What transpired over the next two and a half hours was a stunning musical exhibition that displayed all of Wilson’s talents, and then some.’ Guitar World
Regarded as a visionary and one of the driving forces behind the modern progressive rock / metal movement, Steven Wilson, the man who created Porcupine Tree, is an eclectic and prolific artist. Witnessing a Steven Wilson live performance is to be engulfed by mind-bending visuals and a bombastic aural surroundscape leaving audiences captivated and breathlessly longing for more.
Steven Wilson has a long list of accomplishments including performer with Blackfield, No-Man, Storm Corrosion (with Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt), Bass Communion and of course Porcupine Tree. On top of that, producer and mixer credits for Opeth, OSI, Fish, Orphaned Land, Ian Anderson, Marillion, Anathema; and surround re-mix for King Crimson (8 albums), XTC, Jethro Tull, Caravan, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Hawkwind, Yes.
The performances on the coming tour will primarily be comprised of material from Wilson’s acclaimed latest album –‘The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)’ plus selections from previous albums ‘Grace For Drowning’ and ‘Insurgentes’. Accompanying Wilson will be a collective of world class calibre musicians (Guthrie Govan – lead guitar, Adam Holzman – keyboards, Theo Travis – flute & saxophone, Nick Beggs – bass guitar & Chapman Stick, Chad Wackerman – drums), and the sound in the room will be delivered in four channel surround with isolated instruments bursting from every corner of the room – something no-one has attempted since Pink Floyd’s heyday. Watch a live recording of The Raven That Refused To Sing here
When I made my first solo album ‘Insurgentes’, the idea was to combine everything, different facets of my musical interest… it had elements of the progressive side of things, of course, but also the drone, the noise, the metal, the industrial, the electronica, the piano ballads…”
I’m writing very much with a specific group of musicians in mind, now that I know what they’re capable of! It’s forced me to think about writing music that is beyond me as a musician. I couldn’t play this music myself but I can think it! One of the great rewards of being a musician is to challenge yourself. No one wants to be treading water. You want to be constantly evolving.”
Be prepared to experience something the likes of which you will never have heard nor seen before. Steven Wilson will leave you spellbound with a performance you will remember forever. Do not even think about missing this show. We are talking gig of the year. And don’t mess about either – these shows will sell out quickly.
‘I collected my jaw from the ground and walked out slightly dazed. Steven Wilson does it again.’ Pure Grain Audio.com
STEVEN WILSON – AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES – ON SALE AUGUST 13TH
October 2nd – Billboard, Melbourne
October 3rd – The Metro, Sydney
October 5th – The Tivoli, Brisbane