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The Velvet Underground played over here?
I assume you mean the Reed-less Doug Yule version?

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Yes, the Reedless Velvets did some gigs over here, definitely played at a university in Wales (Aberystwyth?).

Of course the reformed original line up also played here, I saw them at Glastonbury and was very disappointed.

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I see no one has posted in this thread for months but let me just say thank you for the nice stories. Here's another one from the Bowdon Vale Youth Club, on the BBC site.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/articles/2005/04/29/030505_joy_division_memories_02_feature.shtml
and here
http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/content/articles/2005/04/29/030505_joy_division_memories_feature.shtml
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I was at the Malvern gig too. I remember being at the front for almost all the gig and being completely mesmerised by Ian. I also remember it being a fantastic set - great sound, great energy with a f**king awesome "She's Lost Control". Can't really remember much more detail though as it was rather a long time ago and I was totally off my tits.

And right now - more than 27 years later - I'm sat here listening to Unknown Pleasures and Closer waiting to go and see 'Control' this afternoon.  

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Having led a service in church this morning?
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Just joined the forum. I saw them at Birmingham University in May 1980 supported by ACR. The UK Subs were also playing in Brum that night and a few of my mates decided to see them instead! Tickets were £1.75 and the ticket had the head with the hands coming out of the brain on them. I remember that we had to wait outside for a while and we could see the band soundchecking. Finally they let us in and Tony Wilson announced that ACR needed to soundcheck so they did a couple of songs whilst we hung around. I remember that the hot dogs were really good. ACR then played their set. Don't remember much about them. Joy Division came on stage at 11.15. I remember this because I knew that there would be no chance of me getting a train back. I stood around 10 feet away from the stage in between Ian & Hooky. Ian wore a green shirt and jeans. Bernard and Hooky wore ties.  I think Hooky had a black or dark red shirt. Bernard wore a white one.I didn't know a lot of the new songs but recognised the stuff from Unknown Pleasures and Peel Sessions. I remember that the crowd wet mad when they did Disorder and Transmission. Hooky played his 6 string bass for Isolation and I think Decades. I don't recall Ian moving about much. I also don't recall seeing him helped off stage after Decades but that may have been because of where I was standing. They came back on and played Digital and finished bang on Midnight. For some reason I seem to recall that the hall was  very light but that may be my imagination.  I had to phone my Dad up after the gig and ask him to pick me up as there were no trains and I couldn't afford a taxi. They were awesome that night. Next time I saw them was 12 months later at the Cedar Club when Ian had gone and they changed their name to New Order.  Sorry if I've gone on a bit! Paul  

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Don't apologise, that was great! I can't recall if anyone else from this forum was at that gig, but it can only be a smallish number of people who can claim to have been at that historic night. Does listening to Still bring it back to you? Seeing them close with Digital two weeks before he died... Did Decades sound as awful in the flesh as it does on the record?

I was a student at the university, but not for over two years. I think the first time I went there was to see Mud, of all bands, and also a much more memorable night with Aztec Camera. Can't find a photo of the inside of the hall, but the building, now called Chamberlain as opposed to High Hall is shown here:

http://www.bugs.bham.ac.uk/support/mentors/sites/chamberlain.asp

I saw NO at the (Gay) Tower Ballroom May '83, first time they played LWTUA (got the bootleg too), and then at the Powerhouse in '84, when Hooky was in a filthy mood with the corwd for shouting endlessly for Blue Monday. Did you see either of those?


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Hi. I dont remember the synth sounding out of tune but I was hearing Decades for the first time. It sounds much worse on Still than the audience tape as well. I was at the Tower on that night as well (Happy Birthday Rob!) and he Powerhouse (great gig - Hooky telling the audience that they were only doing an encore becuase the DJ was such a DickHead!. My big regret is that I passed on a couple of chances to see JD earlier (Birmingham Odeon, Malvern). I still prefer the audience tape to the Still version and sometimes listening to it brings a lump in my throat. Would love to have it on CD as my car doesnt have a tape player! 

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Interesting point re thr tape bootleg. I remember my co-JD fanatic friend and I found out our mate's bro was importing bootlegs into Jersey, where we grew up, and the first two bootlegs on offer were Birmingham and Newcastle. I got Newcastle and my mate got Birmingham. We're no longer in touch, so I have no access to it!

Good recollection re Hooky at the Powehouse. Something like 'We only came back to tell the DJ he's a dickhead'. What encore did they play? I'm sure they refused to play Bluen Monday. I remember the crowd moving many feet in each direction back and forth across the floor.

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After they finished their set the DJ decided to play Blue Monday and they came back on and did Perfect Kiss! This was a new song at the time but they did a really good version of it. Lots of frogs!!!

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God your memory is better than mine! That's exactly right. No wonder Hooky was pissed off with the DJ. Sadly I don't remember Perfect Kiss at all.

Details on this reliably fabulous site:

http://www.new-order.net/no/gigs/#1984

June 3, '84. Confusion followed. Good setlist. the crowd surging I describe above was in the opener Temptation. I remember being thrilled to hear both The Village and Age of Consent. Click on the date link for full details from bootleg (which I'll have to look out for!). Lots of other insults for people on top of the one for the DJ!

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April 1980 Factory (Russell Club). I had come late to JD, picking up on them only after Unknown Pleasures had been released. It had taken me some time to get UP - perhaps the first pressing had sold out. Quickly became an obsession, but frustratingly unable to get to see them - cant remember why, I was pretty regularly at the Factory at the time. Anticipation was therefore very high and the gig was indeed stunning - older songs (particularly remember She's lost control) and songs from Closer that I hadnt heard (definitely Decades and Atrocity Exhibition). Ian Curtis' intensity during SLC and AE were almost unbearable to watch. Then out into the night - back over the bridge into the safety of the centre of Manchester. Exhilarated that I had finally caught them and that they delivered more live than on record.

Few weeks later, IC was dead. Couldn't believe it. Manchester became even more gloomy. Factory closed.

Beach club opened, joined, one night the remaining members of JD played their first gig. I was at the Beach that night and partially heard but didnt actually see it - as I recall the Beach was like a terraced house and the band played upstairs. I might have got as far as the stairs.

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Great account. Thanks for that. One of the few people who can claim to have seen Decades live. I found the detail of the intensity being almost unbearable to watch very moving.
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Great memories! Thanks to all the posters past and present for giving their testimony.
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