On January 17th, 2013, W.E.T. played an exclusive show at the Debaser Club in Stockholm, Sweden to celebrate the release of their sophomore album, “Rise Up”. The show was promoted almost exclusively through a viral web campaign, so that night the faithful and energized crowd’s fever for the band, featuring Robert Säll (the “W” from Work of Art), Erik Mårtensson (the “E” from Eclipse) and Jeff Scott Soto (the “T” from Talisman) was incredibly high (despite the cold Swedish winter being in full force). Fans flew in from all over the world and the venue was packed to the rafters when the band hit the stage with their driving number “Walk Away”.
W.E.T showcased songs from the then forthcoming album “Rise Up” as well as from the critically acclaimed self-titled 2009 debut album. A truly exquisite performance, where the band played many fan favorites including two Talisman songs, as well as one song each from Eclipse and Work of Art. The Eclipse song was “Bleed & Scream” which was sung by Erik Martensson and the Work Of Art song was “The Great Fall” where the band were joined by Lars Säfsund, lead singer of W.O.A.
Jeff Scott Soto recalls: “For us, it was a magical night as much as a nervous one… We all have the experience of performing live to multitudes of people, the wisdom on how to take the show from A-Z but none of these items together as a new band. With that, you’re witnessing something I know in 10-20 years time, we will all reflect upon as something special captured on film and recording as a moment in time we’ll never forget”.
The show was filmed and recorded for a live CD / DVD release, which also includes two unreleased bonus tracks, studio cuts taken from the “Rise Up” sessions.
The resulting package captures a stunning performance and celebrates the birth of W.E.T. as a kick-ass live unit. Even more, this simply reinforces what I reported in my reviews of both the most recent W.E.T. and Eclipse albums – Erik Mårtensson is quite possibly the greatest AOR song writer around at the moment (and probably the most prolific!). If you haven’t yet got hold of a copy of the first two W.E.T. albums I have to ask “Why not?” Whether or not you have, this is such a great live album you really owe it to yourself if you are fan of great melodic rock to get this urgently – soaring melodies, great playing and JSS has one of the best voices in rock. You know it makes sense!
Cd1: Walk Away; Learn To Live Again; Invincible; I’ll Be There; Love Heals; Rise Up; Bleed & Scream; Bad Boy; Still Unbroken; Broken Wings; I’ll Be Waiting.
Cd2: If I Fall; Shot; Comes Down Like Rain; The Great Fall; What You Want; Brothers In Arms; Mysterious; One Love; Poison (Numbing The Pain) (Bonus Studio Track); Bigger Than Both Of Us (Bonus Studio Track).
DVD: Walk Away; Learn To Live Again; Invincible; I’ll Be There; Love Heals; Rise Up; Bleed & Scream; Bad Boy;
Still Unbroken; Broken Wings; I’ll Be Waiting; If I Fall; Shot; Comes Down Like Rain; The Great Fall; What You Want; Brothers In Arms; Mysterious; One Love. Love Heals (Bonus videoclip); Learn to Live Again (Bonus videoclip).
Jeff Scott Soto – Lead Vocals & Keyboards
Erik Martensson – Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Backing & Lead Vocals
Robert Säll – Keyboards, Guitar & Backing Vocals
Magnus Henriksson – Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Robban Bäck – Drums
Andreas Passmark – Bass
“One Live – In Stockholm” is released in Europe on 21st February and the Rest of the World on 24th February via Frontiers Records.