The Fall play...
22, Athens, Greece (moved from Gagarin 205)
Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic
support: Point (http://www.minorityrecords.cz)
Vienna, Austria (http://www.szenewien.com)
Salzburg, Austria (http://www.rockhouse.at/default_frame.htm)
Innsbruck, Austria (http://www.hafen.cc)
Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria (http://www2.vol.at/ConradSohm)
Luzern, Switzerland (http://www.schuur.ch/programm/index.html)
West, Dortmund, Germany (http://www.fzw.de)
Berlin, Germany (http://www.deliberlin.de)
der Jugend, Dusseldorf, Germany
American Music Hall, San Francisco
American Music Hall, San Francisco
Factory, Los Angeles
Factory, New York City (2 shows: 7:30 and 10:30)
Tues., Apr. 16
Chicago (2 shows: 7:30 and 11:30)
Blackburn (16 Town Hall Street)
Tix £12 advance; doors 19:30, Fall on stage 21:45.
Outlets: Credit Card hotline 020 - 7344 0044 (24hrs) Stargreen:
020 - 7734 8932.Also
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stores, plus usual agents (subject to booking fee) Tickets without
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Info line: 020 - 8963 0940
weekends in April (19-21 & 26-28) at All
Tomorrow's Parties, Camber Sands Holiday Centre, East Sussex.
Annual Wave-Gottik-Treffen goth festival in Leipzig, Germany
band at present: MES
(v.), Ben Pritchard (g.), Jim Watts (b.), Dave Milner
The band are planning
more US dates "around late August."
Since the site's
guestbook has turned into a message board-type forum, I've created a
message board on ezboard.com
Fall manager Ed
Blaney says the next official Fall CD, scheduled for release
around April/May, will comprise nine tracks recorded at Nov. 2001 US
gigs, plus three studio tracks, one of which is "I Wake Up in the
City" -- good news for people who missed out on the Flitwick freebie.
It looks like the
mysterious 3xCD box set "Totally Wired" will be out on Essential
(part of the Castle budget-price reissue label) sometime this month.
Catalog # CMETD461. I
have no idea what the tracklisting is. CDZONE
has it listed for £12.89
has updated his mammoth Fall discography: here it is in zipped
With many thanks to
Jon Anderson, here's the interview
with MES in the current Record Collector (March 2002, pp. 60-64).
It's a PDF (632 kb).
Thought you might
be interested in adding the attached
Fall cartoon to the website if isn't there already. I did have a
quick look but couldn't find it.
Dr Crawshaft's World
of Pop appeared in the NME during the early 90's. Found reference to
a KLF cartoon in the same series on the web from 1992 so I guess this
appeared around the same time.
Dr Crawshaft was
drawn by Arthur Mathews who of course went on to co-write Father Ted
with Graham Linehan but perhaps his greatest claim to fame is as founder
of U2 tribute band - The Joshua Trio.
From the hyped2death
website, talking about their comp MESsthetics #7. Don't remember Contact
being mentioned before. Just took a look at the Woodbank Street
Band -- whoa!!
this volume's entrants from the Object Records stable. Object grew more
or less directly out of the Manchester Musicians' Cooperative, which
initially included Dick Witts [Passage], classical and electronic composers
(respectively) Simon Holt and Trevor Wishart, and Tony Friel, whose
first band, The Fall, had their first gig at a 'Collective meeting.
Contact, then, was a duo of Object label-mates Friel [Fall, Passage,
Teardrops] and Duncan Prestbury [Steve Miro/Eyes, Spherical Objects,
Future Primitives, Warriors]. Tony's now in the Woodbank Streetband,
and Duncan's with Gravity's Rainbow."
for the new compilation and a few other things have popped up at http://www.blueorchids.net
incl. Marc Riley whinging about MES in the Recollections section.
Can't believe no-one
found this in the recent discussions about Elbow: http://www.playlouder.com/feature/212doves/
"First up are the much touted Elbow, fronted by a man who lived in the
same Prestwich street as Mark E. Smith, Nico and Giant Haystacks."
Tony Friel now appears
to be in the Woodbank Street Band: http://www.woodbankstreet.co.uk/
appearing near you.....
