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A Sold-Out Evening With Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson makes himself at home at Cat’s Cradle

English musician Steven Wilson is currently on tour following the release of 2017’s To The Bone, his fifth solo album and one of his most successful to date, briefly holding the number one spot on the UK album charts after it debuted. Though, the majority have probably never heard of him, that isn’t stopping him from selling out venue after venue along the way thanks to his fiercely loyal following.

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Wilson, who has a vast body of work, is best known as the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of his most celebrated prog-rock band, Porcupine Tree. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Wilson has worked with multiple artists such as Opeth, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Yes, Anathema, and Tears for Fears. So if you haven’t heard of him, it’s likely you have heard something he has had an influence on.  

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Having been a fan of Porcupine Tree for many years, I had to catch the main man himself as he was passing through solo on his To The Bone Tour. While I’ll admit some of his newer tracks are a bit more on the poppier side of things than I usually prefer, I was interested to see how they would sound in a live setting and I was certainly not disappointed.

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The rather intimate Cat’s Cradle was jam-packed with a sold out crowd of fans both young and old who had all claimed their tight spots and were anxiously awaiting the show to begin.


To start the night, we were treated to a thought-provoking short film titled “Truth” that was projected onto a screen draped across the back of the stage. This same screen would later be filled with vibrant colors and beautiful imagery throughout the night.  As the film was ending, a barefooted Wilson and his band took the stage and a thunderous cheer erupted from the audience as they broke into their opening track “Nowhere Now.”

Foregoing an opening act, Steven and his band went on to perform for almost three solid hours.
The show consisted of two sets.

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Each set was mostly comprised of material from To The Bone, with several tracks from its predecessor Hand. Cannot. Erase. such as “Home Invasion,” a few from his earlier works and a handful of crowd-pleasing Porcupine Tree classics such as “The Creator Has A Mastertape” were nicely sprinkled into the mix. Wilson had the audience captivated by his warm, melodic vocals the entire evening.

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He was backed by Nick Beggs who is an absolute beast on the bass, the atmospheric keyboard embellishments of Adam Holzman, Alex Hutchings on backing vocals and lead guitar, and Craig Blundell, a powerhouse on the drums.

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Though some of the progressive pop sounds To The Bone has to offer may have the opinions of fans a bit divided, one thing we can all agree on is that Wilson delivers an outstanding live performance with a variety that is sure to satisfy fans both old and new.

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As the night was coming to an end, I looked around noticing how the entire room was totally immersed in every note and every stunning visual, and something stood out to me – there was not a cell phone anywhere in sight, only a single beer bottle raised into the air.

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While I am certainly guilty of pulling out my phone during a show to grab a few shots or snippets of video from time to time, it was incredibly refreshing to attend a show and for once not be lost in a sea of glowing phones, but instead surrounded by a group of people collectively lost in and enjoying the moment.

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Not only is this a rarity these days, but perhaps a testament to one of the many reasons why you should check out this brilliant artist for yourself, as he is nothing short of spectacular.

Steven Wilson Setlist The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC, USA 2018, To the Bone


See full gallery of the night!

Remaining tour dates can be found here!

Mon 8 PM CST186 guests
Nashville, TN
Tue 7 PM CST136 guests
Pensacola, FL
Thu 7 PM438 guests
Tampa, FL
Fri 7:30 PM168 guests
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sat 7:30 PM202 guests
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sun 7:30 PM102 guests
Ponte Vedra, FL
Wed 7 PM CST614 guests
Dallas, TX
Thu 7 PM CST551 guests
Houston, TX
Fri 7 PM CST311 guests
San Antonio, TX
Wed 7:30 PM UTC+01517 guests
Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
Thu 7:30 PM UTC+01606 guests
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Sat 7:30 PM UTC+01518 guests
Strasbourg, Alsace, France
Mon 8 PM UTC+01224 guests
Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
Tue 8 PM UTC+01162 guests
Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France
Wed 8 PM UTC+01679 guests
Ramonville-Saint-Agne, Midi-Pyrenees, France
Sat 8 PM UTC+01146 guests
Rennes, Bretagne, France
Sun 8 PM UTC+01Hosted by Gérard Drouot Productions
Caen, Basse-Normandie, France
Tue 8 PM UTC+01105 guests
Tours, Centre, France
Wed 8 PM UTC+01Hosted by Les productions Label LN
Nancy, Lorraine, France
Thu 8:30 PM UTC+01565 guests
Belval, Luxembourg District, Luxembourg
FEB2 Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District, Israel
Mon 7 PM UTC+01551 guests
Munich, Bayern, Germany
Tue 7 PM UTC+01544 guests
Berlin, Germany
Sun 8 PM UTC+01698 guests
Bratislava, Bratislava Region, Slovakia
Wed 7:30 PM UTC+01951 guests
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Thu 7:30 PM UTC+01577 guests
Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy
Fri 7 PM UTC+01674 guests
Sat 7 PM UTC+01783 guests
Bochum, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Mon 8 PM UTC+01912 guests
Brussels, Belgium
Wed 7 PM UTC+01536 guests
Hamburg, Germany
Thu 6:30 PM UTC+011,299 guests
Sat 6:30 PM UTC+01788 guests
Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden
Mon 8 PM UTC+021,611 guests
Wed 8 PM UTC+03638 guests
Moscow, Russia
Wed 8 PM UTC+03151 guests
Moscow, Russia
Sat 7 PM UTC+021,841 guests
Kyiv, Kiev, Ukraine

Born and raised in North Carolina, Cynthia Haithcock is a self-taught photographer who has always had a love for taking photos. Along with photography, music is also one of her greatest passions in life. She attended her first concert in her early teens, which soon after resulted in her spending most of her youth at numerous gigs. She quickly became addicted to documenting the music scene and began further pursuing digital imagery while shooting local rock and metal bands in various cities around NC. She later joined Shutter 16 in 2011 and has since had the opportunity to cover many talented acts, both local and national. From crowded bars, to sold out stadiums, few things make her happier than being behind the lens, especially when it involves combining and sharing her favorite forms of art.

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