2001 – Luchtbal

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At Luchtbal – Antwerp, Belgium

30th May 2001 – Luchtbal, Antwerp, Belgium

Set List

  1. Something
  2. Higher Beings Command
  3. Amethyst Deceivers (Version 1)
  4. What Kind of Animal Are You?
  5. Blood from the Air
  6. I Am the Green Child
  7. Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil


Feeling: Glowing

“Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil” phase. Debut performance of “What Kind of Animal Are You?” The song replaced “Titan Arch” in the set from this point on. Rumor has it Coil recorded a studio version of the song, but it remains unreleased.

John does not sing on “Something” but he does sing many exclusive lines on “Higher Beings Command.” Something about “destruction” and “power inception.”

“Amethyst Deceivers” fades in, as though they started the backing track as such. This gig also marks where John started to use his vocalizer to change his voice; all following performances follow this model.

John sings some exclusive-sounding lyrics towards the end of “Blood from the Air,” but I struggle to make them out.

As “I Am the Green Child” commences, John says, “I am the Green Child. I am the Green Child, and I am going to fuck everyone (?) tonight!” This, as far as I can tell, is the longest version of the song, at over 10 minutes.

As “Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil” commences, John says, “It’s gonna get louder, it’s gonna get louder, it’s gonna get louder. This is gonna get louder, louder, louder, louder! Louder, louder, louder, louder!” Towards the end, John sings, “Stay young and beautiful / It’s your duty to be beautiful,” which is a reference to the 1933 Abe Lyman song “Keep Young and Beautiful,” which was covered by Annie Lennox in 1992. He also sings, “There’s nothing wrong with hate, there’s nothing wrong with hate” repeatedly, which I believe is an exclusive line.

Attendee Recollections

Maarten Schermer attended this gig and remembers: “at the Luchtbal, which was a seated venue, i was sitting in one of the front rows, almost right in front of the left-hand speakers. I was a bit worried about how loud Coil were going to be, but opening act 2nd Gen (i think it was) was so harsh, I was appropriately deafened once Coil came on. I seem to remember that the video machine for the backdrop stopped working, almost immediately, I think. Peter tried repeatedly to get it to work again, to no avail, and at some point just gave up, shaking his head.”


John Balance – vocoder/vocalizer on “Amethyst Deceivers,” harmonizer on “I Am the Green Child,” metal sheet percussion on “Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil”.
Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson – synths, backing vocals on “Blood from the Air”.
Simon Norris (Ossian Brown).
Tom Edwards – marimba.

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Cultuurcentrum Luchtbal
Columbiastraat 8A,
2030 Antwerpen,



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