What an immense show from New Order last night at the old Granada Studios in Manchester as part of the Manchester International Festival. It was also the final night and what a triumph the residency has been. Full credit must also go to Royal Northern College of Music students on synths and Liam Gillick for they all contributed to a marvellous spectacle.
There were tracks not played live since the 80s and other less accessible tunes, each one a classic, not one of them a hit.
Think what you like about Hooky but back on home turf NO still have it in spades.
Truly amazing show. I even smiled, but that may have just been wind. Tony Wilson, certainly, would have smiled.
I have a full video of “Plastic” which I will post when I have it in a format Word Press likes.
Kula Shaker played to a great turnout at Liverpool’s O2 Academy on Wednesday night. After successfully negotiating with the club and Sky Sports to move the Arsenal game to the Tuesday I was privileged enough to attend. Rather than go back in time, Crispian Mills insisted we open some kind of tunnel to 1996 when their hugely successful K album was released, tonight was to be a celebration of that release and it was fitting for myself to witness it at what used to be the L2 nightclub where I would roam the dance floor to hits such as “Hey Dude” and “Hush” back in the day. The album was performed in full, interlaced with new tracks from the K2.0 album and from their second album Peasants, pigs and astronauts. Mills showed he is quite the talent with the guitar and the crowd lapped it up gleefully.
*With thanks to my friend Lisa Walters for the authentic set list you see at the end.*
James played to a full Liverpool Echo arena last night and with, very special guests, The Charlatans opening with a sixty minutes greatest hits set including a cover of Echo and The Bunnymen’s “Rescue” featuring Tim Booth and Andy Diagram it all be set for a great atmosphere.
In my humble opinion it wasn’t the best shows either band have given. The Charlatans were a little sterile and I’ve seen better James sets but nevertheless it was still a great evening’s entertainment.