It was high time on the Dutch highways, so we arrived late in Tilburg. Just enough time to
have a quick joyful meal at the Mexican, thanks Heather for the recommendation ;-)
While we were eating, the whole band and the most dedicated MA-fans from the LowLands passed the window...
So we payed the bill and went to the small hall in 013. Novastar was playing in the big hall, MA should play there next year and I think they must be able to get a full house there too. About the abilities of this band I'm convinced that they'll play in football stadiums... one day.
When you've visit MA 7 times in the LowLands, it's always good to see the same faces and friends again. But there were many new visitors and that is a good sign.
A few minutes past 09:00 hours Ian started with a Floydian intro and indeed
the first tunes of Echoes revererated through the hall. A classic Pink Floyd song
that was performed excellent, pictures of
the Pompeij-video flashed in my head... Liam the second guitarist took over some nice guitar
loops and sequences.
WYWH was sung by the whole 350 people in the hall I believe... followed up by a really good version of Comfortably Numb with another compliment for Liam; he did the vocals parts with Bryan. Think Liam was for a longtime the underrated second guitarist of this band, but he showed, again, that he isn't.
So the Floydian set was a nice intro from the band to start with their own songs. Do they need this Pink Floyd set to prove what they can? No absolutely not, some of their own songs are equal to the high standard Pink Floyd has achieved in the last 40 years. One of the highlights was the next song; Distant Train from their last album. During the V-shows they had a round projection-screen with stylish pictures and movies. It was a shame that the record-company didn't make this possible for the LowLands tour.
Finally it was time for Heather to step into the stage and a warm applause did welcome her. And indeed a nice hairstyle ;-)
Angela was standing a bit to far at the back, but she was wonderful on her flute.
A lot of the Passengers album was played, Bryan tried to explain how mysterious the songs were, but it all became more mysteriously. Of course the highlights of the first two albums were set down, sometimes in slightly different setup as we're used too; nice!
A few lines of a Fleedwoodmac's song Rhiannon were the intro of one of their own songs and was real surprising (Heather is a big fan of Fleedwoodmac).
Hanneke announced that there was time to rock and the band did ROCK. Of course there was time to celebrate with a Celtic song; At the Inn.
Andy was standing on the back, normally he walks arround the stage and does some back-rubbing with Heather. But his un-usseal riffs were there and that is more important. Andrew, just a few months in this band, did a fantastic job behind his drum-kit. It seemed he was in the band for years, but probably his brother Ian, the magicien with his tricky solo's and tasty keyboards, raised him with MA-stuff.
Of course Heroes Never Die was a moment of reflection ("The ways the ins and outs of heaven still elude us to the end The tears, the sun and rain, I feel them on my face and on my skin We loved you then, we love you still and don't you know...Heroes never die"...).
Heartlive was a new song and if that is the standard of the upcomming album Storms Over Still Water then that new album becomes a stomper.
When it is X-mas time they have the tradition to play a X-mas song, this time no "Father X-mas" of Keith Emmerson, but surprisingly the Pogues/Kirsty Macoll with "Fairytale of New York". Heather and Bryan in well performed funny duet, yes they form a good couple.
There was time for jokes and some teasing and that was fun to watch.
The show ended with Mother Nature, the epic of epics with a resprise of the tunes of Echoes ... excellent version, the best I ever heard!
The sound in 013 was very excellent, crystal sounds, great venue for Quality Music. A big applause for the sound engineer as well!
This Lowland tour has proved that the band has grown again during the past year. A special remark I want to make about Heather's voice and performance: she dares to use her voice to the max now, with a wider and more powerful range and her friendly charisma has reached the level of a symphatetic leadsinger with that kind of friendly Brittish humor and ability to interact and flirt with the audience (and Bryan).
Think the 350 visitors had a wonderful time and MA has some new fans...
For me it was the best act of this year, even without the projections, followed by
Steve Hackett's gig at the famous Spirit of 66.
Heather Findlay - vocals, whistles, percussion, bodran, guitars,
Liam Davidson - guitars and vocals,
Andy Smith - bass,
Angela Goldthorpe - Flute, Low & High whistles, recorders and backing vocals,
Ian Jennings - keyboard and backing vocals,
Andruw "California" Jennings - drums.
Nick of the lovely South of the Netherlands,
I wish you all a wonderful X-mas time and all the best for 2005; keep proggin'!
accident in the Gulf of Mexico (2001).
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me, won't see another one
And then he sang a song
The Rare Old Mountain Dew
I turned my face away
And dreamed about you
Got on a lucky one
Came in eighteen to one
I've got a feeling
This year's for me and you
So happy Christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true
They've got cars big as bars
They've got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
It's no place for the old
When you first took my hand
On a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me
Broadway was waiting for me
You were handsome
You were pretty
Queen of New York City
When the band finished playing
They howled out for more
Sinatra was swinging,
All the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night
The boys of the NYPD choir
Were singing "Galway Bay"
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas day
You're a bum
You're a punk
You're an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it's our last
I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can't make it all alone
I've built my dreams around you
Think the list complete, maybe the sequence is not right.
Wish You Were Here
Distant Train (Passengers)
Caught in a Fold (Passengers)
The Dark before the Dawn (The Last Bright Light)
Answer the Questions (Passengers)
Evergreen (The Spirit of Autumn past)
Last Climb (The spirit of Autumn past)
Simple Ways (Passengers)
Heroes Never die (For all we shared)
The Spirit of Autumn past (The Spirit of Autumn past)
Something in between (Passengers)
Out of the Inn (For all we shared & the Lord of the Rings Album)
Nowhere to hide (close my Eyes) (For all we shared)
Heartlive (Storms Over Still Water)
Fairytale of New York (the Pogues/ Kristy Maccoll)
Mother Nature (The Last Bright Light)
Thanks to Egbert!
In Antwerpen "Money" was played as extra Pink Floyd song.
The gig in Zoetermeer lasted more as 3 hours, de Boerderij is one of their habitats in
the LowLands with a great amount of older fans.
"Merry Christmas Everybody" of Slade and "I Believe In Father Christmas" of Keith Emmerson (this is a real MA X-mas song) were played as bonus.
And by the way, yes you can have a laugh when you want, my votes went to:
3. Nick Mason with Mostly Pink!
See my news page about the interview with Nick Mason.
For all who we've lost, where ever they are.
Thanks to the whole band for performing it so well...
More to know about this band:
But Liam, Andy, Andrew, Ian, Jean, Angela, Bryan & Heather watch out the New Mostly Autumn is growing up:
The official home page you'll find here: www.mostly-autumn.com.
This is the Dutch Mostly Autumn site a wonderful site of Louis & Thijs, with excellent pictures and reviews and interviews (in Dutch).
or for a review and pictures of the gig in Antwerpen:
ProgNose our Belgium friends. Will be placed this week.