Wed 27 Febuary 2002
Oxford Rd. Manchester
Fri 22 March 2002
Rowarth, nr. New Mills
Sat 23 March 2002
27 March 2002
Oxford Rd. Manchester
Thanks to Kyle
B. and Steve Dean who both sent this Wire review:
The Wire, Feb 2002
Avant Rock section
Review by Edwin Pouncey
The Fall Are You Are Missing Winner
Cog Sinister COGVP131 CD
Just when you thought
that Mark E. Smith had almost got his inner demons under control after
bowling you over with the magnificent 'The Unutterable', he instantly
shreds any hint of stability and comes back instead with a mean sounding
avant rockabilly racket which makes no apparent sense at all. Keep peeling
back those ears, though, play the damn thing loud enough to wake the
dead, and the new MES experience eventually starts to kick in with a
vengeance. 'Are You Are Missing Winner' is partially hinged to a flapping
version of R. Dean Taylor's classic "Gotta See Jane". Around this Smith
scatterguns half remembered lyrics and conducts a whirlpool of splintered
guitar, dishevelled drum and battered bass sounds with a Quasimodic
Gene Vincent leather gloved fist that claws even deeper into the raw
clay of innovation that birthed rock 'n' roll and continues to fuel
Smith's unique vision.
As previously reported,
Steve and Paul Hanley are currently playing with Tom Hingley
ex-Inspiral Carpet Tom Hingley's band The Lovers. They have some dates
scheduled for February and March (http://www.tomhingley.co.uk/gigs2.html),
and here's the "Inspiral Tap" tour
Why no competing
Fall pre-cog site?
A good question. Anyone
up for the task?
I've just been looking
at the list of gigs and noticed you have not got the date of the Deeply
Vale festival in 1979.
It was the 6th of
August, my band played on the 7th and I have still got the newspaper
Also, Marc Riley,
Craig Scanlon and (2 others I cannot remember their names) were in a
band with my brother, called The Sirens before they joined The Fall.
My brother and I
formed FAST CARS and we played most of the places The Fall did at the
Check out our site
Marc Riley has also written the sleeve notes on our album on Detour
If anyone remembers
the Sirens and can provide any further details, please let me know - Stefan.
(Rich reminded me that Grant Showbiz mentioned the Sirens on his 1998
"Falling Through Time" radio documentary. You can read a transcript
of part 1 of his show on Graham Coleman's TBLY
Good evening Fallnet,
It's Derek here,
lurking, in Toronto, letting you know that the band spawned by the tribute
night to the Fall has not gone away. Nope. Not one bit.
Find our history
and a link to our rehearsal version of Fiery Jack at... http://www.thecreepingnobodies.com.
Send the copyright
police soon... remember, the tribute WAS called 'Notebooks Out, Plagiarists'...
As for the site,
there's still a spelling error or two to iron out (ie. rehearsal) but
absolutely NO references to Are You Are Missing Winner or Shytework...
so that must count for something.
Akropolis, Prague, Czech Republic, Feb. 19, 2002
Just got in, and
ears ringing as you might expect. Wearing a fetching black T-shirt with
Smiffy's face smoking a fag, with 'THE FALL' above, and '2002 TOUR'
below. Akropolis a small venue, and they pretty well packed it out (250
a fair estimate, I'd say). The last time I saw the Fall was the shambolic
and hugely disappointing August 1998 THING at London LA2, where I spent
most of the time in the toilet grumbling with fellow (ex-?) Fall fans.
The two most astounding
things for me this time round were the fact that MES appeared dead sober,
and the band were tighter than two coats of paint. Minimum fiddling
with amps, no prima-donna tantrums or exits. But the overall SOUND of
the band, especially the guitar, was leaden. 'Touch Sensitive' was sludge
where it should be sparky and spiky, and many songs were played just
a tad slower than you're used to them. Almost Black Sabbath-like in
their bottom-heavy rumbling sound, the guitar went through a phaser
pedal for a lot of numbers. This didn't stop a few mongs down the front
faking epilepsy and screaming at an indifferent MES. (not Chris (aka
Josef), I hasten to add - sorry to lose you, had a bit of a domestic
One slight comic
moment - Mark read a bit of his poetry from scraps of paper on top of
an amp towards the end, back to the crowd, and from what I could gather
it was a typically sub-Burroughsian stream- of-consciousness affair,
with the possible title of 'Lancashire North- Western Quarter'. Ambientish
keyboard backing. But he stopped after a few sentences to mutter 'shut
up!' to a hollering dick in the crowd, and later was hesitant as he
seemed to lose the last sheet, (mumbled to the guitarist - 'where's
Anyway - disappointing
but not bad. Workmanlike, suffered from a lack of keyboards (although
both MES and Jim tinkled on a couple of occasions) and, dare I say it,
oddly for The Fall LACKING CHARACTER.
