7 April 2008 at 08:59 posted by Bart Van Belle 3 Comments

The Vantage Point Tour kicked off with a try-out-gig in Mezz, Breda yesterday evening. The Mezz is one of my all time favourite concert halls because it's small (about 600 people) and you have a great view to the stage from the whole room.

It was the second time I saw dEUS over there. The first time was in August 2004, when Tom fainted backstage and they took a five minute break during the gig. Nothing has changed since then in the Mezz. When the room is full it gets hot and sweaty.

Luckily, no physicals problem for the band this time. They entered stage around 9.30 PM and played for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. They played the complete new album and 9 old songs (setlist). A couple of old songs weren't played (Suds & Soda, Little Arithmetics, Via,....), but they will probably make a comeback from time to time.

The gig took off with a superb version of When She Comes Down, followed by Oh Your God and Favourite Game. Tom looked a bit nervous, but he looked relaxer after every song. The room went crazy during Instant Street. Lies Lorquet from Mintzkov joined the band on stage for Eternal Woman. Tom did some keys during Slow and some percussion during The Architect.

After that they screwed it up a bit. Klaas started the intro from Sun Ra but Tom apparently had something else planned. They played Sun Ra, followed by Smokers Reflect, Nothing Really Ends (with a slightly reworked intro) and Bad Timing. Is A Robot isn't my favourite song on the album, but I liked the live-version. Pocket Revolution and Roses ended the first part.

The encores where a nice climax. What We Talk About had a guitar-intro (like the acoustic version) and Turnpike still had the Mauro goes satan-part. They ended with Popular Culture, a song that has stadium-capacities.

Offcourse this wasn't the best dEUS-gig ever. But the exclusiveness makes up a lot. It was a try-out so it's normal there were some technical problems and misunderstandings. They'll have to play a couple of gigs extra before we'll see the dEUS-live-act that knocked us out in 2005 and 2006. The most important thing remains that Vantage Point is clearly a great album to perform live. And as a starter this was asking for (a lot) more....

(pic by Kevin Moens)

More:
Here's Jyves' review.
A review by Hans van den Bemt.
A review by Michael Illegems
The setlist

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    According to my watch, they played a full 2 hours.

  2. Raquel says:

    I've been seing deus concerts since 1997 and there are always technical problems and misunderstandings :D It's part of the show!!! Can't wait for this year concerts :)

  3. Michael says:

    I've written a (Dutch) review of the concert too. You can read it here:

    http://musicforanewsociety.blogspot.com/2008/04/deus-doet-de-mossel-daveren-deus-speelt.html