Copenhagen, 7. December 2002
Sparkler played the
last gig of their brief Pre-Album-Release-Tour 2002 at Pumpehuset
in Copenhagen supporting the Irish band JJ72. It was a tight and
well-playing band performing this final job prior to the Album Promotional
Tour in April 2003. Much had changed since the debut in Køge on
12. October 2002. The songs were delivered with improved acuteness and the band
played with much self-confidence and joy, though it must have been hard task to
be support band for a famous name on a world tour. But Sparkler did it with succes.
Freya's new relaxation on stage seemed to remain from the debut. She obvioursly
enjoy to be part of a band, rather than the solo artist backed by a group of musicians.
Though still being the central character in the band, Sparkler appears more and
more as the group of equal artists as they prefer to be. Having listened to the
new material so many times by now, I must surrender to Freya's new sound! The
only thing I still miss is a ballad or two, but Sparkler performed the best concert
I have heard from them till now, though the set list was limited to the songs
listed below. The closing song, You Don't Notice, which is a much
Rolling Stones-inspired song, was better than ever, and my absolute favorite off
the new set of songs. Marvellous!
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02. I See Stars
04. Magnifying Glass
Band Presentation -
05. Fool For You
06. Why Should I Worry?
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was not known by me until I saw them as main name on the bill, supported by Sparkler.
I only knew what I've read about them. It is a trio, but at live gigs added by
a drummer and a keyboardplayer/2nd guitarist. Central personality was lead singer,
Mark Greaney, a charismatic personality, but slightly too artificial
for me. The female bassplayer was pretty as a dull and almost immovable as one,
too. The other musicians remained nearly unseen in the shadow, so Mark Gleany
took all the attention.
They played a fascinating mixture of electrifyed traditional
Irish folk tunes, and grunge-like neo-punk. You could spot inspiration from both
Nirvana and U2. At the end of the final song, the
lead singer performed the Nirvana-concept a little too much, in my opinion, almost
smashing his guitar and jumping onto the drums. An angry-young-man rock'n'roll
attitude adopted by Nirvana from 1960's superband, The Who.
I believe the devoted young audience loved it, but I'm too old to be affected
by that. Rest of the concert was a nice experience, with some really good and
variated guitarrock, and JJ72 could easily be the future successor
of U2's impire.
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ticket, singed by Freya and Kåre
Photo by Eric Klitgaard - copyright 2002
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by Eric Klitgaard - copyright 2002