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Live At Rockpalast: Leverkusen 2005
  • Artist: Van der Graaf Generator
  • Label: Made in Germany Musi
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • UPC: 885513908124
  • Item #: 2042315X
  • Genre: Rock
  • Release Date: 5/25/2018
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Live At Rockpalast: Leverkusen 2005 on CD

Almost two years earlier, Van der Graaf Generator had already played with the idea of getting back together again. When Peter Hammill had a heart attack in 2003, he was not the only one feeling the urge to get that planned project to finally happen. "There had been a strong feeling of unfinished business", David Jackson remembers. The gig at the Jazzfestival in Leverkusen - the only one in Germany - was meant to be the climax of the reunion tour in 2005. "We knew that it was going to be filmed and recorded professionally: something that was extremely rare in the history of "Van der Graaf Generator". Up to this point in our career, a film of a whole live concert just didn't exist!", according to Jackson. There had indeed not been a video recording of an entire "Van der Graaf Generator" concert by then. "The Leverkusen concert came near the end of our 2005 reunion touring, by which time we were feeling comfortable on stage again", Hugh Banton recalls. Guy Evans raves about the intimate connection that was built with the audience during the concert and helped making it a very special night; not least because it was Peter Hammill's 57th birthday. The first gentle flute notes of the opener "The Undercover Man" opened a door into the past. Now, Van der Graaf Generator played as energetically, dark and seductive as in their zenith in the mid 70s. Peter Hammill's voice was as powerful as ever which is very much outstanding regarding his eccentric, headstrong but most importantly emotional vocal style. But above all, the gig on hand is a document of honest devotion not only between the band and their fans but between the band members themselves reflecting their deep friendship. All the sadder is the falling-out with David Jackson shortly after the tour. Both parties maintain silence on the reasons. Therefore, Jackson sounds a little bitter when praising the current CD's amenities: "You will not get another chance to see a better show by that line up!"