaming along. Yaaaay! Even though we didn’t get the last part of Alarm. *grr* Instead of counting in again, Ted asked us who had heard the second EP they released, which contains the first song they ever made. “Do you know which one?” Everyone screamed “Skamania” – which I would have loved to hear, but was that their first song? Wasn’t that Demoattakk? But they surely won’t play that one. Or will they? WILL THEY?!?
 

Yep. They did!! =:-) Demoattakk, Skambankt, and off they went … The net was taken down, the guys changed into their modern black shirts (no leather west behind the drums though, pff … =;-)), and after the Sirene intro, it was time for the second part of the concert: “the greats”.
 

We had speculated a bit which “hit” songs they would play, and except for Mantra (which I always forget is a Skambankt song *g*), my assumption was pretty spot on. Here’s the full set list that they played:

  • Systemets makt!
  • Poltistat!
  • Revolusjonens aggregat!
  • Panzersjokk!
  • Kapitalens spel!
  • Me sa nei!
  • Våre fiender!
  • Desertør!
  • KKK!
  • Alarm!
  • Demoattakk
  • Skambankt!
  • O dessverre
  • Vår bør
  • Voodoo
  • Dynasti
  • Mantra
  • Stormkast #1

The new songs worked fabulously as well – especially Vår bør, where the audience gave me goose bumps by singing the whole intro by themselves. But also the other songs were received with loads of enthusiasm! And no, there was no way the audience would have let Skambankt finish the concert without an encore. An awesome atmosphere, and a concert that suddenly made me feel 10 years younger again … Thank you Skambankt! =:-D

27.1.2007 Cloroform (John Dee, Oslo)

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Skambankt do their release concert, and at the same weekend, Cloroform play in Oslo. Sometimes things work out perfectly. =:-)
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27.1.2007 – Photos Cloroform (John Dee, Oslo)

Saturday, January 27th, 2007
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4.3.2006 – Photos Skambankt (John Dee, Oslo)

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4.3.2006 Skambankt (John Dee, Oslo )

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

There seems to be some kind of curse on Skambankt concerts. At least if I want to go there… last year, the concert was moved to another date on very short notice. This year, the day before the concert, Germany drowned in snow… which wouldn’t have been a problem, if it hadn’t been a Friday with the streets crammed with stupid Dutchmen (sorry Dissident *g*) with summer tires. Argh. So it took me about eight hours to get to the airport, instead of two and a half as normal… But well, luckily I’m paranoid enough to not leave just in time for the plane, so I didn’t miss my plane but just several hours of sleep. And as we all know, sleeping is for dead people anyway… =;-)
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