JLT @ Sticky Fingers, Malmö Live (SE), High Voltage (DK)

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Joe Lynn Turner

Date: 15th March (SE), 18th March (DK) & 26th March (SE), 2017
Venue: Sticky Fingers (SE), High Voltage (DK), Malmö Live (SE)
Tickets: 275SEK (€27/$28) / 250DKK (€33/$35)
Promoter: Stahl Entertainment
Photos: Erika Wallberg


I was thrilled reading that Joe Lynn Turner would return to Scandinavia again, short after the fantastic acoustic set at PH Cafeén, Copenhagen in September last year. The thing Joe did there together with George Gakis was fantastic but I was really happy to read he would come back with a full band this time - real shows are always more fun.

The first good news was that the ticket sales for the Gothenburg show had gone so well so the show was moved upstairs at Sticky Fingers, a bigger venue. This really boosted for a very good night. But the place was sparsely crowded when REBEL GEL took on the stage. These Swedes delivered a good set of Hard Rock / Heavy Metal songs and they did what they could to get the few ones watching to move and get the place warmed up. Vocalist Jon Grövle worked hard to make this happen and his very charming accent sure helped to set a cheerful feel over the whole thing. It doesn’t matter what’s been said, it sounds happy no matter what.

And I really enjoyed REBEL GEL’s music; “If You Believe” and especially “Mad Mans Work” sounded fantastic. The thing though was that their songs were better than their performance. It felt like they couldn’t get it all together, it got a lot better for the Malmö show though, so perhaps it was just stage freight in Gothenburg? (There was no opening act in Copenhagen at all).

REBEL GEL ended their set with “It’s A Sin” which also has been released as a video single and gotten a good number of spins at YouTube. Another good song so they definitely have something good going here. And it was good fun to watch them play.

REBEL GEL setlist (Gothenburg, Malmö):

01. “Two Young Lovers”
02. “If You Believe”
03. “Woman”
04. “Mad Mans Work”
05. “When You’re Gone”
06. “Nothing”
07. “It’s A Sin”

REBEL GEL (Gothenburg)

Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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REBEL GEL (Malmö)

Rebel Gel @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rebel Gel @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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All places were packed up in a very good way when it was time for Joe Lynn Turner and his band to hit the stage. Even Malmö Live, and the reason I’m saying this is because the place is really big. Ok, it wasn’t as packed as Sticky Fingers or High Voltage were, but still, a very good crowd showed up which is good to see.

And Joe was in top shape and kicked off the set with “Death Alley Driver”, a fantastic track from the great “Straight Between The Eyes” record. The cool thing with these shows was that the set was different from place to place. The content was mostly the same but the order of the songs differed. In Gothenburg and Copenhagen, “I Surrender” followed, another RAINBOW classic and now everyone in the house was with Joe to 100%. One dream come true for me was to get to hear “Spotlight Kid” live, I love this fast but yet melodic and catchy track and I can’t even imagine how many times I’ve listed to that one. The solo in this is very special, Ritchie Blackmore’s sense for melody and his stunningly clean playing really stand out. And Jorge Salan (yes, here too, he jumped straight from the S.O.T.O tour to this one) sure nailed it all. It seemed as effortless for him as Ritchie looked nonchalant when playing. And again, Joe’s performance was fantastic, this is a very high pitched on but he nailed it, perhaps not effortlessly, but flawlessly anyway. It of course is a fantastic track and most rockers should know it. “Jealous Lover” also got a very good response, and it all sounded fantastic. It was also very good to see that his solo-songs got a very good response, the crowds knew this one too.

What I loved with the PH Cafeén show was the combination of music and stories. This happened for these gigs also and Joe shared a lot of moments from both his career and personal live. For example, he dedicated “Miss Mistreated” to his ex-wife who was on him so much when going on tour that he started to cheat on her (although I’m quite sure the same story came up for “Jealous Lover” in Gothenburg, but it might be me mistaking it here as the beer tasted extremely good that night and I can have mixed it up completely).

For “Stone Cold”, Joe told that Roger Glover had opened the door completely devastated when they were supposed to go out for a drink. "What’s wrong?" Joe asked and Roger replied; “she left me stone cold... Hang on just a moment there, Rog... I’ll be back!” So that’s how the song came about. All of these small anecdotes made the show very intimate, it’s hard not to love Joe after something like this (if you wasn’t already that is), and he is charming and charismatic telling it all.

