FARNER ROCKS THE BALTIC SEA
PHOTO CREDIT: Thomas Roos
Mark Farner NrG Band created a thunderstorm onboard the Silja Rock cruise ship. Unfortunately, I was not there. But many of my friends and contributors where present. They have promised to send me pics, stories, clips and reviews of the concert.....soon.....very soon.
This section is very Mark-oriented...but please notice, that The NrG band is extremely competent, and very skillfull in replacing the original bandmembers of Grand Funk.
Fact is, Farner and his NrG band is the nearest the original Grand Funk sound you can get, so far.....JimmyK
The first report says: Mark spent a generous amount of time with his fans, both onbord and in the city of Stockholm. Mark was interviewed by the Classic Rock Station 106.7.....we are hunting that tape....(live on the webradio aswell!)...anybody heard that?
The concert was a KILLER! Dick Drott introduced Mark on the stage.....and more to come.....this is going to be a very exciting section...
Ronny Svensson, Ian Haugland, Mark Farner och Ina Joensson at "106.7 ROCK CLASSICS" radio.
>Are you ready.
>Sin's a good mans brother.
>Rock & roll soul.
>Nothing is the same.
>We're an american band.
>Love from above.
>Into the sun.
>Some kind of wonderful.
>Drum solo ( starts with the drum intro from Mark say's alright and then
they all starts playing percussion).
>Inside looking out.
>I`m your captain. (and here the Funkman had tears in his eyes, believe me,
this was larger than life itself)
Mark's voice is unreal!! He was sweating and hopping around , did a
little swag and cut loose on the stage like a 18 year old strutting
for his gal. The thing that shocked me was how strong his vocals
are! Maybe adrenaline at the thunderous applause and shouting (there
were people screaming his name at the top of their lungs) but he was
on fire. He gave his all on "Are you Ready", which had people
crawling over my shoulder and screaming out ,Mark, Mark, Mark!!
The intensity and sheer power of the show can only be compared to the
eatles or the Shea stadium gig. I know I was spent, full of sweat,
beer, arm and arm with total strangers who just loved this magical
- Thank you Mark for a breathtaking performance on Silja Rock!
It's been a pleasure and we are honoured of having you with us on our
cruise. Hope to see you again!
You were a fantastic CAPTAIN!!!
Magnus Scholander, Promotor off The Rock Cruise.
I expected a good show – not a miracle.
But the latter was what we got. As a musicwriter for several swedish magazines I go to a lot of concerts and I´m not easily satisfied any longer, but I sure got the whole shebang served right in my face when Farner and his band got “aboard” on stage.
The band was so tight that even my leathertrousers can´t compare to it. Farner was sweating so much that he had to dry his arms and face with a hankerchief, but still he was smiling all the way, singing on the top of his voice and when he pushed that wah-wah pedal and made his guitar bleed, it couldn´t be much better. Man, he was working hard!
The show started with a series of great ol´ Grand Funk-songs as “Are You Ready” (and we sure was), “Time Machine”, “Sin´s A Good Man´s Brother” and “Rock n Roll Soul”. All of the songs was really performed in intense versions by Mark Farner and his excellent band.
The guys was winners from the beginning. Fans who loved his songs since the early seventies and people who never have heard him before got together as one and the boat was rocking harder than the waves from the sea outside. People was dancing and drinking, applauding, singing and letting themselves go wild. The vibes from stage spread to the audience and it was warm and wonderful and the air was filled with soap-bubbles and love.
When the band did a great version of “We´re An American Band” people sang without being asked to do so (and the swedish peope ain´t wellknown for spontaneity) and when we got “Paranoid” even the discodancing dolly´s turned out to be hard rockers - for a while at least.
Then Farner and the band played “Mean Mistreater”, “Into The Sun”, “The Railroad”, “The Locomotion” and a wonderful, sensitive version of “Some Kinda Wonderful”. I would´nt be surprised if people was making babies to that one, right on the dancefloor that night, cause it´s really impossible to get closer to rock and funk-heaven than that, I´ll tell you.
The show was over…I thought.
