StÝvring, Denmark - 14 November 2008

Location: Stubhuset

Photos by: Karin Christiansen, Bianca DŁrkop

SAILOR on stage

Henry and Phil


SAILOR on stage

Phil and Grant

Henry, Phil and Grant during "Vera From Veracruz"

Henry, Phil and Grant during "Vera From Veracruz"




Henry and Phil during "Karma Chameleon"

Grant's Moment

The "Full Monty"...

The "Full Monty"...

Grant announces "Con Te PartirÚ"

The songs that SAILOR played in StÝvring:

A Glass Of Champagne
Blame It On The Soft Spot
One Drink Too Many
Give Me Shakespeare
The Old Nickelodeon Sound
Vi er Knold og Tot (Danish children-song, together with the audience)
Vera From Veracruz
Stay The Night
Girls Girls Girls
Wooly Bully
Mack The Knife
Karma Chameleon
The Secretary
La Cumbia

Grant's Moment
The Full Monty
Con Te PartirÚ - Time To Say Goodbye
Champagne Reprise
Stay The Night

Before and after the show:

Ann, Karin, Helle and Sabrina

Karin's mum, Karin, Ann and Helle

Henry teaches Karin how to play "Girls Girls Girls"... without success, as she says ;-)

A concert review by Bianca DŁrkop:

What do you do, if SAILOR has a gig in Denmark and you got some leave days, but no idea where to go for a holiday? Sure, you plan your holiday around SAILOR. That's what you can say about my boyfriend and me. Because that's exactly what we did.
So we looked for a nice holiday home and just after that reserved two tickets for the SAILOR concert in StÝvring. The highlight of this holiday was of course the evening of 14th November: The SAILOR concert.
When we arrived at the Stubhuset there were some communications problems first. The woman who sold the tickets spoke neither German nor English. We could speak only a few words Danish, but it wasn't enough to communicate. So they searched for a person who could speak English. Shortly we got our reserved tickets. After that we had to wait 2 hours for the concert to begin.
The concert hall was of managenble size with about 600 seats. It seemed that all tickets had been sold. The stage was kind of small so it was a pleasant atmosphere.
The songs SAILOR played this evening were (nearly) the same as always. Only one song which was succesfull in Denmark was added. "Stay the Night". And a second time as an encore.
The mood on stage was fantastic. And after a few songs also at the audience. Before the break the audience seemed to be reserved and quiet. But after the break more and more people were infected by the fantastic mood.
In between Henry tried to animate the audience with a Danish song to sing with him. Unfortunately I didn't know this song but the Danish audience sang along loudly.
Henry, Phil, Grant and Oliver seemed to be in a great mood. (Altough they had a long day, as Grant told us at the end. They had to get up at 3 o'clock in the morning to catch their flight to Denmark.) Over and over again they made funny comments and amusing interludes. Until Phil couldn't go on singing "Mack The Knife". It was a really good entertainment.
Even to not SAILOR songs like "Wooly Bully" and "Mack The Knife" the audience applauded enthusiastically. While the song "La Cumbia" the audience gave standing ovations for the 4 greatest musicians in the world.
Oliver provided amazing faces at the audience with his song "Con Te PartirÚ". The majority of the people sat there and listened. Some waved their arms at the beat or searched for a lighter.
It was a fantastic concert again, which you like to think back to even though there were some communication problems. Unfortunately it was over much to fast. As well as the complete holiday.
And I hope there will be a "real" Nickelodeon on stage again sometime.
Best wishes to all SAILOR fans who couldn't be there!

