Saturday, April 10th, 2010
CONTEST – The Wedding Present @ The Horseshoe – April 14, 2010
Frank YangThe Wedding Present play Bizarro – seems like it should be a pretty straightforward thing, right? Just as they did for their debut George Best in 2007, the Leeds UK legends are marking the 20th anniversary of their sophomore effort with a tour wherein they’ll play the entirety of the record live, but unlike the George Best tour, they’re bringing this one over to North America.
But which Bizarro? The original Bizarro, clocking in at 10 tracks and 47 minutes? The extended US edition which inserted the Brassneck EP between tracks 9 and 10, resulting in a, er, bizarre listening experience that gave the American listener “Brassneck” twice – albeit two different versions (the one on the single was recorded by Steve Albini) – or the 2001 “Camden Deluxe” reissue, which had the good sense to add the “Brassneck” tracklisting after the original running order and three more period-correct songs. Clearly the last of these would offer the best value, though any show dedicated to reproducing the Bizarro experience really should end with “Be Honest”.
We’ll have to wait and see come Wednesday night, April 14, when the Gedge and company arrive at the Horseshoe. Tickets for the show are $17.50 in advance but courtesy of Collective Concerts, I’ve got a pair of passes to give away for this show. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want a bizarro Wedding Present” in the subject line and your full name in the body, and get that in to me before midnight, April 12.
New York Press talks to David Gedge about the anniversary tour, and before you ask, word is there will be more songs performed before they begin the Bizarro run-through and no, there will not be an encore.
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