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Distillers, Hammersmith, London 13 September 2012
despite their name, have become Anglophiles with tours of the UK now an
almost an annual event and singer Joey Tempest happily resident in
it was, to put it politely, a bit of a culture shock to see Joey and
guitarist John Norum playing in the upstairs room of a traditional West
London boozer before an invited audience of 60 or so competition winners
from Planet Rock's VIP club and their guests.
relaxed good humour and swapping stories added to the intimate
atmosphere and these laid-back Swedes appeared devoid of superstar
an instrumental then the autobiographical 'Not Supposed To Sing The
Blues' from their current 'Bag of Bones' release, it was then really
interesting to hear old anthems 'Rock The Night', with fans
spontaneously clapping along, and 'Superstitious' successfully
re-imagined in acoustic format.
bluesy feel of both 'Demon Head' and 'Drink And A Smile' were suited to
the stripped down format, while a cover of the Shadows 'Apache' saw Joey
and John having fun swinging their guitars.
that stage they appeared happy to go on all night, but sadly there was
just one more song in a 40 minute set, and yes it was THAT song. But
without the unmistakable keyboard intro, 'The Final Countdown' felt like
a totally different song, standing on its own merits, though John played
a great Spanish-style guitar solo.
after they returned to pose for pictures and sign material with each of
the guests. Not having brought any CD's I improvised by getting them to
sign a flyer for November's UK tour that were scattered around the pub
tables. A great souvenir for me from a night it was a privilege to be
part of, and a timely reminder that their tour is not to be missed.
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