Killing Joke: The Concert File
The Next Laugh: 2003
Just when even the most die-hard fans were despairing of ever seeing Killing Joke record or tour again, they were back, with a new eponymous album that received nearly universal critical praise. Jaz himself stated, "The thing I find overwhelmingly shocking, is a band can get its definitive work, which I think this album is, in its 24th year. Itís the first time Iíve liked every track, ever. This album [eleventh] blows everything weíve ever done in our past away."
1 August: Zary, Poland, Przystanek Woodstock Festival
An outdoor festival organised by the anti-racist 'Never Again Association'. The festival was one of the largest music events in the world, with more than 300,000 people in attendance.
3 August: Vienna, Flex
Setlist: Requiem/ Total Invasion/ Wardance/ Blood On Your Hands/ Change/ Seeing Red/ The Fall Of Because/ The Wait/ Asteroid/ Whiteout/ /Psyche/ Frenzy.
5 August: Prague, Acropolis
6 August: Berlin, Colombia Firitz
8 August: Belgium, Lokerse Festival
9 August: Hildesheim, Germany, Mera Luna Festival
10 August: Dusseldorf, Tor
12 August: Amsterdam, Melkweg
13 August: Amsterdam, Melkweg
14 August: London, Underworld
By all accounts a fantastic show; Kerrang magazine
reports: "Waves of ecstatic Jubilation course through the
crowd like sonic semiconductors . . . . As the doom-laden prophecy of 'War
Dance' summons a rapturous frenzy, it's clear that the response is about far
more than pulsing, angular rhythms and righteous dismay. Tonight in the
Underworld's dank, mottled interior, Killing Joke have arrived." (30 August
16 August: Chelmsford, V2003 Festival
17 August: Stratford, V2003 Festival
"With such a vast back catalogue from the last 25 years to choose from, they picked a superb set to cram into the 35 or so minutes they were given including new and old classics such as - Wardance, Total Invasion, Blood On Your Hands, Whiteout, The Wait, Pandemonium, and Psyche.... The band tour the UK in October, and you should make a point of seeing the masters at work." (Neil Crud, Crud Fanzine)
22 September: Zurich, venue unknown
23 September: Munich, Backstage
24 September: Bochum, Germany
28 September: Rotterdam, Nighttown
Setlist: Communion/Requiem/Total Invasion/Wardance/Blood On Your Hands/Change/Seeing Red/The Fall Of Because/Tension/Death & Resurection Show/Kings & Queens/Loose Cannon/Empire Song/The Wait/Whiteout/ Frenzy/Psyche. Encores: Asteroid, Pandemonium, Follow The Leaders.
29 September: Paris, Elysee Montmarte
Setlist: Faith Healer
intro (apparently cut short due to some sort of technical
Blood On Your Hands/Change/Seeing Red/The Fall Of Because/Tension/Death & Resurrection Show/Kings & Queens/Loose Cannon/Empire Song/The Wait/Whiteout/Frenzy/Psyche. Encores: Asteroid, Follow The Leaders, Pandemonium.
2 October: Wolverhampton, Wolfrun
Setlist: included The Fall Of Because, Follow The Leaders, Communion.
3 October: Liverpool, Carlsberg Academy
Frenzy was played as the encore.
4 October: Glasgow, Garage
5 October: Leeds, Metropolitan
Setlist: included The Fall Of Because, Loose Cannon, Follow The Leaders, The Death & Resurrection Show, Kings & Queens, Pandemonium, Empire Song, Psyche, The Wait, Tension, Change, Wardance, Whiteout.
6 October: Manchester University
Setlist: identical to Leeds.
7 October: Nottingham, Rock City
9 October: Northampton, Roadmender
Setlist: Communion/Requiem/Total Invasion/Wardance/Blood
On Your Hands/Change/Seeing Red/The Fall Of Because/Tension/The Death &
Resurrection Show/Kings & Queens/Empire Song/Frenzy/The Wait/Whiteout/
Psyche. Encores: Asteroid, Pandemonium.
Loose Cannon was originally in the setlist but Empire Song was played instead.
10 October: Bristol, Academy
Setlist: Communion/ Requiem/ Total Invasion/ Wardance/ Blood On Your Hands/ Change/ Seeing Red/ The Fall Of Because/ Tension/ Death & Resurection Show/ Kings & Queens/ Empire Song/ The Wait/ Whiteout/ Frenzy/ Psyche. Encore: Pandemonium.
11 October: London, Astoria
12 October: London, Astoria
13 October: Cardiff, Mount Stuart
This gig was originally slated for a larger venue (The Coal Exchange) but moved ... unfortunately the smaller venue was so overcrowded that the heat within was unbearable for both audience and band. A one-hour set was played; the setlist included Follow The Leaders and Requiem.
14 October: Dublin, TBMC
15 October: Belfast, Limelight
17 October: Preston, Mill
18 October: Sheffield, Leadmill
22 October: New York, CMJ
24 October: Baltimore, Fletcher's
Setlist: Communion/Requiem/Total Invasion/Wardance/Blood On Your Hands/Change/Seeing Red/The Fall Of Because/Follow the Leaders/The Death & Resurrection Show/Kings & Queens/The Wait/Whiteout/Psyche. Encore: Pandemonium.
25 October: Washington DC, 9:30 Club
26 October: Philadelphia, Theatre of Living Arts (cancelled)
Jaz had been struggling with a case of flu for a few days and the band were forced to cancel this gig.
28 October: Toronto, Lee's Palace
30 October: Cleveland, Agora Ballroom
31 October: Detroit, Majestic Theatre
1 November: Chicago, Metro
2 November: Milwaukee, Eagles Club
A disappointing outing for band and audience alike; attendance was low due in part to inclement weather and a sporting event taking place on the same evening. To make matters worse, Jaz was still unwell according to the soundman, and should not have gone onstage. The set ended early with no encore.
3 November: Minneapolis, Fine Line Music Cafe
5 November: Denver, Bluebird Theatre
6 November: Salt Lake City, DV8
8 November: Portland, Berbati's Plain
9 November: Seattle, Showbox
11 November: Vancouver, Richard's on Richards
14 November: Los Angeles, El Rey Theatre
15 November: San Diego, The Scene
16 November: Sydney, Metro (postponed)
The gig was postponed when drummer Ted Parsons missed the flight to Sydney from LA.
20 November: Sydney, Metro
21 November: Brisbane
The Australian portion of the tour was sadly marred by a road accident in which a member of the crew transporting instruments and other equipment was killed. Fears of equipment damage were a secondary concern, but initial plans to cancel the Melbourne show were unnecessary. This final night was dedicated to the lost member of the road crew.
23 November: Melbourne, Hi-Fi Bar + Ballroom