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Borderline, London, 2 September 2009
of absence Nektar make their second appearance in the capital in ten
months,this time to promote the new live CD 'Fortyfied', cleverly titled
to celebrate their 40th anniversary of hard core prog rocking.
I was rather
impressed by support band Audioporn. These geeky looking rockers
from London held the audience attention throughout with their Talking
Heads on acid with ska bass overtones. Led by Adrian Man who talks
his way through the songs, they gave a dystfunctional look at life.
They would do well on the student circuit. A band to look out for in the
future if you want something a bit alternative.
are down to two orignal members, bassist Mo Moore and keyboardist Alan
Freeman have replaced by Peter Pichl and Klaus Henatsch respectively, the
new keysman did a very admiral job providing a service with a smile.
Albrighton stated that tonight wouldn't be the usual two and a half hour
show, ''There'll be no two hour bass solo's tonight.'' So many hard
core fans may have felt a little disgruntled for getting just 90 minutes,
the norm for most bands.
This was my
first visit to a Nektar gig and it was still impressive enough.
Given that many of their songs break the 10 minute mark ,they still
crammed in over ten numbers. 'King Of Twilight', a song later
covered by Iron Maiden came early in the set. 'Dr Kool' segued well
into 'King Of The Deep'.
I wasn't the
only one in the audience that thought that Roye Albrighton bore an uncanny
resemblance in looks, dress sense and persona to Martin Turner from
Wishbone Ash. They could easily stand in for each other.
set being shorter than usual, most fans still went home happy walking into
the Soho downfall outside.
The Dark/King Of Twilight/Dr Kool/King Of The Deep/Dream Nebula/
Desolation Valley/A Day In The Life Of A Preacher/Mr H/Recycle Encore:
and photos by Mark Taylor
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