July 3, 2011 - De Lakei, Helmond (NL)
In order to give their fans the opportunity to witness the band for the last time, a farewell concert was arranged at the venue that had been very important throughout their career. Lakei - previously known as Plato - is located in the band's home town of Helmond and on this stage they celebrated the release of a number of albums. When I noticed the people outside the venue waiting until someone would open the door, I had mixed feelings. I wasn't sure whether I was going to a kind of funeral of a good friend or just saying goodbye to someone who just had retired. Should I be sad or happy? Well, I guess I got the answer after the band performed the final song of this farewell gig.
I wasn't sure what to expect music wise. It was obvious that Casual Silence would perform songs spanning their entire career. However, how would the musicians deal with the idea that they had reached the end of an era? After a short instrumental intro the band members entered the stage and kicked off with two brand-new tracks from their latest album Vertical Horizon. The band played very solid and the sound was rather good. One could hear that they had practiced the new material a lot, because The Other Side and The Chance came pretty close to the original album versions. After these songs the audience made a trip in a time
Obviously the band would give an encore. Without leaving the stage they asked the audience if they had any requests for an encore. I'm not sure if I heard someone call Casual Silence, the song named after the band, but they played it anyway. This fine live version proved again that it's a great pity Casual Silence decided to quit. These fantastic musicians performed their music with passion and emotion and I could also notice their friendship on stage. A couple of days after this fine performance they gave their definite last gig being a support-act for Threshold. Only time will tell if they ever reunite, but one thing's for sure: one or two other bands will rise out of the ashes of Casual Silence. Maybe this concert was a funeral after all...
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Setlist:The Other Side
Free To Be Free
Lost In Life
Haunted By The Past
My Fifth Season
Pictures by Arthur Haggenburg
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with special thanks to the fog machine :-(
Line up ArtistX:(left to right)
Mark van Dijk:
Ernst Le Cocq d’Armandville:
guitars, lead and backing vocals
bass, lead and backing vocals
lead and backing vocals
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