I really shouldn’t be complaining – up here in Trondheim, where we’ve been very lucky in keeping Covid numbers down, concerts were allowed most of the time. Many were postponed since a concert with max 10 or 20 people in the audience just isn’t profitable, but still … there’s a lot happening here compared to other regions or countries. But with all the insecurity around everything, and too many people in one room just not feeling safe, you need to really want to see a band to buy a ticket.

And YES, I really wanted to see Skambankt again! So I got my ticket for March, and now, at the end of April, we were actually allowed to the concert. With strict rules and a seated audience of course, which wouldn’t have worked at all for a “Rock Skambankt” show, but for the toned down version, it was totally fine. Even though there were a few songs where staying in your seat simply felt wrong … At least Terje had chosen to sit down as well, in solidarity with the audience. =;-)

Unlike on the last tour, Skambankt brought the full band this time, plus brass backup, and with the Jærtegn album out they had a lot more songs to choose from. Not a lot of rock’n’roll (even though the audience kept demanding it over and over again, including in the intro to “Født på ny” *lol*), but really nice (and perfectly performed!) music. =:-) The brass section has been getting a lot more work to do lately, and they blend in very well.

Trondheim is Skambankt’s home away from home, and since they first played here in 2004 (“how many years ago was that…?”), they had some of their best concerts here. Not sure if this was one of the very best, with a sitting audience, but it was definitely fun! With quite a bit of talk in between, about festivals, moonshine, messed up guitars, good parties resulting in newly formed (political) parties, and so on. Very entertaining, but only if you’re there, not if I attempt to write it down, so I won’t even try. =;-)

Thanks so much to Skambankt for venturing out on tour in the current conditions and spreading joy and music! Much appreciated, and so worth going a little bit easy on all precautions for once and trying out this “having fun” thing again after such a long time. =:-D

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