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New Order: Montpellier Le Zénith 1989

New Order Montpellier Zénith 1989 ticket

Friday 20/01/89

New Order were to play in Paris, but the date was cancelled - I'll never know why. So I checked if they were to play somewhere else, and found out they would be in Montpellier. I had no other choice than to take the plane (I would not have done that for many people due to my internal ear and eardrum problem), and hope that it would not be too painful and that I would easily find the venue and a hotel for the night, as I had never been there before. I browsed Montpellier streets for hours (it was quite pleasant), had to take a bus, as Le Zénith is out of town, and while waiting made friends with a couple and some other guys.

Montpellier Zénith venue

Then it was show time, and New Order began with "Touched By The Hand Of God" which is one of my favourites, with Hooky's bass great sound and his peculiar way of playing (I was facing him, to enjoy every second).

Next they played an incredible "Ceremony", and then a gorgeous "True Faith", interrupted by a power failure. One could fear they would have problems being back quickly, but they were, and then played "Sub-culture", and a new song from Technique : "Dream Attack" (my favourite song from one of my best loved New Order albums). The instruments and the voice were perfectly in balance, the song brilliant.

They kept on playing full speed, with "1963" and another new song, "Vanishing Point", brilliant too. Once again, the sound of New Order live has little to do with their records, they are one of the very few bands who can venture to do so.

They were more than excellent, and "BLT" was just another proof of it, followed by a staggering "Age Of Consent". They finished with "Temptation" and "The Perfect Kiss" which was ... perfect.

Montpellier Zénith venue

They were back on stage for an encore with two more songs, "True Faith" again (no technical problem this time) and "Fine Time". A good conclusion to the evening.

The couple I had met kindly drove me back to Montpellier, where I did find a hotel, slept tight and had beautiful dreams.

I might have flown back to Paris without a plane... and would have avoided days of pain!

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