Porcupine Tree

Porcupine Tree played two consecutive shows in 013, I attended the last yesterday evening. Both will be used to create a new DVD. We found a great spot on the balcony from which to overlook the stage. In hindsight it would have been cool to attend both nights, but that would get a bit expensive. Also I feared, like Madrugada did last year and as is quite common especially with DVD recordings, that they’d play the same songs both nights. This turned out not to be true though. Ah well. I had a great night anyway!

A review can be found on on Progwereld.org.

Bamboo

I’ve wanted to get and, of course use, a tablet for a while now. I had once before bought a very cheap one, but that just didn’t do it for me. So I decided to treat myself today and bought the Wacom Bamboo. So now my mouse is on the left side of my keyboard and my tablet on the right. Perfect!

Oh, I’m also contemplating the Carnivore show on December 11th in Tilburg, though I’m not sure I should. I haven’t played the albums in ages and have basically moved on to other things. Also, the ad looking for ‘Blood girls’ for the European shows didn’t really comfort me. So I think I’ll give it a miss.

Porcupine Tree

Steven Wilson

Just got back from Tilburg, where, by way of celebrating Sinterklaas, we had a lovely meal in Grandcafé-Restaurant De Beurs and attended the Porcupine Tree concert in 013. The trip to Tilburg went quite smooth, also due to the assistance of the TomTom GPS system. I’d never seen it in action before, and am quite impressed. Though I’m sure there are people for whom this extra screen may end up being to much of a distraction. As I mentioned dinner was great, though maybe a bit rushed. But we wanted to be on time to find a nice place to stand.

Opening act was Oceansize. I’m not all that familiar with their work and after a while the set got a bit repetitive. After about an hour Porucpine Tree entered the stage. Though I’m not very good at remembering the setlist, I do remember they played the following: Blackest Eyes, Lazarus, Arriving Somewhere But Not Here (both highlights), Start of Something Beautiful, Halo and encores Radioactive Toy and Trains. Come to think of it, the setlist mentioned in this review on Last.fm (in German) seems quite accurate. All-in-all an excellent performance and I’m quite sure I’ll get the tour-DVD they’re planning to release early next year.

The Sisters of Mercy

Andrew Eldritch

Just got back from Tilburg, from the The Sisters Of Mercy show. Really didn’t know what to expect beforehand, but it turned out to be a great show. Despite the fact that they kept us waiting for quite some time. The ticket said the show was due at 21:00, but they didn’t start till around 22:10, after the smokemachine had been on for about fifteen minutes. But luckily that was all quickly forgotten once they started playing. I’d better get some sleep now, the trainride back home wore me out.

Update: the setlist and a bunch of reviews can be found at tours.tsom.org/2005.