Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK)

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Mike Tramp & THE BAND OF BROTHERS

Date: 24th November, 2017
Venue: H9
Tickets: 200DKK (€26/$31)
Promoter: Mighty Music / Target
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Another double release-party with live performances in 2017 for Mike Tramp and what way could be better other than celebrating with friends and fans? This was a chance for everyone to get their hands on the “This & That - But A Whole Lot More” boxset, containing a new song as well as tour rehearsals, demos from over the years and other goodies a week before it was officially released. And it's guaranteed that these ones, as well as the others have been, would be cozy and intimate shows. H9 is about the same size as Beta2300 and very suitable as it will be packed out to the last spot.

Ok, I could only make it to the first of the two shows this time which didn't feel all that good when this evening came to an end. Even if the majority of the set is the same at the shows there are always a few things standing out. And if not the music itself, if it would be so that it's the same set (which was the case at the double show at Beta2300 in February) there's always Mike Tramp's gibberish to listen to.

The concert trotted off in a calm state with “Better Off” followed by “Trust In Yourself” and “Wait ‘till Forever”. And it all sounded very good but not as intense and thrilling as I remembered. Then, “Little Fighter”, the WHITE LION classic, got the crowd moving and after this song it just went upwards. I don't know if the was the boost from the crowd or from the special gift licorice-vodka the band got from a friend/fan prior to the show that did the trick. It doesn't matter really. From “High Like A Mountain”, which is one of my favorite Mike Tramp songs, and onward it was as flawless as ever.

As much as Mike Tramp is a fantastic singer with his distinct voice THE BAND OF BROTHERS does the rest of the show. It's always great to watch musicians in this caliber in action and it feels like they're enjoying each other's company very much. The vibrancy, dynamics and nerve they have when they play live are fantastic while it doesn't come through the same way on record. Frankly, I like Mike Tramp's solo albums but in some cases it's a bit too soft for my taste. When played live, like this it's completely different, the dynamics and soul in the music is incredible and despite the number of Vodka, Fernet Branca or whatever drinks offered it sounded amazing. The only real impact due to alcohol was the number of words per minute coming from Mike's mouth which made the show longer but very funny. I do have issues with the Danish even if I'm coming around a bit which made it hard to follow everything. But it got hysteric on occasions when he, to include all other fans not from Denmark, said something like; “this is a great story”, just to continue the damn thing in Danish.

There were a few things significantly different from the other MIKE TRAMP & THE BAND OF BROTHERS shows I've seen earlier this year though. First the story behind the fantastic WHITE LION song “Lady Of The Valley” track; last time Mike claimed it to be about an old lady in a park while this time it was a mix of song-titles, QUEEN's “Lilly Of The Valley” and RAINBOW's “Lady Of The Lake”. Then, unique for this set, “Time And Place” from latest studio album “Maybe Tomorrow”; the fascinating thing with this one is that it's piano and vocals only on record. It worked perfectly with a classic rock-setting too. Then, for the “This & That” box-set, brand new “Work It All Out” was a fresh feature in the set.

The set featured about two hours worth of music, the show however kept on going for about three. And I was twisting between if the ending was the best part of the show or if it just got too long. Mike chattered away between all songs or in the middle of them. Also the music got extended towards the end. And I really love these things, when there's room for improvisation and show-off. But it got rather long. Still, “What More Can I Say” and “Give It All You Got” sounded amazing. Again, that little extra oomph compared to the records sure does the songs well. Then I could have gone without “When The Children Cry”. It's of course fun to hear all the odd versions MIKE TRAMP & THE BAND OF BROTHERS come up with. Then I appreciate “Broken Heart” more from the WHITE LION catalogue. Finishing “Coming Home” works perfect as a closer of a set. I love the melancholy in the vocal lines and when music holds this type of nerve it doesn't matter if it is soft. It sounds as good live as on record.

Leaving the place it felt strange to not attend the second night as well, no matter if the set would be the same or not. It sure was a great show, musically it's perfection and it's good fun to watch the band play. And as it seems there will be more opportunities to see them play in the spring. Count me in!

MIKE TRAMP & THE BAND OF BROTHERS setlist:

01. “Better Off”
02. “Trust In Yourself”
03. “Wait ‘till Forever”
04. “Little Fighter” (WHITE LION song)
05. “High Like A Mountain”
06. “Tell Me”
07. “Lady Of The Valley” (WHITE LION song)
08. “Time And Place”
09. “Work It All Out”
10. “What Am I” (FREAK OF NATURE song)
11. “Why Even Worry”
12. “Cobblestone Street”
13. “What More Can I Say”
14. “Give It All You Got”
15. “When The Children Cry” (WHITE LION song)
16. “Broken Heart” (WHITE LION song)
17. “Coming Home

Mike Tramp & THE BAND OF BROTHERS

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Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Mike Tramp @ H9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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