- By Markus Hagner & Photo's © -
Wizards are to blaze abroad even more powerful theurgy by higher age and they are getting even more creative and ingenious. And this statement is absolutely true in relation to Ken Hensley! He is still such a musical magus and wise 68 years old. His domicile is in sun-saturated Spain, if you looked at him in close before the gig his complexion was utmost great and there was this bewitching glance in his eyes. And this Monday night’s gig at most excellent and stylish De Bosiul at Weert was indeed very special: It was the release day of ‘Trouble’, the new cd-masterwork and it was the start of the European Tour 2013!
By flooding applause Ken Hensley & Live Fire were to climb on stage. There was a new face in the LF lineup – Roberto Tiranti from Genova in Italy. He might be more known before by his English artist name Rob Tyrant in the metal world. On his side were guitar genius Ken Ingwersen and Tom Arne Fossheim on drums. By the first tunes of the start-title ‘Ready to Die’ there was a blaze of chant by the overwhelming voice of Roberto. He was ever so versatile by his organ from strong heavy-rock to even classical inspirations. And he was on top also the dynamic guy on bass. Although October is the spooky month there was no fear of evil by the freaks whilst the presentation of ‘The Curse’. Master Ingwersen was to hoodoo by his brilliant guitar-solos. His riffs were the modern hard-rock-style and not antique and exorbitant. Of course Ken was to render homage to his glorious times in Uriah Heep by ‘Circle Of Hands’ next. By his dreamlike play of his Hammond organ and his lead-singing there was this very special impression like a rain of star-sparks in the house. And Ken was playing himself like in trance-estate. He was grabbing his Alhambra steel-string acoustic guitar for the first time. His suffrage and guitar-plays were so sorcerous. The fans were immediately in ecstasy and agitating as phenomenal loud background-choir. ‘Easy Living’ was so full of dynamite and rockin’ and many fans were head-banging. Ken’s million selling hit ‘Lady In Black’ was to terminate the official set. The stomping rhythms, acoustic Alhambra six-string solos were transferring De Bousil into a tollhouse-temple. All the freaks were willin’ to addict their throats to the wolf with the red roses. By the frenetic applause it was time for the encores. Tom Arne had his stick-excellence in the spotlight by his drum-solo. By the second addition ‘Gypsy’ Ken was by his over-the-top solos the wizard-dervish. His hair was like blowing in the wind and his hands were to float the wild style on his Hammond. Demonically! Magician Ken could have continued on for hours and more captivating songs of his career, but by the last encore “The Longest Night” was really over. A dream-capture gig was finalized by hailing applause and a band salute. Ken and band-mates were appearing after some time of relaxation at the merch-booth for photos, small-talk and autographs. How likeable!
Watch Ken Hensley & Live-Fire still on tour, you miss something otherwise and you really will get in TROUBLE!