Just Back from Auckland, Night 2

Just got back from the second Vector Arena show (Auckland) … another incredible show in front of a crowd that was a fair bit more enthusiastic than last night’s audience.

I’ll write a proper report later (in the thread I’ve created to collect all my travel musings) … but the two big things:

  1. Avalanche was subbed out of the set list … to be replaced by a performance of Night Comes On, solo by LC! Am I correct in assuming this is the first airing of this song on any of the world tour shows? It was a great, stripped back acoustic rendition of the song … hope it becomes a regular fixture.
  2. Despite being a very energetic and engaged audience, I think the crowd tonight missed out on an encore because of the haste with which many, many people vacated their seats and started filing out after Closing time had finished. The house lights stayed down for a while after the band left the stage and some of the Front of House staff seemed to be getting ready for another set while also looking out over the sea of departing people. I guess a decision got made and the lights came up … and it was all done. I’m not sure why so many people were so eager to leave …. maybe everyone had to get back to their babysitters before midnight. Either way, this lead to this show being 2 songs (and about 15 minutes shorter), with no I Tried To Leave You.

Full set list:

Set 1

01 Dance Me To The End Of Love
02 The Future
03 Bird On The Wire
04 Everybody Knows
05 In My Secret Life
06 Who By Fire
07 The Darkness
08 Born In Chains
09 Chelsea Hotel #2
10 Waiting For The Miracle
11 Anthem

Set 2

12 Tower of Song
13 Suzanne
14 Night Comes On — first tour performance?
15 Sisters of Mercy
16 The Gypsy’s Wife
17 Feels So Good
18 The Partisan
19 Boogie Street
20 Hallelujah
21 I’m Your Man
22 A Thousand Kisses Deep (recitation)
23 Anthem

Encore 1

24 So Long, Marianne
25 First We Take Manhattan

Encore 2

26 Famous Blue Raincoat
27 If It Be Your Will
28 Closing Time (with spoken outro)

No third Encore

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