1999/07/18, Festival Rock Ilha Do Ermal, Braga, Portugal

To the Planet Edge 1999

July 18

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Every post-1993 Sisters tour started unexpectedly (with notable exception of Event Horizon), and the 1999 venture continued the tradition. Announced on July 10th, this concert caught the fans unprepared, as did the announcement of USA tour in "September/October" few days later -- which, though didn't keep some of European fans from selling their soul to get to Portugal, left most of them bitter aftertaste and no life Sisters fix in last year of the old millennium. The 07/18 evening's depression hit Europe like plague.

A couple of notes though: the first Sisters Portugal gig since 1991/02/26-27 concerts in Lisbon and Oporto took place not in Braga itself but in nearby Vieira do Minho, and not on 07/18 but on 07/19, 00:30 local time. The hour and 50 minutes long performance continued tradition of 1998's Summer tour by not delivering any new material and sticking to Event Horizon's setlist (with notable exceptions of Alice, played for first and last time this tour, one of few Body Electric performances and absence of Anaconda and War on Drugs, both dropped off the regular setlist).

It was the second Sisters gig since 1985 without their lights man Nigel Holborough, who was busy and unable to play on such short notice (similar circumstances kept him from appearing in Roskilde in 1998). The lights were taken care of by female who's previous work record reportedly includes Robbie Williams tours (some reports state lights were better than usual -- not to say that Nigel's work is bad).

Other bands in the festival were Hipnˇtica (first stage), Bizarra Locomotiva, Cello and Belle Case Hotel (second stage). July 16th, first of the three festival days, was headlined by Eldritch's hero Iggy Pop.

And lastly there was no Sisters' merchandise stand, probably because of the short notice.

Setlist | Reviews

  • Intro: Fly and Collision of Comas Sola (?)
  • Intro: Afterhours

  • Ribbons
  • Come Together
  • Train/Detonation Boulevard
  • Amphetamine Logic
  • Giving Ground
  • We are the Same, Susanne
  • On the Wire/Teachers/On the Wire
  • Will I Dream
  • Body Electric
  • Dominion/Mother Russia
  • Summer
  • Alice
  • Romeo Down
  • Flood II
  • Temple of Love
  • Comfortably Numb/Some Kind of Stranger
  • First and Last and Always
  • This Corrosion
  • Something Fast
  • Vision Thing
  • Thanks to Zor Gabor (zor-gabor@ip.pt)

    Setlist | Reviews

    Written by Jose Pacheco (jddp@civil.ist.utl.pt) for Dominion mailing list

    First of all the audience of mostly a Sisters one, most of them (including myself) went to the festival just on Sunday to see the Sisters. The stage had a building of metal tubes (someone called it the Temple of Love) and it was most of the time filled with a deep dry smoke.

    After a long intro which at first seemed like Afterhours the Sisters finally showed up. As on the last tour the Sisters were, besides ANDREW ELDRITCH of course, composed by ADAM PEARSON and MICHAEL VARJAK. Andrew was dressed with a white hi-neck long sleeve, white jacket and the traditional dark sun-glasses. Although the voice seemed a little rusty, at least at the beginning, Andrew stage presence was the same (if not better) as in the old days. He moved constantly around the stage, twisting his body to the sound of the music.

    The sound wasn't great, I believe it never is on open air events.

    The band sounded good, although a little too much Vising-Thing'esque for my taste, even on the old songs.

    For me the highlights of the night were the Giving Ground rendition, the long Dominion/Mother Russia version and most of all the Comfortably Numb/Some Kind of Stranger medley (I'm not very impartial, since this is one of my Sisters favorite songs).

    Written by Robin Colman (sisters@pandora.be) for Dominion mailing list

    I did see the Portugal gig, and I did not count them, but I guess there were about 5999 other visitors...

    The location was wonderful on a lake with a beach, although hard to get (30 km from Braga on small roads).

    The Sisters were all in a good mood, which will be confirmed by the people who got in early and saw the soundcheck with Andrew in fluor-green (I think) longsleeve.

    The day was long and the support bands were unknown to not-Portuguese... 'cello - bizarra locomotiva - belle chase hotel' don't ask me how they were.

    Sisters came on stage at 12.30 night. All band members were the same. For the more knowledged people in here: Robbo is not longer the tour manager.

    There were NO new tracks played.

    Written by Bruno Simões (brunosimon@hotmail.com) for The Sisters of Mercy Tours site

    I've been in Festival Ilha do ermal, and I've seen The Sisters of Mercy in the main stage.

    It was brilliant! Von in is best! Adam and Mike didn't help at all but the mysticism that evolved Eldritch was unique!

    I've been there as a reporter and I interviewed Adam. Von declined the invitation.

    Written by Peter Lankester (Peter.Lankester@village.uunet.be) for Dominion mailing list

    Andrew introduced Romeo Down as: "A song about murder and social disease..."(did I get that right ?!?)

    Peter also gets the credit for the festival website link; you gotta wonder how people find such things

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