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Nektar

Live at NEARfest, 2002

Review by Stephen Ellis

I had never had an opportunity to see this band before even though I have been a serious fan since 1972. It seems they never toured in the southern states for some reason! I had "tripped" to every one of their CD's (well actually LP's back then) and when reading of their show, lights included, I could only dream of what such a musical adventure would be like. This old hippie was so totally blown away by them I only wish I could take a time machine and head back to some of those shows in the NY, PA, NJ area circa 1974 through 1978.

They played every single song I wanted to hear. Selections from Journey to the Centre of the Eye, A Tab in the Ocean, Sounds Like This, Remember the Future, Down to Earth, Recycled, etc. I was in total musical heaven. While Mick Brockett's Light Show may not have been "like it was" way back when, it certainly blew me away. No, Roye could not hit all the "notes" exactly, thus the addition of two female singers that in no way distracted me from the music.

Stephen Ellis
 
Stephen Ellis
   
The energy and power these "old farts" played with made me damn proud to be 50 years old on January 1st, 2003. They rocked my world; they picked me up and placed me squarely in the reefs of space. The lights and film told an intricate story of love, passion, forgiveness, and salvation. They played with very tight precision and held me in their hands as if I was the only one in the audience and to drop me would have meant certain death.

Stephen Ellis
 
Dan Robinson
   
After their third encore (and the laughable "redo" just for the DVD being made) I did not want the music to stop. Could it please go on forever, please? Just one more song? Just for me? Alas that was not to be but meeting and greeting the band and closing down the bar sometime around 3:00 am seemed to be enough for one night.

Dan Robinson
 
Dan Robinson
   
If I never get to see one more concert in my life I can die a complete soul. Should the Great Cosmic decide it is time for me to move on to 'other' things, fine. I've seen the past and I will certainly always Remember The Future….

Dan Robinson
 
Dan Robinson
   
 
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