After DarkLight Con in Paris last week, members of the Supernatural cast went to Dusseldorf and attended the fifth Purgatory Con by Entertainment Event, which took place May 3-5. The guest list was composed of Rob Benedict, Richard Speight Jr., Ruth Connell, Alex Calvert, David Haydn-Jones, Sebastian Roché, David Alpay (The Vampire Diaries) and Sachin Sahel (The 100).
The convention started on Friday with Rob Benedict’s acoustic concert – similarly to the one at DarkLight Con, which we reported on here. Rob was joined on stage by Richard Speight Jr, David Haydn-Jones, Ruth Connell and David Alpay.
The concert started with Rob performing the Louden Swain song, “Eskimo”, followed by “The Rest”, a song from Rob’s other band The Station Breaks.
David Haydn-Jones then joined Rob on stage to cover the song “Faith” by George Michael.
Louden Swain released an acoustic album Splitting The Seams last year and one of the songs reimagined by the band was “Trigger Finger” from the album Sky Alive. The audience had the surprise of seeing David Alpay come on stage to accompany Rob with his violin. It was a really amazing moment to hear that song live with the addition of strings.
Rob debuted a new song last week at DarkLight Con and Rob played it again at this concert. The song is called “Bring It In” and is a beautiful song. Hopefully, we will get to hear it more in the future. Ruth Connell joined Rob on stage to sing “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”, a song she started singing at Creation Entertainment conventions and it is also a song on Louden Swain‘s live album Saturday Night Special (Live). Ruth also sang one of the band’s song with Rob, “Cool If I Come Over”.
After that, Rob sang “Amazing” which always is a wonderful and emotional performance to listen to.
Another song from Splitting the Seams followed when Rob performed “Rock Song”. The last guest to join Rob on stage for the night was Richard Speight, Jr. They sang together “Mrs Robinson” from Simon and Garfunkel and “Superman” from R.E.M.
Before finishing the concert with “Fare Thee Well”, Rob took suggestions from the audience and played “Help You”.
Rob exited the stage with a lot of cheering and clapping from the crowd but quickly came back to play one last song: “Medicated”. The audience participated with kazoos and Rob taught the people without kazoos how to kazoo with fingers.
Beginning the weekend with the concert was the perfect way to start the convention. It’s always amazing to see how it is as great a moment for the guests and for the audience.