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    IanCurtis13: That's quite an itinerary. I'm jealous- especially over that My Bloody Valentine gig! Very nice.

    So far the only thing I've got set in stone is Nine Inch Nails / A Place To Bury Strangers in August. I had planned on seeing Radiohead but I waited too long for tickets. I don't know how likely it is for Wire to tour anywhere near Texas during their upcoming US tour (I'm probably being delusional) but I'd love to see them too.
    does anyone know if the south street concert was aired on television?
    • CommentAuthorcc says...
    • (CommentTimeJun 5th 2008)
    I don't think so, Ari. Didn't hear any word that it would be and didn't see any crew. There was a woman filming the set sporadically with a small digicam--or at least she was visible sporadically.
    • CommentAuthorcc says...
    • (CommentTimeJun 6th 2008)
    Summerstage concerts from Central Park are often broadcast on the city's tv station later in the summer, if that's what you're thinking of. But that's a different series; this was River to River.
    Margaret sed that 'the woman doin' the filmin'' was Malka, any chance of a copy Malka (pretty please) A
    I saw two outstanding 3-hour-plus shows from The Cure this week. Setlists for both shows as follows...

    June 15th, 2008 - Atlanta, Ga. (Gwinnett Center)

    Underneath The Stars (new song), Want, A Strange Day, The Walk, The End of the World, Lovesong, To Wish Impossible Things, Pictures of You, Lullaby, Fascination Street, The Perfect Boy (new song), From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, Other Voices, Sleep When I'm Dead (new song), Push, Doing The Unstuck, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Kyoto Song, Hot Hot Hot, The Only One (new song), Charlotte Sometimes, Signal To Noise, One Hundred Years, Baby Rag Dog Book (new song)
    1st encore: At Night, M, Play For Today, A Forest
    2nd encore: Lovecats, Let's Go To Bed, Freakshow (new song), Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?
    3rd encore: Boys Don't Cry, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab.

    June 16th, 2008 - Charlotte, N.C. (Bobcats Arena)

    Underneath The Stars (new song), Prayers For Rain, A Night Like This, The End of the World, Lovesong, A Letter To Elise, Want, Pictures of You, Lullaby, From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, The Perfect Boy (new song), Hot Hot Hot, The Only One (new song), Wrong Number, The Walk, Sleep When I'm Dead (new song), Push, How Beautiful You Are, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Primary, Shake Dog Shake, Charlotte Sometimes, One Hundred Years, Baby Rag Dog Book (new song)
    1st encore: The Holy Hour, Other Voices, Drowning Man, Faith
    2nd encore: Freakshow (new song), Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?
    3rd encore: Boys Don't Cry, 10:15 Saturday Night, Killing An Arab

    Seeing as how Seventeen Seconds and Faith both rank as all-time favorite albums, I think that the first encores for each show speak for themselves and my jaw is still on the floor. I couldn't have picked a better selection of songs and I give credit to Robert Smith and company for pulling some decidedly non-"greatest hits" tracks out of the woodwork. Some impressive new tracks featured...especially the show opener, "Underneath The Stars", which could have fit in well on Disintegration.

    Just four guys onstage...Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Jason Cooper...and no keyboardist. The scaled-down effect worked well for the songs and gave way to creative guitar play from Smith and Thompson on the normally keyboard-heavy songs.
    I am very very green, let's hope it doesn't turn into anger or I'll turn into the Hulk...........
    Concerts in Dublin this week:

    Iggy & The Stooges, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, 16 June 2008

    Very glad to have won a pair of tickets for this as I certainly would not have shelled out 60 euros each... Highly entertaining, Iggy on top form, brimful of energy and enthusiasm. Band terrific too, especially the righteously wonderful Mike Watt, quite the powerhouse on bass, playing like a man possesed. Looking at times, when he makes eye contact with Iggy, like an overexcited terrier straining at the leash. He thinks, naturally, that he's really lucky to be part of The Stooges, but I think The Stooges are really lucky to have him... Massive open-air venue, so not my ideal concert experience, everything too huge and far away, and not too happy when the overpriced beakers of beer began flying, one of which landed square on my head, dowsing me completely in stinky sticky Stella. Had to leave the camera home for this one as the security was like Fort Knox. Cameras were forbidden unless you were press. A friend of mine managed to wangle a pass at the last minute off Iggy's manager (the jammy bastard !), and got some truly outstanding shots, it has to be said, more power to him.

    Melt-Banana, Crawdaddy, 20 June 2008

    Five years since they last played here and they are still hyperactively fizzing with explosive comic energy. Hilarious. Totally nuts. Totally compelling. Their new album Bambi's Dilemma, like Object 47, clocks in at 35 minutes. Whatever about wanting more Wire, 35 minutes of hyper-accelerated Melt-Banana is quite enough. In a good way of course. My photos can be seen here
    Manchester Academy 11 June 2008

    I’ve only got a passing knowledge of Chan Marshall's work, and to be honest I recognised very few numbers tonight, but she came on with her Dirty Delta Blues band and played some slow, laidback opening number that with Marshall’s vocals over the top was genuinely spine-tingling. Although much of it operated outside my usual taste – it being pretty much country rock at times – Marshall’s voice has such a fabulous warmth to it that it was always worth hearing.

    At close to two hours it was possibly a bit on the long side, but that probably sounds churlish of me as I was in the presence of a genuinely great voice. Even then though, Marshall was hardly in a rush to get off-stage. The band had long since gone and there she was loving the adulation as she picked out selections from a bouquet of flowers and threw them and her band members set-lists to selected members of the audience.