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Topic: Van der Graaf Generator North America Tour Jun/Jul
Posted By: bucka001
Subject: Van der Graaf Generator North America Tour Jun/Jul
Date Posted: April 21 2009 at 15:33

They are doing dates after NearFest. So far, the confirmed concerts are in Virginia (Falls Church), Ohio (Cleveland), and Illinois (Chicago).

There are probably more but those are the ones I know about.
 
Strawbs (acoustic) will be opening.


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Posted By: RaphaelT
Date Posted: April 21 2009 at 16:07
A bit too far from me, but anyway, good luck
 
Hope to see them again in Europe someday


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Posted By: debrewguy
Date Posted: April 21 2009 at 17:27
VDGG AND the Acoustic Strawbs. Jeezus, these old guys are keeping busy. The Electric Strawbs just finished a tour. VDGG put together a new album last year.
Keep it up guys Clap


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Posted By: rpe9p
Date Posted: April 21 2009 at 18:53
Awesome!  Where did you see this, I didnt see anything about those 3 concerts on the band's website?


Posted By: crimhead
Date Posted: April 22 2009 at 13:13
I do hope that they add more dates. It would be nice to finally see VDGG.Maybe they can get Fripp to sit in with them.  LOL


Posted By: TheCaptain
Date Posted: April 22 2009 at 15:58
CLEVELAND!?!?!?!?! HUZZAH! I wasn't able to go to Nearfest and VDGG was the biggest band there that I wanted to see. 

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Posted By: Statutory-Mike
Date Posted: April 22 2009 at 18:08
please come to NY

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Posted By: bucka001
Date Posted: April 23 2009 at 12:42
Originally posted by MisterProg2112 MisterProg2112 wrote:

please come to NY
 
You're in luck. From PH's website:
 
"It now looks as though we'll be undertaking a serious (3 week or so) N. American stint in June/July after Nearfest. Things still await absolute and final confirmation (and relevant work visas, naturally), but it looks as though we'll be paying visits to the following places at least: NYC, Washington, Cleveland, Chicago, Buffalo, Annapolis, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal. I expect (I hope, for the sake of the budget!) that more will appear in due course. Sorry that I can't give fuller information at this point, but I'd better wait until everything is signed, sealed, delivered.... And sorry, but it does look as though this will be an East Coast tour only."
 
I have heard that Milwaukee has also been added, meaning that (with the inclusion of Chicago) this will also encompass the mid-west and not just the east coast. But he was probably pointing that out because it means they won't be doing the west coast (L.A., for example). Too bad because they would draw a lot better in San Fran, L.A., etc than they will in the mid-west...


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Posted By: Statutory-Mike
Date Posted: April 24 2009 at 07:57
YESSIR!

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Posted By: statetheatreVA
Date Posted: April 24 2009 at 15:40
Don't miss Van Der Graaf in Washington, DC at The State Theatre on June 24th! Check us out at http://www.thestatetheatre.com. See you at the show!

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Posted By: Jozef
Date Posted: April 25 2009 at 01:58
I'm still hoping for a Philadelphia area show. NEARfest sold out way too quickly. Cry

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Posted By: AtomicRooster
Date Posted: April 26 2009 at 23:37
Falls Church - cant wait!!!


Posted By: rpe9p
Date Posted: April 27 2009 at 01:16
Does anyone know if these venues are likely to sell out like nearfest?  Just wondering because im trying to convince a friend to go see it with me before ordering tickets.


Posted By: moreitsythanyou
Date Posted: April 27 2009 at 01:58
VdGG AND the Strawbs! in NYC?!?

This better happen I am so there.


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Posted By: musicfan123
Date Posted: April 29 2009 at 11:44
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- Hey! One of prog rock’s greatest bands--Van der Graaf Generator--are playing a show in New York City at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square on June 21!

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-   Tickets are available at nokiatheatrenyc.com, ticketmaster.com, charge by phone 800.745.3000 and at the box office.

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- THERE IS A PRESALE GOING ON NOW AND THE PASSWORD IS TRISECTOR.

See you there!!



