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#1327 - Fri, 21 Jul 2006 00:10:00 Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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I have started this new topic as I hope someone can give us who cannot attend (overseas etc) info on the gigs.
I would like to know thoughts/set lists or whatever.
Thanks
smile

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#1328 - Fri, 21 Jul 2006 01:50:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Quote:
Originally posted by apieceoffurniture:
I have started this new topic as I hope someone can give us who cannot attend (overseas etc) info on the gigs.
I would like to know thoughts/set lists or whatever.
Thanks
smile
Setlists and photos (certainly for the gigs that I'm going to be attending) will feature over on Metamatic but any other reviews (and setlists, photos, etc) could also be included to provide / compile what I hope will be the definitive tour overview...

The same applies for any and all previous tours - in fact, I've recently added some excellent pics of John when Ultravox performed at Hurrah\'s in 1979.

As usual, all contributions will be gratefully received... wink

Rob

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#1329 - Fri, 21 Jul 2006 23:46:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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I'm a little bit hazy now about the running order - maybe someone could help out by posting it in this thread - but I thought it was about time I put down a few thoughts, before I forget them altogether!

First of all, I restate my one word review: a triumph. Although the gig was in many ways similar to the last tour (what with John and Louis perched behind bedsheets hammering away on their casios, the former glancing down at the lyrics he hasn't learnt yet, the latter apparently undergoing several seizures during every track) the set was tighter, the atmosphere more gothic, the factor more wow.

As I've said elsewhere, the sound/acoustics in The Limelight are somewhat lacking, but that aside, the techies did a fantastic job. With limited resources, there was a very effective light show and the sound balance was excellent. One of the tracks near the end had some amazing bass, plus the vocals were just about perfectly placed in the mix throughout. Although I didn't realise it so much at the time, thinking back I realise that John uses an excellent, wide range of vocal styles and effects, and these were all handled really well, even though this was only supposed to be the dry run.

We liked the new tracks very much. I can't remember all the titles, but they included "A Million Cars", "Friendly Fire" and "From Trash". One comment I made to my brother at the time was that John fancies himself as a rapper (!), the metre of a couple of the new tracks reminding me of (a slightly less manic) Ray 1/Ray 2. In my opinion this is no bad thing.

One problem, kinda, is that John and Louis's music is dance music but nobody's dancing. Maybe this will be different at some of the bigger gigs with a younger audience. By the end of the concert I could resist no longer and I was swaying on my stool...

As far as the retreads are concerned, I was more than happy to hear Plaza, No-One Driving, Slow Motion, The Man Who Dies Every Day and the latest reincarnation of Underpass. And the version of Nightlife was 100% better than the CD version.

The gig was about 75 minutes so I guess that there might be an extra track or two at the other gigs?

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#1330 - Fri, 21 Jul 2006 23:59:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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excited

Wow, sounds as if it was great.
Thanks Dadge.

(It had to be another Brummie not to let us down)

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#1331 - Sat, 22 Jul 2006 02:33:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Great! Just wondered what side John is on - to Louis's right? And how full was the gig?

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#1332 - Sat, 22 Jul 2006 04:22:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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First of all, I restate my one word review: a triumph.
That's two words! laugh laugh

Sorry Adrian, couldn't resist. Thanks for posting a detailed review. Sounded a great gig.

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#1333 - Sat, 22 Jul 2006 05:03:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Great review, I am looking forward to Wolverhampton! You will get another review from me after the Wolverhampton show on Tuesday,

Regards to you all

Keeping the Brummie end up!!!

H laugh laugh laugh

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#1334 - Sat, 22 Jul 2006 07:54:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Well, Liverpool rocked smile . It was a fabulous gig -as ever! They did all the aforementioned songs as well as a another new one possibly called 'Impossible Dream'. All the new stuff was incredible, really loved it, and it only whetted my appetite for the new album.

I managed to meet John and Louis before the gig -actually heard them soundchecking 'Walk Away', 'A Million Cars' and 'Shifting City' (I was the first one there!!!! wink ) Louis even sat down with me to have a chat -what a top guy! Very down to earth and approachable. John also signed my new cd's after the gig. He seemed to have enjoyed the gig. I think though the venue was too little on the small side, not the best for views, especially as the stage was only about 6 inches off the floor.

