At Wave Gotik Treffen, Leipzig, Germany
3rd June 2001 – Wave Gotik Treffen, Day 3 – Agra Hall, Leipzig, Germany
- Higher Beings Command
- Amethyst Deceivers (Version 1)
- What Kind of Animal Are You?
- Blood from the Air
- I Am the Green Child
- Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil
This was Pierce Wyss’ first show with Coil; Massimo Villani apparently hadn’t entered the picture just yet, according to Claus Laufenburg. He, along with John Contreras, a cellist, were the naked, blood-covered male performers that came out with flowers towards the end of the show.
John Contreras remembers: “We were friends[.] I met Geoff and Sleazy through Rose McDowall, as I played in her band in the late 90’s when I lived in London…[Leipzig] was the first time [C]oil had nude people covered in blood on stage. It was Pierce and myself, and we each held giant bouquets of flowers when we walked out on stage towards the end of the show, when the strobe lights were going…I remember Geoff’s instructions for us when we came out on stage was to shake and jerk like electrified newborns, or something along those lines. At one point he took my bouquet and starting smashing it and throwing parts of it out into the audience…I’m sure he put the instructions in much more poetic, esoteric terms, knowing Geoff, but that was the general feeling. He and Sleazy are sorely missed!” He never performed live with Coil again, but he did see most of if not all their London shows and collaborated with John and Rose on the Rosa Mundi track “The Snow Man” (his cello was treated to sound more like a trumpet).
A German announcer introduces Coil. Apparently he says something like: “Finally, it is time. You all waited a long time in front of the stage, and so many…Simply enjoy what’s happening on stage right now. Exclusively tonight…Coil.”
As “Something” begins, John says, “I dedicate this concert to the moon, to the art of lunacy and magick, to the stag of the cabbages. I dedicate this concert to the moon.”
Before “Amethyst Deceivers,” John says, “They don’t keep goats in poppa pagodas.”
Before “Blood from the Air,” John says, “This next song is called ‘Blood from the Air,’ from an album called Horse Rotorvator, from a long, long time ago.”
Before “I Am the Green Child,” John says, “I am the Green Child. I am the Green Child.”
Before “Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil,” John says “This next song’s dedicated to Rose and Robert and to my friend in Thailand Mr. Bee. ‘Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil.’” Rose is Rose McDowall and Robert was her then-husband Robert Lee. Robert Lee’s band Sorrow, with Rose McDowall as a special guest, had played right before Coil at the concert.
Following the closing words from John at the end of the gig, which were “This was moon musick; this was magickal music. Thank you,” Thighpaulsandra continued with an apparently impromptu synth jam. It resembles “Beige, “Lowest Common Abominator,” and “Freebase Chakra” off of Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil.
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.
Pierce Wyss – performer.
John Contreras – performer.
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The following is a review of the show translated from French-to-English by Google Translate (original found here):
Sorrow arrives on time with their light melodies to warm the atmosphere. Nothing spectacular, but always a pleasure to see Rose Mc Dowall and Robert Lee on stage, and there, their performance will be much more successful than that given to Parkbühne two years ago. It must be said that it is John Murphy who deals with the percussion, giving more dynamics to the music of Sorrow essentially melancholy and ethereal. But always a pleasure to see Rose Mc Dowall and Robert Lee on stage, and there, their performance will be much more successful than that given to Parkbühne two years ago. It must be said that it is John Murphy who deals with the percussion, giving more dynamics to the music of Sorrow essentially melancholy and ethereal. But always a pleasure to see Rose Mc Dowall and Robert Lee on stage, and there, their performance will be much more successful than that given to Parkbühne two years ago. It must be said that it is John Murphy who deals with the percussion, giving more dynamics to the music of Sorrow essentially melancholy and ethereal. After Rose’s lovely concert, it’s a very folk-rock version that Backwold offers , accompanied throughout the concert by Robert Lee on the electric guitar, as well as a bass player and a drummer. An excellent performance, crowned by the arrival of Rose Mc Dowell for a duet with the fabulous title “The Devil’s Plaything”. Backworld will feature many excerpts from the latest album as well as classics like “Seasons of Sacrifice”, “Leaves of Autumn” or “Leaving the Isles of the Blest”. Great!
Time to recover, to meet, to organize, and we are on our way to Agra, a monstrous exhibition hangar, with the biggest stage and the most kitsch public of all the festival, real fair Of the appearance, carnival of the Gothic … and this is where Coil will occur , right after Front 242 ?!? What was hard to imagine is quite achievable, Coil proving to more than ten thousand people (five miles will leave the room after the second title … imagine the Germans fleeing the Russian advance in Pomerania during 1945 …) that they are still one of the most avant-garde bands in the world !!! A spectacular show, An industrial and electro-acoustic music where the sounds of a giant xylophone with microphones that will make each note more psychedelic one with the others, with over the voice of madman John Balance, the members of the group – four – dressed in straitjacket of an immaculate white. On a quasi-organic end, Coil will leave the stage with the final sentence: ” This is Nu-Music – This is Magickal Music! “. YES, I HAVE SEEN COIL !!! There are no words to express the sensations produced by this concert, I can only advise you to see them if you have the opportunity!
A small index of pictures can be found here. The photographer recalls: “In 2001, I went to the German festival Wave-Gothic-Treffen and saw Coil. I had a new 1.2 megapixel point and shoot camera which was state of the art at the time. It was dark so I took a few flash photos and as I could check the photos right after taking them, realized that the band was wearing relfective suits that did weird things in the flash. I switched to existing light photography and felt sorry for all the photographers in front of me shooting roll after roll of flash photography.”
More non-English reviews of this concert include:
Markus Biener attended this gig and remembers: “I attended 3 gigs (2x Leipzig, 1x Glauchau). In fact Sorrow didn’t open for Coil at the Agra-Halle in 2001. They played another venue, I’m not even sure if it was on another day. Probably they played the Völkerschlachtdenkmal. Before Coil one of those gruesome Gothic-Acts from Germany were on stage, maybe Deine Lakaien. But there also was a gap from around 45 Min to 60 Min. I remember that, because it was interesting to see, how fast many of the Gothics left the venue as soon as Coil went ont stage. Definetely not a sound they enjoyed. ;-)”
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