Article By Arjan Harlaar
The Gouda concert (25th May 1995).
I visited the Larry Norman concert in Gouda, Holland, yesterday and it was awesome.
Though Larry was obviously tired, as a matter of fact he stated that it might not have been a good idea, regarding his health, to tour Europe he did the best he could. He started "unplugged" and his comments were as sharp as ever. The most beautiful part was when he sang "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" (he ended the concert with that song because, as he stated, he didn't remember the lyrics to Messiah completely). During the break I met him in the hall and talked to him for a (too) little while, as he was very tired I didn't want to put any pressure on him by trying to get a full scale interview but I did mention the WWW page, he said that he thought it was "nice" . That was all the conversation I was able to have with him because his break was over.
After the break he had a one man band to back him up and in some songs "the old" Larry peaked through again which resulted in people shouting "welcome back".
He was clearly having fun but got real serious in the end by telling us that it's not likely that we'll ever see him again in Europe.
My personal gain from the concert: three new CD's and a chance to, once more, see (and talk to) the man that gave Christian music brains.
"Do you really think the only way to bring about the peace, is to sacrifice your children and kill all your enemies"