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Lug 11 2011, 17:56Last saturday I visited the Bospop festival in Weert. I watched the following artists perform:
- KT Tunstall (15.00-16.00, main stage)
- ringo starr and his all-starr band (16.45-17.45, main stage)
- The Gregg Allman Band (19.45-20.45, second stage)
- Roger Hodgson (22.00-23.00, second stage)
The setlists are published at setlist.fm...
Giu 6 2010, 9:29
Giu 22 2009, 11:12On Saturday 20 June 2009 the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) played together with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. It was the first time that OMD played a full concert with an orchestra. In 2006 the band played a few songs at the Night of the Proms concerts. Well, not the entire band, just frontmen Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys. Also this night the other band members Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes were not on stage, but I saw Cooper in the audience.
The concert last Saturday night was special: not only was OMD playing with the RLPO, but it was also the first live performance of the "Energy Suite". The "Energy Suite" is actually an installation project, created by McCluskey (sounds and music) together with Peter Saville (graphic designer) and video artist Hambi Haralambous (years ago he fronted Hambi And The Dance). Stuart Kershaw (OMD Mk2 member), helped McCluskey on the "nuclear" and "coal" parts. The project could be seen and heard at Liverpool's FACT at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. I had plans of going to the FACT, but decided not to go because of the high costs (I live in the Netherlands) for a visit to an exhibition.
The "Energy Suite" tries to capture the architecture and sounds of five electricity generating power facilities, each representing a different kind of energy production: Point of Ayr/Connah’s Quay Gas Terminal and Power Station (gas), Dinorwig Hydro-Electric Power Station (water), North Hoyle Bank Wind Turbine Farm (air), Heysham Nuclear Power Site (nuclear) and Fiddler’s Ferry Coal Fired Power Station (coal).
When I learned that the images and sounds would be presented in a concert hall, and that the music would be played by an orchestra I had to go, such an unique concert couldn't be missed. Especially as it would be recorded for a dvd release. So I arranged a ticket, flights and a hotel room and went to Liverpool last weekend. When I collected my ticket at the box office and entered the hall, I find out that I had a seat at the second row, next to the middle aisle, very close to the centre of the stage! This limited my view at the orchestra, but the view at the OMD guys was excellent, also the chance of being filmed was an exciting bonus.
Before the concert started, a short speech was held by Andy McCluskey. After that the complete Energy Suite was performed by the RLPO. The film images were projected at a big screen. It was impressive. Hearing this music for the first time and with such an orchestration, it was overwhelming. The music is very different from the music OMD produced since the mid 80's. It goes back to their roots of experimental sounds combined with strange and attractive melodies. For me, "Air" was the most beautiful part.
After an interval for coffee or other drinks, the concert continued with songs from the OMD catalogue, specially arranged for a performance with an orchestra. It was a big surprise that this part started with "Radio Prague", the opening track of "Dazzle Ships". The album track isn't a song, but the actual interval signal of the Czechoslovak Radio foreign service, including the time signal and station ID spoken in Czech. How to do that live? The orchestra played the musical piece, Paul Humphreys provided the time signal and the distorted radio noises and Andy McCluskey mumbled through an electronic megaphone to resemble the Czech words. It was entertaining, even funny, and you could feel the pressure dropping.
Other songs followed, of course some of their hits, with a very different "Enola Gay", but also some very pleasant surprises: a very emotional "All That Glitters", "La Femme Accident" and an impressive version of "The Native Daughters Of The Golden West".
Andy McCluskey sometimes needed the lyrics to sing along. Just before "Talking Loud and Clear" he told that he usually screws up the lyrics, but that it couldn't happen this time, because he had the lyrics in front of him. The problem is that the man can't stand still, so he ended up being on the corner of the stage, mumbling along, without the chance to look at the lyrics, to much amusement of the audience. After the song had finished he told that for the dvd he would dub the singing to cover up his mistakes.
The audience was at first a bit shy, but after a few songs many chairs were left and people were dancing, swaying and clapping along. The same for the members of the RLPO, at the beginning they were focussed at their playing, but later you could see the smiles on their faces and see that they were enjoying themselves as well.
It wasn't a perfect performance, but it was certainly very entertaining and enjoyable, making it a very memorable evening. I paid a lot to get there, but it was worth every penny. Now the waiting for the dvd has started. Will I be on screen?
