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Lilyhammer comes to Notodden. It was Steven Van Zandt as Frank Tagliano who presented this year’s NBF Notodden Blues Festival Blues Award to Daniel Eriksen, also winner of the Spellemann Prize Blues Category Award. American TV star and radio show host Stephen Van Zandt obviously liked the title of the album Moonshine Hymns. Not relinquishing his Lilyhammer character, Mr. Van Zandt shouted “Lilyhammer forever”, before exiting the stage.

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Lilyhammer comes to Notodden

Published on Friday, 31st July, 2015 at 23:13 under the entertainment category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 5th August 2015 at 13:01.

It was Steven Van Zandt as Frank Tagliano who presented this year’s NBF Notodden Blues Festival Blues Award to Daniel Eriksen, also winner of the Spellemann Prize Blues Category Award.

Steven Van Zandt
Steven Van Zandt
Photo: Tove Andersson


American TV star and radio show host Stephen Van Zandt obviously liked the title of the album Moonshine Hymns.

Not relinquishing his Lilyhammer character, Mr. Van Zandt shouted “Lilyhammer forever”, before exiting the stage.

The Foreigner asked him if the program will get another season.

"Lillyhammer will live forever, here in my heart," he responded.

But you mentioned that the possibility might be there, by magic. Don't you believe in magic?

"I have already worked on this a year without getting anywhere,” said Mr. Van Zandt, shaking his head.

He made his comments following his recently-published tweet, declaring farewell to the popular series.

“#Lilyhammer RIP. Not my decision. Let’s just say for now the business got too complicated. Very proud of our 24 shows. New ideas on the way.”

A Netflix spokesman said that the series’ third and last season, featuring Mr. Van Zandt as a gangster who winds up in Norway’s Lillehammer via the US Federal Witness Protection Program, was “a natural end” to character Frank Tagliano.

Netflix has been investor and distributor of Lilyhammer up to now, while company Rubicon and Norwegian broadcaster NRK have collaborated on production.

Lilyhammer debuted on NRK1 on 25th January 2012. NRK had a record audience of about one million viewers, approximately one-fifth of Norway’s population.

Meanwhile, Little Steven, guitarist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band was at this year’s Notodden Blues Festival in Telemark County to help develop 13 to 18-year-olds’ musical talents.

He arrived at the opening show with Norwegian Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

What would be your advice to someone who wants a career in music?

“Go to the roots; always go to the roots!” stated Mr. Van Zandt.

Managing Director of Europe Blues Centre, Espen Fjelle, told tabloid VG that the festival had invited Miami Steve there because he is passionate about recruitment and talent.

“We want to put a positive focus on the Blues music form, and here, talent is important. It’s incredibly nice that Steven Van Zandt has agreed to come, therefore,” Mr Fjelle said.

The festival has arranged blues seminars for youths between the ages of 13 and 18 since 1990.

“It's really cool that Steven Van Zandt is heading to Notodden to talk about the importance of talent. This is something we as a festival are very concerned about,” explained festival leader Jostein Forsberg, himself a musician in group Spoonful of Blues.

Will there be another Lilyhammer, or will it perhaps be Notodden next?

"Ha, ha, Notodden is more likely," Mr. Van Zandt told The Foreigner.



Published on Friday, 31st July, 2015 at 23:13 under the entertainment category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 5th August 2015 at 13:01.

This post has the following tags: lilyhammer, franktagliano, stevenvanzandt.





  
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