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Adam Wakeman And Damian Wilson: The Green Hotel, Kinross

ian sutherland
Words: Ian Sutherland, Pictures: Peter Forster

8th February 2018

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Metal is a broad church and nothing shows that more than two musicians with impeccable Metal credentials getting up on stage with just a keyboard and an acoustic guitar and showing what a huge range of music they are masters of.

Many rock fans will know about Adam Wakeman's legendary father Rick but maybe less realise that he's been playing keyboards and guitar for Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne at their live shows for years.

His friend and compatriot tonight Damian Wilson has been pounding the boards with that amazing voice of his with the likes of Threshold and Ayreon among others and both of these gents are members of full on modern prog act Headspace.

Tonight the onus was on the softer side of their talents though and what a show they put on. Intensely relaxed with each other, the joking and banter was part of the show from the start. Whatever set list was planned was quickly abandoned and the talented duo just seemed able to play songs on a whim and still pull out a top notch performance.

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The material featured heartfelt tunes from Wilson's solo albums such as 'Homegrown', songs from the albums the two have done together such as 'Catch You When You Fall' with its sublime harmonies, and even a nod back to the time that the amazing lead singing voice on display was fronting the musical 'Les Miserables' for a couple of years.

The ex-Threshold man is an accomplished master of ceremonies and he did most of the joking around as well as unleashing a sequence of stunning vocals on the audience, who lapped it all up. The keyboard playing half of the team got their time in the spotlight too though such as on the beautifully crafted instrumental 'Tapestries'.

I don't think anyone in the crowd was worried whether any reference to the world of rock and Metal was included in the night's activities but we did get a jazz keyboard version of 'Iron Man' and a spectacularly good cover of Bowie's 'Life On Mars'.

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One of Mr Wilson's other bands is the acoustic Iron Maiden tribute act Maiden United, so we also got 'The Trooper' and 'The Evil That Men Do' reworked amazingly successfully as folk ballads.

This duo of hugely talented musicians kept us entertained and enthralled for over two hours, giving us great music impeccably performed and all in a gentle, fun, convivial atmosphere which was just a pleasure to be around.

Once they decide whether to call the band Wakeman And Wilson or Wilson And Wakeman, I'm sure they will take the world by storm. Meantime I'd suggest you catch one of these cosy, intimate shows while you can.

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