Killing Joke:  The Concert File

The Vision Returns: 1993 - 1996



A year that sees the band interested in picking up, but not necessarily where they left off.  Youth's suggestion to re-form is acted upon, and he joins Jaz and Geordie to record the Pandemonium album in London, Auckland and Cairo. Recording is completed by August, and mixing begins in October.

In November, Jaz and Geordie travel to Cologne, Germany to participate in a four-day meeting of musicians which  is organised by the German musicians Arno Steffen and film director Burkhard Steger. The project is filmed for a documentary for German TV station WDR. The tracks eventually surface on a Dutch CD called Friespiel (Free Turn).



12 April: Belfast, Limelight

14 April: Wolverhampton, venue unknown

15 April: Manchester, University

17 April: Cambridge, Junction

18 April: Leeds, Metropolitan

19 April: Nottingham, Rock City

20 April: London, Astoria

Setlist: Communion/The Fall of Because/Wardance/Whiteout/Requiem/Change/Labyrinth/Kings & Queens/Millennium/Exorcism/Love Like Blood/Complications/Eighties/The Wait/Psyche/Mathematics Of Chaos

This gig is filmed for television broadcast.

26 April: Richard Skinner Radio Show

5 May: Top Of The Pops

Millennium is performed.

14 July: Top Of The Pops

Pandemonium is performed.

15 July: London, Subterania

Setlist: Communion/Wardance/Pandemonium/Change/Exorcism/Whiteout/Requiem/Love Like Blood/Mathematics Of Chaos/The Wait/Psyche/Kings & Queens/Complications/The Fall Of Because/Labyrinth/Millennium

17 July: London, Phoenix Festival

Setlist: Communion/Wardance/Pandemonium/Change/Exorcism/Requiem/Love Like Blood/Mathematics Of Chaos/Psyche

Communion, Wardance and Exorcism were recorded for television broadcast.

21 July: Zeebrugge, Belgium, Beach Rock Festival

18 October: Norwich, Waterfront

19 October: London, Kentish Town Forum

Setlist: Communion/Whiteout/Wardance/Pandemonium/Exorcism/Millennium/Kings & Queens/Pleasures Of The Flesh/Jana/Love Like Blood/Labyrinth/The Wait/Psyche/Requiem/Mathematics Of Chaos

20 October: Manchester, University UDH

21 October: Glasgow, Garage

Setlist: Communion/ Whiteout/ Wardance/ Pandemonium/ Exorcism/ Millennium/ Kings & Queens/ Pleasures Of The Flesh/ Love Like Blood/ Change/ The Wait/ Psyche/ Requiem/ Mathematics Of Chaos

24 October: Toronto, Opera House

Setlist: Communion/Whiteout/Wardance/Pandemonium/Exorcism/Millennium/ Kings & Queens/Labyrinth/Pleasures Of The Flesh/Love Like Blood/Change/The Wait/Psyche/Requiem.

