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Friday, 30 July 2010

Piteå: interviews and review

Salem played the Piteå Dansar och Ler festival on Friday night.

Found a couple of new interviews with Salem: one at Norrbottens-Kuriren: http://www.kuriren.nu/noje/artikel.aspx?articleid=5478318 - in which, among other things, Salem states that he likes to mix big and small gigs but prefers playing smaller gigs; he comments again about dealing with the extra attention and trying to keep his public life separate from his private life, whilst acknowledging that this period of attention may not last and could all be over by next year. In this interview he also highlights that if his lyrics become too personal, then it can be difficult to perform the songs live without being emotionally affected. (There is one particular song, which Salem refers to but does not wish to mention in the interview).

The other interview, at PT Noje: http://www.ptnoje.se/Article.aspx?a=5504498 mentions performing for Crown Princess Victoria, his delight at his second place and not winning Melodifestivalen, and how we'll have to wait a while for any new material as he's going to take a (very well-deserved) rest following his big summer tour.

As for reviews, I've just found this at Norrbottens-Kuriren: http://www.kuriren.nu/nyheter/artikel.aspx?articleid=5479194 - it's a reasonably positive review ("...I believe in him because he convinces me with his joy") but the reviewer also suggested that there was a 20 minute period in the set which wasn't so good (?) before the euphoria was revived again towards the end of the concert.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the song he didn't want to refer to is "Black Sun, Black Moon". I'm not sure, though. But it sounds the most likely.

Laura (EuropeCrazy) said...

Yes I think that was the one: it is obviously a very painful subject for him and I think we should all respect his decision not to play it.