- the adrenaline kicked in here, I was shaking)
Cyber Insekt (almost unrecognisable)
Kick The Can
Bourgeois Town (great)
poem w/ keyboards
Touch Sensitive (the lowest moment)
MES off, instrumental
I Am Damo Suzuki
My Ex-Classmates' Kids
my alles kaput machen heart thanks to some czech bewer braking it (be
wary of 'em) and a hangover.
John has pretty
much mentioned everything - after the gig went to a pub next door with
the fall. Mark did a 'media conference' in the falls dressing room to
a contigent of euro journalists - one of them, some Irish guy named
Ian got marched out by The Fall's manager for asking crap questions
apparently. Jim and Ben on really good form. John - when we went in
halfway through Mansion was Mark singing the words to it?
Josef also spotted
an interview with MES in the Prague
Post and reviews it thusly:
Mark E Smith in
the PP interview is basically harping on about the same moans he did
since 1986 - Fall fans get younger every year blah blah blah you have
to hate the fall to be in the band blah blah blah, not playing any old
songs blah blah blah - which would be nice to hear a 3/4 new set, but
i bet i don't. I think it's funny of course, he is a funny fussy old
bloke. He is infact quite right about people wasting their time on the
internet as was "alot of wind"
Vienna, Austria, Feb. 20, 2002
Well, M.E.S. has
obviously got his act together, at least for the beginning of this leg
of the tour. Almost all the observations you can read about the Prague
show may be applied unchanged to this gig at Szene Wien - no walk outs
(just one short break during the intro to "Bourgeois Town"), no silly
behaviour, very professional and sober (?), yes - the band could use
some subtlety in their thud-thump-heavy playing, the set list was quite
similar...but...it's still great - the very sound of Mark E.'s voice,
as unintelligible as the words may be, the very fact that he can pull
out such gems as "I am Damo Suzuki" or "Mr.Pharmacist" from an incredible
"back catalogue", and how an excellent "The Joke" makes people pogo
as if it was a Friday night at the local disco, the fact that the age
range of the audience (400 at least, I'd say, in a nicely packed club)
is probably from 20 to about 55 (you know what they say about The Rolling
Stones - several generations of fans, well, there it is), an unusual
moment when at the end of "Dr.Buck's Letter" (the first encore) Mark
gives the mic to a guy in the front row, who readily performs a set
of weird vocal "improvisations"...M.E.S. may keep an indifferent look,
but I'm sure he notices how these people appreciate him. He's still
there and he rocks. It's just a shame that I don't care anymore who's
in the band, I won't be able to rememeber their names anyway.
A personal note:
it was also in this very club that I saw The Fall for the first time,
in October '86, just after "Bend Sinister" had been released. There
were Craig Scanlon, Stephen Hanley...and, of course, Brix. It was great
and it still is, although it's an aged, crumpled face now on an extremely
skinny body and the band isn't really The Fall any more. I drove from
Zagreb, Croatia that day in '86, just to see The Fall, as I did yesterday.
In the meantime, The Fall played in Zagreb once just before the war
(in '90.) and Mark wrote an enigmatic song called "Zagreb". He seems
to be indestructible and that makes me happy.
i do not have to
add very much to the report already published on the fallnews. mark
was stone sober, straight concert, tight band, good atmosphere, no incidents.
here´s the songs according to the setlist i managed to grab after the
ben´s / f´oldin / kick
enigramatic (this titel must refer to the poem mark performed at the
first three gigs)
i think this is
Salzburg , Austria, Feb. 21, 2002
The Fall did a great
show in Salzburg last thursday in the Rockhouse. The Rockhouse is a
great venue, arced, half build in the Kapuzinerberg, a creepy dark mountain
gives a layer of shade over the city most of the day. The band travels
by train, the weather conditions are very unprodictable. That's why
i went back to Holland after 5 days on the road, sleeping and live in
my car with temperatures far below zero, after seeing the Gruppe twice.
