2000/09/01, Academy, Manchester, UK

Trip the Light Fantastic 2000

August 5
 Neerpelt (cancelled)
August 12
 Hildesheim
August 19
 Dresden
August 30
 Nottingham
September 1
 Manchester
September 2
 Glasgow
September 3
 Nottingham
September 5
 London
September 6
 London
September 8
 Madrid
September 9
 Barcelona

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Setlist

  • Intro
  • Anaconda
  • Train/Detonation Boulevard
  • Ribbons
  • Will I Dream?
  • Dominion/Mother Russia
  • Summer
  • Giving Ground
  • Crash and Burn
  • Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
  • On the Wire/Teachers/On the Wire
  • We are the Same, Susanne
  • Romeo Down
  • Flood I
  • War on Drugs
  • Alice
  • Temple of Love
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  • Something Fast
  • Flood II
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  • Snub Nose (Adam Decides)
  • Vision Thing
  • Thanks to Christer Andersson (christe@nada.kth.se)

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    Written by Valerie (Valerie@zoetic.demon.co.uk) for Dominion mailing list

    Ok then. A few thoughts.

    Not the best Sisters gig I have been at, far from it. This is almost entirely a comment on the atmosphere; their performance was faultless, with noticeably brilliant input by the guitarists - specially noticed on the Floods, and the instrumental track. Adam's really good isn't he? Laughs - sorry, I usually get bound up in the gestalt with SoM, but I happened to be standing right in front of him which focused me a bit. Nothing detrimental to Chris, btw. just the result of being able to observe properly.

    I was hearing many of the new songs for the first time (don't do boots, I have a recording of Brixton 10.6.97 somebody taped for me but that's another story and we don't go in for sentimental shite here, do we) So - what did I think of them?

    War On Drugs has become really polished since I heard its first outings. I have always liked this track; surely there should be a 12" being hammered in every dark dance club across the world.. ??? Tut, wasted opportunities! Personally I liked the last two new tracks more than Summer, Susanne and Romeo Down; more power. yum. Crash and Burn - I love the way this works, it has a really powerful draw. I do think it loses it a little in the chorus though... (ducks) The instrumental one (Snub Nose?) they did during the encores, absolutely excellent, really liked.. want to hear more. No Come Together? Shame..

    This was possibly the least engaged with the audience I have ever seen Eldritch (keep in mind I haven't seen SoM live since they played The Forum in Feb 98) When they came on he was quite .. wrapped up in the music ? :-) No bad thing, but we got very few of his quips, possibly only said 3 or 4 things, (?) the first being "Thank you for your co-operation" He finally noticed the audience were there during Alice (must be about half way through set (somebody?) and then the interaction began to kick in properly with Temple of Love.

    Venue was packed, lots of familiar faces (hello to those I didn't get a chance to say hello to last night..) Lots had travelled. An interesting aside - I had staked my place near the front, the band was imminent and I glanced round wondering if Pete maintains his record of walking straight to the front of the venue exactly at the moment the band come on stage. As the thought occurred, there was Pete marching through, and I turned back to find that the band had just reached their microphones. I had to smile... And yeah, by Ribbons Pete had his shirt off and was up on someone shoulders trying to scare Eldritch away. Never works.

    Highlights for me: On the Wire. Giving Ground. The Floods. Totally gorgeous reworking of the Floods..

    I can't help wondering how much Eldritch paid the singer from Sona Fariq to try to frighten the goths away before he came on ..;-) That was too funny. He finale-d by jumping into the crowd, shouting "what is the name of this band!!!" over and over, to a bunch of stony-faced goths. (I am sorry, can't help laughing - if he'd asked me Id have said "don't you know?") As if that wasn't enough he threw in a bout of breakdancing for good measure, either that or he just fell over and had a bad time getting up. They had a smidgen of Rage Against The Machine which caused me to listen though.. Anybody know where are they from?

    Final note for obsessional memorabilia types, it was being videoed so there may be another fix for you soon.

    Final final note: No amount of big loud ugly shirts can hide the fact that you are wearing pretty little bondage pants underneath.


    Written by Andy (heartland@home.se) for The Sisters of Mercy Tours site

    After a very bizarre journey out of London with my new found friend, Christer, we ended up in Manchester. The academy was quite easy to find. Outside the venue we met a really nice girl, you know who you are, Bella :). and of course we run into some nice guys from the past, Hiya Tobi and Christian. we found our way around the venue, just in time to hear the sisters do some nice soundchecks. Ribbons, "Snub nose" and some other as well, hey Christer, you know them better than me, you have the list of the soundchecks.

    The sisters kicked off the show with Anaconda, and I still don't think it is a good opener. Crash and Burn, "Snub Nose" starts to make sense in the setlist. This time we Andrew was nice enough to play the songs that I really missed in Dresden, Alice, Flood 1, Bei Mir Bist Du Schon and Something Fast. Before Alice I got tricked by the fast drum intro, for a second I almost thought it was First And Last And Always, but it was Alice :) Eldritch introduced Alice by repeating the word "meanwhile" shouting it out. The Manchester gig was really good, much better than the Dresden gig. The only thing who really annoyed me was all of the body slam dancing Goths in the audience.

    Really nice to meet Robin, Sven and Annika again. A big Yowsa to Marcus and Christian from Germany for letting us have our luggage in the back of their rent car.


    Ticket scanned by Christer Andersson ( christe@nada.kth.se)
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