Neal Morse: Testimony 2 in Budapest

On the 11th of June 2011 in Budapest I have seen the best progressive rock concert ever. I used to say that Neal Morse is the best progressive music composer in the world: but now I think he’s better.

The venue: Diesel club – in what seemed to be one of the suburbs of Budapest. It was a small place but the sound was good and there was no smoke inside. The place was not overcrowded but the public was from the quality area. J I do not think Neal was disappointed with us.

 

The show: This was the best show ever; the people in the Diesel club must have been the most inspired ones from Hungary. The band played for over three hours although this was the fifth gig in a row with no brake day. But none of the players looked tired to me. They had so much energy, so much precision and they displayed so high skills.

Neal Morse was of course the heart of the show. Fabulous keyboard playing and mind blowing guitar solos. I knew him master of the keys but man! I have never seen him play the guitar like this. He was a god – and if you think that’s heretic check out psalm 82. Neal had so many joyful moments on the stage: when he sang true joy could be read from his face. He put his heart in every line his singing was such a powerful testimony. But also when the others play he blended in so well and was really enjoying the music, the good prog. It was a thrill seeing him so passionate about music. Where do you get all that energy Neal?

 

Colin Leijenaar. His drumming was awesome: the powerful style, good rhythm and amazing skill. Seeing him play made me think that he really burns slow music.

Kristoffer Gildenlow was a great presence in this set. He completed the great rhythm section and I think he was exactly what a bass player should be: not very visible on the scene but essential to a good performance.

Paul Bielatowicz. His guitar was a thrill to listen. Great technical skills, good vibe on the rhythm section and much emotion on the slower parts and solos.

Nathan Brenton was a good partner for Paul, as can be seen in the photo. He also played the cello.

  

Ben Mathot. He seemed to be a very talented violin player and really got the attention of the crowd in some moments.

Jessica Koomen. She had a good contribution to the rhythm section (tambourine) and had a nice voice. Great to hear so fine voices on the acapella part.

Ola Heden. I did not see him very much as he was placed in the rear of the scene, but I think he was responsible for those lovely fusion sounds.

So, if you could have come to Neal’s concert and did not, then it was one of your biggest misses. A fabulous band led but the greatest composer out there. Symphonic sound, awesome virtuous music, great progressive composition. Thank you Neal and God bless! Although this has just ended I already want to see you again.

Here’s a video I took:

Rating: 10/10

Me & Neal Morse!

Neal Morse made my day!

I just got into Neal Morse` s latest album – LIFELINE. The special edition is really cool as is contains extra pages with photos and track commentary of the artist himself. If you did not get this by now, you should! Special edition prog albums are awesome!

Last year I (almost accidentaly) discovered that Neal Morse & familly will be having two concerts in Budapast, HU. So we went to hear them in February. You can read here about the 2 day. As I collect music cds, I took what I had and bought there what I was missing and took this photo after comming back home with all these autographed by Neal.

So, as you can see, my photo is right there in Neal`s album official artwork! Yeah, that`s my pic! It is so great that the artist used it for the extended artwork. Thanks Neal! I am really happy and honored that my cd collection is presented on your album! Can`t wait to see you again!

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My “Top 5” Albums for 2008!

As I did for 2007, keeping the tradition, here is my Top 5 for 2008:

1. Steven Wilson – Insurgentes

2. Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun [reissue, cd, dvd-a, bonus, super jewel case]

3. Neal Morse – Lifeline [lim. ed. on its way from AmazonUK… hopefully]

4. Karmakanic – Who’s the Boss in the Factory

5. Dream Theater – Chaos in Motion [2 dvd + 3 cd… and more]

Insu, Lightbulb photos by DavidG

Neal Morse in Budapest – 26 & 27 February 2008!

Cloudburst in Budapest (26 & 27 February 2008)

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I was really enthusiastic about Neal`s solo acoustic shows in Budapest. I knew that I will see the most gifted progressive rock music writer and I did not have any particular expectations. I just knew that is going to be something memorable. I also knew that Neal is going to do Sing it high (for being so catchy to the public) and We all need some light (for the obvious reason). But I wished to hear Wind at my back (one of my all time spocks favorites) and Heaven in my heart. My dream came true in a fabulous manner: Neal opened the first night (26 February) with Wind at my back and closed the last night (27 February) with Heaven in my heart (after me and colourofair shouted for it 🙂 ). In each of the two days we arrived first at the show venue, with 2 hours in advance – in a baptist church in the center of the city and in a youth club downtown Budapest). We spoke with Neal and he seems such a nice guy. After the show we took pictures and he signed our collection of Neal cd`s that we brought and bought there. Unfortunately there were no T- shirts. 😦 Below is a picture with signed cd`s, the tour`s poster, bookmarks and a tag.

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Here is the play-list for the first night show:

1. Wind at my back
2. Cloudburst
3. Psalm 23 [with family]
4. Glorious day [with family]
5. There is nothing God can`t change
6. Jailbreak
7. Cradle to the grave [with Will]
8. We all need some light
Neal`s Testimony
9. Sing it high
10. God won`t give up
11. Look what the Lord has done
12. Isaiah 60

Neal explained that he usually does not make a play-list but rather plays the song that he feels he should play (so I took notes as he was singing). He also had a really touching testimony about how he found God… and how God found him. The second night was also fantastic, Neal playing his guitar … On Sing it high with an extended guitar solo. The crowed was a bit more loud than at the church and we were all “clapping and singing along”.

The Hard Rock Magazine from Hungary states on its official homepage that for one day the city became the Center of the World: in the day when Neal played. You can see some pictures (and read an interview 😛 ) here.

You can also see some photos:

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Or two videos on you tube:

Cloudburst

We all need some light

Neal Morse New Album!

A great news! according to Neal`s official home page: Neal, Mike and Randy recently finished up prinicipal recording for Neal’s new prog album. They were joined by the original musicians from Testimony, and unnanounced special guests!

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After Sola Scriptura beeing the fastest selling Neal Morse album, I look forward of seeing this new prog masterpiece.

GOD Bless You, Neal!