1986-10-24 Brixton Academy

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steve ®

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Post 02-Nov-2007 19:34

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Brixton Academy - 24 October 1986
The Queen Is Dead
Panic
I Want The One I Can't Have
Vicar In A Tutu
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Ask
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians
Shakespeare's Sister
Frankly, Mr. Shankly
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
What She Said (with Rubber Ring intro and outro)
Is It Really So Strange?
Cemetry Gates
London
Meat Is Murder
I Know It's Over
/The Draize Train
/How Soon Is Now?
//Still Ill
//Bigmouth Strikes Again
Brixton was home territory for me at the time ... although the Ace (or Fridge as it became) was closer, it was still within walking distance. I'd always liked the venue, and although security was always tighter here than other London venues I'd never had any problem getting my audio gear in. Video gear was another matter, or course, but my out of date access all areas pass always seemed to work and this night was no exception. The Academy is an old theatre. Its reasonably large and still has the original decorations, which include molded ceilings and statues in alcoves on the wall. All the seats have been removed from the downstairs part, but the floor slopes towards the stage like it would if there were seats. At the front there was a crash barrier, which was unusual at the time. However the slope mean that people were quite happy to spread out back from the stage, and it was always easy to get a good audio recording position down in front of the stacks. There was seating upstairs. Generally tickets were for wherever you fancied going, but sometimes they would be split upstairs/downstairs. Can't remember what it was for this show, but I went upstairs. There was very little lighting for the upstairs seats, which was good. The front of the balcony was a semi-circle with a little square cut in the middle, with aisles going from the back down to the where the square started. This meant that at the end of the aisle there was a little corner with no seats, and I took my position at the one on the left hand side, so I was slightly left of centre, which is ideal for filming the Smiths, as you're naturally facing Johnny.
When the band came on I got the camera out and started filming resting on the balcony railings. I really didn't worry about being seen, just concentrated on getting a good film ... but I guess it was dark enough up there that no-one would see, and although security was tight getting in, there was no-one wandering around up-stairs. The balcony is reasonably high up, so you're noticeably looking down in the video (as opposed to the Palladium video where the balcony was not much higher than stage level), and the lighting is always a bit dark there.
I don't remember it being a particularly memorable show ... Brixton gigs are always quite hard work for the band. There was some commotion before the encore as another set of drums was wheeled on to the stage, and for a moment we thought something exciting might happen ... but it turned out only to be a second drummer for How Soon Is Now, which really didn't seem to make lot of difference. The film turned out quite well. I've dubbed on a good audience recording, which I have a 1st gen copy ... I'm pretty sure I got it from DJ. There is some damage to the tape at the end of QID and the start of Panic.
Hmmm ... just noticed I got the date wrong on the menu screen ... bugger !!! Well its too late now :roll:
This was filmed on a Canovision 8VM-E1.
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Post 02-Nov-2007 19:45 (after 11 minutes)

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many thanks Steve ! :)
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Post 02-Nov-2007 20:00 (after 14 minutes)

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thanks a lot steve
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Post 02-Nov-2007 20:52 (after 52 minutes)

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Thanks again for sharing you masters!
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Post 02-Nov-2007 20:53 (after 38 seconds)

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thank you!
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Post 02-Nov-2007 21:20 (after 27 minutes)

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Thanks again, Steve!
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Post 02-Nov-2007 22:29 (after 1 hour 9 minutes)

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Thank you very much!
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Post 02-Nov-2007 23:00 (after 30 minutes)

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Thank you!!
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Post 03-Nov-2007 01:36 (after 2 hours 35 minutes)

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What can I say...Many thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post 03-Nov-2007 05:32 (after 3 hours)

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Absolutely great. Many, many thanks!
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Post 03-Nov-2007 10:10 (after 4 hours)

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Thanks again, Steve...!!!
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Post 03-Nov-2007 16:39 (after 6 hours)

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Thank you !
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Post 03-Nov-2007 21:15 (after 4 hours)

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Thank you too !!
my god, can someone help and tell me if this one has already been posted on this site before ? i can't even remember if i have it or not, my hard drive are a mess !
looks like it's a first, this brixton dvd, isn't it ?
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Post 04-Nov-2007 02:55 (after 5 hours)

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Thanks!
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Post 04-Nov-2007 17:50 (after 14 hours)

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There's also a Brixton show dated from 12th december 1986
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