Swan Lee officially played their last gig at their Autumn
Tour on 6. December 2002, they performed a 64 minutes long unannounced
showcase at Rust on 18. January 2003, at 10 P.M., The Secret
Concert, as called by the band. The set up was a mix of
the band members performing as DJ's and the set of mainly new
songs performed live at stage. Two days after Swan Lee
played at Carlton Hotel in Cannes
as part of a promotional event for Danish Music. So here we got
exactly the same set of songs as later to be performed in France.
Two sisters. Pernille & Christina Rosendahl.
Photo: Eric Klitgaard © 2003
The night started with Pernille Rosendahl's big
sister, Christina Rosendahl replaying her favorite
records and cd's from the DJ's desk. Christina is
the creator of the excellent documentary on Swan Lee's
heavy way to the stars, Stjernekigger.
Stjernekigger, dvd cover signed by creator Christina
(top Left), Tim Christensen (left) and Pernille Rosendahl (right).
If you haven't seen it yet: WATCH IT, or buy it on dvd. It's really
a splended documentary on Swan Lee's struggle for acceptance
for their music.
At 10:12 P.M. Swan Lee entered the small stage and gave
an excellent performance for the entusiastic audience. The set
list contained 12 songs (included the 3 encores), 7 of which were
new. Ok, Swan Lee had played many of the songs at
live shows during 2002, and the New Order song,
Blue Monday, had been released in March 2002 on
the Reminder album. But for many of the attented
they were first listens.
The set list was as follows:
Bring Me Back To You
02. Flowers In The Wintertime
03. I Don't Mind
04. Stay Tonight
06. Tomorrow Never Dies
07. So Long
08. Take My Love
09. When You Are Gone
- - - (1st Encore:) - - -
10. Blue Monday
11. I Saw You Stand
- - - (2nd Encore:) - - -
12. Do You Know
original set list can be viewed at the buttom of this side)
Pernille Rosendahl: vo / Jonas Stuck: g, mandoline / Emil Jørgensen:
Eva Skipper: b, add. vo / Jonas Berg: keyb
Don't Mind and So Long brought me back to
the early days of Velvet Underground, with that
same intense beat - a kind of sophisticated pre-punk fashion.
Swan Lee's music is described as ambitious, cimematic
popmusic, combining the 1960's simple tunes with the 1980's female
songwriters tradition and modern electrified music. I believe
this described the atmosphere in the new songs pretty good as
Pernille was charming and flirted with the audience in
a wonderful way. Her vocals was beautyful as usual, sometimes
almost Björk-like, clear and very expressive. It melted together
as another instrument with Jonas' slide guitar.
Take My Love was introduced as the favorite of the
band, but for me it was Perfume and two of the encores,
I Saw You Stand and the beautiful Do You Know,
which was a semi-acoustic ballad with Eva on shared
vocals. After having watched Stjernekigger, I realize
that the hookline of the latter song could have been a key-thesis
for the band's struggle for fame: "I Will Find My Own
Way Out" ...
Jonas S. and Emil Jørgensen as DS's. Photo: Eric Klitgaard
the live set, the Swan Lee band members acted as
DJ's and played their favorites from the DJ's desk. Later on they
mixed with the audience, which counted many personal friends and
colleagues inside the music business. I had a nice talk with Christina
and later Pernille. Also present was former Swan
Lee keyboardplayer, Tim Christensen, with whom
I had a discussion about digital cameras.
Christensen. Photo: Eric Klitgaard © 2003
Rosendahl with friend, Jan.
Photo: Eric Klitgaard © 2003
was a splended night at Rust, and I left about one
hour after midnight. As a curio, I met Stine Larsen
- lead singer of one of my other favorite bands (Stripclubjunkies)
on my way to the night bus. We had a nice talk of 25 minutes about
music and much more. She is as kind and sweet as she looks and
I didn't care that I missed my bus ...
you can see a selection of my photos from Swan Lee's performance.
The only bad thing this night was the light show! The main spotlights
was in the eyes of the audience and not on the band. The worst
conditions for a photographer! That resulted in a lot of out-of-focus
pics, as the camera was not able to focus proberly, due to the
lack of light on the subject. But anyway, - I got a couple of
good shots after all. Enjoy ...
by Eric Klitgaard © 2003