Within Temptation - Brixton Academy - 11.11.11

New venue for us this one and the queue went way round the block for this show that had been sold out for months and delayed due to the new arrival in the WT family.

Sat upstairs in the circle we had a great view of the support artist Anneke van Giersbergen and her 4 piece group who played a 30 minute 6 song set.

Ex-vocalist of The Gathering she went down well to the large crowd.  We had an old "Gathering" tune in the shape of "Satumine" and the new single "Feel Alive" and the ballad "You Want To Be Free" gave her a real chance to show off her vocal talents.

Guitars were a little jangly but the crowd lapped it up.

After having a ticket for 18 months the sold out crowd were more than ready and as the short film to "Mother Maiden" came up on the large screens at the back the place went mad.

In support of the quite monumental "The Unforgiven" cd tonight was a masterclass in the live show.  Fantastic sound, superb screens showing videos and assorted effects and featuring the most incredible light show seen in a long while they really couldn't fail

Led by the angelic voice of Sharon den Adel through 8 songs from the aforementioned cd it was hit after hit.

This is what they played:

Mother Maiden (Short Movie)
Shot In The Dark
In The Middle Of The Night
Fire And Ice
Ice Queen
The Howling
Our Solemn Hour
Stand My Ground
Sinead (Short Movie)
What Have You Done
Iron Angels
Where Is The Edge
Encores of
See Who I Am
Mother Earth
Stairway To The Skies

Interspersed with old favourites with the mass sing along of "What Have You Done", the Churchill led speech of "Our Solemn Hour" and the wonderful vocal led "Angels" the only down was only a 95 minute set that all concerned would have been happy to have gone on for way longer.

Ably backed by Martijn Spierenburg on keys, Jeroen van Veen on bass, new drummer Mike Coolen, Ruud Jolie on guitar and very new live guitarist Stefan Helleblad, Sharon led from the front with her vocals hitting the stratosphere and Ruud's always melodic solo's just adding to the all enveloping sound.

I really could go on forever.  Most of the gig is on youtube so go on and have a look.

Expected back in the UK next summer their stay will only continue to soar and surely it is only a matter of time before they hit arena's like they do on the continent.

Wonderful evening!

ME & Shazz


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