Wow. What a gig this was. A friend of mine (Gary) had given me a cassette of Type O Negative tracks earlier in the summer as he thought I’d like them. I hadn’t actually listened to the tape at the time but when I was in Milwaukee for Gen Con in August I ended up going to the White Wolf party where they played pretty much the entirety of Type O’s Bloody Kisses album – and I loved it. So when I got back to the UK I dug out Gary’s cassette and gave it a listen. Then discovered Type O were playing at the end of September and grabbed myself a ticket.
The line-up was fantastic. Tiamat, My Dying Bride and Type O Negative – at The Underworld in Camden which was not a particularly big venue at all. 500 maximum, and that’s with all the bar space packed – and you wouldn’t be able to see the stage from the main bar area.
Tiamat and My Dying Bride were both fantastic. Neither were bands I’d listened to before, and not bands I actually listened to much afterwards (I did listen to My Dying Bride slightly more than Tiamat in the years to follow, but not much) but I thoroughly enjoyed them.
Now I’m not sure if this was the first time Type O Negative had played in the UK. I *think* it was, but could be wrong. In anycase, Pete Steele (lead singer) came on stage at The Underworld and announced that sadly Type O Negative couldn’t make the show so they (Pete and co) were playing instead. Now the vast majority of the audience had obviously never seen Type O before so we didn’t have a clue that the guy saying this was actually the lead singer of Type O. But as soon as the band launched in to the opening track pretty much everyone realised that it was a joke.
Type O were incredible.
This was one of the best concerts I’ve been to. All the bands were brilliant and Type O Negative’s performance here is up there among the best live performances I’ve ever seen.
Loved every minute – and given they were touring to support their phenomenal ‘Bloody Kisses’ LP the set was full of stunning tracks.