Mike Tramp @ Templet, Lyngby (DK)

MIKE TRAMP & THE BAND OF BROTHERS

Date: 24th May, 2018
Venue: Templet
Tickets: 180DKK (€24/$27)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


That feeling, when you just HAVE TO go to a show… The urge gets so strong it’s kind of freaky. I’m amazed that I still feel like this for bands and even if I’ve seen Mike Tramp quite a lot lately it felt like a must to attend at least on show this round of dates. Since last opportunity to see him the records have been spinning frequently and a whole lot of new favourite songs have popped up. Not that many of them was included in the set of course but it still felt mandatory to see it.

As usual with the Mike Tramp shows there were the usual suspects in the front. And the fun thing is, once you’ve taken your spot and guarded it prior to gig start it’s your for the rest of the night. I mean, Templet is a standard type venue/club, standing only and even if it was full it was no issue to go to the bar for a refill and then return to that nice place in the front. It’s a special atmosphere at these gigs. And so are the MIKE TRAMP & THE BAND OF BROTHERS shows musically also. I’m of course hooked but in general it is too soft as compared to what I normally listen to. But the nerve in the music at the live performances combined with a little dirt and volume really makes it justice.

Opening “Hungry” came as a bit of a surprise as it’s a WHITE LION song I haven’t heard live before. But, the way I had boosted for the show it was the solo material I was looking forward to the most. “Why Even Worry At All” fits perfectly there. But I have to say I was pleased with the addition of the WHITE LION song “Cry For Freedom” in the set as well. “Give It All You got” was another real highlight; this is a typical example of a track that grows in the live-set. It’s ok on record but the dynamics and intensity it has live are far from how it sounds on record. I really liked the mix of songs in the set. Dark and suggestive “What Am I” is another favourite and the moody version it has when performed live nowadays is fantastic. But nothing could live up to “Coming Home”; that’s the track that I’ve listened to the most since last time I’ve seen Mike live. I love everything about it, it has melancholy, fantastic melodies and a good beat to it. Sometimes it’s annoying though that Mike is ad-libbing here and there and improvises new melodies. And it of course gets clearer in a track I’ve been listening to as much as this. But what bothered me here more was that they broke it off before the third verse. Inserted was a bit of the THIN LIZZY song, “The Sun Goes Down” which Mike and co does fantastic but I couldn’t relax again until the third verse came. It sure sounded awesome all of it.

That the WHITE LION songs ending the set would get a good response there was no doubt about. I still think the rather slaughtered version of “When The Children Cry” is cool but it would be very nice to hear it, at least partly in its original version. But it does have a very good groove to it. Henrik Berger has since last time become a permanent member of MIKE TRAMP & THE BAND OF BROTHERS replacing Søren Andersen at this position. Henrik is for sure doing a good job here, his way of playing is a bit harder and rougher compared to Søren but in a live-situation this doesn’t matter at all. It will be interesting to see how the recordings will sound with him.

“Broken Heart” is another favourite in the set; the only downside with it as well as “Lady Of The Valley” is that they normally mark the end of the show. That was the case here but both sounded great this night and brought along some very good sing-along from the crowd. Which made the whole show go out on top. Ok, the show wasn’t really over after the WHITE LION classics. The band wasn’t hard to lure back up there and latest release “Work It All Out” started the encores. Another very good song and a song that makes me curious to see what Mike will do next.

So yes, this was yet another good and fun show from MIKE TRAMP & THE BAND OF BROTHERS and it’s good to see that he packs the places out even outside of the Copenhagen city borders.

MIKE TRAMP & THE BAND OF BROTHERS setlist:

01. “Hungry”
02. “Living On The Edge”
03. “Trust In Yourself”
04. “Why Even Worry At All”
05. “Cry For Freedom”
06. “Mr Death”
07. “Goin’ Home Tonight”
08. “Give It All You Got”
09. “What Am I”
10. “Little Fighter”
11. “Coming Home” / “Sun Goes Down”
12. “Endless Highway”
13. “When The Children Cry”
14. “Broken Heart”
15. “Lady Of The Valley”
16. “Work It All Out”
17. “Farewell To You”

MIKE TRAMP & THE BAND OF BROTHERS

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