An Iconic Venue, And An Equally Iconic Band Made For A Fantastic Night
OMD took to the stage, and rolled back the years, with an extensive set-list up their sleeves.
The night was kicked off by MIG 15, a band who are rising through the ranks of Liverpool’s music scene, and vocalist James McCluskey is the son of OMD bass legend, Andy McCluskey, so it was an all round family affair, and a special night for MIG 15, who said it’s a dream come true to play in the iconic O2 Apollo. MIG 15’s set was fantastic, their is definitely something special brewing with that band.
It wasn’t too long after MIG 15 departed the stage, that OMD filled it. As the wicked visuals and epic sounds of their show opener, ‘ABC Auto-Industry’ faded out, the band took to the stage, and the crowd let out a warm, welcoming cheer as OMD broke into their first track, ‘Stanlow’. I knew, given the music the band create, and the era they were from, that I was in for a treat with the light show, however I never expected it to be as good as it was. I’ve seen less lights at Arena shows, and it was the perfect accompaniment to the hypnotic tones which the band were blasting through the speakers.
‘Isotope’, ‘Messages’ and ‘Tesla Girls’ followed on from the opening track, and one thing became very clear. This band, who have now been around for 40 years, have still got the skills, and the abilities which made them famous in the first place. Often bands lose their touch a bit, but this band have kept it, and it’s stunning to watch. It was then into ‘History of Modern (Part 1)’, and this is where things really got interesting. The crowd were giving it their all, and even from the high up seats in which I was sat, you could see the band were loving every minute of their performance.
Something really special takes place when a band have that relationship with the crowd. It’s something that only select bands have the ability to achieve, and there’s no doubt that OMD have that ability in abundance. In terms of the track, it’s not one of their best known tunes, but it’s by far one of the catchiest in their extensive back catalogue. I think it’s down to the call and response keyboards, those little riffs scattered throughout are perfect for crowd interaction, which is what helped to push the atmosphere through the roof.
I was expecting a much more relaxed atmosphere for the show, given that there aren’t many people below 40 who know who this band are, but I’ve gotta say, it was one of the best gig atmosphere’s I’ll witness. No people trying to be clever, no pints of questionable liquid being launched for no reason, just people enjoying the music, and rolling back the years as if they were watching the band back when they started out in the 1980’s.
OMD left the stage after an incredible performance of ‘Enola Gay’, but that was just to take a breather, and after plenty of cheers from the crowd, the band filled the stage once more, and delivered three more incredible tunes, in the form of ‘If You Leave’, ‘Pandora’s Box’ and ‘Electricity’. That marked the end of an incredible night of hallucinogenic visuals and truly stunning music.