thanks to ryan
from philip jamieson:
true story: so i was crossing the border up into canada and talking to customs. they asked me the nature of my visit and i said i was going to see a band called mogwai in montreal. right then the customs agent started cracking up and said something to the extent of "expect them to be pretty hung over". apparently they had rolled through a few hours prior completely trashed. i found it funny.
from dan galucki:
this show blew some minds for sure. haven't heard anything that loud since last year's shows on the east coast. i had forgotten how the sound just sort of envelopes you. this show was strikingly different from last year's shows in a lot of ways, one being that they didn't play the songs note-for-note to the record, which was a very cool change. especially stuart, who was definitely changing a lot of the higher parts on songs like 'summer' and 'like herod'. keeping it interesting i guess. there were also a lot of songs from 'come on die young', which i never thought i'd see, like 'cody' and 'kappa'. first time seeing stuart sing too, amazing, confident. from the audio rubble that was the end of 'ratts of the capital', they cut out and without missing a beat went right into '2 rights'. jon sat down for a good part of the show, looked like hell. i'm sure these off-dates from curiosa must be nice for them to stretch out and play a longer, more varied set.
just got back from the montreal show, was amazing. the venue was terrific and uniquely setup. anyway i would say highlight of the show for me was 'ratts', as well as them playing 'cody' to begin the encore (it wasn't on the setlist). i remember reading that the band liked this venue so i think when there was technical difficulties on '2 rights' (barry's mic wasn't working) they decided to throw in cody to make amends.
great show as usual. i think barry's mic was working, you could kind of hear it but it was just a bit lower in the mix than usual... i found it that way for all of his vocoder parts, the whole night. not really a problem, though. and yes, that venue was great. too short as usual, i guess they are a bit hurting at the moment. still fantastic.
it seems like the fellas are really fighting this one out by playing to the best of their abilities. the montreal show i was at was absolutely unbelievable. they're also changing up the sets a lot, probably in an attempt to quell the daily monotony. i spoke with their road manager in montreal and he said that things were rough but that the curiosa tour was going great. he said robert smith loves hanging out with the band and that they are all enjoying themselves. he did say that the one day where he had to get a massage therapist to heal martin's back while john was throwing up everywhere was a tough day, and that there have been many curveballs thrown their way. all in all it seems like the band is really stepping up to the plate this time around. i am immensely proud of them.
photo by john.