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GIG 069: Sisters of Mercy / The Mothers - Wembley Arena 24/11/90

This was a big moment for me. The Sisters of Mercy were one of my favourite bands at the time (along with The Mission, Ghost Dance and Fields of the Nephilim) and the only on
e of those I hadn't yet seen.

They were playing Wembley Arena on their Vision Thing tour. Many people didn't think we'd ever see a live show from The Sisters again (I think their last tour had been back in 1986) so these dates were very eagerly awaited. I had tickets for both this night (a Saturday) and for the Monday (GIG 070) and couldn't wait.

Wembley wasn't my favourite venue but at the time The Sisters were massive and you couldn't see them anywhere else. It was also very odd having seats for the gig (this was at a time before Wembley started making the front of the stage area standing only) but that didn't diminish our enthusiasm or enjoyment of the occasion.

The support band, The Mothers, were reasonably unforgettable. Whether this was due to the anticipating of the main act, the size of the venue, or just because they *were* unforgettable I don't know - but I can't remember anything about them at all (and I ended up seeing them twice!). The Sisters on the other hand didn't disappoint and I loved every minute of it. The only thing that stopped this being a fantastic gig in my books was the fact that it was at Wembley Arena (I saw the Sisters a lot during the 90's and the smaller venues like Brixton Academy and the Town & Country Club had much better atmospheres - and of course we could dance!!!).

Great night though and a whole bunch of us decamped after the show to The Catacombs which was a fantastic little alternative/goth club above a pub in Manor House that had become a regular haunt of mine most Friday and Saturday nights :)

Price: £12.50


Nov. 20th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't see the Nephilim in October. I'm sure I would have gone if I was still living in London but I couldn;t really justify it for the one night - especially as I'd only gotten back from a two week European jaunt a few days earlier.

The Sisters back in the 90's were generally brilliant. Some of their gigs rank right up there amongst my all time favourites. It's a real shame that they went down hill almost overnight :(
Nov. 20th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
I had the same problem. They played in Leeds and I was very tempted to go but it would have meant going alone and getting a hotel :/
Gutted though. I really wanted to see them again.

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