Steven Wilson has had a storied career, working with various prominent artists and himself releasing a long stream of fairly consistent material. But is 4 ½ something that will gain fans or only play to its own crowd?
By Mike Bax Photo by Hajo Müller stevenwilsonhq.com twitter.com/StevenWilsonHQ www.facebook.com/StevenWilsonHQ Revered among music fans the world over, Steven Wilson…
Steven Wilson’s recent 2 hour show at the packed O2 Manchester Apollo included his 4th solo record, Hand. Cannot. Erase., played in its entirety, and so much more! John Gilleese caught the action.
Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree, No Man, Blackfield and more) is currently on his second world tour for his second solo album to date, The Raven That Refused To Sing. Armed once again with an immensely talented ensemble of Guthrie Govan (guitars), Adam Holzman (keyboards), Nick Beggs (bass, Chapman Stick), Marco Minnemann (drums) and Theo Travis (flute, sax, clarinet), Steven has once more been making waves with his unique brand of music and spectacular live shows. I had the opportunity recently to discuss with Steven about themes and symbols in his music, what his music means to the younger generation, his creative process, being a musical god/sex symbol (no, really), and making people feel. And a lot more, obviously. Enjoy!
There was no way I was going to miss a show by Steven Wilson. Combining everything from progressive rock to jazz, industrial, metal, psychedelia, experimental, drone and so much more in his music, he is definitely one of the more versatile musicians around. I deliberately stayed clear of uploaded videos of shows on this solo tour because I wanted to be surprised and sure enough, stepping into the venue, I had absolutely no idea what to expect.