Copenhagen, Denmark
March 12. 1970

Last Update: 28. februar 2007


see also Copenhagen March. 14. 1970

My Little Red Book
Orange Skies
Stand Out
Good Times
Gather 'Round
Always See Your Face
Signed D.C.
Slick Dick
Bummer In The Summer
Singing Cowboy
Love Is More Than Word

Copyright colour photos: Torben Hansen, Grufus Prod.

All following photos copyright: Bjarne Linde

Arthur Lee Copenhagen March 12. 1970. Photo: Bjarne Linde

Arthur Lee Copenhagen March 12. 1970. Photo: Bjarne Linde

Gary Rowles Copenhagen March 12. 1970. Photo: Bjarne Linde
Gary Rowles

Frank Fayad Copenhagen March 12. 1970. Photo: Bjarne Linde
Frank Fayad

George Suranovich Copenhagen March 12. 1970. Photo: Bjarne Linde
George Suranovich


 Advert for the TV program "A Group By The Name Love"


Translation of the above by Michael West.

Love and Defiance
The American Rock Group Love in Tivoli's Concert Hall

The legend of "Love" is about defiance. The message is defiance, an admission of powerlessness. A fragile hope that things will be different - an obstinate hope.
"It could be you don't want to hear my story or buy my songs," says Love's leader, Arthur Lee. He's trying to protect himself from what has been done to him, as he has been trying from the beginning: They're locking them up today. They're throwing away the key. I wonder who it'll be tomorrow - you or me?"
Arthur Lee's songs concern people feeling nothingness - and it's no coincidence that one of his most important songs he calls "Nothing." Love is a motive imbued with searching. Arthur has experienced love but it will always be a memory for him, something to look back upon - "I will always see your face." But love is dangerous, too, for it can be rediscovered and reawakened. But who wants to risk disappointment?
There is loathing in Love's music. Loathing of a world that manipulates, alienates, locks out honesty and openness as any possibility - and which encourages everyone to shut up their souls in order to survive.
Love defended itself last night. It defended us all. It was a beautiful concert - but it frightened us. Arthur and his three new musicians gave us music that was harder and wilder than previously. American rock at its best - direct, tense, in your face, furious. "No more bad times - give us the good times," are the group's cry for help. But one hears only vague hope when they sing: "Better too late than never."


Translation of the above by Michael West.

New Love Tones
Arthur Lee in Tivoli's Concert Hall - An Exciting Experience

It was strange and suspenseful to meet singer and guitarist Arthur Lee on Tivoli's concert stage. The leader of the legendary underground group, Love, whose former constellation has been disbanded and now continues with just Arthur Lee and three new members. Love was, together with the Byrds, the great American breakthrough band on the rock scene. They laid the musical foundation for all that is now called the hippie generation. Love chose to live in anonymity and to leave it to others to be world famous bands, and it's first today that Arthur has shown up to harvest some applause for his enormous contribution.
What one first looks for is what remains: what remains of the originally beautiful, fantastic, precise and incredibly sentimental tones that are to be heard on Love's first three records. The answer to what remains is not much. For Arthur tried to recreate the feelings and the atmosphere close to them. But time has moved on and his three new members seemed more interested in rocking. It was as if Arthur Lee tried to remind himself as well as us of what once had been, but it remained most a show number. But a meeting with a new Arthur Lee was also impressive enough. He's a musical authority on par with Jimi Hendrix and he guides his group with incredible precision. His voice and his tones are much changed. The open and the naked have been replaced by wildness and a more rock inspired energy.
Arthur Lee is still working on the edge. Where once it was sentimentality it's now a balancing act between wildness and ecstasy, and all his use of tones timed with a meticulous precision. However the music and lyrics of his new songs still revolve around his same main theme - love. Everything is either a nostalgic return, or an attempt to give the simple experience a renewal. He examines everything again and again in a new light but from the same focus as before. His new song, Better too Late Than Never in lyric and music goes back to his first songs, and it's here that Arthur Lee and Love show themselves to be one of our era's greatest rock bands - and as one of the few to create and express a new perspective. A lot of things in this concert could have been left out, but the new elements are well worth hearing again.