There was a supporting
act and no one went inside. Everyone watch the olimpic games on a screen
and an Austrian skier won a golden medal......There was realy a party
going on !!
Mansion (Who asked for this one??)
Medley: Part of Kick The Can, F'Oldin'Money, Kick The Can
(a poem about Manchester and soccer)
Jim's New Fall
Dr. Buck's Letter
My Ex-Classmate's Kids
again, there´s not
much to add to the report already published. setlist almost the same
as vienna (i have listened to the md once, but forgot to write the titles
down; i suppose that martin kremers is correct with his one, as he also
is with the one in innsbruck), mark sober again, no big surprises.
/ Crash, Innsbruck , Austria, Feb. 22, 2002
Almost simular as Salzburg.
Medley: Part of Kick The Can, F'Oldin'Money, Kick The Can
Jim's New Fall
My Ex-Classmate's Kids
Dr. Buck's Letter
This is funny:
No response for encores from the audience. There was a tape with big
applause and poems varied noise played and the Gruppe returned to play
2 encores. Lucky me.....was guestlisted so, i got my money back....22
Euro's...Thankx Ed. Great!!!!
met mark and band
waiting on the train for innsbruck. i had a small chat with jim, who
told me he had enjoyed it so far, and that they are not always going
by train, but it was practical for this stretch of the tour. mark has
a new girlfriend [I think Gerhard's referring to Elinor, the new
wife - Stefan], and i guess she might be the reason for him being
weird town. i dont understand why so many tourists go there - there´s
not much to see, except for the enourmous mountains framing the town
on all sides.
in the evening,
we took a half-hour stroll down to the hafen club, which is located
on the outskirts of innsbruck. the fall did not play at the hafen club
itself, but in an attached venue called "crash". it is one of the smallest
locations i have ever seen: entering, you almost stumble into the mixing
desk. the stage is triangular. the area to stand and listen cant be
more than 5 by 8 meters. on its right side, it opens up into a room
with similar dimensions, inhabiting the bar and filled with a jumble
of old sofas.
these sofas came
in handy: being a bit tired already after all the travelling, i enjoyed
this gig sitting (crashing???) in a big old comfy chair, the left half
of the stage in view, and recording was no problem, as it was equally
loud in every spot of the crash.
the gig was different
from the two before in intensity, it was much more powerful. maybe it
depended on the location. i liked that one much better than vie and
sbg. mark still sober. for setlist please refer to martin kremers report.
Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria, Feb. 23, 2002
this is the gig
which came as a big surprise: it started as a complete fuck-up, and
ended not only as the best of the four, but also one of the best i have
ever seen. but let´s start with the location:
the conrad sohm
is a very nice place. we went there by cab, because it´s somwhere up
in the woods. the place is a big rectangle, a pretty large stage on
one of its smaller ends. on the right side, there´s running a bar over
the whole length. there´s another smaller, rectangular bar on the short
end opposite to the stage, and one more similar to the latter on the
left side. that is the place we chose to sit and enjoy the gig. all
seats at the bars offer a good view of the stage.
this night, mark
was obviously drunk, and in a very aggressive mood. he shoved ben around
a lot, almost brutally. he constantly lost his mics, dropped them onto
the floor (loud "thumps"). he threw a mic stand into the audience. at
one time, he managed to grab two mics at once, which sounded pretty
interesting, but not for long: he lost both in a matter of less than
a minute. he fiddled with the amps a lot, bens guitar was up to its
full volume most of the time.
mind you, all this
happened during the first three songs.then
mark left stage. the band followed.
after a short break,
they entered stage again and started "and therein". mark lost his mic,
did not find another one and only mouthed the second half of the song
into the audience. the he went off again, shoving ben out of the way
band started librans,
mark did not appear again. after this instrumental, they left stage
for quite some time. we thought that this is the end of the gig.
after some minutes,
a tape with the reading of "luciani" started, and then the gig resumed.
and it grew and grew ...
i liked best ketamin,
a very emotional version. mark more or less behaved until the end. interesting:
he started with a white shirt, and after the break he wore a grey one
over the white. i still wonder why ....
here´s the setlist:
(tape idiot joy)
that´s it. we also
took some pictures. i will get back to you when they are developed (and
if they are of any use, i´ll scan them and send them to you.
