Right now Chris Isaak is touring Europe and the US to promote his new album “Beyond the Sun” with his band The Silvertones and tonight he was in Oslo, Norway, delivering an awesome show. Chris interacted with the crowd, told jokes, walked around with the audience. I went there with one of my best friends and we had so much fun.
About the Beyond the Sun album:
Chris Isaak’s new album Beyond The Sun pays tribute to the glory days of Memphis’ Sun Studio and the visionary artists who started out there under the guidance of Sam Phillips.
The self-produced album was recorded mostly at the historic Sun Studio with his long-term band, The Silvertones, consisting of; Rowland Salley (bass), Kenney Dale Johnson (drums), Hershel Yatovitz (guitar), Scott Plunkett (piano) and Rafael Padilla (percussion).
The album also features a guest performance by the Memphis legend ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement, a songwriter, musician and producer who worked with the majority of the Studio’s biggest names. Isaak magically recaptures the transformative brilliance of the classic sides cut by greats such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun with Phillips, while also getting down to his own deeply rooted musical identity.
Opens up with Paul Freeman warming up for Chris. He enters the stage, presents himself; “My name is Paul Freeman, and Im Welch”. Then he plays a few accords, smiles and says: “And I don’t have much education. Thank you Folks”, turns around and starts walking off the stage, before he comes back laughing and starts the show.
Paul delivered a great warm up performance with a good voice and good guitar playing with songs like these:
Last Man Standing:
Ashes in the Flood:
The Girl who broke in two:
When he walked off the stage there was a 30 minute break to prepare the stage before the show started. This gave us time to study the crowd while the lights were still on. It was impressive to see guys with hair-do’s from the 60’s and women dressed up in dresses from the 60’s. A lot of them had gone through a lot of trouble to make look authentic :D
Finally The SilverTones came on and with them Chris Isaak… In a glorious Black Suit covered with glitter and rhinestones and sequins. Man was that fascinating !!!
He plays some tunes and smiles and asks the crowd:
Chris Isaak: Has any of you been to our concerts before?
Crowd Screaming: YES
Chris Isaak: Did you like it?
Chris Isaak: Well you are gonna like todays show a lot better then. This time we have practised !
The guys were rocking totally rocking the crowd with awesome music and jokes and they were communicating with the audience from the beginning to the end. Chris walked around among the crowd. He even came up to the second floor where we were sitting, shaking hands – hugging the crowd.
Later on he tributed Hershel and asked if there were anyone single that wanted to date him. That Hershel was very lonely and that he would make a good companion to a nice lady. Then he sent Hershel off into the crowd – telling the audience to make sure they touch him.
After that it was Rowland’s turn. Chris said he was lonely and called up 3 women to come dance with him :D Rowland seemed happy.
During the Show Chris also said:
“And i know that it says here that you are not supposed to take pictures, but for all of you guys that brought your cameras – bring them out and take pictures – I didnt dress up like this for you not to take pictures of me.
During the break Chris changed outfit and he came back in a completely mirrored suit that was glittering and blinking a lot. He sure knows how to put on a show ;D
Songs featured during this concert was:
The fantastic “Wicked Game”
Baby did a Bad Bad Thing
I Can’t help falling in love with you
Its Now or never
Ring Of Fire
Scotty rocked the Piano so hard during “Great Balls of Fire” that the Piano was set on “Fire”:
as well as these songs and probably a few others that I have forgotten :D
This was such an awesome concert, just what i needed today and for a long time I think. I laughed a lot, enjoyed the music a lot and for the first time in about 2 weeks (due to anxiety) I was able to breathe deeply and relax again. I feel so good now ! Happy
And the amazing beautiful, velvety voice of Chris Isaak….
I will have happy dreams tonight.
In Norway normally we are not allowed to bring cameras to concerts (Don’t ask me why. I think it’s stupid) and my cell phone battery died on me during the first minutes of the concert – hence I didnt get to take many pictures myself. Therefore I have borrowed some pictures from Tony Finnerty. All of his pictures are marked when onmouseover as his with the text: “This picture was taken by Tony Finnerty”.