|Venue||Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal|
Beautiful night at Utrecht’s Vredenburg with Brian Eno, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Kristjan Järvi and reciter Peter Serafinowicz. A number of deeply moving highlights, including the Velvet Undergound cover I’m Set Free and, following the introduction “a lovely old song by a lovely old man” (Eno is 75 years old), By This River and the song that was added to the setlist at the very last minute, the heartbreaking Bone Bomb, a song inspired by newspaper articles about a Palestinian girl who sees no other way than becoming a human suicide bomb and an Israeli doctor in charge of cleaning, investigating and identifying the results of suicide missions.
During the encore Eno addresses the events currently happening in Gaza, which is greeted with a thunderous applause, but certainly isn’t appreciated by all. He closes the show with two great encores.
I feel truly blessed I have been able to see Brian Eno during his first (!) solo tour in his career, a tour that has stops at just 5 cities. After Utrecht it’s off to London for 2 shows and then it’s over. A ‘once in a lifetime event’ was the slogan that accompanied the ticketsales. A promise fulfilled.
The Ship / Fickle Sun (I) / Fickle Sun (II) The Hour Is Thin / Fickle Sun (III) I’m Set Free / By This River / Who Gives A Thought / And Then So Clear / Bone Bomb
Making Gardens Out Of Silence / There Were Bells