the so surprising as well as sensational world tour in 2005 I guess
many of us thought that was the very last goodbye and it is definitely
over with DEAD CAN DANCE as all hints and rumors towards
a collaboration between Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry got vehemently
denied. And suddenly, likewise surprising another world tour in
2002/2013 hung in the air, followed by rumor of a new DEAD CAN
DANCE album. That all sounded too good to be true. But…
we got disabused ;) With the releases of the Live Happenings
Part I – V, tour details got revealed and as everybody
know, the brand new DEAD CAN DANCE album Anastasis
got released on August 9. And here we go ;) Of course it was downright
a battle to secure the tickets as the •
Philharmonic • was sold out in a twinkling
of an eye, but, anyway, we made :)
course, expectations were rising high. I mean we had half of the
year time to look forward and to add fuel to our anticipation. Much
more when the album was released.
Our journey to Cologne was surprisingly easy and relaxed and the
building-site-crush in Cologne’s city handled quickly. Muenster-based
fans came as a huge contingent and on time, while me I and myself
quickly sneaked in to get my longed-for photo pass ;) A short phase
of orientation and a pretzel before to be ready when the gong rang
out to get the audience in.
evening got surprisingly opened by :: DAVID
KUCKHERMANN :: I at least did not see any announcement
so far. DAVID KUCKHERMANN is a renowned world percussionist
and already left his mark on the brand new Dead Can Dance album.
I first supposed that he could be a follower of Brendan Perry’s
drum and percussion school but I did not found any info about that.
During his brief 30 minutes performance he focused on playing Hangs
or Handpans, Swiss instruments that are some sort of steeldrums,
which, as he said, look like ufo’s ;) I remember that I already
got enchanted by those “pots” by buskers in Barcelona
in 2009. DAVID KUCKHERMANN got accompanied by Russian multi-instrumentalist
Vladiswar Nadishana, who played something like a Jew’s harp
and flutes and made some onomatopoeic sounds. Not really my cup
of tea but surely much impressing.
was of course no doubt for whom fans took this journey. In no time
also the last seat got occupied. When ::
CAN DANCE :: entered the stage frenetic applause
surging up. As expected DEAD CAN DANCE focused on the new
album Anastasis, in fact they played it in its entirety.
The new album is much multi-colored regarding styles and influences.
There are Eastern, Persian, and Arabic influences to find, perfectly
accompanied by the warm colors of the lightshow. In between live
tracks that never appeared on a regular record were embedded, plus
a cover version (Tim Buckley) and a track from a Hans Zimmer score
with Lisa. There was only one really old song with The Host Of
Seraphim. A little pity as most of the solemn and sacral moments
were missing. The entire set was much electronic and a bit too loud,
yet not unpleasing. That is of course, quibbling on a very high
level. Lisa Gerrard once again stood on stage like a goddess, an
empress, so unreal and not from this world, dressed in a formal
gown, and of an incredible grandness and dignity. And she is still
such a beauty. Brendan Perry is the much more lively part and enchants
with his sonorous voice. Hardly to say what I love more ;)
I pretty much liked the backing vocals of keyboard player Astrid
Williamson, especially in duet with Lisa. Really amazing. Also joining
on stage was Jules Maxwell on keyboards and vocals, already seen
percussionist David Kuckhermann, and Dan Gresson on drums.
Everybody was listening deeply touched, with shivers up and down
the spine and gooseflesh all over, taken on a mesmerizing journey
through hauntingly beautiful dreamscapes. A unique transcending
aural and spiritual experience. Only thinking of this wonderful
event brings back all these feelings again. A 2 hrs set, three encores
and though it was once again way too short. A DEAD CAN DANCE
concert is an experience you will never forget anymore. And I feel
truly blessed that I am able to experience such memorable event
for the second time. I have no idea if they will ever tour again.
I mean, both protagonists are already beyond 50 now and such world
tours are logistic mammoth projects. And though, there is still
one wish left… to see DEAD CAN DANCE performing live
with a full orchestra. That would be the non plus ultra!
Setlist: Children Of The Sun, Anabasis, Rakim, Kiko, Lamma
Bada, Agape, Amnesia, Sanvean, Nierika, Opium, The Host Of Seraphim,
Ime Prezakias, Now We Are Free, All In Good Time // The Ubiquitous
Mr. Lovegrove, Dreams Made Flesh // Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley
cover), Return Of The She-King // Rising Of The Moon