|This is a quick review...Also, look here for reviews from the other
Stonesvikings, as the tour moves along.
Me, and fellow
Stonesviking Ove T:s common law wife, Linda met up outside Sticky
Fingers, a well known club here in Gothenburg. After we were let
inside, I talked to some people who knows both Mick and Ronnie and
someone close to Bill. All musicians who were involved in
Ronnies swedish tour 1988, are from Gothenburg, so I got some good
stories. By coincidence I got a soundboard in the mail today from
Ronnies and Tottas gig in stockholm at the Daily News nightclub.
Sounded excellent, I just had time to listen to the begining.
Ok, on with the show. This was Wentus and Micks first gig together
this year, so they only played one set, with extras. Wentus started
the gig as usual without Mick, playing a couple of songs of their
own. Very good. Then they introduced Mick, and he played his set of
songs, except that this was only one set of songs, he excluded No
Expectations from the Stonescatalogue wich he did last year, and
Instead we got Stop Breaking Down, Ventilator Blues,
Can´t You Hear Me Knocking (instrumental) and You Got To Move. And,
surprise, surprise, Shake Your Hips! Other highlights of the setlist
were Fed Up With The Blues and Blind Willie McTell. So, how did Mick
do? Well, the vibrato still sings! As good as ever!
After the show, me and Linda were invited backstage by Mick, who was
in a extremely good mood, buying me beer and talking to everyone. I
presented Mick and the band with their personal copies of a boot of
Stockholm last year, wich they had asked us for. Mick was smiling
and joking until we all got thrown out by Sticky Fingers security. I
also had a quick chat with Micks girlfriend, who said that Mick and
she knew of the Stonesvikings website!
Mick Taylor and the finnish lads played at Söderhamns Theater.
Me and my budy sat somewhere in the middle....good seats. The
theater is not so big...I think it can take about 200 in the
audience. But it was full, to the last seat!
Me and my buddy Per got there about 15 minutes before showtime. I
recognised almost everybody, it was Söderhamns rock-elite and
Stonesfans, so there were many to chat with. Many mentioned having a
look at our site..they all like it!
When my buddy and I had gone in and taken our seats, a young slim
girl and a little heavier set man passed us and went up on stage and
disappeared behind the curtains...what the hell...that was Mick
taylor... All became very unreal..it can´t be him...is it really the
guy who was in the Stones during their best period?...The guy from
the Hyde Park concert...?Altamont...? Sticky Fingers...And all
Now he just passed me like any average guy, Mick Taylor here in
When Mick hit the stage they started with Stop Breaking Down..man,
did we like that, it´s one of my favorites from Exile. The sound was
Mick Taylor, what a lovely man, so down to earth, no divastuff here.
He played in the clothes he arrived in.
The setlist was a nice mix of very good blues and rythm & blues.
Ventilator Blues sounded so nice...other Stonessongs included You
Got To Move, No Expectations (excellent), an instrumental modified
version of Can´t You Hear Me Knocking and finally...Hip Shake. My
God, what an excellent version, it sent shivers down my spine!
The theater almost broke, when the audience stamped their feet and
demanded an encore!
The average age of the audience was pretty high, Robban Hagnäs, the
bassist, greeted the audience with a "Hello, old folks!",
Wentus Bluesband played excellent, very good musicians, we enjoyed
A big Thank You, goes to Söderhamns own rockstar and promotor of
this gig, Hasse Spennare, who made this possible!
PICS BY HASSE SPENNARE!