Support: Rebel Alliance, Danielsen
Venue: Kompagniet, Molde
The first support band was supposed to hit the stage at 10 PM, but they couldn't get the stage lights to work, so the show started at about 10:30 PM instead. This was Rebel Alliance's last gig ever. I have seen them multiple times before, since they are a local band, and I know the guys. The second support band, Danielsen, was a kind of last minute thing to fill the night with, it seemed. The band consisted of two brothers on bass and guitar, and their father on drums - hence the band name / family name. They did some Ramones covers, which was quite popular with the five guys in front of the stage.
The main act, Backstreet Girls, hit the stage at about 12:30 AM. With the stage being maybe 15 feet long and two feet high with no barriers in front, it was an awesome, intimate show. It was like going back to the time where safety wasn't important. If I wanted, I could have reached over and turned off Petter Baarli's amp, but why would I do that anyway?
Just to get it off the record, Backstreet Girls celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, and Backstreet Boys celebrate their 21st anniversary this year - you do the math.
Anyway, it was a loud and intimate show. Lots of funky boogie riffs and slide guitar. Despite a certain drunk lady walking on stage three or four times begging them to play something by Jokke & Valentinerne and being taken away by security, the show was good! Bjørn's response to the lady was "I love Jokke [Joakim Nilsen], but I haven't seen him since the year 2000! [the year he OD'd on heroin]". The fact that maybe as much as twenty people were standing in front of the stage during the show, brought the whole over-all experience to a sad level. The band played as good as they would in any venue, of course, but I just felt kind of bad for them. The same goes for the italian power-metal vocalist Fabio Lione, who played here some weeks ago, and almost no one came to see him. There's just not a huge audience for real music in this town. The majority of the people at the show yesterday just wanted to see what's going on and have a little different night out on the town. Nevertheless, seeing the legendary Backstreet Girls in a small club right up front was a cool experience. Seemed like the people aged 50+ had an ace time, too - shaking their fists, thumbing up and looking at their friends, nodding their assent. Yes, a gay time was had by all!