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TARJA TURUNEN/Power Quest
O2 Academy, London 19 October 2009
packed out O2 Academy eagerly awaiting the performance of former Nightwish
vocalist Tarja. Well all except me perhaps as I don't like Nightwish with
all their high operatic tones - give me Epica any day of the week!
interest to me were Power Quest unveiling their new line-up after a couple
of warm-up gigs but first up were Apparition who were okay but
being brutally honest Nightwish clones. Fine if you like that sort of
music, which many do.
Power Quest were up next with Steve Williams the only remaining
member since I last saw them a couple of years ago.
big change was having a new vocalist as previous vocalist Alessio had a
mighty set of pipes on him! Step up Pete Morten, who despite sometimes
being lost in the mix, did a fine job and still hit those high notes like
on the opener 'Cemetary Gates'. Can't be easy singing songs from albums
you have never appeared on.
songs in particular - 'Neverworld', 'Power Quest' and 'Find My Heaven' -
went down a treat with the new guitar duo of Ben Randall and Andrew
Midgley slotted in seamlessly. Both looking and sounding like they had
been in the band for years, not weeks.
big stage debut by this new line-up and one that certainly lives up to the
high standards of Power Quest's musical legacy so far. Roll on the new
album and the Quest must go on...
has a big name backing band including two giants flanking either side of
the stage - drummer Mike Terrana (Masterplan/Rage/Malmsteen) and cellist
Max Lilja (ex-Apocalyptica). The latter did some onstage dancing with
Tarja during one number.
a sound problem early on during 'She Is My Sin' (of the six gigs I have
seen to date at this venue everyone has had some sort of sound gremlin)
Tarja played a fan friendly set including some Nightwish songs.
guy standing next to me really went into air guitar/keyboard overdrive
each time a Nightwish song was played. 'I Walk Alone' off her solo album
was very good though (recently covered by Jorn Lande on his latest solo
album). In fact she has slightly won me over as her solo material sees her
take a more melodic route vocally.
The crowd loved her and she certainly seemed to be having a good time!
Hopefully next time she will play a few dates outside of London and even a
bigger venue in London as she has the following to easily fill, say,
Shepherd's Bush Empire.
Enough/My Little Phoenix/She Is My Sin/I Walk Alone/
The Seer/Tired Of Being Alone/Poison/Medley: Wisdom of Wind/Boy and The
Ghost/Our Great Divide/Calling Grace
Nemo/If you Believe/Lost Northern Star/Oasis/Sing For Me/Minor Heaven/Ciarans
Well/Deep Silent Complete Die Alive
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