london show

So we played London last Saturday night…

I was feeling pretty nervous about this show, we haven’t played in five years, and every time we played London in the past it’s been pretty horrid – London venues tend to not be of the highest quality in my experience. The fact that this was to be a festival with us halfway down the bill didn’t help much.

Luckily sound on the day was to be provided by my good friend Bob so that was a big plus right away. Unfortunately he didn’t have anyone to assist him, which was ridiculous, so the poor man was running round like crazy trying to do everything. Making it harder was the fact that the main band had several tympani (!), and various assorted orchestral style percussion as well as keyboards; the second band on the bill had a traditional git/bass/drumkit setup; and we had everything DI-ed! So completely different setups each time…

So anyway, after some soundcheck confusion, things got underway and the first couple of bands played. The first band, Karma Deva, were actually pretty good – if I hadn’t been running around talking to fans, signing autographs, and selling T-shirts (no, I’m not making this up) I’d have enjoyed them greatly I’m sure.

Didn’t see the second band because we were getting ready to go on, but eventually we took the stage… and I think I can safely say we blew the place away. Terry the lighting guy had been setting up some nice scanners and smoke machines, and really pulled out all the stops for us, so we looked good. The sound which had been very boomy in soundcheck settled down nicely and really poked.

Andy’s Guitar Rig system sounded fabulous on its first outing. It was funny to see the stage filled with amps from the other bands, and him just playing through his laptop. And still sounding louder than they did! I’m very happy with this system now, I totally recommend it.

Ironically the only problem we had was Volker’s Lexicon guitar FX unit doing something weird – so much for hardware being more reliable than software! I think we might go software based with his setup soon too, though having said that I’m really starting to like the new Line6 stuff…

I don’t have any pics yet, but I know some people took some. Will post them later when I get them.

Next Friday it’s Amsterdam, then on to Germany…

Set list this time:

  1. Nightfall
  2. Into the Heart
  3. Twice as Good
  4. VALIS
  5. Datakill
  6. War Against Sleep
  7. Satisfy Me
  8. Moscow Idaho
  9. Kneel to the Boss

Anyone who was there and wants to post a review in the reply, please feel free to do so!