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 Christmas present from my offspring. Very much appreciated. Shame about the late night for a Wednesday which I’m now starting to feel!
Not quite as male orientated as I anticipated. A SW show tends to be a sit down and listen show which by and large his audience conforms to. Its not really suited to folk who want a good drink before and during as the disturbances caused by trips to the loo are bloody annoying.
It made me think..
Great performance based music is alive and well. There are some stunning artists from all over the world that I have been introduced to this past year that are loosely tied with a “prog” banner. Steven Wilson is probably the best know of the bunch but very few people on the street would have heard of him.