Posted By: bucka001
Date Posted: April 29 2009 at 13:30
19 JUN 09 USA, Bethlehem, PA, NEARfest
21 JUN 09 USA, New York City, NY, Nokia Theatre
24 JUN 09 USA, Falls Church (Washington), VA, The State Theatre
25 JUN 09 USA, Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
26 JUN 09 USA, Chicago, IL, The Abbey Pub
27 JUN 09 USA, Milwaukee, WI, Shank Hall
29 JUN 09 USA, Buffalo, WI, The Tralf Music Hall
30 JUN 09 USA, Pittsburgh, PA, Rex Theatre
01 JUL 09 USA, Annapolis, MD, Rams Head Tavern
04 JUL 09 Canada, Toronto, Toronto Jazz Festival
08 JUL 09 Canada, Ottawa, Bluesfest
09 JUL 09 Canada, Montreal, Montreal Jazz Festival
10 JUL 09 Canada, Quebec City, Quebec City Summer Festival

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Posted By: bucka001
Date Posted: April 29 2009 at 13:31
19 JUN 09 USA, Bethlehem, PA, NEARfest
21 JUN 09 USA, New York City, NY, Nokia Theatre
24 JUN 09 USA, Falls Church (Washington), VA, The State Theatre
25 JUN 09 USA, Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
26 JUN 09 USA, Chicago, IL, The Abbey Pub
27 JUN 09 USA, Milwaukee, WI, Shank Hall
29 JUN 09 USA, Buffalo, WI, The Tralf Music Hall
30 JUN 09 USA, Pittsburgh, PA, Rex Theatre
01 JUL 09 USA, Annapolis, MD, Rams Head Tavern
04 JUL 09 Canada, Toronto, Toronto Jazz Festival
08 JUL 09 Canada, Ottawa, Bluesfest
09 JUL 09 Canada, Montreal, Montreal Jazz Festival
10 JUL 09 Canada, Quebec City, Quebec City Summer Festival

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Posted By: M@X
Date Posted: April 29 2009 at 15:38
Ooooooooooh yesss !

VDGG in Montreal and Quebec city !!

I'll try to see them both, thanks for the info guys !


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Posted By: King of Loss
Date Posted: April 29 2009 at 17:50
No Boston date :(

But I am seeing them at Nearfest!


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Posted By: threefates
Date Posted: May 01 2009 at 08:55

Good thing we're seeing them at Nearfest, because the NYC show... is during Nearfest.  Guess I won't be able to see that one.  Too bad, I'd like to see the Acoustic Strawbs.



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Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: May 01 2009 at 17:18
30 JUN 09 USA, Pittsburgh, PA, Rex Theatre

There's a reasonably good chance I'll be there.


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Posted By: progrockfan
Date Posted: May 04 2009 at 17:28
The show at nokia theatre in nyc is almost sold out.

I was thinking about getting a petition together to get them to tour all over. Who is with me??


Posted By: Tony R
Date Posted: May 04 2009 at 17:31
Progrockgurl is I'm sure. Ask her..Wink

Why would VDGG fans want to Spam a Prog Rock site?





Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: May 08 2009 at 10:58
Hello! I am pleased to inform you that Van der Graaf Generator with special guest Acoustic Strawbs will be performing June 25th, 2009 at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio. Please inform any members of your site about the event. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=1401934 - http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=1401934 . If you have any questions or concerns please email mailto:promotion@beachlandballroom.com - promotion@beachlandballroom.com . The Beachland Ballroom is online at http://www.beachlandballroom.com - http://www.beachlandballroom.com . Thank you for your time!
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Posted By: Debra59
Date Posted: May 12 2009 at 09:22
Is this show really good to attend? Are the bands still as good as ever? I was always a big fan of Strawbs. I honestly only ever heard Pawn Hearts. Am I missing out on some great music?


Posted By: bucka001
Date Posted: May 12 2009 at 10:00
Originally posted by Debra59 Debra59 wrote:

Is this show really good to attend? Are the bands still as good as ever? I was always a big fan of Strawbs. I honestly only ever heard Pawn Hearts. Am I missing out on some great music?
 
