The Anchor Pub in Stockholm was a pulsating sea of excitement on November 11th, 2023, as the legendary Glorious Bankrobbers took the stage. The crowd, a mix of people spanning various ages, buzzed with anticipation. This band, with Olle on vocals, Jonta on guitar, Lake on bass, and Bentan on drums, is a well-oiled machine that has been delivering raw Rock’n Roll since the early 80s, and they showed no signs of slowing down.
Olle, the charismatic frontman, took command of the stage at the opening song “Crazy Sioux”. With a deep connection to the audience, Olle knows how to entertain, drawing them in with his powerful vocals and engaging presence. Jonta’s driving guitar riffs led the band’s dynamic edge, while Lake on bass held it steady, waiting for the perfect moments to unleash some raw bass lines. Bentan provided the thunder from behind the drum-set gluing it all together.
The setlist was a journey throughout their illustrious career and their performance at the Anchor Pub was a testament to the enduring appeal of their classic sound—proof that if it ain’t broke, why fix it? The diverse crowd erupted in jubilant howls after every song, creating an electric atmosphere. The highlight of the night came when Jonta’s beer spilled over his Marshall tubes, causing his amplifier to blow up in a spectacular display of sparks. Undeterred, Jonta kicked the Marshall head to the ground. Olle grabbed his harp, seamlessly transitioning into a blues jam version of “Spitfire” with the rest of the band at hand, showcasing their ability to improvise on the spot. The venue staff swiftly replaced Jonta’s amp, and the band roared back with “Dynamite Sex Dose” from their 1985 release. The energy in the room was palpable as the crowd, now including a row of young girls dancing fervently at the front of the stage, reveled in the unbridled Rock’n Roll experience.
As the night unfolded, it became apparent that GB weren’t just entertaining the crowd; they were creating a memorable moment in the band’s history. Olle surprised everyone by announcing Lake’s retirement from the band. Gratitude and love for Lake poured from the crowd as he thanked the fans for his more than 30 years of support, wearing his Glorious CBGB T-shirt with pride. The emotional moment transitioned seamlessly into the band tearing into “Hair Down” and a well-deserved encore, leaving the audience on a high note. The Anchor Pub in Stockholm witnessed a night of unbridled energy, passion, and a testament to the enduring spirit of Glorious Bankrobbers. This wasn’t just a concert; it was a celebration of a legendary band’s legacy and a promise that the spirit of raw Rock’n Roll would continue to echo for years to come. GB released their new record “Back on the Road” in 2023 and are looking to release another studio album in 2024. With more shows in the pipeline keep your eyes and ears peeled, “if you wanna rock hard, they’ve got your number”.
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TEXT: Peri Pastor
FOTOGRAF: Peter Thermaenius
KONSERT: Glorious Bankrobbers
ARENA: Pub Anchor, Stockholm