Porcupine Tree, May 17th 2007, Park West, Chicago

This is more a set list than a review (some comments at the end).  These are only vaguely in order:

Fear of a Blank Planet
Lightbulb Sun
My Ashes
Blackest Eyes
Gravity Eyelids
Open Car
Drown with Me
Unknown Instrumental
A Smart Kid
Way Out of Here
Sleep Together

Even Less
Unknown Instrumental

I think I'm missing one, though I'm hampered by the fact that I listened to their entire discography warming up for the show.

Overall, the playing was very solid.  I was wondering how they would pull part of Anesthetize off (the repeating lines in the last section of the song "water so warm that day/I counted out the waves/As they broke into surf/I smiled into the sun") but they used the soundboard to record each line and then repeat while the 2nd vocalist song over it.

As a side note, a number of reviews that I've read don't think the slower, softer 6 minute end fits the rest of the song, but I think that's the point of it really.  The reference to Pearl Jam's Black "In this moment/You were stolen/It's black across the sun" suggests to me that it's the loss of this person that leads to the angry apathy expressed in the first 12 minutes.

But that's just a guess.

I probably would have been disappointed if I didn't know from the previous set lists that I'd read ahead of time that "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here" and "Start of Something Beautiful" weren't played.  It will be interesting how much, if any, the set list is for the June 1st return show.

It was the first all ages concert I've been to in quite a while, and I was standing up near the front with some teenage kids.  I think it was the first time they've seen them live, and it was fun to see their enthusiasm.  At the end of the concert, they were hugging each other, high-fiving, it was pretty cool.

The strangest moment came towards the end of the concert.  A couple of girls came up through the crowd to get to the front of the stage.  I didn't really notice, other than I'm a guy, so I'm aware when girls are around.  Anyway, in between songs, I looked at one of them who turned sideways, and realized she looked really familiar.  After another song, she walked back to one of the bar areas to grab her boyfriend and walked literally one foot in front of me.  Which is when I realized it was a girl I was involved with 7 years ago.

She never noticed me (which is just as well, as I'm not sure what I could have said to her.  "Remember that time when I crushed your heart and made you feel so low?  Yeah, that was great.  So, how've you been?").  It took me a while to be sure it was her, as I remember her as she was when she was 23.  The next day as I thought about it, it bothered me a bit that she isn't married.  But she looked happy enough.

So, I'm looking forward to the June 1st show.

posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 1:43 PM Print
# re: Porcupine Tree, May 17th 2007, Park West, Chicago
5/20/2007 1:03 AM
I saw PT in London a few weeks ago, and I'm gonna see them on Friday here in Boston. Cannot wait=:)

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