Only one way to find out...
 
Since you always liked Strawbs anyway, here's your chance to see them.
 
And you get to check out a true legend in VdGG as well. If you don't like them, you can leave after a few tunes (at least you'll have seen Strawbs). If you do like 'em... well, there you go.


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Posted By: avestin
Date Posted: May 13 2009 at 08:51
My wife and I will attend the NYC show, looking forward to it!




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Posted By: Run Home Slow
Date Posted: May 13 2009 at 20:14
just found that Van der Graaf Generator will be in Montreal... for the Jazz Festival July 9th... at The Place des Arts...  will be on the floor row P....  YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

http://www.pda.qc.ca/index.en.html

get your tickets soon!!


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Posted By: Run Home Slow
Date Posted: May 13 2009 at 20:16
Van der Graaf tour dates... Québec  not confirm yet...

http://www.vandergraafgenerator.co.uk/#gigs


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Posted By: manofmystery
Date Posted: May 14 2009 at 16:48
In June, at The Rex Theater in the South Side of Pittsburgh, an epic concert will take place
Details:
 Van Der Graaf Generator 
Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Time: 8:00 PM
Ages: Over 21
Tickets: $30.00/$35.00
Opener: THE STRAWBS
 
All I can say is: YES YES YES WOOOO YES
thank you


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Posted By: vdgg4life
Date Posted: May 22 2009 at 15:14
I think they are adding a boston date on june 23. I'm about 75 percent sure


Posted By: mwood
Date Posted: May 22 2009 at 16:15
Boston date!?  Oh please oh please oh please oh please!

Thumbs Up


Posted By: mwood
Date Posted: May 25 2009 at 13:28
Originally posted by vdgg4life vdgg4life wrote:

I think they are adding a boston date on june 23. I'm about 75 percent sure


According to the Strawbs' web site (http://strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0906mp2.htm) they are playing an acoustic gig at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on that date.  This show is also listed on Strawbs' bassist Chas Cronk's myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/chascronkmusic), but it does not yet appear on the Regent's web site, so I guess tickets have not gone on sale yet.  I saw the Strawbs for the first time at this same venue in June 2007 in their full "electric" line-up - that was a great one.  Nice place for a show, too.

Hopefully VdGG gets added to this show!



Posted By: bucka001
Date Posted: May 26 2009 at 14:20
Originally posted by mwood mwood wrote:

Originally posted by vdgg4life vdgg4life wrote:

I think they are adding a boston date on june 23. I'm about 75 percent sure


According to the Strawbs' web site (http://strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_0906mp2.htm) they are playing an acoustic gig at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on that date. 

Hopefully VdGG gets added to this show!

 
From what I understand, it is a VdGG/Strawbs show and it sounds like it's been confirmed.


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Posted By: bucka001
Date Posted: May 26 2009 at 16:30
Originally posted by mwood mwood wrote:

[QUOTE=vdgg4life]I saw the Strawbs for the first time at this same venue in June 2007 in their full "electric" line-up - that was a great one.  Nice place for a show, too.
 
Out of curiosity, how well did the Strawbs draw at the theater? Did they sell it out? (I think it seats 500)


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Posted By: mwood
Date Posted: May 26 2009 at 22:53
Originally posted by bucka001 bucka001 wrote:

Out of curiosity, how well did the Strawbs draw at the theater? Did they sell it out? (I think it seats 500)

Unfortunately, they did not sell out.  I can't really recall how many empty seats there were - I'd guess it was at least 75% full?  I was surprised at the number of people who turned out for the opening act Orpheus Reborn...


Posted By: mwood
Date Posted: May 27 2009 at 23:01
Yes!  It looks like the show on 6/23 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts will be a Van der Graaf Generator / Acoustic Strawbs show!  I just ordered my ticket at:

http://regenttheatre.com/events/Van_der_Graaf.htm

Woo-hoo!


Posted By: mourningknight
Date Posted: May 28 2009 at 00:43
Nokia Theater in NYC on June 21st. I am there!!!!

