The setting was simple, a simple chair, alongside of two acoustic guitars and some laptops. DEVIN TOWNSEND came to the stage and started with "Heart Baby", as soon as DEVIN TOWNSEND started playing, I already knew the kind of evening it would be: immersive and relaxing somehow. Watching DEVIN TOWNSEND go up into his own music and making his complex music a little bit more simple, was a very intriguing thing to witness.
This was a great and simple start to the evening, but what perhaps was the best part of the whole night were the talks introducing the songs, it's like the whole evening was meant for us to understand DEVIN TOWNSEND a little bit better, why he does what he does, and why he writes the way he does. Nevertheless, a lot of great acoustic renditions of his own songs followed, such as "Funeral", "Love?", after which DEVIN TOWNSEND seemed it fit to before continuing, taking a little break and answering some questions from the audience. Nothing was taboo, from him not liking QUEEN all too much, to why he likes the VENGABOYS so much, he talked openly about his marriage, and parenthood and even rejected Mathias' wedding proposal, by explaining him why he would not make a very good husband.
DEVIN TOWNSEND soon continued to play a lot more songs, each beautifully arranged to fit in an acoustic version of themselves. The audience seemed happy, but the event got abruptly interrupted by an intermission of about 20 minutes. Fans could preorder some snacks and drinks from the restaurant, but I found myself pondering how great the evening so far had been. DEVIN TOWNSEND soon was ready to answer some more questions, again nothing off limits. He gave us an insight in a lot of things, and a lot of stories later, we found ourselves at the end of the night, a long round of applause signalled DEVIN TOWNSEND that he perhaps had to treat the audience with one more songs.
With two minutes left on the clock, DEVIN TOWNSEND started playing a song someone in the audience had named "Helsinki", which was him basically at first jamming, then liking the tune, getting into the zone and composing a brand new track. This, by far, was the most captivating experience of the whole night, and I'm happy to have witnessed it. This way DEVIN TOWNSEND really gave us first hand experience of what it looks like when he is writing a song. He even promised afterwards that the song may just end up somewhere someday, since he really liked the riff himself. Let's hope it won't be the last time that we heard "Helsinki".
If you are still in doubt whether you should catch one of these evenings with DEVIN TOWNSEND, playing around Europe. Then I have to tell you go to absolutely go there. It was a unique experience that gave more of an understanding of DEVIN TOWNSEND in general. Not only was the music great, the whole evening by itself somehow felt so relaxing that I just felt as if I had taking a soak in a 3 hour long bubble bath. Success!
- Heart Baby(Devin Townsend Project song)
- Let It Roll(The Devin Townsend Band song)
- Love?(Strapping Young Lad song)
- Solar Winds
- Deadhead(The Devin Townsend Band song)
- Ih-Ah!(Devin Townsend Project song)
- Coast(Devin Townsend Project song)
- Thing Beyond Things
- Bring Him Home(Claude-Michel Schönberg cover)