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Possibly a little hyperbolic, but definitely not far off the mark. Quiet... quiet... quiet... APOCALYPSE.
They blew apart the PA system at Leeds in 2002 or 03 with it as their set closer. The woman next to me grabbed me in a frenzy and kept screaming it was like having an orgasm for half an hour. I couldn't disagree. My best mate went to w3atch the Manics instead. He regrets it to this day...
Skunk Anansie instead of Mogwai on the Sunday night. Mogwai was one of the best gigs I have ever seen (preceeded by Mercury Rev & Pavement!), and I'm pretty sure Skunk Anansie were crap!
but yea, I saw the Reading equivilant that year also and they were ridiculous in volume. Brilliant. Shame the recorded version of My Father My King never did it justice,.
I have seen 15 odd times over the years though.
Surprisingly they didn't go down well with the awkward mix of teenage zealots & beer boys in the crowd, however it's still one of the single most astonishing (and loudest) performances I've ever seen
they played neither, but i'd prefer to hear Helicon alright. amazing piece of music.
second the comment above about My Father My King, it's the one time my ears have been ringing after a gig, and that includes 3 MBV shows
but I have to agree that Helicon 1 is their best piece live. 2 rights make 1 wrong at RAH a few years back was also suprisingly brilliant. Apparently Superheros of BMX is stunning too but I've never had the pleasure. Question - do they or have they ever played Burn Girl Prom Queen live??
has never been played live.
Pavement did not play on the same stage as Mogwai at Glastonbury 1999. I know, as I was also there:
Glastonbury Town Band, Toploader, Dr Didg, Snowpony, Elactrasy, Dog Star, Delgados, Feeder, Tindersticks, Mercury Rev, Mogwai
especially as I can't remember what I did last week.
Weren't Queens of the Stone Age billed as Queens of the new stone age when they played that year also!?!?
I guess it's probably cos MFS is my favourite thing they've ever recorded (and one of my favourite songs of all time), so live I just love the way every part of it is emphasised further beyond the recorded version.
I'd love to hear Superheroes... live. Xmas Steps is brilliant live as well, and some of the stuff from The Hawk Is Howling - particularly 'Jim Morrison' is pretty superb.
Then it properly clicked and was a real 'WOW' moment. MFS is immense. Still sounds amazing a decade or more on.
only I suspect that, amazing as it is, Like Herod or My Father My King may well be better.
in that Like Herod may equal it. But haven't seen yet, so can't confirm. Hopefully will in Feb though.