2002 – Artooz Festival

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30th March 2002 – Artooz Festival, John Lennon Municipal, Limoges, France

Set List

  1. Anarcadia: All Horned Animals
  2. Amethyst Deceivers (Version 2)
  3. Slur
  4. A Cold Cell
  5. Broccoli (Version 1)
  6. Paranoid Inlay
  7. A.Y.O.R.
  8. Backwards

Touring Background

On October 24th, 2001, John was rushed to the hospital with a suspected heart attack and spent the rest of the year recovering at home. Mikǝ Mullǝn shared an email John sent him on January 17, 2002:

Dear Mike
I am out of hospital and very glad of it too. I was found to have no
abnormal heart problem and no pneumonia as was also suspected.I think
massive stress was the cause.My Father had a very similar episode
around the same time in his life.Thank you for your thoughts and
concern.I am really touched by the way people have been SO
supportive. I’m humbled,truly.
blessed wishes
John Balance

Thus, numerous live commitments were postponed.  Coil had lined up the following series of shows by September 29, 2001:

Nov 20: Glauchau, Germany – Alte Spinnerei
Nov 22: Zürich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
Nov 25: Bologna, Italy – Teatro Duse
Nov 27: Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik

Which by October 29 turned into:

Jan 9: Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik
Jan 11: Glauchau, Germany – Alte Spinnerei

Jan ??: Brussels, Belgium
Feb 15: Zürich, Switzerland
Feb 16: Bologna, Italy
Feb??: Berlin, Germany
Feb ??: city t.b.a. Holland

By November 26th, the postponements ceased, leading to the schedule of live shows you see on this website. According to Jon Whitney, “Coil have decided to wait for Thighpaulsandra to complete his current commitments with Spiritualized so he can join them for the live dates. The shows are now expected to take place in April, 2002 in Hamburg (Germany), Glauchau (Germany), Bologna (Italy), Zürich (Switzerland) and possibly three other European cities. The tour will be presented by Iron Flame.” The rumored touring schedule, which mostly came true, was published on Brainwashed on January 3rd 2002:

Mar 30: Limoges, France – John Lennon Municipal Cultural Centre
Apr 03: city TBA, The Netherlands (TBC)
Apr 04: Zürich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
Apr 06: Bologna, Italy – Teatro delle Celebrazioni
Apr 07: München, Germany – Muffathalle
Apr 10: Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik
Apr 12: Berlin, Germany – Volksbühne
Apr 13: Glauchau, Germany – Alte Spinnerei

Only the mysterious April 3rd show never came to be. On January 11th the 2002-04-27 Barbican gig was also confirmed.

On January 19th and 21st, John issued the following statements on Thighpaulsandra and the touring lineup. Apparently John was initially furious at the news and cursed Thighpaulsandra:

Thighpaulsandra has left COIL choosing to work with Spiritualized instead. It’s terrible. We want him back.

We HAD BEEN promised, assured that we had secured the unique and valuable services for our touring band of Thighpaulsandra, Martin Schallard and Tom Edwards, all of whom play with Spiritualized. We checked, and checked, and re-confirmed these delicate corporate operated manoeuvers again and again. Now we hear, having confirmed our COIL European dates, that the three are still waiting to hear from Jason Spaceman/Spiritualized when he would be needing them again, and that they could no longer come with us. What were we to do but seek new touring members.

I STILL WANT THIGHPAULSANDRA IN COIL. He has saved both my life and my sanity many times. He is indispensible. He has not been fired. I LOVE HIM and want whatever is best for him. I hope Threshold House will be releasing the new album by him in the future.

Once we get over the disappointment of not being able to play with him live we hope to continue to work together in other ways.

On February 3rd 2002, the 2002-04-02 Forum, Bielefeld, Germany gig was tentatively announced, however the venue location was moved to the Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium on February 13th. On March 29th, the 2002-06-07 New Forms III gig was also announced.

Concert Background

Feeling: Reflective

“Anarcadia” tour, “Backwards / The Remote Viewer” phase. This was the first concert of their Spring 2002 tour. “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals” (which was originally titled “Queer Wolf”) and “Sick Mirrors” (played later on the tour but not at this gig) most closely resemble the songs “Remote Viewing 2” and “Remote Viewing 1 + 3” off of The Remote Viewer respectively, released in May 2002 and sold on tour, while the setlist also has three songs from the abandoned Backwards sessions: “A Cold Cell,” “A.Y.O.R.” (originally titled “In My Blood,” or “It’s In My Blood”), and “Backwards.” The latter two tracks differ a decent amount from their studio counterparts, especially “Backwards,” which incorporates elements and lyrics from “Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil” in every performance. “Slur” is another revived song off of Horse Rotorvator, and “Broccoli” and “Paranoid Inlay” from Musick to Play in the Dark Vols. 1 and 2 respectively. At this point, the band implemented a new version of “Amethyst Deceivers” that mostly resembled the version released on Autumn Equinox.

