1996/06/19, Fenton, Leeds, UK

Roadkill 1996

June 19
 Leeds
June 22
 München
June 29
 Hamburg (cancelled)
July 13
 Ochtrup
July 14
 Offenbach

This gig was a secret and free warm up before the German Helter Skelter festival shows. This was the only Sisters gig in UK that year, if you can call a show for 50 people packed into a small pub a "gig". Also, Chris Sheehan and Ravey Ravey lost their Sisters virginity in this gig.

Gig promotion consisted of this letter sent to Dominion mailing list on gig day, at noon:

    Whereas it is customary for the Sisters to do unannounced warm-up gigs under assumed names:

    "Near Meth Experience" are playing at nine o'clock tonight in the upstairs room of the Fenton (a pub), in Leeds. Entrance is free.

    Don't say you haven't been warned.

Later in the Mojo ("Phone Home") interview, issued 1997/04, Andrew rambled the concert: "I'm not a fan of these eyeball-to-eyeball things but these guys talk me into quite a lot."

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  • Ribbons
  • Amphetamine Logic
  • Flood II
  • Alice
  • On the Wire/Teachers/On the Wire
  • This Corrosion
  • Come Together
  • First and Last and Always
  • Train/Detonation Boulevard
  • Under the Gun
  • Giving Ground
  • Temple of Love
  • Vision Thing
  • Jolene
  • Thanks to Alexander Ord (lex@quinnster.demon.co.uk) -- I do hope he authored the letter I got the setlist from.

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    Written by Koba (BCORFE@fs2.scg.man.ac.uk) for Dominion mailing list

    Alexander Ord (probably):
    > Eldritch was wearing a black shirt and
    > dodgy red/orange tye-dye t-shirt - urgh !

    Footwear fetishists may be interested to know that Andy had on a pair of black Nike Air hi-tops to complete his ensemble. The hair is shortish, bleached blond with a hint of clementine.

    Whilst the set list was excellent, the musicianship heroic in the face of guitar difficulties, the best thing about the gig was how much Andy enjoyed himself. His pleasure was obvious to one and all, as was his inner strength and mental fitness. He's back on the fags and they're obviously doing him good.

    A comment directed at his critics perhaps?:

    "It isn't over 'til the fat lady's nose bleeds."

    > new guitarist Chris, who I'm told by the bloke playing Doktor Avalanche
    > used to be in Babylon Zoo.

    You see, that nice Koba warned you all of the BZ connection months ago, but you didn't believe him, did you?

    > Was anyone else, apart from Oliver Duke-Williams, there? I was on
    > the far wall with bleached hair (Andrew is copying me, honest!)
    > Black combats and a Northern Ireland footy top (green - ha, I'm not a
    > goth).

    Pete French was there as was Shiva/Froggatt or whatever the lady's name is, driven all the way from Bristol (now there's commitment - are you listening, Sampson?). I was there standing right next to you with Markos, Stevo and Dr C.


    Written by Keith Barton (k.barton@hud.ac.uk) for Dominion mailing list

    It certainly was a cool gig and it was good to see Von looking fit and well again. I met up with him again on the fire escape afterwards and he was grinning from ear to ear.

    "Well, that should get the goths booked into the hairdressers first thing in the morning!" he laughed, then proceeded to blame Pete Turner for letting them know about it. "We were trying to keep it quiet 'cos we didn't really want them in. I find all that somewhat embarrassing. Oh yeah, we didn't want the press to get wind of it either! Heh, heh" Get the drift?

    Anyway a short drinkypoo at chez Von and it was back home to Huddersfield (sans fags 'cos the bugger'd nicked them all).

    Hey, hey, rock and roll...

    P.S. Watch out at the German gigs. I have it on good authority that there will be "Sad Goth" detectors installed on each gate, cunningly designed by Davros to seek and destroy!!


    Written by Sarah Froggatt (froggatt@siva.bris.ac.uk) for Dominion mailing list

    Wow!!

    What a gig!!

    As Ian C said,
    > I am in some kind of state of shock at how quickly this came and went.
    Me too! Phew!! :-))

    Yes folks, I really did drive up from Bristol! :-) I got back from a late lunch, saw the posting on Dominion, persuaded my boyfriend (thus far fairly ambivalent towards the Sisters) to come with me to talk to me and keep me awake on the motorway, and hit the road soon after 5pm. 450 miles (fortunately only 25 quid's worth of petrol in my Mini!) and one storming gig later I'm still wandering around with a daft grin on my face and everyone else here wonders what all the fuss was about! ;-)

    The afore-mentioned boyfriend is now a Sisters fan ("That guy really knows how to put a song together! Fab and groovy!!") and he's wandering round with a daft grin on his face too. :-))

    I too went out onto the fire escape afterwards to say Hi to Mr.E and thank him for the gig, but I have to confess that the sense of occasion and/or sheer exhaustion set in just then and I failed utterly to hold anything resembling a sparkling conversation with him :-(((( This was not helped by the fact that while he was talking to me he was looking at me very steadily over the top of his shades. Most disconcerting!! ;-) So no "short drinkypoo chez Von" for me, just a firm handshake and a long drive home.

    Koba kommented:
    > Pete French was there as was Shiva/Froggatt or whatever the lady's
    > name is, driven all the way from Bristol (now there's commitment
    > -- are you listening, Sampson?)

    No, I think it's just plain nuttiness!! ;-)


    Written by Ian Carter (I.S.Carter@shu.ac.uk) for Dominion mailing list

    WOW!!!

    Alexander Ord (ok, definitely maybe):
    > First up was a dodgy band called Bear. We thought what a wind up but
    > then we saw the newly bleached Eldritch in his Vision Thing shades by
    > the sound desk.

    Unfortunately [Bear was] a Wedding Present sound alike from Sheffield, (how did they get that support??)

    I have to admit the line up although technically excellent does now seem to cause all of "showman " role to be put on Andy himself , where as in the 90 line up, Mr James and Tim were themselves rather lively and interesting on stage.

    'History in the making' I think sums up last night for me, it was so good to be a witness to an event like last night.

    Sleepless, hungover and bloody happy, considering I couldn't afford to do Ochtrup.


    Written by 'Dr Futurity' for Dominion mailing list

    ...and I was horrified to learn that the Doktor has one of those really huge, out dated disk drives along with a normal one though! How I wish I had nicked the disks at the end ;-)

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