1986-07-19 Manchester G-Mex

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steve ®

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Post 20-Jul-2007 18:54

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G-Mex Festival, Manchester - 19 July 1986
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Panic
Vicar In A Tutu
Frankly, Mr. Shankly
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Ask
I Want The One I Can't Have
Cemetry Gates
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Is It Really So Strange?
Shakespeare's Sister
Stretch Out And Wait
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
The Queen Is Dead
/I Know It's Over
//(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians
//Hand In Glove
It may seem a sensible idea to stay in Newcastle an extra day as Manchester is about half way between there and London, especially as we were staying with Paul's sister. But the very wonderful 1000 violins were playing at the Rock Garden on Friday night, which was something we did'nt want to pass up. So we drove back down to London, and then back up to Manchester the next day.
We booked into the Britannia Hotel, which is just off Piccadilly, and within walking distance of G-Mex. It's quite a posh hotel, but they (used to) do special weekend rates, as I guess most of their clients are businessmen who stay during the week. The weekend deals were for whatever rooms they have available. Some people got little rooms in the basement ... but we were given a decent sized suite on the first floor!!! A single room, but large, with a 3 piece suite and a balcony. Things were starting well. We also suspected that the Smiths themselves were staying at the hotel, which proved to be correct. Except that I never actually bumped into them. Paul and Jo did end up in the bar with Johnny and Andy for a while ... can't remember what I was doing at the time :(
Anyway ... Saturday was the G-Mex concert ... or 'Festival' as they were calling it, which started in the early afternoon and ran on into the evening. There was no mention of running order before the show, so we ambled on down just after the doors opened. G-Mex used to be the old Manchester Station building ... and that's what it looked like inside. A vast empty barn of a building, with rows of stands bunged in to fill it up. I seem to remember that it was sit anywhere, but that doesn't sound right. The acoustics were crap ... very boomy as you would expect. Turned out the Smiths weren't going to be on until late in the afternoon, and so I decided to go back to the hotel for a bit. Paul was going to stay to record anyone decent who came on. In fact he was doing all the recording today ... I would do tomorrow. I arrived back in time for the Smiths set. The venue didn't really lend itself to a good performance, especially as it was a mixed crowd. The band never really connected with the audience and although they played well, the acoustics never let them sound powerful enough to grab people's attention. The result was a bit unsatisfactory for both fans and band. It sounds good on the recording, but the atmosphere just wasn't there ... especially compared to what we were to get the following night.
This was recorded by Paul and the same equipment he used in Newcastle. This is taken from a 1st gen copy that Paul made for me from his master.
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Post 20-Jul-2007 19:18 (after 24 minutes)

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another great friday, thanks steve!
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Post 20-Jul-2007 19:29 (after 10 minutes)

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as always, thanks!
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Post 20-Jul-2007 20:11 (after 42 minutes)

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Thank you, Steve!
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Post 20-Jul-2007 22:07 (after 1 hour 55 minutes)

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Thank you very much, Steve!
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Post 20-Jul-2007 22:34 (after 27 minutes)

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Thanks Steve. You have a surprisingly good memory for the details!
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Post 21-Jul-2007 05:54 (after 7 hours)

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Staying at the same hotel as the Smiths, love that. Thanks Steve.
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Post 21-Jul-2007 15:29 (after 9 hours)

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Thanks Steve!
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Post 21-Jul-2007 16:30 (after 1 hour)

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many thanks Steve!
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Post 21-Jul-2007 16:52 (after 22 minutes)

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merci beaucoup!!!
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Post 21-Jul-2007 17:25 (after 32 minutes)

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Thanks very much Steve!
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Post 23-Jul-2007 04:28 (after 1 day 11 hours)

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Thanks Steve!
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Post 23-Jul-2007 11:54 (after 7 hours)

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Nice one Steve, thanks. :)
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Post 24-Jul-2007 15:06 (after 1 day 3 hours)

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Thanks a lot for another great show
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Post 21-Mar-2009 02:56 (after 1 year 7 months)

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Thank you very much for posting it, Steve.
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