It. Was. Awesome.
And surprisingly heavy.
We were about six people away from the stage.
And right next to the speakers.
They played the entire 3-hour show.
And they played every song I was hoping to hear.
Three encores. (as one person standing next to me observed, they could've just taken a break and done a two-part show.)
You can get some of the NOISE of it on the main page of their site
, although that's from a 2005 festival. You can see some pictures of yesterday's show here
They started with 'Fascination Street', which I recognized immediately. This is remarkable only because I never
recognize it when it comes on normally.
They did a fantastic version of 'Walk' three or four songs in. Danced my ass off, I did.
Their second encore was 'Friday I'm In Love', 'Just Like Heaven', and 'Close to Me'.
Their third included 'Boys Don't Cry' (Sin, I SO thought of you) and 'Why Can't I Be You', although I wonder if I'm getting mixed up...sounds like that last one was part of the second encore...??
And they did lots else that's all jumbled up in my head at the moment. My ears still hurt a little from when the music got all screechy at one (long, long) point. But it's so worth it. I wouldn't have missed this for the world. If anyone's still wondering whether they should go to whichever concert is nearest them, DO. I have no idea what the local goth forum people were on about. The show was energetic and fun and I think each person around me was singing along at some point. They're in New Zealand next, and then the US.
Now. On to my gripe. I don't want to sound like little miss manners here but oh my god some people are so bloody rude. If there's a crowd and you don't have room to wave your arms about without banging into someone, here's an idea: don't
. This is not a difficult concept. People who get there late and then try to push their way past you piss me off too, as do the people who let them. If I get there first, I'm not fucking moving. And I have pointy elbows. Contact with lots of people I'll deal with for the show, even having to brush up against everyone around me, much as it makes my skin crawl, I'll put up with. But pushing? Hell no. I'm quite proud of myself for not letting this obnoxious group of girls through. ("Oh I'm sorry, did I jab you in the head with my elbow? Funny, I could have sworn there wasn't anyone one inch from me a moment ago." Rinse and repeat as often as necessary.) I suppose I did
learn a few things in Lahore after all. But it's annoying to have to use it because it means I'm paying attention to something other than the music that I am there for.
But, on a positive note, the black-clad of Melbourne were out in force. We had an enitre tramful of goths and goth-alikes smiling vaguely at each other on the way back. Lovely.