The last time Steven Wilson played in NY was for the Hand.Cannot.Erase tour in 2016. For that show at The Beacon Theater, Wilson had lost his voice due to a cold and was not able to sing. This weekend, April 28th/29th, Wilson and his stellar band returned to NY for 2 shows at the wonderful PlayStation Theater, and this time, the voice was in fine form and the shows were spectacular. The first night on the 28th, Wilson played the set that he had been playing on most nights of the ‘To The Bone’ tour, pulling from most of the new album while mixing in some solo classics with beloved Porcupine Tree gems. On this second night in NY, Wilson changed the set up a bit as many fans had come to see both shows. The resulting night was an amazing show of prog bombast and melancholy genius from the singer who is at the top of his game right now.

...As a treat to those in the audience that favor the proggier side of things, Wilson announced that the first half of tonights show will be the Hand.Cannot.Erase album. The band then proceed to play a selection of songs, not in order, from that hit album. Tracks like “Home Invasion,” “Routine,” and “Ancestral,” sounded incredible. Drummer Craig Blundell and bassist Nick Beggs are as good a rhythm section as there is. Beggs uses a number of different basses as well as his Chapman Stick to create his unique sound, while Blundell, is always powerful and flawless in this playing. [The Prog Report]

As noted in The Prog Report's review above, Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson is fresh off playing two nights at NYC's Playstation Theater on his ongoing tour. He played a mix of Porcupine Tree songs and solo songs, including stuff from last year's To The Bone, and at one point he projected his Israeli collaborator Ninet Tayeb as a hologram. The sets differed a bit on night one and night two (night two had a song by Blackfield, Steven Wilson's project with Aviv Geffen). You can see both setlists below and pictures of night one in the gallery above.

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Night 1 Setlist (via)
Intro ("Truth" short film)

Set 1:
Nowhere Now
Pariah
Home Invasion
Regret #9
The Creator Has a Mastertape (Porcupine Tree song)
Refuge
People Who Eat Darkness
Ancestral

Set 2:
Arriving Somewhere but Not Here (Porcupine Tree song)
Permanating
Song of I
Lazarus (Porcupine Tree song)
Detonation
The Same Asylum as Before
Heartattack in a Layby (Porcupine Tree song)
Vermillioncore
Sleep Together (Porcupine Tree song)

Encore:
Song of Unborn

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Night 2 setlist (via)
Intro ("Truth" short film)

Set 1:
To the Bone
Pariah
Home Invasion
Routine
Hand Cannot Erase
Ancestral
Happy Returns
Ascendant Here On... (Adam Holzman solo on piano)

Set 2:
People Who Eat Darkness
Don't Hate Me (Porcupine Tree song)
Permanating
Song of I
Refuge
Vermillioncore
Sleep Together (Porcupine Tree song)

Encore:
Blackfield (Blackfield song) (SW on acoustic guitar and Adam Holzman duet)
Postcard (SW on acoustic guitar and Adam Holzman duet)
The Sound of Muzak (Porcupine Tree song)
Song of Unborn

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photos by Greg Cristman