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Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Dave!Last night I saw an amazing show by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark at The Music Box L.A.

All the expense and trouble of getting here melted away as the band slammed through a sensational set list of their incredible music. And, because I had bought a "VIP Package," I got to attend a soundcheck and meet the band before the show even started. This was an incredible experience, and made a great thing even better...

OMD Soundcheck

OMD Soundcheck

The soundcheck ended up being fantastic, but the concert itself was amazing. One of my favorite new bands, Mackintosh Braun, opened up for them, which was like extra frosting on your cake.

I thought it would be impossible for any band to even get close to the energy from the Matt & Kim show I attended last week in London, but Andy, Paul, and Co. played their guts out for an enthusiastic crowd that absolutely loved their performance...

OMD Live!

When I met the band, I gave them crap for not playing Seattle. They said that they had been asked to tour the States again, and Seattle would definitely be included next time. Which is like chocolate pudding on top of your extra frosting on top of your cake. I can hardly wait!

Since this was the final show on their tour, Andy took a minute to send out some thank you's. One of them was to their record label, Bright Antenna, for sponsoring this tour in the first place. Apparently no concert promoter would back OMD because they didn't think people would show up. Of course, the band went on to not only sell-out every single show, but they even added an extra one. Which also sold out...

OMD Sold Out!

Congrats to Andy, Paul, Martin, and Malcolm on a great album, a great tour, and for having such great fans.

And now it's time for how I got here...

Along with Depeche Mode and the Thompson Twins, the holy trinity of my favorite 80's bands is completed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (more often known as "OMD"). Other bands like a-ha, Pet Shop Boys, and Duran Duran came along to snag my attention, but my DM, TT, and OMD came first.

As a massively huge fan of their work, I was thrilled when OMD released a new album last year, History of Modern, that was as good as anything they've ever done. It ended up being my pick for "Album of the Year," so you can imagine my delight when I found out that they were touring the USA in March.

Except there was no stop in Seattle, and I was gone for a big chunk of the shows because I was in London and Venice. A part of me was gutted that I'd miss the tour, but a part of me was also relieved because I'd be flat-broke when I got back from Europe.

And then they added an extra Los Angeles date six days after I returned from London.

I was sorely tempted but, the cost of the flight, hotel, food, and tickets was more than I could spend, and I've already seen OMD live several times.

But then Mackintosh Braun announced they would be the opening act.

Keep in mind, THIS is what my favorite albums list looks like for 2010...

Dave's Favorite Albums of 2010

  1. History of Modern by OMD.
  2. Sidewalks by Matt & Kim.
  3. Foot of the Mountain by a-ha.
  4. Where We Are by Mackintosh Braun.
  5. All You Need is Now by Duran Duran.

With Mackintosh Braun added to the ticket, there was no way I could miss this show. I had just seen Matt & Kim. I had flown to New York for a-ha's farewell tour. The chance to see tracks from four out of five of my favorite albums of 2010 performed live was too much.

And so I decided to throw responsibility to the wind, spend a chunk of money I don't have, and fly to L.A. for one night only for an opportunity to listen to some great music. And since I was already going for broke, I went ahead and got the VIP deal. In for a penny, in for a pound, I guess.

What was especially cool was that Ian and Ben (Mackintock Braun) hung around in the lobby after the show so I could tell them that they were the reason I flew to the show. They were genuinely grateful, and a couple of really nice guys. If you haven't listened to their stuff, I highly recommend it.

And so now I fly home. Poor, but happy.

Which is as it really should be, I suppose.


  1. Sybil Law says:

    Funny – I just heard them for the first time yesterday in forever! Glad you got to go!!

  2. Sarkawt says:

    You’re so lucky, my friend! All these albums you counted are my favorite ones too; however, the only difference between me and you is that I listen to their music 🙁 while you get to listen & see them live 🙂 How cool is that? grrr

  3. the muskrat says:

    That is AWESOME! You are my new hero. I used to do shit like this, and then I woke up one day with a bunch of people living in my house as “dependents” and all but stopped. Dammit.

  4. So excited that you saw the classic OMD. I saw them back in England, well saw *him* morelike, as it was when Andy was touring Sugar Tax. Would love to see the classic lineup as I’ve been a fan since I was a kid.

  5. Sarkawt says:

    Thank God, I have youtube to watch their latest show, the one you talked about! Check it out: It’s truly awesome.
    PS. of all their songs, I picked the one I listen the most.

  6. martymankins says:

    First Matt & Kim and now OMD. This is awesome. Now I really wished I would have went to the SLC here a month ago. Sounds like I missed a great show.

  7. Gary says:

    Hi, Dave. I don’t know if you check the guys’ website but thought you might be interested to read a snippet of Andy’s post-tour comments:
    “We have now got to decide the best way to follow this up! There are places that we missed.. Seattle, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Vegas and Florida.. to name a few. We may come back very very soon to fill those gaps, and then do another full North American tour next year.”
    So there is hope for us Washington fans!
    [I’m sure I’ve never seen Seattle, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas mentioned positively in the same sentence.]

    • Dave2 says:

      I hadn’t seen that but, as I wrote, this is what they told me at the “meet and greet” which is such awesome news!

      As for Pittsburgh, I think it has an undeserved bad rep! It’s actually a beautiful city with a lot of cool things to see and do! I mean, it’s no SEATTLE, but it’s a great place to visit!

      Vegas on the other hand… 🙂

  8. P.F. Wilson says:

    There feet must be sore from how much ASS they kicked in Chicago! Holy crap, I wanna go see them again!

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