My personal concert season open by the Nightwish fellas is at its climax.
I was fortunate to see a very popular (yet kind of underground) band called The Aristocrats on December 9th. The band is playing some mindbogglingly complex tunes ranged from Jazz Fusion to Heavy Prog.
Unfortunately I can’t share much of it with you this time.
The problem is that De Boerderij, where I’ve seen Neal Morse and Arena, has got spoilt: I was disallowed to take my camera in! I find this outrageous, especially considering how many shows I’ve seen here in Holland.
I tried to use my mobile for filming as the next best thing, but at a certain moment was approached by a crew member, who told me that shooting videos was not allowed at all. (On a side note, people closer to the stage were filming whatever they wanted with their compact cameras, but that lad couldn’t get to them through the crowd.)
On the bright side, I have to say the three play instruments like gods. The line-up is:
- Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia, GPS, The Young Punx, The Fellowship, Erotic Cakes) – guitar
- Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, James LaBrie, Dweezil Zappa, Dethklok, Mike Keneally) – bass
- Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Kreator, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Necrophagist) – drums
The lists of acts above should give you a hint of how brilliant they are. The brightest band member is arguably the British Guthrie Govan, which is a true guitar virtuoso. You must hear that to really appreciate his playing.
Because of the new stupid rules I was only able to record a couple of videos of a questionable quality.
The first one was a story about an incident at a gas station somewhere in Texas, narrated by the bassist Bryan Beller and going over a minor car accident, a desperate female driver and a happy settlement:
The second one was the Texas Crazypants written after this event:
Listening to their numerous stories I was a bit surprised how trite were the stories that led to their super-intricate compositions. Most of them happened “somewhere in the States during a tour.”
The club was packed. However I’ll try to avoid Boerderij as much as possible from now on. ■