GIG 070: Sisters of Mercy / The Mothers - Wembley Arena 26/11/90
This was the second time in three days that I was at Wembley Arena to see what was probably my favourite band of the time (and they still remain among my favourites today). I was the only one of the group that had been to the gig on Saturday that had tickets for Monday nights too but this time I was joined by Nick, Donna, Orla, Mark, Sunil and Louise.
Whilst Wembley Arena was not my favourite venue The Sisters had once again packed it out. I still didn't like having seats (this was before Wembley started leaving the front of the stage open so no one had an option other than seats) but Eldritch and co didn't disappoint in the slightest. I actually enjoyed this gig more than the one a couple of days earlier, but I think that's because I knew what to expect more (with Wembley) and whilst on the Saturday I was possibly a little star struck at finally seeing The Sisters live this time round I could just relax and really enjoy the music and show without my internal monologue going "OMG! I am finally seeing them!!!!" ;p).
GIG 071: The Mission / The Power of Dreams - Brixton Academy 11/12/90
I'd seen The Mission for the first time earlier in the year (GIG 043) at Wembley but now they were playing the smaller, and non-seated, Brixton Academy. A venue that would usually be much more suited for them and to my tastes. I went with a couple of my clubbing buddies (Sunil and Mike) and all of us were up for a fantastic evening - even though it was a Tuesday.
The opening band was The Power of Dreams who were actually pretty good. I'd not heard any of their stuff before (and admittedly am not sure if I have since either) but they certainly warmed the crowd up for the main act. Along with The Sisters of Mercy, Ghost Dance and The Fields of the Nephilim, The Mission were one of my favourite bands. We knew pretty much every lyric of every song and every note.
The Mission, however, had started to have alternative ideas around this time. Whilst the earlier gig at Wembley was pretty much 'play it by the numbers' some personnel changes and an obvious desire to change things had resulted in The Mission changing some of their tracks around - adding in saxophones or something. I can't quite remember but it was along those lines. Anyway, I was pretty appalled at the changes (which they kept on a few tracks for a few years after this before finally reverting back to how the songs originally sounded) and thought they ruined some absolutely fantastic tracks. So what I had hoped would be another fantastic gig let me down pretty badly and I came away having preferred The Power of Dreams to one of my favourite bands. The evening wasn't a complete waste, The Mission still had some cracking tracks and I also managed to get through the entirety of 'Tower of Strength' (which is a long song before you add it a crappy saxophone solo) with Sunil on my shoulders and another as part of one of the many human pyramids - so I still had fun despite any disappointment.
GIG072 - Carter U.S.M. / The Boo Radleys / Th'Faith Healers - Town & Country Club 14/12/90
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine were fab. Indie kings who had started to break through in the charts and had a brilliant, friendly and insane fanbase that seemed to cross genres. You had such a mix of people at their gigs, which was something that really surprised me when I first saw them on this chilly December Friday night.
I primarily knew Carter from the Indie clubs I went to and none of my immediate friends either wanted to see them, knew who they were, or were busy so I headed down to Kentish Town's Town & Country Club alone wondering in the back of my mind what to expect and also whether I'd be sticking out like a sore thumb in my usual black garb and nail varnish (being the little goth that I was :p).
I really shouldn't have worried though as I discovered as soon as I stepped off the train. The amount of goths amongst the more crustie/indie fan would give a lot of smaller goth gigs a run for their money ;p
The opening act (Th'Faith Healers) were pretty solid, I was less keen on The Boo Radleys (although I will admit to quite liking 'Wake Up Boo' that they released several years later as British Indie really starting assaulting the charts - even though it was pretty much a pop song).