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|Sat. 21 Jan
||CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH.All-dayer, Arts Club, Liverpool
|Fri. 27 Jan
||Engine Rooms, Southampton
|Sat. 28 Jan
||CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH.All-dayer, O2 Kentish Town Forum, London
|Sun. 29 Jan
||Concorde 2, Brighton
|Wed. 1 Feb
||The Assembly, Leamington Spa
|Fri. 3 Feb
|Thu. 23 Feb |
|Boiler Shop , Newcastle POSTPONED (see note below)
|Fri. 24 Feb |
|Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds Postponed but rescheduled for 23 May. Original tickets valid for new date.
|Fri. 31 Mar |
|Fiddlers, Bristol (Ents24 says the 31st, venue says the 30th, Fall XYZ doesn't list it) Also postponed
|Tue. 23 May
||Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
|Sat. 27 May
||Bearded Festival Spring Gathering, Catton Park, South Derbyshire, according to their site
|Sun 28 May
||Transfomer, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, according to skiddle.com. With Swans, This Is Not This Heat, Royal Trux, Loop!
|Fri. 20 Oct
||Unity Works, Wakefield
added 7 April
The Official Fall Website says the next LP, "New Facts Emerge", will be released "back end of May". Also good news that the Leeds gig has been rescheduled for 23 May.
added 31 March; updated 7 April
My very best wishes to Keiron Melling, who bravely stepped in to stop two bullies from picking on a young man on a train near Manchester. Apparently Keiron fell asleep on the train and was severely beaten by the two bullies. Here's a news story about the assault.
Keiron is out of the hospital and resting at home. On 3 April, the Manchester Evening News covered the story.
Lancashire Telegram says the two attackers were arrested on 4 April.
added 31 March
Brian Edge wrote the first book about The Fall in 1989, "Paintwork". He's written about his on-off relationship with the group for Flux Magazine.
added 5 March; updated 7 March
A very happy 60th birthday to Mark E. Smith!
The Quietus held their party in East London on Friday night, and judging by the clips and photos it was a great success, particularly The Fallen Women backed by various MESs.
The Quietus also had a feature on their site: Happy birthday Mark E. Smith! The Quietus' 60 favourite Fall songs
Dave Haslam on I Love Manchester: Happy 60th Salford music legend Mark E Smith
BBC Music's Twitterperson not having a good day...
(The above story was eventually picked up by dozens of media outlets, including The Telegraph.)
added 22 February; updated 8 March
Posted on The Official Fall Website:
The Fall regrets to cancel the show in Newcastle on Thursday 23rd February at the Boiler Shop, this is due to lead singer Mark E. Smith contracting a serious case of influenza coupled with a chest infection, of which both are highly contagious. The Fall promise to fulfil this engagement just as soon as Mark E. Smith is well enough to, between 4-5 weeks. The Fall wish to apologise to all our devout Newcastle and Gateshead followers.
The next day:
Unfortunately, due to Mark’s ongoing flu and chest infection, the scheduled concert at Leeds Belgrave Music Hall tomorrow (Friday 24th February) has been postponed. The Fall apologise to fans planning on attending the Newcastle or Leeds gigs. They will be rescheduled as soon as Mark is well enough.
8 March: Dictionary Pudding, who booked the gig at Bristol Fiddler's, posted a statement from The Fall on their Facebook page on 8th March:
The Fall regrets to cancel the show in Bristol on Friday 31st March at Fiddlers, this is due to lead singer Mark E. Smith contracting a serious case of influenza flu coupled with a chest infection of which both are highly contagious. The Fall promise to fulfil this engagement just as soon as Mark E. Smith is well enough too, between 4/5 weeks. The Fall wish to apologise to all our devoted Bristol followers.
added 20 February
Mark E. Smith turns 60 soon and The Quietus is throwing a karaoke party in London.
