Fab pictures - God knows what bar we were in front of when we had our picture taken with shades on? That picture behind me looks very interesting...
Anyway, gig report - I'll try and remember, and I guess people won't want to know all the bars and drinking establishments we frequented on the days before the gig (endless beer/sangrias and bad hangovers!), so I'll jump straight to the evening of the gig.
We got to the park where the festival was being held about an hour before the gig was due to start, and who should we meet but Andy & Daz in the crowd. Went backstage for a brief chat (as you can see by the photos) and met up with Graham. We didn't want to know the setlist, so any discussions around that were kept to a minimum, so we would be surprised with the gig.
We were initially apprehensive that not that many people were around before the gig started, but it soon started filling up.
Anyway, onto the actual gig! Fat Shadow (a definite surprise) segued into Donkey Doctor (a firm favourite of mine "Welcome To Techno City!"). This seemed to get the Italian crowd going. "Cobra Bora" followed next - fab, as I'd just relistened to "90" the previous week (actually I'd listened to most of the albums, but "90" kept getting repeated)!
"San Francisco" was next - one that I hadn't heard since GMEX 91 (although that gig is extremely fuzzy in my mind - I think I had way too many beers/etc for that gig), and also seemed to go down well with the (mainly) New Order fans there - presumably because they've heard "Ex:el" due to the Bernard Sumner connections?
"Pacific" followed - everyone seemed to know this tune, so it provoked a loud cheer! Graham playing the sax, and Daz Mc'ing away - superb
"Lift" was a surprise - I don't think I've heard this one live before, and I always have fond memories of the track due to the period it came out (always remember the video playing on tele with the 808 scientists), but the next track "Eastern Standard" was a total surprise - a *new* track???
Very heavy, featuring lots of guitar playing by Graham - a real rocking out track. Fantastic!
"In Yer Face" was another track that the Italian/New Order crowd recognised, with a lot of moshing going on, leading onto "Invader" (another personal favourite of mine - an upbeat track that keeps the tempo going)!
And it gets better, as I must be one of the few who seems to like Timebomb, and I have never heard it live, so (predictably), I went ballistic (think that's the song that I'm raising my fists in on the photos page)! Dunno about any technical difficulties, probably because I was too busy dancing to notice!
"Quincy's Lunch" - the only track off "Outpost Transmission" to be played (yeah, I know it's not on the UK release!), and so not that many people would have heard it, although the Italian crowd didn't seem to mind! However, they did recognise "Cubik", and so the moshing continued!
And that was just the start, as we enjoyed a superb New Order gig (it was the first time they had played "Everything's Gone Green" for yonks - one of only two times - so far! - that they've played it on the current tour - the other being in France), so that was a great treat!
I could go on with regards to the New Order set, but that has been told numerous times on New Order forums - suffice to say it was one of the best New Order gigs I've ever seen!
I've already reported on the after-show party with Tony Wilson, Shaun Ryder and Peter Hook - see above thread!
Gig of the year, without question - two of my favourite bands on the same bill in a hot country with a great bunch of people - priceless!
Will that do, Markus?