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PostSubject: Real Steven Wilson Concert Review   Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:46 pm

Okay, sorry I was fucking around earlier. Not very good at critiquing stuff. But I'll give it a summary.


Let's see, I ended up leaving my dorms a little late for the show (usually like getting there an hour or two before the doors open) and there were about a hundred people ahead of me. It was general admittance so I pretty much gave up on getting front row. So once I finally made my way in, I went for a piss and entered the ballroom. To my surprise hardly anyone was in there. The people ahead of me all went to the bar instead. I walked up to the stage and wiggled into one of the last gaps in the crowd barrier. I was directly in front of Steven's mellotron.

Before the show there was about 30 minutes of some Bass Communion song playing to a picture of the moon, often showing different distorted faces. It was pretty meh. The effects on the moon kept skipping. All of a sudden a cloud moved across the moon, then halfway across it skips and does it again. Since this doesn't really count as an opening, I won't leave it in my final verdict.

After about 30 minutes of the moon screen and Bass Communion, the band finally came on right at 8:00. They started off with three songs from the new album. Luminol, Drive Home, and The Pin Drop. These versions were phenomenal. They sounded even better in a live setting. His touring guitarist, Guthrie Govan reinvented the solos Steven had originally written him into something more improvisational and entertaining. Luminol was very fun, Drive Home was a little dull until Guthrie started playing and with The Pin Drop, there was a problem with the sound. Either with the actual sound system or my ears, I couldn't tell. It was either so loud my ears (I have some hearing problems, probably should have brought ear plugs) couldn't interpret the sound or the sound system created some long annoying whine.

Fast forward a little, he played a few songs, the guy next to me broke down and cried when he played Deform to Form a Star. Whenever Steven played his mellotron, he had a laptop blocking his face so I couldn't see him. Yet every now and then the left eye of his face appeared and it looked like he was staring me in the eye whenever he moved. Steven overall was a bit chatty during the show. He joked about how the last song was about a dysfunctional relationship and how the next one is about... you guessed it, a dysfunctional relationship. He told the audience about how the songs on his latest album were about ghost stories and how the last song he played (The Watchmaker) was about a man who killed his wife of 50 years and how his next song (Index) was more fucked up. Only he did through a somewhat annoying deep voice created by his mic. During those two songs, he had this curtain over the stage so we could get a great view of the graphic images on them. According to some other reviews they disgusted the audience, but since I was so close to the stage, I could see through the curtain and missed all the fun.

I was a bit overwhelmed by Harmony Korine & Raider II. I really got into them. They are great live songs. There was a lot of energy in the crowd and it was fun to watch Steven dance around like a maniac conducting his band. When he was playing a complex part of Raider II on guitar (He switched instruments a lot, He played bass, mellotron, acoustic, etc.), Guthrie stood there and mocked him because he knew he was better. It was a bit fun to see them fuck with each other on stage. I made a bit of a connection with the drummer (Marco Minnemann) because I was paying more attention to him than anyone else during some songs. He saw me react to some of his fills and he smiled whenever I air drummed. He threw his sticks in my direction after the show and I was inches away from catching them.

The arena was really small too. Only about 400 people could fit in there. Everything was fantastic. There were no major slip ups, the songs were executed flawlessly, and though there was trouble early in the show, the sound was very good. I will rank this probably among the very best of the few shows I've seen.
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PostSubject: Re: Real Steven Wilson Concert Review   Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:46 pm

Is this any better? This is my first kind of review of a show. I hope I did alright.
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PostSubject: Re: Real Steven Wilson Concert Review   Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:31 pm

Atta boy Naggar well said, and just for reference, that other thread was hilarious to read

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PostSubject: Re: Real Steven Wilson Concert Review   Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:02 pm

im seeing him sunday with opeth, should be a great time. maybe for your next review, just try formalizing it a tad more. Good job though, im looking forward to the show, ill probably put up a review as well.

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