Love and Rockets at Cruel World | via YouTube
A severe weather alert may have ended the Cruel World festival abruptly before Siouxsie’s rare headlining set, but the much-anticipated reunion of Love and Rockets was able to go ahead earlier in the day today, with the group performing for the first time in 15 years.
The trio — Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins — performed an 11-song set featuring material from their first four albums, opening with back-to-back cuts off of 1989’s Love and Rockets, and including favorites like “No New Tale to Tell,” “So Alive,” “Mirror People” and their cover of the R&B classic “Ball of Confusion.”
See the full setlist below — and video from the set.
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The three members played Cruel World last year at the same site in Pasadena, California, with Bauhaus — but that band’s reunion, which started in late 2019, derailed last summer when Peter Murphy entered rehab.
Before tonight, Love and Rockets had last performed live in 2008 when the trio played festival sets at Coachella and Lollapalooza. The band’s last album was 1998’s Lift, and its last tour followed that in 1999.
In addition to tonight’s set at Cruel World, Love and Rockets will play 16 more U.S. concerts in May and June, beginning Sunday night in Oakland and winding up back in Los Angeles on June 20. See those dates below.
The band is also in the midst of a vinyl reissue campaign via Beggars Arkive, which will include the release next month of My Dark Twin, a new two-disc set of outtakes from the sessions that led to 1996’s Sweet F.A.
Below, check out the band’s Cruel World setlist and some video from the show.
Setlist: Love and Rockets at Cruel World, Pasadena, Calif. — 5/20/23
1. “I Feel Speed”
2. “No Big Deal”
3. “Kundalini Express”
4. “The Dog-End of a Day Gone By”
5. “Haunted When the Minutes Drag”
6. “An American Dream”
7. “No New Tale to Tell”
8. “So Alive”
9. “Ball of Confusion”
10. “Mirror People”
11. “Yin and Yang (The Flowerpot Man)”
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Love and Rockets 2023 tour dates
May 21: Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
May 24: Sandy Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT
May 26: Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
May 27: Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
May 28: Moore Theater, Seattle, WA
June 5: Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN
June 6: Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
June 7: Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak, MI
June 9: Kings Theater, Brooklyn, NY
June 10: Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
June 11: Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
June 13: Coca Cola Roxy, Atlanta, GA
June 15: Factory in Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX
June 16: ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TX
June 17: Boeing Center at Tech Port, San Antonio, TX
June 20: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
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- Love and Rockets expands reunion tour with 10 additional concerts across U.S.
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Just got back from the festival. Love and Rockets were brilliant. Don’t miss em if you have the opportunity on this tour.
Gang of Four were also phenomenal. Huge bummer missing Siouxsie and only 6 songs from Iggy, but between Gang of Four, solid sets from Gary Numan and Echo, plus L&R, well worth the trip.
Not a whole lot of appreciation from the crowd.. no energy in the crowd. Probably not a good venue for them for their first show. I saw Daniel Ash a few years ago with a bigger crowd and tons of energy in the crowd. It is the same for Peter Murphy shows..
I really, really wish the guys will do a Boston, MA. date.
Still confused as to why no date on the tour roster…?
Nothing against Pete, but I’d love to (again…) experience LOVE AND ROCKETS live!
I saw Bauhaus at Cruel World last year and the crowd was wild. I’ll be at L&R in Hotlanta in June. The venue size will be perfect for them.