D.A.D. Live Review
Review and pics By Anders Sandvall
One of the biggest events in Denmark this summer was supposed to be The Wigwam
Tour," where D.A.D. was supposed to be the headliner in the biggest circus marquee in
the world. Other notable bands on the tour were Sort Sol, Kent and Bo Kaspers
orchestra. The tour only performed one concert, and after that the whole tour package went
Despite what happened, D.A.D wanted to go out on tour and play to their faithful fans
on the real Soft Dogs tour. The tour was only a prelude to the upcoming summer tour. Now,
during August and September, D.A.D. played the concerts that were inhibited during summer.
They go on their own...
It was time for the home crowd to hear the band on the Arena 5 Ören in Amager, outside
Copenhagen. About two thousand fans had gathered to listen to the Danish heroes. Their
quality of their records have varied through the years, but as a live act they never
perform a bad show. I am a big D.A.D. fan, and I adore them.
The concert lasted one and a half hours and kept a high standard, because this time
they had chosen both classic titles and new songs from their highly-praised record
Dogs released earlier this year. Stig, Laust, Jacob, and Jesper gave all they had on
this night. Among other classics they played Bad
Craziness, Trucker (extended version, where Jesper and Laust shifted
instruments (guitar and drums) and Laust gave a guitar solo.) I Won't Cut My
Hair (with compulsory sing-along in the first chorus as they have always done)
continued into the song Riding With Sue with Stig on lead-vocals. Examples
Dogs are What's The Matter, Soft Dogs and
Un Frappe La Tete. (extended version with guitar solo by Jacob) Jesper is great
to watch onstage. He has a great personality and he moves all over the stage to get the
audience to react. The whole band moves around during the concert. Stig (who earlier was a
real clown onstage) is now very calm and dull. He used to have a great personality on
stage, but something has happened.
D.A.D. let the music do the talking. Laust is a rock behind the drums. Earlier, he was
very anonymous, but now he has become a showman. Jabob impresses on guitar as usual.
Jesper invited the crowd to sing-along in many of the songs, such as Sleeping My Day
Away. There was spontaneous sing-along in many of the songs. The band has many
faithful fans in their home country. The original set lasted one hour before encores.
Both encores consisted of two songs. Jesper came out with his acoustic guitar and
started the song Laugh 'n' a 1/2 The audience shouted for joy while singing
along with Jesper from the start. Halfway through the song Jabob entered and helped Jesper
on guitar. After that, the whole band entered and finished with the title It's After
Dark" with Jesper and Stig on lead vocals. The public helped, and in my opinion, this
is the song that must finish the show every time D.A.D plays - A perfect finish of the
evening. It was a splended concert. They've peeled off all the lights and pyrotechnics,
and now its only the band and the music. D.A.Ds melodic hardrock still stands
hard and the band is one of the best acts Denmark has. Only one band is good from
this country, and that's Pretty Maids (ed. note...wrong: what about
Wuthering Heights? Iron Fire? etc...).
The set list isnt in order, and I might have forgotten a few titles. Thanks to
Suzanne Top at EMI Denmark for their help!
Hey Little Airplane
I Wont Cut My Hair
Riding With Sue
It Changes Everything
The Truth About You
Whats the Matter
Between You and Me
Sleeplig My Day Away (encore 1)
Un Frappe Le Tete (encore 1)
Laugh n a ˝ (encore 2)
Its After Dark (encore 2)