Neubauten. ICA. 7.30.
THE ABOVE ad was at the root of
this evening's strange confusion. Scores of revellers
arrived at the door of the ICA to be confronted with a
'sold out' situation (although, with patience, it seemed
that many were able to squeeze in) and a notice, opposite
the entry point but easily missable, to the effect:
'Tonight. Concerto For Voice And
Machinery. This is not an Einsturzende Neubauten
Disgruntled would-be patrons were
heard to exclaim: 'ere, Eric, does that mean that
German band aren't on?" and gained no confidence
from the door person's similar lack of knowledge.
Once inside, I thudded into Mufti.
Sitting on the bar staircase, the Neubauten stalwart was
annoyed that the event had been advertised as a regular
Neubauten gig at all, when in fact, it was the first and
last performance of the aforementioned 'Concerto For
Voice And Machinery'.
He claimed that the ICA had only
allowed them to pin up the above notice on the night and
that Einsturzende Neubauten, as such, intended no London
dates in the immediate future.
As the evening wore on it became
evident that most of the crowd, by now happily rubbing
shoulders with the likes Of Christiana F, Marc Almond and
Andy Warren (who?), were still anticipating a Neubauten
gig or, at least, an hour or so of metal bashing
regardless of what label it might be going under.
Around 10.30 the stage was covered
with road drills, chainsaws, a cement mixer and various
raw materials, most noticeably a piano quietly awaiting
its imminent destruction.
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This event was re-enacted at the ICA in 2007