Article by Paul Bruderer
The Swiss concert (9th June 1995).
It was just nighting in. I walked up to what looked more like a farmyard than a hall for a show. Right enough, it really was a farmyard! There was a big plane out pastic put up to a roof to keep the aprox. 100 people from getting wet by the rain. And, it was COLD. I wondered if Larry would be able to play his guitar at such temperature. I sneaked around the place a bit and then saw Larry waiting in the doorway to climb the minuscule stage. Silence as soon as he did. The man we were waiting for so many years at last on Swiss ground! Larry said "hallo", and the translator translated his greeting. Oh, I thought, please no translation, that spoils all that he says. There is no way you can translate the guy believe me! Well, Larry seemed to know that all himself. He got the interpreter off that little stage in about five minutes. Then the show started. Larry played most of the old, well known songs: "The Outlaw", "God Part 3", "Song for a Small Circle of Friends" and so on. In between he talked a lot about his heart illness. "They asked me at least 10 times what my name was and why I was in the hospital because some students were having a survey...", laughter. Larry encouraged us to just put our trust in God because life is unpredictable. It's only today itself that counts. Larry played the song "goodbye, farewell" I had heard half a year before in Holland. And one of the coolest ones: "Rock the Flock". It simply kicks!!! Well the show lasted over two hours. I never have experienced a gig with such a meltup between exellent humor and deep, helpful thoughts as at Mr. Normans concerts. This time it was the same. No wonder that guy is such a well known musician. May God keep him alive as long as it is right for him (and for us too...).
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