I'm a million miles high now! laugh
You're all in for a treat if you're going to any of the other gigs.

Roll on, Scala.....

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#1335 - Sat, 22 Jul 2006 08:04:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Dadge

Well, that´s what I call a mate !

A brilliant account of the show. I´m really looking forward to Impossible. John seems to be at his best ever.

Now´s the best time to release all that hasn´t been released so far. There´s many of us who´s willing to fork out a 100 bucks on John´s precious back-catalogue. Well that´s what Exotour cost me alone on the second hand market!

John´s worth every penny of it! laugh

Always a fan and always in gratitude.

A Quiet Friend of The Quiet Man

Chris C wink
PS See you in November John. Madrid´s calling!!!!
We´ll finalise The Quiet Man album over a couple of beers or glasses of wine, whatever´s your preference. Read Jarre in the meantime!

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#1336 - Sat, 22 Jul 2006 16:38:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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(...) See you in November John. Madrid´s calling!!!!
Really? Is it a fact or just wishful thinking?

It would be great if he came over. I have never seen him and would love to.

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#1337 - Sat, 22 Jul 2006 17:33:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Quote:
Originally posted by Chris C:
[b] (...) See you in November John. Madrid´s calling!!!!
Really? Is it a fact or just wishful thinking?

It would be great if he came over. I have never seen him and would love to.[/b]
Lava

....wishful thinking after a couple of beers last night!

There is still a possibility that he might do a show in Spain as part of the European Tour, Madrid or Barcelona being the most logical places. That is if John & Louis finally decide to announce some European dates. This was rumoured InMySpace after the cancellation of the Paradiso concert.We'll wait and see how John & Louis are feeling after the UK Tour.

It'll be cool to meet John & Louis and some of the fans.

Un milagro por favor!

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#1338 - Sat, 22 Jul 2006 18:23:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Lava

....wishful thinking after a couple of beers last night!
Voll-Damms, like here? biglaugh

Quote:
Originally posted by Chris C:


There is still a possibility that he might do a show in Spain as part of the European Tour, Madrid or Barcelona being the most logical places.

Un milagro por favor!

Chris C <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />
Vale vale, pues que venga este señor! We will be encantados!

Milagro no: un sponsor por favor! wink

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#1339 - Sat, 22 Jul 2006 18:41:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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liverpool gig was great.
the venue as mentioned too small for john.
better suited for local bands.
sound was mean n loud.
sadly no projections.
good lighting tho.
setlist was mixed as mentioned.
highlights,all the classics!
it amused me how john n louis had too come of off the stage, through the crowd to get to the dressing room,during oncors:)
nice to see some numan t shirts too.

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#1340 - Sun, 23 Jul 2006 19:57:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Originally posted by Chris C:
Now´s the best time to release all that hasn´t been released so far. There´s many of us who´s willing to fork out a 100 bucks on John´s precious back-catalogue.
Cant add nothing to that, i just dont want this thought to go out of the 'limelight'.
Theres no rush, but lets not wait forever. smile

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#1341 - Tue, 25 Jul 2006 16:45:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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John's show at the Sheffield Leadmill last night was fantastic - and very loud! My ears are still ringing this morning, largely due to the end of "Shifting City"!

At about 70 minutes, it was a little shorter than I was expecting, but he still played around 12 tracks, including four brand new ones (I think).

I really liked the intro music. And the opening tack - which I assume was new - was good, it reminded me style-wise a little of The Golden Section. Other new tracks played were "A Million Cars", and what I assume to be "Friendly Fire", and "Impossible" - which I thought was absolutely FANTASTIC!

If this is how the new album is going to sound, then it's already exceeded my expectations! I can't wait to hear the final versions of these tracks.

I thoroughly loved "Walk Away" – there was something really special about that. There was also three tracks from Metamatic ("Underpass", "No-One Driving" and "Plaza") and the new versions of "Slow Motion" and "The Man Who Dies Every Day".

