Vanden Plas

ProgPower Scandinavia 2008

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Last band of the first Progpower day was Vanden Plas from Germany. Despite the fact that they've been around since the mid 1980s, they had up till this point gone unnoticed by my nose. I wondered if this evening would change that.

"We haven't had any sleep in 30 hours, I hope you don't mind."
- Andy Kuntz (vocals)

This was said by singer Andy Kuntz, and he wasn't kidding either. Apart from a rather groovy performance from Torsten Reichert (bass) this was possibly the sleepiest performance I have ever witnessed. It was hard to believe that this was a band which has dabbled in both music, musicals and straight up theatre performances; none of that was showing tonight as the members of the band just stood in their places and went through the routines. This is how I felt it at least, and judging by how many left during the show, I wasn't the only one. Ok, there were still quite a few people there, but not nearly as many, or as lively, as had been the case for Pagan's Mind who had played just before them.
The most fun I had during this show was actually watching some extremely drunk members of Deadsoul Tribe goof around on the floor, but it also made me fear for their performance which was set for the next day. Was that going to be a repeat of the sleeping pill we were handed right now?

In conclusion, Vanden Plas has still not impressed me enough to check them further out. I gave it an effort, but simply couldn't cope seeing the entire show, and it was on tired feet I staggered home from the first day of ProgPower Scandinavia. A few good experiences richer, but the last one was sadly not one of them.


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