Public Image Limited – P.I.L. concert in Brussels’ Ancienne Belgique

Last Saturday I went to the Ancienne Belgique  to see a Public Image Limited (or P.I.L.) concert. It’s my boyfriend’s favorite band and as a fan, I feel it is mandatory to owe up to your fandom and be there. (In case you have no idea who Public Image Limited is, it’s a band that centers round Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon, previously front man of the Sex Pistols.)

Don’t mind the out of focus picture I posted. Not easy in a moving crowd and having an inferior camera. At least I was able to take it! And we were very close to the stage too. Which is always great.

I went along not really knowing what I would experience at this concert. I know very little songs by P.I.L. except “This is not a love song”.  And I think there were a lot of people not really knowing what to expect. Their last album dates from 1992 and there is no new album in prospect (or at least not communicated). So what to expect? How will they sound?

Well, I found it an awesome concert. Johnny Lydon is pretty impressive, though maybe not the most mobile person on stage, he did manage to bust some moves. I did bust some moves. Who knew? You can definitely dance to P.I.L.!

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The Cure 4tour 2008 (world tour)

It’s my birthday today. Last night I went to a concert by The Cure with my sister, who bought the tickets as a gift for me. I always wanted to go to a show of theirs. An avid fan I am. A Curist you might say (it’s a term they mainly use in France for fans).

Though I know terms like New Wave and Goth are never far off, I can honestly say that I have not seen that many (yes admittedly a few) black dressed/fizzy haired/makeup galore types at the arena. If you google the band, often enough they are classified under ‘alternative rock’. I am pleased with that term. But you know by now how I feel about labelling and stuff… it bothers me a bit. You can’t put anything in just one box, you need several.

It struck me that people of all sorts were there to catch the show, and this pleased me. The Cure is for everyone and anyone. Music has no boundaries. Cause hey, I’m actually too young for Cure, and they speak to me musically in so many ways.

My sister, though for her it’s a reminiscence of her youth – having been a teenager throughout the eighties (she’s going to pinch me for writing that here) -, isn’t actually a fan but knows a few of their songs. I warned her she’d be in for a treat, cause a Cure show is a hell of a show. They are known to perform for about 3-4 hours. And they did so last night: MORE than 3 hours we got to be entertained. Now honestly! Which band or artist these days performs like that, I ask you! And don’t forget, they aren’t getting any younger! Having started back in 1978 and several line-ups later… it’s fricken unbelievable.

The current line-up consists of Robert Smith (vocals, guitars), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums) and Porl Thompson (guitars) who has re-joined the band after several years of absence. He played with them mainly throughout the eighties and nineties.

I treated myself to a t-shirt. I know it’s silly, but I couldn’t resist. I had an amazing time. I danced, I sang, I screamed, I had a blast.

Though they played so many songs, I can recall by heart 26 of them now. Unbelievable. They played over 26 songs in one night! I am going to list them below, not in the order they played them of course, but after the list I once made (did I mention I was a fan?) according to album:

Three imaginary boys (1978-1979)
  • Killing an …
  • 10.15 Saturday night
Boys don’t cry (1978-1979)
  • boys don’t cry
  • jumping someone else’s train
Seventeen seconds (1980)
  • a forest
  • m
Faith (1981-1982)
  • primary
Pornography (1981-1982)
  • one houndred years
Japanese Whispers (1983-1984)
  • the walk
The head on the door (1985-1987)
  • push
  • close to me
Kiss me kiss me kiss me (1985-1987)
  • why can’t I be you?
  • just like heaven
  • hot hot hot!!!
Desintegration (1988-1990)
  • lovesong
  • lullaby
  • pictures of you
I forgot on which album it is but it’s definitely on Mixed Up
  • never enough
Wish (1991-1993)
  • from the edge of the deep green sea (my favorite song ever)
  • Friday I’m in love
  • to wish impossible things
Galore (hit singles of ’87-’97)
  • wrong number (bonus track on that album)
Bloodflowers (2000)
  • (I forgot the song but definitely one)
The Cure (2004)
  • the end of the world
  • alt.end (I think but am not certain of this one)