Ray Wilson in concert at The Night of the Prog festival, St Goarshausen, Germany 15th July 2017. Review by Dieter Wolff. Photographs by David Entwistle.
This was the first time I had seen Ray since he was in Genesis and I was looking forward to seeing him and his band. The Night Of the Prog Festival seemed to be an ideal chance and so I found myself in the crowd as Ray and his band hit the stage.
It is hard to believe that it has now been over twenty years since his all too short period as the singer in Genesis but the memories of those days came flooding back as the metronomic beat of No Son Of Mine opened the show. This has always been a favourite of mine and Ray and his band played it brilliantly, he has lost none of his magic .
The emphasis of this show was on the Genesis set which is only one of the many different sets that Ray regularly plays at his gigs and so we also got to hear several of the tracks from the Calling All Stations album itself including an awesome performance of the title track which did bring back a lot of memories as did tracks like The Dividing Line and There Must Be Some Other Way, which was really impressive. Ray’s band were in top form and really brought the music to life.
Strangely enough Ray did not perform any material from his new album apart from the title track: Makes Me Think Of Home but did perform one track from Chasing Rainbows - Take It Slow and also the Stiltskin anthem, Inside both of which were well received by the crowd. With this show as an example, it will not be long before I go to see Ray again as the concert was very enjoyable.
Loreley set list: No Son Of Mine/That’s All/Take It Slow/Calling All Stations/The Dividing Line/Home By The Sea/There Must Be Some Other Way/Makes Me Think Of Home/Not About Us/Follow You Follow Me/The Carpet Crawlers/Congo/Inside/ Mama/Solsbury Hill.