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Classic Grand, Glasgow 24 February 2012
been a fan of Pallas for nigh on 30 years and have seen them perform
many times during that period, so when I got the offer to cover this
show I jumped at the opportunity. This would be my first chance to see
the band after the departure of singer Alan Reed and I was keen to see
what new kid on the block, Paul Mackie, had to offer live after his
excellent performance on the bands latest album XXV.
First band up though were other stalwarts of the Scottish prog scene,
Comedy Of Errors. The band have undergone a rebirth recently and
have released an album entitled 'Disobey' and tonight they offered up
some tasty traditional prog.
were very tight and the highlight of the set was the playing of 'The
Student Prince - parts 1 and 2' which has been the mainstay of the bands
set for many years. Overall then a strong showing from COE, hopefully
they can keep the band members together long enough this time to
capitalise on the newfound energy.
though have always been in another league music and performance wise.
The last time I saw the band was a couple of years ago when, for one
night only, they got back together with original singer Euan Lowson.
That night we were treated to a few numbers with Alan Reed firstly
before Euan took to the stage and the difference between the two sets
was marked. The return of Euan seemed to inject a lost energy into the
band and as much as I liked Reed as a front man, that night showed what
Pallas could and should be.
left, the band found Paul Mackie who has carried on from were Euan
Lowson finished off that night. The same newer found energy was again on
show tonight and the whole dynamic of the band appears to have moved up
a few notches.
with the slow burning 'Fragments' this then led into a storming version
of 'Falling Down' from XXV. The main bulk of the set, as it transpired,
was to be culled from the bands latest release and the harder edged
sound, driven by the fantastic guitar work of Niall Matthewson, was made
to be played live.
beating heart of Pallas has always been the astonishing bass work of
Graeme Murray and tonight he appeared to be in overdrive, his intricate
bass patterns and backing vocals, as always, were spot on especially on
two older numbers 'Midas Touch' and the excellent 'Ratracing'.
a good bit of between song banter and the guys were clearly enjoying
being back in the live arena again. The band closed the set with 'Violet
Skies' and finally 'XXV2' which brought the main proceedings to a
encores the band delved deeper into the past and played 'Crown Of
Thorns' which has been off the set list for many years and finally we
were treated to a rousing, singalong version of 'Arrive Alive'. The band
also had 'Cut And Run' pencilled in, but a venue curfew saw that one
left on the set list which was a shame.
Still, I can't complain. Tonight was a triumph and if you haven't seen
Pallas recently then I would urge you to get along to one of the shows
on this jaunt as they are fine, fine form. They said that another album
is in the offing and if they can capture tonight's energy on that, then
it will be a monster.
Review and photos by David Wilson
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