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    I thought someone might have already posted a comment re Wire's immense gig at King Tut's Wah Wah in Glasgow. Better give it a go myself then...

    This is the sixth time I've seen Wire over the last decade or so, three times in Glasgow, once in Edinburgh and twice in London (Festival Hall night and Flag: burning at the Barbican).

    Out of all of those, February 9, 2011 at King Tut's has to be the best. And for several reasons:

    The set list was the most diverse I've heard from the band. The song choice from 70s, 80s and 00s was exceptional. That's the first time I've heard Kidney Bingos live and the inclusion of Two People In a Room was inspired.

    But, most of all, the sheer quality of the songs from Red Barked Tree meant the setlist (to my ears) never took a dip.

    I'm glad they played a small venue like King Tut's (300 capacity) cos it created a better atmosphere for a Wire gig. There were a lot of ticketless punters asking if anyone had any spares beforehand.

    But, at the same time, I can't help feeling why a truly brilliant band like Wire are playing small venues while, on the same night (Springsteen/Husker Du wannabes) The Hold Steady are playing to a bigger crowd across town.

    Just another one of the great injustices in our world I suppose.

    Loved the hat, Mr Lewis. It certainly protected your head during a pre-gig walkabout in the pouring Glasga rain!

    And full marks to the guy who shouted for Our Swimmer at least four times during the show. Needless to say he didn't get...
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    Hi, first time here. Posted a few pics from Glasgow at www.flickr.com/photos/wilw7 if anyone wants to have a look.
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    Really enjoyed Wire playing in King Tuts. Its one of those venues that the band have to barge through the crowd to get to the stage. Me & the missus had a great view standing on the seats in the lower part of the venue. Liked also the different age group of people who went to the gig. A good broadbase of ages.
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    Nice pics wilw6. You must have been standing next to me. I was standing right in front of Colin. There was a real cross-section of age groups in the crowd and the sound was excellent. Hope the lads come back to Glasgow soonish - three years (OK, two and a half if we're being pedantic) between visits is way too long in my book. A full UK tour should be on Wire's agenda every year!
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    Cheers Stephen, I was just to the right of Colin, experience has shown that being directly in front of mikes doesn't lead to very good pics...

    I thought Wire nailed the sound spot on...unlike the support who, whilst they were ok musically imo, were way too loud - the vocals were unintelligible from where I stood.

    Pre-Tuts my faves on RBT were Please take & Moreover, but I'm currently fixed on Smash. Really liked the version of that song on the night.
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    Mate of mine from Carlisle whose a voracious gig-goer but not particularly a wire fan turned out for them at King Tuts and reported back that they were excellent.
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    Smash is a great song to kick off the set - sublime melody with a bit of a racket thrown in for good measure! Hats off to the bloke from Carlisle for going to the Glasgow gig even though he's not a huge fan, hopefully he is now. Had the support band turned it down a notch or two their melodies would have sounded even better _ sometimes less is more after all.
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    I'd recommended to my mate getting in for the support assuming it was Madensuyu (sp?) who I'd seen in Manchester, but apparently it was an outfit called Weekend???
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    I picked up a couple of their songs at iTunes to see what I am in for in Toronto (not sure about Boston, think it's Weekend again, but NYC is listed as Madensuyu). Promising, but it appears that the engineering might be just as annoying live as it is on their recorded stuff. Brittle, tinny, shrill. They may get Joy Division comparisons, but Martin Hannett would be spinning in his grave.
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    Weekend were Rock School rubbish with no tunes.

    Thought the King Tuts gig was good, although somewhere in the middle ranking of the six times I've seen them. The material was better this time than at the Arches on the Object 47 tour, but that's probably because RBT is a far better album than O47. Glad to hear Drill again. However, there was probably a little too much faffing between numbers which tended to kill the atmosphere a little.

    I'd also REALLY like to hear them use some technology and get a little theatrical again. My favourite gig is the Wir show at the Mean Fiddler in London 20 years ago, which is still the best thing I've ever seen live in my life - brand new material, all three members of the band playing guitar but firing samples and conjuring this wonderful noise - remember them all walking off stage still playing while they were in the dressing room.
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    That Mean Fiddler gig sounds fantastic, Dr Up. No wonder it has lasted long in the memory. Just read the Scotsman's review of the King Tut's gig. It claims the actress Tilda Swinton was in the audience. Can anyone confirm this?
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    There was a lady there who was quite thin and had red/ginger hair that looked slightly like Tilda. This may be who the reviewer saw. I noticed her in the bar area before the gig & entering the venue for the gig. That woman was defo not Tilda Swinton. Hard to imagine in a crowd of 300 there would be more than one Tilda!!
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    Yes, said acclaimed actress is rather distinctive looking - especially amongst a plethora of hairy-arsed out-of-shape 40-something Scotsman. Of course, stefm2, could be a blond adonis for all I know....
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    Lol. Maybe a blonde 25 years ago. Not anymore unfortunately. Although still a slim 11 and a half stone six footer.
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    I've come over all inadequate now!
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    I'd also REALLY like to hear them use some technology and get a little theatrical again. My favourite gig is the Wir show at the Mean Fiddler in London 20 years ago, which is still the best thing I've ever seen live in my life - brand new material, all three members of the band playing guitar but firing samples and conjuring this wonderful noise - remember them all walking off stage still playing while they were in the dressing room.

    My friend who was at this Mean Fiddler gig in 1991 claims that Colin was reading the lyrics, to what must of been songs from the First Letter album, off of pieces of paper and once finished he would rip up the lyrics and chuck them in a bin on stage. The origin of the Read and Burn series perhaps?
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    Ray - I can confirm that was indeed the case. Bins suspended by ropes from the ceiling.

    You don't see many bands do that. Great stuff.