Belgium...on a shoestring
Monday, October 26, 2009
After a long absence from the blog, and witnessing one of the finer concerts we have seen, it seemed appropriate to make a return appearance to the www.
We have significantly reduced the frequency of live concerts in the last 2 years, but weren't going to miss Massive Attack when discovering in April they were going to play in the lotto arena in Antwerp in October. It was a wretched day on Saturday, and driving to Antwerp seemed such a task, and both of us were quite happy to sit in with a cup of warm fruity infusion and watch Midsomer murders, but eventually plucked our roots out of the sofa and drove through the rain to Sportpaleis/Lotto arena. We were also not looking forward to finding a parking place (the two big concert/sport arenas in antwerp are smack bang next to eachother) as Night of the Proms was also on Saturday (featuring Roxette!) but there was no way in hell that Tom was going to let me drag him there!
So we arrived in the Lotto arena, were guided to our chairs (in the middle area - normally designated standing room...) and enjoyed the supporting artist (probably the best supporting artist I have seen, behind Basement Jaxx) - Martina Totley - Bird. Then we were asked to stand (strangely after being designated seats etc.) and were just blown away by the army of Massive Attack. Whilst I was under the impression that it was just 2 guys mixing incredible, dark music, there was at least 10 different musicians, including:
of course Daddy G and 3D, but also,
Deborah Miller lending her vocals for Unfinished Sympathy and Safe from Harm
Horace Dean for my personal favourite Angel and a heap of others
Martina Totley-Bird for Teardrop and at least 3 others
I think Tom's happiest moment was when they finished with Karma Coma, but I can truly say that I was blown away by the ongoing enthusiasm. Perhaps this was drug induced, but I would like to remain naïve and think that it was just adrenaline!
Thanks the the awesome light show as well!
Ingrid and Tom
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