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I think that in 2007, and the long awaited tour that took place, one thing that really pissed me of, was many in the crowd, that were not arsed at all about OMD, they were just, as far as I go, just freaks. Most middle aged with a few bob, probably more used to going to the theater than seeing a live band. And with their <disposable income> got front row and <best seats> To sit down eat pop corn and watch a show...
Any way enough of that, regulars here will now know my feelings for these toss pots.
So this year, very much dreading the the same, but looks like, I will have to hold my hands up, and say <I WAS WRONG> could be that I was in the right place this year ( I think not) But my train of thought, is that the tossers that did the OMD concerts last year (2007) were not interested in doing it all again, so soon, so stayed at home (hence ticket sales being down) Even the bootleg T-Shirt guys had nothing to sell...
How nice its been to see people doing a few photos, and video clips... But non the the trolls from last year, that spent 1.5 hours with arms out stretched doing nothing but photos and video.
Liverpool... excellent.. The afternoon meet up, the beers, the laughs then the actual concert, what can be said (Apart from drinking from 2.00pm to 4.00am is not good ) New faces and old faces, but most important, fans out for a good time.
I had a fan that flew in from South Africa that stayed with us for the weekend, and along with a Scottish fan, that also joined the <Bongo> tour, and wow, just how good was that...
Nottingham, well, a bit of trek, and as already mentioned so nice to see, once again new and old faces. Also nice after all of these years to now have met Maxine Good to meet you Maxine.
Nottingham, was a bit of a strange venue, but one of the best for a long time. Cracking night out... But for Sandra, who drove us home, a rather long trek back...
So, in short, this year, we have more fans rather than freaks, although I did see a few knobs.. sat down front row..
Well done Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Fans you are all a great lot.
I did say to Mrs Corky how much more I enjoyed this years jolly. More forum folk seemed willing to say hello too, which was nice. Not sure of the venue at Liverpool, did sound a little hollow - Next time if they play there I will go for centre aisle, even if I end up sat back a bit - The sound has just too reverberated really. But it didn't spoil the energy of the shows. Managed to take a load of photos, but still enjoyed the majority of the gig. You didn't think I was not going to take photos, did you?
Good on the security folk this time too. Even though a lot of fans eventually got up and went over to the stage, they opted to just keep a careful eye rather than drag them back. Maybe this year they weren't employed by a gangster owned firm..... They know who they are
Was also great to see a family behind us, Dad really enjoying himself, and the two boys having a dance too. Should be more of that at OMD gigs really.
Glad you feel better about it all too Neil. Hopefully next year, new album to promote and now well rehearsed, the shows will be even more spectacular!
Nice to Hear Sister Marie says again too!!
So happy to have met Pat (again) Matt (Hope he calmed down...!) Paul, Nigel, Nella and Melanie, RobR (Voiceover man!) NeilMac, Helrose, PaulWirral (always an, erm, pleasure), Dave Aviator (Thanks Dave) and STOTTM (thanks again!), International, the hidden-in-the-shadows PaulB & Chi, and many other faces I can't recall (or even know!). Great afterparty, and great atmos all round.
Shame I couldn't afford Nottingham etc, but hey...
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What can I say? I had a pretty good time last year, perhaps cos I was not nob-watching....? It was great to see some of the many lovely fans that I met last year for the first time and to feel not quite such a "newbie" this time around. The 2 venues we went to, I have to agree that the Oval was too echo-riden for my taste but it was still a great show! Beer to sip between dancing was most welcome in my case and I ended up rather thirsty after the Nottingham gig, but the sound was tons better there and we were at the front which was pretty special. A huge thanks to Fred for digging us out of the ailes at the Oval and pulling us down to the front - not to mention providing us with ample lashings of OMD music at the after show party! It was fun to have company on our mini Bongo tour, as Neil says, an interesting drive back as we hit flooded roads with all the heavy rain. Lucky for us the Bongo is tall so the engine didn't stall - good old Bongo! Only sorry there was not more time to chat to more of the peeps I have got to know the last couple of years - especially Maxine and Paul who we managed to keep missing. Got there in the end, if briefly! Lovely to meet you both The shows themselves were top class as ever and also very touching when Andy said on stage "I love you Toni!" Awwww
May there be many more shows to come, hopefully with new sets - will have to wait and see!
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Well Me? (Us, in fact, cos I DID have Craig with me even though I was (knowingly) separated from him! )
Craig thoroughly enjoyed it, and said that he could sing along to more than he thought I would.... all my playing of OMD has obviously unconsciously gone in; and I've converted him to a fully fledged fan!!!
Me? Well, it's gotta be the best night I've had since my 40th party earlier this year. There was a little bit of trouble where I was standing with Stephanie, Paula, Pat and Sarah (nice to meet you all) but with a Security Guy right behind me, I was able to just switch it off and enjoy the music....
Paul - lovely to meet you; you need to get your bum back on this forum though!!!
Neil and Sandra - delighted to meet you both; especially Neil since I have known you for nearly 9 years!!!
I second your thoughts on Andy's comment to Toni Sandra! Also, Andy said they "kicked arse".... DID THEY EVER!!!!!????!!!!!
Next year (she says, hopefully) we will do a couple of venues and have overnight stays.
We did go to the stage door in the rain til 23:30hrs, but with Craig facing the long drive home (like you Sandra); we had to give up. Better luck next year hopefully. I've waited 30 years to meet them, so one more year won't be too bad!
The atmosphere was electric, the music fantastic, and the whole experience.... AWESOME!!!
Pretty much agree Neil - almost ended up in a fight recently watching Massive Attack at the Castlefield Arena. Two guys who pushed their way to the front were then more interested in filming the concert on mobiles (which will probably never see the light of day again) completely obliterating our view, whilst chatting loudly about their rugby teams extra curricular activities - when asked politely if they were bothered about watching the band they said we should move but were persuaded otherwise when i threatened to ram the offending mobile where the sun don't shine swiftly followed by his mate who was doing his best to lick that cavity anyway!.
Ok! - sorry for the rant.
Anyway, more enjoyably, onto OMD - I've got to admit that last year at Dublin was special, being the first big concert that the band had done together for 20 or so years, the reaction of the crowd and the bands visible realisation that they still had 'an audience' that night will live with me for a long time - I also did Liverpool (disappointing, the crowd were a bit too cool for school, distant and wanted to be entertained) and Manchester (great atmosphere, the place was bouncing)
This year i managed Liverpool and London. Out of the two I'd say that London was much better, the venue could have been purpose built for the band and i also thought the crowd were more in tune with the band. The Echo arena was a bit souless, too big for the band, had a leaky roof and twenty pounds plus for a round of three warm plastic bottles of lager and a coke was outrageous!
I thought that the setlist was slightly stronger this time round - the inclusion of Statues (fantastic to the lighting), Stanlow and Dazzle Ships caught me by surprise but they both worked well. Radio Waves always seemed like an obvious 'live' song but may have been better a little later in the set. I did miss Georgia though Enjoyed China Crisis too after missing them in Liverpool.
As Corky has already said it was great to see so many younger faces, most of whom didn't seem that bothered at being 'dragged' along by mum and dad - the toddler who could've only been three but moving better than any of the dancers on here to Electricity.
Not sure what the bands plans are for the future - hopefully they can tour soon with some new material. Just please try to accomodate the 'standers'.
As ever great to meet up with the new and old faces;
The Old - in no particular order! Neil, Sandra, Helen, Paul, Steve, Pat, Andy (puressence) plus a few others
And the new guy from SA (who's name i can't remember), Sue Chapman and god knows who else!
and thanks once again to Neil for the afterparty at the Solna