the show started off
with a five song run including pop & roll tunes like "go to california"
(short), "snafu" & "drug thing". among them one song i had predicted to have A GLORIOUS
FUTURE in a live setting: "for free". to my dissappointement this song was a disaster all
tour long. all version i've heard, either live or on CD, failed to impress me, rather bored
me. something was wrong with it, the band did not seem to be able to nail the fucker. i
almost wished they would shelve the unfortunate tune, just like they did with "B.S.".
tonight though, it grabbed me from the first second. it was tight, it was perfectly executed
& i even enjoyed it. i took this as an indicator that the band was just on tonight. still, i
think there has to be more power to it, maybe they can improve it somehow during future
tours. needless to say "drug thing" was the perfect follower & this couple switched a button
inside me & elevated the show from very very good to sublime. :)
next up was the laid back jammy part including "my best friend", "she used to be a twin",
"time to skate", "pppp" & "up down".
maybe the almost perfect reading of "for free" made them confident but they went into "best
friend" with an attitude that said:
"hey! we know we can pull off the most far out stuff, we just did in köln. let's just
present our way of jamming away with this tune in a nutshell! let's give the people our
essence of this tour's jamming within the conventional 10 min format!".
there was no weird introing, no multi-parted middle part, let alone a grateful dead cover.
the middle jam was sharp, to the point, thought out, almost planned. there was this feel to
it that always reminds me on miles davis' rythm section around 1970. that's baard i
observed. this tour he has been playing lots of this "funky" organ & the interplay with
snah's unleashed style this tour was obvious. :)
the up this point very smooth & sedate crowd was wiped into a frenzy with an insane "she
used to be a twin". halfway through it i started looking around me & noticed how more & more
people got into it, started moving more wildly & faster. at the end everybody was into
this song although no one knew it in the beginning. masterful.
the crowd gets "time to skate" as a reward & we are are off into a nice 9 min version of
"pppp" before they finish this more mellowish part of the show with the wonderful new
rendition of "up down". :)
"phase out", "i believe", "summertime blues" (tour premiere?) & "ze one" form the next part
& are surely crowd pleasers (especially bent's very humourus delivery of "summertime
blues"). while those short rockers aren't necessarily my cup of tea i had to admit they were
burning & shone with perfection just like everything else did tonight & just like the main
set closer "watersound" did. :)
the encore brought us the best & most unique part: a four song, tenderly played acoustic
set opened by "as we go along" & highlighted by the sweet "blueberry daydream" that
didn't apply to my personal situation the way it did some 14 days ago but i enjoyed it
unfortunately some PRICKS in the audience could not appreciate the magic of the moment &
ware talking & chatting away at the bar or even much more nasty were shouting "FASTER!". i
was embarrassed. here are our heros, playing some rare acoustic material & some dumbasses
are ruining the moment. bent handeled it his way, replying with a sharp "oh, shut up" twice,
to which he added a smile afterwards but the it was too obvious he wasn't joking at all.
right on, bent! :)
"taifun" spreads white light everywhere. it was just beautiful & not of this world.
interestingly enough bent sang everything one note or so lower due to his sore throat which
made it sound a lot darker.
i can't seem to find the right expression for this heavenly composition. during the intense
ending i spotted a beautiful young red-haired girl. she had her eyes closed slowly swinging along
to the music smiling very happily. just when the "taifun" rose to this incredible climax she
slowly raised her arms & her smile increased. what a beautiful scene & it perfectly
illustrated the intensity of the song. :)
motorpsycho left to norway after this last show & they left me behind with a stronger
bond to the band than before. i finally fully understood that these musicians have to be
regarded as PERFORMING ARTISTS rather than as RECORDING ARTISTS. their last three studio
releases were pretty weak compared to the some of their meisterwerks from the mid-90s.
but they have grown musically & the songs featured on the last three albums do
convince live (well maybe apart from "nlyo" & "dead"). i just love studying their live
output thoroughly! :)
don't ask me how i got home from hannover because it was a mess but after one night without
sleep, several delayed & missed trains i arrived in berlin. the next 14 days i was still
flying high on the tour vibe & that helped me tremendously getting over this aftermath
of feelings i found back home & within myself.
thank you motorpsycho!