The Sisters of Mercy to play Sonisphere festival in UK’s Knebworth Park
Andrew Eldritch is rolling out The Sisters of Mercy for at least one performance so far in 2014, with the band confirmed to play the metal/hard-rock heavy Sonisphere festival at Knebworth Park, England, on July 5 in what appears to be the goth-rock legends’ first performance since wrapping up 30th anniversary dates in the summer of 2012.
The Sisters will join headliners The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica, as well as Limp Bizkit, Alice in Chains and Slayer, at the festival, which takes place July 4-6. Tickets are now on sale.
Eldtritch, Doktor Avalanche and whoever else is in the group these days were fairly active in 2011 and 2012, playing a number of anniversary dates across Europe, Japan, Australia, South America and Mexico.
It’s not clear what the band’s 2014 touring plans entail; the Sisters’ extremely rudimentary website only lists the Sonisphere date.
Well, I've just read about the 2011 tour. Not too much positive. I've seen them back in 1990 and 1992. I think I should keep those memories...
I thought the 2011 tour was a vast improvement on the Bite The Silver Bullet tour in 2006. All through 2009 they were flaky as hell until the last 2 shows really. They seemed to come together magnificently after that. Yeah it's not The Sisters of old, but I still get tingles every time I see them.
The Sisters of Mercy 17.5.2014 – Theater Archa, Prague I wasn´t at last Sisters show in Prague and when I said my friend, that I want to go this year to Sisters concert to Archa, he said me – last show was pretty bad – try do find some old reviews at internet. But nostalgia is pretty bad friend – why must be this show bad again? And I went to Archa. Support was band called “Losers” - new goth generation – more agresive, more hard but pretty good. Not all the songs are for my “mp3 walkman but from time to time he has good melody and hypnotic rhythm. While still adding up energy and impressive b/w rear projection – it was very goo set and pleasant surprise for me. Right at the beginning I must say – Sisters Of Mercy wasn´t so bad, as my friend said me. They start show with More and Ribbons. Sound was good – somewhere better, somewhere worse. Hall was +/- full and in front lines people dance – pogo. Andrew sing good, although in some high parts have little problems with his voice. But!!!!....I remember concerts I remember the concerts when they were sisters in every corner of the hall, each molecule of oxygen left in the room, in every atom of my body. Sorry now I haven´t this feeling. This show was good, professional but cold. Yes, you can say – cold feeling is one of trademarks of “goth”. But this was the other case. Music is for me about emotions and when I listen music, I must believe in the singer and all band, that he feel´s what you sings. (BTW – I like the Cure because every time I can believe their feelings) But I thing that audio from this concert will be better than visual sensation and some things are lost. I should have at least a nice memory. Last convinced me Sisters in 2006 in Bratislava, when they support DM. Then there was for me star of the night. And that´s, what I can say about it.
Some good points there. The Sisters are a totally different entity these days compared to the glory days of the 80s & 90s. They go out of their way to distance themselves from the goth tag & insist they are a rock n roll band. Today they certainly have a more machine driven industrial feel to them. Go back a few years to the Bullet tour & they were pretty flaky in terms of consistency. I don't know how much of that was down to relatively new personnel or just a bad sound engineer. In 2008 & the start of 2009 they were pretty shocking and if you listen to many of the recordings from those shows (especially the US ones) you can barely hear Eldritch (in some cases the band itself) But they seemed to get it together towards the end of that tour & have been pretty tight ever since. I think people remember the 2008/2009 mess and opt to stay away. Their loss. The band is back on top form. Yes, Eldritch's voice isn't a patch on what it was when I saw them in 84. I think that's probably due to the 500,000 ciggies he's smoked since then. They still remain my favourite band. I can't walk away (see what I did there? ) from them & they still give me a buzz when I see them. & apart from wanting them to record & release something new (although die-hard fans would probably criticise it to death) & really wish they got a live bass player again.
Thanks for the report forest, I know what you mean, in days gone by a Sisters gig was a real 'event' with emotion that filled the hall.
Steve, your comments are well observed, they have definitely moved forwards in terms of sound and are far more of an Industrial proposition these days. This, I believe, is no bad thing, to have tried to ride the nostalgia bandwagon and recreate the 80's Sisters year in year out, would have been a mistake, and a rather soul destroying exercise for the musicians involved, especially since none of them except for Andrew were there at the time. It would be nice to have some of the new material in studio quality though, but I long since gave up any hope of ever seeing this and console myself with a plethora of t-shirts, just about the only 'product' they release these days.
I agree. They can't get stuck in one place (musically speaking) their whole career. The Cure never did, so why should The Sisters. I don't mind the current sound. It's not industrial enough to entice glow stick waving morons, so that's one box ticked. But there's the bass question (& one that has been hotly debated on HL). Lucretia simply isn't the same with that underwater rumbling noise that they've replaced the bass with. Could you imaging the possibilities of a Possession 2014 with a real bass guitar on board?