2013 is Killing Joke’s 34th anniversary and to mark the occassion they are planning to commence a tour across the globe to promote their forthcoming Singles + B-Sides album due out next month. 2013 is my 28th anniversary since I first saw them live and became a devoted follower.
Killing Joke chose the Zombie Club in Corby for their warm up gig. Driving down from the North and exiting the A1 it definately gave the impression of being in the middle of nowhere. (even the service station restauraunt at the exit had been closed and was derelict). Drove into Corby and found refreshment at the fortuitously named “The Raven”.
Headed back up the venue which from the outside looked like a typical clubhouse for the rugby club which had been converted for music use. Entering at the rear I got the impression that in addition to 250 capacity there were quite a few friends of the organiser on the guestlist. The stage was about the 2/3rds the length of the stage at The Fenton in Leeds with a similiar sized room ( The Fenton in Leeds is 90 capacity). Diamond Dave had somehow managed to squeeze all the bands gear into the small space with extra guitars precariously stacked at the side of the stage. Upstairs was the bar and merch desk which occupied a petite “L” shaped balcony.
I ended up standing at the front and was able to get a picture of the intended setlist for the night. The setlist looked quite impressive to any newbie or anyone familiar with Killing Joke’s extensive repetoire. I have all of Killing Joke’s music and was bit disappointed that it didn’t include more from their single’s collection especially those A-Side songs that haven’t been played often or for a number of years live like “Let’s All Go” (To The Fire Dances), “Me Or You”,”A New Day”, “Kings & Queens”,”Adorations”,”Sanity”,”Exorcism”,”Millenium”,”Jana”,”Democracy”,”Loose Cannon”,”Seeing Red”,”Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell”,”In Excelsis” or “In Cythera” rather than 7 album tracks and some of the usual great tracks which ignored some of their epic albums.
Standing at the front watching “DD” do his last minute adjustments it amazed me to see how easy it was people to put their drinks and coats over and down the side of the monitors due to no onstage security and crowd barrier for the safety and security of the stage and the audience.
Joke took the stage to the dying strains of “Masked Ball” and looked very happy to see the compact crowd waiting to see them. They kicked of with with “Turn To Red”Before launching into the blistering power and fury of “Wardance” and continuing non stop for 1 hour & 40 mins!!!!