Mike Tramp @ Støberihallen, Hillerød (DK)

Mike Tramp

Date: 29th November, 2018
Venue: Støberihallen
Tickets: 175DKK (€23/$26)
Promoter: Black Star Booking
Photos: Erika Wallberg


I did not intend to go to this one since I’d seen Mike at Zeppelin Rock Bar less than a month ago. Also, Mike Tramp is doubtless the one I’ve seen the most live over the last 2-3 years. Well, once hooked it’s hard to not take the opportunity to see him play again. The thing is, it’s always worth going to the shows since there will be differences between them. And frankly, you never know what will happen, how much Mike will talk and what stories he’ll tell. Conceptually this was of course different than the one at Zeppelin Rock Bar since that was the release party for the re-issue of “Capricorn” and this was Stories & Music… I was still surprised though that the setlist was as different as it was between the shows. So yes, it’s absolutely necessary to see Mike play over and over again.

Set-opener “Better Off” from “Capricorn” was featured in both sets as was fantastic “More To Life Than This” which followed. The version here, mellower than the record and also taken down in pace somewhat made it into a ballad. Something that worked really well. Last time he had help with the ambience and guitar from Oliver Steffensen. Here he was all alone and his guitar-playing is quite primitive compared to the guitarist normally surrounding him but this too worked. It didn’t feel primitive or potty. The nerve and emotion he has in his performance stands on it’s own. I was very happy that he kept fantastic “Bow And Obey” in the set this time too. The song is dark and moody on record and in this setup it’s of course lighter but the expression still comes through in a fantastic way. Expected in between songs was to get a lot of stories. This was one of the reasons I hesitated to go, I still have quite hard to follow Danish but this time what he said came through fairly ok and I could get most of the content from the stories at least. Still, I need to catch up on the irony and jokes that shows up here and there though.

But the story-telling comes very natural, he have had his fair share of wackos showing up around him over the years. Someone claiming “Lay Down My Life For You” being written for her, as one example. Mike smiled at his own wittiness when he dedicated the lady “Goodbye Song” instead and then also added “Wait Not For Me” to the same list. I got a little stressed when “Give It All You Got” showed up, as that one ended the set at Zeppelin Rock Bar and I wasn’t really done with this night yet. Luckily it wasn’t over and “Time And Place” followed. With the latter of the two it was cool to hear it on guitar only, since it's a piano track on record. It works equally well in both versions but I find it really fascinating to see how things like this is solved. Mike then mumbled something about already having played it all and checked his watch when the crowd put in a demand for more. Wish granted and I doubt the promoter minded the extended set as Mike was handed a beer when he tried to leave the stage in the first place.

“Coming Home” is an absolute favourite from Mike’s solo career so I was really happy that one showed up. The version in this case was significantly different compared to the full-band one I’m used to. But this surely worked, with the bare acoustic guitar to back-up the vocals I’ll be damned if the emotion didn’t come through even more here. Anyway, it gave me goose-bumps all over at least. That’s how good it was. I was happy to see some WHITE LION songs in the set this time, “Little Fighter” showed up in the second half and after the second half-attempt to walk off stage also “When The Children Cry” showed up. Ironically, this time it was the closest to the original I’ve ever seen live.

Another reason to go to this show was that it was the last for the year for Mike and the last in Denmark until ‘Nordic Noise Festival’ in May 2019. It was definitely worth it, musically it was fantastic and I’m quite surprised how well I could follow the stories too. So now, ‘Nordic Noise Festival’ can’t come soon enough.

Mike Tramp

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