Just before hitting the BOSPOP festival in Weert, Geoff Tate c.s. decided to do two more shows in smaller venues.
One of them was at Hedon in Zwolle, slightly north from the centre of the Netherlands.
Compared to the tour in the US the set list was shortened just a little bit,
nevertheless it turned out to be a memorable evening with a very engaged crowd and Tate more than earlier days in a role of entertainer rather than a pure vocalist.
His ugly hat made him look like a second rate jazz musician.
Fortunately his voice was in outstanding shape and the interludes in which he mentioned there were three albums featured that night were well received. Rage For Order,
of course American Soldier and, to my own great satisfaction, Empire.
The show itself was modest, no special treats or décor, a good but inconspicuous light show, yet a band eager to rock the Dutch nation, and that is what counts!
The two additional musicians did a fine job and helped to create that massive sound Queensr˙che always had.
Tate played some notes on his soprano and alto saxophones, but caught between the walls of sounds from keyboards and guitars you couldn’t hear them that well.
It made him look quite impressive though.
As one can appreciate from the list below it was an excellent choice of tracks and with no restrictions for the few photographers it was a very nice evening indeed.
The songs from American Soldier worked perfectly alright live and the encore Empire sent shivers down my spine.
Some two hours after the band kicked off the show we were outside the venue again.
The only negative comment I could possibly make is that I missed a really stunning axeman.
Both Wilton and Lundgren played well, but they most certainly are no Petrucci or Satriani and I would have loved to see that kind of guitarist in the line up.
Anyway, you can’t have them all and with a very solid new album and a good vocal performance by Tate, Queensr˙che is heading safely towards the next decennium!
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Screaming In Digital
I Dream In Infrared
Walk In The Shadows
At 30,000 ft
A Dead Man’s Words
Best I Can
The Thin Line
One And Only
Jet City Woman