HE IS APPRECIATED! Happy 60th Birthday Mark E Smith: A Night Of Fall Related Shenanigans
Friday March 3,
8pm - 2am
369 & 370 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB London
Karaoke with live Fall covers band the Fallen Women, meaning you are Mark E Smith.
Guest DJs TBA
Closing psych/ post punk/ garage disco
[ click poster for large ]
added 5 February
Friday, 3 February 2017 Tramshed, Cardiff
Setlist TBD. Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Huw Jones for the setlist.
added 2 February
Wednesday, 1 February 2017 The Assembly, Leamington Spa
Wolf Kidult Man / Cowboy George / Zaptrack / Reece Stick / Dedication Not Medication / Fall Sound / First One Today / 2nd House Now / 9 Out of 10 / Auto Chip 2014-2016 / Brillo // Fol de Rol
Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Phil for the setlist.
added 30 January
Sunday, 29 January 2017 Concorde 2, Brighton
Mister Rode / Cowboy George / Zaptrack / Wise Ol' Man / Dedication Not Medication / Fol de Rol / Fall Sound / 9 Out of 10 / Quit iPhone / 2nd House Now / Auto Chip 2014-2016 // Mr. Pharmacist
Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Mark for the setlist.
added 30 January
Saturday, 28 January 2017 CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH.ALL-dayer, Kentish Town Forum, London
Wolf Kidult Man / Cowboy George / Zaptrack / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Venice with the Girls / Brillo Filo / Fall Sound / 9 Out of 10 / New Facts / Auto Chip 2014-2016 / Fol de Rol // Mr. Pharmacist / Wise Ol' Man
Reviews on the forum and thanks to Mark for the setlist.
added 28 January
Friday, 27 January 2017 Engine Rooms, Southampton
Wolf Kidult Man / Cowboy George / Zaptrack / Dedication Not Medication / First One Today / Second House Now / Brillo Filo / Fall Sound / 9 Out of 10 / New Facts / Auto Chip 2014-2016 / Fol de Rol // Mr. Pharmacist / Wise Ol' Man
Many thanks to old friend Ajay for the setlist. Reviews on the forum.
added 23 January
Saturday, 21 January 2017 CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH.ALL-dayer, Arts Club, Liverpool
Wolf Kidult Man / Cowboy George / new song / Dedication Not Medication / Fall Sound / new song / new song / First One Today / New Facts Emerge / Fol de Rol // Auto-chip 2014-2016
Reviews on the forum, and thanks to Phil for the setlist.
added 13 January
A plea for information from Grigoriy (Grisha) Kolmakov's father, Kirill Kolmakov.
Grisha (who posted as Is This New on the forum) travelled from Russia to Berlin for the Fall gig on 2 November 2016. He was found dead several hours after the gig having been struck by a subway train. The police don't seem to be considering foul play, but Kirill is not so sure. Here're his emails to another forum member who managed to get Grisha a ticket for the show:
I am the father of Grigoriy, a young man (19 years old) who went to the concert of "The Fall" group in Berlin on 02.11.16 (2 months ago in SO36..). Later, early in the morning (03.11.16) around 5 a.m. he died in an accident nearby in the subway under very mysterious circumstances and, unfortunately, his smartphone was not found. I would highly appreciate ANY INFORMATION about his last day and his contacts. For example, when exactly did you last time see him and was he alone or not... Did something look odd or strange about him? I found you on the Fall online forum -- a friend of mine helped me explore my son's computer -- and from the messages therein. I see, you met Grigoriy (Grisha, a very tall and fragile-looking boy) in the pub or something. I know he got the ticket. If you reply I will send you his photo -- maybe that would help... Many thanks in advance for understanding and the information. I am very sorry to disturb you for such a sad reason.
