September 3, 2010 - De Pul, Uden (NL)
The concert opened with an almost complete version of the new CD Journey's End (see review) which was perfectly performed in my opinion. I didn't hear any mistakes, yet lead singer Max Read told me after the show that the band made some minor faults. Mr. Read sang with the help of a vocoder which made it possible for him to do some harmony vocals as well. His strong vocal performance didn't prevent him from playing some additional parts on the guitar and the synthesizer. Talking about having fun, I think bass player and percussionist Nic Willis had a lot of fun on stage. It was a pleasure to see him hitting the timpani and other percussion instruments. It seemed as if he was performing with the London Symphony Orchestra. Well done!
After those two pieces Robert John Godfrey introduced all the band members in a rather funny way. Then he announced the last song of the regular set. Dark Hydraulic was introduced as a kind of stomper which could be translated as a song with many modern dance beats. This is a perfect piece to end a regular set with before coming back for the final encore. Unfortunately, Child Roland from their second album Airie Faerie Nonsense was the only encore. This track was perfectly performed and it made me realize that The Enid deserve a much larger audience, which they got one day later at the Lorelei Festival in Germany.
Hopefully, we don't have to wait another ten years or more to witness The Enid on a Dutch stage again. Playing prog like a classical orchestra, really make them a unique band in the world of progressive rock. They still belong to the best progressive rock bands both on record and on a live stage.
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
The Last Judgement (aka Apocalypse / Judgement Day)
In The Region Of The Summer Stars (aka Avalon-Under The Summer Stars)
Fantasy / Castle In the Sky
Sheets of Blue (aka Sheets From The Blue Yonder)
Dark Hydraulic (aka Dark Hydraulic Forces Of The Id)
Pictures The Enid by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up:(left to right)
guitars, keyboard, lead and backing vocals
drums, percussion, backing vocals
Robert John Godfrey:
bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals
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