Disneyland After Dark

KB, Malmö - 2009

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

After some Swedish hard rock with Ammotrack it was time for the (possibly) largest Danish band ever to venture outside the borders of their homeland. I am of course talking about D-A-D (a.k.a. D:A:D, D.A.D, D*A*D, Disneyland After Dark), who had just had their 25th anniversary at the start of the month.

KB was filled to the breaking point as D-A-D took the stage. If it wasn’t sold out, then I don’t dare think about how the pressure would be if it was!
At first, only Laust Sonne came walking on, wearing a marching drum on his chest which he happily banged away at and soon after he was joined by Jacob ‘Cobber’ Binzer wearing a jacket and top hat as he was playing a guitar solo to everyone’s delight.
After a moment this duo became a quartet as they were joined on stage by Jesper Binzer and Stig Pedersen. The latter was wearing the same intricate bat-suit he was wearing in the video for You Won’t Change. All members were in a great mood for the evening, as was the large audience, and I was glad to hear that the trouble Jesper had had with his voice the last time we saw them had cleared up real nice. All was set for a fantastic show, and a fantastic show was just what we got.

D-A-D is one of those bands that work just as well in an intimate place such as this as they do on a big arena, however it was wonderful to be up close and personal with them as they let their energy explode all over KB.
All the boys in the band were very lively in their stage show, and they had as great a connection with each other as they did with the audience. At several times they played little jokes on each other, and right after this they would start a sing-along to get the crowd going. Very popular sing-along tracks such as Jihad and Bad Craziness made it hard to hear Jesper’s voice as the audience sent the roof flying as they sang the lyrics, but in Chainsaw Jesper got his revenge as he pulled out a megaphone so that he could come out on top again.

“Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in Sweden; Copenhagen funk!”
- Jesper Binzer (vocals/guitar)

This was said about Too Deep For Me from their latest album Monster Philosophy. Apart from this, and a couple of others from the new album, the set didn’t really offer any great surprises, but it was still long enough (they played for about 1 hour and 40 minutes) and well put together. I was especially happy to see It’s After Dark back in its rightful position as finisher, but I can’t understand why the other old songs needed to be combined, and not played individually? I’m talking about Jackie O’. and Riding With Sue here, by the way.
Something else that hit big was when Jesper Binzer announced that they had something special just for the ladies and then started up Girl Nation. One woman was so happy about this, she threw her bra up to him, and he hung it from his mic-stand to begin with, although later it ended up on his brother Jacob’s hat, making him look like some kind of amusing Mickey Mouse look-a-like.

As the pressure was so insane, it was very kind of the guards to start handing out water to the audience during the encore songs. Had they not decided to do so, I think several people in the front had had a serious problem; as it turned out we could all stay and rock out to the last couple of tracks and end the night in good form.


True Believer
Beautiful Together
The Road Below Me
You Won’t Change
Scare Yourself
Money Always Takes The Place Of Life
To Deep For Me
Girl Nation
Jackie O’. / Riding With Sue
Evil Twin
Bad Craziness
Monster Philosophy
Everything Glows
Sleeping My Day Away
It’s After Dark

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