Event Horizon 1998
January and February 1998 saw The Sisters of Mercy touring 18 venues from Europe to the US and Canada and back to the UK. The European leg of this tour ended with a free concert at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium. From there and after a first check at Dark Harvest Festival in Philadelphia the year before, the band returned to the US for their first tour after 1991, including a double-gig at San Francisco Maritime Hall on February 5th and 6th.
Unfortunately, Andrew caught an ear infection during concerts in Europe, which worsened through the flight, so that the second US-gig at Capitol Ballroom in Washington had to be cancelled. The entire tour was finalised with two sequent nights at The Forum in London, UK.
For details on setlists, audience recordings and stuff, please see the links to the according pages for each gig in the Tour Schedule below. For more information about the tour as a whole, and about the various circumstances around individual gigs, we recommend you check the wonderful Sisters Tours/Event Horizon 1998 pages. Some interesting statistical data of this tour are also available at The Sisters of Mercyu Database v0.5 Beta/Event Horizon.
Some further entertaining facts can also be found in the excerpts from The Sisters Event Horizon Tour Book 1998 below.
Band / Line-up
- Andrew Eldritch - Vocals
- Adam Pearson - Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals
- Mike Varjak - Guitars, Backing Vocals
- Doktor Avalanche - Drums, Bass
- According to the Tour Personnel List on Page 2 of The Sisters' Tour Book 1998 down below,
- Mike Hall was officially booked as computer technician.
- The cover of the Event Horizon CD-bootleg notes rumours, however, that
- originally Ravey Davey had been booked, but couldn't obtain a visa for the American leg of the tour.
Gigs marked *** were recorded and are in circulation among the fanbase.
Some further recordings (+++) are known to exist, but ...
- Wed, 14-Jan-1998: Erlangen - Germany - Stadthalle +++ ; 2,500
- Fri, 16-Jan-1998: Vienna - Austria - Libro Music Hall +++ 4,300
- Sat, 17-Jan-1998: Prague - Czech Republic - Mala Sportovni Hala +++ 16,000
- Sun, 18-Jan-1998: Chemnitz - Germany - Kraftwerk *** 1,700
- Tue, 20-Jan-1998: Berlin - Germany - Huxleys Neue Welt *** 2,200
- Wed, 21-Jan-1998: Herford - Germany - Kick *** 1,800
- Thu, 22-Jan-1998: Düsseldorf - Germany - Stahlwerk *** 2,500
- Sat, 24-Jan-1998: Munich - Germany - Colosseum *** 2,200
- Sun, 25-Jan-1998: Hamburg - Germany - Gaswerk G1 *** 2,900
- Mon, 26-Jan-1998: Brussels - Belgium - Ancienne Belgique +++ 2,000
US & Canada Capacity
- Fri, 30-Jan-1998: New York City - USA - Roseland Ballroom +++ 3,200
- Sat, 31-Jan-1998: Washington D.C. - USA - The Capitol Ballroom (cancelled) 2,000
- Sun, 01-Feb-1998: Toronto - Canada - Warehouse *** 2,275
- Tue, 03-Feb-1998: Chicago - USA - Riviera Theatre +++ 2,500
- Thu, 05-Feb-1998: San Francisco - USA - Maritime Hall 1,800
- Fri, 06-Feb-1998: San Francisco - USA - Maritime Hall *** 1,800
- Sat, 07-Feb-1998: Los Angeles - USA - Hollywood Palladium 3,400
- Thu, 12-Feb-1998: London - England - Forum +++ 2,100 (then)
- Fri, 13-Feb-1998: London - England - Forum *** now 2,300
Our thanks for these pictures go to Heartland Forums member ribbons69.