an extra little show at veka (student week) in porsgrunn was added. after a long night at rockefeller i woke up in porsgrunn. the first thing i saw when i got off the bus was a couple of junkies. one of them kept blowing his nose at the other, who tried to get away. it was too bright outside. i was a bit hung over and tired. my head and eyes hurt from adjusting to my glasses. i walked around in porsgrunn for a while.
the students and arrangers of the tonights show were super fantastic. lots of good food and love backstage.
tonights crowd was noisy. but they went crazy, sang a long and not only clapped their hands, but stomped their feet as well. one guy right in front of me, while i was pouring my heart and soul, had his back towards me and shouted to his friends while pointing over his shoulder; “this guy is great!” and kept talking to his friends.
rockefeller - sold out! i’ve seen many great shows at rockefeller. it felt both good and a bit scary to be back “home” in oslo. many friends and colleagues among the 1200 members of the audience. the show was super duper. wish i could play for audiences like this every night. italy fans on the front row had even made yeah yeah yeah signs for my song ‘go 4 six’! we also got gifts and a letter. to egon olsen (?) and marit larsen. c’mon. how hard can it be. egon olsen, egil drillo, bare egil and me; egil olsen :)
super marit delivered! she and her band was on fire. it felt good to see her beautiful show on such a big stage in front of such a packed crowd. the lights and videos on stage looked like a gazillion. this was originally supposed to be the end of the tour, so there was an after party. a long, hard but amazing day and night.
lately i have learned that there is more to oslo and the oslo area than grünerløkka. like sandvika? a short drive from downtown oslo. the venue, musikkflekken, is probably the smallest venue on the tour. it was intimate. we laughed, clapped, sang along and believe it or not, i almost almost stage dove.
marit larsen rocked so hard that the sound rig exploded. an awfully loud and crazy digital sound came out of nowhere (fancy new technology). while the sound engineers figured out the problem, marit (the champ) larsen grabbed her guitar accompanied by other acoustic strings and hand claps and continued the show with no sound. for 300 people! it was magic. when the sound was up and running again they finished the set to an ecstatic audience.
marit larsen - coming home! lørenskog is her home town - it almost felt like home for me too. a brand new beautiful venue. seated crowd. wonderful sound. wonderful crowd. i really love playing theaters like this. some italian fans came as well. all the way from italy!!! they will also be there tonight. and tomorrow :) they have seen multiple marit larsen shows. so have i by now. i get it. she’s hot and fantastic and hey! the music is quite good as well.
warning: tonight ML and myself are set to tear sandvika to shreds.
slottsfjellfestivalen arranged the show at total in tønsberg. good people. nice venue. they have shuffle boards. i went to tønsberg theatre and saw mission impossible IV. we had super indian food. paneer tikka masala with nan bread and raita. singer / songraita.
lots of people at the show. saturday night. party time. meaning kind of a noisy audience, which i normally think is ridiculous, but they were equally more excited and loud on sing-alongs, cheers, applause and laughter -all in all we had a good night.
as long as i get my daily hug and high five from guitar tech / tour manager jim (photo) -everything is hunky dory.
finally i’m playing at energimølla. always heard good things about this place. while driving from drammen our bus froze to ice. we had to spend a few hours in a heated hall to be able to keep driving. crazy norway.
we mainly hung out at the venue. it was crazy cold outside and deadly slippery on the ground. for dinner we went to a really nice restaurant. i had a veggie special. best dinner of 2012 (so far).
great show, although i felt a bit hung over. my cousin was there. we haven’t seen each other in ages. he thought maybe 13 years. ridiculous. after the show a drunk man came up to me and said: “heejy! you’re that fuckin great singer! if you were on the voice (tv show), you’d win!” c’mon…
big m and myself went walking i kristiansand today, had coffee and lunch. i bought a hellboy comic book and tried to find a shirt. i suck at shopping. my good friend, espen, has finally joined the crew - sound engineer. but at the same time we miss his step-in; stig.
during my show i got a bit carried away while rockin my guitar solo on ‘go 4 six’. i almost fell off stage!!! thankfully only my monitor fell down. i still got to finish my solo and high five the youngsters hanging over the barricades.
it was a really good night in kristiansand. and special. two days ago we lost a young and very talented and cool drummer from kristiansand in a car accident. warmth, thoughts and strength to his band honningbarna and the rest of his friends, family, colleagues and fans.
i spent most of the day with my brother and his family who lives in the area. good to see them. we played at folken. a nice stage. i’ve played there a couple of times before. once in the cafe downstairs and once on the main stage during a literature festival. great to be back and great to play for that many people in stavanger. i also have an uncle and aunt and cousins + good friends in stavanger -who of course showed up and supported us. marit got a box of chocolates from the superb sjokoladepiken. they even named a chocolate after her -frøken larsen. superstar!