With a new setlist came new choreography and costumes for the band. Instead of the semi-glow-in-the-dark boiler outfits, the members of Coil wore baggier white shirts and white pants with reflective medallions hung on their torsos. Newcomers Cliff Stapleton and Mike York often dressed all in black and were stationed behind the other members of the band, blending in with the darkness of the stage. This same garb carried over into the “Live Four” phase. However, during “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals,” John and Ossian would initially come on stage wearing white shawls over their heads, which they’d discard midway through the song. Massimo and Pierce would infrequently perform at these Coil gigs as well, and they conducted different choreography at every show during this phase.

Debut performances of all songs; until AUD #2 surfaced, it wasn’t known that “Slur” was played at this gig!

The crowd was very enthused throughout the gig.

Anarcadia: All Horned Animals

John moans into the mic towards the end of the song.

Amethyst Deceivers

John: “This next song is ‘Amethyst Deceivers.’” The crowd lets out a huge cry of excitement. “It’s about a sort of bird, about cockatiels who control time and space.”


John: “Thank you. This next song is ‘Slur.’ It’s about being sodomized in the ruins, in the ruined city of Marrakesh.” The audience lets out more yelps of excitement.

Roman land of Roman sands and Roman sons
As I watch the sun sink down
On the blood-red edge of the blood-red town
There are shadows for sale
On the edge of town
On the edge of the night
Is a darkness seen
From the side of the night

And the winds blow round this sleeping town
This sleeping town
This Roman land of Roman sands and Roman sons
And it seems to me that when I close my eyes
All the lights in the world
Go out

And the night passes by and you whisper to me
A thousand lies
I stare in surprise
Towards the desert’s warm black
And the desert stirs
And the desert stares back
With a thousand eyes
Piercing eyes, ancient eyes

And I ask my lovers, “Do you know
Where the desert roses bloom and grow?”
And I ask my lovers, “Do you know
Where the desert roses bloom and grow?”
And I ask my lovers, “Do you know
Where the desert roses bloom and grow?”

A Cold Cell

John: “Thank you. This is about, uh, Russian teenagers in prisons, and they really shouldn’t be there in the conditions that they are. It’s not a good situation at all.”

O Lord, save my sinful soul
From local punishment
From the far-away zone
From being frisked
From the tall fence
From the severe prosecutor
From the Devil Owner
From small rations
From dirty water
From steel handcuffs
From hidden obligations

A cold cell
And short haircuts
Save us from the death penalty



John: “Broccoli, broccoli, broccoli, broccoli. I urge each and every one of you to start a compost heap. It’s a great leveler. It’s a great leveler.”

Wise words from the departing;
Eat your greens, especially broccoli
Remember to say “thank you” for the things you haven’t had
By working the soil we cultivate the sky
We embrace the vegetable kingdom

The death of your father
The death of your mother
Is something you prepare for
All your life
All their life

Wise words from the departing
The death of the mother and the death of the father
Is something you prepare for, for all of their life
for all of your life

Wear sensible shoes and always say “thank you”
Especially for the things you never had
And enter the vegetable kingdom of our own heaven
By working the soil we cultivate good manners
Which is to say “please” and “thank you”
Especially for the things you never had
And always say “thank you”
Especially for broccoli

To the memory the ancestors, all our ancestors
Spend a little time with them every day
Spend a little time with your ancestors every day

Paranoid Inlay

John: “This is another song from the moon musick, uh, Musick to Play in the Dark 2, ‘Paranoid Inlay. It’s a modern condition to have a problem with serenity. I certainly do myself. I definitely do myself have a problem with serenity.’”

Cliff and Mike fell out of sync midway through the song and had to restart their playing.

