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Musician, Leicester, 30 May 2010
setting of the live music pub The Musician in Leicester made a great
venue for a very up-close look at one of the most in form bands in Prog
rock Pendragon, the band of course still riding high on the wave of the
success of last years Pure album.
is a fabulous little live music pub, walls decorated with music posters
and memorabilia, a stage at one end, viewing room for over 200 people
and - always a plus for me - a good variety of real ales.
included all of the Pure release, not in one chunk but mixed throughout
the set amongst an impressive selection of Pendragon classics.
tracks of the evening and also the opening pair from Pure, the catchy
Indigo and the rocking Eraserhead, followed by one of the tracks of the
night (also my favourite Pendragon number) the exquisite, beautiful
masterpiece that is Paintbox from possibly the band's finest album The
Masquerade Overture, a track that is a showpiece for all four members of
another classic, this time one of the two played in the set from The Not
of this World album and also time to slow things down with the
atmospheric emotional If I Were the Wind, which included outstanding
keyboards by Clive Nolan, before a cry of "ready to rock" introduced
firstly the three part epic from Pure Comatose followed by The Freak
Show from the same album.
point of the review I would like to say having seen the band three times
in the last year what a complete outstanding unit of a band they are,
NIck Barrett's guitar work as good as it gets with vocals to match,
Clive Nolan adding such body to the band's sound with his keyboard
layers, add to this Pete Gee's outstanding bass work and the powerful
stick work of the real character that is drummer (and new boy!) Scott
Higham, and you have a band really at the top of their game.
You can see
the spirit and good humour that abounds within the group, always playing
with smiles on their faces and having a great time which means the
audience does too, they even had fun with the couple of technical
hitches that occurred during the set.
Back to the
music and back to the epics with Not of this World and the bouncing
Nostradamus (Stargazing) a fan favourite from The Window of Life album
and from the same album the stunning Breaking the Spell which includes
some of Nick's finest guitar work then finishing the main set by
revisiting Pure with the powerful moving It's Only Me.
and time for the big one (for me they have plenty of big ones!) also
time to keep hold of your beer glasses for the mass jump along to
Masters of Illusion an out and out classic piece of music and a perfect
encore - this is one thing the band excels at, complex and progressive
pieces of music but still catchy and full of hooks.
A shock for
the final track of the evening as Nick puts his guitar away and just
handles the vocals (including singing most of the track amongst the
crowd) on 2am from Kowtow, a great way to end a great gig and I am sure
they will have a fantastic and well deserved reception at High Voltage.
photos by Andrew Lock
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