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Posted By: Neu!mann
Date Posted: May 28 2009 at 07:02
The web site for the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, NY (where VDGG is performing Monday, June 29) has a photo of the band, showing them as a quintet...did Hammill, Banton and Evans hire a couple of other players to fill out their line-up on tour? If so, does anyone know who they are and what instruments they're adding..?
 
could be a busy month for discriminating music lovers in the Buffalo area, by the way, with VDGG, Tony Levin's Stick Man group, Tortoise, Medeski Martin and Wood, Todd Rundgren, and Zappa-plays-Zappa all performing within a few weeks of each other.
 
Peter Hammill and company, however...top of the list. I've only Seen PH play solo, several times in San Francisco back in the PH7 / Black Box days.


Posted By: RaphaelT
Date Posted: May 28 2009 at 15:38
well, if they indeed play as a quintet now, it is about time - Jaxon was clearly missing, and they were doing an enormous effort in order to deliver the music as a trio - but still Jaxon was missing
 
The followers of power trio please shoot now Smile


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Posted By: Vibrationbaby
Date Posted: May 29 2009 at 09:47
What I want to know is what the freak is VDGG doing playing at the Montréal Communist Jazz Festival?? I`m a couple of blocks away in my office. I guess I`ll break down and buy a couple of CHEAPER tickets if there are any left later today. I`m not too excited about this but at  $ 26.50 I guess I`ll bite the bullet. 

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Posted By: Debra59
Date Posted: May 29 2009 at 10:01
The tix are $30.00 plus fees for the Cleveland show. that is pricey!


Posted By: bucka001
Date Posted: May 29 2009 at 11:04
To answer an earlier question, VdGG will appear as a trio w/Hammill, Banton, and Evans. No auxiliary players. If you haven't seen the trio live, trust me... you won't be disappointed. Very powerful, chaotic stuff. Hang onto your hats, they rock the roof off.
 
The price... look at it this way: you'll probably never see VdGG again in the States (before this tour, they only ever did *one* concert and that was in NYC back in 1976). Absolutely worth every penny.


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Posted By: Vibrationbaby
Date Posted: June 01 2009 at 10:06
I went to the PdA box office on the weekend and from the look of it this thing might be cancelled. I`ll hold off for a while. Funny, I can`t recall ever personally meeting anyone who has even heard of these guys.

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Posted By: rpe9p
Date Posted: June 01 2009 at 15:33
Originally posted by bucka001 bucka001 wrote:

To answer an earlier question, VdGG will appear as a trio w/Hammill, Banton, and Evans. No auxiliary players. If you haven't seen the trio live, trust me... you won't be disappointed. Very powerful, chaotic stuff. Hang onto your hats, they rock the roof off.
 
The price... look at it this way: you'll probably never see VdGG again in the States (before this tour, they only ever did *one* concert and that was in NYC back in 1976). Absolutely worth every penny.
 
I expect to enjoy the trio, but my only concern is that they might play only new stuff and not any of their classic songs.  I would enjoy the show either way, but id like it a lot more if I got to hear some of my favorites from their classic era.  Do you know that they wont have other players for any songs, or did you just mean that the primary lineup is the trio?


Posted By: bucka001
Date Posted: June 01 2009 at 16:06
I know for a fact it'll be just the three of them (Banton is amazing; when you see his hands on the keys, feet dancing on the pedals, and hear the insane wall of sound he generates, you'll think you're seeing the most talented organist on the planet). I saw them in '07 in Belgium and Holland (the Paradiso concert soon to be released on DVD).
 
