Date: 26th January 2019
Venue: Kajskjulets Scen
Ticket: 295SEK (€27/$31)
Promoter: Mothermanagement / Kajskjulet
Photos: Erika Wallberg
It’s just a little over a year since I had bought tickets to my first acoustic show. Didn’t have much expectations in it at all but it turned out to be one of the greatest concert-experiences ever. Since then, I’ve attended quite a few of this type of events and I almost always come out stunned.
It was a no-brainer to make plans when John Corabi announced he would come around the block on his own. I love all things he’d done but I still wasn’t all certain that this would be an as magical night as many of the other acoustic sets or if an event like this would work in a town like Halmstad... I’m always glad when I get my expectations proven wrong. There was a quite good gathering this night. Towards the end, not the optimal audience for an acoustic set since a little too many visits to the bar made people in the back lose focus and get way too loud for the music on stage. But at least they were happy.
But right from the start it was good. UNION’s “Love (I Don't Need It Anymore)” opened the night followed by one solo song from John in “If I Never Get To Say Goodbye”. The real reaction came with THE SCREAM’s “Father, Mother, Son” which became nerve-tickling in its acoustic version. I’m amazed by how much nerve John got into the songs with the limited setup one man and a guitar is. It sounded fabulous and John is a far better guitarist than I expected. I know he’s writing a lot of course but I’ve only seen him sing (or… I actually saw UNION back in the days so I must have seen him play too…) so, that the music worked perfect with his awesome voice was yet another perception shattered.
The crowd was actually aware about John Corabi’s whereabouts and when “Hooligan's Holiday” was announced that brought on a huge cheer. And it sounded very good. The best thing with these intimate shows are the stories and all the talk in between songs. John gladly shared pranks played on him when he joined MÖTLEY CRÜE but also more, for him beneficial stories as when he was just jamming away on AEROSMITH’s “Seasons Of Wither” and all of a sudden I hear a familiar voice. And yes, it was Steven Tyler himself that joined in. The song this night sounded fantastic too. I think it was a good concept to mix the set. I expected and wanted a few more THE DEAD DAISES songs, but was happy to get “Dead And Gone” at least. And then to mix in David Bowie's “Lady Stardust” and KISS' “Hard Luck Woman” showed very successful. The downside was that the crowd got rather drunk during half the set and lost focus on the show. That itself was not the problem but that they got very loud in what they were doing was a bit annoying and actually created a big disturbance for the last few songs. Another real highlight of the show was closing “Man in the Moon” again a song from THE SCREAM album and I think it was those who got the biggest response from the crowd, apart from “Hooligan's Holiday”.
There's nothing to complain about with John's performance, it was outstanding and very entertaining. Both from a musical perspective as well as everything else than music coming out of stage. The downside though was the height of the stage and that John was sitting down, this made it really hard to see from time to time and that takes away a bit from the live-feeling. But yes, I was extremely impressed by this performance. Just a great way to spend a Saturday night.
John Corabi setlist:
01. “Love (I Don't Need It Anymore)” (UNION song)
02. “If I Never Get Τo Say Goodbye”
03. “Father, Mother, Son” (THE SCREAM song)
04. “Hooligan's Holiday” (MÖTLEY CRÜE song)
05. “Same Old Song Αnd Dance” (AEROSMITH cover)
06. “Seasons Οf Wither” (AEROSMITH cover)
07. “Dead Αnd Gone” (THE DEAD DAISEIS song)
08. “Misunderstood” (MÖTLEY CRÜE song)
09. “Lady Stardust” (David Bowie cover)
10. “Hard Luck Woman” (KISS cover)
11. “Robin's Song” (UNION song)
12. “Beth” (KISS cover)
13. “Everything's Alright” (UNION song)
14. “Driftaway” / “Home Sweet Home” (MÖTLEY CRÜE song)
15. “Man Ιn Τhe Moon” (THE SCREAM song)
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