Porcupine Tree live = Epitome of Catharsis

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7 fév. 2010, 21h02m

Sat 6 Feb – Porcupine Tree, Sleep Parade


In my mind, one element made this show comparable to Nine Inch Nail's last Sydney gig (@ the Hordern) in the sense of a band is defined as 'professional' not by how flawlessly their set is executed, but how well they handle fuck-ups
(apparently) the PA system had blown during the end of the 2nd last song, which meant a lot of babbling with Enmore staff across the stage about getting it fixed & making curfew, all while the crowd chanted requests for a drum solo from Gavin Harrison.

The gig was split in to two sections. The first being The Incident live, in it's entirety (which was an absolutely incredible experience) & the 2nd being a mixture of older/newer songs from their catalog. While the basic fixture inclusions were Start of Something Beautiful, the mid segment of Anesthetize, Normal & The Sound of Muzak.
For this show, we also got Strip the Soul & Stars Die, which were fantastic!

Steven Wilson is not only a brilliant musician, but a great performer/entertainer. "While I respect the time honored tradition of calling out requests; bands have these little things called "Set.Lists"

The final song, of course, was Trains & we could have been waiting three times as long for it & it still would have been worthwhile. If there is a more euphoric set closer out there, i'd like to hear it!



Sun 7 Feb – Porcupine Tree, Sleep Parade


While I was suitably wowed with Sleep Parade (enough to purchase 'Things Can Always Change' the album they were selling at the show) I thought they sounded much better @ the Enmore. However, their performance at both venues were equally strong & I hope to hear more from them in future.

At both shows, the whole band were in top form, playing superbly, while making effort to 'connect' with the audience. Just little things like moving around/forward on the stage, showing the crowd that they're not just playing for themselves.

Set was the same as Sydney, with a couple of changes to the 2nd half. Lazarus & surprisingly enough, Way Out of Here which elicited a strong response from the crowd (who, at that stage, included a large population of inebriated fuckwits).

Aforementioned bogans not withstanding, it would take a lot to completely ruin a gig & the performance itself was so far beyond stellar, had I been doubting catching them (*snort* as IF) I would consider myself happily converted & more than prepared to make the trip to multiple cities to experience this as many times as possible!

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  • DiSTANToblivion

    Excellent review of an unforgettable night. Only other thing that even came close for me was Dream Theaters last visit with Pain Of Salvation. I was suprised by just how good the Enmore is.

    8 fév. 2010, 9h43m
  • mason1729

    This review pretty much sums up my thoughts on the gig. :)

    9 fév. 2010, 4h53m
  • emmakorhonen

    was an amazing night! and great review! was like reliving it again XD I loved the trains magic trick ;-)

    9 fév. 2010, 9h00m
  • sktterbrn

    Indeed, it was a brilliant show. Steve made the same setlist joke last time PT were here, though.

    14 fév. 2010, 3h06m
  • Icros

    This review is absolutely AMAZING

    1 avr. 2010, 23h25m
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