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(photo credit - Lars Skoglund) Bleu - Living room concert, Uppsala, Sweden. May 7th
Summer came early to Sweden, there I was sitting at a
pub just around noon in a small town called Enkoping and enjoying a pint in
the warm summer sun.
It could be just like any ordinary day but this day
was a bit different, in a few hours I would be standing in a small apartment in
the city university of Uppsala, listening to Bleu.
Quite unreal I must say, now who is Bleu you might
wonder? Well, we take it directly from one of his lyrics “he was born in Green
Bay, raised up in VA, now he lives in L.A but if you ask him where he´s from –
Super-Bleu as I like to call him, came to Sweden
without sideburns, this guy had such lovely sideburns but he shaved them off.
But thank god, it wouldn´t affect his 1 hour performance in front of a small
but enthusiastic crowd.
He gave us an intimate show with just an acoustic
guitar, a mic and a few loops from time to time where we could singalong to
songs like “3´s a charm” from the Redhead album and “Singin´ in tongues” from
How can you not love Bleu? He sings from his heart and
is a brilliant songsmith, this wonderful evening might have been too hot to
handle in a living room for a few people that went outside and started talking
instead. Well, it didn´t seem to bother the artist who just said –Don´t mind
me, and then he continued playing songs like “I have to have you” and “It´s not
over” from his latest album To Hell With You.
The setlist also included “Somebody else” from the
Spiderman Soundtrack, “How blue” from Four, “Come ´n go”, “No such thing as
love” and “What now” from A Watched Pot and last but not least, “Searching for
the satellites” from Redhead.
Someone shouted –Play Boston! But Bleu insisted, -No
requests, let´s party instead.