DAMIAN WILSON (Acoustic)
Kerkrade (NL)-Hub-25 October 2019
Singer Damian Wilson is celebrating his 50th birthday with an acoustic tour. On friday night he stopped at ‘Hub’ Kerkrade and Raymond Helebrand of RH-Design went to see a show full of great music and even greater stories that lasted more than three hours. He came back with a review and photos for HeadBangers Lifestyle.
Personally, I have a big admiration for musicians that have the balls to go out there, with just an acoustic guitar and a voice to perform all stripped down versions of their songs in an up-close and intimate setting. So I was very curious how this show would be. But I also know that this is not everyone’s cup of tea.
,,Somebody’’, ,,Thrill Me’’ continued the set and in-between the songs it became clear that the chatting would take more time, than the actual performance, which to me contributed to the whole intimate setting idea of tonight. Stories about living on a boat, playing festivals where literally no-one in the audience was prepared for a progressive metal band, with the outcome that a massive crowd disappeared in minutes after the start of the performance. Crashing his boat because he met the other idiot stupid enough to go on the waters in heavy fog and so on and so forth. All very entertaining to the audience tonight.
All in all tonight’s performance lasts more than 3 hours (and as I have learned today, that wasn’t even the longest evening of music Damian has done, because that was more than 5 hours), with a little pause in the middle. Songs from throughout Damian’s whole career came by, but most of them are from his solo works or collaborations with his dear friend Adam Wakeman, amongst others ,,Homegrown’’, ,,Thank You’’, ,,Naked’’, ,,Part Of Me’’, ,,Commune’’, ,,Disciple’’, ,,Array Of Lights’’. I do not know if the music or the stories that came with it were more mesmerizing, but to me this was a special evening. I cannot recall any other concert I’ve attended, where the water kettle was boiling some new water for tea in the middle of the performance. Because the artist was out of tea.
The attendees were there for one thing only, Damian Wilson. And that is exactly what they got. His version of the Iron Maiden classic ,,The Evil That Men Do’’ was simply stunning and a chance for the attendees to sing along.