November 10, 2013
In the nineties the Polish neo-progressive rock band Collage recorded some amazing albums. Especially Moonshine (1994) became an international success. To me this album is a true masterpiece and
From the ashes of Collage other bands arose like Satellite, Believe, Mr. Gil, Peter Pan and Strawberry Fields. Sometimes these bands reached the same quality level as Collage. However, I always felt that they quit too soon and I wished that they would reunite one day. Well, this finally happened in 2013. The musicians started to rehearse for a comeback tour and began to write new material for an album to be released in May 2014. Fortunately they hadn't forgotten that they were the most successful in the Netherlands and therefore the band booked a one-off concert at venue De Bosuil in Weert, which is a perfect location for prog rock concerts. Everything at this venue is well-arranged and the audience can watch the bands at close range, which makes it easy to take as many pictures you want without someone asking you for a photo pass! I was very curious to find out how Collage's music currently sounds after an absence of nearly twenty years!
As in the old days the band started with Heroes Cry, the opening piece of Moonshine. This is a perfect song to start a concert with by its impressive keyboard intro that brought me immediately in the right mood. Most of the musicians on stage looked familiar,
After the strong opening Heroes Cry I hoped that they would continue playing the album Moonshine in its entirety. But that will always be a dream that, who knows, one day will come true. For now they continued with a number of songs from Safe and the band's debut Basnie (1990). As far as the lyrics are concerned the songs from Basnie were difficult to understand because they were sung in the Polish language. For that reason pieces like Ja I Ty, Kotysanka and Jeszcze Jeden Dzien
During the latter song, Mr. Gil could again show that he's an excellent guitar player. His guitar solo, for which he used a beer glass, was breathtaking and finished an excellent concert performed by a band that didn't belong to the prog rock scene way too long. Even without the 'hysterical' scenes in the past they can still present an amazing show! Hopefully they will return next year when the new album will be released. That would be great!
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Ja I Ty
One Of Their Kind
Jeszcze Jeden Dzien
War Is Over
Living In The Moonlight
Collage by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Collage:(left to right)
electric and acoustic guitars
Piotr 'Mintay' Witkowski:
bass and acoustic guitar
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