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September 18th, 2005

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06:16 am
Dead Can Dance was wonderful, as always. I'm tempted to see if there are tickets left for the show tonight, but don't know if I'll follow through on that. I thought about getting tickets for both nights when the dates were originally announced.

There were a few bobbles, and I was guessing that last night was the first show of the tour - which they confirmed at one point. Which may be why they scheduled two dates in Seattle originally - or it may be just that Seattle really really loves DCD, and Lisa Gerrard especially. Or both. --Actually, looking at the schedule they have two dates in Oakland as well, so there you go.

Her voice is magnificent. Like velvet, in a certain register, like a force of nature. Sometimes I feel a trifle sorry for the rest of the band, since it's the wildest adulation that is reserved for her. But I was pleased last night that the songs Brendan Perry led got cheering that was just as enthusiastic. They sort of alternated songs, it worked pretty smoothly.

I love that they are percussion-oriented, still. It caused a little trouble once or twice, because having brought all that they couldn't also bring cellists and flautists and so forth without it getting too expensive to tour... once or twice there was a little trouble syncing up with the recorded tracks, but nothing unforgivable for the first show since early April. I always love looking at the different drums-and-such they bring - half of why I get balcony seats is to be able to see that sort of thing. (Price being the other half, usually.)

They played material from throughout their career - I'm not sure if they are touring in support of a new release or not. There were a couple of pieces I didn't recognize, but that could easily just be that I don't actually own their entire catalog myself, so I'm overly familiar with parts of their opus and less so with others. They're one of those bands I discovered in college, where the gaps in my collection were plugged by the collections of the friends who introduced me to their music.

I had a lovely time. I saw a few people I knew, and dozens of people who I know by sight rather than actual acquaintance. It was kind of funny to contemplate just how much of the audience I knew-but-didn't-know, especially if you include people from online.

As a final amusement, the tape they were playing before the show started piqued my interest by comprising covers of various early punk/new wave songs by a female vocalist who reminded me of Suzanne Vega - "Guns of Brixton" was what caught my attention, and later "Marian" (!) So I came home and did a bit of looking, and discovered Nouvelle Vague were the culprits. Once I'd tracked it down, I remembered hearing about their version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" last year or so when the album came out.

So, a fine evening.

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Date:September 19th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
I had issues with people shuffling in 45 minutes to an hour after the show began. The people who sat in front of us came in very late and then left before the first encore. Plus they were constantly flipping open their cell phones to see if they missed any calls.

Loved her voice. She is better in concert than in recordings I think. It seems like her voice has gotten richer with age. I was disappointed they didn't do Frontier...but perhaps they did it the next night?

I was surprised they didn't have any memorabilia to commemorate their tour! But I suppose if one had money to buy an over-priced t-shirt or keychain, one might as well have donated it to the Red Cross hurricane charity.

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Date:September 19th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
Sadly, they aren't touring in support of a new album. In this interview Lisa Gerard explains the reasons behind the tour. I hope that this will encourage them to finish the album they started in 98.
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Date:September 19th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, if they were a metal band I'd say that they "F'in rocked the house" on Saturday. I'm not sure what the gothy-ethereal-quasimedieval equivalent of that phrase is.

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