Posted in music | pictures on July 10, 2012

photos by Greg Cristman

Tangerine Dream at Best Buy Theater - 7/7/12
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Tangerine Dream are currently on a tour which brought them to their first NYC show in about two decades on Saturday (7/7) at Best Buy Theater. They took the stage about a half hour later than planned, but then graced the audience with a 2 hour and 45 minute set. Since 1988, the only original member who remains in the lineup is Edgar Froese, who leads the band from his keys. The NY Times offered their thoughts on the show, giving it a bit of a mixed reaction, and mentioning that the show-offy guitar playing of Bernhard Beibl was at times reminiscent of '80s pop hits:

On Saturday Tangerine Dream's two generous sets wandered between the hypnotic and the cheesy. Pieces like "One Night in Space" stacked rhythms -- metronomic programmed beats, a throbbing bass undertow, crosscurrents of percussion, percolating arpeggios from keyboards and guitar -- that promised ceaseless, dizzying motion, the kind of rush through abstract voids that was shown on a video screen above the musicians.
Regardless of any lower points, it was a great opportunity to see the band back in a city they hadn't visited in so long. If you made it out to the show, what did you think?

More pictures from Best Buy Theater and a list of all remaining tour dates are below...

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TANGERINE DREAM - 2012 TOUR DATES
11 JULY - SANTA BARBARA - THE GRANADA THEATRE
12 JULY - LOS ANGELES - Club Nokia
13 JULY - NAPA - UPTOWN THEATRE
14 JULY - SARATOGA The Mountain Winery (OPEN AIR)

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Comments (30)

awesome show nice to see them back in the USA.

I'm so sick of the BS guitar show off sh*t mentioned every time a 70's or 80's prog band is reviewed. Its funny how you would never hear this about a pop singer who over does the vocals (ala Whitney or Christina A or any of those American Idol winners)or a Punk/hipster band who jumps around so much you can tell its BS. Its all the same stop the stupit comments.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 5:30 PM

Edgar Froese is one of the most selfish, egotistical guitar players I've ever seen perform with any band ever.

Did he pay respects onstage to Conrad Schnitzler, though? That would've been rad.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | July 10, 2012 5:33 PM

Show was a new age nightmare. Both the Times critic and myself had left it about 20-30 minutes before it ended. And i rarely leave a show before it ends. That one was just way too long.
Be prepared for more of the same at the upcoming DCD shows...

Nevertheless the first commenter is absolutly correct with his guitar solos remark.

Posted by ME | July 10, 2012 5:42 PM

I believe Edgar Froese only played guitar on a single track. Anyway, why was the guitar WAY too loud? Did the venue audio people not care at all about trying to keep it balanced in the mix?

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 6:19 PM

Great show, although it was a little long and the guitar was too loud in the mix. Froese looks like he's got both feet in the grave but thankfully his hands are still alive.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 6:24 PM

Using a quote from Jon Pareles is like telling everyone you hate music. Class it up a little, BV.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 6:28 PM

Nice to see old school musicians not being afraid to adapt to modern technology. He has to love being able to go on the road and not have to worry about bumping his irreplaceable synths!

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 9:01 PM

Sure were a lot of French wankers at this show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 9:03 PM

The Times critic did not leave. He was down on the floor until the very end.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 9:08 PM

Saw them in philly and when they were great they were great when they were bad they were really bad. The geetar player was straight out of a boss pedal demo from the 90s and the sax solo was such an embarassment for all

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 9:31 PM

Fer crin' out loud, Froese played a tastefully brief exchange on guitar with Linda Spa. Hardly Grateful Dead/deranged jam band territory...and Biebl was appropriately flash. The sax solo was a perfect representation of the original recording and the sound, at least from where I sat was perfect, though the synths could have been bumped up a bit in the mix. Otherwise, superb show. I'm a longtime fan and I was thrilled.

Posted by Old Fart at Play | July 10, 2012 10:47 PM

i live in santa barbara where they debut tomorrow. I used their music a lot on my radio show here in the 70's & for a docu i did on ufo's on 3 radio stations. but now this old psychedelic relic cant afford a ticket. i used to usher at that theatre but now they discriminate if u r disabled (as in old, sick,poor)so i cant work my way in anymore either. judging from comments, i dont know if i'd recognize their music anymore. ah well...

Posted by trina simon | July 11, 2012 2:40 AM

I'll bet Guy Guden could get you a ticket.

Alternately, just say you're doing a review and you should be on the press list.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | July 11, 2012 3:37 AM

We had the freak train making local stops, and no crowd shots????? Not one picture of the midget Ronnie James Dio looking muthafucker with the wizard hat, interpretive dancing shirtless and shoeless throughout the entire set? Not one picture of the Geritol Germans seated in the back? Not one picture of the 2nd keyboardist with a "Separated At Birth" comparison picture of Jonah Hill? Fucking weak, you guys are losing it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 7:32 AM

Insulting that these guys (and many others) have to play in a place named Best Buy Theater.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 11:16 AM

"boss pedal demo from the 90s " - 9:31

incredible.

Posted by edward korft | July 11, 2012 12:45 PM

leave this band alone.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 12:53 PM

hippies make me sick

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 1:02 PM

I walked the fuck out of this wank fest.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 1:07 PM

^ that's what your girlfriend said. then I slept with her. well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 1:12 PM

Conrad Schnitzler tried to get backstage with a hunting knife

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 1:20 PM

Pareles NY Times review was 90% very positive and I saw Pareles on the floor with his pad through the end of the set and saw him exiting the theater with the audience at the end of the 3 hour + show.

Posted by Rick | July 11, 2012 3:41 PM

@7:32- That guy with the wizard hat was totally obnoxious and disruptive. I'm glad BV didn't give him any public encouragement.
@9:31- I agree, esp with your first sentence. I left a couple songs into the second set- too long.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2012 5:31 PM

Judging from the pictures, no one wanted to be there, including the band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2012 9:19 AM

Yeah should have had a UK EM artist and max the place out with 10 people :D. Lay off Conrad he died last year - you tard

Posted by Graybo Mummies Boy | July 12, 2012 10:52 AM

While we're hammering TD for not acknowledging Schnitzler, let's hammer 'em for not including Steve Schroyder or Steve Joliffe, too...Problem may be there are too many phases of TD's career, too many stylistic changes, to suit everyone who goes to see them...I've been into TD since Phaedra in '74 and I could have listened to them all night at Best Buy...and, yes, "Best Buy Theatre" is an unfortunate name, but we live in an age when brand names are attached to everything. They'll be coming to our foreheads soon, for the right price....

Posted by oldfartatplay | July 12, 2012 10:43 PM

This was my first TD show & I was very impressed. I got into them back in '95, & got away from them in recent years, but thought that this line-up was very exciting to watch. Sure, they weren't jumping around the stage, but the display of talent was exciting. Hoping they return to the states at least once more.

Posted by LC | July 16, 2012 4:33 PM

You should have seen them at the Beacon in 88. Just 3 of them with GIGUNDOUS analog synths, and all 3 played guitar. THAT shit was tight!

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2012 4:45 PM

A lovely display of American inteligence!

Posted by MelC | July 13, 2013 3:25 AM

totally super fun.

Posted by jordon | July 27, 2013 2:19 PM

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