Thursday, 10 December 2009

Gig Review: Porcupine Tree - Academy, Manchester - 10/12/09

I’m not going to pretend I was a long time Porcupine Tree (9) fan going in to this gig, but it’s safe to say that after tonight’s stunning set, I will be a fan for a long time to come!
Judging by tonight’s near sold out crowd; I’m a little late to the party getting on the bandwagon. Those in attendance tonight we treated to an almost two and a half hour long, two part set. For the first hour we’re treated to a full rendition of the bands latest opus, the 14-track-but-really-one-big-song PorcupineThe Incident. This was truly an amazing experience and if you’re a fan of Prog, be it Pink Floyd and Rush from the 70’s or modern metal bands like Dream Theatre and Mastodon, I strongly suggest you get along to one of the remaining tour dates, or catch the band when they play more UK dates next autumn, as there is nothing quite like seeing a concept album played live, in full.
After a short break the band make their way back to the stage for the second half of the show and for the remaining hour or so we’re treated to a mix of songs from a wide range of Porcupine Tree’s history including a few unreleased gems, such as Normal, taken from the Fear of a Blank Planet sessions. Another short break later and the band are back for the encore, playing a few tracks from ‘02s In Absentia. And with that comes to end an awesome night’s entertainment from one of Britain’s stalwarts of prog rock. I personally can’t wait to see them again next fall!

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