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Colosseum Live In Regensburg


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Lineup:

Jon Hiseman - Drums
David "Clem" Clempson - Guitars/Backing Vocals
Chris Farlowe - Vocals
Mark Clarke - Bass/(Backing)Vocals
Dave Greenslade - Organ/E-Piano
Barbara Thompson - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones


Prologue

Okay, the negative point first(which is to be honest the only low point of the evening). Dick Heckstall Smith wasn´t performing!
I was quite shocked when I saw the Rockpalast recording in october of the first date of their german tour in September in Viersen, to hear that he was very ill and suffered a disease of his liver. Jon Hiseman told us last night, it still wasn´t sure what will happen to him, but there´s still a change that he soon will recover.
However his wife Barabara Thompson(who´s getting quite a name in the Jazz millieu already) did a real good job.
That was it, apart from that I saw five of the six blokes who recorded the legendary Colosseum Live record and they truly smoked that night!

I. Before the Gig

I was very excited to see one of my very favourite bands(top three even!) at the time I found my place in the - rather small - queue. The venue itself isn´t acually huge but I´m sure there´s quite some place for good crowd. I was standing in front of the door in the room before the hall as the it opened and one of the greatest guitarist alive just passed me by as if it was the most usual thing in the world. Clem Clempson is fantastic but he really just looks like the friendly neighbour.
Then inside the hall, I couldn´t wait to see them for the first(and hopefully not last) time in my life!
Oh yes then the hall lights went out...

II. The Gig

...and Jon Hiseman, Dave Greenslade, Chris Farlowe, Mark Clarke, Clem Clempson and Barbara Thompson hit the stage!
The started with a song from their new album (Tomorrow´s Blues) which was Come Right Back. Really a tight performance of good song and from that moment it was clear it would be a fantastic evening for everyone.

Mark Clarke surprised us with an unbelivable vocal performance in the first lines of Theme For An Imaginary Western before Chris Farlowe started singing. The gave a truely gorgeous rendition to that Jack Bruce classic(which in my opinion is better in the Colosseum version on their Daughter Of Time album). With Barbara playing a nice saxophone solo and an extended guitar solo by Clempson in the end which was just beautiful!

Hiseman announced another new tune, this time an instrumental from their new album:"We´re going to give Chris a break, he doesn´t want or need one, but he´ll get it though".
The Net Man is "very Colosseum" as Hiseman said as well. Greenslade delivered a great organ solo on it and all in all it´s a good tune using quite a catchy phrase all the way through. It was better than on the album in all respects.

Tanglewood 63 gave us the first classic from Colosseum Live that evening. I missed the double sax use during Barbara´s solo which wasn´t exactly as long as Dick´s as well, still they extended the song in other places and gave new breath to this - acutally truely timeless - song.
The three piece vocals (Chris, Clem and Mark) worked good as well, even though the lyrics only go:"Babababababa Ba Ba Ba".

The next song Jon introduced again, as beeing from the Bread & Circuses Album recorded in "199something". Mark Clarke laughed and looked and me and shouted:"Yeah, or when?" and I said ´97!. "Yeah ´97" he replied...
No Pleasin´ got another wonderful strat solo(Clempson was using the strat surpringly often that night, although he´s usually more of a Les Paul player).

The title song of the new album Tomorrow´s Blues ended the first set before the break. It was performed in an extended jam feautring a lot of bass and vocal improvisation. Espeically Chris again, who commented Barbara Thompson´s playing by singing:"Oh, yeah she´s got the Blues! She´s got Tomorrow´s Blues!"

During the Break I had a chat with the promotor who told me about possible forthcomming gigs. Slade would be comming, he said and they´re still trying to get Iron Butterfly. When I asked for Wishbone Ash, he said not next year but possible at some other time and that they´ve been here twice already...D´oh!

To be continued...


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II. b) The Gig (continued)

When the 20 minutes were over Colosseum came back on stage with a really fast and tight rendition of Those About To Die(woah, what a great live song that is!), which directly went into Stormy Monday Blues(which wasn´t rehearesed as always but sounded better than ever!). Clempson stood in front of the microphone and extended his intro solo long, long, loooooong. So that Farlowe always stood behindd him and made handsigns he wanted to sing as well(making some funny faces). They pushed and pulled each other till the solo ended and Chris finally came to sing the first lines. When it was over he screamed and scated and improvised on the situation as always, and at some point of the screaming he absolutly lost is voice, but still managed to make it sound good. What a great entertainer he is!

Hard Times Rising(from the new album), was performed without Barabara Thompson and with Heckstall-Smith comming from the tape(you know my opinion about back-ups and I didn´t love them for that but this was different). Therefore the guitar solo was long and utterly brilliant!

I Could Tell You Tales from the Bread And Circuses album was announced and received in a very funny way. Someone in the crowd shouted. "Okay!" and Mark Clarke responded:"A fine we got your permission!". It´s a nice ballad, nothing more nothing less. I enjoyed it.

