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Summer 2003 saw the truly excellent Crusxshadows play several gigs around the UK. The last of these was in Leeds, at the monthly Black Veil event which runs under the experienced eye of DJ De'Ath, famed throughout the eastern European Goth scene. Support came from York's Screaming Banshee Aircrew, and the result, sold out weeks in advance and with a capacity crowd crammed into the tiny upstairs venue, was definetly one of the high points of the year for the Northen Goth scene.
Mr Ed and company opened the gig with the famous, and since withdrawn, combination of "The Captain's Speech" followed by "Banshee Aircrew Going Down"...
...and then proceeded to deliver a brilliant mix of old and all-new tracks, including an excelent rendition of New Model Army's "51st State Of America", complete with updated references to the Iraq war!
"Wow! We're actually supporting the Cruxshadows!"
Both Mr Ed and Joanna went wandering through the crowd with their radio mics at various points, and used the doorway between the two halves of the venue to give the distinct impression of being in two places at once!
Not the largest stage in the world!
I thought the captain said we were crashing?
Despite all the jokey comments from Mr Ed beforehand about this being an opportunity for the band to really screw up in spectacular style, they played a very good set to an appreciative audience, indeed much later on, when the Cruxshadows reached their spectacular encore, it was notable that several of the people Rouge pulled up on stage were draped in SBA "Titanic Verses" t-shirts! The Banshee merchandise entirely sold out during the gig, which is always a good sign!
A legend in the flesh, DJ De'Ath, famed throughout the Eastern European Goth scene, veteran of the Wave Gothic Treffen at Leipzig, with one of the newest member of the Dark Sisterhood - this was her first ever Goth scene event. Nothing like starting as you mean to go on!
Yaay!! The Cruxshadows somehow managed to squeeze four bandmembers plus two dancers onto the tiny stage, and the proceded to turn in the kind of performance that's won them fans and admirers all across the world. Quite simply it was electrifying.
The band's stage act includes having two very energetic dancers on-stage. How these young women managed to do their stuff without either killing anyone, or collapsing into molten puddles of liquid flesh in the searing July heat, is something of a mystery, but manage it they did and their precise and co-ordinated motion definetly added an extra something to the band's visual impact.
The unmistakable Rogue captured in full flight. Note the headset radio-mic.
And this is the moment that Rogue decided to refer to the "other half" of the venue, round the corner from the main room and facing the right side of the stage, as being full of "Hip Hop Fans"! Well, they were a rather strange lot in there, note the reaction of the lady at the front...
Sold Out! Both the Cruxshadows and the Screaming Banshee Aircrew sold a shedload of CDs and other merchandise at this gig. I kind of got the impression we all seriously enjoyed both bands! This is the very nice lady who hand-wrote me a setlist for the cruxshadows set. Thanks again!
Mr Ed, and a friend (outer pictures), plus Zeitgeist Zero's Quicksand Kerry, who'd done sterling work on the door (centre).
Rogue, surrounded by a veritable throng of admirers, in the heat of the night outside the venue.
Thanks to Trish, Roger, De'Ath and all at Gog Promotions for what has to have been one of the Leeds scene's best-ever gigs!The Gothic Revival - Home