Soft Machine are a well-known progressive rock/fusion/jazz rock band, which had many line-up changes over the years. The most recent line-up consists of the following members: Roy Babbington on bass guitar, John Etheridge on guitar, Theo Travis on saxophone, flute and piano and John Marshall on drums. I had the honour to interview Theo right before the gig, you can listen to the interview here. The current line-up used the name Soft Machine Legacy, but since this year the band dropped the word ‘Legacy’ and are continuing their work and performances with the original name. Due to illness, John Marshall was unable to tour with the band. Luckily the band found a good replacement drummer, named Nic France. I’ve never seen Soft Machine perform live and don’t know what to expect at all. Would they be playing old material, or only their most recent work? The Dutch fusion/jazz rock band Satisfaction Injection had the honour to play before Soft Machine was going to perform.
I know the band Queensrÿche for quite some years, sadly I never had the chance to see the band live. Geoff Tate, the former singer of Queensrÿche, was going to play the band’s well known album Operation: Mindcrime in its entirety at 013 in Tilburg. Since Geoff isn’t the current singer of Queenrÿche anymore he made his own band, carrying the same name as the mentioned album. Geoff surrounded himself with wonderful musicians for which some are very well known; Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche/Slave Of The System) on guitars, John Moyer (Disturbed) on bass guitar, Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) on drums, Randy Gane on Keyboards and Scott Moughton on guitars.
It was a special theater show called ‘A Night To Remember’. Kristoffer Gildenlöw and band would perform tracks from the album Rust plus some songs of his new upcoming album which will be released in 2016. The performance would be filmed and be released on a DVD too. I’ve never been to Parktheater before and never went to a gig of Kristoffer Gildenlöw, so this was quite a new experience for me.
You wouldn’t tell this was just the first edition of ProgCity Festival. Once I entered the venue the ambiance was great. Everything was well organized and the sound-checks between the bands were smooth and fast in my opinion. A big thumbs-up for Gert-Jan van Middelkoop and everyone who worked at Musicon that day. Three Dutch bands were scheduled for this evening: Infinite Mind, Armed Cloud and Cartographer. I’ve seen Armed Cloud during ProgFrog Festival not so long ago and really enjoyed their performance back then (you can find the review of ProgFrog Festival here). I was extra curious about Infinite Mind and Cartographer because I had never seen them perform live.
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I had the honour to interview Ray Wilson right before his gig (you can listen to the interview here). It was one of the longest interviews I ever had, he really took the time to give answers to my questions. A very lovely and sweet guy! He told me he was going to play a lot of Genesis tracks (of course, it’s called the Genesis Classics tour), but also music from his other bands and solo work.
I’ve never seen both bands live so I was very curious how they would perform. I had the honour to interview Thomas Andersen, the keyboardist of Gazpacho, right before the gig. He’s a very sweet guy and I had a lovely interview with him (you can listen to the interview here). After the interview I was waiting at the entrance outside and I found out that there were a lot of people waiting to get in, I think that the venue was (almost) sold out eventually. One of the security guards told me I should watch my bag (where I carry my camera and reporter stuff in) carefully because he told me that it was going to be crowded. This is actually fantastic news for both bands that so many people bought tickets to see the bands perform.