It was 32 years ago at the Hacienda that I last saw Killing Joke and tonight left me thinking ‘Why on earth did I leave it so long?’ – They’ve got the sound, the lyrics, the look, the energy…..why would you not go and see them?!
Their choice of support was a bit odd. Earlier in the tour they’d had the wonderful Jah Wobble in support who is currently on top form. Tonight we get a talented acoustic guitarist who’s name I didn’t catch, but whose balls must be made of steel – to do that infront of a Killing Joke crowd – well played mate!
The first time I went to see Killing Joke was almost exactly 33yrs ago (27/10/82) at the old Manchester Poly. My friends Terry, Mike and I were actually scared before going into the gig – their reputation was one of ferocity, taking no prisoners. We weren’t sure if we’d come out in one piece…..or even at all. They were so ‘Brilliant’ that we went again when they played Fagins only 2 months later.
Tonight we’re treated to vintage Jaz Coleman who as a front man plays a sort of crazed angry puppet type character who stalks the stage with a high-steppage gait and whips the crowd into a frenzy. The frenzy is fuelled by vintage Geordie who’s unique guitar sound cuts through everything like a chainsaw but is melodic at the same time. Hearing him play you’d be expecting a manic frenzied style, but no, he seems to stroke the frets as if he’s polishing an antique – extraordinary! And the vintage rhythm section of Youth and Ferguson are truely awe inspiringly powerful and tight.
Loads of classic tracks like Psyche, Change, Fall of Because, the Wait, Wardance mixed with new stuff like I am the virus. They even did a couple of hits (8o’s and Love like Blood which Jaz dedicated to Raven)but no Empire Song or Follow the leaders…….maybe next time….I’ll be there
Bob the Chiropodist