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Norwegian singer Jørn Lande and his band were up for a challenge tonight when opening for Motörhead at a since weeks sold out venue. Last time I saw Jorn, they played five cover songs out of nine, so I had mixed feelings when I arrived to Arenan. This time hoping for more songs penned by the man himself.
and I got it. Unfortunately they played too many new songs though. As a matter of fact we were only given songs from the two latest albums and a cover version of Dio's old classic Rainbow In The Dark, which they however did good, but it sounded a bit awkward when played without a keyboard. Lande is one of the few people on this planet that interprets the late Ronnie James Dio in a way that doesn't make me want to stick my head in the sand, even if he didn't nail this song to perfection tonight.
Five songs were played from Lonely Are The Brave with highlights Man
Of The Dark and tonight's closer War Of The World. Lande interacted well
with the crowd and the band did a good job on stage, but I missed a couple
of classics like Sunset Station and Stormcrow, to make this gig something
Performance: 5 chalices
What haven't been said about Motörhead is not worth mentioning I guess. With over 35 years of experience this band is still releasing records and with extensive touring they have a solid fan base which seems to be growing more and more for every year. New generations of fans joins and the oldtimers never grow tired of this band. Their show in Bergen, Norway was cancelled the other day and some fans have been worried that Lemmy's voice would not be back on track for the shows in Sweden. They showed up in Stockholm though and even if I have heard him sing better, he did okay.
This show started with a blast with Bomber and continued with a mix of songs spanning from the late seventies to their latest album. As usual with Motörhead they played a couple of not expected songs, such as I'll Be Your Sister and The One To Sing The Blues, which made this gig even more interesting. On the other hand they closed the set as they usually do, with their hits and fan favorites. Even if the songs are great it was too predictable, but who can tell these guys what to do and what is right or what is wrong?
Tonight, the album Overkill was leading as they played a total of five songs from this great album. Not so many songs during the set stood out though, as they were all performed well. Iron Fist was however the highlight, if I have to pick one song. The crowd enjoyed every second, as there were hands in the air constantly on this Saturday night, but unfortunately the venue itself has a stage that's way too low and this was most significant during Whorehouse Blues, as only the front rows could see the band as they performed this song sitting down.
Lemmy and Phil had their usual conversations on stage and it's fantastic to see the fire in their eyes after all these years on the road. Lemmy's constant talking about the bass volume was there as well and Mikkey Dee's drumming was as always on top. With almost twenty years behind the drumkit in Motörhead, he still plays with an intensity that's hard to beat. This performance was nothing but great and if you have a chance to see them somewhere on the remainder of this tour, don't hesitate to do so.
Performance: 8 chalices