The Neal Morse Band
April 2, 2017 - 013, Tilburg (NL)
I had no specific expectations of the concert by The Neal Morse Band, but having listened to the entire new concept-album The Similitude Of A Dream (2016, see review), I was in for a surprise...
Before the concert I spoke to Neal about his forthcoming plans, ambitions, his love for Yes and of course about the making and meaning for this double-album and the tour so far (22 European dates in just 25 days, travelling by bus).
While listening to the album took several plays to get into it 'a grower', the concert in Tilburg showed the material in a very consistent, sublime and powerful way. The moods on the album seem to feel very organic and integrated with the expression and visualisation of playing and singing.
All the breaks and changes of tempo were performed so tightly!
And of course the album has really strong themes, enlarged during this show. It is difficult nominating specific highlights (because of the enormous standard) but to name a few: Long day (opening and reprise) and, the last 3 tracks of the first part (with breathtaking vocals, esp. Bill Hubauer and the guitar playing in the vein of Allan Holdsworth), Slave To Your Mind, and The Mask and the Battle (impossible to play live but they do)
And after 2 hours of absolute top-level-playing the started their encores, Agenda and Momentum as songs were the minors of this special night but this was more than compensated by brilliant versions of Author Of Confusion and The Call (really magnificent new Neal Morse-classic).
This guy and this band beat themselves perhaps not in a compositional way in the first place but with their diverse and extreme talent to perform all this beautiful and complex stuff. Go on!
Text Leon Dietz (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
Setlist The Neal Morse Band:
Set 1 (The Similitude Of A Dream, Part 1)
Intro (Come Sail Away from Styx by Neal Morse)
City Of Destruction
We Have Got To Go
Makes No Sense
Draw The Line
Back To The City
The Ways Of A Fool
So Far Gone
Breath Of Angels
Set 2 (The Similitude Of A Dream, Part 2)
Slave To Your Mind
Shortcut To Salvation
The Man In The Iron Cage
The Road Called Home
Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)
Author Of Confusion
The Neal Morse Band by Claude Bosschem
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Line up The Neal Morse Band:(left to right)
bass, bass pedals
vocals, keyboards, guitar
keyboards, clarinet, vocals
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