The prog ensemble mesmerize a gazing audience with soul and masterful musicianship.
All Photographs by Ekaterina Gorbacheva (@ekaterinagorbacheva.art) at the
El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on May 27, 2022:
Today, The Pineapple Thief conclude a heartfelt North American Tour at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, a celebration of the band's recently released Give It Back (Rewired) collection via Kscope. This being the band's first North American Tour in many years, the anticipation was there and the show evenings were full of genuine camaraderie among the members on stage and the hundreds in attendance. Give It Back brings together newly recorded and re-worked classic tracks that now feature drum legend Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), all of which breathed new life at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles from one track to the next.
Opening with Versions of the Truth, The Pineapple Thief were off to a strong start and the seated audience gazed in awe, letting an astounding light show wash over their keen eyes. Gavin Harrison, a master of his craft, was in prime form and added new flare to the prowess of the English unit as Versions of the Truth transitioned into In Exile and Demons right after. The performance was a timeline of standout tracks from the band's celebrated discography, serving as an act of reflection for the masterminds behind it. Beren Matthews, Jon Sykes, Steve Kitch, Bruce Soord, and the group at large is one cohesive unit that bounce off one another's energy. The "rewired" versions of Dead In The Water and Wretched Soul showed for it.
The band stepped out to a roaring applause with an encore that concluded the festivities with pure splendor. Part Zero, The Final Thing on My Mind, and Nothing at Best put an exquisite touch on an otherwise moving evening that set a benchmark for live musicianship. Live performances, especially in the prog arena, are a "reimagining" of tracks as it is given the improvisation and free-flowing nature of it all. Give It Back (Rewired) was exactly that and The Pineapple Thief continue to reign among the genre's ranks.
Enjoy a photo gallery of the performance below and stream Give It Back (Rewired).