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    Posted: November 21 2012 at 16:55
Hey everyone!

OK, the Goblin concert last night was terrific!! A good mix of tracks from several of their horror soundtracks, and (hooray!) three tracks from one of my faves `Roller'!

First of all, the support acts were both very memorable. I've seen Australian prog band `The Night Terrors' before when they played with Hawkwind, and essentially their music is thick and brooding instrumental prog mostly based around keyboards/organ and plodding drumwork with knockout Moog solos and heaps of eerie Theremin, which I swear was almost singing.



Next up was a (I think) 8 or 9 piece project called `Thematica', who played interpretations of horror and sci-fi movie themes in an instrumental progressive rock style, with dialogue from the films playing in between the tracks. To be honest, it was a hugely fascinating experiment that seemed to sometimes fall apart, there seemed to be constant confusion between the different band members as to what was going on. However, when it frequently worked it was very effective. The clubby takes of Blade Runner and even The Running Man themes were very well done. I'd love to see a set-list of all the themes they played, as some were very familar but I couldn't quite put my finger on them.

Special mention has to go to their percussionist/drummer, who was a swarm of frantic energy, frequently resembling Animal from the Muppets!! He even launched into an endless manic drum solo, leading to the organ player to give him a `just wrap it up' hand gesture!

It reminded me so much of the movie `School of Rock' where Jack Black is always taking all the limelight and launching into endless guitar solos with his band, much to the annoyance of his other band members - leading to him getting fired! Hopefully `Animal' gets to stay, because he was a high-point of the performance.

Anyway, the project shows a lot of potential, hopefully a few of the kinks gets ironed out and we get to see them again.



Onto the mighty Italian legends Goblin!

I had no idea Massimo Morante was actually such a good player!! He just tore through the set, had so much youthful energy and honestly was like a piercing David Gilmour!

Keyboard player Maurizio Guarini was very subdued and restrained, just letting his tasteful playing speak for him. Total class.

Claudio Simonetti was endlessly smiling and having a great time, bouncing around and dancing! His keyboards were just as good as Maurizio's, and he also utilised the enormous pipe organ in the venue, which he said was the first time in their career that they'd ever used such an instrument to perform some of their tracks.

Drummer Titta Tani and Bruno Previtalli were also excellent, bringing a youthful energy to the band and real professionalism.

The tracks they played showed how versatile they are, as they jumped from eerie mysterious ambient pieces, bouncing synth pop and hard rock workouts.

The band themselves seemed to be having a great time, joking and laughing the whole time, constantly taking photos of themselves and the crowd. Very different personas from the heavy-going and dark music they constantly play!

I have a few fairly lousy photos, but I'm sure there will much better pics than mine over the next day start showing up online.











and someone just put up this one on a Facebook page this morning, which is far better than any of the ones I took!

It also gives you a good idea of the pipe organ that Claudio played on:



I'll update and supply a setlist when it shows up online over the next day or so.

Thanks so much to the Goblin band, who were kind enough to autograph my Goblin DVD and my treasured pre-Goblin RPI album `Cherry Five'. I'll treasure them forever, and it topped off one of the best nights I've had in a long time.

I'll mention the great company I shared that night, my best mate Harry (Archives member Stratcat), Cam (Archives member Dunwich, from the wonderful Aussie instrumental prog band Montressor!), who for such a young guy has soaked up ENDLESS prog bands and knowledge, very inspring, and is such a genuinly nice guy too!

Also the two Gentle Giant fans Harry and I chatted to for ages after the show, your names elude me right now (Hey, I've had about three hours sleep!), but I hope you guys email as you promised!

Hope to see Goblin again!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dunwich Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2012 at 19:00
Damn i totally should've hung around to meet them!! Alas, sleep was required. Glad to hear you got Cherry Five signed! And again, nice to meet you.
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Yeah, too, mate, pleasure was all mine!

Didn't get to meet the band, but about ten minutes after you left some nice girl came over and mentioned that she'll collect some stuff up and take them to get signed, then she returned about 10 minutes later.

I've got the day off work today, but I'm in an absolute daze now! Need sleep NOW! Hope your day goes quick then!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stratcat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2012 at 21:24
What a sensational gig.
So glad I was lucky enough to go and can't believe how close to them we were.
All the Goblin members seemed to really be enjoying the show, which made it even more special.

