I was just eating lunch [I’m working] and listening to the live Ultravox album of 2009, the excellent “Return To Eden,” and the power and talent of the band was really sticking in my craw due to my well-documented feelings about their dire new album “Brilliant.” Why had they tarnished their legacy so thoroughly with that release when they should have just left well enough alone? So naturally I went out looking for others who also thought their new album was dire, when what to my won’dring eyes should appear this breaking news story! Last Thursday night on Sept 27, 2012, at the end of the band’s show at the Hammersmith Apollo, an apparently crazed woman leapt onstage and smacked Midge Ure with what looked like a custard pie! Adding delicious levels of irony was the fact that the band were right in the middle of an interminable live version of the tiresome and worthless “Contact” from that album! When reviewing the video evidence, I had to laugh at the audacity and dare I say appropriateness of it all! If ever a band deserved a pie in the face for their latest album, it was certainly Ultravox!
Back in the distant past, fave New Wave mag Trouser Press ran a feature, Raving Faves, that asked readers their opinions on various topics, and one of them was once “which rock star would you like to see most get hit in the face with a pie?” I believe that Robert Fripp was the winner back then, but right now, in 2012, I’d be hard pressed to name a more deserving recipient than Midge Ure. Now that was brilliant!
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