OMD are beginning to manifest again after the crisis that saw drummer Malcolm Holmes sidelined after heart failure at the band’s 2013 Toronto show. While Malcolm is recuperating, obviously McCluskey has ‘the itch’ and he’s decided to scratch it in the best possible way with a one-off OMD show at the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday, November 1st. This show couldn’t be more timely because an actual ‘dazzle ship’ is in dry dock at the Merseyside Maritime Museum next to the Museum of Liverpool. The band, encompassing McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, and Martin Cooper will be playing a selection of hits, tracks from “Dazzle Ships” and the teaser of “one track that has never been performed live.” I would pay serious money to hear them perform “International,” myself! That song now towers over the rest of “Dazzle Ships” [and possibly their entire career] for me, but what of Mr. Holmes? Who will be the drummer?
The answer here is rather brilliant and evocative. For this show only, OMD will be using their first drummer, Winston, for the gig! For those who do no know, Winston is the name given to the reel-to-reel deck the band used in lieu of an actual drummer when beginning their career. Moreover, Winston has been on view at the Museum Of Liverpool, in their Wonderous Place gallery which looks at artifacts from the city’s vibrant art and music scene, so the drummer has been in the venue for years, now. Waiting patiently.
The ticket prices have not been announced yet, but all proceeds will be going to the Museum. Keep your eyes peeled here for further details as they develop. This will be a great way for OMD to give back to the city that gave them their start and for OMD fans who can attend, watch out Kraftwerk! OMD are getting a piece of that museum show action as well. In addition, the lucky ticket holders will also have the ability to finally hear “Dazzle Ships, Parts I, IV, V, VI” which have never been released. No word if they will be played before the show or if this will be some sort of download for the lucky few. I was ambivalent about OMD continuing sans Malcolm Holmes, but this is a very elegant way to have the band dip their toes in the waters without him. I should have expected as much from a band as intelligent as OMD.
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