There is a very palpable satisfaction when a tour finally happens, as was the case when the legendary Dutch darkwave act Clan of Xymox commenced the long delayed tour of North America over the past month. It’s impressive enough that the band has been a consistent force in the genre for four decades, with 2020’s Spider on the Wall and 2021’s Limbo proving that Ronny Moorings and his compatriots haven’t run out of creative steam yet; alas, the lingering effects of global crisis continued to put a damper on touring plans, so one can imagine the simultaneous excitement and reservation audiences undoubtedly felt when the 2023 North American Tour was finally announced. But it happened… it actually happened this time, and after being postponed once or twice already, thank goodness for it.
The first leg took the band along the East Coast throughout March, with ReGen having had the opportunity to catch the show at two stops – first on March 11 at Soundstage in Baltimore, a venue has risen to become one of the city’s primary hotspots for goth, industrial, and metal shows, and then on March 14 in Greenville’s Radio Room. Though one of the largest cities in South Carolina, Greenville has the unfortunate luck of being stuck between Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA – two much larger cities with much bigger music scenes – forcing many with more alternative tastes to commute elsewhere for a concert; imagine the surprise of the locals, then, when the darkwave legends chose to descend upon the upstate to such an intimate venue.
Article by Ryan James (DreamXE) and Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)
Photography by Tabetha Patton (MizTabby)
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