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Mike asked me (Annie) to write this description, presumably because he thinks I have vivid memories of it. And he's right. I was 8 months pregnant with my son, Jared, and bouncing around on stage. At least one member of the audience thought I was about to give birth there and then. It was a fun set, and remarkably together, bearing in mind that Tim and I had only been with Phoenix for 3 months. We had the pleasure of playing with Julia Ecklar on our arrangements of her three songs, "Temper of Revenge", "Terminus Est" and "Tin Soldier". We even managed to rope in a horn section for "Temper" - Simon Fairbourne, Kenneth Bell and our own cuddly Tim Walker managed an amazingly good rendition of the brass section, considering that Mike, Anne, Phil and Tim only finished transcribing from the tape a few days before the Convention. Mike asked me to mention that they spent two whole weekends listening to that song, saying, "I think it's an E flat, no, no, A sharp, hang on, wait...".

Other than that, I remember the whole audience clapping in the air - a la Queen - to "Broadcast Interference", and the baby moving just before "Inconvenience", thus compressing my diaphragm and rendering me unable to sing the song without sounding like a cat in heat. Oh yes, and four members of Phoenix starting "Fallible Legend" in different time signatures. Yes, I mean four different time signatures. [4/4, 4/2, 3/4 and 6/8 - Mike]. It's a testament to our ability to hang together musically in times of stress that we managed to pull it back together. I really do love playing with these people... Although I have to say it's easier playing and singing without internal accompaniment.

Set List

  • Swamp Thing
  • Out Of A Murky Grey Sky
  • Temper of Revenge
  • Terminus Est
  • Tin Soldier
  • Orc Of Life
  • Inconvenience
  • Fallible Legend
  • Mutant Heaven
  • Broadcast Interference Song
  • Black Powder And Alcohol

Debut performances of Swamp Thing, Temper, Terminus Est, Tin Soldier, Fallible Legend, Broadcast Interference.


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