The Jesus And Mary Chain revive more old songs at London show

Kevin Shields is among those watching hit-packed Brixton set

The Jesus And Mary Chain continued their comeback with a hit-laden show at London‘s Brixton Academy tonight (September 7).

The band, who performed in front of an audience that included My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, played their second London date of the year, but extended their set to include some more oldies.

Among those excavated in the UK for the first time in nine years were encore surprises taken from the band’s 1987 album ‘Darklands’ – the title track and ‘Nine Million Rainy Days’. On the LP they are both sung by William Reid, but tonight his brother Jim handled all the vocal duties.

A source close to the band also revealed that they wanted to perform 1994 single ‘Sometimes Always’, but were unable to find anyone to replicate William‘s duet with Mazzy Star‘s Hope Sandoval on the record.

Otherwise the set stayed mostly the same, focusing mainly on the group’s classic singles, including opener ‘Never Understand’, ‘Sidewalking’, ‘Head On’ and the regular set closer, 1992 Top Ten UK hit ‘Reverence’.

New song ‘All Things Must Pass’ was again played, and is expected to feature on the band’s proposed new album, which would be the first by the Mary Chain since 1998’s ‘Munki’.

Only Jim spoke to the crowd, but rarely, and called them “miserable fucking bastards” after a euphoric version of 1987 hit ‘Happy When It Rains’.

The set was:

‘Never Understand’

‘Head On’

‘Far Gone And Out’




‘Dead End Kids’

‘Happy When It Rains’

‘Some Candy Talking’

‘Between Planets’

‘Blues From A Gun’

‘Cracking Up’

‘All Things Must Pass’

‘Teenage Lust’

‘Vegetable Man’

‘Just Like Honey’

‘You Trip Me Up’


‘Nine Million Rainy Days’