Disneyland After Dark

Østerbro Stadion, Copenhagen - 2015

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

It was a warm summer night, one of the first this year, and it was time for our first open air concert of 2015.
Two of Denmark’s rock darlings, D-A-D and Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, were making a few select shows together, of which this was the last one, so it was no wonder that the 17500 tickets were all gone pretty darn fast.

“Stigge brækkede sin arm, det er noget lort. Ønsk ham god bedring, og sig hej til Søren!”
- Jesper Binzer (vocals/guitar)

The concert was delayed some, apparently to make more room for everyone to enter the stadium. A noble cause to be sure, and the best reason I’ve heard to date to delay a concert. When finally it was time to get things started, a spaghetti western sounding intro filled our ears, and before we saw a huge black and white Molly background, with the one difference from her usual self, that one horn was broken – an obvious, and yet charming salute to bassist Stig Pedersen who had to sit this show out due to him falling on stage and breaking his wrist at an earlier show.
Instead of his jolly countenance, we got a replacement in the guise of Søren Andersen, whom we have previously enjoyed the company of as he played guitar for Oliver Weers some years ago. Thankfully, Andersen did not try to imitate the very special style of Pedersen, but brought his own attitude, four string bass (the horror!), and look to the mix, and let’s be honest here – it worked very well!
The Binzer brothers and Laust Sonne were up to their more usual tricks, but for some reason they seemed more lit up than usual, and no, I’m not talking about the lighting!

“Østerbro, vil I med til distortion pedal fest?”
- Jesper Binzer (vocals/guitar)

It wasn’t just in the bass department that D-A-D was full of surprises however, we soon enough noticed that they had reworked their setlist quite a bit from last years’ 30th anniversary tour. Evil Twin has been a long time staple of the set, but not in the opening position which it had here, and when Rock ‘n’ Rock Radar came on as second, my jaw dropped! This was awesome! It didn’t stop there however, as it would seem that my prayers have finally been answered – D-A-D had finally remembered that their heavy 1995 outing Helpyourselfish had other songs on it than Reconstructdead, and to loud cheers and sing-along from the crowd they gave us the title-track of said album, a song that hadn’t been played live since 1999, and never before by Laust Sonne. Incidentally, this was the song in which Pedersen had fallen at an earlier gig – no such bad luck would haunt it here though.
The show had some other great sing-along moments as well, as in I Want What She’s Got, where, due to the celebration of 100 years of female voting in Denmark, the lyrics were changed to …He’s Got instead, and it was only women who were allowed to sing along.
A lengthened guitar noodle by Jacob Binzer opened up for the old classic I Won’t Cut My Hair, to which song Laust Sonne’s drum solo had also been moved. Even this joke saw an overhaul, as Jesper Binzer now had us shouting “for helvede Laust, du er jo smuk I dag” (damn it Laust, you look good today), “for helvede Laust, du jo fuld af talent” (damn it Laust, you’re full of talent), and finally “for helvede Laust, tænd ild til lortet” (damn it Laust, light that shit on fire). To specifically mark the united show of the two bands, D-A-D chose to do the flaming drum-solo on a Dizzy Mizz Lizzy drumkit this day, and kindly thanked Søren Friis, the drummer of said band, for lending it to them.

As you can see, D-A-D had freshened up their show, and it became them, but they delivered still delivered that same old high quality performance that we are used to from this act. Even better in fact, as I would hail this as the band’s best performance in a very long time – they were more present and had more energy than I have seen in them in a while!
And when they chose to end with It’s After Dark, and Stig Pedersen came on stage with his left wrist and right index finger tightly secured, to sing, the whole stadium erupted and sang along with him. As the lyrics go; “Hey, take a look at the park, what a beautiful sight!”
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy might have been the headliner, but this was D-A-D’s night to shine.


Evil Twin
Rock ‘n’ Rock Radar
Everything Glows
A New Age Moving In
Grow Or Pay
Something Good
Monster Philosophy
I Want What She’s Got
I Won’t Cut My Hair
Bad Craziness
Sleeping My Day Away
It’s After Dark

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