An hour late, headliners The Who jumped up on stage at the Johanneshov’s Ice rink during Sunday’s pop-gala. Trouble with their flight made things problematic for the group. Actually, by getting on an earlier flight in London they arrived in Stockholm an hour late (!)
The Who’s Rhythm-and-blues in a pop packaging swung from the first note to the last. Several lesser known tunes flavoured their performance. And when the singer Roger Daltrey started to sing “Baldheaded Woman” the curtains in front of the windows at the Johanneshov’s Ice rink fluttered by the audience cheering.
But, The Who weren’t the only band. The 8 000 pop fans listened to a whole lot of other amusing bands.
Yardley’s were the first in line, then Bitte, a sixteen-year-old song bird, together with The Wizard’s and the funny all-girl band Plommon’s. But the audience really tuned in when Moonjack’s entered the stage. Klasse Wang with his tambourine smacking and a sharp, clever playing made the band turn on the Mod girls dancing between the rows of seats. And, of course, Mascot’s. Lennart, Lennart, Lennart echoed steadily from the crowd. A fine version of Beatle-Paul’s “Yesterday” – an own arrangement, quite unusual in conditions like this, and a newly written Ringbom-Idering song “Words enough to tell you” was a high-poing during their performance.
Also notable was a wholly enthusiastic emcee: Håkan Sterner, a man who knows how to make an audience scream with delight.
Translation by Jan Forsgren.