I also wouldn't worry about them not playing any classics. They play a great selection of old and new. The last four VdGG gigs (from about five months ago) went  like this:

Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hungary on 21st January 2009

Interference Patterns
(In the) Black Room
Lemmings
Lifetime
All that Before
Childlike Faith in Childhood's End
The Sleepwalkers
Over the Hill
Man Erg
(encore) Nutter Alert

Palác Acropolis, Prague, Czech Republic on 22nd January 2009

Interference Patterns
Scorched Earth
Lifetime
All that Before
Meurglys III
La Rossa
Over the Hill
(We Are) Not Here
Man Erg
(encore) Still Life


Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany on 23rd January 2009

Interference Patterns
Scorched Earth
Lemmings
Lifetime
All that Before
Meurglys III
La Rossa
Over the Hill
(We Are) Not Here
Man Erg
(encore) Nutter Alert

Teatro Cervantes, Malaga, Spain on 26th January 2009

Interference Patterns
(In the) Black Room
Scorched Earth
Lemmings
Lifetime
All that Before
Meurglys III
Over the Hill
(We Are) Not Here
Man Erg
(encore) La Rossa
 
Not too bad, eh?!
 
Jim Christopulos
co-author, "Van der Graaf Generator - The Book"


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Posted By: rpe9p
Date Posted: June 02 2009 at 09:49
Those set lists look awesome!  Thats exactly what I was hoping for in the set list, but I hope those songs will still be as good without jackson


Posted By: count van der graaf
Date Posted: June 02 2009 at 17:08
plus 6/23 in arlington, ma and 7/5 in hamilton, ontario.  canadas a bit far, but im totally going to the arlington show!


Posted By: mwood
Date Posted: June 02 2009 at 22:55
Originally posted by count van der graaf count van der graaf wrote:

plus 6/23 in arlington, ma and 7/5 in hamilton, ontario.  canadas a bit far, but im totally going to the arlington show!

Same here.  There is a chance I'll be in Buffalo on business at the time of the show at the Tralf as well...fingers crossed!


Posted By: mwood
Date Posted: June 11 2009 at 20:11
Originally posted by mwood mwood wrote:

Originally posted by count van der graaf count van der graaf wrote:

plus 6/23 in arlington, ma and 7/5 in hamilton, ontario.  canadas a bit far, but im totally going to the arlington show!

Same here.  There is a chance I'll be in Buffalo on business at the time of the show at the Tralf as well...fingers crossed!

Well, my trip to Buffalo fell through, but instead I'll be in Chicago for the show at the Abbey Pub.
Excited to be catching two shows on this tour!


Posted By: avestin
Date Posted: June 21 2009 at 13:30
Anyone going to the NYC show today?

My wife and I will be there.

For those interested, the setlist for the Nearfest show was:
Interference Patterns
Scorched Earth
Lemmings
Lifetime
All That Before
Meurglys III
Sleepwalkers
Over The Hill
Man-Erg

Encore:
Still Life

And someone at Progressive Ears posted pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gotroot801/3642452817/in/set-72157619888217233/ - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gotroot801/3642452817/in/set-72157619888217233/



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Posted By: rpe9p
Date Posted: June 21 2009 at 19:00
Originally posted by avestin avestin wrote:

Anyone going to the NYC show today?

My wife and I will be there.

For those interested, the setlist for the Nearfest show was:
Interference Patterns
Scorched Earth
Lemmings
Lifetime
All That Before
Meurglys III
Sleepwalkers
Over The Hill
Man-Erg

Encore:
Still Life

And someone at Progressive Ears posted pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gotroot801/3642452817/in/set-72157619888217233/ - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gotroot801/3642452817/in/set-72157619888217233/



Thanks for posting!
I'm going to the show in VA on wednesday


Posted By: avestin
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 09:42
NYC setlist:

1. Interference Patterns
2. Scorched Earth (great song, and nice performance, but there were some shaky moments there for me)
3. Every Bloody Emperor (good and solid performance)
4. Lemmings (seems they got into the mood better by now)
5. Lifetime
6. All That Before (Really like this performance, awesome playing, very exciting)
7. Childlike Faith in Childhood's End (great performance)
8. Over the Hill
9. Man-Erg (brilliant performance).

encore:
10. Sleepwalkers
(brilliant performance, and Hammill was not playing during most of it and the walls of sounds from Evans and Banton playing together were exhilarating)

I wish they played Killer and my wife wanted
House With No Door but it was a great show nonetheless (especially considering I hate live shows).




