the band should play Copenhagen for the first time since 1982
was a great thrill, and my expectations were high, due to the
reviews and photos already posted on the
messageboard from the various gigs in
England and Belgium. As per usual my expectations for meeting
the band were low - this is due to the fact that I don't want to
get in their way and I don't want to be percieved as a stalker -
even if band/crew try to convince me otherwise. This is an issue that
has gotten worse with my age, and as I've just turned
40, I felt this could be the last time.
A bunch of fans from Aarhus went to Copenhagen - but this group
of friends usually travels together and have atleast a few
things we want to do together - this time, we all went
separately, as some had to visit friends and family and we all
stayed different places. We did manage to agree on meeting on a
bar close to the venue, before the gig.
Wife and I, went to the venue first, as I was of course uncertain
about getting tickets. Simon Watson (their manager) came to meet
us - I got a short cold handshake - wife got a long hug! We were
invited upstairs for a coffee - I was keen on getting back as I
don't like being in their way at this point, as they usually do
soundchecks. But no no - there was a small surprise after a few
chats with Simon, Dave, Nic, Rob and Neil.
"aaah, so this is the Human League
messageboard I've heard so much about?". "Yeah, this is the
bunch of people acting up all weird at the front row at every
to my surprise, I was handed a gift and a "happy birthday" - and
must admit the moment felt really really surreal, with Simon and
Philip laughing at me, while I unpacked a shiny new Nikon D40x
camera - a pro camera I secretly have wished for...well, I told
my wife about it...and found out that Simon and my wife had
corresponded behind my back! should I be worried?!??
Trying to get my act together....also, someone must have turned
up the heat, I'm sure!
To add to the owerwhelming experience, Simon handed me a 'camera
pass' - told me batteries were fully charged, and I could go nuts
during the concert. It was noted that the camera pass works
through the first 3 songs, before I would be removed by the
venue goons - so the pass was changed to an AAA pass, so I could
take pictures throughout the concert if I wanted too!
Nice....really really nice - what a gesture. Let me know what
you would have said if you were in my shoes - I was speechless!
Wife reading the manual! The guy on the far right is Paul
Boswell (Free Trade Agency) - he's responsible for booking all the venues.
Notice the sign in the back saying "Marianne, you are more
beautiful than beer".
The soundcheck - first time I tried standing behind the band
After some sweating backstage, and trying to come to terms
with the situation, we went for a brief soundcheck, before
heading down to the bar, where all our friends awaited.
Wife standing in the way!
Meeting with our friends and I tried hard not to look like
someone who just recieved the shag of his life - I doubt I
The guy in the front is a police man - he does look more like a
criminal, but that's beside the point - he still claims that he
gave me a vinyl version of Dare a few years ago - yeah right -
like I needed one!
If you read the
have without a doubt seen
all the great
photos and read all the great reviews - I can't
really add anything new to that. Faaantastic gig - greatest so
far - looooooved the Dare! tracks, but it was over far to early.
To hear 'Do Or Die' for the first time was fantastic - I really
enjoyed 'Darkness', 'I Am The Law' - but for some reason 'Being
Boiled' blew me away this year - sounded fantastic, and I
absolutely loved the visuals for this one. A small note about
the visuals; they usually show some marching Nazi's - but after
investigating, they found out that in Germany it's not legal to
publically show Nazi or Nazi related stuff - so the video was
changed - perhaps a good move, and a testimony to their
Officially dropping all the Dr. Who crap,
and turning to the real dark side! I talked with Philip about
the interview, and he did mention that him and Simon Price
suddenly discussed Dr. Who...to which I replied "geeks", boy
that felt good!
I also think their voices were absolutely stunningly good
- especially if you take in consideration that this was close to
the end of the tour. The reception of the band from my fellow
countrymen was really a concern, as the last two times they
played here (2003 and 2006) were both on some field in the
middle of nowhere infront of a bunch of hillbillies - but with a
sold-out Vega and lots of fans, my worries were soon put to
rest. The really odd thing was to see very young people
attending the concert - the 40-something was sort of expected -
but boys and girls around 22-25!??
Rob Sinclair (Lightning/Set designer +
video projections) at work - it's Rob on the left - and may I
add an extremely nice and talented chap.
With my 'Access All Area' pass, I enjoyed walking around the venue
feeling important... not that anyone noticed it, but that didn't
I got into the "box" with the sound/visual guys and took a few
photos. Now the reason there aren't so many concert photos is
that many are pretty blurred - it's a brand new camera, and a
new technology, so I have to read the manual. Besides - standing
infront of the people on first row was embarrasing - you took
their view + you were standing so close to the band members you
could touch them - I felt out of place, and moved on rather
quickly - I'm not sure if it was because it was in Denmark - had
it been in Britain, I probably wouldn't care! :-)
Taken from within the mixing desk booth.
This double picture shows a balcony on a
balcony - one of the balconies were in motion, and I had to
freeze frame that...sorry, but it was very distracting!
I look like I'm in love with mr. Dave
Beevers!!! At one point Niels told about his freakin' number
plate frame with "The Human League" printed on - we ALL agreed
that putting that on a Berlingo was a disgrace to the band name
- no one thought the Berlingo could be classified as a car,
After the show, we were invited backstage. Again, these weird
moments were you feel out of place and you don't know what to
expect emerged. And the lesson is - relax! we sat for more than
an hour talking with the guys about everything - it was so nice
and relaxed - much like previous meetings. The girls were
downstairs - but I think the topics being discussed wouldn't
interested them one bit anyway, so that didn't matter. It was
fun, extremely enjoyable chats in a really good atmosphere.
This is '∆bleskiver' - I think it's a Danish thing -
they stood waiting for the band backstage, but I think
only Dave dared to eat one!
You eat them with jam and some sort of sugar - you know
the powder sugar looking like cocaine? - I don't know
the name, okay?!
aaah, check out the two pathetic old men
boring the hell out of innocent band members! I asked Philip
about the reception of 'Get Carter' - he told it was very
different from gig to gig - he had worked out a little "revenge"
if people were too chatty in the audience - he would hold an
extra long pause before the repeat - nasty! :-)
Neil signing a programme. Philip was so
kind mentioning the tour programme during the concert, only to
be met with silence - I can only assume it's because my fellow
country men doesn't quite grasp the english language....ahem.
Dave getting technical on our arses! You
gotta love this nice guy, who finally is in the limelight
instead of tucked away behind boxes on stage. A huge thank you
to both Dave and Simon for making all this "getting close"
possible in the first place!
After an hour or so, the band had to leave for their next gig.
"so, aren't you coming to Oslo or Stockholm" we were asked - and
then Niels and I looked at each other... mumbling about working
days, kids, and other stuff, while saying goodbye to them - we
are soooooo rock'n'roll!!!!
Then we found a bar - talked the whole evening through - wife
got sick - I destroyed our new car the next morning - back to
...and now it's Christmas time! I guess I could do all this again