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What concert have you last been to #3

Discussion in 'music' started by Rasher, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Rasher

    Rasher Quadrophenia land

    I was at the RFH too for the Steven Wilson gig and was sitting towards the rear of the stalls unfortunately close to a rear speaker which when in action completely wiped out music from the stage. The sound I thought started off poor and got a little better, but never got good. Not from where I was sitting anyway. The surround sound was recorded tracks that were out of sync at my seat.

    As far as Guthrie is concerned, I think he's added a new dimension and fluidity to the band and although he maybe got lost once or twice, there were some cock-ups in places by others too - but I don't care about that, it's rock'n'roll. Guthrie for me is brilliant and don't forget, he's still fairly new to this and well out of his comfort zone. I love the drummer too who reminds me of Alan White of Yes; he's like a caged animal playing pretty stuff, but straining at the leash like there's a little Keith Moon sitting on his shoulder.
    The only thing with this band that slightly doesn't fully satisfy is that the loud rock bits don't have the authority and crunch that we are used to. The playing isn't as tight as it has been historically for SW and the telepathy of playing 'as one' isn't yet there. There wasn't total confidence from everyone - it was everyone concentrating on their part. It wasn't a unit.
    The record is great and I've played it certainly more than 20 times so far.
    The gig was seriously good, but flawed.
    Is that a bit harsh?

    I did detect two bars from Kind Of Blue on the piano. :)
  2. DavidY80

    DavidY80 Not RoHS Compliant

    Don't think we were at the same concert based on that description.
  3. dehavillandrfc

    dehavillandrfc Bassman

    Totally agree. I am sometimes amazed at the negativity of posters on this site and wonder what on earth people expect. I though the sound was excellent (I was in row L) amd that the virtuosity of the band was outstanding. The band was very tight and there was, imho, plenty of light and shade.

    I haven't been to a better concert for years.

    I remember now though why I am not a regualr visitor to this site... :p
  4. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    I didn't think Rasher was being negative - did I miss something? He just pointed out that the live band was only on the third date and the sound a little wooly in places - but it's a difficult hall. Ian's a great engineer but even he can't break the laws of physics.

    They'll be a shit hot unit at the end of the tour.

    And you did detect some Miles :)

  5. canonman

    canonman pfm Member

    The Straits tonight at The Anvil, Basingstoke. Awesome performance from a mixture of Dire Straits, the drummer from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and some fantastic new blood.

    A refreshing change to be told that photos, video and sound recording welcome too.
  6. Rasher

    Rasher Quadrophenia land

    I wasn't being negative, just honest about the sound in my seat. I am the only one defending Guthrie from what I can see here, but no matter.
    It's a long way from Porky Tree and if a little raw, then I don't necessarily see that as a negative either. I think I said that too.
    They are a great band, it's rock. I don't do worship. Sorry.
    I bet I know the new album better than most here - I've played it enough.

    The solo on Drive Home is the best guitar playing I have ever heard on a SW record. I'll defend Guthrie over anything for that.
  7. Rasher

    Rasher Quadrophenia land

    As far as being tight is concerned, they simply were not as tight as the band I saw twice on the Grace For Drowning tour or certainly not PT on their Incident tour. That's just a fact. OTOH, sometimes too polished (in rock & jazz) can be awesome, but predictable, especially with set lines and written solos. Guthrie didn't play what he played on the record. I like that.

    Okay, that's probably upset a few more. ;)

    Thanks Stephen.
  8. seagull

    seagull Seabird flavour member

    That's why the No-Man gig last year was so good.

    I'm glad that SW can separate the different musical strands in his career. The solo stuff is different to PT which is different to No-Man etc. It's not all one continuum, played the same way. It is remarkable how some one so deep into their career can still be as creative as Steven Wilson is.

    I've seen him play live in various guises (PT, No-Man, Blackfield and solo) and enjoyed them all.

    I am looking forward to getting to know Raven better. I wasn't well last week and I just haven't had the time to sit and listen to it much yet. There is much to enjoy there and it does have the variety and plenty of subtlety that was bludgeoned out of it live to some extent.
  9. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    No-one went to see Justin Bieber then? Shame!


  10. canonman

    canonman pfm Member

    Apparently, the first two hours of the gig were pretty good
    but then it was ruined when some irritating whiny cnut came on.
  11. DavidY80

    DavidY80 Not RoHS Compliant

    Most accurate review here, bar none. :)
  12. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob Champagne fascia aficionado

    Richard Thompson. Yowsah. He is the greatest guitarist the UK has ever produced, no question. Even played a cover of Cream's White Room, which pissed all over Clapton. I grabbed a copy of the set list, which listed it as "Cream Cheese". Arf.

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  13. AndyFelin

    AndyFelin You call that art?

    Well, one of the greats :) Great thing with RT is that his set list is different every night. Would love to have heard him playing the Cream number. I saw him on the first night of his tour in Cardiff and he was in great form. Found the bass a bit overpowering though.

    One of the best gigs I've ever been to was when he was playing with Linda Thompson in the '70s - fabulous, a magical evening.
  14. RichardH

    RichardH Bodging pleb


    Off to see him tomorrow night at St Albans.
  15. guey

    guey pfm Member

    Steve Reich and the London Sinfonietta last night at The Brighton Dome playing:
    Electric Counterpoint
    Radio Rewrites
    Double Sextet

    Fabulous stuff: 2X5 in particular clicked for me seeing it played live; and the new pieces were excellent.
  16. mikebirtill

    mikebirtill pfm Member

    I put on Miles Hunt (wonderstuff) in leeds at the beginning of feb, Kid Koala in leeds two weeks ago, Sigur Ros last sunday in manchester which must have been the best gig ive ever been to, Im putting on Grace Petrie and Jasmine Kennedy in leeds tonight and then off to mbv in manchester on sunday. This years gig going is going to plan :)
  17. RichardH

    RichardH Bodging pleb

    And blisteringly good he was too - a band as tight as a very tight thing that's been done up even tighter with a special wrench. We got a portion of cream cheese too :)
  18. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    Sigur Ros. Brixton Academy. Superb.
  19. nirvanah

    nirvanah pfm Member

    He still can't sing has little stage presence but the original band lineup were very good indeed.


    I am really glad I went, there were ex-pats filling the place and we drank the place dry.......


    Fools gold was an epic 15 minute affair with great solo's at the end. I got to bed about 6 in the morning and paid dearly for it all week long.
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  20. Stuart Frazer

    Stuart Frazer pfm Member

    The Script on Sunday 10 March, Newcastle Metro Arena. Free ticket, but poor sound. I'm not impressed with these big giggs.

    The Magic Band, 11 March, The Cluny, Newcastle. A great sound from a really tight playing and talented band. Rockette's bass had the ceiling air ducting vibrating several times. Drumbo was ace - vocals, various instruments and great patter. A superb gigg. Go and see them if you can.

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