Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Thomas Dolby’s presentation at The Egg in Albany last weekend seemed more like a memoir than a concert. Following on the heels of many others of the baby-boomer generation, (recently Bill Payne of Little Feet did the same thing at The Linda), Dolby presented his life as a show-and-tell with words and pictures. The mood-setting movie at the beginning of the show was an intimate and interesting take on his history from childhood to rock icon. It centered on where he grew up and now lives in England with a myriad of back-stories involving, among other things, UFOs, an Air Force Base, a nuclear reactor and a lighthouse – yes, the lighthouse that gives the tour its moniker, “The Invisible Lighthouse.”
In tandem with guitarist Blake Leyh – who, for this tour, also doubled as a movie-set foley maven splashing water and walking in a box of stones in front of a mic – Dolby & his co-conspirator created a memorable presentation on the film side of things. He even managed to slip in a song or three for the audience to enjoy from behind the keyboards during the film’s 50-minute run.
“Quite engaging,” as the British would say.