Sunday, August 04, 2013

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - July 11, 2013

In support of their latest series-of-recorded-songs-which-may-or-may-not-be-on-a-traditional-record, Liverpool's Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark hit the Danforth Music Hall's stage for the beginning of an ill-fated leg of English Electric tour. Ill-fated in the sense that the following Friday, at the same venue, drummer Malcolm Holmes collapsed on stage toward the end of the gig, and landed in hospital for exhaustion for the following week. Unfortunately, this also ended any form of touring for the band for the remainder of the year. UPDATE: It turns out that Malcolm had suffered a cardiac arrest and needed a defibrillator to be revived! A full statement on the OMD website can be found here.

This concert, however, went off without a (visible) hitch. Problems earlier in the day delayed OMD's sound check, and completely cancelled openers Diamond Rings' sound check. Despite these, both the opening and headline acts provided energetic sets, with OMD playing songs from each of their albums, even ones where "OMD" included only singer/bassist/co-founder Andy McCluskey.

They played plenty of English Electric, as well as their comeback disc from 2010, History of Modern, along with several of the songs the equally-aged audience came to hear, including the 1986 mega-hit "If You Leave". Hopefully, the fab foursome will have found their return satisfactory enough to continue producing quality electro-pop, and providing their fans with further opportunities to witness performances full of electricity, and "Electricity".

Photos taken at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario on July 11, 2013.

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