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Globen Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden

8 November 2002 2,581 views No Comment

Setlist: Hej Joe, Four Sticks, Down To The Sea, Morning Dew, Going To California, North Country Girl with In The Mood, Ramble On, 29 Palms (!!), Fixing To Die, A House Is Not A Motel, Tall Cool One, BIGLY,
Encores: Darkness,Darkness, Whole Lotta love,
Audience: 2500-3000 people

This from Mikael Steene
Robert Plant and his strange sensation played a great show in Stockholm at the globe anexet Friday night. I must admit that I’m not that enthusiastic about Dreamland and therefore had no real expectations but sometimes having no expectations means being pleasently surprised which was I was. Robert was
in fine form lots of Plantations and Roberts voice in very fine form. The crowd was about 2000-3000 and mostly seated which brought about a funny Plantation about the audience looking as if they were seated on washing machines and that the promoter should be sure to remove the seats prior to the next Steely Dan show??? He also remarked how proud he and the band were of there last album currently racing up the charts and how “Morning Dew” was Kylies favorite tune in the bathtub. Robert at one point said that he was going into standup (comedy) since that would be cheaper than lugging all the equipment around. You get the jest. Robert in full ironic glory.

Musically the Globe Anex is Stockholms worst location a big box filled with seats. It is a really difficult place to get a) decent sound and b) decent ambiance. However, Robert succeeded. Musically much stronger set then the last time at Circus (2 years ago). The band is really, really tight and Roberts voice is in phenomenal shape. The highligts for me were Morning Dew, Northern Girl, House, Fixing To Die and especially 29 Palms which really rocked.
Thanks largely to Roberts irony the crowd eventually got into the show. He really is a card when he’s “in the mood.” Security was tight so there was not much dancing in the aisles to be had. One comment I have to make is that I think WLL should be shelved. Don’t get me wrong it is a classic. The
mother of all riffs. But having heard it like a million times I think it ought to get a rest. I mean the rest of Roberts material really is stronger so why not end with something a little less played like Dancing days or Good Times Bad Times etc. It is also sad that WLL was the song that got the best crowd response but hey I’m being overly critical. To Sum up: a really great show that to me shows that Robert should continue doing this instead of playing in some bloated reunion spectacle. He did mention a double live DVD of Zep coming next year to the press here.
This from Mikael Olsson
We travelled 310 miles to the see the man and it was worth it.
The opening act was a girl from Lund,Sweden.Christine Owman did some pretty acoustic stuff but the music was in my opinion to downbeat. Robert and the band opened with a stormy version of Hej Joe and Four Sticks. Plant reminded us that this show would be more
far out than “Country Joe And The Fish” back in 1968. He asked if there was anyone here tonight who attended that show, probebly not
we must check the hospital, he joked. Down To The Sea followed (first time for me) and then some small talk about him and Kylie
shared the popcharts these days. A beutiful Morning Dew followed and then it was time for Going To California. It’s a great song but the
sing along in Sweden didn’t worked(it lies in our tradition to be quite and polite). Some talk about him and Pagey and Benny and Bjorn. A great rendition of Girl From The North Country mutch better than the Priory version i’ve heard some year ago on a bootleg.Then it was time to Ramble On(the audience started to cheers).
29 Palms followed(heard the song back in 1993 and thought it was mutch better done,then).However my friend Magnus thought it was one of the highlights of the show.
The thing is both 29 Palms and I Belive was played very heavily on swedish radio in those days so many people recognising those solo-Plant songs.
Well for my part(seeing Plant for the fifth time) the last 45 minutes was the best. Love’s A House Is Not A Motel what a killer song (We can’t seem to get enough of this song said Plant) and we all understood why, good guitar work out from Justin. I just love the arabic/western mix in music it’s so heavy. How come that song isn’t on Dreamland? Next, a little chat about Elvis and a terrific version of Tall Cool One(really well arranged). And then we were of to BIGLY. First time for me to see it live the first piece of music Led Zeppelin put together and it was just simply breathtaking. The highlight of the show for me.Great organ by John, lovely guitar by Skin and of course that vocal by the man. Encores: Darkness Darkness close to the studio version and a wild deliverence of Whole Lotta Love were Robert captain of his ship delivering the gods. Nothing more to say what can top a Whole Lotta Love live complete with a freak out middlesection? Nothing. Myself,Robert,Mattias and Magnus left the show with big smiles on our faces. And over a couple of beers and some Irishcoffes on a pub in Gamla stan discuss the man the myth the legend.

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