A Saucerful of Secrets -
Pink Floyd Fanday
27 February 1999
Café Verderop, Delft, The Netherlands
By Bart Jan van der Vorst and Gerhard den Hollander


No Secret Saucers
 
By Bart Jan van der Vorst

 The annual Dutch Pink Floyd Fan Convention was held in some sort of indoors passage next to a  Grand Café in Delft. It was a bit strange standing at a gig, surrounded by office buildings, walkways and balconies, while all covered with a glass roof, while the grand café Verderop served beers and a special Floyd menu

It started at three in the afternoon, but due to the fact that we parked our car way on the other side of town we weren't at the 'venue' before 3.30. Fearing that we missed the spectacular opening it turned out that during the day the convention was nothing more than a small record fair, consisting of no more than 4 stands. So half an hour later both of us had spent our drinking money on cd's and we were in need of some cash again. Not to worry, because the next part of the program wouldn't start until six! Plenty time to drive the car around the city and park it in front of the café this time.

At six they showed a video registration of the Pink Project, which was held at the Market square in Delft last summer. I was a bit dissapointed with that show last year, mainly due to the poor sound quality. The video proofed that the band had actually been damned good, and I found myself really enjoying the show this time - surrounded by all the bandmembers that played that night.

At 9 o'clock the concert started. A special one-off tribute band had been formed, consisting of ex members of a previous Floyd tribute band and others. The band would play two sets, which would both consist of only pre-Dark Side material. Echoes fanclub chairman and organiser Charles Betterams had assured me that a die-hard Floyd fan would rather hear music from the very beginning of the band than the music which had made the band famous in the mid-seventies.

I had my doubts about this gig, and Charles' statement, if true, proofed that there are only a few die-hard Floyd fans left in the world, as only less than a third of the approx. 200-head audience managed to endure the whole gig.

The first set was the full Piper at the gates of Dawn album, plus some other Barrett songs. I didn't know any of these songs, but I thought they were OK. For the song Bike a bicycle had been placed upside down next to the drumkit and halfway the drummer got up from his kit and started "playing" that bike. (Don't ask me what a bike sounds like, because I couldn't hear a thing)

After the first set a lot of people already left, but we decided to stay and see what the second set would bring. The second set turned out to be the set from Live at Pompeii. I would imagine this could be something for the die-hard fans, had it not been for the sound, which was well beyond the pain-level. Many people fled to the café.

One of these days was way too loud, Eugene too tame and Echoes far from flawless. We didn't feel like waiting for an encore and we left - with us about twenty-some others did.

So yeah, in the end I was quite disappointed with the whole performance - I guess that doesn't make me a die-hard Floyd fan. Well, who cares, I just stick with the music I like and the performances I like. It's all a matter of taste anyway. At least I was glad to see the 50-some people at the front rows who were really enjoying themselves. No band deserves to be a let down, but this band could at least consider to start playing music for a slightly broader audience.
Anyway, on May 2nd there is a fan convention in Brighton, England, which stars the Australian Pink Floyd. Let's see what the British opinion about die-hards is….

 

Pink Floyd Fanday
By Gerhard den Hollander 

The afternoon program of the fan-day was mostly a small market, a large bar, and a video room that showed a video of the Dark Side over Delft video.

The market was well-stocked on bootlegs but most of it was old hat, old hat in a new jacket and even pirated boots. (Total Eclipse was being sold as 4 seperate CDs to name just one) and one stand that offered a few nice items ..

A Saucerfull of Secrets, a one-off tribute band was announced as a band that  would highlight the first 5 years (or everything up to Dark Side of the Moon of  Pink Floyd.

The first set opened with Take Up Thy Stethoscope, and it was immediately clear to us why PF hardly ever did this tune live ..
The main problem with tribute bands is finding a good vocalist, and this proved to be no exception. While musically the show was very good (and at times excellent) the vocals were very bad. The first set stuck to Syd era Floyd songs and had a highlight with the rendition of Interstellar Overdrive.

The second set had a different guitarist/vocallist and turned out to be a Live in Pompeii set (with the exception of Mlle Knobbs and the interview bits) and was very very good. It's very nice to hear those old tunes being done live again.

After that set the band encored with The Embryo (extended version) and left under loud applause.

All in all a very nice day.

 

Band:

Peter van Vliet (Use of Ashes) - Guitar, Vocals (First Set)
Jan-Peter Scherrenburg - Guitar, Vocals (Second Set)
Pascal van de Pol (Odyssice) - Bass, Vocals
Maarten Scherrenburg (Use of Ashes) - Drums
Ronald van de Weerd (ex-Cliffhanger) - Keyboards, Vocals

Setlist:

Take up thy stethoscope and walk
Mathilda mother
Arnold Layne
Bike
Chapter 24
The gnome
Interstellar overdrive
Jugband blues

Let there be more light
Echoes (part 1)
Careful with that axe, Eugene
A saucerfull of secrets
One of these days
Set the controls for the heart of the sun
Echoes (part 2)

Embryo

 

 

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