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on Rick Wakeman, 2014 Oct 31


Matéria de Guilherme Figueiro Dias

A noite do dia 31 de outubro foi especial para o público gaúcho. A única apresentação de Wakeman no Brasil que recebeu uma orquestra clássica completa e um coro. O objetivo desse encontro com o publico foi para tocar na íntegra o clássico disco “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” que está completando 40 anos. O mesmo já tinha acontecido no ano de 1975 quando Rick se apresentou na capital gaúcha pela primeira vez, em uma época onde shows internacionais eram raríssimos no nosso país.

O álbum foi originalmente gravado ao vivo em Londres, devido ao alto custo para uma orquestra gravar em um estúdio. E também limitada, devido ao limite de duração de um LP muitos trechos ficaram de fora. Nessa apresentação Rick e sua banda tocaram além dos 40 minutos do LP original.

Próximo das 21 horas (horário marcado para início da apresentação) o público começou a lotar o Auditório Oi Araújo Vianna. A Orquestra Unisinos Anchieta e o Coral Porto Alegre foram os responsáveis em acompanhar Rick Wakeman nessa emocionante jornada. Após a entrada de todos os músicos da orquestra e do coral, todas as luzes foram apagadas. Rick e seus parceiros de longa data subiram no palco logo em seguida, e as luzes do palco foram acesas. Com a sua tradicional, imensa e brilhosa capa, Rick subiu na plataforma que sustentava uma dezena de teclados. A apresentação com orquestra e coro em Porto Alegre foi única no Brasil, porém na turnê europeia no primeiro semestre, esse formato foi utilizado diversas vezes ao vivo, incluindo também um set acústico antes das apresentações, o que ficou de fora por aqui.

O vocalista Ashley Holt esteve na gravação original, participou do primeiro show de Rick em Porto Alegre e esteve presente novamente para mais um show. Holt dividiu os vocais com a cantora gaúcha Ana Lonardi. Dave Colquhoun (guitarra) entrou no palco de muletas, devido a sua perna esquerda quebrada e ficou boa parte do show sentado em uma cadeira. Tony Fernandez (bateria) foi o outro músico que estava no antigo show na capital gaúcha e completando a cozinha, estava no palco Matt Pegg (baixo).

A formação sinfônica da orquestra teve 41 músicos (incluindo instrumentos de sopro, percussão, cordas friccionadas e harpa) e o coro contou com 24 cantores de todos os naipes. O entrosamento filarmônico com a banda de Rick foi muito boa, mesmo com pouco tempo de ensaio. Apenas o coral foi prejudicado, pois não era possível ouvi-lo com clareza em todos os momentos. Nos momentos de maior destaque do coro muitas palmas foram dadas pelos fãs do rock progressivo. A narração foi feita por Alvaro Luthi, que em português fez uma ótima interpretação da clássica obra.

As primeiras palavras do britânico tecladista com o público foram após o término do último segmento do disco, no início do primeiro bis. Disse que seu português é terrível, e também o espanhol, o alemão e o próprio idioma inglês. Apresentou a banda, o narrador, o maestro Guy Protheore, e enalteceu a orquestra e o coro, dizendo que estavam sendo ótimos na noite.

O público foi pouco participativo na primeira metade do show, reagindo apenas quando os músicos da banda pediam as palmas no ritmo das músicas. Mas quando Rick saiu do palco com o seu keytar, andando pelos corredores do Araújo Vianna, o público foi à loucura, inclusive seguindo o tecladista no seu trajeto. Assim que Rick retornou para o palco, as poltronas numeradas do auditório foram abandonadas pelos fãs, com a maioria ficando em pé, muito próximos ao palco. Antes de enlouquecer o público com o seu passeio, ele realizou um dueto com o guitarrista Dave que ficou em pé naquele momento. Ainda no bis, o tecladista disse que tocaria o final da obra novamente, porém de uma forma diferente. Rick chamou a sua banda, o maestro e o narrador para se despedirem dos seus fãs três vezes, inclusive enganando alguns espectadores que saíram do local antes dos últimos acordes do tecladista.

Com os seus 65 anos de idade, Wakeman parece estar no seu auge, sem deixar a desejar em momento algum. O público gaúcho espera por um retorno breve para mais noites magníficas. Esse show ficou na história de Porto Alegre devido à qualidade sonora e visual do espetáculo, visto que as luzes do palco acompanharam muito bem a jornada inteira.



Fonte: Resenha - Rick Wakeman (Auditório Oi Araújo Vianna, Porto Alegre, 31/10/14) http://whiplash.net/materias/shows/213300-rickwakeman.html#ixzz3JEdSAKtV

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First concert ever at Rich Stadium

on Eric Clapton, The Band, 1974 Jul 6

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Canadian hat trick

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MJD121 2014 Nov 13

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Opening band

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Other performers on the bill

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Country Joe
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MartyB 2014 Nov 12

Road trip to Stones

on The Rolling Stones, 1981 Nov 28

Me and a friend drove from Buffalo and saw both shows. Stayed overnight at a hotel and partied at bars near Carrier dome. We also drove to Detroit on that tour. Of course we saw them in Buffalo too.

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MartyB 2014 Nov 12

New Years Eve

on Frank Zappa, 1977 Dec 31

Frank played a song for about 20 minutes not even stopping at midnight to wish us a Happy new year. Finally he said 'Oh by the way Happy new year; at 10 past midnight. He was too cool for regular people.

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Long time waiting on a Stones show

on The Rolling Stones, 1997 Oct 8

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Superfest at the Stadium

on Peter Frampton, 1976 Jul 10

Frampton headlined, Johnny & Edgar Winter, Todd Rundgren and Natural Gas all played. Only 2 concerts at Rich that year. Other was Elton John on Aug 7.

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MartyB 2014 Nov 11

Ist Skynrd concert in Buffalo

on Lynyrd Skynyrd , 1974 Feb 24

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MartyB 2014 Nov 11

Great end to summer of 78 concerts

on Fleetwood Mac, 1977 Jul 28

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A stagehand working the show

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Stagehand Stones fan

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Synchronicity tour

on The Police, 1983 Nov 13

I got kicked out of concert for sneaking down to a floor seat by an old grouchy bouncer. Had to buy another ticket off a scalper and went back in. They were more fun when I saw them in a small club in 1979.

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Halford on a Harley

on Judas Priest, 1982 Sep 11

Rob came out riding a hog in front of rows of Marshall amp stacks. They were killers in their prime on this tour.

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Ra tour

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Todd climbed up a big tubular pyramid on stage and flipped off while tethered to a harness while playing his guitar. Great theatrics.

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