Good combination of shows! Thoroughly enjoyed my last Mish gig, think I'll be up for them again next time they tour.
Saw Johnny Marr last night, warm up show for the album release.
Great form, nearly all new material with a scattering of classics and a couple from his first 2 solo albums.
His new stuff is pretty new-wavey, lots of electro and a decent voodoo sound in places. His voice is getting better but is never going to win awards. His playing was, of course, magical
The Tracers Bigmouth Strikes Again Jeopardy Day In Day Out New Dominions Hi Hello The Headmaster Ritual Rise Walk Into The Sea Getting Away With It There Is a Light That Never Goes Out Hey Angel Bug Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me Spiral Cities Easy Money Boys Get Straight How Soon Is Now? Actor Atractor Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want New Town Velocity You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
Caught a couple of Nuala songs on the busking stage on the embankment, nice start before you get in the building!
Kælan Mikla were excellent - I hadn't heard of them before they were announced but they did everything you want from a support band. 3 piece with the exact same bass tone as Hooky and layers of synths and sequenced stuff. Could have listened to more but they ran out of time before completing their set.
Placebo were exactly what you'd expect them to be - same set as last time, very tight but still at least 1 too many people on stage. Tight though and made the effort despite a few gremlins.
And the highlight was the Cure cover which is linked below for your listening pleasure.
Pure Morning Loud Like Love Jesus' Son Soulmates Special Needs Too Many Friends Twenty Years I Know Devil in the Details Exit Wounds Protect Me from What I Want Without You I'm Nothing For What It's Worth Slave to the Wage Special K Song to Say Goodbye The Bitter End Let's Go To Bed Infra-red Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)
Kathryn was great, looked a little nervous at first but nailed it. Not listened back to the recording yet but she def played Bones Thrown and Blood Spilled.
Mogwai were terrifyingly loud Martin replaced Cat at the encore break- there were a fair few walkouts at the break too. It must have been punishing if you bought tix without knowing what to expect... And they all missed My Father My King, their loss cos it was spectacular.
Difficult to see cos of the low light but I think Reeves was in the royal box
Every Country's Sun Party in the Dark Take Me Somewhere Nice I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead Rano Pano Coolverine Don't Believe the Fife Remurdered Mogwai Fear Satan
I Know You Are But What Am I? Kids Will Be Skeletons Ex-Cowboy My Father, My King
NIN night Nothing so say about the support band, saw a bit but don't get it..
Amazing seats, eye level and dead centre. Lights were insane and sound balance crystal clear. Not as intensely loud as Mogwai the previous night but more enjoyable for that
Another retro heavy set for London, very Fragile heavy and dedicated to Alan Moulder who was somewhere in the crowd. Lots of other faces in the crowd, including Mogwai in the front row (who were the only people too cool to stand!) and, up in the royal box, were Roger, Jason and Reeves.
Somewhat Damaged The Day the World Went Away The Frail The Wretched Terrible Lie March of the Pigs Something I Can Never Have Me, I'm Not Ahead of Ourselves God Break Down the Door The Lovers The Good Soldier The Great Destroyer I'm Afraid of Americans I Do Not Want This Even Deeper The Big Come Down Less Than Wish Metal Reptile Hurt