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Does anyone know the stage times? Also, who's supporting? Thanks.
I don't think there will be a support act.
I saw them at the cathedral in Manchester as well, and they were just incredible. It was so beautiful. I'm seeing them again on Monday, but I don't think it will compare to Friday's show due to the intimacy (I was second row from the front).
Stephin was at the club I went to afterwards but I was too busy dancing or something to find him, though this is probably for the best as I know I would've made a complete fool of myself. My friend said he was very short and very deaf.
gig? I'm not a big fan of their new album. It's a bit weak compared to their others. I think he suffers from a hearing problem. I've also heard that he's a bit of a git in real life. A troubled genius I guess.
I'd say they played about 8 songs off Realism, a good handful from 69 Love Songs and then 1/2 from each of the other albums. I think they were all represented with at least one song, and then there was a 6ths track and a Gothic Archies number. I won't give too much away as it'll spoil it otherwise.
It was really magical, and I think the Realism tracks really came to life in a live setting.
can't figure out where to go for dinner before, though. Ideas welcomed.
good pub, good food!
Been waiting to see this band for a very long time!
Starts at 8, interval at 8.50, finishes at 10. No support.
I will be in the battle cruiser somewhere nearby with rubber-faced Graham from 7 if anyone wants to join us.
3rd row, near the middle. £25.
can you pm me your number?
i have been waiting a long time for this. very excited
I'm going tonight. Can't wait.
As far as I know Stephen Merritt does have a hearing problem - in that if he hears sounds over a certain volume he'll irreparably damage his hearing. Hence the reason behind Distortion, so I heard; not as a tribute to Jesus & Mary Chain, but because he's never heard real live distortion at a gig because if it was that loud his ears would have exploded or something, so he tried to make his own interpretation of it in album form to see what it was like.
I heard as a result of this none of his gigs are particularly loud - hence his strop about never playing festivals again after that sound war he had with another stage, wherever it was.
and he was wincing in pain whenever the audience cheered/clapped the end of each song. Should be a great gig tonight
a few years ago. He asked people not to clap, but instead click their fingers so it wasn't so loud haha.
Currently listening to 'Realism' and getting excited.
Gimme a call on 07966020333 if you're keen, you can have them at face value. I'm at the venue from 715pm
I think that was the best that I've seen them. Claudia Gonson comes over as a really nice person. Most people in bands are arseholes. Anyway, a great gig and evening for me. Goodnight.
my fave song to end on too. Definitely noticed him favouring his ear throughout the show.
First half was better than the second, but the whole thing was generally great. Encore was superb!
but i thought he was on really good form last night - way more cheerful than i've ever seen him before.
as to the, show i thought it was great. very happy indeed to finally hear 100,000 fireflies live.
first half was fucking great.
second half was pretty poor.
and £22.50 for no support act/an interval was a complete joke
you're paying for the venue as much as anything else ...
support band it may have cut into some of the time that the main band have. Also, apparently an interval has to happen at such venues. It's a union thing someone told me. You now know who to blame.....
the second half tailed off a bit - The Dolls' Tea Party followed by Wi Nae Wee Bairn Ye'll Me Beget was a bit of a twee overload... but then the encore was brilliant. I loved it overall - almost exactly what I hoped for and expected.
Oh and Amelia Fletcher was sitting next to me. I didn't speak to her but I managed to accidentally elbow her in the face when I was getting my stuff together to leave!
Really surreal seeing someone you've encountered in Board Meetings performing with Stephen Merritt...
I don't think of her as being a senior director type. I assumed she was a full-time indiepopster.
she's an economist now. has a d.phil from oxford and everything.
bow. "In 2001, she was appointed chief economist at the Office of Fair Trading." That's very impressive.
grammar my last post.
They were ruddy great. Granted the second half tailed a little, but still good throughout, and the encore Papa Was A Rodeo was ace. Poor Stephen was wincing during every applause with his finger in his left ear, I never realised it was that bad. I was trying to keep my applause as modest as possible, why didn't anyone else seem to notice/care?
I liked the awkward British Airways abuse backtrack. Did anyone else notice them start going on about Claire Grogan, and her being a Londoner? I thought all of Altered Images were Scottish...?
and I was very suitably impressed, and will now be looking into their back catalogue.