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Icehall, Helsinki, Finland

15 April 2005 419 views One Comment

No Quarter, Shine it all around, Black dog, Freedom fries, Darkness darkness, That’s the way, Tin Pan Valley, Takumba, Gallows pole,
When the levee breaks;
Encores: Babe I’m gonna leave you, Enchanter, Whole Lotta Love (starting with 7 something).

This from Tuija Takala

Half full Ice Hall, but wonderful atmosphere. Compared to the gig in Liverpool, Robert was relaxed, enjoying himself and communicative. The material worked brilliantly. The band was together and seemed to be enjoying themselves as well.
This from Marko Laakkonen
The gig was truly enjoyable. I especially liked the haunting rearrangements of No Quarter, When the Levee Breaks, and Gallows Pole in particular. That’s the way was more truthful to the original version, and perhaps due to a slight cold, Robert seemed to avoid the high-register notes in “mama said that’s the way it…). The revamped Black dog was to my mind very entertaining, and the entire band seemed to be having a lot of fun playing it. BIGLY was full of emotion and tension, but there again I think Robert was not giving his best. The acoustic guitar solo left a bit to hope for. WLL started with a Hoochie Coochie Man intro and the version was the closest to the original I have heard so far (having witnessed his performances at Pori Jazz 2002 and the Finlandia Hall, 2003). I could almost imagine being at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970. Great version, and here Robert finally unleashed all his vocal power.

The new songs were very interesting and I just loved the well-done mix of styles and rhythms. Will certainly go get the CD once it comes out.

Despite the fact that the venue was only perhaps 2/3 full, the crowd were very enthusiastic and I doubt anyone walked out feeling disappointed. I was also glad to see lots of 13 -15-year-olds in the crowd. Walking out, I overheard two 13-year-old Robert-look-alikes discussing the gig: “Man, he played just about all my favorites, except Stairway! But, Man! Did he look old!”

Well, I couldn’t agree with that: at 56 he looks young for his age. He’s lost a few pounds since I last saw him and, most importantly, he not only looks good performing, he also still sounds like no other. Second to none.

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  • Marko Laakkonen said:

    Hi again,

    I have been looking for an audio source from this gig, but so far no success. Anybody any info?

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