ProgPower USA Day 2 - The World Comes To Atlanta Featuring DORO, ANGRA
September 7, 2018, 17 days ago
Ms. Pesch informed the Center Stage crowd that she played in the same building, 30 years ago, with Warlock, then on tour with Megadeth & Sanctuary. She dedicated "Raise Your Fist In The Air" to recently departed singer Warrel Dane. A different band than either of the two times I saw her overseas, this summer. The guitar tandem featured Bill Hudson, subbing for Chris Caffery (who was supposed to play this one-off, in place of Luca Princiotta) and former Warlock pal Tommy Newton, in lieu of Bas Maas. Wasn't sure how Doro set would go over, as a certain portion of the ProgPower attendees are content to just watch, while Doro requires a bit of fan participation. No problem, by the end of this frenetic show, they were chanting her name.
Angra bookended a few fan chosen favorites to start and end the show, surrounding the performance of their newest album, Omni, in its entirety. Fabio Lione (ex-Rhapsody) was in fine form, moving about the stage, mugging for the audience and carrying the interactive weight of the finely tuned Brazilian musicianship. They featured a couple from the Andre Matos era ("Carry On" and "Nothing To Say"), a trio from the strong Rebirth disc (title cut, "Acid Rain" and evening ending "Nova Era) and a pair from the oft overlooked Temple Of Shadows ("Spread Your Fire" + "Angels And Demons".
A complete wrap-up of the ProgPower weekend will be posted soon. Meanwhile, enjoy some images of Doro and Angra.