Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Sisters of Mercy at Leeds 14/10/2015

So it will be about 20 years from the last time that I saw The Sisters of Mercy live, and about the same since I went to a gig at what is now called Leeds Beckett Students Union, we just called it the Uni back then.
Someone said to me “Everyone you know will be here tonight” that was not quite true, even from the scene, and if it were it was so crowded you couldn`t find them all. I did find few friends in the bar area pre start.

The Fan Club poster showing the first Sisters gig ever.
Seeing The Sisters must be like making love ~ you remember the first time but, not the last. I saw The Sisters first gig at The Fan Club in Leeds when they supported Altered Image. From that moment I became a fan of the music. But just as a mother who forever sees their offspring as the little boy or girl they brought into this world, I always think of Andrew Eldrich as the lad who sat behind the DJ’s box at the F Club in the early 80’s we knew as Andy Taylor.

Sisters of Mercy a long time ago.
I didn`t see his face the night that Dead or Alive walked in, I didn`t hear him say he wanted to have his records played on the radio, I never knew let alone tried to understand why he despised the Leeds scene. I do seem to remember him scowling at the people on the dance floor and I guess thinking these live mundane life`s in the daytime but act inane at night. (This of course later was used in Floorshow!)

Sisters of Mercy now (not my pic)
So back to the gig, and where it seems it`s a national pastime or maybe a type of revenge to knock The Sisters, I don`t think for one minute that this tour was just to make money, they simply would not have had such a fantastic light show as they had, that must have cost a fortune. But the sound quality wasn`t all that good where I was standing, the hall was packed and although the aircon was blowing cold at the back it was uncomfortably hot, some managed to dance, I could not. I blame Leeds uni, or whatever it`s called this week for that, not the band.

Sisters of Mercy now
We were treated to a good selection of tunes covering most periods of The Sisters career I was glad to hear, Alice and Body Electric  from the early days. The first encore been 1959, been born in the same year as Andy that goes down well with me. Then came the big guns to conclude with; Vision Thing, Temple of Love and This Corrosion. It was then time to go home. I think that is how Andy wanted it to be.

I would go see them again, but not at the uni.


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