1998/06/27, Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark

Summer 1998

June 27
July 4
 Reuterstadt Stavenhagen
July 11
July 25
ob der Tauber
August 8
August 29
September 7
 Tokyo (cancelled)
September 8
 Tokyo (cancelled)

late 1998
 false gigs

As The Verve's bassist hadn't fully recovered after his illness (or so it was announced), making the band to cancel their headlining appearance on the third day of Roskilde festival; festival's management were informed on June 25 afternoon (read New Musical Express article for full story). The Sisters of Mercy were invited to fill the missing slot, and they did -- 48 hours after getting the invitation. Impressive.

Technically, the band was a replacement not for The Verve but for Rammstein, which exchanged their headlining slot in the second stage for headlining the main stage. They switched places after few weeks in Arvika.

The gig was downsized to 14 songs, making it shortest Sisters gig in years. It's not clear whether the blame falls on festival time restrains (most bands had to fit into one hour) or on rushed preparations.

This was the first concert since 1985 without their own lights guru Nigel Holborough who couldn't make it on such short notice. Many usual background roadshow members were also missing, including soundboard chief Jürgen Jansen -- the band had to rely on borrowed personnel. Worked quite good.

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This setlist might be (and most likely really is) incorrect. If you have access to the real thing, please take some of your time to check it and send in corrections/confirmations.

  • Intro: Afterhours

  • Ribbons
  • Come Together
  • Train/Detonation Boulevard
  • Amphetamine Logic
  • War on Drugs
  • Giving Ground
  • (We Are the Same) Suzanne
  • On the Wire/Teachers/On the Wire
  • Will I Dream
  • Dominion/Mother Russia
  • Summer
  • Anaconda
  • Flood II
  • This Corrosion
  • Thanks to Magnus Åkerblom (magnus_akerblom@yahoo.com) and Matthias Weyh (Vicus@compuserve.com)

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    Written by Matthias Weyh (Vicus@compuserve.com) for Dominion mailing list

    "Hi, we're Echo & The Vervemen"

    At the festival were monitors, which showed the line-up-changes this year. I think I should have taken some looks at it. I didn't, so I was very surprised to see The Sisters where I expected Rammstein. Yes, I know, Rammstein are stupid bullshit and nobody should like them, but ahem. At the beginning, when the curtain was closed, I just thought that Rammstein has stolen the Sisters-intro-tape ("Afterhours", of course). My girlfriend told me later that I had a very stupid smile on my face when the curtain opened and the sound of "Ribbons" was heard.

    In my opinion, this Sisters gig was one of the best I saw since the 1990 tour. The sound was much better than in Düsseldorf or Hamburg earlier this year - and Andrew seemed to have lots of fun ("It's good to work with you again!", "Tak, tak, tak or should I say Danke schön?"). There was only one problem: nearly 80% of the audience didn't know the newer stuff. Hey Andy, time to go to work!

    At the ending a few stupid dickheads started fighting with the security, cause like most bands the Sisters played only 1 hour - a bit too short i think. Other great appearances were made by Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Tori Amos, Garbage, The Skatelites, Portishead, Kraftwerk and many more. I was a bit disappointed by Black Sabbath, while Pulp and Bernhard Butler were really crap.

    This year Roskilde-Festival had many of nice line up changes. The other great one was the gig of The Misfits replacing Marilyn Manson. Hehehe.

    Written by David Lindholm (d95-dli@nada.kth.se) for Dominion mailing list

    > I've just heard that they didn't played at the main stage.
    > Rammstein did instead.

    Yes, Rammstein took The Verves slot on the main stage, and Sisters played at the second biggest stage instead of Rammstein.

    > And I've also heard people say that the concert at the Roskilde was crap,

    That is however wrong. The concert was absolutely not crap! They played all the new songs except for Romeo Down, so I guess most festival visitors was slightly disappointed cause they didn't recognize the songs. I myself enjoyed the concert a lot, the new songs are really good! Also, I really love Amphetamine Logic live.

    Two things disappointed me though, one being no Comfortably Numb/Some Kind of Stranger, the other being two utter morons in front of me who bowed/prayed to Andrew almost the whole gig.

    Thank you Andrew/Chairman Bax for coming at such a short notice. You really made my day!

    Written by Fredrik Rask (fredrik.rask@ks.ericsson.se) for Dominion mailing list

    Found a review or (or rather a small blurb about) the Sisters Roskilde appearance in the biggest Swedish evening paper and thought I should post it for the enjoyment/frustration of all. It goes a little something like this:

    Rating 2 out of 5.
    "Success - in Arvika All old goths cut their hair, bleach their hair and trade long coats for t-shirts. As do the fore-fathers in the Sisters. This makes it less theatrical and the dark chanting gets even more tedious. But there is no doubt that this will be a huge success in Arvika in two weeks time."

    *sigh* *grumble* Well, it doesn't really say anything IMO, except the usual hip reporter 'let's slam the goth-drek' kind of thing. I emailed the man and gently whacked him with the patented clue-by-four (in a nice way, mind you).

    The summary, like the Norwegian paper mentioned in some earlier mail, also finds the Sisters as replacements for the Verve and Marilyn Manson rather weak. Personally I would rather see the Sisters slowly die a horrible death than have to see Marilyn Manson (and I REALLY don't want to see the Sisters slowly die a horrible death), but that all depends on personal taste of course.

    A friend of mine who happens to be an avid Sisters hater will get back from Roskilde tomorrow -- that ought to be lots of fun.

    Written by Magnus Åkerblom (magnus_akerblom@yahoo.com) for The Sisters of Mercy Tours site

    A somewhat shorter set than the usual.

    The sound however was perfect, the best sound of any band at Roskilde that I saw. Eldritch was dressed in a white jacket of some sort that was open. Underneath he had a black "Motörhead England" t-shirt.

    The concert was great (the best I've ever seen). After playing the last one ("This Corrosion") Eldritch bowed before the audience. Cool stuff!

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