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Posted By: mwood
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 10:17
Thanks for posting the set lists! I'll try to do the same for the Boston performance Tuesday night.
Nice to see that they are mixing it up a bit so far.   Approve

Are they selling anything - maybe PH's latest solo, t-shirts, etc.?
Any sort of meet-n-greet after the NYC show?
How were the Strawbs?



Posted By: threefates
Date Posted: June 23 2009 at 06:33
I saw the Nearfest show Friday night.  Personally I'm not much of a VDGG fan.  Basically I can only take so much of Mr. Hammill's voice, but the show was a good performance.  There was clearly some areas they needed more rehearsal on. Hopefully, they'll work those out as they play more shows.
 
A couple of photos I took:
 
 
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/Pebble/Misc/Nearfest/2009/Friday/VDGG/IMG_5967.jpg - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/Pebble/Misc/Nearfest/2009/Friday/VDGG/IMG_5967.jpg
 
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/Pebble/Misc/Nearfest/2009/Friday/VDGG/IMG_5987.jpg - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/Pebble/Misc/Nearfest/2009/Friday/VDGG/IMG_5987.jpg
 
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/Pebble/Misc/Nearfest/2009/Friday/VDGG/IMG_5980.jpg - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/Pebble/Misc/Nearfest/2009/Friday/VDGG/IMG_5980.jpg
 
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/Pebble/Misc/Nearfest/2009/Friday/VDGG/IMG_6030.jpg - http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v20/Pebble/Misc/Nearfest/2009/Friday/VDGG/IMG_6030.jpg
 
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Posted By: rpe9p
Date Posted: June 25 2009 at 11:11
The VA show was outstanding, both Vdgg and the Strawbs were really great to see and they played with a lot of intensity.  I can't post the setlist because I dont remember and they played two of hammill solo songs which I didn't know.  My favorites were la rossa and man-erg


Posted By: Vibrationbaby
Date Posted: June 29 2009 at 12:26
These guys aren`t selling too many tickets for the Montréal show. The girl said tons left. I`ll wait. 

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Posted By: mwood
Date Posted: June 29 2009 at 12:47
I had tried to post these setlists before, but it looks like they never showed up:

Arlington, MA 6/23:
Acoustic Strawbs:
Lay Me Down
New World
Oh How She Changed
Midnight Sun
Ghosts
The Hangman and the Papist
Autumn

Van der Graaf Generator:
Interference Patterns
(In the) Black Room
Lemmings
Lifetime
All that Before
Meurglys III
Over the Hill
(We are) Not Here
Man-Erg
Nutter Alert (encore)
Chicago, IL 6/26:
Acoustic Strawbs:
Lay Me Down
New World
Oh How She Changed
The Call to Action
Midnight Sun
Ghosts
The Hangman and the Papist
Autumn

Van der Graaf Generator:
Interference Patterns
Scorched Earth
Lemmings
Lifetime
All that Before
Meurglys III
Over the Hill
(We are) Not Here
Man-Erg
La Rossa (encore)
While the setlists didn't differ that much, I preferred the Chicago show.  The crowd was a little more into it, and the bands seem to appreciate that.  Hearing the additional Strawbs song ("The Call to Action") prompted me to buy "The Broken-Hearted Bride" CD.  Before the last song in Chicago, I had just about given up hearing anything from VdGG's "Still Life" (my personal favorite), so I was very glad to hear "La Rossa" as the encore - great stuff.  With the exception of Dave Lambert of the Strawbs, all of the musicians came out and signed autographs and chatted with fans.

The Strawbs are planning to be back in the states soon with the full band (including Oliver Wakeman and Rob Coombes), according to Dave Cousins. 

Let's hope that this wasn't the (first and) last proper tour of VdGG in the USA.



Posted By: Ole Troll
Date Posted: July 01 2009 at 18:51
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Saw Cleveland 6/25 and Pittsburgh 6/30.  Set lists VERY similar to those posted here previously.  The odd-man-erg-out selection apparently was the Cleveland inclusion of the _Still Life_ classic epic
"Childlike Faith in Childhood's End" which they NAILED to everyone's eardrums (and delight I might add.)
 