Luzern, Switzerland, Feb. 24, 2002
I see no mention
of the Swiss gigs of which the 1st (Sunday 24th Feb) I was lucky enough
to witness. It was a truely delightful experience particularly for me
as having lived here in this country for 6 years now, this was their
first visit I believe. I had such fears of 'none-appearance', 'walk-off',
even fights that I had read no reviews of the current tour. But they
were amazing, in a wonderful (small) venue sadly poorly attended by
maybe 100 people. I am not sure what the Swiss audience thought of them
except for 2 young lads dancing their hearts out in front of the stage
in order that the Fall might take home some good thoughts about performing
in Switzerland (so they told me).
The set looked much
like it had been for the previous and subsequent performances though
I had to leave during 'way round' to catch a train home. Mark was watchable
as ever, the band tolerating all the misdirected behaviour wonderfully
- ie. nicking mikes and using both , turning up the volume on both guitars,
etc. I felt like a traitor as I left them there on the stage alone with
the implacable Swiss audience. To my delight my Swiss wife thoroughly
enjoyed her first Fall experience. I couldn't thank them enough for
playing in Switzerland for what was to me almost a personal performance.
Uscita Nuovi Suoni, Milan, Italy, Feb. 25, 2002
A pretty funny show
indeed last night at TUNNEL USCITA NUOVI SUONI, for at least 200 people
I suppose, with all those microphones falling on stage, with Eddie looking
enthusiastic and Dave Milner doing his job. Thierry (from Belgium) has
taken the setlist, promising to scan send it to me very soon.
In the meantime
here are some words hand-written by Ben,
Jim, and MES:
And here's the set
list, thanks to Sietse and Marco. And some
photos, thanks to Beppe Zanardelli.
I think this is what
was actually played:
mansion > joke >
cyber > and therein > 2 librans > cropdust > antidotes > kick/f'olding/kick
> bourgeois > pharmacist > enigramatic > ketamine > damo // ex-classmates
Rimini, Italy, Feb. 28, 2002
Even better than
in Milan, and I've seen no keyboards on stage. THE FALL played in Rimini,
the land of Federico Fellini, so I've got the impression the gig has
turned out a little bit more "cinematographic" than at Tunnel Uscita
Nuovi Suoni, with Mark spoiling Ben's and Jim's michrophones, letting
them fall on the ground, and with Eddie picking up them and singing
a tempo (especially when fuori campo). Eddie himself,
after the show, spoiled the new MS cigarettes packet I had in my pocket
to give it to Mark Smith, so I remained with the empty
What happened then
backstage between me, Annamaria and Jim's "THE FALL" is obviously very
hard to describe, i.e. unutterable.
See them tonight
in Verona. Now I've to go and place a bet on the eventuality the whole
band will shout "Vittoria! Vittoria!"
Verona, Italy, March 1, 2002
photos of MES
by Stefano Butini.
the noteworthy finale
of italian dates. I was back in Verona five days after the away among
Brescia F.C. suite at 'Bentegodi' Stadium.
Verona is the land
of Giulietta e Romeo, so I had the impression that Mark entered the
Interzona venue hand in hand with his girlfriend [wife, probably
- Stefan] after having asked her for her hand (but that wasn't my
The play turned
out a great one-man show by MES and started well before it began, with
Ben who had to clap his hands very loudly at the support band gig to
borrow a guitar from them. He had some problems in undoing the big knot
of the jacks wires and in finding the plectrum at the bottom of his
trousers pocket too; then he kept on his very nice one-man show tuning
During the gig MES
turned off the guitar amplifier rather often, while Dave and Jim were
quite absorbed in their muscular and dynamic good performances.
Also this time someone
has got the setlist before me, so I try to manage reporting a few fallible
MANSION was masterly
sung through the looks, the first lines of KICK THE CAN lyrics were
sung without mics, no CLASSMATES, no DAMO, no Ed Blaney around.