Energy Suite, part 1: Gas
Energy Suite, part 2: Water
Energy Suite, part 3: Air
Energy Suite, part 4: Nuclear
Energy Suite, part 5: Coal
Joan of Arc
Maid of Orleans
All That Glitters
La Femme Accident
Talking Loud and Clear
Dream of Me (Based on Love's Theme)
Walking On The Milky Way
The Native Daughters Of The Golden West
Sailing on the Seven Seas
The Romance of the Telescope
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Andy McCluskey: vocals, bass guitar on "Souvenir"
Paul Humphreys: keyboards, lead vocals on "Souvenir"
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Clark Rundell: conductor
Thelma Handy: orchestra leader
Mag 24 2009, 7:44Thursday 21 May 2009
World Forum Theater, Den Haag, Netherlands
Take The Long Way Home
Give a Little Bit
Lovers In The Wind
Hide In Your Shell
Along Came Mary
A Soapbox Opera
Only Because Of You
Breakfast In America
The Logical Song
Lord Is It Mine
Even in the Quitest Moments
If Everyone Was Listening
Two Of Us
It's Raining Again
Give a Little Bit
Rodger Hodgson: vocals, keyboards, grand piano, acoustic guitar
Aaron MacDonald: saxophone, harmonica, backing vocals
Metropole Orkest (orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley)
Mag 9 2009, 8:47IQ at De Boerderij, 25 April 2009
The Darkest Hour
Stronger Than Friction
The Narrow Margin
It All Stops Here
The Last Human Gateway (Middle Section)
Peter Nicholls - Vocals
Mike Holmes - Guitar, keyboards
Mark Westworth - Keyboards
John Jowitt - Bass, backing vocals
Paul Cook - Drums
Mag 12 2008, 8:58Fri 9 May 2008 – Onetwo
Onetwo's first full gig in The Netherlands and Claudia Brücken and Paul Humphreys got a warm welcome. As usual the set was a mix of songs from the Onetwo releases, songs from their past (Propaganda and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), and some covers.
It was refreshing to hear they didn't play the exact same songs as last year in Krefeld. Biggest surprise to me was the version of OMD's "So in Love", which was sung as a duet by Humphreys and Brücken. According to Paul they screwed up "The weakness in me" the night before, but this night it was perfect.
Too soon the gig ended, it was a bit short for my taste, but I had a great evening and judging by the enthusiastic reactions from the audience, I was not the only one.
After the gig, Claudia and Paul came to the merchandise stand to talk with their fans.
The Theory Of Everything, parts 1 and 2
The Weakness In Me
Have A Cigar
So In Love
a vision in the sky
Claudia Brücken: vocals
Paul Humphreys: keyboards, vocals
Philip Larsen (of Manhattan Clique): keyboards
James Watson: keyboards, guitars
Lug 9 2007, 8:08Last saturday I visited the first half of the TW Classic festival in Werchter, Belgium. As a big fan of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark I wanted to see them playing at this festival. My wife wanted to see P!nk, so she joined me on this trip.
The complete lineup was:
13:00-13:50 Tom Helsen
14:20-15:10 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
19:40-21:10 John Fogerty
22:00-00:00 Elton John
We arrived around noon at the festival field and it was already very crowded. I read today at a Belgian news site that around 37.000 people attended! The weather was perfect, a lot of sunshine and no rain at all.
The first act was Belgian singer Tom Helsen. It was the first time I heard his music and I was pleasantly surprised. The songs he played were:
Out of Something
Don't Let Them Get You Down
When Marvin Calls
Sun In Her Eyes
More Than Gold
Highlights for me were When Marvin Calls and Change Yourself.
After a little break OMD climbed the stage. They played most of their hit singles, all featured on The OMD Singles compilation:
(Forever) Live and Die
If You Leave
Joan of Arc
Maid of Orleans
Talking Loud and Clear
So In Love
Sailing on the Seven Seas
It was nice to see that so many people enjoyed the music of OMD. The audience's reaction to Maid Of Orleans was spectacular, front man Andy McCluskey was almost overwhelmed by the very long applause. The band was in fine shape, even after six weeks of touring. Highlights for me were Enola Gay, Maid Of Orleans and Electricity. Although this day was also the day of Live Earth, they didn't say that Electricity is a song about the energy problem:
The chance to change has nearly gone
The alternative is only one
The final source of energy
These lines were written in 1979, too bad that 28 years later the problem is still the same.
The performance of P!nk was eye candy: she entered the stage in a short skirt and with a whip in her hands. She's a real performer and knows how to play with the audience. During the second song, Trouble, she fell over a cable. She handled it very well and made a joke about it. There was a Janis Joplin medley, who is her inspiration: without her I wouldn't be hereThe highlights were the unplugged Dear Mr. President and Get the Party Started, which had a few lines from Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) of the Eurythmics. A very nice show, but a bit too much of covers to my taste.
'Cuz I Can
Just Like a Pill
I'm Not Dead
Don't Let Me Get Me
Try Too Hard
Janis Joplin medley (Summertime, Me & Bobby McGee, Piece of My Heart)
Dear Mr. President
What’s Up (4 Non Blondes cover)
U + Ur Hand
Leave Me Alone
Get The Party Started
My wife was ill the last week and still very tired, so after P!nk we unfortunately had to go home.