Photo Gallery: MAGMA live at Venue, April 2, 2015.

Photo Gallery: MAGMA live at Venue, April 2, 2015.

Rarely has one heard, among audience pre-show chatter about past concerts, personal recollections that stretched back as far as the Trudeau administration; but many of those in attendance last Thursday at Venue had waited a very long time to see French prog-rock legends, Magma. Since its foundation by drummer Christian Vander in 1969, the avant music group has developed a singular style of jazz-infused rock complete with vocals sung in Kobaïan, an invented phonetic language. Marking the launch of their inaugural North American tour the band, led by Vander, performed a hypnotic 2-hour set for an enthusiastic and loudly bilingual Vancouver crowd.