[A second email] In this story the worst thing is that we will probably never know what Grisha had been doing after the gig -- more than 5 hours before the accident -- and where had he been. His last SMS message to his mother was sent at 1 a.m. on 3 November. He wrote he was fine and resting after the concert. A week after the accident I asked people around the blocks -- every pub or whatever on the Oranienstrasse, where he could sit, eat or drink. I left people bills with his photo and also posted many of them on the streets and at the railway station. Sadly, no one replied except the guy who sold him food in "Chickenberg". However, he said it was too crowded, so nothing useful could have been spotted.
Also, it is not clear what happened with his smartphone -- was it lost or stolen. The police don't want to trace it because there is no clear evidence that there was crime or violence involved. Now we are trying to push them to do something about that.
Another bad thing is that the accident happened between two stations (Görlitzer Bahnhof and Schlesisches Tor) out of the video surveillance coverage area. So it is not clear how exactly he ended up under the train. The police report leaves too many questions. later I will tell you more details. It could be neither a suicide nor murder -- I know my son well and see no reason. I don't believe he was killed because of the smartphone either. Maybe he was robbed out of it, which made him feel despair, but still not the reason to kill himself...
I think, the best thing you can do is to spread the information among the group fans and ask to recall if anyone remembers anything. It is very likely that Grisha found a company after the concert and they went somewhere to get booze and food... Perhaps someone talked to him during the event.... Maybe " the people who met him before the concert" that you mentioned can tell something useful?
Attached find a couple of photos.
If you have any information for Kirill, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
added 13 January
The Official Fall website suggests that the next Fall album is entitled "New Facts Emerge". No release date offered, but there are T-shirts for sale.
added 13 January
Brix and the Extricated played their second session on Marc Riley's BBC6 radio programme last night. Tracks were Pneumatic Violet / Damned for Eternity / Lay of the Land / C.R.E.E.P.
Available for listening for about a month on this page.
7 April 2017
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R.I.P. Alan Wise; UK, Slovenia, Berlin, Oslo, Tel Aviv gig; Wise Ol' Man; October Mojo interview (w/news that Elena is out of group); Channel 4 News interview; Brix book and interviews + Extricated Marc Riley session; Christchurch airport 1982 photos; Jeffrey Lewis' "100 Fall Songs" poster; Mastermind; Teddy Bear MES; 1981 interview recording; Blue Orchids/Martin Bramah; Deeply Vale vinyl; David Bowie r. i. p.
UK & Australasia gigs and press; RIP Tom Head; Brix and the Extricated tour and press; "Good Night and Good Riddance"; new & ugly Fall t-shirts.
Euro gigs, UK tour Apr-May; festivals (incl. Glastonbury); "Sub-Lingual Tablet" LP; Connie & Cookie; "I'll Be Your Mirror" Una Baines comic; London 27 Nov '14 videos; Charlie Hebdo; a new Official Fall Website; Brix's book; Louder Than Words (Hanleys, Wolstencroft et al.); 1978 photos; Iceland Rector; "Totally Wired World of The Fall" BBC6; Luke Haines "Caravan Man"; IAC,O Mojo; WFMU Fall specials (April 2015); Action Records story; Dedication Not Medication cycling clothes; "Touch Sensitive" court case transcript; Q interview (July); Noisey/Vice int.; Jon the Postman r.i.p.
Sept>Nov gigs: UK + Helsinki; Uurop VIII-XII live CD; Simon Wolstencroft's memoir; more "The Big Midweek" press; Mark E. Smith Predicts; Brix & The Extricated; Ultraradio Fall comics issue; Deeply Vale box; Una Baines int.; MCR Evening News, Granada Reports, BBC 6music ints.; "It's Not Repetition, It's Discipline" screenings; Fat White Family's "I Am Mark E. Smith"; discography revamp.
UK & Euro gigs, Steve Hanley's "The Big Midweek" book launch + Q&A for the Fall News, Danish Fall documentary, Q's "Let's Do Lunch With Mark E. Smith", Loud and Quiet interview, RIP Gary Burger & Scott Asheton," disavowal of "13 Killers" and "White Lightning", Luke Haines's MES micro-opera, BK's "The Skriking", American Tourister rips off "Touch Sensitive", "21 Again" on Mouse on Mars comp, Claus selling signed Perverted By Language posters.
