Mar 8 2008, 9h27
Well, with very little of musical interest taking place in Geneva, this small promotional tour with acoustic concerts provided me with the opportunity to see some live music.
Its quite some time since I saw Mr Matos on stage – in fact it was back at the Festival de la Rotonde with Shaaman in 2003 and although I was somewhat disappointed with the musical output of Shaaman, I had read very encouraging reports of Andre’s new album Time To Be Free and I was very much looking forward to the show.
Given that Andre was due to perform at Clermond Ferrand earlier the same evening the concert was timed to take place sometime after 9PM. Having not driven to Lyon from Geneva before, I was unsure as to how long it would take, but despite having left work late, I still made good progress and the GPS in the car took me expertly to the right part of town.
I had plenty of time to relax before the show as Andre and his guitarist didn’t arrive until around 22:00 and took to the stage around 30 mins later. The stage was quite compact and was situated in the far right hand corner of the bar (as you enter through the main door). There were two high stools which meant that the artists could be seen from most parts of the club, though it was rather difficult to take decent photos, given the number of people clustered around the stage.
The set comprised of a good selection of numbers from the new album (which had been played over the PA, before the show), an old Viper tune and some classics from his time with Angra. Andre was in good voice, though even he couldn’t seem to reach easilly some of the high notes in his old Angra tunes and accompanied his guitarist on some strange (presumably Brazillian) instrument which was like a mini accordian that was powered by his breath rather than by bellows.
Andre was, as usual, taken aback by the warmth of the reaction of the crowd and was clearly happy to see that many of his old fans were in attendance. The crowd singing along to the likes of Lisbon and Carry On was particularly impressive – amazing too that they can still remember the lyrics (which is beyond me). Fantastic too was the Viper track Living for the Night from the Theater of Fate album, Excellent stuff! Also impressive was the acoustic guitar solo from Andre Hernandes at the end of Letting Go.
So, all in all, a nice evening with old friends, listening to some music that it both memorable and which has a lot of memories associated it (at least for me). Andre left the stage promising to stick around and to sign autographs, but with a two hour drive back to Geneva ahead of me, I thought it best to leave and to beat the crush. I’ll certainly try and catch Andre and band should they play some full shows later in the year.
2. Looking Back
3. Make Believe (Angra)
4. Holy Land (Angra)
5. Living for the Night (Viper – Theater of Fate)
6. Letting Go
7. Time to Be Free???
8. Lisbon (Angra)
9. Carry On (Angra)
10. How Long