The new “Alan Parsons Live” band line up includes,
Guitar, Vocals, and Keyboards.
The venue chosen for the concert was the “Palacio de Congresos”
in Estepona (Malaga), a place usually reserved for corporate
events, such as exhibitions etc. The place itself is in the
format of a large hall with a tent-like structure with very
The concert started with a introduction with sweeping low sounds
and electronic sequences, been panned between the speakers,
we were in the centre of the hall so the stereo imaging was
perfect, a familiar synthesized sequence then started trigged
from what seemed like a vintage sequencer Alan Parsons had
behind him and the band walked on stage and broke out in “I
Robot” to the delight of the crowd.
The band then played a selection of most of Alan Parsons hits
including “Can't Take It With You “, “Don't answer me”, “Damned
if I Do” (original album version), a fantastic “Lucifer/Mammagamma”
instrumental medley and of course towards the end “Sirius/Eye
in the Sky” which was well received by the crowd.
The band was very energetic and seemed to be having a great
time on stage and this projected onto the crowd, P J Olsson
the front man also was also very charismatic and succeeded
in getting the crowd going, especially during “Eye In the
Sky” where everyone made an “Eye” symbol with their hands.
Although I haven’t seen anything in his biography to indicate
so one got the impression from his the P J Olsson had performed
previously in West End Shows.
All the band members were also very skilled in at their instruments
with a special mention for Godfrey Townsend’s fantastic guitar
work and also very impressive was Steve Murphy’s ability to
sing and keep tempo in these complex songs.
The crowd was also treated to a new song "More Lost Without You",
the next album “A
Valid Path" which is currently in production and set for release
For the encore they played two more songs played finishing
with a superb version of “Games
People Play” a crowd favourite.
After the concert, and after most people had left the band
came out for signing (this had been announced during the concert
but it seems most people did not realise), we were very fortunate
and I managed to get my “Eye in the Sky” CD cover signed by
Alan Parsons as well as getting a concert t-shirt signed by
the whole band.
A fantastic concert indeed.
Cover Art from www.alanparsons.com
Photograph by Mike Mantei http://www.aplp.tk
Set List (Partial)
“Can't Take It With You “,
“Don't answer me”,
“Damned if I Do” (original album version),
“Sirius/Eye in the Sky”
"More Lost Without You", from
the next album “A Valid Path"
www.alanparsons.com - Alan Parsons
- PJ Olsson