Oh my god! As during all of his announcments Jon Hiseman took a microphone and stood at the side of the drum riser and said:

"Long time ago, before most of you were born. I watched something crazy on television. A crazy american, all americans are crazy, but this one was trying to walk on the moon, very crazy it was and very boring. So boring actually that I prefered to write the sleeve notes for the Valentyne Suite rather than watching it"(Note: Normally he´s announcing it more seriously and with a lot more respect, but this time, I think he just wanted to have an ironic touch to it).

What a brilliant live number that is! Stunning and unbelivable, sheer brillant and very hard to describe. It´s he longest live number I´ve ever seen with over 20 minutes. We got a great organ solo in the first part, a saxophone solo in the second part and in the third part a very good bass and a breathtaking guitar solo!
The drumbreaks especially were unbelivable.

Time for the encores. Hiseman was the first to come back with a lenghtly drum solo during which he dropped a stick and picked up a new one in exactly the same second. This was by far the best drumsolo I´ve ever witnessed live and I can´t even rememer having heard something on a live record with impressed me in that way this one did. At the end of it they started their all time classic Lost Angeles with the superb lenghly organ intro by Dave Greenslade. The performance of the song was very unusal but brilliant. During the vocal improvisation Chris Farlowe of course sang again:"I don´t wanna life here, I´d rather live in Regensburg"
During the end he picked up very short lines of famous songs like the first line of Whiter Shade Of Pale which was instantly recognized. Then he sang bars of Stairway To Heaven as Clempson joined(the slide part at the end of the song). As Farlowe left the stage Clempson and Clarke did guitar and bass solos work paralell. They did a rock´n´roll medly as well(all of the day all of the night, you really got me etc...), Steve Morse would turn pale if he´d see that. The ending of the song was incredible with their two solos, it was unbelivable.

They came back on stage for the final encore which was from the Tomorrow´s Blues album as well. A slow blues tune called In The Heat Of The Night. During the song Chris Farlowe picked up Jon Hiseman´s drumstick. I winked at him and he gave it to me! Great ending for a great show!

III. After The Gig

I´d taken a poster for the gig with me I got from the promoter. At the merchandise stand I got all their autographs and had a chat with the band members, mainly with Chris Farlowe, Mark Clarke and Jon Hiseman. Chris Farlowe said he rememered me from the last time and asked me if I enjoyed it to which I of course replied that he was wonderful as always and he said:"Well we try".
When Mark Clarke signed my poster he didn´t look at me, then he recognized my first was very friendly, shook my hand and we joked around. He introduced me to friends and everything. I said to Jon Hiseman:"I belive that stick belongs to you, may I keep it´?". "Of course", he said "where did you get it from?" "From Chris", I said. "Oh I love Chris!".
He then took the stick and said:"When you listen carefully you can hear which song was played." He then rubbed it and said:"Theme For An Imaginary Wester" and gave it back to me. Chris Farlowe mad an surprised look, rubbed a ticket and said:"Mhhh, Lost Angeles!".
I also got the chance to tell Clem Clempson how much I enjoyed his guitar playing that night. He looked very happy as he said:"Really? Thank you very much!"
Greenslade and Thompson were more shy. As I wanted to go Farlowe and Clarke came over to me shook my hands and said I should come back soon! Yes, of course I said!
Truley nice guys, the poster with the autographs will be framed!

Epilogue

All in all a really great show with some of the best and most sympathic musicians I ever had to chance to see and meet. Clempson changed always between Strat and Les Paul, but he did many on the Strat surprisingly. The light was fantastic the mix of blue and red gave a true blues feel to the air. Farlowe´s voice as incredible and his stage presence is without comparison. Everyone gave their best, they played very tight and intensive. Jon Hiseman has so much energy for a 59 almost 60 years old drummer. He looks really fresh as well. The sound was also good as was the mix of classics and new numbers. Many things seemed sponanous and sounded very different than on most live recordings I´d heard before. This is not a bunsh of old guys. These are talented musicians for who the music is their life and it really keeps them breathing. I´ve rarely been to a show with so much energy and you can feel the sheer power come across. All that I can hope is that I´ll ge to see them again with - a hopefully recovered - Dick Heckstall-Smith and enjoy it as much as I did last night.
Go to see them if you get the chance! It´ll be an experience for you, you´ll never forget!

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Setlist:

Come Right Back
Theme For An Imaginary Western
The Net Man
Tanglewood 63
No Pleasin'
Tomorrow's Blues

- Break -

Those About To Die
Stormy Monday Blues
Hard Times Rising (Dick Heckstall-Smith from Tape)
I Could Tell You Tales
The Valentyne Suite

Encores –
 
Lost Angeles
~ Drumsolo
~ Organ Solo
~ Stairway To Heaven
~ Guitar/Bass Solos
In The Heat Of The Night



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Glad you had a good time. emoticon
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Great report! Surprised to see that Barbara Thompson is wearing a beard... emoticon
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Well...er, actually she looks a bit different!emoticon

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Yessir, that's better! emoticon
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So I should go in January when they play here? emoticon
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Glad you had such a good time Milan - sounds like it was a cracker! emoticon
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Great review, sounds like you had a wonderful time. emoticon
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