Relive some of John Mogensen’s best evergreens when Rasmus Bjerg, in the role of the much-loved singer, fills the stage with popular music and a festive atmosphere.
Now, more than 40 years after his death, John Mogensen is back on stage. Rasmus Bjerg plays the songs of the uncrowned king of Danish pop in the company of his fantastic orchestra.
Although John Mogensen died in 1977, he is alive and well – not least in Danish hearts. Since the premiere of Ole Bornedal’s biographical drama So Long I Live, more than 400,000 people have gone to the cinema to see Rasmus Bjerg in the role of possibly Denmark’s most popular musician, who passed away far too early at the age of 48.
The show is simply called JOHN and combines live concert, theatre and a spectacular visual show designed to envelop the audience in a popular and festive atmosphere where you have to try hard not to sing along.
“It will be a folk festival for the whole family,” promises Rasmus Bjerg, one of the initiators of the concert series. “It’s not going to be all fancy and posh, because that wouldn’t be in the spirit of John Mogensen. It has to be real!” he says, referring to Mogensen’s poetic description of Danish pop as “…you and me, the most wonderful cup of coffee you drink, the car that drives by every day. It is everything and nothing that happens every single day.”
“We hope John Mogensen’s fans will take their children and grandchildren by the hand and introduce them to the music that has delighted generations,” Rasmus Bjerg adds. “Now I don’t want to dissect Adam Oehlenschläger, but I think John Mogensen has created some wonderfully flabby competitors to Denmark’s national anthem. In fact, you’d have to look hard to find someone who can’t sing along to Der er noget galt i Danmark or Fut i fejemøjet. And that’s pretty fantastic!”