1998/01/31, The Capitol Ballroom, Washington DC, USA

Event Horizon 1998

January 14
January 16
January 17
January 18
January 20
January 21
January 22
January 24
January 25
January 26
 Brussels January 30
 New York
January 31
 Washington (cancelled)
February 1
February 3
February 5
 San Francisco
February 6
 San Francisco
February 7
 Los Angeles
February 12
February 13

The show was cancelled due to Andrew's ear infection and did not get rescheduled. The closest Sisters came to performing in Washington was the soundcheck; apparently, it was then Eldritch felt he needs doctor's help, and doctor banned him from performing. Heavy Water Factory, who were scheduled to do the warm-up, didn't play, too -- both acts were replaced by an industrial DJ. Obviously, this wasn't enough to justify the tickets, which were refunded.

Next day this semi-official statement for Dominion mailing list was released:

"As already reported, yesterday's DC concert was cancelled. Mr Eldritch is suffering from a heavy cold and an inner ear condition caused by flying with said cold. After struggling through the New York gig the Washington concert was cancelled on doctor's orders. Eldritch has improved sufficiently for today's Toronto gig to go ahead, though obviously he isn't 100% recovered as yet.

"No further cancellations are anticipated."

(An excuse for) setlist | How it happened
(An excuse for) setlist

The show didn't happen, but several witty people from the Dominion mailing list created a list of songs which could have been played in the Ear Infection tour:

  • Intro: Afterears
  • [Andrew intorduces the show: "I can't fucking hear you, so shut the fuck up now!"]
  • First and Last and Earways
  • Wax Away
  • Home of the Deafmen
  • Gimme Sheltear
  • Drain/Deaf-and-aching Boulevard
  • Doctor Jeep (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist)
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme (a tissue)
  • War on Lugs
  • Antihistemine Logic
  • Phlegm II
  • Lucreartia, My Infection
  • Doctor Squeek
  • When You Don't Hear Me
  • Red Eyes Dissappear
    <tissue break>
  • Can't-Hearably Numb/Some Kind of StrangEar
    <reanimation break>
  • Cochlea, My Infection
  • Temple of Lug
  • Thanks to Anthony Chefles (tony@phys.strath.ac.uk), Eldritch07@aol.com, Adam (nachtgeist@mindspring.com), Robert Hedengren (brokenurn@geocities.com), Klaus (klaus@imprint.uwaterloo.ca)

    (An excuse for) setlist | How it happened
    How it happened

    Written by Bill Forbes (BillForbes@worldnet.att.net) for The Sisters of Mercy Tours site

    I just got back from the two hour drive to dc, the flier on the door to the club read:

    For immediate release
    The Sisters of Mercy show has been cancelled
    due to Andrew's illness

    Written by Jenny Foreit (JForeit@TobaccoFreeKids.org) for The Sisters of Mercy Tours site

    The gig was cancelled at approximately 5:30 pm on Saturday, January 31st -- about an hour and a half before doors opened.

    Written by Justin Cameron (jc7664b@american.edu) for Dominion mailing list

    The DC show is, in fact, cancelled. Apparently less than three hours before show time, during soundchecks in fact, Eldritch came down with an inner ear infection. The entire show was cancelled, refunds are available at place-of-purchase, i.e. Ticketmaster. After the cancellation was announced, the Ballroom let those in line in for free for Industrial Revolution (standard dj dance stuff.) So, that's the story for now.

    Written by Matt Slowikowski (drowning@webtv.net) for The Sisters of Mercy Tours site

    The Sisters show at the Ballroom in Washington, D.C. was cancelled. Club spokespeople stated that Andy and company showed up, but that Eldritch was "suffering from an inner-ear infection and was under doctor's orders not to perform." Hundreds of disappointed fans stayed anyway for the club's usual gothic/ industrial dance night (free of charge due to the cancellation), but many more walked away dejected. Thank God I saw them in Philly at "Dark Harvest III"!

    Written by neglect@mail.pacificnet.net for Dominion mailing list

    Well, if it is indeed an inner ear infection as someone has mentioned, typically the acute symptoms take 1-3 days to subside. These symptoms usually manifest as dizziness, nausea, and mebbe some tinnitus, but typically hearing is unaffected. Of course, these symptoms can take up to a week to develop, and it would all depend on how far Andrew's condition has progressed.

    In some cases there is a residual effect that can last for up to four weeks, but is limited to experiencing a slight dizziness or headchange caused by a rapid head movement, nothing that should be caused by, nor be aggravated by performance.

    At least this leaves some hope for the salvage of west coast dates.

    I'm not a doctor, but I've seen one on TV.

    Written by Jeremy Coffey (jerm@cais.com) for Dominion mailing list

    I just called Ticketmaster for my refund (I asked about a reschedule and I was told there wasn't one). As for the refund, they said that all credit card orders were going to be refunded automatically, meaning they were going to credit everyone who called with a credit card order without those people needing to call in. Not to suggest that y'all shouldn't call to confirm that, but apparently there won't be another show where these tickets would be honored.

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