Warwick & Johnson @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK)

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WARWICK & JOHNSON / RASMUS REVSBECH

Date: 17th September, 2018
Venue: Lygten Station
Tickets: 150DKK (€20/$22)
Promoter: Aikki Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


It was a definite must-go to the WARWICK & JOHNSON show for sure. I was rather surprised that it was happening at Lygten Station though as that is way too small for guys like these if you’d ask me. But, to see something like it at a place like Lygten Station also felt very exclusive and privileged.

First though local boy Rasmus Revsbech was on. I saw him with FRANKLIN ZOO a while back and I was impressed with his stage-presence and vocal abilities. He came across as rather scary and cold at that point though which made it hard to take in initially. In this case, he felt very cozy and soft instead, still the same excellent voice of course. He claimed it was the first time he did something like this too, being alone on stage with a guitar. If that is the case this certainly was an extraordinary and moving performance. But I can understand if he felt omitted and exposed on stage as there wasn’t anything to hide behind in the setup at Lygten Station.

The place was setup like a café with tables pushed quite close to the stage so everyone were sitting quiet and politely listened to Rasmus while he was playing. He did acoustic, almost singer songwriter version of songs from his band-adventures but unfortunately I’m not familiar enough with his bands to fully judge the quality of the versions. It sounded really good though and it all had a good nerve to keep it vibrant despite the simple setup. One thing that did give a good idea about his creativity though was his version of the LONDONBEAT hit “I’ve been Thinking About You” which most knew the lyrics too but couldn’t place what the hell it was. The else so brisk song was neatly put into a very mellow version. So it sure was a very cool way to start the night.

I haven’t watched enough acoustic shows to be able to predict what will come yet. Or, the ones I’ve seen in the past have been more or less pathetic bar-performers doing half-arsed versions of songs the local drunks want to hear, but not enough real performances in this format to have a clue about what’s coming.

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Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rasmus Revsbech @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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There was of course no reason to worry that it would be a dull night with Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson on stage. Musicians of this caliber deliver no matter what. And what a start it was with the THIN LIZZY song “Are You Ready”, which people certainly were as the place had filled up leaving the last few in standing towards the back, all seats taken. And then follow it up with BLACK STAR RIDERS“The Killer Instinct”. It all sounded great and again it surprised me how vibrant and powerful a sparse setting like this can be.

I was speculating a little by myself what songs would be played during the night, I expected both THIN LIZZY and BLACK STAR RIDERS so with that the first two didn’t come as any surprise. But that the set would feature ALICE COOPER’s “I'm Eighteen” was a bit more farfetched. But the story that came with it explained it all;, Ricky and Damon had first met at one of his shows show. Then the set also featured a few from Ricky’s solo albums plus a few from Damon’s career, both as solo and with BROTHER CANE. For the latter, “Got No Shame” the crowd enthusiastically cheered. Some beers had made everyone loosen up a bit and the atmosphere got very cozy a bit into the concert. There were more real highlights in the set though. I can’t deny I was super-thrilled that one THE ALMIGHY-song had made it into the set. “Free And Easy” is a really good one and it worked great as acoustic as well. Also THE WHO’s “Substitute” together with BLACK STAR RIDERS “Blindsided” sounded fantastic.

Ricky usually comes across as quite grumpy and it was no exception here either. But he made some jokes and as he was close everyone could see him struggle to not smile too much. The smile came along with the response from the crowd as well and towards the end he looked rather pleased with it all. And even more so when, towards the end of the set take on the MOTÖRHEAD classic “Ace Of Spades”, perhaps not the first song that anyone think of in the same sentence with an acoustic set. It wasn’t really the musical highlight of the night but it sure was fun and drew some good reaction from the crowd. And the response was in general very good, people were in a good mood and supported the guys in the best possible way. It was well deserved as the show was great, it all sounded fantastic and it was intimate and energetic. The set passed in no time really and it was still quite extensive but it didn’t feel long. Hell, even “Sweet Home Alabama” felt inspired and something that was really fun to hear. I mean, it’s good in its original version but I’ve heard too many so cover-bands slaughter it over the years I seriously hate it. It worked though, as did “Whisky In the Jar”, another one that’s rather hackneyed these days. So all in all, this was a fantastic night and yet another receipt on that it’s always worth going to a show even if it doesn’t feel like a perfect match on paper.

WARWICK & JOHNSON setlist:

01.  “Are You Ready” (THIN LIZZY song)
02.  “The Killer Instinct” (BLACK STAR RIDERS song)
03.  “I'm Eighteen” (ALICE COOPER cover)
04.  “Born To Lose”
05.  “Borderline” (THIN LIZZY song)
06.  “Dancing With the Wrong Girl” (BLACK STAR RIDERS song)
07.  “Pontiac” (Damon Johnson cover)
08.  “Celebrating Sinking”
09.  “Finest Hour” (BLACK STAR RIDERS song)
10.  “Substitute” (THE WHO cover)
11.  “When the Night Comes In” (BLACK STAR RIDERS song)
12.  “Free 'n' Easy” (THE ALMIGHTY song)
13.  “Jailbreak” (THIN LIZZY song)
14.  “Blindsided” (BLACK STAR RIDERS song)
15.  “Got No Shame” (BROTHER CANE cover)
16.  “Schwaben Redoubt”
17.  “Kingdom Of The Lost” (BLACK STAR RIDERS song)
18.  “Ace Of Spades” (MOTÖRHEAD cover)
19.  “The Boys Are Back in Town” (THIN LIZZY song)
20.  “Sweet Home Alabama” (LYNYRD SKYNYRD cover)
21.  “Whiskey In The Jar” (THIN LIZZY song)

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