March 18, 2017 - De Pul, Uden (NL)
The Italian progressive rock act The Watch are certainly no strangers in the progressive rock scene. Their six studio albums are all of a very high level. On it are compositions which are many times very much related to the band which inspired them the most. Anybody who knows the band, of course knows I am referring to Genesis and the music which they released in the seventies. The musical period in which they were fronted by their lead singer Peter Gabriel. Our friends from Italy already managed to pay tribute to this excellent band for several years. They do this in a perfect way by playing their songs during their special organised tours which are announced as The Watch plays Genesis. Also in 2017 a special European tour was put together to get the spotlight on a certain album or period in the history of Genesis. This time around the spotlight was on Foxtrot, which was released in 1972. A venue which they already had visited several times was for our team the place to see them on stage. I am talking about one of the finest in the Netherlands. Namely the Pul in Uden!
After an instrumental synthesizer tune coming from a tape the band started with one of their own compositions. Damage Mode was one of the three songs taken from their own repertoire next to The Fisherman and one of the encores Soaring On. A strong version could be enjoyed as was to be expected. The same could be said about the other two songs from their own back catalogue. As for the songs which were the main dish of
All in all, it was again a perfect performance by the band from Milan. The conversation in Dutch by the bands lead singer was also included. Maybe it would have been an even better musical party, if they had their brand new studio album. However Seven was not ready in time and therefore could they do not play anything from it or sell it to their fans. But I guess you sometimes can't have it all!
Henri Strik (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
Setlist The Watch:Damage Mode
Watcher Of The Skies
Can-Utility And The Coastliners
The Fountain Of Salmacis
The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
The Musical Box
Happy The Man
Get 'Em Out By Friday
The Watch by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up The Watch:(left to right)
Valerio De Vittorio:
keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
double neck 4-strings bass guitar/12-string electric guitar, bass pedals, 12- string electric guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
lead vocals, flute, tambourine
electric and acoustic guitars
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