I wasn't too keen on the version of "Nightlife" until about half way through when it turned brilliant! I loved the new lyrics.

I had met up with Metal Beat and Herbert the Turbot – we all enjoyed the show. And Phil Oakey was there, watching the gig from the back of the room, nodding away to the music.

John looked tired at the end, but it's not surprising, as it was such a great, energetic performance.

I thought it was a shame they hadn't put him on the main stage in the Leadmill. They had basically built a tiny, tiny stage in a small back room, in which everybody was crammed. It was certainly too loud for the size of room they were in.

So it was what you might call an intimate gig, but I still ended up standing behind the tallest person in the building!!

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#1342 - Tue, 25 Jul 2006 17:29:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Yep. can't add much to that, Alex. Inevitably though with a 70 minutes set and a vast back catologue there'll be disappointments but it was a shame that old favourites like "Burning Cat" and "Hiroshima Mon Amour" had to be excluded. A very uptempo set though that perhaps could have done with a slow one in the middle to perhaps give us (and John & Louis!) a bit of breather - "Just For A Moment" maybe? Thought one of the new songs - "Friendly Fire", I think, had more than a touch of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" about it - in the unlikely event that John wanted to put out a single in advance of "Impossible" it would make an excellent choice.

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#1343 - Tue, 25 Jul 2006 17:33:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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old favourites like "Burning Cat"
I think his animal sacrifice days are behind him... laugh

Sorry, couldn't help myself there!

I agree - a couple of slower tracks would have helped with the pace of the show - can't really complain though.

I'm normally quite critical with setlists, but nothing disappointed me really - I'm just more than happy to see my first full Foxx concert.

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#1344 - Tue, 25 Jul 2006 21:48:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Must admit even i dont have 'Burning Cat', its probably just a remix of the single. Would be nice to hear it though frown

As im not going to any shows of the tour now, any spoliers would be welcome, of the round shiny type please.

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#1345 - Tue, 25 Jul 2006 22:08:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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I'm not going to any more shows, sadly... cry

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#1346 - Wed, 26 Jul 2006 01:29:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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That's the back of my head on Alex's pics on the Sheffield thread! Thought the support went on a bit too long, but afterwards managed to creep forward and get just the right spot about 6 feet in front of Mr F. Sadly I didn't take a camera cry . And yes, it was LOUD - very bassy. (Fortunately I had ear plugs, which made it about perfect stood in front of the speakers). The man was on form. Personally not keen on the noisier material (Nightlife etc), but the crowd (and me) went mad for his older tunes.

And managing to speak with Phil Oakey for a few minutes after the gig was a real bonus for me. Never met a nicer bloke in my life. Too 'star struck' after that encounter to speak to John though. Wouldn't have known what to say to him...

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#1347 - Fri, 28 Jul 2006 17:03:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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I think the set list a Scala was:
Intro (morphed into a bit of a new song about the 'world slipping/sliding or something -which was amazing!)
Walk Away
Friendly Fire
Impossible Dream
A million Cars
Plaza
Nightlife (I wonder whether the 'new lyrics' bit was a new song?)
No-ones Driving
Underpass
The Man Who Dies Every Day
Slow Motion
Shifting City

Might have got some of the order wrong in the middle, but it was great to hear 'Walk Away', and the new songs all sound excellent - When 'A million cars' came on, I've been playing it so much it sounded like an old friend!
Agree with you on Nightlife, Alex, I thought it was the worst version of it untli it got going, and I do wonder whether the end was a new song?
Cheers

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#1348 - Fri, 28 Jul 2006 17:24:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Same setlist as Sheffield then and I guess the other gigs.

The new version of Nightlife on the Live from a Room CD has really grown on me. Those new lyrics really add something to the track, which was already one of my any favourites.
I just miss the riffs at the start.

It's too bad the new version of Man Who Dies... wasn't on the CD, I'd like to hear that version again.

I loved the intro - very nice. And Walk Away was just superb! There's something so classically Foxx about that track.

