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4 stars On the evening of this April 23rd, 2006 I was heading Limbourg (le trou du cul de la Belgique, difficult to translate), a Belgian village close to the German border to see this "Return To Childhood Tour". And the concert was an excellent performance of this great singer.

The big man was in good shape: joking with the audience, having obviously fun, generating fun (which is not easy). In one word: a very good concert. And when I watch this DVD, I just feel the same, but with some more tenderness since I can testify with my flesh and bones about this tour.

The first part can be considered as a very good Fish part. Some of his greatest songs are being played (but several major ones are not featured). I have to say (and the audience around me as well), that what motivated us for being there was the second part of the concert.

It is true to tell that the DVD doesn't include anything like special effects, superb light show, or great décor. Just a band playing good music and a front man being as charismatic as always and virtually at home in Amsterdam (but I have already mentioned that Fish IS at home in The Netherlands (just as "Genesis" was at home in Belgium in the very early seventies).

The first part of the concert features several highlights like "Goldfish & Clowns", "Raingods Dancing" or "Credo" but the real thing starts after the break. "Misplaced Childhood" in its entirety.A legendary album in front of my eyes.

Of course, this representation won't add anything new nor any better to the original work or concerts from the original period. BUT, this one was pure nostalgia (as the concert that I saw no later than yesterday with "Mick Pointer & Friends" performing "Script Of A Jester's Tear". Pure nostalgia and great moments of my (very long) musical life.

If ever you are looking for perfection and superb vocals, just past your way. This is a Fish performance recorded in 2006. As such, some imperfections are inevitable but the big man is always captivating, so "audience-friendly", such a great showman. Hat's off, Mister Fish. I will always respect you. And the beautiful work you have brought to us.

Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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