I was a bit surprised that “King Of Dreams” was cut from the Malmö set as that was the hit from DEEP PURPLE’s “Slaves And Masters”. On the other hand, I rather take “Cut Runs Deep” if I have to choose.  Another fantastic moment of the show, the groove and drive in this one was great. It’s always good to have a bunch of musicians of this calibre playing live and even if the band was a pick and mix it all sounded fantastic. Also “Blood Money” was cut from the Malmö set which really is a shame, such a fantastic song and the set really needed more of Joe’s solo material.

There were two moments of the shows that really stood out, showing how damn good a singer Joe is and that he still has the same power and height in his voice nowadays too. First out was “Endlessly”, the ballad from Joe’s first solo record “Rescue You”, long high-pitched notes that was so crisp and clear they could cut through glass. I also liked the naked Hard Rock sound the live version gave instead of the brass and so on as it has on the record.

I was hoping to hear some of the Yngwie Malmsteen songs also and I was very happy when he started talking about how he’s been playing with all of the crazy guitarists in this world, Ritchie and then also Nikolo Kotzev (BRAZEN ABBOT) and last but not least, Yngwie of course. “Rising Force” is a fantastic song and it has aged really well but it’s damn high pitched but again Joe pulled this off with grace. And again Jorge delivered the goods and did a fantastic solo. To my great disappointment “Dreaming” was not played in Gothenburg, even though it was listed on the setlist (together with a whole bunch of other songs including “Street of Dreams” which also was a shame it wasn’t played at all).

That one came for the other two shows though and was the second moment. It sure is bold of Joe to play that one almost last in the set. The chorus-line contains long and high notes but again it all sounded perfect. Ok, the second chorus in Malmö was perhaps a bit raspy. It was nothing that really mattered though as he nailed the notes and a bit of rasp just add to the live-feeling.

So it was three absolutely fabulous concerts, it still didn’t feel enough so I’m glad I made it to these at least. Picking the highlight of the three it’s High Voltage, Copenhagen that wins. This because the band (apart from Joe and Jorge there was also Magnus Rosén on bass, Samuel Olsson – keyboard and Darby Todd on drums) felt much more comfortable together here compared to Gothenburg and the intimate and cozy atmosphere at the place really helps too even though it was very close to packed out. In Malmö, it was Sunday and the last of the tour and it didn’t feel as focused as the other two. But these were great concerts and since all were slightly different from the rest it was very cool to see all of them. It’s always great when bands alter their sets a bit, it gives a real live-feel to it. And with Joe’s wonderful performance on top of it all it really made my days.

Joe Lynn Turner setlist (Gothenburg):

01. “Death Alley Driver”
02. “I Surrender”
03. “Jealous Lover”
04. “Can't Let you Go”
05. “Spotlight Kid”
06. “Miss Mistreated”
07. “Stone Cold”
08. “King of Dreams”
09. “Cut Runs Deep”
10. “Endlessly”
11. “Blood Money”
12. “Can't Happen Here”
13. “Rising Force”
14. “Long Live Rock'n'Roll”

Joe Lynn Turner setlist (Copenhagen):

01. “Death Alley Driver”
02. “I Surrender”
03. “Can't Let you Go”
04. “Miss Mistreated”
05. “Spotlight Kid”
06. “Stone Cold”
07. “King Of Dreams”
08. “Highway Star”
09. “Jealous Lover”
10. “Endlessly”
11. “Can't Happen Here”
12. “Blood Money”
13. “Cut Runs Deep”
14. “Rising Force”
15. “Dreaming (Tell Me)”
16. “Long Live Rock'n'Roll”

Joe Lynn Turner setlist (Malmö):

01. “Death Alley Driver”
02. “Jealous Lover”
03. “Can't Let you Go”
04. “Cut Runs Deep”
05. “Endlessly”
06. “Highway Star”
07. “Stone Cold”
08. “Miss Mistreated”
09. “Spotlight Kid”
10. “Can't Happen Here”
11. “I Surrender”
12. “Rising Force”
13. “Dreaming (Tell Me)”
14. “Long Live Rock'n'Roll”

Joe Lynn Turner (Gothenburg)

Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Joe Lynn Turner (Copenhagen)

Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ High Voltage, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Joe Lynn Turner (Malmö)

Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Joe Lynn Turner @ Malmö Live, Malmö (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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