The last time Skambankt played at Checkpoint Charlie in Stavanger was 12 years ago. That was my 5th Skambankt concert, and my first trip to Norway where I actually dared to speak any Norwegian.

I’d love to say that when I heard they would be playing at Checkpoint Charlie again, I did not hesitate but got my plane ticket to Stavanger right away. That would be a lie though … because of course, I already had my plane ticket to Stavanger to see them at Folken the next night. And of course I had expected a second show to be added, so I was all set already! It was an awesome surprise though that the first show would be in a tiny club. ♥

Checkpoint Charlie was just like I remembered it – tiny, crammed with people, and with a tiny stage in one corner that could hardly fit the support band Kåte Klør (who also played the next night and did a great job as warm-up band!). OK, that was partly due to Skambankt’s stuff occupying most of the stage, but still – Checkpoint is the definition of an intimate setting. =;-)

The audience was wild from the first second, and it didn’t make any difference if Skambankt played new stuff or old, everyone was into it. The setlist was pretty much the same as it has been all year though, without surprises. That was a bit of a pity, as I had really hoped they would do something special – like play old songs at Checkpoint and new ones at Folken, or a “rarities” setlist at Checkpoint and the normal one at Folken. But no complaints here, that concert was so much fun! =:-)

Both Levende Legende and I dette huset are “really about something completely different, but they totally fit Checkpoint Charlie, so let’s dedicate them to Checkpoint”. “Balladen om deg” is the very first power ballad they ever did, two years ago – seems it’s a fact by now that Søvnløs never happened. *lol*

After the last song, Skambankt skipped the “going off stage” part (not that they would have made it backstage through the audience anyway), and it was obvious they weren’t done for the night. “You want some more? Still more? Sure, we’ll continue!”

Don’t ask me why Stavanger loves Malin though … That wish was pretty much unisono, so of course they had to play it. Luckily the girl next to me was SO into the song that this actually made it fun – and I mean that really positively, there’s nothing nicer than seeing people totally in love with “their” song. Even if it’s a shitty song. *uhem*

Two more encores, Vår bør and Mantra, and as conclusion a little stage diving (which did not seem like the best idea considering that the ceiling was about 20 cm over people’s heads =:-o ), and that was it. And everyone was drenched in sweat and HAPPY! =:-D

The setlist:

  1. Anonyme hatere
  2. Skambankt
  3. Dynasti
  4. Voodoo
  5. Levende legende
  6. Horisonten brenner
  7. Tanker som mareritt
  8. I dette huset
  9. Desertør
  10. Balladen om deg
  11. O dessverre
  12. Me sa nei
  13. Stormkast #1
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  14. Malin
  15. Vår bør
  16. Mantra

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For et tilfelle, jeg begynte også å lære norsk (men ikke å snakke frivillg) for omtrent 12 år siden. Og har fortsatt for musikkens skyld - blant annet.

Jeg har vært på Checkpoint en gang, fordi jeg visste om den fra et band jeg er/var glad i. Og på den kvelden var nettopp deres bassist til stede! (Frk Fryd sin Embla Jagdum.) For et sted.

Kjempefin innslag, takk for det! Om jeg bare kunne vært der!
Moritz (18/11/20)



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