Suddenly Hubert The H-Bomb Crawford got on stage again, dressed in a big hat and he started to bang the drums and the rest of the guys was handling the percussions and the party was on once again, as if there never had been a break. After the excellent drumsolo the band played “Inside Looking Out” and a long, beautiful version of “I´m Your Captain” and I don´t think anyone kept their mouth shut during that one. Everybody was singing along with Farner and he could rest his voice for a while. We did the job for him, ha, ha, ha…
All in all, Mark Farner and the band made this boattrip highly enjoyable for all musiclovers and I feel sorry for the swedish rockers who missed the show. It certainly was a glory ride we where invited too and I hope I got the opportunity to experience it again sometime, somewhere and hopefully really, really soon.
By Robert Ryttman www.metalheart.se
Anonymous:- The show was one of the best I've ever seen. Mark was overwhelmed with emotion in many moments throughout the 100 minutes they played.So much joy in the crowd and the songs were so intense,"Are you ready" made me cry and the tears Mark shed in "closer to home " were felt by everyone. I just wish I could do it again, and again. Thank you, thank you.....
Great Performance Saturday Night At The Silja Rock Cruise!!!!
Great setlist even though Mark did not play Footstompin' Music and In Need
it was the best show I've seen in my life!!!!
And a great thanks to Mr Dick Drott, who gave me a real overdose of coffee
and cool water to keep me alive during Saturday Night!
The N´rG band is the coolest and most tight rock'n roll band I've ever seen
perform on a stage.
And Mark is a great character with a great concern about his fans alround
Farner and myself onboard.....
Hjalle aka Mr Pretty Boy
Umeå, The North Of Sweden
KIMs LETTER TO DAVID TEDDS:
>Just got home after 6 days in Sweden (4 of them in the company with Mark
>I arrived on wednesday and was picked up at the air port by my very good
>friend Dick Drott, he's been to the states to see GFR several times. In the
>evening another great friend Thomas Roos came by, we ate grilled steaks and
>had salad and drank beer, and after that I had a surprice for my friends, I
>had a video tape with GFR from Reno, Nevada. Aug. 2 - '97, my pals was blown
>away,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and more beer.
>Now, Dick and Thomas are very good friends with the man that got Farner to
>Sweden, so ofcourse, Dick, Thomas and I (the 3 amigos from now) was invited
>to a very nice dinner at a restaurant named GONDOLEN. We was introduced and
>was welcomed very warmly.
>Friday a sightseeing around Stockholm was to begin at 12, the 3 amigo's,
>Paul the keyboardplayer and Mark toured the city for about 2 and a half
>The cruise was to leave from Stockholm at 5, lots of music and more
>Saturday on the return from Helsinki to Stockholm Farner band was to play
>at 21:00, the 3 amigo's was invited to the soundcheck, great.
>Dick Drott introduced Mark and band and the place was rocking like a
>And then more beer.
>Sunday morning everyone was kind of lazy to start, the ship was in harbour
>at 9:30 in the morning.
>The 3 amigo's and Mark stayed late on the ship and had coffee, we then took
>a taxi to the hotel where we sat in the lobby for awhile. Then it was time
>for lunch, so Paul, Thomas Roos and I went to this nice little place, then
>Brad Gregory came (Mark's manager), Thomas left to do some business and
>then Mark came, so suddently there I was with these 3 yankees, very, very
>cooooooooool (btw. Mark payed for my meal). I left to leave them alone at
>least that was what I thought, Mark followed with me and we walked back to
>the hotel lobby and then the party started at this point we were about 12
>or 13 having the time of our lives, rounds was given all the time and Mark
>also bought rounds of Grand Maniere, and more beers. We told jokes, we
>talked music, I really had some good talking with Mark telling him about my
>GFR background, And then Paul said that we had to help him with all the
>booze in his room so up we went and more beers and vodka. Around midnight
>we went to a little club nearby, there was a weird band named NRQB played,
>Paul went along with us and more beers it was late now so we said goodbye
>knowing that this was the last time for now.
>I`m sure they will come back.
>Monday was packing time and to the air port and then home, now I'm sitting
>here with my head and body full of all these wonderful memories that no one
>can take away, that is nice to know. I also got so many new friends in
>Sweden, some of them I have only e-mailed with and never seen until this
>End for now, I am so tired and no more beers.
MARK, THOMAS ROOS and KIM HAGEMANN
NYSSE NYSTROEM (LEGENDARY MAGNUS UGGLA GUITARIST), FARNER and HAGEMANN
- DO WE HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER 29 YEARS
UNTIL WE CAN ROCK THE SOCKS OFF? OR......
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