Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin @ Reggies, Chicago (US)

Claudio Simonetti’s GOBLIN

Date: 13th October, 2019
Venue: Reggies Rock Club
Ticket:
$30/€27 (in advance) - $55/€49 (seated)
Promoter: n/a


Claudio Simonetti’s version of GOBLIN played at Reggie’s not that while ago, and in fact I think the maestro and his band did the “Suspiria” soundtrack. For reasons, I cannot recall I missed that performance, so this time around I was determined to redeem myself.

On purpose I left myself in the dark as far as watching videos online because I wanted to get a genuine first taste of such experience. Yes, I had never been before in such event and therefore I was bit taken aback when I saw tables set up in front of the stage with cozy-looking table-candles. I should have known better because the first part of the performance was dedicated to the soundtrack of the movie “Deep Red” although I did not expect that to include an actual viewing of the entire movie.

Right on time, Claudio and his band showed up onstage; “Hello everybody! Welcome! “Deep Red” was my first film”, were Claudio's first words right before introducing the musicians accompanying him. Of course, the American version of the movie was on the menu, although it would have been better to watch the original Italian version. On second thought, having to read the subtitles would have been distracting because enjoying the musical part of the movie was the first priority. The colors and the general atmosphere of the movie was a nice trip down the memory lane when CGI was an unknown word but creating colorful images, using the music to underline the atmosphere was closer to art than it is nowadays. Sure, call me old-fashioned but if you think about it, all this technology with the green rooms and the powerful computers have made movie-makers lazier than we would prefer them to be.

The band was getting into action at the right moments and it took me a while to get used to have the music louder in the mix as compare to watching the movie. But the experience grew in me and I started to pay more attention to the musical parts and how the live performance enhance the movie viewing. Sure, it felt a bit awkward watching the musicians waiting their turn to contribute to the movie but this added to this unique experience. Ok, it was a bit of a funny moment when the audience cheered watching the main suspect for the murders being brutally killed (don’t worry, I won’t spoil the movie for you in case you haven't watched it yet).

After the reveal of the murder and getting the final taste of the movie’s score, Claudio asked: “so you want some more?” Well, that was a rhetorical question, but he did get a loud cheer as a response, and the onstage atmosphere changed into being closer to a live performance. That’s right; guitarist Bruno Previtali, bassist Cecilia Nappo and drummer Federico Maragoni gained a different kind of energy when the movie ended. I am not a musician (not even close), however I do understand the energy release the moment the stage lights lit up and you are free to move on stage. And that’s exactly what happened and for the next 10-track session we got pumped watching the band and movie excerpts from well-known movies. Claudio raised his horns just before the headbanging-worthy groove of “Demoni” and I could not help but smile watching the mall scene with the zombies doing all kinds of strange things during “Zombi”. Bruno turned out to be quite a performer and track by track he put more energy in his performance and this did spread all around the venue. Getting to hear “Suspiria” live was a shiver down-your-spine moment and it is amazing how live music really elevates the atmosphere of the music. Even the movie looked 10 times better with the band delivering the music with that passion although the audience did not sing-along the “lalalala, lalala” part adding a little bit of disappointment to what I was expecting. But not for long, because the playful main theme of “Tenebre” came out absolutely awesome to say the least.

This was a unique show that was totally different from what I have in mind as a live concert. Yes, I was able to enjoy different aspects of a bunch of movies that nowadays look naïve and not that scary. However, they are a unique representation of a long-gone era when a film director was an artist too and the script was not the top priority with the images, the (cult) atmosphere and the performance adding so many layers that unfortunately are almost non-existed nowadays. Mille grazie, Claudio!

Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN setlist:

01. “Deep Redscore [during film screening]
02. “Brain Zero One”
03. “Mother Of Tears”
04. “Demoni”
05. “Dawn Of The Dead”
06. “Zombi”
07. “Zaratozom”
08. “Suspiria”
09. “Tenebre”
10. “Phenomena”

Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Claudio Simonetti's Goblin @ Reggies Rock Club (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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