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#1349 - Fri, 28 Jul 2006 19:54:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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I went to King Tut's in Glasgow and the Scala. I think the Scala was a better gig - better sound (although the mix on John's voice wasn't great), bigger venue + air con!

I have to say I was pretty bored at both gigs. Underpass + No-one Driving were great, MWDED and Slow Motion were more modern versions, but the poorer for it. For me nearly all of the songs for were too long and so it was hard working trying to stay with it. Strange choice of set list I thought.

The Scala gig a couple of years ago was fantastic so this was a big disappointment.

Thomas

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#1350 - Tue, 01 Aug 2006 21:41:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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My thoughts on the Brighton show are on my own board on the end of this thread here:
http://p210.ezboard.com/ffelinedreamsfrm1.showMessage?topicID=2188.topic

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#1351 - Tue, 01 Aug 2006 21:46:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Just to echo some sentiments from this thread though - yeah, a 70 minute set was a bit shorter than I had an appetite for!
- it was a bit one-paced, with all "dancey" numbers (although not many of the ageing numanoids in the audience actually wanna dance! wink and none of the classic ballads
- it's great to hear old Ultravox songs but the new arrangements probably *aren't* as good sounding as Ultravox firing on all cylinders
- some of the songs do go on a bit looping round and round, I think - they last 5'n'half minutes when they'd probably be better at 3'n'half...

But this notwithstanding, I do think John was singing very well and I do think the best way to improve things would just for them to do even more gigs so we can hear more different songs smile
(Will I EVER get to hear "MORNING GLORY"?? :p )

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#1352 - Tue, 01 Aug 2006 21:57:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Well in the end it sounds like we all got the same set then.
Given the 'elasticity' of John and Louis's set up (ie - they could pretty much do anything they want from their back catalogue) I'm a bit surprised that they didn't perhaps change parts of the set as the tour progressed. I'm sure I read on a thread somewhere that part of the reason for playing new songs on the tour was that the forthcoming "Impossible" album may change depending on audience reaction.
I'd also go along with the suggestion that some songs were a little too long, "Nightlife" in particular (it's not really much of a 'song' as such anyway).

But then you can get too greedy - it's not so long back that I thought I'd never get to see John live, now I'm almost blase about it!

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#1353 - Tue, 01 Aug 2006 22:06:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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YEah, really, a lot of the tracks like "Nightlife" might be more appropriate played in a club environment where there's a dance floor.
Just staring at a stage while they loop round isn't perhaps ideal.

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#1354 - Tue, 01 Aug 2006 23:35:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Well, I was jumping around at the Nottingham gig, to "Nightlife" and pretty much everything really. There seemed to be a fair bit of movement in the crowd at that particular venue. Loved the set & I thought both John and Louis were in fantastic voice.

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#1355 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 00:19:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Hi Feline. Just read your review of John's Brighton gig. Thought it summed up exactly how I felt about the Liverpool gig. Your obvious enthusuiasm for John's music shines through so well even when aspects of the gig didn't match your hopes.

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#1356 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 01:40:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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I was at both the Liverpool and London gigs and it was just while I was walking to Kings Cross after the Scala gig that I remembered one difference in the set-list between the two gigs. In Liverpool, John and louis played 'From Trash' as one of the new songs but didn't play it at the Scala. Did they play 'From Trash' at any of the other gigs?

Another thing, I left the Liverpool Korova Bar at half past midnight after the gig. As I walked through the crowded bar filled with clubbers and other friday night drinkers they played 'Walk Away' from 'The Garden'. I smiled lots! Just to hear John being played over the PA to an alien crowd was fantastic and worth going for that alone! laugh

Oh, Hi to Rob! It was really nice to meet you and put a face someone posts on here! smile

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#1357 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 04:22:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Here's my efforts at a review of the Brighton gig.

Small is the new Big
© birdsong.Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2006 - 08:50:06 pm

I could tell it was going to be a great night in Brighton when the first record played once the doors had opened and the 200 of us had wound our way up the rickety staircase to The Room Upstairs was Soft Cell's inaugaral classic "The Girl With The Patent Leather Face". Memories of similar 'compact' venues in Oxford pubs (The Weddoes, An Emotional Fish) caming flooding right on it.
Hand written publicity is always a good sign, and tonight was no exception:

"There it is look, right at the bottom. July 31st."
John Foxx (oh, yeah and that other bloke) on the 'Absolutely no t-shirts or posters' tour'... followed by a list of CDs on sale, with several scribblings out through the prices.

