It was a smooth move to get seated tickets as we arrived at doors, 7pm, to see Shit Robot. We could have left home an hour and 45 minutes later, as we hadn’t even realised they were on. I’ve never sat at the Apollo before and I loved it, because for the first time I could see the stage and the people on it. The night kick started with LCD Soundsystem who have been touring with Hot Chip in toe, they played their last gig together here in Manchester on Monday night.
LCD kicked off the party that was in free flow downstairs and on the rows in front of us, whilst I stuck to the chicken head bop. Second song in my favourite LCD one of the moment Drunk girls, it started to get raucous in the rafters and I enjoyed sitting nicely and seeing everything, whilst tapping my leg and watching as a guy crowd surfed into the bouncers to Yeah, the song that oozes yeahs.
LCD played for an hour, with Daft Punk is Playing At My House and You Wanted A Hit, being selected preferences of mine. Then we saw the frenetic operation to get their kit off stage and Hot Chip’s together. It was quite something and one of my favourite parts of the latter half of the show, as I failed to be blown away by Hot Chip.
Alexis Taylor came on stage sporting a luminous head band and striped pyjamas tucked into his trainers. I haven’t got into Hot Chip’s new album One Life Stand, and was hoping seeing it live would make it grow on me, but nah. It was the old favourites that still got me Over and Over and Ready for the Floor, I just kept seeing Alexis Taylor as Timmy Mallet in those pyjamas, maybe this was my biggest stumble.
Hot Chip finished their set and this was when I started to get excited again, as drums were being carried on stage, could it be . . . yes, the encore we really wanted? LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip together. When Hot Chip were then joined on stage by a Manchester Steel Band. Now . . . it’s not they were bad, but the question WHY? I could see James Murphy and Nancy Whang waiting in the wings and . . . they eventually did it, talk about a bladder buster.
Whang and Murphy joined Hot Chip on stage and collaborated for a rather lovely rendition of Alessi Brothers, Seabird.
It was great to have the 2 groups together, but LCD were the real headline act that night. The gig was well worth £25 though as we were there for almost 5 hours, and I only spent 80p on the cheapest drink I got advised there was with flavour, blackcurrant and soda 40p a pint.
Hope it’s not the last time I’ll get to see LCD Soundsystem, but if it is they live on as good as the first time in memory.