Steven Wilson’s hometown gig on the current tour landed in Hammersmith last night. Almost a three hour show if you count the video introduction with a short interval for the weak of bladder. The first half is a complete performance of the Hand Cannot Erase Album, with some instrumental improvisation to boot. He really has brought a wonderful band together who seem to really enjoy themselves despite the rather melancholy nature of the material. Second half is a mix of Porcupine Tree classics, older solo material and a few tracks from the new 4 ½ CD plus some Bowie tributes that climax with a duet of Space Oddity. There’s possibly an over reliance on Video at a Steve Wilson show these days which will probably lend itself to a genuinely watchable concert DVD by the time 2016 is out. The musicianship on stage is astounding with Adam Holzman on keyboards an absolute star. Nick Beggs on bass seems to be in charge of the choreography. (some great bass work on the new CD by the way). In short, a fantastic show. My tickets (very reasonable for a London Gig at £37 ish) were a » Continue Reading.