In Verona THE FALL
acted per via di levare.
Welcome back, long
live, see you again.
West, Dortmund, Germany, March 4, 2002
I saw the F.all
live for the first time last night, and boy, is he one ugly fucker!
Shane McGowan is still probably just one step ahead, but it's developing
into a contest where they have to go forward to stand still.
The German crowd
(crowd?) were very, uh, German. I was collared by a couple who wanted
to know what all the lyrics were and what they meant. (Help on that
would be appreciated). One geezer wanted to know what MES's "critical
view of society" was. (my Übersetzung). He also asked me whether Morrissey
is a gay Nazi. I said no, but that MES is.
Nobody pogo'd or
did anything more impolite than spill my beer, but the fact that I thought
it would be safe on the floor says something about the lack of celebratory
violence that I like at gigs. Everyone seemed to think that the boys
done good, which they did, and MES got a big laugh from the audience
when he demonstrated his keyboard skills.
Gave the pissed
"society-critic" kraut a lift home he directed me off the road onto
a s-bahn line, a proper one, not shared-with road one. Crunched the
bottom of the car on the rails, blocked tram/train thing in both directions
while I screamed the wheels and smoked the underside over the rails
to get back on dry land. No permanant damage. Shows you what sheer panic
can achieve. The kraut was so embarrassed he gave me one of his surrealist
paintings, so as long as the drivers didn't take my licence number,
I'm probably up on the deal. The drunk, socially aware, surrealist kraut
thought MES looked ggrrrreat!!!! BTW.
PS which one is
Jim? The girly haired one / occasional backing vocals and keyboard,
or the dark haired one. No-one I asked knew either.
Raum des FZW war sehr gut gefüllt, etwa 250 Besucher waren gekommen.
Die Band spielte als Intro einige Passagen aus Mansion, Mark E Smith
betrat die Bühne, und das Intro ging in The Joke über. Eine sehr konzentrierte
Vorstellung fand hier statt. MES nestelte an den Microphonen, verschonte
aber weitestgehend seine Musiker. Für kleinere Einlagen stand ein Keyboard
bereit. MES spielte es, wenn auch mit der Faust, sehr subtil. Diese
Dreierbesetzung zeigte sich hochkonzentriert und kompakt. Gespielt wurde
die bei dieser Tour übliche Setlist: es gab das Medley, zwei ältere
Stücke und eine Spoken-Word-Nummer. The Fall unterbrachen kurz, anscheinend
machten die Drums Probleme. An Ibis Afro Man wurde I am Damo Suzuki
gehängt, und dann war Schluß. Eine Zugabe gönnte man dem Publikum: Touch
Sensitive. Ein sehr gutes Konzert mit sehr gutem Sound. Gefreut hat
mich das Zusammenspiel der Gruppe. Diese Kompaktheit war ein Genuß!
Im Vorraum gab es schwarze T-Shirts, das 2002-Tour-Motiv mit rauchendem
Mark E Smith als Aufdruck, und zwei verbliebenen CDs aus dem Backkatalog.
room was full of people, about 250 geusts there. For the intro the band
played some hooks of Mansion, Mark E Smith climbed the stage and The
Fall changed to The Joke. This performance was very concentrated. MES
played with his microphones, but he spared his musicians. Sometimes
a small keyboard was used. MES played it with his fist, but however
in a very subtle way. This band with these three musicians played with
high concentration and very compactly.The
setlist of this tour was as usual: there was the medley, two older songs
and one spoken word number. The Fall interrupted shortly, because of
some problems with the drums. After Ibis Afro Man they concluded the
set with I am Damo Suzuki. As encore they offered Touch Sensitive, very
driving, but they didn't return. It was a good concert with a very good
sound. I enjoyed the concentrated and precise teamwork. In the lounge
black t-shirts with the 2002 -tour icon, smoking MES face, were offered.
Also, they had two CDs from the back catalogue.
As it was the first
possibility for me to see the Fall in the last nine years and as their
newer records are not too familiar to me I can't tell you everything
about the line up and the set list.
