I left my camera at home, so no pictures this time
As already confirmed, the setlist was the same as during the last shows:
Intro (Fistfull of Dollars)
Son et Lumiere / Inertiatic ESP
Since We've Been Wrong
Cicatriz ESP w/Jam
Halo of Nembutals
Juan's bass solo / The Widow
Not many reviews here so far, seems like not many members went to that show. I did and I absolutely enjoyed it. First of all I have to say that I was anxious to see how Dave Elitch was doing, because I really did enjoy the shows with Thomas Pridgen I was able to see during the last 2 years. When I got to know back then that Jon Theodore had left the band, I was wondering if there could be anyone who would be as good, saw TP and was just amazed. Now some years later the story just recurred
I'm really digging Dave's playing.
After some problems in finding the venue (thanks to the Belgian scouts for helping me), I choose a place near the soundboard and according to a quick overview this venue was rather small but pretty impressive. The "Concertzaal" lives up to its name, with plastering on the wall and ceiling. Then the show started on time at 8:30 pm and the band received a warm welcome applause. I thought they all were in a good mood and started off full of energy with Inertiatic ESP
, a great opener, followed by the short but rocking Cotopaxi
. After this song Cedric addressed the audience: "Thank you. I was beginning to wonder if you are alive. You all seem so tired and sleepy."
While talking he sounded raspy, I think his vocals during the show were pretty good, but the uncountable cups of tea (or hot water) may really be necessary for him.
Then Omar started to play L'Via
and the double drum kick right before Cedric started singing almost made me shout out loud with excitement
I have waited almost 5 years to experience this song (one of my favourites) live, so I was more than happy that it's on the recent setlist. Cedric was good on this one, maybe not as brilliant as in 2005, but IMO there was nothing to moan about. It was so groovy, mainly because of Dave's playing. During the last part, Ikey was showing off, rocking on his seat, then the song became more and more chilled and at that point I was missing Adrian so much, his flute solo would have been the highlight for me, but oh well. While the last piece of the track faded away, the drums heralded Goliath
. I've heard this one live now several times and like Cygnus or Roulette it's one of those songs they could play live at every show, I'd always enjoy it. Dave did a really good job on this, it was the only Bedlam song being played that night, but he owned it. After the first part of the song there was some cheering, people seemed to enjoy it. And right after the song Cedric acknowledged "Now you're awake". Then Eriatarka
was played, and it was my first time hearing it live, I think it's nice, but obviously doesn't get me as excited as most of the people writing reviews here at the Coma. The best part of it was the jam, I can only describe it as groovy, I think Marcel threw in some cool tunes. Don't know if Cedric did a cover of some songs, his main line was "as long as I remember" or something like this. After a while it became very calm, and Omar redirected to the actual song. Altogether the song was about 15 minutes long.
Then it was getting quiet (and I was really grateful that no one near me felt like talking), an acoustic guitar was played and Cedric started with Since We've Been Wrong
. Again there was cheering after the first chorus. The track was similiar to the album version, I love Omar's playing on the electric guitar, sort of a duet to the vocals. Cedric struggled a bit on the very high notes (the 'just one more time' line), but I thought the song was just beautiful. Right on with some guitar riffs to build up tension again and Cedric sang 'do you recall its name?' Cicatriz ESP
! Another "first time" for me this night and definitely another highlight of the show. After a short break (again cheering
) the wild chorus started off and from what I saw at least some people in the audience were moving now. The jam started full of energy, then calmed down a little, with some groovy guitar playing accompanied by some nice keyboard tunes played by Ikey. This part reminded me of the funky Pre-Agadez tracks back in March/April 2008 and I heard some Frusciante-esk playing in there. That was probably the right time to have a look at the backdrop curtain (excellent!) and space out. The jam then slowed down more, mainly Cedric whispering and some keys, very beautiful. Dave built up tension again (at that point his playing reminded me of JT a lot) and Omar sneaked in with the typical guitar riff and it got wild again, you just had to move your head (or whatever) to that rhythm, and then they returned to the actual song. I think all in all the track was about 20 minutes long.That's it for now, I will continue later...