THE LANGELAND FESTIVAL REPORT By Espen L. Espevalen
Pic by Peter Hellström
Rudkøping Denmark, July 23rd. 1998
It looked like EWF had the
elements on their side that evening. When I arrived, the rain was pouring down. Suddenly
the the clouds broke up and the rain stopped, and just before the show started the bad
weather turned into a beautiful summer night.
It all took off in a hard hitting version of "Mighty Mighty". The rhythm was
tight and the sound was great from the first moment. You could hear everything crystal
clear from the first note.
Then we all got what we came for. A line of classic songs like "Shining Star",
"Head to the Sky" and "Let me talk". All excellent performed. The
audience went wild, and everyone was dancing and singing. The band seemed to be in a very
good mood too. They all looked great, smiling and waving to the crowd. Sheldon Reynolds
did his little "jam session" with just his voice and guitar, and then followed
up with the intro to "Sun Goddess". The stage exploded in light, sound and sweet
harmonies and the rest of the night was one big party.
One of the highlights that evening was when Philip Bailey gave us "I’ll write a song
for you". He sat down on stage, thanked the audience for their love and support and
did this wonderful song in a way that made the audience stand still and just listen.
Sheldon Reynolds completed this part of the show with a great performance of "Be ever
wonderful". I did not know that this guy was able to sing this good!!
After this little "rest", the band got us on our feet again. "In the
stone" shaked the ground. Morris Pleasure left his keyboards and met Verdine White in
a "bass-duel" in the middle of "Getaway", and together they created a
magic moment. Philip Bailey followed up with "Fantasy and "Reasons".
EWF linked the different parts of the show together with great solo work from the four
drummers. Sonny E gave a stunning performance as always, and the other guys did some fine
work too. The horn section also did a excellent job and Gary Bias’ sax solos are
hard to forget.
When you hear "Sing a song" you know you are getting close to the end of the
show. This party tune always makes me happy and it must have had the same effect on the
people around me. Everybody was clapping and dancing, and when the band kick-started
"Boogie Wonderland" and followed with "Let’s Groove" there was no one
The show ended with "Beijo" and "That’s the way of the world" and
these two songs made a perfect final to a wonderful evening. From my place in the front
row I could see that the band had enjoyed themselves that night and was happy with the
show. They were smiling, waving and shouting to the crowd when they left stage. The
audience loudly responded and gave the band a warm cheerful good bye.
Me and my five year old son (who got a pair of drumsticks from the band. Thank you
Sheldon. I think you are the one who noticed the little fellow) left with a great feeling
inside. It was a wonderful night, and I really hope the band will hit Scandinavia again on
their next tour.