So Friday just gone (2nd November 2012) saw Distant Worlds return to the Royal Albert Hall for the 25th annicersary celebrations of Final Fantasy, conducted by Arnie Roth who also performed the year before alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
TL;DR – The concert was amazing.
Now if you don’t want to read any further that’s fine, but the reason I put “amazing” instead of “AMAZING” like I did last year are only small things during the night which although didn’t ruin it for me, made me into a annoying fanboy who wants every need catered for. The year before was AMAZING, the music was excellent, the set-list was great. This year, music was still excellent but I somehow felt that this year was rushed, The orchestra played brilliantly (they should do if they’re part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) but the track list was what made myself feel somewhat lacking.
Choosing standard tracks and playing in chonological order, Mr Roth also tried to get the audience to join in when One Winged Angel was played (not a lot of people took that up fortunately), below is the set list of the nights music:
- Final Fantasy I – III: Medley 2012 <- This medley also makes me shiver at a certain point cause it’s just brilliant
- Final Fantasy IV: Battle with The Four Fiends
- Final Fantasy V: Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY V
- Final Fantasy VI: Phantom Forest <- Disappointed the FMV did not show Sabin pile-driving the train
- Final Fantasy VII: One Winged Angel <- As great as this track is, you do get bored of it AND Sephiroth when there’s a million and one fanboys saying that they’re him
- Final Fantasy VIII: Don’t Be Afraid
- Final Fantasy IX: Not Alone
- Final Fantasy X: Zanarkand <- Both Not Alone and Zanarkand played back to back, was brilliant, both tracks are just moving and I love them, though I still haven’t played X
- Final Fantasy Series: Chocobo Medley 2012 <- A new version of the chocobo theme, brilliant FMV.
- Final Fantasy XI: Procession of Heroes~Vana’diel March Medley
- Final Fantasy XII: The Dalmasca Estersand
- Final Fantasy XIII: Blinded By Light
- Final Fantasy XIV: Answers
- Final Fantasy VI: Theme of Love
- Final Fantasy VIII: Eyes on Me
- Final Fantasy VI: Opera “Maria and Draco” <- This was the completed version with narration and as always was amazing. Especially listening to it live.
Susan Calloway also made an appearance and sang Answers, she has a lovely voice but sort of looked like a disco ball with her extremely sparkly dress…, apart from the lovely Ms Calloway, a Japanese artist by the name of Crystal Kay also got to come over to this side and sing Eyes on Me. Both ladies had wonderful voices and if/when the third Distant Worlds CD is released I hope they’re both on there along with the new medleys and compositions!
Now the reason why I feel bad is because the self entitlement I have because of attending last years Distant Worlds, they played Dancing Mad which is a great track (albeit a bit long) and even had the organ. However this year it was not played. Although it would’ve been another repeat of last year I felt it still would’ve been as amazing as the first time I heard it live as well as the overall set-list was not my favourite tracks from the Final Fantasy games it was an amazing experience.
The final piece I have to say is that Distant Worlds played in Edinburgh, Scotland and they got Liberi Fatali. DAMN YOU SCOTLAND. /FIST-SHAKE
During the night I didn’t take many photos as I wanted to enjoy the music, instead have a picture of me starting Movember and now.
Not much change right? It’s gonna be interesting…Again if you could share and/or donate it would be greatly appreciated