OMD Play First New York Show in 23 Years

Posted by The G on March 9, 2011 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Andy McCluskey of OMD

Andy McCluskey of OMD

I never thought I’d ever get the chance to see Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, better known as OMD, perform live.   They haven’t played in America in an astounding 23 years, but they announced a brief tour late last year and gave fans something to look forward to.   The day arrived and OMD played a sold out show at New York’s Terminal 5 on March 8, 2011.   The venue had to be changed from the smaller Webster Hall in response to overwhelming demand for tickets.   After a great set by Danish pop-star Oh Land (and more to come on Oh Land), OMD took the stage just after 9 pm.   Thunderous applause was heard after each song and the band played all the songs you’d expect to hear with the exception of “Secret.” 

Paul Humphreys of OMD

Paul Humphreys of OMD

OMD has a new album entitled “History Of Modern” and the newer songs played fit in with the classic OMD hits.   I don’t think it hit me until they played “Forever Live and Die” that I suddenly realized I was having the opportunity to see this song performed live and it was pretty surreal.  Other highlights for me were “Tesla Girls,” “So In Love,” and  “Locomotion.”  Before playing the band’s biggest hit “If You Leave,” lead singer Andy McCluskey said “this is the song that took a little indie band and ruined its career.”  Andy McCluskey had a great stage presence as well.   He danced all over the stage, even announcing “I apologize for these bad dance moves, so you all have to dance with me.”   Many times in the night Andy McCluskey finished a song and was taking a breather when he’d ask the audience if they were tired yet.   Of course the response was overwhelming that we could go all night and McCluskey would joke “Shit.   I guess we’ll play another song then.”

OMD

OMD

I had the opportunity to meet OMD after the show and Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys were so nice!  I told them to please not stay away for another 23 years and they gave me some insider information that confirms they’ll be back sooner than you think.   I can’t spill the beans just yet so stay tuned to OMD’s official website for announcements.

A video of “So In Love” will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that as well.

See the set list after the jump.

OMD

OMD

  1. New Babies: New Toys
  2. Messages
  3. Tesla Girls
  4. Radio Waves
  5. History Of Modern (Part 1)
  6. (Forever) Live And Die
  7. If You Leave
  8. Souvenir
  9. Joan Of Arc
  10. Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans)
  11. New Holy Ground
  12. Green
  13. Talking Loud And Clear
  14. So In Love
  15. Sister Mary Says
  16. Locomotion
  17. Dreaming
  18. Sailing on the Seven Seas
  19. Enola Gay

Encore:

  1. Walking On The Milky Way
  2. Electricity
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  • Philinthemusic said,

    We attend a lot of the same shows. I was at Thomas Dolby, Arts and Crafts and OMD. Thank you for your insightful comments about all the shows and events you attend. A friend of mine scored a ticket to the VIP meet and greet before the show and they were allowed to stay through the sound check. He told me that Andy McCluskey was very much a perfectionist about the sound last night, which I thought was as good as it gets at T5.

  • The G said,

    How funny! Next time you see me, say hello! 🙂

  • Kelly said,

    I’m so excited to have tickets to see OMD in Minneapolis in the end of September. I’ve been waiting for this show since I saw them in 87. They’re playing the 26th of September. I’m due to have a baby on the 29th. Cross your fingers!

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