Luke Sutherland on vocals on Mexican Grand Prix, guitar on Lionel Richie, violin on Christmas Steps (amongst other things)
Support from The Twilight Sad
A fine show, after a brief misfire at the start (Killing All The Flies didn't seem to come together, for some reason). Hasenheide was a revelation live. Really enjoyed all the other new tracks, although White Noise and Thatcher seemed to scoot by before I'd really had chance to get into them. Loved the cycling film running behind Werewolf (didn't love the idiot just in front of me making a very blurred film of the film with his phone) and Lionel Richie's evolving film based around the album sleeve photo.
From Andy Parsons:
After getting quite excited over the setlists for the previous shows on the tour, I must admit that the Academy show was a slight disappointment, lifted by some sublime moments. You're Lionel Ritchie was superb (reservations about Dylan Carlson asking for a writing credit aside) and Helicon 1 and Fear Satan were as fantastic as they always are. It was great to see Luke Sutherland playing with the band again and his violin playing on xmas steps made that song one of the best performances I've seen of it. The rest of the set was solid, despite some sound problems for Barry and John on guitar (a suspicious low end feedback being present on several tracks). The new material fitted well into the set and Jim Morrison and 2 Rights got enthusiastic reactions from the crowd.
It was really good, very happy with setlist (last 5 songs of main set = wow) but chatty crowd particularly at the end of Helicon 1, Stuart got annoyed and called the talkers rude wankers who should pop off to the toilet, before they played Christmas Steps. Sound wasn't as good as a usual Mogwai gig and there were issues with the bass during San Pedro (a constant humming loud mess rather than hearing the actual notes). Can't wait til London.
I thought the sound was amazing last night, but otherwise, not a classic Mogwai show. Started so well with White Noise and the brlliant Acorn Electron style graphics - was so brilliant, then was a bit strange because there wasn't any visuals for a load of songs and they seemed a bit flat after. Large part of the crowd, uncharacteristically for Bristol, was annoyingly chatty and dis-interested and just seemed to be doing some Saturday drinking with no interest in the show. SB rightly called them wankers, but it took a bit of the steam out of the show.