Satisfaction Injection &
December 2, 2015
Soft Machine are a well-known progressive rock/fusion/jazz rock band, which had many line-up changes over the years. The most recent line-up consists of the following members: Roy Babbington on bass guitar, John Etheridge on guitar, Theo Travis on saxophone, flute and piano and John Marshall on drums. The current line-up used the name Soft Machine Legacy, but since this year the band dropped the word 'Legacy' and are continuing their work and performances with the original name. Due to illness, John Marshall was unable to tour with the band. Luckily the band found a good replacement drummer, named Nic France. I've never seen Soft Machine perform live and didn't know what to expect at all. Would they be playing old material, or only their most recent work? The Dutch fusion/jazz rock band Satisfaction Injection had the honour to play before Soft Machine was going to perform.
While the band was playing the track Kings & Queens the members really paid attention to each other. They played phenomenal, but that's not a surprise of course. After Kings & Queens John said that the next song was written by Theo as a tribute for the planet Pluto and a sort of 'memorial', because Pluto is finally a planet again. After this track Nic played a brilliant drum solo, and the crowd really loved it. When the band came back on stage for the encore John said that he loves The Netherlands, and mainly for the tea. He also loved the fact that you can get warm Dutch snacks out of a vending machine. The encore started with a great bass solo from Roy. While Roy kept on playing John thanked the venue, the venue's crew, the tour manager and the audience.
You can see that the band really enjoys to play live and that they are very talented musicians. The band played tracks from both their recent albums and older work, which is absolutely fantastic! They only played for 1,5 hours, I hoped that they would play a little bit longer, because I really enjoyed their music and their performance. I hope this band will come back again for an anniversary tour!
Iris Hidding (edited by Astrid de Ronde)
Setlist Soft Machine:
Hazard Profile Part I
Chloe And The Pirates
Voyage Beyond Seven
Song Of Aeolus
Burden Of Proof
Facelift - The Last Day
Kings & Queens
Relegation Of Pluto
Soft Machine by Iris Hidding
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Line up Soft Machine:(left to right)
drums and percussion
saxophone, flutes and keyboards
Setlist Satisfaction Injection:Fazantkastelen
Der Untergang des Reerug Rob
Line up Satisfaction Injection:(left to right)
flute and saxophone
keyboards and samples
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