June 22, 2018 - Parkvilla Theater, Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)
The British progressive rock band Galahad made their last appearance in the Netherlands three years ago at the Northern Prog Festival 2015 (see review). Now they returned to our country to promote their excellent brand new studio album. Seas Of Change (see review) got a well deserved maximum score of five stars. Of course
This leaves me to the part to tell you what the band did for the second time on the stage of Serious Music Alphen at the Parkvilla Theater. The songs they performed were divided on two different sets and a final encore. To my surprise not many changes had been made compared to the setlist they used for the NPF performance. Well not that I minded hearing them doing Guardian Angel, 21st C Painted Lady, Empires Never Last, Sleepers, Beyond The Barbed Wire, Room 801 and the encore Seize The Day once
He even climbed the stairs in between the audience to get even closer to them. Something which Nicholson also did from time to time. It surprised me several times that he still has a good voice and was capable to sing the difficult parts written many years ago when he was a lot younger. So bravo to Stuart. Also a show of hands for the other 'new' boy in the band. I am referring to Mr. Spencer. Who learned to play all the songs in a very short time and at the same time was jumping around on the stage. Making funny faces and laughing most of the time. You could tell that the new line up had fun performing the sometimes complex music of Galahad. They certainly enjoyed themselves just like the audience in front of them. An audience which seemed to be coming from not only the Netherlands but also from countries such as Germany, Belgium and even Ukraine.
All those people had a terrific time when the band was on stage performing their music in the best possible way. They enjoyed a band that clearly felt like it and set up a very tight show. My thanks goes once again out to the organisation for bringing this fantastic band once again to our country. Hopefully will they invite them to come over from the UK more often. That would certainly be awesome!
Henri Strik (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
Seas Of Change (Part 1)
21st C Painted Lady
Empires Never Last
Beyond The Barbed Wire
This Life Could Be My Last
Seas Of Change (Part 2)
Seize The Day
Galahad by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Galahad:(left to right)
keyboards and backing vocals
bass and backing vocals
electric guitar and backing vocals
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