Comedy Of Errors &
June 16, 2017 - Parktheater, Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)
For a lot of lovers of progressive rock in the Netherlands the name Serious Music Alphen certainly means something to them. Most of all if they want to see certain prog acts on a concert stage. This organisation of volunteers manages to get a lot of great bands in the genre to present their music at the stage of the excellent Parkvilla Theater venue. Those bands sometimes even choose to present their new album. This was the case during the event when the Dutch act Sky Architect and Scottish act Comedy Of Errors were invited to do a concert in Alphen aan de Rijn.
Comedy Of ErrorsStrangely enough the band which can be seen as today's headliners, I have only seen once. This was three years ago at the same venue (see review). Strange because this band from Scotland has already has been in existence since 1984 and has a second youth since 2011. Nevertheless I am glad Comedy Of Errors managed to visit
Which of course didn't, and in many ways this concert could be seen as a copy of the concert done earlier at the same stage. The songs were again of a very high level and the kind of neo progressive rock I like the most. Only this time around with six musicians on stage making some of the songs sounding even more melodic. This came mainly due to the fact that former guitarist Mark Spalding had returned to the line-up. This did not lead to Sam McCulloch leaving the band. Now with two guitar players on stage the guitar sound gets a more richer sound and the sometimes twin guitar parts are a feast for your ears to hear! Also the retired fire-fighter and lead singer of the band did an excellent job, even if in many ways his act had no surprises in store. Once again Joe Cairney dressed in a slim suit along with some great looking boots. These were noticed by a female spectator as well who gave him her complements after one of the performed songs. During the set he again removed his jacket and revealed a shirt from one of his musical friends and someone he probably looked up to. Fish, the former Marillion front man and lead singer. But compared to this fellow Scotsman Joe still has a remarkable strong voice. A voice which hardly had any trouble reaching the high notes. Something which Derek William Dick
Of course did the set include material which could not been heard three years ago because it wasn't released actually. I am referring to the single version of Spirit and the Spirit Suite. But also to the one track taken from their brand new album House Of The Mind, titled Tachyon. All performed excellently just as the rest of the songs on the setlist. Not only thanks to the great performances of the musicians mentioned earlier, but also the great rhythm section. Consisting of bassist John Fitzgerald and drummer Bruce Levick, who were at the right time and place to kick ass, as did Jim Johnston behind his keyboard and laptop. Just like during the performance of the supporting act, the audience must have spent a pleasant time watching this band. Including myself again!
Sure some of the people which only came to see the headliners, didn't like the support act. But you can't please everybody I guess. It's always a matter of taste. The people of Serious Music Alphen were certainly not to blame. Like many times before they tried to come up with an interesting program to enjoy. According to myself they succeeded very well. Thanks!
Henri Strik (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
Setlist Sky Architect:
Wormholes (The Inevitable
Collapse Of The Large
Race To The Sun
Traveller's Last Candle
A Dying Man's Hymn
Sky Architect by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Sky Architect:(left to right)
Rik van Honk:
keyboards, bugel, trumpet and backing vocals
lead vocals and electric guitar
Guus van Mierlo:
Setlist Comedy Of Errors:
Going For A Song
Spirit (Single Version)
Student Prince Pt2
Something She Said
Student Prince Pt1
Comedy Of Errors by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Comedy Of Errors:(left to right)
bass and backing vocals
keyboard, laptop and backing vocals
electric guitar and backing vocals
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