25 October: Montreal, Cathouse Canada

26 October: Boston, Axis

28 October: Providence (Rhode Island), Axis

29 October: New York, The Academy

30 October: Asbury Park (New Jersey), Stony Pony

31 October: Philadelphia, Trocadero

2 November: Atlanta, The Masquerade

3 November: New Orleans, Tipitina's

4 November: San Antonio, The Showcase

5 November: Houston, The Abyss

6 November: Austin, Liberty Lunch

7 November: Dallas, Trees

9 November: St. Louis, The Other World

10 November: Kansas City, The Lone Star

12 November: Denver, Ogden Theatre

13 November: Salt Lake City, Club DV-8

15 November: Los Angeles, The Palace

16 November: Phoenix, The Roxy

17 November: San Diego, venue unknown

18 November: San Francisco, Slim's

20 November: Palo Alto, The Edge

22 November: Portland, La Luna

23 November: Seattle, RCKNDY

26 November: Minneapolis, First Avenue

27 November: Milwaukee, Shank Hall

28 November: Indianapolis, The Vogue

29 November: Detroit, St. Andrews Hall

30 November: Toledo, Main Event

1 December: Chicago, Metro

2 December: Cincinnati, Bogart's

3 December: Columbus, Newport Music Hall

5 December: Cleveland, Peabody's

6 December: New York, Limelight

7 December: Washington, DC, Black Cat

11 December: Paris, Elysee Montmartre

12 December: Brussels, Theatre Luna

13 December: Duesseldorf, Tor 3

"It was a great Party because I met a lot of old friends there and we had a drink or two!!!
I remember it was very ,very loud but it was magic! Jaz in his Jester suit and a brilliant Light Show, and of course Youth on stage! (for me the first time) Great Freak! After the show I entered the Tour Bus without any pass! And  - yes a Roadie nearly kicked me out! (Thats what beer can make out of a man!) All in All a great evening with a great Band!"


14 December: Hamburg, Docks

15 December: Berlin, Metropol

16 December: Munich, Charterhalle



18 January: London, Astoria

30 January: Bristol, Bierkeller

31 January: Nottingham, Rock City

Setlist: Communion/ Whiteout/ Wardance/ Pandemonium/ Exorcism/ Millennium/ Change/ Requiem/ Complications/ Psyche/ The Wait/ Love Like Blood/ Labyrinth/ Mathematics Of Chaos.

1 February: Newcastle, Riverside

2 February: Glasgow, The Plaza

Setlist: Communion/ Whiteout/ Wardance/ Pandemonium/ Exorcism/ Millennium/ Change/ Requiem/ Complications/ The Wait/ Pssyche/ Love Like Blood/ Labyrinth/ Mathematics Of Chaos/ Kings & Queens.

4 February: Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall

5 February: Watford, Colosseum

6 February: Leeds, Metropolitan University

7 February: Northampton, Roadmenders

8 February: Manchester, University Main Hall

9 February: London, Shepherd's Bush Empire

10 February: Norwich, University of East Anglia


Another break here while the band take some time off and begin recording the Democracy album, which is released in April 1996.  Three UK gigs are scheduled to support the album that month, but are cancelled. Youth leaves the tour and is replaced by Troy Gregory.



5 May: Florence, Auditorium Flog

6 May: Milan, Rainbow

7 May: Geneva, L'Usine

8 May, Bulle, Switzerland, Ebullition

9 May: Munich, Charterhalle

10 May: Vienna, Szene Wien

12 May: Frankfurt, Batschkapp

13 May: Nuremburg, Hirsch

14 May: Berlin, Huxleys Neue Welt

15 May: Cologne, Live Music Hall

18 May: Amsterdam, Paradiso

19 May: Esneux-sur-Ourthe, Belgium ("Riverside Festival")

Setlist: Communion/Whiteout/Wardance/Pandemonium/Aeon/Exorcism/Millennium/The Wait/Savage Freedom/Psyche


20 May: Paris, Elyee Montmartre

21 May: Strasbourg, France, La Laterie

22 May: Lyon, Transbordeur

23 May: Barcelona, Sala Zeleste

24 May: Valencia, Auditorium

25 May: Madrid, Canuller

26 May: Bilbao, Spain, Factoria

28 May: Toulouse, Le Pied

30 May: Brest, France, Pavillion Penfold


And then all turns quiet.  Jaz and Youth continue their collaboration on arranging classic rock for orchestra to positive  reviews, most notably with the Symphonic Led Zeppelin album in 1997.  Geordie works with Martin Atkins in a new band called The Damage Manual, along with Jah Wobble and Chris Connelly.  An EP is released in April 2000, with a full-length album following in September. A tour is arranged, but internal friction leads to its swift demise. A few dates are played in the USA and dates are arranged for a Winter 2000 UK tour, but it is abruptly cancelled.

Plans are made to begin writing and recording a new album in early 2001, but these are put on hold as Jaz moves to Prague and begins working as Composer-in-Residence with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.  The orchestra appears on The Doors Concerto, another well-received symphonic treatment of a classic rock band, this time featuring Nigel Kennedy on violin.

The turn of the millennium does signal strange portents in the world, however, leading the band to chronicle it....