Frontman Robin Zander, dressed head to foot in what looked like a white air force uniform with the stars and stripes tucked into his side, looked and sounded like the epitome of an American rock star.
Another varied list from all parts of the world and tastes, this is why we do enjoy covering Rock and Metal ever year, so much great music and tons more that unfortunately did not make the cut.
What a difference a day makes. So sang Renee Olstead in the classic song from yesteryear. The day before the inaugural Ramblin Man Fair, the heavens opened and it looked like it could all be a washout. Then, it’s rumoured, Klaus Meine steps forward, has a word with the powers that be, pointing out that Scorpions “don’t do rain” and the day they headline is an absolute dream. Hot sunny weather, the middle of a beautiful country park in the heart of Kent (The Garden of England), real ale on draught (Iron Maiden’s Trooper Ale), a real ale tent and 3 stages containing the best that Classic Rock, Progressive Rock and Outlaw Country music have to offer.
Less than 6 months since Anathema last visited Dublin in support of their Distant Satellites album, the Liverpudlians are back. But tonight is no ordinary show. It is the final date of their “Resonance” Tour; an epic three-hour, three-part, career-spanning performance that has drawn Anathema fans old and new out of the woodwork, apparently. The queue outside the Academy before doors open at 7pm is a sight seldom seen. But with no support bands, everyone wants to be here in time to catch the opening act.
The band finished the performance with an energetic rendition of “Fragile Dreams” from “Alternative 4”. Whilst it would have been excellent to hear some of the material from “Judgement” or a “Fine Day to Exit”, it has to be accepted that the band are keen to move forward and it would be impossible now with such a rich catalogue to please all corners.
Anathema, Alcest and Mamiffer at Gramercy Theater, NYC on September 14th, 2013