In retrospect I would have brought a proper camera with me and my copy of Roller to get signed. But I guess that was the nature of this concert. Totally unexpected and awesome at the same time.

Met some awesome prog fans. Aussie-Byrd-Brother and Dunwich from the archives and Robert and George that we talked to afterwards.

Can't wait for you gig Cam. Should be a blast:)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AEProgman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 22 2012 at 10:46

Pipe organ!!!!  Way cool, I bet it filled the air with sound that rocked your chest.  Sounds like a memory that will last...

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That's right, AEP! I've just found some Youtube clips that people filmed with their phones, of varying quality of course, but it gives you an idea of the pipe organ Claudio played on:

The mighty track `Roller'
Roller - Live Melbourne 21-11-2012

Plus `Suspiria':
Suspiria - Melbourne 21-11-2012

Goblin goes dark synth pop for `Tenebre'!
Tenebre - Melbourne 21-11-2012

Brief section of `Profondo Rosso', nice and booming!!
Profondo Rosso - Melbourne 21-11-2012

Oh, and here's a nice 2 minute clip of the support band The Night Terrors, you'll see how perfectly they complimented Goblin!

The Night Terrors - Melbourne 21-11-2012

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Post Options Post Options   Quote AtomicCrimsonRush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 23 2012 at 17:50
Wow, Michael that sounds like a terrific night of prog! Better than yes as you actually got to get stuff signed!  Great gig review! I am watching al lthe clips on youtube and annoyed i missed this


did the ushers give you a hard time filming it? Hope not....


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Post Options Post Options   Quote AtomicCrimsonRush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 23 2012 at 18:08
Thematica sound good here but keep making feedback noises. Oh well they can improve and it sounds good enough


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foeVG8KfDlo&feature=channel&list=UL

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Galactic Melt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 23 2012 at 21:43
Aussie thanks for the great review and photos. Cool
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No worries, Galactic Melt, I just wish my personal photos had turned out a little better! There's some better more professional ones starting to slowly show up on the net, so I may compile them and post some more soon.

Scott, I didn't think you went, because I assumed I might have heard something from you if you were making the trip! This time I COULD have helped more with travel arrangements because I had the day of the concert off work!

Those video clips weren't personally mine, I just tried a search on Youtube and came across them, there might be even more now! Whoever took them did well, obviously the same `Yes Nazis' weren't working at the Gobln concert that night as we had!!

Thematica had a number of problems, but I think there's a really interesting idea they've got going, and I'm sure just a bit of `tightening up' and cohesion will make them sound even better!

I totally forgot to mention, one of the highlights of ther set - other than their drummer "Animal"! - was their messed up (and wonderfully messy!) take on the Star Wars `Cantina' song from Jabba's palace!! Everyone was in such disbelief, it was so much fun! Really heavy and sloppy with wailing sax!! Can't believe I didn't mention it in the initial review!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AtomicCrimsonRush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 24 2012 at 04:22
^^^ No, I couldnt go to the Goblin concert but nice to watch it on youtube in parts. Scary take on Suspiria really!
Wish I could hear Thematica do Cantina theme

All the best
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What a great and memorable night!Beer

I never managed to see Goblin perfoming live. You did it from the other side of the planet!!

What kind of italian man do I am?Embarrassed
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stratcat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 24 2012 at 19:34
That is an awesome medley hellogoodbye.
Loved seeing them young and seeing Massimo Morante using the double neck guitar was most amusing hehe.

AtomicCrimsonRush, you didn't really miss out too much on hearing the cantina theme lol.
I much more enjoyed their rendition of the piece from Clockwork Orange and the Blade Runner one.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aussie-Byrd-Brother Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 24 2012 at 19:59
And now finally, courtesy of the (ahem!) `Blood-Thirsty Pit Wh*re' blog, the setlist! Thanks BTPW!

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Cheers for the setlist! Now I know what other albums I need to grab.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AtomicCrimsonRush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 24 2012 at 22:45
^^^^ Great setlist Michael!


I will hunt those songs down soon.


Anyone have Thematica's setlist? They sound like a fun group.
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