Camel Epic Tour 2014: Live in Concert

“Nothing can last
there are no second chances.
Never give a day away.
Always live for today.” – Lyrics by Andrew Latimer

But life gave Andy a second chance, to the great joy and gratitude of his fans all over the World: Andy (Andrew Latimer) is the key figure of the English Prog-Rock band Camel, one of the best –and most undervalued- bands of all time.

There are no words to describe yesterday’s concert here in Barcelona: At 65 years of age, Andy still rocks. It’s not the kind of music that would get you on your feet to dance and yell, no. His is a hypnotic spell that sends you in trance, leaving you glued to your seat in awe, totally submissive to the magic spells of his guitar in the purest Camel style. Shredding his guitars and fondling his flute for over 2.5 hours, his face and his body were twisting, tormented by the avalanche of emotions flowing with his music.

This is the very same man that, a few years ago, was dying. Following a bone marrow transplant, he could no longer even touch the chords of his guitar. His is a tale of pain and passion.

Accompanied by other genius musicians from the best Camel years, he performed songs from The Snow Goose, Moonmadness, Mirage, Harbour of Tears, and other Camel classics that cemented Camel’s fame and established the band as one of the best. That was one unforgettable concert of a legendary musician, and it might be his farewell tour.

If you never heard of Camel before, and if you like Pink Floyd, Marillion, Eloy and similar band, then Harbour of Tears by Camel might be a good introduction:

I’m attaching some pics that I took during the concert.

The wounded Snow Goose that turned Friendship into Love

It’s a portrait of a young girl called Fritha with a wounded snow goose in her arms, and the story behind it is a sad one.
The man who had painted this portrait, a disabled artist called Rhayader, died during the war. He had known Fritha years earlier when, one day, she brought the wounded snow goose to him at the lighthouse where he lived, hoping he could heal the goose. He did, and every year ever after, the snow goose would visit the lighthouse in its annual migration…an occasion celebrated by Rhayader and Fritha every year as their friendship silently turned into love over the years. She realized it after he died.

This is the plot of a short novel titled ‘The Snow Goose’ by Paul Gallico, a very touching story that inspired my favorite band, Camel, who issued a concept album based on the novel in 1975. Having read the novel, the music brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it and remember the fate of this love. Here is a short instrumental piece called ‘Sanctuary’ from the album: