Paul interviewed by Südkurier

There is a German interview with Paul on the Südkurier website today.

Here are a few quotes from the interview, which was done over the phone in Toronto a few weeks back:

Mönchengladbach, 28 May (Picture by Sandra)

Mönchengladbach, 28 May
(Picture by Sandra)

You are currently on your Farewell Tour. But why are you ending the band?
– Well, 25 years is a long time for any band. Although we could have continued for another two – three years, of course. But at this point it felt right to try out new things.

For example?
– In my case I really want to write songs for other bands, other singers. So I’ll start doing that, and then see what direction it takes. And I also still have my own band Savoy.

Your last three concerts ever will be held in Oslo in December. They have been sold out for a long time. Is that a symbolic place to end it all?
– Sort of – even though we originally had completely different plans. But it’s fitting. It all started in Norway.

Mönchengladbach, 28 May (Picture by Sandra)

Mönchengladbach, 28 May
(Picture by Sandra)

Which songs are you playing on your Farewell Tour? All of them?
– When you add up all the albums there are around a hundred songs – so it’s quite difficult to choose. The setlist in America will be a bit different than in Europe, where other songs were more popular. We’re trying to see what works, what’s fitting, what we like ourselves. It keeps changing…

You are going to re-release your first album “Hunting High And Low”, among other things?
– Yes, and with added material. We have tried to track down the original masters and the very first versions of our early songs. I like many of those better than the versions that ended up on the albums. And there are still a lot of songs that we have never recorded, because we didn’t have the time. Many of them are really good – they could have turned into great albums.

Read the full interview with Paul in German here.

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