This is how I like it, and the DJ set just got better through the half hour until the support band emerged from the crowd onto the stage. Little people. I thought at first that Mark and Vanessa from The Rubicks were real pixies. Great set of tracks from the aptly named 'In Miniature' album, clearly enjoying their return to the kingdom of Foxx after two night's headlining for the first time at a festival in Fairyland. Sorry, Basel.
The Rubicks have presence and talent in abundance.
But there is no bland. How can they possibly succeed?
Actress/Model. Popmobility. How can they NOT?

Though the PA was good (and I suspect better than at those Other Places), it didn't help get the best from the HeathRobinson effects boxes and drum machines, but the songs are undoubtedly clever, superbly structured and performed with a passion I haven't seen in a new band for some years.
Vanessa looks amazing - a kind of sixties chic with a fringe longer than her skirt, and a voice that conjures up echoes of early Deborah Harry tinged with some Siouxsie, a hint of Lene Lovich. A dash of Danielle Dax but heaps of individuality, and just exactly the right amount of trash.

Are Rubicks the next Goldfrapp?.
Just as clever but a little more straightforward. Loved it. Screamed for more. Had a chat for an hour afterwards and went away with a signing, a hug, some little bits of paper and a Big Hunch.

But I'm forgetting something.
Like everyone else in the crowd (is 200 a crowd?) I was here for the main event. That bloke out of Ultravox. The last night of the mini tour of the UK's titchiest venues.
No back projections, no Tiny Colour Movies. A new song to introduce the set, presumably called 'Sideways' given that in true Kraftwerk style there's only one line repeated throughout, and then a radiant beaming Foxx calls "Hello Brighton!!" from behind his Lexicon.
He speaks! Told you it was going to be good.
Just like the very old days. But not Brighton of course. Then it was "L.A." or "Berlin". But you get the point.

Straight into a new version of 'Walk Away' from The Garden and already I note that I have never (OK, so I've only been to six previous gigs) seen John so animated. He leapt around all night, striking the coolest poses. Playing the synth at arms length, flambouyantly striking those crucial notes that we all came to hear, grinning broadly all the time. Dancing.
And dancing more than, at times I thought, a rather tired and bombed out looking Louis Gordon, doing his best to recreate Robin Simon's guitar breaks or Currie's violin dervishes. Succeeding mostly too. Well played that man.
"Warm your back on Friendly Fire."
"Rock and Ro-oll - hey! Rock an roll, rock an roll, rock..."
Nearly. ish?
A blistering early Human League song?
The best of the new material by a long way. Except A Million Cars, which is already so much part of the repetoire now that it sounds like an old friend.
The sweetest Thing
The smell of corrosion

Still buying used cars from Ballards.
Plaza, No-one Driving and, at last, after a long, looping, shouting and stomping version of Nightlife to emphasise the pleasure of electricity, the Underpass that all the people-who-have-come-to-see-John-Foxx were waiting for. Good to see it back in the set as 'UNDERpass' too. Its been Overpass since 97. Smart move I think, bring back the darkness.

'Tonight John Foxx will be playing songs from throughout his career from Ultravox to now'.
Someone had tried to peel the bill off the wall. A nice touch of Englishness. Very apt. None of the other bands I'd even heard of.
Thirty years between some of the material but I couldn't see the join.

Triumphant, we shook the floor with The Man Who Dies Every Day.
No John, You're The Man. You really are The Man.

He rocked with Louis. In time. Together. Nodding and weaving. Something akin to a sensual celebration of a sound that its creator knows is good. A man re-assembling at the peak of a new kind of form.
'Just warming up now' he said later, winking. The twinkle still in his eye. 'Bloody knackered' said Louis. 'Its been great but I'm glad we finished.'
But a live set from Foxx these days isn't complete without the endless coda that is the magnificent Shifting City. Side by side with the Ultravox standard 'Slow Motion', sounding fresh from its recent airing on the BBC. 'This one's for ****' called Louis, over John, as the fragmented intro kicked in. The main man smiled and nodded, leaving his manic partner to take most of the lead vocal.
And it went on. And on.

