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Live Review: Pat Metheny Group at the Eventim Apollo

Pat Metheny group live in London photos by Oscar Tornincasa http://photoblog.oskaro.it for www.rebelrebelmusic.com

Score: 8.5/10

On June 11th, Pat Metheny and his Group walked on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo in London to deliver a 3-hour show that started with a 10-minute solo performance by Metheny on his custom-built 42-string Pikasso guitar. Chris Potter (winds), Antonio Sanchez (drums) and Ben Williams (bass) joined him soon after for a fusion jazz explosion starting with the live rendition of Come And See from their 2012 album Unity Band. From Police People to James the whole band unleashed their overflowing talent wrapping in melodic ideas and rhythms from various parts of the world, before being joined by multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi and The Orchestration Project to focus mainly on pieces taken from the current release Kin (←→), starting with the title track to peak with On Day One that offered the occasion for a mesmerising tenor solo by Potter. 

The show then unravelled into a series of duets between Metheny and every single member of the band. Just the time for three encores and several highly deserved standing ovations before it was time for the genius from Missouri to close the show with a hypnotising guitar solo rendition of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her“.

A must see for every human being with functioning ears, with a warning: it might be highly addictive.

Complete Set List:

Into The Dream/ The Sound of Water (solo Pikasso introduction)
Come And See
Roofdogs
New Year
Police People
James
Kin
Rise Up
Born
Geneaolgy
On Day One
Bright Size Life
Tune Up
Improvisation #1
Dream Of The Return
Go Get It
Have You Heard
Are You Going With Me
And I Love Her

Gessica Puglielli

Visual/Web Designer, Digital Marketing Strategist born in Lecce (Italy), I currently live in London. Between 1998 and 2005 I collaborated with Michael Jackson’s staff and in 2000 I had a meeting with the man himself. I founded Rebel Rebel in 2013 and so far it has been an exciting journey. Some of my favourite artists include Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Skunk Anansie, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd, Archive, Kraftwerk, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Anthony & The Johnsons, Gazpacho, The Maccabees, Led Zeppelin, Brian Eno, Beethoven, Bjork, Steve Wonder and many others. I feel a deep connection to animals and Mother Nature, which led me to choose a vegan lifestyle. I like playing electric guitar, photography, cinema, art, entertainment, travelling, playing tennis and browsing London.

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