Line-up: Mark, one
drummer with short hair, a bassman with long hair who tried to sing
the choir parts but shut up intimidated when Mark started, and dared
to laugh at Mark several times, and one guitarplayer, short dark hair,
who had a lot of trouble with Mark (and with his guitar during "I am
Damo Suzuki"): Mark went to the guitar amplifier a few times and turned
some buttons. The guitarist always remarked the effect immediately (just
like we did - on the right ear I hardly heared anything the day after)
and during the first half of the gig he laughed about it and took the
first chance when Mark was at the "piano" to put everything back, but
later on he got angry and sweatened a lot trying to manage to play the
way Mark wanted him but with the settings Mark had arranged.
Set-list as far
as I remember:
2. The Joke
4. And therein ...
8. (one of the) Antidote (songs ...)
9. African Man
11. Mr. Pharmacist
12. Bourgeois Town
14. I am Damo Suzuki
15. Touch Sensitive
of the location and of obviously not wanting to walk through the crowd
(one hundred people) the band left through a glass window near the stage
- shortly after Mark had - just like before the encore. But: when they
(in fact it was only him I think) decided not to come back in again,
they had to get over a fence to get back to their room. I didn't manage
to see Mark's jump because there were curtains which only gave a small
gap to look through and which I had to share with maybe twenty people
but he must have climbed it. Well perhaps the guitarist got the penalty
of having to give fence-climb-support...
In fact I was amazed
at the vitality of the group's sound. But I was even more shocked about
Mark's appearance: He looked like at least 70 years old. Could it be
that he hasn't got upper teeth anymore? It really was a shock. But he
was there, and how! A friend of mine, a girl at the age of nearly 25
saw him for the first time and told me she got frightened of him during
the gig. And I understood.
After the gig I
had a conversation with the pianoplayer of the local support group "The
Indoorsurfers" who happened to work at my department in the university.
He told me that his guitarist is related to a Berlin-group-member of
a band. And in this band there has to be a woman who is married to MES
since last year. Did you know that? And as he always wanted to be supporting
The Fall he managed this gig in Dortmund. He told me that when he and
his guys fetched MES and the rest, his wife and the group, they came
by train from Koblenz. MES didn't speak one single word with anyone
apart from making a chaplinesque bow and whispering "Thank you; thank
you, guys" each time one of the Germans put a part of the gig equipment
inside the car.
der Jugend, Dusseldorf, Germany, March 8, 2002
Fall last night
in Haus der Jugend Dusseldorf.--stop--Last
performance on the continent.--stop-- concentrated and diciplined--stop--
Mark in best shape--stop-- Ed Blaney's no longer with the band--stop--Since
Verona Italy, Mrs. Smith take over--stop-- Hopefully i'm normalized
by tomorrow--stop--stop---$%##ai%@:(( Wait
for a sober review pls
The Fall finished
the European tour in style. Dusseldorf the hometown of many great electronic
krautrockbands, such as Kraftwerk.
The Haus der Jugend
is a small venue the size of a quarter footballfield. Packed with over
300 spectators almost sold out. The Fall kicks off at 9.40. No intro
tapes this time. Dave, Ben and Jim very concentrated. Mark do the things
one could expect. Microphone juggle, used 2 or even 3 mics. Knob fiddling,
He actually fucks up Jim's amp (Mesa Boogie Bass 400+) Mr. Pharmacist
and Damo Suzuki on guitar only. At the second encore Mark comes with
a Houdini act, wearing a sort of scaffold connector around his wrist.
During Touch Sensitive Mark hands a microphone to the audience, a fan
climbs on stage and starts to sing while the band plays on. "you don't
want me -hey hey hey- we want Mark E -hey hey hey- Mark E Smith- hey
The Joke / Cyber / And Therein / Two Librans / Antidotes / Ben's>F'oldin>Kick
The Can / Bourgeois Town / Enigramatic / Ketamine / Mr. Pharmacist /
Encores: Dr. Buck's
Letter / Touch Sensitive
After the show i
had a chat with Ben and Jim, who told me that Ed Blaney went home in
Verona. "He fucked it up", they both told me. They didn't wanna say
what actually was going on, but " things are more relaxed now since
Mrs.Smith take things over".
The upcomming US
gigs however are confirmed.
Note: Ed Blaney
emailed me on March 18 to say that the rumours that he has left the band
are completely untrue - Stefan.
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