The church took the stage around 9:45, setting the mood of the show withPriest = Aura. The layers of sound created during this song are magical, building with each song until you feel your spirt merging with the sound. The band continued with a flawless performance. The sound was a bit loud at times, however, the vocals and guitar parts were clear. The blend of the three distinct styles and stage personalites of Peter,Steve, and Marty are unbelievable. I was impressed by the professional style of the show, they seem to have matured musically since i last saw them on the GAF tour. (same venue) The set list remains unchanged from earlier shows on this tour. The crowd numbered around 400 - 500 and seemed to be made up of devoted Church fans. I'm sure that none of them left disapointed. I was pleased that ALL the songs received as great a reception as did UTMW.
Personal favorites of the evening were Priest = Aura, Two Places at Once, Almost With You, Reptile (an absolute perfect version with great drumming and interaction between Peter and Marty) ,and Destination. It's great to goto a show that you know will leave a lasting memory. hopefully, we can all look forward to another tour, or an acoustic show for an experience that i know would be just as great.
I had no idea what a great guitarist Marty is (and a real unusual playing style......the way he bends down to the ground to play is unusual.) In contrast, Steve and Peter are rather sedate in terms of their stage presence. Tim Powles was a great drummer as well. I was also concerned that maybe they were one of those bands that sound better in the studio....but, they sounded great live....better than I expected. They did a great mix of songs (I only wish they would have done more of the trippy stuff from P=A, Sometime Anywhere and HOB. .i.e. Feel, Dead Man's Dream, Paradox, The Great Machine, etc.) Do you happen to have a set list from that nigh?. They played one song that I was unfamiliar with. I came close to nudging the guy beside me to ask, but I didn't want to be a pain in the ass.
The only disappointing part of the show was having to deal with this drunken sweaty rotund fool that was directly behind me and my brother during the latter part of the show. He kept screaming in this drunken wail, "Dude, I've waited 11 years to see this....wooooooo! Marty! Marty! Maaaarteeeee!" ....and just as he (Marty) starts into "Reptile", this large sweaty alcohol soaked cretin starts swinging a towel around his head and quickly looses his balance... falls backwards and tumbles down on a couple of innocent people. Luckily, no one was hurt. I'm not sure if anyone in the band saw it (this all happened rather close to the stage).
[Brian: I think Marty was pretty tired when these were taken :-) ]
#1 -Marty , Hal (left), Roger (right)
#2 -Marty and (me) Robert
#3 -Steve and Roger
#4 -Steve and Robert
#5 -Peter and Robert