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Wrapped in white leather, Siouxsie returned to the concert stage for the first time in five years tonight in London, performing the first of two nights at the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown festival with a 21-song set that included a full reading of 1980’s Kaleidoscope plus Banshees favorites like “Cities in Dust” and “Israel” as well as tracks off her 2007 solo debut MantaRay.

Soiuxsie opened the concert with an unannounced performance of the Banshees’ third album, then followed that with a second set and encore. According to the printed setlist, she was supposed to end the concert with “Spellbound,” but, according to fans at the show, she dropped that last song for reasons unknown.

Tonight’s concert was Siouxsie’s first since she toured throughout much of 2008 in support of MantaRay. The intervening years, however, have been fairly quiet on the Banshees’ front, with Universal Music pulling the plug on the band’s reissue campaign mid-stream. Since then, ex-bassist Steven Severin has mentioned the possibility of a 20-disc box set that has yet to see the light of day.

Siouxsie performs at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown again on Monday.

Below, in addition to the setlist, we’ve begun assembling photos and video as they appear online.


Setlist: Siouxsie, Yoko Ono’s Meltdown, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, 6/15/13

1. “Happy House”
2. “Tenant”
3. “Trophy”
4. “Hybrid”
5. “Clockface”
6. “Lunar Camel”
7. “Christine”
8. “Desert Kisses”
9. “Red Light”
10. “Paradise Place”
11. “Skin”
12. “Eve White/Eve Black”

13. “Israel”
14. “Arabian Knights”
15. “Cities in Dust”
16. “Dear Prudence”
17. “Loveless”
18. “Face to Face”

19. “Careless Love”
20. “Here Comes the Day”
21. “Into a Swan”




Siouxise, “Happy House”


Siouxise, “Clockface”


Siouxise, “Christine”


Siouxsie, “Red Light”


Siouxsie, “Paradise Place”


Siouxsie, “Skin”


Siouxsie, “Eve White/Eve Black”


Siouxsie, “Israel”


Siouxsie, “Cities in Dust”


Siouxsie, “Dear Prudence”


Siouxsie, “Face to Face”


Siouxsie, “Careless Love”


Siouxsie, “Into a Swan”




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