Doubts!

A post in two parts:

Sunday afternoon, about 16:30.
In about one hour or so I’ll be going to Eindhoven to see Peter Hook & The Light. This band will play the entire Unknown Pleasures LP, plus a bunch of encores according to the website. For years its a trend of old and tired musicians to take their magic moment from years back and play it back to back. Never cared for any of those, although perhaps I’d loved to have seen the Sparks playing their 22 albums night after night a few years back. But then, maybe I would love to see the Sparks anyway. Being more a New Order than a Joy Division fan, I am a bit wary of all this. Is Hook out there to fish out big money from old fans? They bought the LP, then Substance, then the Heart and Soul CD set, saw Control and then what do you do next? Kids are out of the house for the old fans and maybe they want a night out, so for 27,50 euro a ticket to play with a bunch of hired guns, one LP (‘Closer’ will be performed later this also). That sounds like a dumb idea and I fell for it. Well, no, I tried to get the support act, with Zebra playing either our ‘Live In Leugen’ set or a totally new piece based on ‘Unknown Pleasures’, since it seemed unlikely that the original 1980 support act Minny Pops would play. I talked with Wally of the Pops about us joining them, doing our Zebra styled versions of his old songs, and even recorded a bit of that, which Wally deemed not punchy enough. In the end he didn’t want to do the support, and Hook didn’t want a support anyway (and there will be short film now), so I’ll be in the crowd thinking: bloody hell, what was I thinking going anyway.
to be continued in a few hours.

Sunday night, 0:26
I cycled back and did i see an announcement for ‘The Queen Experience’? I think I did. I saw The Light. Joy Division were once described as ‘three manchester united fans and genius singer’, The Light might be four manchester fans and a hooligan singer. Hook is actually a fine singer but then: I loved Monaco. It was a good, solid show and especially the Warsaw songs were great. The rock n roll aspect of the concert with regard to Unknown Pleasures I thought were less convincing. That doesn’t justify the original songs. But the crowd loved it, singing along – another aspect that somehow doesn’t seem to fit the originals. I was thinking ‘have you ever had the feeling being cheated’ – and at sixty minutes of live music and a totally redundant film (don’t people have youtube at home to watch these rockumentary bits?) and 27,50 euro a ticket: I am not sure if you see me at Closer in december. Get a decent support act, Wieman with Minny Pops for instance, and I’ll be there. I have six months to ponder about this. Spoke with Wally for a while, so who knows?

picture above by Lisette Sutherland

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Oddstream is the name of big local event here in Nijmegen where I’ll be playing two, hopefully, special concerts. On Saturday June 4th the very last concert as Zèbra. An American band named Zebra doesn’t like other bands to use that name, and hunt them down and smoke ‘m out of their caves. They own the trademark to that name for entertainment purposes since 1974. As obviously you know Zèbra contracts Wibra and Zeeman. From the letters we didn’t use from those names to make up Zèbra we created a new name, Wieman. Meeuw supplied us with a fine logo. Expect some highlights from the excellent Zèbra career. We play from 17:00-18:00.
The next day I play solo as Freiband. I realize I am not using that name a lot for concerts, since they are strictly laptop based, and that’s not something I do since about one and half year. The current concerts also involve radio, walkman, contact microphones and laptop, and go by my own name. But for this occasion I will present a laptop concert and most likely will play something from my Freiband LP which is due out on ini.itu anytime soon. Perhaps I have copies of them on the 5th. For a while I thought to no longer use that name, but I still do strict computer based compositions as Freiband, so I stick to it. Apart from the ini.itu LP there will be a 3″CDR by Freiband on Kaon soon. There you go.