- Manchester, Kings Hall, Belle Vue, UK
February 23rd, 1979
3. Low Life
6. Belsen Was A Gas (false)
7. Belsen Was A Gas
8. Public Image
45 minutes (approx)
(7) average Audience Recording
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review by DINO EVERETT
This was the final live PiL performance of 'Belsen Was A Gas'
A fairly decent gig considering it was only there fifth gig overall, and as Johnny says, "Ain't that bad for one nights rehearsal". I really like Johnny's opening comments of "No gimmicks, No theatre, just us". Seems to say a lot about the band in general. I do like the way the "mystery drummer" (Update: Eddie Edwards) plays with a lot of ferocity, 'Annalisa' almost sounds like it is a hardcore song, and 'Attack' after a bit of a false start comes across pretty fierce as well.
They wind up playing 'Belsen' twice since the first one sort of falls apart. In fact you can see John tiring of the association with this song as he actually offers up a disclaimer prior to starting when he says, "The next song is meant as sarcasm".
A decent gig with not too many sonic problems although mine does have a clip in the middle of the encore 'Annalisa' not sure if others do... Interesting that they are here since I think this venue banned the Pistols.