Ireland, Portugal, France, London, NL, Leeds, Germany gigs; The Remainderer; Lou Reed (inc. MES poem); Louder Than Words video w/Hanleys + Simon W; Noisey interview; "What I See in the Mirror"; Bal Speer's "Black Charity"; Mutation LP; Tony Millionaire.
May/June gigs, Re-Mit, Vulture, Independent int., Stuart & Maconie chat, Beggars Archive 5cd box, Copenhagen exhibition, SHanley joins The Membranes, Craig Robinson's Fall timeline, SF 2001 on Ozit, The Real New Forum LP
Nov/Dec '12 gigs, April '13 gigs; Re-Mit preview; Sir William Wray RSD 7"; Guardian, Q Mag Q&As; Lancashire Telegraph, Going Thru Vinyl, Viva Brighton, Scotland Herald interviews; Ding on Salford Radio; IAKO video; Beggars 5xcd box; Steve Hanley book deal; Fall Fans Round Table, 2 Librans Lockdown.
European gigs (Greece, France, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden); Ginger Wildheart's Mutation; Woog Riots LP; Fall-A-Thon in Ohio; Night & Day and Greek interviews; NME Heroes, Blaine Harrison & MES; The Frenz Equivalent cover LP; Night of the Humerons 7"; Another Nice Mess "Worst of the Fall" special; Sex, Drugs & HIV; MES T-shirts, Action Man, and Birthday Cake; Simon W's "You Can Drum But You Can't Hide" book; Pascal Le Gras paintings; Magic Band magic footage.
Ersatz GB + reviews + press + interviews, Laptop Dog 7", summer festivals in Europe and UK, Nov UK tour, Live at the Hac pt. 2; Kill Pretty (Mike Leigh); Perverted by Mark E. promo vid; Brian Blessed Alarm Clock + Skinnybrain (Dave Milner); Uncut w/MES on old Fall lineups; Julia Adamson int.; Steve Trafford album; Pascal's "Blue Christmas" video.
Live at the Hacienda DVD; MES Guardian Q&A; Timekode
& MES video clips; Fall sign to Cherry Red; Marshall
Suite, Wonderful & Frightening World and TNSG
reissues; Before the Fall compilation
TNSG Omnibus; Danny Baker; Euro/UK/OZ/NZ/Israel gigs;
Don Van Vliet, Rex Sergeant, Steve Ormod, r.i.p.; Before
The Fall comp; White Lightning promo vid; Pop Fiction;
Marshall Suite 3xCD; FoF's "Hex Enduction Ours";
Bracewell & Wilde "The Art of The Fall" (1992);
Middles' "Story of The Fall" doc; The Fall in Iceland
press; Sex, Drugs & HIV; M.E.S. I.P.A.; MES Quietus
interview; Factory Star's "Enter Castle Perilous"
East Village Radio session; Ideal; new Scanlon demos;
UK/Euro festivals; NZ/Aus tour preview; Eat Y'Self
Fitter redux; Susan Vale; Quietus, Vice & Brag ints;
Mike Joyce, Adrian Sherwood ints.
YFOC reviews; UK tour + Primavera; Times (London &
New York interviews); "worker bees" interview; Bury,
England's Heartbeat videos; caption comp.; Beleaguered
Fall Fan; Paintwork conference book; Bury/Cowboy Gregori
7"; Mojo, Tim Cumming Q&As.
Berlin gig; FIGFALP; Domino YFOC press release; Tate's
"Sound & Vision" series; Gorillaz' Glitter Freeze;
Gavin Friday int.; Beggars archive update; #1 Cult
Figure (Alex Chilton, rip); MES as Narrative Lyric
Writer; Quietus, Independent interviews; couple of