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OMD North American 2013 tour

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OMD North American 2013 tour

Postby schwenko » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:22 am

"USA/CANADA TOUR
We will be bringing the English Electric Tour to the USA and Canada. We will be touring the West Coast in April and the East Coast in July

April 5 - Vancouver - Commodore Ballroom
April 6 - Seattle - The Showbox @ The Market
April 7 - Portland - Wonder Ballroom
April 10 - Salt Lake City - The Depot
April 12 - San Francisco - Regency Ballroom
July 8 - Minneapolis - Varsity Theatre
July 9 - Chicago - Metro
July 11 - Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
July 12 - Philadelphia - Union Transfer
July 13 - Washington - 9:30 Club
July 15 - Boston - Paradise Rock Club
July 17 - New York - Terminal 5

Pre-sale for these dates begins on Wednesday 30th January. You can sign up for the pre-sale here. VIP Packages are available from the pre-sale website."


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Postby zill » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:26 am

Having missed them last time through, I was determined to go to the kick off of the world tour in Vancouver on Friday. Wow. It felt like a 2 hour standing ovation. An energetic performance and an eager audience singing and jumping along to every song! The guys seemed genuinely appreciative of the response and there was a great dynamic with the crowd.

They played 5 songs (if I counted correctly) off the new album, including a full 7 minutes of Metroland to open the show, which was better live than the soundcloud clip I had streamed. I'd say Dresden was the highlight from the new songs and the band gave it every ounce of passion their 50-something bodies could muster. It seems to stand up well against the early 80s-era OMD tracks. The other new songs...not so good.

Overall a great show, not just guys going through the motions to make a few bucks. I got my fill of early 80s synths, but was disappointed to not hear a couple of dance faves from back in the day like Tesla Girls or Telegraph. And, as expected, no Bloc Bloc Bloc, but maybe I'm the only one who loves that song.
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Postby zill » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:46 am

OMD - Dresden

http://youtu.be/d5h2j0stpRE

It was quite a bit more powerful live but still a great OMD track. Better than anything from the last album.
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Postby plagiarism » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:33 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by zill[/i]
<br>Having missed them last time through, I was determined to go to the kick off of the world tour in Vancouver on Friday. Wow. It felt like a 2 hour standing ovation. An energetic performance and an eager audience singing and jumping along to every song! The guys seemed genuinely appreciative of the response and there was a great dynamic with the crowd.

They played 5 songs (if I counted correctly) off the new album, including a full 7 minutes of Metroland to open the show, which was better live than the soundcloud clip I had streamed. I'd say Dresden was the highlight from the new songs and the band gave it every ounce of passion their 50-something bodies could muster. It seems to stand up well against the early 80s-era OMD tracks. The other new songs...not so good.

Overall a great show, not just guys going through the motions to make a few bucks. I got my fill of early 80s synths, but was disappointed to not hear a couple of dance faves from back in the day like Tesla Girls or Telegraph. And, as expected, no Bloc Bloc Bloc, but maybe I'm the only one who loves that song.

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It's a shame that OMD didn't play Tesla Girls or Telegraph. They played them on the History of Modern tour. They really do put on a great show.
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Postby glokstadt » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:08 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by plagiarism[/i]
<br>[quote][i]Originally posted by zill[/i]
<br>Having missed them last time through, I was determined to go to the kick off of the world tour in Vancouver on Friday. Wow. It felt like a 2 hour standing ovation. An energetic performance and an eager audience singing and jumping along to every song! The guys seemed genuinely appreciative of the response and there was a great dynamic with the crowd.

They played 5 songs (if I counted correctly) off the new album, including a full 7 minutes of Metroland to open the show, which was better live than the soundcloud clip I had streamed. I'd say Dresden was the highlight from the new songs and the band gave it every ounce of passion their 50-something bodies could muster. It seems to stand up well against the early 80s-era OMD tracks. The other new songs...not so good.

Overall a great show, not just guys going through the motions to make a few bucks. I got my fill of early 80s synths, but was disappointed to not hear a couple of dance faves from back in the day like Tesla Girls or Telegraph. And, as expected, no Bloc Bloc Bloc, but maybe I'm the only one who loves that song.

[/quote]

It's a shame that OMD didn't play Tesla Girls or Telegraph. They played them on the History of Modern tour. They really do put on a great show.
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They sure do! My saw them in L.A. last night and said they still "got it!" And put on a really good show!Rockin' it better than New Order are. [:0]

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Postby thegoldenyear » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:29 pm

Dates've been added.

As of July 9th, two nights before the July leg's kickoff, it looks like this:

July 11 - Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
July 12 - Philadelphia - Union Transfer
July 13 - Washington - 9:30 Club
July 15 - Boston - Paradise Rock Club
July 17 - New York - Terminal 5
July 19 - Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
July 20 - Detroit - Saint Andrew’s Hall
July 22 - Minneapolis - Varsity Theatre (Rescheduled from 8th July)
July 23 - Chicago - Metro (Rescheduled from 9th July)

Being a Toronto kid, I can't complain about the pair of Toronto dates. Might well go to both.
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Postby wherewereuin82 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:52 pm

I read zill's review and I'm sitting this one out. Could it be as good as the last show at the Phoenix?
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Postby thegoldenyear » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:16 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by wherewereuin82[/i]
<br>I read zill's review and I'm sitting this one out. Could it be as good as the last show at the Phoenix?
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True. Toronto '11 would be pretty tough to beat. (Overgated snare drum sound aside.) I like [i]Electric[/i] a little better than [i]Modern[/i], so if they're intent on playing three-to-five new ones this show gets an immediate boost. You hold out hope Toronto might be an outlier given the two scheduled shows, but I'm assuming the bulk of the set's hit-heavy.
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Postby deevo0 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:51 pm

I'm seeing them for the first time in DC. Pretty psyched.
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Postby schwenko » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:27 am

roll call!- NYC July 17

I'll start

schwenko & Mrs. schwenko

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Postby thegoldenyear » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:34 am

Some grumbling about soundcheck issues here in Toronto for night #1. Start time might be delayed.
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Postby thegoldenyear » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:01 pm

...which will not actually affect the remainder of the tour, bahaha.

I'm just miffed security's not allowing decent cameras through the door.
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Postby Frau_Blucher » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:55 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by schwenko[/i]
<br>roll call!- NYC July 17

I'll start

schwenko & Mrs. schwenko
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I resent being called Mrs. schwenko.


Oh wait, the real Mrs. schwenko? See you there!
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Postby deevo0 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:36 am

OMD sounded great in DC. McCluskey was animated, enthusiastic, and jumping around like a man half his age. I was seriously impressed. The man is 54 years old! The setlist was heavy on the top 40 pop stuff, but I didn't mind, and neither did the crowd. Everyone was dancing and yelling along to the songs. Great show. (Diamond Rings, the opening singer, was ... a trip. He doesn't seem to realize it's not 1985.)
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Postby thegoldenyear » Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:21 pm

Rotten news, guys.

July 19th Toronto show cut short by four songs as a week's worth of awful heat catches up to drummer Malcolm Holmes. Ambo came to collect him; Andy and Paul took the stage to announce he's had some heart issues in the recent past and didn't feel well enough to finish the show.

There'd be none of that Keith Moon Cow Palace 1973 foolishness here ("Can anybody here play the drums?"). The guys slapped some front row hands and promised they'd be back again.

I hope the last three dates of the tour aren't imperilled, but that may be a foregone conclusion. Watch the OMD site for details.

Best wishes to Malcolm Holmes for a speedy and full recovery. He was smiling and swinging the sticks with abandon earlier tonight. Sounded great.
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