Disneyland After Dark

Grøn Koncert, Valbyparken - 2018

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

After not rushing, but definitely hurrying to some degree, through Europe, we were once more ready for Grøn Koncert and D-A-D. We had been at the first Grøn Koncert of the year just prior to leaving, and now we were back for the last Grøn Koncert of the year. Very fitting in a way.

“Copenhagen, we’re here again! I ain’t gonna lie, we’ve travelled across the country the last seven or eight days, and it feels damn good to come back home again!”
- Jesper Binzer (vocals/guitar)

The day was sunny and warm. The park was filled to the brim with people. Beer was splashed around as though it was mainly made of water. And drunk, of course.
And after an introduction by Jacob Haugaard and having their faces up on the video screen in the back like last time, D-A-D took the stage and went straight for the throat with Evil Twin. It was noisy, it was loud, it was rock n’ roll! It was a good reason to have travelled all this way.
The show started out, and was pretty much the same, as the opening show of Grøn Koncert had been before we left on our journey - new and familiar at the same time, something this band excels at. The looks and outer framework may change, but they always bring the same kind of energy, rock, and humour to the stage.

Yes, the show started out in a strong fashion, but D-A-D didn’t quite keep the muster going. Despite having many classics to pull from, and a crowd in an excellent mood, it was as if the muster seeped out after a while. Fun as they are, maybe the many gimmicks were to blame? Sometimes the sing-along sections went on for just a little bit too long, and that drum solo seemed to have grown in length as well. Not saying anything bad about this in particular, as Laust Sonne made it funny as hell, as he was shouting for help, and Jesper Binzer walked into the audience with a camera guy at his heels, talking to people as he went along, and of course having them route for the success of the drummer in distress. Still, a bit long, yeah?
This was of course a good prelude to having Jesper meet his brother in blood and arms, Jacob Binzer on the big box for Laugh ‘N’ A ½ - this time I saw it a bit better, and noticed that it was made to resemble an oversized old-timey Carlsberg beer crate. Nice.
At this point, the band managed to get the show back on track again, and delivered an ending worthy of that opening, and of course of the band itself.

“Jesper, how many do you think we have gathered here tonight?”
- Laust Sonne (drums)

- Jesper Binzer (vocals/guitar)

Yes, Valbyparken was impressively sold out this night. 35000 people. Thirty-five thousand. Let that sink in for a while, because that’s a hell of a lot of people for a single day of music.
Done? Good.
As I’ve already mentioned, the crowd was very welcoming towards the rock boys, but it was inevitable that not all here was here mainly for D-A-D. Sure, almost everyone likes them, loves them even, and by far the most also played along, but it wasn’t quite the same atmosphere as at their own gigs, or even more directly rock oriented shows where they’ve performed in the past.
Be aware though, that at this point I’m nitpicking details. The show was entertaining and well performed as always, it just wasn’t one of my best experiences with the band. Still, glad I was at the spot to partake in the fun, and we’ll surely see them here again in a not too distant future.


Evil Twin
Rim Of Hell
New Song (unnamed)
Everything Glows
Riding With Sue
Grow Or Pay
Monster Philosophy
I Want What She’s Got
Laugh ‘N’ A ½
Bad Craziness
Sleeping My Day Away

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