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Gotthard - Live Klubben Fryshuset Stockholm 19/2- 2010

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Reviewer :
Juha Harjula Format: Concert
Release date: 2010-03-05 Year: 2010
Label: Independent
Genre: AOR
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Swiss rockers Gotthard are on a tour here in Sweden and made a visit in Stockholm this cold Friday night. To warm up their show they got Fatal Smile from Sweden. I got there to late and I unfortunately missed their show. But I was there to see Gotthard and this would be my 5th time I get to see them live. I have seen them at twice at Sweden Rock Festival were they have delivered two fantastic shows. Klubben is a small club in Stockholm that had gathered couple of 100 Gotthard fans. In their home country Gotthard are huge and plays in arenas and sells a lot of records. So it’s hard to understand why they won’t fill bigger places here in Sweden. But it’s great to have them here and those that were there this night got to see a fantastic show and the band seem to have a good time on the stage. The whole band is very tight and you can see and hear that they are a professionals. To bad that the sound was not the best and did not reach the best result. Steve Lee is a fantastic front man and he knows how to entertain the crowed and he sings just outstanding. Both guitarists Leo Leoni and Freddy Scherer played faultless and delivered stunning riffs with both feeling and melodies. The rhythmsection Marc Lynn on bass and drummer Hena Habegger played tight. Gotthard has been around since their debut album from 1992 and has a lot of song to choose to their set-list. But almost every time I have seen them they have played strong sets and so was the case this night. There’s always song that you miss but Gotthard has so many great song to choose so it’s hard to fail. They opened up the show this night with Unspoken Words from their latest album Need To Believe (2009) and it’s a great starter. The show continued with Gone To Far that really got the crowed on fire, great song by the way. The only song from Human Zoo this night was Top Of The World and they could have played some more from that album but they took one of the better ones from that album. Everytime I have seen them they have delivered Hush and so was the case with this show. Gotthard makes a great cover version of this song and with the sing-a-long feel over this it’s a great live number. Right From Wrong from the new album is just brilliant and they nailed it. In the middle of the show Steve Lee and Leo Leoni got alone on the stage with just two chairs and a acoustic guitar. The did a Acoustic set with One Life, Let It Be and Heaven. The Oscar Goes To just got the crowed wild and this is a outstanding rocker with huge sound and with big hooklines a perfect live song. After that they were on fire and delivered the next big arena rocker Lift You Up from Lipservice that almost rocked the roof of from Klubben. The first encore they gave us Sister Moon and the magical Anytime Anywhere with pompish keyboards and that made my day. They left the stage after that song but came back with a 2nd encore and ended the show with Led Zeppelin cover Rock N´Roll. This was a fantastic night and hopefully they will return to Sweden soon and hopefully with bigger show. Even if I missed couple of songs in the set they had a strong set-list and the sound could have been better but otherwise this was brilliant. Set-list: Unspoken Words Gone To Far Top Of The World Need To Belive Hush I Know You Know Make My Day Right From Wrong Delay From Hell Unconditional Faith (Acoustic set) One Life, Let It Be & Heaven Shangri-La All We Are I Don´t Mind The Oscar Goes To Lift You Up (Encore 1) Sister Moon Anytime Anywhere (Encore 2) Rock N´Roll (Led Zeppelin cover)



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