Antwerp Nov 2 2016
I had a few worries about this show because it followed a break of 1 month in the tour, the music and arrangements are complex and it might take the band a show or so to find their feet again. No such worries. I sat in the 4th row 2m from the PA and close enough to see the skin on Gavin’s kick drum move and it was spectacular. Too many highlights to mention but generally the way the drums interlock is mesmerising and the new arrangements work really well. If I was being hyper-critical, I don’t think Red works as well as the others but that’s just my personal taste. I was disappointed to find that Fracture was dropped for this show, but the upside was that we heard the first 2016 airing of Indicipline which came early in the second set and there was an audible gasp from the crowd when it started. Again, the 3 drummers bring something new to it. During the intro, the drummers and Tony were laughing so I have to assume something did not go entirely as rehearsed, but I certainly didn’t pick it up on the night. After the show I was buzzing for days and have now bought a ticket for Paris. I would certainly recommend this performance when it is available.