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Onstage times this weekEdinburgh - 8pm
Leamington Spa - 8.30pm
Royal Albert Hall - 8.30pm
No support at any shows.
Some really good production hold seats just gone back on sale for the Royal Albert Hall tomorrow night via their box office: http://bit.ly/h4e6pJ
- wore sunglasses inside, at night.
- stood motionless on side of the stage the whole night, may as well have been a cardboard cutout.
- could hardly distinguish one song from the other.
- just shit.
each and everytime has been ace. will be seeing them next year.
and had my head blown every single time. they toured with stereolab in the early 00's...i would re-live that evening many times over if possible.
i would LOVE to see spiritualized again.
i'll agree over recent years they've become a bit dull live. however in '94/'95 they were awesome.
as for the motionless comment, were you expecting beyonce-style choreography?
...are you mental?
Yes I would.
I thought they were massively boring, yet my mates who liked them thought they were massively amazing.
acoustic mainline, regular electric, Ladies & Gentlemen in full twice, absolutely stunning every time.
But that's hardly sustainable is it.
Saw the Acoustic mainlines show too and that was a bit meh. Cool waves is always great though.
played a lot of new material to begin with then some stuff off Laser Guided Melodies (Shine a Light etc). he even squeezed in a Spacemen3 tune which was nice
They were absurdly good on the recent LAGWAFIS tour. I'm not sure why people expect him to be all chatty on stage and moan when he isn't...he's been like that for 20 odd years now.
6.45pm - Doors
7.30pm-8.00pm - DJ Ashley Wales
8.30pm-10.30pm - Spiritualized
11.00pm - Curfew
But sod it. That was dreadful.
Imagine Oasis recording Heathen Chemistry with Ornerte Coleman breathing down their necks. Imagine them then being force fed Richard Ashcroft's lyric book. Imagine Liam Gallagher found Jesus and decided his favourite Beatles album was Let It Be. Imagine all of this for 75 interminable minutes. Worst lyric of the night? "Mary Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?" takes some beating. Imagine, worst of all, what a sensational talent Pierce has been and seriously ask yourself if you can really say that he hasn't lapsed into lazy choir+strings+brass-makes-anything-sound-epic cliche.
still four minutes left. maybe they'll play baa baa black sheep.
What was the one about 'walking past a scary Jesus'?
Worst gig i've been to in ages.
I have seen them before and loved it, btw.
But yeah, an odd set. It wasn't until the encore that it stepped up a gear and the crowd were able to connect with them. I guess if you wanted to hear stuff from Ladies And Gentlemen... You'd have seen that when they toured the album last year.
Not sure what the sound was like in the rest of the hall, but from the front, on the floor, it sounded fine.
Listen to Uncle Gorkys next time kids.
Shit band who have made 1 good album.
they're an ace band, everything except Amazing Grace is pretty good to brilliant (and even Amazing Grace has a few very good songs)
laser guided melodies
ladies and gentlemen
songs in a&e
by my count, that's 4 good albums. the others are mixed bags, i grant you.
I much prefered when they came back out as a more stripped down band.
I think after the Ladies and Gents show at the Barbican (one of my best gigs ever) this was always going to be a bit of a let down, but I really think they have gone overly gospel rock and lost a lot of their subtle beauty.
Still had fun though and when they do noise freak outs they really really DO noise freak outs.
I thought they were good. Not sure what people were expecting that was Spiritualized live as they always have been.
Is there any chance in an approximation of a setlist?
Just <new song> will suffice if you don't know the name.
Love this band too much.
Classic case of 'more is less' - I love Spiritualized but the first half was as dire as anything I've seen in 28 years of gig-going. Shoe-horning an under-rehearsed orchestra and choir into the proceedings made the whole thing a total mess. The new songs sounded mostly pretty ordinary and the lyrics were a laughable pastiche of the Jason Pierce scrapbook.
An insult to the memory of RAH1...
Pierce's vocals too loud with far too much reverb, from where I was it totally overpowered the other musicians and I could barely make out the lyrics. Sounded like I was underwater. I felt totally bored throughout except for the few engaging moments - last song of the first half, plus Shine A Light and Oh Happy Day (when it felt like the roof might lift off) were the only good bits. And why bother to hire a 20 piece orchestra and 22 piece choir only to clear them off stage for the 2nd part of the show?
The Royal Albert Hall took my breathe away, and I had high expections of Spiritualized. Unfortunatly, they didn't fill my expections...
I also drank a bit too much.
...as a new album preview? Don't remember reading that when I booked tickets. Royal Albert Hall seems like an odd venue to play a gig like that. You're going to get a lot more casual gig goers who want to hear the classics. The atmosphere was flat because of that - loads of empty seats, lots of people chatting and iPhoning which got other people irritated (me included), people popping out to get drinks because they were bored...
Career ending setlist, as one wag near me said half-way through...
ATP put on the show, they didn't play it.
but Pierce didn't get it finished
(a) not reschedule the show or (b) still play loads of new stuff, if that is what they did...
What really pissed me off was that I had a box membership ticket but they wouldn't let me go down to the floor towards the end.
It's not natural sitting down at a gig.
This was a poor show. To think that you can just turn up and preview songs from an unreleased record is pushing it a bit. The Royal Albert Hall is not a great venue - but I was down in the arena area so at least I was reasonably close to the (lack of) action.
I was looking at my watch after about 20 minutes and left part way thru the unenthusiastic encore
unless of course all those new tunes are shit.
but dont sell the gig as 'career spanning' and dont charge £32 for it either.
Compared the LAGWAFIS 18 months ago, this was a shabby event
And despite what other people are saying, the last song of the main set dragged out a sub-lad-rock terrace anthem chorus for what seemed like well over five minutes.
