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    Great gig - thought that apart from the slower numbers, was perhaps even better than the recorded version. The Pink Flag performance was legendary, almost a John Otway type moment, definitely brought a smile to my face.
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    "i agree Eesl Sang was great live"

    That was the song I think benefitted most from the live version, although As We Go was also wonderfully reworked.

    "i just wish they could've done more!"

    I liked the concept of the show—the new album and then a crazy encore. I imagine subsequent live Wire gigs in the upcoming tours will be more typical, in offering a mix of tracks (although, note, that's conjecture, not anything I've been told by the band).
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    That was so goddamned cool. In concept and execution, it pretty much captures everything I love about Wire (and why the post-2000 version of "Pink Flag" has become my favourite Wire song).
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    Hilarious! Graham strikes some very rock n roll stances!!!!
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    Many thanks for all concerned, a very memorable gig.
    I just could not believe just how many guitarists kept a rollin' onto the stage!
    Probably need to turn it up next time though ;)

    How many indeed :)
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    A Truly wonderful evening. They never fail to impress, me any way.
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    Absolutely blown away by the gig. Very bold and confident for a band of Wire's vintage to go out and play what, for a good chunk of the audience, would be unheard material and I can't imagine many of their contemporaries could pull off such a feat.

    They won the crowd over by virtue of just playing the album with the conviction and they put across their own enthusiasm for the new music which was infectious. I didn't hear anyone whinging or shouting for oldies, people seemed to be digging it.
    The sound in Heaven was loud and clear, Matt nailed it, and Thighpaulsandra filled out the sound wonderfully, and it was great to hear CBU coming to life on stage. I rather like Wire as a 5 piece, it would be great if they could tour in that configuration as I think more people need to hear this.
    The Pink Flag Orchestra was just a joy to watch, lord alone knows how the logistics of wiring and mic-ing up all those amps worked, but it sounded amazing and darn good fun. Lovely to meet a few Copyists and Flaggers too!
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    "They won the crowd over by virtue of just playing the album with the conviction and they put across their own enthusiasm for the new music which was infectious. I didn't hear anyone whinging or shouting for oldies, people seemed to be digging it."

    I heard only one heckle from where I was, and that was an ironic "Welcome, welcome!" I think what I liked most regarding the audience side of things was the sheer level of respect for Wire. Quite often, you see people getting restless when quieter and slower songs are played, especially when it comes to Wire (and, let's face it, CBU is a pretty diverse album when it comes to speed and ferocity), and yet B/W Silence finished to a huge roar. (And given that quite a few people around me appeared to be getting a bit… grumpy towards the end of East India Youth's lengthy support slot, that's even more of an achievement.)

    "The sound in Heaven was loud and clear, Matt nailed it"

    There's something really great about Matt and Wire. I only ever met Bruce a couple of times and he seemed a decent fellow, but on stage it was always like he didn't want to be there. Matt, though, brings a new energy to Wire on stage, balancing Graham and Colin in a really positive way. (Matt's also a really lovely chap, for the record!) I'll admit I was very happy when I got to make a certain update to this part of the website.

    "The Pink Flag Orchestra was just a joy to watch, lord alone knows how the logistics of wiring and mic-ing up all those amps worked, but it sounded amazing and darn good fun."

    I'm amazed how quickly we all got going after the Wire set. It just worked, somehow (and—spoiler alert—the soundcheck was brief. Not everyone was even plugged in at that point!). But what a great moment—very absurd, very noisy, and very Wire. It was great to see people in the audience simultaneously beaming at the humour and nodding along to Pink Flag. (Also, I got to teach non-guitarist Graham Duff E major, which was a wee highlight among the highlights!)
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    "I'll admit I was very happy when I got to make a certain update to this part of the website."

    Does this mean that Kevin will now have to include Matt's solo output in his already extensive & excellent Wire Discography??
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    Now there's a thought....more than likely his post-Wire stuff should, technically, be included.
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    (off-topic) personally i find the sentence 'Wire's one-time guitarist, sometimes songwriter and lyricist' "slightly" reductive of Bruce's contribution to Wire in 27 years (minus the breaks) of band history, but well..
    Matt is a lovely chap indeed.
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    The Heaven gig was excellent. Sound was very good and i was surprised by how well the songs were played considering that many of them had never been played live before.
    • CommentAuthorjw says...
    • (CommentTimeMar 26th 2013)
     
    Here's great clip of the Pink Flag Orchestra - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ0Cif1W_cM

    Lee is on the right hand corner of the stage next to Scanner, you see him best at the end. Margaret is on the left of the stage. To those wondering about Bruce in all this, there's no resentment lurking in the background. Circumstances change.

    Can recommend those who haven't done so to get the special edition of CBU, the photography is superb of the Rockfield recording session.
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    Scanner was on one side of me - to the other side was our webmaster!
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    I think that's also the first video of the performance I've seen where you can clearly spot Andrew Westmeyer. For those of you who don't know, Andrew created the original Wire web page, way back in 1995, and is a big reason for the ongoing interest in the band during its hiatus. He also amassed a serious pile of Wire live performances on tape. Over time, much of his site was integrated into Wireviews, and Andrew and I eventually lost touch. It was great to finally meet him, and also to discover he'd bought one of Colin's CBU/guitar bundles. This was presented at the sound check and, of course, Andrew had been invited to join the orchestra, having flown over for the festival and to get the guitar!
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    Louder than War review of Heaven. Annoying writing style but he likes the new songs. I think. Just don't mention 154!


    http://louderthanwar.com/wire-heaven-london-live-review/
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    Reminded me of the type of live reviews they got back in the late 70's ,(oh yes. I remember them). Confused, convoluted and full of inaccuracies. Meet the new review, same as the old review.
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    He seemed to like the support act as well. For me it was overly long for a support slot and cringeworthy lyrics to boot! Or maybe I just didn't 'get' it.