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progVisions is a progressive rock e-zine, published in English and made by an international group of members. Our objective is to become a centre of information that contributes to the knowledge, growth and development of progressive rock.

concert review

Camel - Sala Macumba, Madrid - October 10th - 2003

We knew that it was going to be the last time the band plays in Madrid… We know it was the end after thirty years of feelings and quality… We knew that our minds would fight against the idea… but when we noticed it, it was already over. It´s hard to imagine how time can fly when music flows so naturally, when you can´t lose any detail of the musician´s skills, and when every note seems to be taken from their souls.

The show began as the last gig in Madrid finished: with that symphonic suite plenty of lyricism called “Lady Fantasy”. The sound wasn´t very good but not bad at all until the beautiful “Unevensong”, where Latimer got angry with his guitar, so the final crescendo was very borrowed. Problems didn´t disappear with “Hymn to her”, but Colin Bass caught the idea and led the main role. There were lots of surprises that night and “Echoes” was the first one, anybody knows when was the last time the band played that song?. This time the sound was brilliant and we could enjoy the instrumental passages happy like children. We couldn´t imagine that after that song our hearts will be turned upside down with one of the last tour´s forgotten songs, one of the legendary tracks and a hymn for peace. As you can imagine, I´m talking about “Drafted”. The audience sang along, but with lots of respect. The band changed the feelings, from sadness to happiness, when Latimer took his flute and began with “Rayader Goes to Town”, very cheerful and with Ton Scherpenzeel doing a great job.

Another highlight of the night was the special role of a cult disc. I´m talking about “Moonmadness”, and the band played “Lunar Sea”, “Another Night” and, in remembrance of Bardens, “Spirit of the Water”. Some guys cried with this song. We could also enjoy with “Ice”, another forgotten song in 2000. Latimer did a great work during the show and I don´t want to forget Denis Clement, an amazing artist very visual on stage.

After so many feelings, the band took us back to the present with the joyful “Fox Hill”. Colin forgot the lyrics but it didn´t matter. Again back to the roots with a new reference to Bardens: “Arubaluba”, that sounded very powerful. It was followed by “Mother Road”, again with some problems in the sound.

As a farewell, again a sentimental moment plenty of beauty: “For Today” was a great good-bye with a message that will live with us forever: “Never give a day away. Always live for today.”

The final encore “Never let go” was the song that made the band famous, when they began a long career with happiness, sadness, glory, and oblivion. But the people who daily work for progVisions won´t forget them and we´ll keep on carrying the progressive torch, and we won´t forget Camel.

Eduardo Aragón & J. Antonio Carmena - October 2003


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