I looked at a lot of the crowd around me in the arena. The feeling was largely of boredom.
Yes, £32 is a lot of money (I think including fee ours were £35 each, not cheap).
Yes, whoever billed it as a 'career-spanning' gig might be getting a visit from the trades description act people.
Yes, it's not everyone's idea of a fun night out to listen to 75 minutes of new stuff, particularly when it's the first 75 minutes of the show.
Yes, there were a couple of dodgy new songs, particularly 'Mary'.
Yes, maybe the orchestra and choir were 'under-rehearsed'.
But last night was one of the best times I've seen Spiritualized and I've seen them 35-40 times now.
New stuff largely sounds great (last track was immense) and was a real treat to hear the new album (I'm guessing it was all of it) a full five months before release.
The second set was just perfect - 'Shine A Light' and 'Take Me To The Other Side' sounded amazing where we were in the stalls.
Jason's a contrary sod, so always expect the unexpected.
It's interesting to note that the Albert Hall show in Oct '97 a few months after LAGWAFIS came out was also met with some harsh criticism and is now deemed a legendary gig (which it was).
well songs from A&E was shit and it sounds like the new LP will be too so if I were him, I'd take a look around next time he's in Aldi because thats going to be his next job
Anyway, three posts and bringing the Aldi banter to slag off Songs In A & E? If I were you, I'd take a look around next time you're in Aldi because that's going to be your next post.
YEAH I WENT THERE.
Sounds shite. Pay for a "Career Spanning Set List" then receive a new unheard album in it's entirety plus a few well known ones tagged on the end. Shame on you Monsieur Spaceman, shame on you.
His gospel/strings/jesus/brass/needle/wall of noise thang is wearing thin now.
but 'shame on you'? Am I missing the part where he went on some massive racist rant on stage or killed a puppy or something?
and it was a black puppy. There was a white poodle there but he chose to kill the black one.
I'm amazed how divided the board is on this. I thought it was a genuine return to form. I have been underwhelmed to say the least by the last couple of albums. If last nights performance was anything to go by the new album will be a vast improvement.
It seemed to me that the vast majority of the audience remained utterly captivated for the entire length of the new set, by the time it ended the mood was one of stunned euphoria. I would describe this as an unquestionable success. Performing a set of new material to a mostly unsuspecting audience would be suicide for most bands, I see it as testament to how good the new songs are that on the whole the audience were won over and carried on such a spectacular journey.
The career spanning section was more than catered for with the encore of classic Spiritualized / Spacemen 3 songs lasting over an hour! There are bands out there who play entire gigs shorter than this. Not to mention the fact that the first set contained I am What I am and Won't get to heaven, two songs which could not exactly be described as being new.
As for the choir / orchestra, if they were mere ornamentation then bloody hell I'll take it. I thought they sounded incredible. I truly believe Jason enlists them with the sole intention of enhancing the experience for us gig goers. It would certainly be a very expensive way to make your songs appear "epic". I'm sure the songs work perfectly well without the additional backing however so far as I can see Jason has always done whatever it takes to bring the very best performance to his listeners.
I say well done Jason, the confidence you obviously have in your new album is certainly justified and thank you for investing so much in your fans.
Or are you still waiting for the drugs to wear off? Save the elegy for the Spiritualized fans message board, from which most of this was cut and pasted. This is an independent forum on which the majority of people who went thought the show was a bit, well, meh. That's not "nonsense", its people's honest opinions.
...whenever anybody goes against the grain here, they're either A) part of the band or B) part of their street team?
For looking forward to Lou Reed/Metallica's album, naturally it was assumed that I was James Hedfield.
It doesn't make any sense.
Also, how the hell can you take the statements on this board as representing the view of "the majority of people who went to the show"? It must have been attended by thousands, whereas less than a hundred people have commented here.
So, yeah, nonsense indeed.
"This is an independent forum on which the majority of people who went thought the show was a bit, well, meh."
Then, assuming you understand English, you'll grasp that I was referring only to this forum, not *everybody* who went to the show. And indeed a majority of people posting on this forum were underwhelmed by it...
And that anybody who does must, by extension, work for their PR company.
Also, there's no excuse to ever use the word "meh".
Yes the majority of this was taken from the fans message board, I wrote it there and my opinion has not changed so why would I change what I wrote?
Of course people are entitled to express their opinions. It seems however that my experience was vastly different to yours. I was with a large group of Spiritualized fans who have seen them many times throughout their career and the vast majority of them were delighted with the show. I just felt there was a lot of bashing from people who were not there. For those who were and felt disappointed, I'm sorry.
I thought on the whole, to my ears up in the circle, the new album stuff sounded pretty good on the whole and made me think the new album is going to be, well, pretty good on the whole. I am a fully signed up spiritualized / spacemen3 fanboy though..
yes, its quite bold playing the whole main set of just new stuff, but i guess i was vaguely primed for this having seen a setlist on the internet earlier in the day.
was very nice to hear Sway in the encore, one of my favourite off lazer guided melodies.
I can also see how some people, especially those who may not have seen spiritualized before may have been dissapointed with the lack of a 'normal' career spanning type set. But for me personally, having seen them several times, it was refreshing to hear a whole host of different stuff.
and I was a bit disappointed. Thought the first song sounded like one of the best things they've done in ages, but then the second one was one of the worst - came across as sacharine schmaltz. Rest was a bit underwhelming. Some pretty ropey lyrics in the new ones as well.
Encore was good but still pretty predictable (Sway aside, which was ace). He's got such an amazing back catalogue, vast swathes of which he routinely ignores! Would have been nice to hear some Pure Phase, or to hear the orchestra getting stuck into Let It Come Down.
Btw I like Songs in A&E - Borrowed Your Gun, Sweet Talk, The Waves Crash In are all great.