Rachid Taha and Brian Eno Rock On

Author: Yvonne Mitton

Rachid Taha and Brian Eno ~ Stop The War Coalition Concert ~ 27th November

Well, if

Rachid Taha
feels invisible in France [BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
interview] he’s certainly very, and frequently, visible here in the UK. The
Astoria [London]
was heaving to the rafters last night [Sunday] for the Stop the War Coalition
concert. The whimsical Imogen Heap and the aesthetic
barely prepared the way for the blast, the wall of sound that is the

Rachid Taha
Band, as they were billed. Standing at the crash barrier in
front of the stage was injurious to health in more ways than one ~ but I don’t
mind my health being seriously threatened by Monsieur
Taha once in a while!Anyone expecting, or even wanting a
Taha concert to be a reprise of the genteel

, forget it, he’s moved on ~ retreat to a safe distance,
preferably leave the building, if you can’t take it!

Last night would knock more than your socks off. As per usual, he belted out,
numbers from

and his back catalogue, with an incredible energy
that makes younger men look comatose. The audience were with him all the way,
for most of the time it was sing-along-a-Rachid . The charisma and magnetism of the man is phenomenon to behold ~ we met up with
five fans from Spain who had flown in purely for this concert and certainly
didn’t regret it.

Brian Eno on his Kaoss drums, and as chorus, was obviously loving every
minute of it ~ his first appearance on the UK stage since 1979. Now if that
doesn’t tell you something about the respect and support that

Rachid Taha
is attracting from the great and good what will? Mick Jones, to
the delight of the crowd and looking wonderfully bemused and blokey, strolled on
mid-way to join

et al in Habina and remained for the rest of the performance
including the two encores,
culminating in the frenetic Garab.

Rock on Monsieur
Taha !! I’m going back to bed now!!

[Poster Photo by Ivor Vereechagin].