They were tighter in Cleveland (AMAZINGLY so for 60-year-olds.)  It was a grueling travel/long weekend for them and by Pittsburgh, Tuesday 30th, Peter Hammill just looked plain worn out.  His performance suffered a tad but I was still ecstatic with it, and the Steel City crowd was MUCH the more boisterous.  I'd estimate crowds of under 300 both venues, and BOTH were appreciative groups... Clevelanders just pride themselves on remaining laid-back.
 
"Vital" NOTE TO OUR CANADIEN COUSINS ON THE FENCE ABOUT FORKING OVER THE PRICE::::::::::::
 
When my wife and I left Rex Theatre Pittsburgh to head to our car, we found ourselves walking along beside another couple who had just had the VdGG experience too.  This is EXACTLY what the guy said:
"I have a couple of Peter Hammill solo albums but I never really heard the group stuff.  Their drummer's incredible!  He's better than Bruford, Palmer or anybody else I know!"
 
What more do you want?  This is the chance of a North American "Lifetime."  (My wife's favorite by VdGG)


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Posted By: manofmystery
Date Posted: July 01 2009 at 23:20
Originally posted by Ole Troll Ole Troll wrote:

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Saw Cleveland 6/25 and Pittsburgh 6/30.  Set lists VERY similar to those posted here previously.  The odd-man-erg-out selection apparently was the Cleveland inclusion of the _Still Life_ classic epic
"Childlike Faith in Childhood's End" which they NAILED to everyone's eardrums (and delight I might add.)
 
They were tighter in Cleveland (AMAZINGLY so for 60-year-olds.)  It was a grueling travel/long weekend for them and by Pittsburgh, Tuesday 30th, Peter Hammill just looked plain worn out.  His performance suffered a tad but I was still ecstatic with it, and the Steel City crowd was MUCH the more boisterous.  I'd estimate crowds of under 300 both venues, and BOTH were appreciative groups... Clevelanders just pride themselves on remaining laid-back.
 
"Vital" NOTE TO OUR CANADIEN COUSINS ON THE FENCE ABOUT FORKING OVER THE PRICE::::::::::::
 
When my wife and I left Rex Theatre Pittsburgh to head to our car, we found ourselves walking along beside another couple who had just had the VdGG experience too.  This is EXACTLY what the guy said:
"I have a couple of Peter Hammill solo albums but I never really heard the group stuff.  Their drummer's incredible!  He's better than Bruford, Palmer or anybody else I know!"
 
What more do you want?  This is the chance of a North American "Lifetime."  (My wife's favorite by VdGG)
 
Also attended the Pittsburgh show last night.  Went for the Strawbs stayed for the VDGG and was amazed by the entire show.  Despite only having 45 min to work with the Strawbs did not disappoint as every song performed managed to send a satisfying chill down my spine.  Between sets I was able to meet Dave Cousins, thank him for coming to Pittsburgh, and get him to sign my cd insert for From the Witchwood (had I known the venue better I'd have brought my vinyls).  The Rex has a bar area and the boys from the Strawbs were nice enough to socialize there after their set.  The Rex is a great small venue (and I think we all know small venues are better if you care about hearing the music).
 
Now as fantastic it was for me to hear the Strawbs live I must say: I was utterly blown away by VDGG.  All notes rapidly pounded into place with technical precision to frightening effect.  It amazes me how close the live band sounds to the studio product, especially considering its been over 30 years since their major albums were released.  The three have a great stage dynamic with the thin Hammill's little facial expressions and baggy clothing, Banton's complete instrumental focus, and Evans just being one scary looking dude.  Again, I must say how amazing it is for a band to sound this close live to the studio product and how truely insane this is when you consider how long its been since their major studio albums were released.


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Posted By: BaldFriede
Date Posted: July 02 2009 at 05:03
Originally posted by manofmystery manofmystery wrote:

The three have a great stage dynamic with the thin Hammill's little facial expressions and baggy clothing, Banton's complete instrumental focus, and Evans just being one scary looking dude.

Evans is indeed the guy you'd run away from if you came across him in an empty park at night. LOL


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