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  1.  
    Apart from being extremely gratified seeing Wire taking themselves seriously for a change and gigging the hell out of a year (well for them anyway), I note that Germany and Austria are getting 10 in one go.

    How many were us Brits allowed over this period? Much less. The Wire fan density per unit population in bits of Europe is clearly much higher than here ie they can put bums on seats as it were.

    Are there any good theories about why Germany (and Austria who are obviously quite alike) seem to like Wire?

    My pet theory is that Wire are reaping the rewards of touring there many moons ago and on many occasions. Maybe German music fans are less fashionable with their music tastes than us Brits and stick with things they like as well as being open at a young age to good 'new' but not fashionable music?

    U.
  2.  
    "...seeing Wire taking themselves seriously for a change..."

    Whoa! Not trying to start a scuffle, but what an intriguing statement!
  3.  
    they haven't seriously toured here for a while as far as i remember. i might be wrong, but in fact in the 15 years i spent in Germany i don't remember them having done more than the few concerts in 2002 (which i missed). same for Austria. maybe it was just time to come back..
    i'm definitely looking forward to it. curious about their fan "density". no clue, you don't hear much about Wire in Germany.
  4.  
    15 years is their half life. Looking at the gig list, they played there in 78, 79, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 93 as well. Not too shabby considering the 13 odd year lulls over that period. Maybe there are a lot of quite old Wire Rockpalast'79 attendees who go to all the tour dates? ;) Maybe the clubs they're playing are relatively small?

    U.

    "they haven't seriously toured here for a while as far as i remember. i might be wrong, but in fact in the 15 years i spent in Germany i don't remember them having done more than the few concerts in 2002 (which i missed). same for Austria. maybe it was just time to come back..
    i'm definitely looking forward to it. curious about their fan "density". no clue, you don't hear much about Wire in Germany. "
    • CommentAuthorcc says...
    • (CommentTimeDec 19th 2008)
     
    heh... it is a little strange, considering the chilly reception at Rockpalast!
  5.  
    I wonder if there are some new songs.
  6.  
    Good to see WIRE taking themselves hilariously to Europe!
    They can only do as many gigs as promoters are willing to offer.
    Maybe German promoters proove more enthusiastic?
    They got a great reception in Berlin and Hamburg on the Send tour.
    They also recorded The Ideal Copy in Berlin.

    Any oldies you'd like to hear?

    I recall asking about A Question of Degree in Strasbourg and Colin said he thought it was do-able.
  7.  
    I think "A Question of Degree" would lend itself very well to a live rendition performed by this line up.
  8.  
    I Should Have Known Better in the "Not About to Die" version.
  9.  
    I don't remember them being here very often. The only I saw them was 2002. And before that? Goodness... The gigography mentions their last German show before that in 88. And after 2002 they pretty much toured around Germany.

    Anyway, some odd places Wire chose. Never been at the Livedotcom, stupid name, former dance club. I am curious to see it. Hafenklang? I always thought it was a 200 capacity place, but apparently they are at a different location right now, and it might be bigger...
  10.  
    What is happening ? The dates disappeared from the front page...
  11.  
    I think that they canceled the tour.
  12.  
    oh no. tell me it's not true.
  13.  
    Sadly, it is true, I`m afraid - the tour has been cancelled, together with the warm-up gig at Cargo (DAMN!! - I was going). Apparently graham has damaged his hand and on doctor`s advice the tour has been cancelled with a view to re-schedule at the end of next month if feasible. This information appeared briefly on `latest Wire News` on Friday 9th but had curiously vanished by the evening probably leaving a lot of people scratching their heads about the disappearing tour dates.
  14.  
    Unfortunately what Andy says is true. It happened at the end of last week and the German promoter has asked us not to make this information available until he has contacted all the venues (which is why the announcement appeared only briefly so far). On behalf of the band I apologise to anyone who has tickets or worse still has booked flights or hotel. I'm sure you know that we would never cancel any show on a whim. Of course we are currently investigating re-scheduling the dates for later this year.

    Colin
  15.  
    All my best wishes to Graham. Hoping to see him soon playing his bass again.
  16.  
    Current timing being explored would have the dates taking place in March.
  17.  
    Sorry to hear gig cancelled and all the best to Graham for a speedy recovery.

    It reminds me a bit of when Tommy Smith had to sit out some Liverpool games in the late 70s after dropping a sledgehammer on his toe.

    I look forward to coming to the rescheduled date, but in the meantime I've emailed canatloupe about whether a credit card refund is automatic (I got an 'e ticket' for this gig, a novel experience). Will post again to let you know how I get on.

    cheers all

    Howard
  18.  
    "Apparently graham has damaged his hand"

    I seem to recall the RFH date being put back because Robert hurt his hand.

    I'm starting to think that Colin is prone to throwing his weight round in rehearsals and gives the rhythm section a hearty rap across the knuckles with a metal ruler if they drop the beat.

    ; )
  19.  
    Please do reschedule the German dates, I was really looking forward to the show here in Cologne!!!!

    Get well soon!