Serenity is a problem
When you get this close to Heaven
But you really want to see
The wonders of the underworld
They caught Saint Peter’s disease
As he rattled his keys

Serenity is a problem
Serenity is a problem
Such a paranoid inlay
Hand-painted, pain by numbers, just join the dots

Serenity is a problem
Serenity is a problem
Bloody British bulldozers
These vegetables are suicidal

It seems concussion suits you
It seems concussion suits you

Dear Diary, I must take risks
I must not be afraid of failure
What do I need to give up?
Crystalline ladders, shiny things, mirror-balls

On a clear day I can see forever
That the underworld is my oyster

Crystalline ladders handing down from the skies touching me, touching me
And strange backwards angels pulling me into sound
Nico herself dead, dead in my kitchen, dead lying on the floor of my kitchen covered in feathers
These things pull themselves into this mirror, the sick, sick, sick, sick mirror
And I’m still there, stuck inside the fucking thing, so serenity is a real problem


John: “We proceed now at your own risk, which is a gay term, so if you go cruising in this dangerous area, the guides say, ‘A.Y.O.R., at your own risk.’ Means you might get kicked in, or you might meet somebody gorgeous, and deadly, or both.”

A.Y.O.R. [repeated]
It’s in my blood [repeated]


It’s in my blood
It’s in your blood
It’s in our blood
Your blood, your blood
Your blood is my blood, your blood is my blood [repeated]
Blood is my blood
My blood is your blood
My blood is my blood
His blood in my blood
Your blood is our blood
Our blood is my blood


John: “This next song is called ‘Backwards.’ From an album that’s properly never gonna come out, so oh well. I stole the lyrics from a book I took from the Pope’s secret library in the Vatican.”

Backwards [repeated]
Backwards in the back woods, backwards
You’re mine, you’re backwards
Everything’s backwards [repeated]
Everything’s backward

Fuck me from behind
Fuck me from reverse
Normal is perverse
Everything’s backwards

Fuck me from behind
Fuck me in reverse
Fuck me from behind
Normal is perverse
Everything’s backwards

Everything’s in reverse
Everything’s gone perverse
The whole world’s gone reverse
Everything’s backwards

I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m fine
Fucking incapable of normal emotions [repeated]
Everything’s backwards

-Wards, backwards

False evidence appearing real [repeated]
Everything’s backwards
Fuck me from behind, fuck me from behind
Everything’s backwards, backwards, backwards
Everything’s backwards, uh!

False evidence appearing real
Everything’s backwards

Backwards in the back woods, ah
Backwards in the back woods

Ah, ah

Hornet, wasp, or hoverfly
Even the birds have their alibi
All hummingbirds must die
In the United States of American death
Cross-pollinating sores
And when I reach the heavens
And when I reach the station in the heaven of glass
Say a little prayer for you
Then I’ll cut off the heads of the doves that fly
All hummingbirds must die
All hummingbirds must die
I want you, I need you, but I can’t find you
I need a killer to take my pain away
In the United States of American death
I’ll say a little prayer for you
When I reach the station in the heavens of glass
I’ll say a little prayer for you

John’s closing words: “Thank you very much. Thank you for coming. Thank you very, very much. Goodnight.”


John Balance – vocals, sleigh bells on “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals”
Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson – Ableton sequence, video projections, Clavia Nord Modular Synthesizer
Simon Norris (Ossian Brown) – Clavia Nord Modular Lead Synthesizer, sleigh bells on “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals”
Cliff Stapleton – hurdy-gurdy
Mike York – Breton bagpipes, bombarde on “Anarcadia: All Horned Animals,” balalaika on “Broccoli” and “Paranoid Inlay”

Coil contacted Cliff and Mike personally and asked them to join the band. Cliff recalls: “I was in Coil for a relatively short time and it was totally different from anything I had done before. Thus I was very naive and ‘green’, which I enjoyed immensely.”

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Attendee Recollections

On the old Wassonii blog, noïzykaa recalls: “YEAH! I had a recording of this live (my personnal recording) but I lost it with the crash of my computer and unfortunetly, I haven’t the original recording (but I know who has it…). So many thanks!”

Known Recordings

Tapes owners/taper:

Message included with AUD #1: “My own bootleg recorded with a mono tape recorder (low battery and old tape) normalized with no notion of the software the last song is cutted (no tape left) Limoges ARTOOZ EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL AVril 2002 France a little concert room i was in my time machines (musick cures you of time one) t shirt i m not hystericaaal so i don’t cry or shout when i saw coil’s members but it was fine for the heart greaat show iwas fever (around 41° celsius) and xtazied Ambient : pan sonic playing before a kill kill noisy set pan sonic : ears destroyer have a great time and tell me if i am a good bootleger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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