Glenn's got a new band, and although him calling it the best group of musicians he's ever played with incl Deep Purple is proabably something few would agree with, Mark Mondesir is surely a keeper. Great drummer! Anders Olinder does the job, but unfortunately I found Jeff Kollman pretty inconsistant live and I would even go as far as to say he seemed a bit techically inept for the gig. The long intro to Mistreated was nice, but then there were a lot of solos that didn't really go anywhere. Maybe he's still finding his feet with Glenn's songs, but it could also be that I miss the edge I find in JJ's playing.
What about Big Papa then? Despite a poor turn-out in CPH, and a fairly low-key response, he put on a really good performance. Singing was fabulous and the new stuff sounded really powerful. Especially with Mark Mondesir on drums - Land of the Livin gave me goosebumps. Don't Let Me Bleed was another highlight of the show with an extended outro that was classy. Overall, Glenn seemed really hyper and going for it more than I've seen before, which was nice and surprising considering the crowd wasn't the best.
However, the actual setlist could use a little adjusting. I really think the cover songs need to go in favour of something else. I can understand if Glenn wants to take things down a bit in the set by playing Nights in White Satin and Whiter Shade of Pale, but he's got so many beautiful songs of his own that he could do instead of a song like Whiter Shade, which has been played to death. "I Don't Want To Live That Way" / "Blue Jade" / "Beyond the Numb"? The list goes on. The same thing with the DP songs. It's really a sign of him being on the right track when the new songs outweigh the old ones. However, I think save for Mistreated (which got the best reception of the night), I think he's at a stage in his 'live career' where he could easily drop the other 2.
You Keep On Moving came as an anti-climax after Don't Let Me Bleed. And as much as the extended vocal gymnastics in Mistreated was one of the real highlights of the gig, I think Glenn should keep it at that instead of having a similar "showcase" in YKOM. Less is more, which I think the majority of the crowd would agree with. Also, by tightening up the set there's room for a couple of more songs from his solo back catalogue, which is a move I think many would embrace. Burn as a final encore sounded tired and was highly redundant. Also, someone needs to teach Jeff how to play the riff properly
You Got Soul and Steppin On weren't played in CPH, but Soul Mover was and it worked really well as the first encore. Despite the negative points I've brought up in this review, Glenn's definitely onto something with this new band, and it shows in his upbeat behaviour onstage. I have my doubts about Kollman, but am hoping he will improve if he's to stay in the band long-term.
Like the case is with Glenn's solo albums, there are both good and less-good aspects of what you're experiencing. The CPH show was mostly excellent, but also had its flaws. But nobody's perfect and if Glenn decides to revise some parts of the show I'm positive we're in for some real spectacular shows in the future. Keeping my fingers crossed!