Bournbrook Hotel, Selly Oak, Birmingham, England
Initially, due to the poster on the left, we only knew that - in all likelihood - this gig took place.
Evidence has now been brought by the wonderful blog "I Was A Teenage Sisters of Mercy Fan".
Check the post Crash And Brum 1... there and learn more about the event and its circumstances ...
- Andrew Eldritch - vocals
- Gary Marx - guitars, backing vocals
- Ben Gunn - guitars, backing vocals
- Craig Adams - bass
- Doktor Avalanche - drums, percussions, keyboards
- unknown -
Unfortunately no recording of this concert has ever surfaced and so the setlist question
will most likely remain unresolved.
Support acts were Little Brother, a poet and stand-up comedian from Bradford and From Eden.
For some information on Little Brother, we recommend you check this lovely page on him.
A recording of Little Brother's show, most likely similar to the one he should have performed here, was recorded and released on side AA of a vinyl album, side a of which features a performance involving Jon Langford. An audio file of the tracks as well as views of the record and cover are available here. Production is credited to Kenny Giles, known for his studio in Bridlington, where The Sisters of Mercy recorded various demos as well as their 7" singles Alice and Body Electric. The first singles by The March Violets and Salvation's debut single Girlsoul, all released with Merciful Release, the latter also produced by Andrew Eldritch, were recorded at KG Studios, too.
Second support act From Eden was actually a Grebo band from Stourbrigde consisting of Clint Mansell, Adam Mole, Chris Fradgley, Malcolm Treece and Miles Hunt. More or less recently, a bootleg CD surfaced featuring various demos from 1983 recorded by From Eden. Miles Hunt and Malcom Treece left the band and formed The Wonder Stuff. Unofficial wonder stuff fansite Room512 gives a record of developments in their From Eden / The Wonder Stuff Biography also mentioning From Eden supporting The Sisters of Mercy in 1982. The remaining members of From Eden recruited Graham Crab and also Richard March, changed their name, released an EP and then, in 1986, eventually became Pop Will Eat Itself. Here's an interview article about the band and their biography at the fansite / forum pweination.com, noting that From Eden' supported The Sisters of Mercy at Selly Oak and that The Sisters appeared on the cover of Sounds shortly afterwards.