IQ, November 23rd, 2000
Zeche, Bochum, Germany
By Ed Sander
The tour went fine until the gig of the 22nd in Strasbourg. Peter had caught
a cold and was losing his voice. Halfway the gig they had to change the
setlist because Pete could hardly sing anymore.
When I arrived in Bochum the next day I bumped into Pete on the parking lot.
He was in a rather (understandable) bad mood and had just visited the
docter for some medicine. By this time Martin had also caught the nasty
virus and was coughing his way through the soundcheck as well.
Things sounded very bleak during the soundcheck; Pete was hardly able to
sing and his voice almost completely died out after trying a couple of
lines. The rest of the band rehearsed some alternative songs with less
vocal power or more instrumental sections, creating a completely new
setlist along the way.
Darkest Hour, Wurensh, The Seventh House and Awake and Nervouse were
exchanged for It All Stops Here, Leap of Faith (instrumental 2nd half) and
Overture & Provider.
The gig started right on time, and for a change I had conquered a spot at
the edge of the stage. Zeche is quite a nice venue, complete with balcony
and expensive drinks. ;-)
Tour manager Arie walked on stage and explained that Pete had a cold and
Martin would therefore sing part of the gig.
During the intro tape Andy McEvoy was projecting some computer animation
footage from 'The Lawnmower Man' movie on the backdrop screen. The band came
on stage and Martin took the vocals on Outer Limits. This is actually an
interesting occurrence, but not the first time for Martin to do lead vocals
at an IQ gig. In 1990, when Pete had not yet re-joined the band, Martin did
vocals on ALL songs once.
Peter came on stage to do It All Posts Here (sic) and the new Erosion (great
track - too short !), after which he walked off and the rest of the band
continued with State of Mine, which (unlike the gig in Zoetermeer) flowed
seamlessly into The Magic Roundabout (again sung by Martin).
Pete and Martin shared vocals on Failsafe. Pete got another pauze to take
some breath while the band played the instrumental section of Leap of
The by now well-known footage of Overture was projected on the screen
while the band went through this instrumental, followed by Provider
and Subterranea (with the reggea ending and 'Ole !').
Only two new songs were played, the second one being Guiding Light.
Fortunately The Enemy Smacks was not dropped from the set. When the
band started playing this song all-time-pranksters Fabian and company
pulled another one by bombarding the stage with little cotton balls !
Very funny ! Peter later 'took revenge' by grabbing a handful during a
theatrical moment and throwing it back at them.
First encore was The Wake (after the cha cha cha version of Came Down).
Second encore was Human Nature (idem). The crowd went nuts and was
jumping and singing along, more than willing to help Peter out with the
difficult bits. As far as atmosphere was concerned this gig was much better
than the one in Zoetermeer. As a matter of fact, the audience refused to
go and when they kept shouting 'IQ ! IQ !' Mark and Kala, who were already
unplugging the equipment, looked at eachother, plugged the stuff back in and
went to get the band back on stage for an unrehearsed Gateway (Middle
After this the gig was really over, even though the audience kept yelling
Pete had done remarkably well compared to the soundcheck; seemingly the
medicine had done its work extremely well. Nobody in the crowd seemed to
mind Pete's absence during some songs or the occassional skipping of a
couple of words or lines. The atmosphere was marvellous !
Because of all of this and my experiences at De Boerderij last week
I enjoyed this gig much more, even considering all of the
I has a couple of short chats with band and crew afterwards but when we
stepped innthe car ready to drive back home we found the tourbus was
blocking the exit. Nothing else to do then go back in, where I bumped into
Mike who was downing some beers in the pub of Zeche. After promising to try
to make it to one of the UK gigs we quickly jumped in the car because this
time it was us who were blocking the way. ;-)
The Red Bulls I drank to keep my eyes open behind the wheel had me 'awake
and nervous' for the rest of the night. ;-)
It All Stops Here
State of Mine
The Magic Roundabout
Leap Of Faith (second half)
The Enemy Smacks
Came Down (rumba)
Came Down (rumba)
The Last Human Gateway (middle section