Tusind Tak - A concert review by Heiko Furchtmann:

The bell rings for the last time, then the door is shut. About 600 visitors are sitting in that small convention hall named Stubhuset and wait. Not for long as an employee enters the stage and emotionlessly reads out who is now to come: SAILOR. It is a very special atmosphere in that cultural and convention center of the small northern Jutland town of StÝvring, 20 kilometers south of Aalborg. Tonight's theme is "A Glass Of Champagne". Now, minutes after 8 p.m., tonight's protagonists enter the stage, on which The Searchers, Jia-Jia Qiao and The Hanna Sisters of Ireland had brought an international touch before.
The audience, as it seems, is conservative and expectant. All visitors remain seated and enjoy the first chords relaxed and reclining. One could also say: They hardly warm up. Or: SAILOR fans are simply the minority. What a contrast to this are the four Englishmen on stage: They are in good spirits, joking around and telling anecdotes. And one immediately notes the difference between SAILOR being the only act like tonight or being one of many bands on fairs like NDR Summer Tour (2007 in Ploen, 2008 in Brunsbuettel) or the Pier Festival in Timmendorfer Strand in 2008. They candidly labour to entertain the audience, who paid 175 to 200 Danish Kronen (25 to 29 Euros) each. Henry, dressed in his bright suit and hat as always, tries to warm up the audience with a little anecdote while introducing "One Drink Too Many": "This song will be sung by my son Oliver, who you all know is half Danish.", and Oliver replies in front of the applauding crowd: "The better half...", winning the people's laughter.
Later, beginning "The Old Nickelodeon Sound", Henry tries the hard way, dragging up the arms in the front row. The laughter turns into a waving movement with the SAILOR waltz that doesn't last until the end. His efforts peak with the old Danish children-song "Vi er Knold og Tot". Again, the crowd won't completely join in, and Henry complains: "There was a Danish resistance, was it?" Shortly before the break the four Englishmen surprise the audience. "Grant and I, we afforded to write a song..." Phil responds: "And you know, what I said? Shit!" "... and fortunately it was a hit.", Henry ends his sentence, pointing out, that it was a big success in Denmark. And for the first time I can hear SAILOR singing live "Stay The Night". Afterwards there is a pause of 15 minutes, making Henry state that some people in the audience may have to lay down or have something to drink. Not so far from truth as the air in this little, sold-out room is very sticky. The organizer have a good idea opening up the backwards fire exit and letting cool and fresh air in.
Oliver is the one who can't await the second half, as it seems. He starts playing "Girls, Girls, Girls", as his colleagues are still off-stage. Grant is the first to join in, followed by the Nickelodeon staff. And the crowd's mood rises constantly. A visitor hands beer cups to both of the Marsh family. While Oliver smilingly keeps his cup Henry gives it back after taking a mouthful and a short ad imitation ("Tuborg - Get the girl of your dreams"). The visitor asks him: "You didn't like it?", and Henry's reply is drier than his throat: "I like it, but I want to perform upstanding..."
Following this comes the second SAILOR premiere for me, "Panama". Henry doesn't hit every note, but that is okay, because they don't sing this song very often. When the audience loosens up during "Wooly Bully", Phil can't avoid commenting this: "You like that more than SAILOR songs, do you?" The official playlist draws to a close, and now every visitor sets aside his reserve. During "The Secretary" the mission is completed, all people join in upstanding, and they remain standing during the final song, "La Cumbia".
Their encores are always the same: Grant's solo, The Full Monty, followed by Olivers breathtaking solo "Con Te PartirÚ" and the last dance, the "Glass Of Champagne" reprise. But something is different tonight. Suddenly three SAILORs enter the stage again, having a last gag up their sleeves. Phil explains: "Someone asked us to sing one more song. And you know, what we said?" Repeatedly the audience answers: "Yes, we can!", and out comes Henry, dressed with a black shirt, without his hat. The shirt says: "Obama for President 2008", and he delivers another anecdote: That he was in front of the stage on that certain evening, when Barack Obama was elected the next President of the United States. After this they sing their last encore for this evening, and the lyrics express everything the visitors wished for to no avail: "Stay The Night".
It was the first SAILOR gig for me after Ploen in 2007, Timmendorfer Strand and Brunsbuettel in 2008 - and it was the best by far. Even though that sticky-taped cardboard Nickelodeon blurred my happiness. My girlfriend and I had deliberately organized our holidays around the SAILOR concert, and we didn't regret our decision. Thanks a bunch to SAILOR - tusind tak!
Heiko Furchtmann

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