On The Road… with Steven Wilson

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Progressive music giant Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Storm Corrosion) released his new album Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope) back in March, it was a further exploration of storytelling in his art, but on a grander scale. No stranger to putting down amazing concept albums, Wilson’s best recorded work feels like a book; it envelopes you and you cannot put it down. Touring the USA, Wilson’s performances are always a marvel of high musicianship and class. He has a first class touring band behind him as well consisting of Nick Beggs (bass), Adam Holzman (keyboard), Guthrie Govan (guitar), David Kilminster (guitar) and Craig Blundell (drums). Stopping off at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, the band played the new album in its entirety, as well as some Porcupine Tree cuts such as ‘Lazarus’ and ‘Sleep Together’. Closing out with the title track from The Raven That Refused To Sing, Wilson left the stage with the audience enthralled. Shot here by Melina Dellamarggio of Melina D Photography, we get to peek into a window of what the performance felt like in person:

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

 

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

Steven Wilson, by Melina D Photography

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Full Details of New Steven Wilson Album, US Tour Announced

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Progressive rock and metal legend Steven Wilson has dropped further details of his upcoming opus Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope) on March 3rd. In addition to his astounding solo career, Wilson is best known for his band Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, and his frequent collaborations with Opeth, as well as being an in demand producer, and re-mastering genius of classic rock and prog albums.

Wilson has announced that the second leg of his upcoming tour will see him cover the USA and Canada.

From Facebook:

The 2nd leg of Steven Wilsons 2015 ‘Hand Cannot Erase Tour’ will cover the United States and Canada. For more information about the tour including dates and where to buy tickets, please visit here –http://stevenwilsonhq.com/sw/tour-dates/

You can pre-order Steven Wilson’s new album “Hand Cannot Erase” here –http://smarturl.it/HandCannotErase

“We are currently developing a show that I hope will raise the bar both musically and visually from previous tours, with a set list based around the new album, as well as casting the net further back into my songwriting past for a few surprises” – Steven Wilson

Tour dates:

Thursday, May 21 Albany, NY The Egg

Friday, May 22 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center

Saturday, May 23 Harrisburg, PA The Whitaker

Tuesday, May 26 Washington, DC 930 Club

Thursday, May 28 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater

Friday, May 29 New York, NY Best Buy Theater

Saturday, May 30 New York, NY Best Buy Theater

Thursday, June 04 Chicago, IL Park West

Friday, June 05 Chicago, IL Park West

Saturday, June 06 Madison, WI Barrymore Theater

Tuesday, June 09 Denver, CO Boulder Theater

Friday, June 12 Anaheim, CA The Grove

Saturday, June 13 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

Sunday, June 14 San Francisco, CA The Warfield

Tuesday, June 16 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater

Wednesday, June 17 Seattle, WA Neptune Theater

Friday, June 26 Toronto The Danforth Music Hall Canada

Saturday, June 27 Montréal Montréal Jazz Festival Canada

 

Steven Wilson on Facebook

 

Blackfield – John Wesley: Live at the Best Buy Theater, New York City

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I’m not quite sure if this was Blackfield’s last show or last show with this lineup, it remains unclear to me. Tonight’s show had a feeling of closure and finality. Having newly discovered this group I can say I was regretting not finding them sooner. The night started off with fellow Porcupine Tree alumni John Wesley. Not at all what I was expecting when I heard who was in his band. Wesley and his solo band put on a massively mellow and grooving set. Fellow guitarist and vocalist Ian Medhurst won me over very quickly. I was even more impressed with his rhythm section: former Iced Earth drummer Mark Prator and Sean Malone of Cynic. Their musicianship was uncanny. They powered through eight songs of new and old tunes with little or no effort

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Before Blackfield took the stage the crowd was already starting with chants of “Please don’t stop” and “We love you”. I met a guy named David who came all the way San Francisco to see the end of the show. That’s a true fan right there. He was even gracious enough to fill me in on the band history.

 

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When they took the stage the crowd was hungry for their music. Blackfield headed up by Aviv Geffen and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Storm Corrosion, Opeth) they launched into a massive 20 song set. There was a wide range of emotions in this music. I was blown away, but the connection the crowd had with the band made every song was a sing along. From ‘Miss U’ to ‘Jupiter’ they showed this was more than just prog rock, it was just great music period. The closest thing they reminded me in terms of style was Pink Floyd with ‘Where is My Love?’. From the acoustic sounds to the ballad-tinged parts, it was one of the memorable songs for me. To help bring the night to a close Dream Theater’sJordan Rudess came out for the extended last song, ‘Cloudy Now’. Jordan rocked on a keyboard and then an iPad. It was as hard rockin as this group gets, and the perfect ending to an eye-opening night.

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Blackfield Set List:

Faking

Blackfield

Pills

Miss U

My Gift of Silence

Pain

DNA

Go to Hell

Jupiter

Disolving with the Night

Where is my Love?

1,000 People

Some Day

Once

Summer

Oxygen

Hello

 

Encore:

Glow

End of the World

Cloudy Now

 

John Wesley on Facebook

Blackfield on Facebook

 

OMAR CORDY