But its meant to. That's the point.
In a world of downloads and shuffle selections, there is a place for doing it live. Getting up there and belting it out for the people that travel.
The people that care.

Rubicks, new and original. Tiny. John Foxx - massive.
Back in the old familiar glow again.
Small is the new Big.

Welcome to the retro-future.

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#1358 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 10:25:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Absolutely bloody brilliant review.

Reading it I felt like I was there...

Thanks..

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#1359 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 16:38:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Brilliant review Birdsong. smile

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#1360 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 16:43:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Fantastic review Birdsong – the best by far!!
Sounded like one helluva gig.

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#1361 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 17:22:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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#1362 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 17:33:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Originally posted by Ion-ah:
Oh, Hi to Rob! It was really nice to meet you and put a face someone posts on here! smile
Ditto! Really nice to meet Rob after the show at Nottingham. smile Apologies for my slightly bonkers mate and his tripe theory! lmao

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#1363 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 17:50:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
Adam Offline
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Martin

Good review of the Brighton gig (and it was very nice to meet you). As Martin makes clear, this was a fantastic gig. Louis and John seem to have really consolidated their sound; it was gritty electronica. Louis seems be transmogrifying into Billy Currie (no bad thing): he twisted, grimaced, bounced and shuddered as he generated all sorts of noises from his synths. Wonderful. And as Martin said, John was incredibly animated as well. He seemed to be on a real high.

Like some other commentators here, I thought the gig could have been slightly longer: it would have been incredible to finish on 'My Sex' and then 'Burning Car'. Still, this was the best gig I've ever witnessed. Also, I brought a couple of friends along who didn't know much about Foxx and both thought that, live, he wiped the floor with Golddrapp and Ladytron. That's what I like to hear! Here's hoping to another tour soon and, fingers crossed, slightly bigger venues.

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#1364 - Wed, 02 Aug 2006 20:47:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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I could tell it was going to be a great night in Brighton when the first record played once the doors had opened and the 200 of us had wound our way up the rickety staircase to The Room Upstairs was Soft Cell's inaugaral classic "The Girl With The Patent Leather Face".
That was Dom from Miss Pain played that.
Ironically, John's soundtech/merchandise man (? I think? a scouser anyways ;-) admonished the Pain's half-way through their DJ set that they "must play old school electro, cos that's what John likes"... but apparently he mollified afterwards and decided he like their set anyways
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#1365 - Sat, 05 Aug 2006 05:22:00 Re: Concert reviews please.Dont open if you dont want to know! Spoliers welcome please.
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Bit of a late review....

I was there at the Scala and I thought John and Louis were absolutely wikked!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />
The first time I have seen them live, and hopefully not the last.
The scala was pretty much full from what I could tell…
I wasn’t sure what to expect and at the end I wasn’t disappointed..

The performance was very professional and flowed very well from start to finish...John and Louis both sounding good vocally, the scala sound system banging out the kick drums/beats and the synths sounding clear but menacing...

John and Louis got a great reception when they walked on stage…..the crowd did take a little while to get going…..it was not until the familiar sounds of Plaza kicked in did the crowd become more alive…..
Thought Impossible dreams sounds like a new classic in the making, a tune from their forthcoming album.....
The middle of the show was a highpoint, with Plaza, No ones driving and Underpass, all getting a great reception.
The new intro on Underpass was superb....a low synth line suddenly morphing into the distinctive synth of underpass.
And then all too quickly the show was over!!!!!!!
John and Louis came out for two extra tunes,the crowd were demanding more still...but the show had to end.
Im sure they could have gone on for longer and theres no doubt everyone would have stayed on!!

Pity there wasnt a second date at the scala, as I think it was an ideal venue...
Overall, I was very impressed and it was a pleasure to see/hear John and Louis live. smile <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />

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