OK, I am a bit biased here, seeing that Morphine is one of my most favourite bands ever, but this was one of the best gigs I have ever been to, and I have visited way over 1000 of those. Although Mark Sandman is sadly not with us any longer, Vapors of Morphine, two thirds of the original band, Dana Colley and Jerome Deupree, joined by Jeremy Lyons, do not seem to have lost any of that Morphine magic.
Yes, there is no longer Sandman’s crooning rumble, and it will forever be missed, but that well-known, yet not easily identifiable “low rock” sound, a particular and peculiar mix of blues and jazz, featuring generous bits of “je ne sais quoi”, is still there and as powerful as ever.
I spent a moment with the band backstage, and they also seem to be a genuinely great bunch of guys, relaxed and down to earth, without a trace of that stardom elitism, a feat also apparent on stage, as they often poked fun at themselves, while developing a really great rapport with the otherwise quite often indifferent The Hague public.
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