IQ, April 8th
Subterranea Live,
Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
By Ed Sander and Bart Jan van der Vorst

Subterranea Photo Special

Next week, on april 1st and 4th will be your last chances ever to see Subterranea being performed live in its entirity. For the people who still need conviction we have created a special photo-review of the gig. It is based on Ed's reviews of last year's gigs in Amsterdam and Tilburg, completed with the photos Bart took at the show in Amsterdam.


Warning! This review contains spoilers, if you wish to visit the gig open minded, please stop reading now and you are welcome to visit this page again after the show to re-live the whole experience once more.
Please note that it may take a while to load all photos, be patient - it is well worth the wait! 



As the first bombastic notes of Overture were played a tower in the middle of a field was projected on the rolled down gauze screen. Inside the tower a man in white clothes (Pete) held his head in his hands and rocked to and fro. With fear in his eyes he looked around, opened the door and ran away from the tower. The up-tempo part of Overture kicked in while he fled away from his confinement, all the time looking back as if someone was following him.




Projections on the gauze screen faded. Yellow light on the stage behind it was turned on. Pete, dressed in white clothes, could be seen through the screen, kneeling with a light pattern projected on the screen behind him, which created the effect of a barred window. The sound of the iron gate opening. He was free. Free to wander off into ....



The gauze screen was rolled up while the band went into the title track. Mike, John, Paul and Martin were all dressed in black clothes, contrasting the outside world with the innocence of the character Pete was playing.


While he stumbled across the stage footage of the city shot across the back screen. London, Tower Bridge, Traffic, High Buildings, enough to make Pete dazzle and fall to the ground. Stunning acting performance; Pete really 'lived' his role.


 Sleepless Incidental



The backdrop showed a churge, while Pete came on stage wearing a black cloak, playing the religious leader:

When the answer came ('Leave me alone ...') he flung off the cloack. Wooden religious statues were projected on the back screen:



Speak my name

This wonderful resting point of the album was played in atmospheric lighting and the image of Maya projected on the backdrop.  



Tunnel Vision

More moving lights, at the end Mike went over to an extra keyboard by the side of Martin's rig to play the transition into Infernal Chorus. Pete came back on stage. He had changed his white shirt for a black one and a black jacket; 'Something happened inside ....' . During the part of the song where John's heavy bass comes in, an oscillator wave was projected on the backdrop. It showed the sound waves of John's bass. Very nice !



Infernal Chorus

Pete came on stage wearing a creepy leather mask.

After the words 'finally where you belong !' the light went out for a second and when the band continued tour manager Jim Plumridge had jumped on the walkway behind the band, fully dressed in black. Jim played Mockenrue's henchman who followed the experiments to see how they reacted to the outside world. While Jim moved his arms up and down as if he was pulling the string attached to Pete's arms, Pete himself twisted and moved at the front of the stage, still looking at the audience. Very effective.Jim jumped down on stage and after a short struggle he revealed the name of his boss to Pete, before being killed. Brilliant !


King of Fools

The gauze screen came down again. Mike went back to the keyboard to play the menacing opening of King of Fools. He and Martin could be seen through the screen in the blue stage light. Then suddenly an eerie face appeared in front of them, floating above the stage, projected on the gauze screen; Pete, wearing small round sunglasses singing King of Fools. Very spooky, very effective.


Sense in Sanity

Sense in Sanity. The gauze screen was retracted again. Pete came back, sitting on a director's chair on the walkway while Mike and Martin played the keyboards and beautiful light effects were made.






A rocking track, with an excellent massive lighting.
While Pete's clothing slowly changed from white to black the other band members changed their clothes from black to white, bit by bit and one by one. Probably as a symbol for the lost innocence of the main character compared to the outside world.


Unsolid Ground



Somewhere in Time

Another song with great lighting.


High Waters

At one point the symbol (IQ logo) which was used to mark Mockenrue's testing subjects appeared in huge form on the back screen.



The Narrow Margin

 'Clank-Tingy-Tingy-Clank-Tingy'. The Narrow Margin had begun. One of the highlights of the show, played perfectly and with amazing effects.


During the middle section ('Every one of us is herded and controlled ... ') the gauze screen came down and a tunnel-like pattern with sparkles of light around a big hole was projected on it. Pete stepped back on the elevated walkway, standing exactly behind the circle.


When he sang the words 'and the kerosene's ignited', projected flames shot up on the gauze screen. As a result Pete could be seen standing in a sea of fire.
The lights on the stage were turned of while the projected flames remained and the sound effect tape was started. The fire sequence, very eerie.

The band went into the up-tempo part (ELB) while the screen was rolled-up once again. Mike and John took center stage to 'do their thing'. At the end the screen came down again, Pete once again kneeled in the middle of the walkway. He was now fully dressed in black (In Paradiso he wore red - Ed.) while the rest of the band wore white. The bar pattern was projected behind him once again. He was back in his confinement. The iron gate closed and the lights went off. Darkness. Subterranea had ended.

(All photos Bart Jan van der Vorst) 


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