English musician Steven Wilson is in the midst of his 2018 headlining tour of North America, following the 2017 release of his critically-acclaimed fifth studio solo album, To the Bone.
The multi-talented rocker brought his brand new, enthralling concert production to New York City for a return to PlayStation Theater on April 28th and 29th. Both sold-out events featured support from singer, songwriter great Paul Draper who warmed up the crowd with songs from his disbanded act Mansun, performing “Disgusting,” “The Chad Who Loved Me,” and “Wide Open Space.” Accompanied by the guitarist from his solo band, Paul also threw in a few new numbers from his latest record Spooky Action, playing “Friends Make the Worst Enemies,” “Things People Want,” and “The Silence Is Deafening.”
During the second night of Steven Wilson’s two-night stand, the prog-rock icon performed a beefy three-hour show, kicking off the first half of his set with a pair of songs off To the Bone and a handful from Hand. Cannot. Erase., with an amazing projection display and light show complimenting tracks like “To the Bone,” “Pariah,” “Home Invasion,” “Regret #9,” “Routine,” “Ancestral,” and more. Following a brief intermission, Steven return for his second set, rocking out a few more To the Bone tracks such as “People Who Eat Darkness,” “Permanating” and more, and even threw in Porcupine Tree hits “Don’t Hate Me” and “Sleep Together.”
The evening’s encore was a special one and differed slightly from the night before, featuring Wilson on acoustic guitar and keyboardist Adam Holzman dishing out the song “Blackfield” from Steven‘s side project of the same name, and the rare track “Postcard” from his second LP Grace for Drowning. With the rest of the band back on-stage, the night ended with Porcupine Tree‘s “The Sound of Muzak” which had fans up and out of their seats, and the somber “Song of Unborn” (the last track featured on To the Bone).
Steven Wilson‘s stateside tour ends next week in Phoenix, and he’ll follow the U.S. run with shows in Latin America, Europe and Asia (get all remaining dates).
More photos from the 4/29 show in NYC continue below.
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