Steven Wilson played a string of sold out shows in our area (May 24 through May 31 2015) making stops in Newark NJ (NJPAC), Glenside PA (Keswick Theater), NYC (Best Buy Theatre) for 2 shows and in Wilmington DE (The Grand). These shows are part of his world tour to support his latest album ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ The tour will continue with shows throughout the USA and the world that will conclude in January of 2016.
‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ is the fourth studio album by Steven Wilson. In 2008, Steven Wilson released his first solo album ‘Insurgentes’. In 2011, he released ‘Grace for Drowning’ and in 2013, ‘The Raven That Refused to Sing’.
The live shows were very well received by enthusiastic audiences for all five concerts. Many concert goers attended all five shows mentioned at the top of this article. Most of the show drew from his latest album playing the whole album with the exception of two songs. A Steven Wilson show would not complete without a few Porcupine Tree songs. Steven Wilson is best known as the founder of the group. Depending on which show you attended, you got hear up to four Porcupine Tree songs which all in attendance loved. Apart from his solo work and his role as the frontman for Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson has many been involved with many projects that include No-Man, Blackfield, Bass Communion, Opeth and Storm Corrosion.
Described as “Modern, disturbing, brilliant” and “another masterpiece” Hand. Cannot. Erase. is a great album that keeps you hooked from the start to finish. Steven describes the album as being “less jazzy” then his previous album (The Raven). This is more of a concept album compared to the last one. The concept and idea for the album was inspired by the real life case of Joyce Carol Vincent, who lived in London and died in her apartment in 2003 and was not discovered until 2006. She had passed away due to natural causes and no one noticed the whole time. Wilson explains:
“The basic story, or concept of the record – it’s about a women growing up, who goes to live in the city, very isolated, and she disappears one day and no one notices. There’s a little more to it than that. Now, what’s really interesting about this story is that your initial reaction when you hear a story like that is, “Ah, A little old bag lady that no one notices, no one cares about,’ [Joyce Carol Vincent] wasn’t [like that]. She was young, she was popular, she was attractive, she had many friends, but for whatever reason, nobody missed her for three years.” Joyce was 38 years old.
The album is a nice blend of prog (slow and heavy), electronic and there are a few radio friendly songs as well. Fans of Steven Wilson should not miss out on this album. The live band is a little different from those on the album. Here is the line up for the US leg of the tour. Along with Steven Wilson (Guitars, keyboards, vocals) is Dave Kilminster (guitars). Dave Kilminster is probably best known as the lead guitarist for Roger Water’s ‘The Wall’ tour from 2010 to 2013. Also, Nick Beggs (Guitars and Bass), Craig Blundell (drums) and Adam Holzman (keyboards).
Here is a look at the setlist from the Keswick Theatre…
3 YEARS OLDER
HAND CANNOT ERASE
LAZURUS (Porcupine Tree Song)
ASCENDANT HERE ON
TEMPORAL (Bass Communion song)
SLEEP TOGETHER (Porcupine Tree song)
THE RAVEN THAT REFUSED TO SING
Note: HOW IS YOUR LIFE TODAY (Porcupine Tree song) and TRAINS (Porcupine Tree song) were played at a few select events on this tour. Pictures are from The Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA.